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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gloria J Zucaro's "Better Late Than Never" Post

Our project on Tuesday afternoon was "Paint a mass of something".  We could either use Frankie's references or do a still life using our own "mass".  My friend Judy brought some vintage marbles, others used Frankie's reference photos as did I.  I chose a bowl of strawberries, with some berries scattered on the table.  We talked about varying the colors and edges from front to back and in the shadows.  Up front or in the light there was greater contrast and sharper edges.  In the shadows the color was toned down and the edges were softer.  Way to the back, the colors were even darker and the edges almost smeared to disappear into the background.  Below is my finished pastel painting.

On Wednesday we all cowered and cringed as we were told the project of the day!  We were to use the easy method learned on Monday morning of making figures.  With as few direct strokes as possible. The other part of the project was to combine two scenes of people into one composition.  All of these references were from scenes in various bars.  So people sitting or standing, waiters & waitresses, young couples, etc.  I chose as my reference a very cheerful young man lifting his beer glass in salutation.  The background was from the another bar scene that had three men in it, paintings or pictures on the wall(probably sports figures or celebrities) and some low hanging lights.  I left out the other men and the low hanging lights.  I used the colors in that reference for my background with my handsome young man.  Here is my finished piece.

Below is a fun little painting I did this afternoon using figures and a stair-step look.
Here are a couple more paintings in my "Marla" series.  All of this post will be shared with Paint Party Friday.                                                         !

Number Eleven

Number Twelve

Number Thirteen

Number Fourteen
Have a great weekend, and check the other artists work at PPF!   
 Gloria





23 comments:

  1. The strawberries and that portrait are AMAZING!

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    1. I love your summer tags and ATC cards and the appreciation for the non-worldly things we are graced with. Your summer of dog-walking,swimming, and beautiful flowers for your wife are very comforting. I am not sure what I mean by that, but that is how they make me feel...all is right with the world? Thank you for your comment on my post but I accidentally posted an old post. If you have time you can check my real post for this week which is at #68! That is what happens when you post close to midnight!

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  2. Thanks Gloria for inviting me to visit your blog again, I'm glad, your work is still life and figure inclreible, so well made ​​clothes and that beer seems that calls you to drink. It gives me envious, work together and share ideas. Saludos

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    1. Please check my blog again, that was an old post. I have put the new post up this morning. Thank you so much for checking back

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  3. I'm glad you invited me back to this new post - your work is brilliant - so varied with still life, portraits and landscapes and you excel at each one of them! The man is really brilliant!

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    1. I love your new multi-media approach with your minis. I always had cats and they are (for the most part) very independent. My cats were always outdoor cats so I couldn't have one when I moved to my townhouse..cats must be on leashes..what! Anyway, Thank you for your comment on my post. I accidentally around midnight posted the wrong thing. I reposted this morning and am #68! If you get a chance to re-look you will see some of the pastel paintings done at The Clearing.....Thank you for re-looking! :)

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  4. Love your strawberry painting. Great colors and textures.

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  5. Those strawberries look good enough to eat.:) Excellent work. Lots of beautiful color and texture. Thanks.
    gloria

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    1. Thank you, Gloria. I enjoy your new blog-site. those shoes are great!

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  6. Beautiful paintings Gloria! I like them all.

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  7. Thank you, Christine. have a productive week.

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  8. You have been working on some wonderful pieces! The strawberries are great and the portrait combining two reference photos turned out great too!
    And I just love your tree series!

    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  9. I really love the wonderful, mesmerizing look of these pieces - nice blurred effect!

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  10. Love all your work, but the satrawberries called out to me.

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  11. Those strawberries look good enough to eat but I fell in love with your young man in the bar. He has such an easy, relaxed (and inviting) posture. Wonderful!

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  12. Wow, these are just wonderful! You have gorgeous light on both the strawberries and the young man, beautiful colors and the reflections on the table are awesome! Both pieces look really effortless and well done! Love your Marla series, too, beautiful variations! <3

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  13. Oh, how many beautiful paintings! I love them all. They are so lively and impressive. I like Your brusch lines and colors and all... :-)

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  14. Fantastic paintings Gloria. Always a pleasure to see your work. xox

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  15. All very different but all beautiful! That man looks great, and I love the strong colours in your landscapes.

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  16. Still loving that Marla series...gorgeous... I think you have an art show with those!! Also love those little figures...adorable and go with the last ones.....and of course your still life...is amazing!! You have such a cool variety of style!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. Oh, I love your better late than nothing post! Wonderful paintings in summer Colors!
    Liebe Grüße
    Erika

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