my second attempt at the broken color exercise:
again, the photo of the original setup appear lighter than in life
1. photo of setup
2. block study
3. broken color: added alizarin and magenta
3. added phthalo turquoise
I'd say this is an improvement from my first study using the single orange block, though I don't like the background color..
critiques are most welcome!!

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Comment by Lori Ippolito on April 25, 2014 at 14:56
Thanks Steinunn and Nancy..good idea for the background Nancy..I'd planned to redo this and never had the chance yet!
Comment by Nancy Sands on April 25, 2014 at 6:25
Lori, I love how you presented your progression. Great job on the painting. As far as the background is concerned, maybe if you lightened its value a bit, the blue cube would come forward. I had the same problem with one and lightened a portion. It did help. Great job on these. :-)
Comment by Steinunn Einarsdottir on April 25, 2014 at 5:43

Very good Lori, you have put a lot into it

Comment by Lori Ippolito on April 24, 2014 at 16:21
Thanks Linda..I learned so much doing this workshop!
Comment by Linda L. Kano on April 24, 2014 at 15:13

You did a challenging study.  Michael sure gave us some good pointers.  Good job Lori!

Comment by Lori Ippolito on April 14, 2014 at 2:30
Makes sense Michael ..I really appreciate your input in this, it's a great help!! I'd asked re temperature in the general discussion but lost the thought when I got into the painting. I just had a thought of Sargent looking, looking, looking..then dashing across the room to put on a dab of paint..back to looking again!! I get too caught up in the moment.
The bird houses sound terrific!!! Can't wait to see how they turn out as paintings! Those craft stores sell all kinds of fun stuff. I suppose you've told your wife what a terrific idea she had bringing there?!!! Lol
Comment by Michael J. Severin on April 14, 2014 at 0:29

Lori, on your orange blocks shadow plane side, try using a warmer green (closer to the orange on the wheel) instead of blue.  The warm green has yellow in it and blue which will ..I think ...relate a little better to the orange? ...anyway, give that a try..just make sure it is the same value.   My wife dragged me into Jo Ann Fabric store yesterday and they had a bin full of  block size ...bird houses!! ....not painted!! ...IDEA ..I scooped up 6 of them to use as my block studies!!  They were only $1.50 each ...good deal.  Can you see the learning possibilities of using the bird houses? I think I will get some more.

Comment by Lori Ippolito on April 13, 2014 at 16:35
Thanks so much Michael..I will go back in and work on it!! Haha are right..I am working really hard to get this concept..I know it's so important to making my paintings better:)
Comment by Silvana M Albano on April 12, 2014 at 16:23

You are a hard working artist... 

Comment by Michael J. Severin on April 11, 2014 at 17:55

Not bad Lori.  Maybe a little too cool on the orange cube light side and way to light ...try keeping it warm by putting some yellows into the white.  The shadow side of the orange block is fine.    ..  The blue block:  It is very difficult to represent a warm light by using a cold color.  The side of the blue cube getting direct light should be represented by a warm color for the first note.  You see, this is your brain saying a blue block ...never mind what the light is doing to it, it makes you see blue.   express what the light is doing to that side of the block ..warming it could begin that side of the block with alizirin Crimson + white.....then over that, your broken color would be a slightly warm blue of the same value.  Now you have used broken color to depict a blue blocks side that is being hit by warm light!!!  With the light side painted accurately, the other sides can be easily judged against it.  When I painted my green block, I did not start with green for the top sunlit plane, I started with a warm yellow ..over that, I painted  my green as a broken color over the yellow.  I am now expressing the light AND the local color. 


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