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Friday, January 16, 2015

Gloria J Zucaro's "Three Down, Two to Go"

This week I finished three small projects and got two others started.  I finished "Rope Jumper". Here she is below with her rope.  I watched a champion rope jumper on You Tube to see the handles in her hands and how the rope would drape.  I gave her a face and took away her chunky forehead.  I also added more paint all around her.  This painting is Oil on a gessoed board and is 7"H x 5" W.
We finally had our family Christmas on Sunday the 11th.  On Monday I wrote my thank you notes.  I made a special one for my 7 year old grandson, hoping he would take notice.  He called today and he was so impressed!  I got a big kick out of it!  I had drawn with black ink the two presents that he had picked out for me especially.  One was a new wallet.  He had given me one the year before last and it was shot.  he knew that and picked a new one.  He also gave me a little cache pot with a young boy kneeling near a cross.  I printed his note rather than using script.

 
Before I forget..My friend Polly who lives in Anacortes, Washington gave me the neatest "altered" book.  It has 96 multimedia pages and was made by "slow art studio & bindery" on Lopez Island, WA .  It also has two little pockets on the front and back inside covers.  And look at the neat covers!!!  

Front
Inside Front
Inside Back
Some Pages
Back Cover

I also did a Zentangle for the first time in quite a while.  I did it on a 4 x 6 card.  The prompt was from Laura Harms at the "iamthediva.blogspot.com" website.  It is Laura's 200th post and she asked us all to do a monotangle.  We were to use just one design, our pick.  I used a pattern called "Stiricles".


The card is sitting on a journal page that I am doing for Community Thrive, a new group I joined to learn more about journals, collage and art forms other than painting.

One of the two projects I started but haven't finished is a pen drawing of an impromptu music concert at The Clearing Folk Art School in Ellison Bay, WI a couple of years ago.  I plan to finish it in watercolor.  I think next time I will need to use a different pencil for the initial drawing. This one is too smudgy.
The reference below
And finally the last item this week.  An oil painting of a mission church in Arizona just barely blocked in in some areas.
The initial steps of the painting, with the reference below.



Have a good week and check the Zentangles and paintings done on the sites mentioned.

Gloria











27 comments:

  1. Oh my, you have been very busy this week, and produced oodles of great work! Love the altered book you got! Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie, Thank you. Yes, isn't that book cool!

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  2. Gosh yes, what an amazing amount of art you've produced this week.
    The girl skipping is great, such vibrant colours and movement in the painting.
    And your drawings are wonderful, so accurate to the original.
    I'm fascinated by the Zentangle too with the delicate design.

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    1. Hi Sheila, I was doing Zentangles every week for a couple of years and that led me to do pen & ink drawing, which I had really never done before. I love learning new things. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Wow what a productive week...love the thank you card...and the story. Great journal too...and lovely artwork!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thanks! I have to catch up on going to everyone elses blog too..see you there in a couple of minutes! :)

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  4. The job! I think you're trying very well work in oils, sketches are well raised, waiting to see how you solve the end. Saludos

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. yes, I hope they turn out as well as I hope they will!

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  5. I'm tired reading all you did. I love the rope jumper, her dress is alive with movement. I could eat the covers (back and front) up I love that so much. (Well, you know what I mean ;).) Zentangle, being restricted to one pattern, Yikes, Excellent job. The pen drawing is over the top (I've not even been interested in using pen for free hand drawing) and I look forward to seeing it in color. Thank you for adding a pic of the newest drawing. Nap time! Brilliant work. Thanks for visiting. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  6. A great post with great stuff to look at. I like your 200 tile a lot.

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    1. Thank you, Anne, I am glad I started back with a simple one!

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  7. Wow, you have been very productive. Great work!

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    1. I seem to be a "feast or famine" type of personality. But it feels good to get a lot of projects going. Thank you for your comment.

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  8. I love all the pieces you've shared... I may have go join in on that tangle challenge... I haven't done that in awhile!

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    1. Thank you. I know what you mean, sometimes areas that we were prolific in seem to slip away. But it would be great to have you back.

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  9. hi, gloria! it's been a long time since i visited here. sorry. i wanted to say hello - your stircles (whatever that's called - i can't say it) looks great. that's a fun one to play with! and your Jump Roper is awesome! i like the bounce to her skirt hem - just like it would be if you were jumping rope - nice realism there. have a great week! alice

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    1. Thank you Alice. It is always good to hear what other people/artists enjoy seeing. You ,too, have a good week.

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  10. Your work is beautiful! Is the marbled paper at the back of the book yours? (wonderful color). Very cool zentangle piece too!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. The book from my friend Polly came with all the different media papers and the two little pockets front and back already attached.

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  11. So many beautiful pieces Gloria. I love the rope jumper, there is so much energy and beauty in the painting!
    It was a beautiful post, thank you for sharing the stories behind your art!
    Happy PPF
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you, so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  12. I love your rope-jumper! The strong colours, the movement .... Great work! And your zentangle is amazing!

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  13. I am spell-bound with the variety and beauty here! The painting from the photo is Awesome!

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  14. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

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