Lori Ippolito's Blog (12)

Autumn in the Park WIP

I am trying to get back into painting and have chosen something from my neighborhood - an autumn scene- I love the abstract patterns in the water, the pop of sienna in the focal tree, the diagonals that move the eye through the scene- I am struggling with whether to crop...I think I like the depth in the current view. Onto more thumbnails and then a value study.  I confess, I already started this twice, without the proper process and of course not to my liking.  I must really discipline…


Added by Lori Ippolito on November 30, 2016 at 6:30 — 18 Comments

A Stroll in the Park WIP

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…


Added by Lori Ippolito on July 20, 2016 at 2:00 — 26 Comments

Recent portrait commission

I recently finished a portrait commissioned by a groom as a wedding present for his bride..her dad passed away when she was only four years old..the portrait was of her father. It was grueling because of the poor quality of reference photos..obviously, no digital photos..only faded Polaroids and a dis colored wedding album to go by....not to mention the pressure as this was such a sentimental gift!

Many, many attempts scratched and daily prayers to find the way to make this happen…


Added by Lori Ippolito on April 7, 2015 at 4:38 — 6 Comments

still life : color layer days 1 & 2..finally!!!!!

After a several week break - waiting for the dead layer to dry completely, then caught up at work & home with obligations..finally getting back to my painting:)  

I started the color layer last night and went back in tonight to continue working on the pearls and ribbon.  I'm undecided about what to do with the table color..thinking I may leave it neutral…


Added by Lori Ippolito on November 16, 2014 at 18:08 — 33 Comments

graphite portrait wip post 4 - day 8

I'm working on a portrait for a 70th birthday - 

I added the darks for his clothing and now must go back over his face  -several times - to bring up the value.

day 4…


Added by Lori Ippolito on June 10, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Final Reveal - Portrait to be delivered tomorrow!

Thanks to all who gave input regarding the background for this portrait!!  i chose the blue/gray to complement and bring out her skin tones.

Added by Lori Ippolito on April 30, 2014 at 16:31 — 11 Comments

FOX HUNT Finished

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my previous Fox Hunt blog..I'd "finished" the painting but was always bothered by the road..I recently painted dirt over the road and am much happier with the result:)

Added by Lori Ippolito on April 8, 2014 at 17:09 — 6 Comments

background color for a portrait in progress

HI!  I'm working on a portrait..miles to go still!! I'm trying to decide upon a background color that will enhance rather than compete or wash out the portrait.  This is what I have and a unhappy with it.  I will paint in her dress - dark blue and pink to better judge, but I'm thinking this bg color is too drab..any ideas??

I've taken…


Added by Lori Ippolito on March 26, 2014 at 8:00 — 6 Comments

Fox Hunt in the Flemish Style

Thought I'd post what I'm working on..a painting based on a photo from Marily on Paint my Photo.

I'll put up the series of steps from drawing through where I am at present..color layer..working on enriching the colors ad details & debating re how detailed i should get with the dogs & riders..any thoughts/comments/critiques are most welcome!!

Source photo:…


Added by Lori Ippolito on September 4, 2013 at 16:21 — No Comments

Fox Hunt WIP2

The color layer has taken ages to dry between layers..I began using liquin in the last few passes of color & it's been better..Not sure how detailed I want to go with the dogs & riders..this is the color layer's progress:…


Added by Lori Ippolito on September 4, 2013 at 15:00 — 9 Comments

beyond the notan..the cliffs of gayhead


Well I began painting the cliffs & was off to what I thought a good start..I was actually very pleased with how it was going! Then.....well, I kept watching the workshop video & tried to incorporate the information..I wound up with cliffs that looked like California instead of Massachussetts!!  I scraped a few times & came up with a sort of hybrid cliff painting!

My beginning...how I wish I could turn the clock back:(

..I wasworried about…


Added by Lori Ippolito on August 13, 2013 at 13:30 — 10 Comments

Notan designs

Hi folks..just working out some thoughts on two possible paintings..the ne is for the August workshop & the other for a painting I'm thinking of doing as a thank you gift for my hosts on vacation -- it's the view from their back porch of the Nantucket Sound..actually, either one of these paintings will wind up being the thank you gift I think, so I'm eager to do a really good job!

these are the Notans of both with the original photos as well..I'd love to hear any thoughts on how…


Added by Lori Ippolito on August 7, 2013 at 2:30 — 4 Comments


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