First, many thanks to Michael for his kind offer to help me achieve my goals with this painting!..and to my friends here who have been so supportive.  This is the first painting I'm attempting since losing my husband to a battle with stomach cancer.  It's been a difficult time for me and this marks a beginning step in healing my grief. The source photo I'm using is from our vacation at Cape Cod only last July when life seemed so sunny & bright - and this painting is a tribute to that time as well as to the future..walking down a sunny path again.

I thought a blog post would be the best way to show the progress of my painting, without taking up so much space in the daily photos.  Thanks in advance for following and for your comments and critiques on my work.  It's good to be among friends:)

My first attempt, with the source photo, grayscale and sketch -- and what NOT to do!

and the new version, beginning with a burnt sienna imprimatura and wiping out the lights, per Michael's suggestion

I tried to be very mindful of keeping the horizon low, since one of the things I was so drawn to with this place was how tiny we are in the scheme of nature..

Also of importance was the contrast between the very light and the dark - I found that beautiful

And finally, the two figures I chosen to keep in the scene - mom (or grandma?) with the little boy wanting to rush ahead but checking back to be sure she's still back there (Or maybe saying, come on!!..I find the poetry of the first much nicer!)  I can certainly find a lot of symbolism here to my current situation..but enough said on that!!

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Comment by Lori Ippolito on August 1, 2016 at 2:00
It's a plan:) ty
Comment by Michael J. Severin on August 1, 2016 at 1:44

One more thing ... take out that strip of yellow/green by the child .... you do not want light against light ... the figure is light, so contrast it against a darker value ... not a light value.  Now, if you want sunlight on that part of the grass, make it more of a warm blue/green .. darker in value than the figure.

Comment by Michael J. Severin on August 1, 2016 at 1:36

Probably could be a little more cooler .. blue/violet? ... a green/blue? ... something like that, but definitely lighter value.

Comment by Lori Ippolito on August 1, 2016 at 1:22
Michael..of course the more I look, the more I see needing correcting!!!! might just tone down the shadow near the child a touch...OR just let go! Art & life-- such parallels..always amazes me.
Comment by Lori Ippolito on August 1, 2016 at 1:17
Thank you Candi & Silvana...thank God for art and art friends:)
Comment by Silvana M Albano on August 1, 2016 at 0:20
Wow!!! Loved to see/ read through the progress of your painting!!! It's a wonderful painting with excelent tips!!!!
Comment by Candi Hogan on July 31, 2016 at 23:39

Lori, so very sorry about the loss of your husband, and all that you mist have suffered through with him,  Your painting is so beautiful, your soul shines through on this. HUGS.

Comment by Lori Ippolito on July 31, 2016 at 14:12
Thanks!! I'm good!!
Comment by Michael J. Severin on July 31, 2016 at 10:12

Beautiful work, Lori!  I think you are done ... unless you see anything that bugs you.

Comment by Lori Ippolito on July 31, 2016 at 9:22

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