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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gloria J Zucaro's "Try It, You'll Like It"

Here is Number 15 in my series.  This week I tried some new techniques for me.  I have been using a thinner non-sanded paper for my series of tree paintings.  Today I decided to use Wallis sanded paper.
I wanted to use a heavier paper and one with more tooth because I was going to block in with my pastels and then use a large paintbrush and water to create an under-painting.  I used my NuPastel bright orange for the sky area and then a dark teal soft pastel(Unison, I believe) for the tree and main landscape areas.  I also used a light aqua soft pastel for the water.  Then I went to the studio clean-up sink and wet my 2" house painting brush with cold water.  I danced it around the tree and in the land. Rinsed my brush, then I did a smoother straight-line stroke across the water area.   Rinsed and did slanted bottom-side and up to the outer corner, strokes over the sky.  I didn't put too much water and painted with the paper flat.  All the pastel remained quite bright.  I had forgotten to tape the paper down because it is in a tablet form.  That meant as it dried it became quite wavy/undulating at first.  But as it continued to dry it straightened out again...Live & learn! :)  I started adding soft pastels over the top of the now dry but lumpy surface.  It was a little difficult to get a flat broad stroke, but eventually after smoothing some of the scratch marks made by the edges of my Terry Ludwig rectangular pastels, it all pulled together.  As usual I thought by looking at my color wheel and choosing a palette of Blue-Green & Red-Orange that is what I would do.  But also as usual I ended up using all kinds of  pinks, burgundy, violet, blues, some greens!!!  I can't seem to restrain myself and stick to a very limited color palette.
Here is the color wheel I was using and some of the pastels.  The soft pastels are in my Plein air box and are the ones I took with me on Saturday for the Plein air demo and paint-out.  To see that post click here.

This is my post for Paint Party Friday.  Please visit the site hosted by Kristen & Eva and see what about 80 different artists have been doing in all different mediums this week.

Have a wonderful week, Gloria

35 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful painting! Your new techniques are wonderful!

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  2. Thank you,Tracy. I am having fun with these.

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  3. I just love this series Gloria and this one is so Gorgeous....I think the purples and pinks gave it so much more depth... Going with your instinct is better than sticking to the plan... you do so well with intuitive painting...wow impressive beautiful piece...one of my favorites!! Such a warm feeling to it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments and they make me feel so happy! :)

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  4. Hi Gloria. Love your pastel work. Beautiful. You have a lot of techniques used and very good outcome. I love it! Thanks.
    gloria

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  5. This is stunning... anything with blues and oranges always make me happy, but these are positively vibrating with energy... a fabulous outcome and glad you went with your instincts... I would follow your instincts any day...xx

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  6. Majestic and beautiful Gloria... love the colors... and your art..

    Jenny ♥

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  7. I love it, the colors are fantastic!

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  8. Truly beautiful Gloria! Love seeing your pastels too! HPPF!

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  9. Wonderful, like a silhouette at sunset, the colours are amazing:) HPPF

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  10. Love, love, love those colours!

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  11. Ooohh, those colours! I'm drooling over them ;-) I LOVE the combination of orange and blue, it's such a happy mixture.

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  12. Great work, what a lovely combination of colours used :)
    (ann @ studiohyde + Somewhere To Sketch)

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  13. Wow, this is wonderful, i love this look! And it's fun to see your used and pretty colors

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  14. What a wonderful and moody piece Gloria...it is really, truly fantastic. xox

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  15. Gloria, this piece is spectacular! Like everyone else, I am in love with the vivid colors. Happy PPF

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  16. A beautiful pastel painting. I love the almost silhoutted tree against the vibrant glow of the sky. Gorgeous choice of vibrant colours.

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  17. This is beautiful Gloria. I love the bright blue and orange. So glad you had fun with the technique and used the colors that make you happy!

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  18. Oh so beautifully atmospheric. Happy PPF!

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  19. That painting is just stunning Gloria,
    I love the colours that you've used. They are brilliant together and so vibrant.
    Thanks for taking me step by step through your new technique. Lessons to be learnt there for me for sure ;D
    Happy PPF :D

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    1. Thank you, Annette. I truly value your comments.

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  20. This just has such a vibrant, warm and peaceful glow. Nicely done! Thank you for sharing the process...it's so interesting and helpful.

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    1. Thank you. I keep thinking I will take more pictures of the process, but I get involved in "doing" and forget.

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  21. I wonder why everyone's icons are not showing up on your blog?

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    1. Thank you for your comment on my blog today. I was wondering what you meant about artists icons not showing up? Do you mean the little squares with pix? I don't know, I have always just had peoples names that are highlighted to go to their website. Maybe it is something in my settings. I will have to check it out.

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  22. Fantastic painting, Gloria. I love that you told us step by step how you achieved this beautiful work.

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  23. Oh this is gorgeous, LOVE the orange and blue together!

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  24. This is stunning! The colors are so intense and glorious! I enjoyed reading your process of creating it. Happy PPF!

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  25. It's very beautiful and atmospheric! <3

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  26. it's such a soft and yet vibrant painting at the same time. Really beautiful!!

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  27. I love the softness of this pastel painting and the colors are so vibrant and wonderful!!

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  28. I love the picture and the pastels. These are what I used on my last pic of the squirrel. I love working with them. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  29. Wow... i findit completely breathtaking and i love the description of the process!

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