Monday, August 29, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Rectangle Challenge "Sun and Wind"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel Unframed with small stand for display. 
$65.00    S& H to your ZIP.
This weeks challenge was to make a painting with  rectangles only.   It was a lot of fun and the necessary simplification of the shapes was really good lesson for Plein air or still life.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Superstition Challenge "Stormy Weather"

9 1/2"H x 11 1/2"W  Pastel on Sanded Paper
$75.00 Unframed  $100.00 Framed with Mat and Glass
$85.00 double matted with Plexi, no Frame
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This painting will be for auction on the Daily Paintworks website. 

I actually finished this painting on Monday last, but then tried something new...spraying it with fixative.  I learned that it definitely darkened it, which can change the values somewhat.  I also learned that if you use charcoal as your black, it blurs out with the moisture.  So after completing all my work this week with painters, plumbers, and carpet cleaners for selling the townhouse, I finally worked on it again to fix values, add highlights and make the black cat a little less of a puddle!  So now I am posting it on The Daily Paintworks site as my entry into last Saturdays challenge which was superstitions.  This one is about never opening an umbrella in the house and black cats crossing under...things??.  I am not really superstitious, however, I am cautious about not stepping on a crack in the sidewalk and possibly breaking my mother's back!!!!  (Step on the crack, break your mother's back!).  I read that only 1 in 20 adults avoid cracks in the feel really special, LOL!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "POLKA-DOT DOLLS"

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
Framed $95.00 in plain black wooden frame.
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Object to create "wall paper" with polka-dots, whether subdued, small in size or vibrant and varied in size.  Here I used a set of vintage plastic doll house furniture as my still life set-up.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shadow Stack

11 1/2"H x 9 1/2"W  Original Pastel on Sanded Paper.
$100.00 Unframed  $150.00 Framed with double mat, glass, frame.
$125 with Double Matt and Plexi , no frame.
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           This is a pastel I did  at The Clearing Folk Art School in Door County, WI in July in a workshop with Frankie Johnson..  The object was to place a fabric with design into the back and foregrounds and show how they changed both in perspective and color value.  We each set up our own still life arrangement with our choice of fabric.  Of course, I had to choose a fabric with aqua/turquoise!  These circular boxes came from Ikea and stack within themselves from about 8" diameter down to a one incher.  They are each a different jewel tone in color.  I like things a little off kilter and a large contrast between light and dark.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Cherries For Ann"

5"H x 7"W Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
At the end of an afternoon of painting, I whipped this little piece off in a flash.  I was surprised when another artist friend said "I love it!  Can I buy it from you?"  So here it is Ann, and "thank you!" 

Thursday, August 18, 2011


7"H x 5"W Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
$95.00  Framed  in black floater frame
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 I acquired this "Occupied Japan" figurine many years ago and have had it on a display shelf along with decorative boxes that I collect.  When I had finished painting the three dogs?,wolves?, foxes?, I decided to ask someone else what these canines were  The answer was dingoes!  So here they are, a mama and her two pups.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Rock Garden" Birthday Challenge For Carol Marine

8"H x 10"W Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
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I think the elements in this painting speak to Carol's Marines personality.  Extremely strong and stable as a rock, at the same time beautiful and delicate in appearance.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Peach Tea With Tina

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil On Canvas Panel
$105.00 Framed in Black Wooden Frame.
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        Fourth of July weekend, my fellow artist friend ,Tina, invited me and another artist friend to her house for painting and a barbecue.  We arrived early afternoon...twoish, and starting setting up our easels.  Tina asked me what I had brought to paint as a still life.  "I thought you would have the still life for us!", I said incredulously!"  How ungrateful I was!  She had made three stations, one for each of us, and all I had to do was to have something to paint.  Well, she offered us a drink of a delicious peach tea she had made and garnished with peach slices and cantaloupe.  AHA!  I will paint my glass of tea against one of Tina's pretty fabrics in the background.  A different glass of  tea was consumed several times during my painting  efforts as it was a hot day even in her air conditioned "Vitamin D" room,(studio with floor to ceiling windows).  After we finished our paintings, Tina had prepared a delicious dinner...cheese burgers(she barbecued herself), tomato salad, cold slaw,  home- made potato salad(my contribution), and Maria the other artist had made several delicious chocolate desserts..frozen banana dipped in chocolate ganache, pound cake in ganache, and Fromage Blanc that she made herself topped with chocolate and fresh blueberries and strawberries.   There was lots of wine and great conversation, too!   A wonderful party. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Ribbon Bird"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil Painting on Raymar Canvas Panel
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     This little bird is about 3 inches tall and is one of my collectibles.  He is a porcelain figurine made in Japan.  Now my porcelain bird is much more subtle in color, mostly shades of gray-blue, but somehow???  The reason he is called ribbon bird is because the orange dishtowel behind him has the multicolored ribbons along one edge and he is sitting right among them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

"The Remains of the Day"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
$95.00 Framed in plain black wooden frame.
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I celebrated my birthday with my son, Louis, his wife Amy and their adorable 3 year old, Enzo.  They prepared a whole celebration for me with dinner and a delicious red velvet cake.  They insisted I take the remaining cake home with me even though they are three and and I am one.  So the next day when I went to the Mainstreet Art Centre to paint, I took the one-half remaining cake to share with my fellow artists.   However the plan was to paint it first.  So I got about two thirds of the way finished with the still life and it was break time.  We usually listen to an instructor talk about a specific painting subject like values or edges or about an artist that may be of interest.  We all gather around and have a cup of coffee or tea and whatever treats people have brought in.  I decided to share the cake at that time instead after lunch, because many of the morning artists would have left.  Well, the cake was really enjoyed...but it was now a small piece and I had begun the painting with one-half a cake.  When I went back to my painting, I just could not seem to finish it here are the remains of the day!  

Saturday, August 6, 2011

"Beauty & Wisdom"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil On Raymar Canvas Panel
$95.00 Framed in Plain Black Wooden Frame
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    I painted this still life from a beautiful wooden Koi  that a friend gave me for my birthday, and his com-patriot, an Asian gentleman I bought at The Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, WI.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Pitcher With Cherries"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil on Raymar Panel
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 This was my first painting with cherries and a pitcher.  I posted the second one earlier.  It was more of a close up, so that the cherries were the focal point instead of the pitcher being the focal point.  I like them both, but then, I am fond of pitchers...especially if they are turquoise in color!