Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Picasso- It Challenge"Taos Girl At Horno

6"H x 6"W Original Oil On Panel
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Here is my painting for my “Picasso It” Challenge.
It is called “Taos Girl At Horno, Picasso-style”
A horno is the proper name of the bake ovens at the Taos Pueblo.  I took this picture while on vacation in 2009.
I got the design by cutting apart the photo that I had printed out and then trying various placements on the 6 x 6 panel.  
I think putting the name of the artist chosen in the title is an important part of the challenge.
Below is the original picture before I cut it up.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Seeds Of Life"

12"H x 6"W Original Oil   $115.00 Framed
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This my early entry for Paint Party Friday, since I will be busy for the next few days and wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving with this painting.  I painted this Indian woman with a pumpkin and a sunflower from  a still life set-up of two objects that I put out for my Thanksgiving decorations.  I also have the male Indian and both a male and female Pilgrim.  I decided on the title after thinking about the fact that our native Americans did not always have turkey at their disposal so enjoyed seeds sometimes instead for their protein, fat and carbs.   

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Toaster/Broiler/Baker"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil On Panel
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The Daily Paintworks Challenge for this week...our toaster.  But since I don't have a toaster, here is my toaster oven sitting in front of my green tile back splash.  Is my tile organic?!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Are They Talking About Me?!"

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil on Canvas Panel
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This lemons gossiping painting is for my PPF(Paint Party Friday) entry.  I just realised I posted to PPF before I posted here!!  That won't work.  I had the idea for this painting when I rolled out a bunch of lemons on my kitchen counter and took pictures from various sides.  This looked to me like most of the lemons were talking about the one who was left out in the upper left hand corner.  The Instigator of the gossip is the other lemon with a highlight and a well defined nose!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gloria's"The Worm & The Mushroom II"

8"H x 8"W Oil on Panel
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I have added this as an entry in Jennifer Mclean's The Artist Playroom, although I did this last year, it fits with the garden theme of this weeks challenge.
be sure to check all the other artists entries.

From a series of the paintings from Ria Hills "Paint & Shoot"  monthly challenge.
The first one had the worm under the mushroom and was done in Pastel.  This one is in oil.  Here it is in the floater frame, the colors in the top photograph are closer to reality in my monitor.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Abstract Favorites"

20"H x 10"W Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
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 I am proud to say that I had four paintings accepted into the Randy Higbee 6 Inch Squared National Juried show in Costa Mesa, Ca.

I tried something a little different here.  As I sat watching television, I drew on my canvas different things I like or enjoy.  A heart, fish(in a pond!), a cup of coffee, the telephone,my green tile kitchen counter,trees with the leaves drawn in house shapes, a rose, the wind, a rainbow and the star with various triangle and circles.  As I drew each one, I turned the canvas 1/4 of the way around to the right.  I hope you enjoy some of these things, too.  This can be hung either vertically or horizontally.  See below.  This is in the black frame,against my natural oak floor.  The colors in this bottom pix don't seem as accurate, I think I took this picture in a different place and at a different time of day.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Go To Okabashi"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil  on Raymar Panel
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These black rubber sandals are my "go to" shoes all year long.  I have had them for about 3 years and they are so comfortable that I wear them all summer.  In the cold weather I remove my "outdoor" shoes when I come home, and my socks and put my Okabashi on.  Here they are modeled with my pajama is the weekend after all!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Elephant Story"

12"H x 9"W  Original Oil on Board

Today's painting was done from life, but not an alive elephant at Cabela's in Hoffman Estates, IL.  I arrived at 7:40AM, twenty minutes ahead of schedule with all my paraphernalia.  Even though what I considered a rush hour time of day, it only took me twenty minutes from my home in Lake Zurich.  So I tilted my seat back and listened to the radio.  It was a cold 30% morning and the sun had a mist around it.  I was trying to decide how I would paint the sky if I were doing Plein air.  But I digress. 
None of the other artists had arrived as far as I could see.  I had noticed employees arriving in those twenty minutes.  At eight I went to the front door.  There was a maintenance man there and he told me to go to the staff entrance because the store didn't open until 9AM and the front door was locked.  So I went, it was locked, so I knocked on the window with my sun glasses because no one had come when I knocked with my knuckles!  At last!  A young woman opened it and I told her I was one of the painters who were to go to the second floor.  She called someone on her walkie-talkie(is that what they are called now???) and said" The painters are here for the second floor".  I said "OH! We are not wall painters we are artists here to paint the animals."  So then she called another person who said I should go to the conference room.  After asking where it was I took the elevator up to the second floor. 

 HOW COOL!  A rocky mountain with waterfalls and with life-size bears, deer, coyote, turkey, moose, elk, fox, mountain goats,eagle,etc.,etc.   I put down all my painting stuff and started taking pictures.  At the far end I discovered the safari animals.  Wow!  So neat...Lions, Gazelle,Rhino Elephant,Water Buffalo, and so on.  More picture taking.  All the animals had labels and a couple of facts about them.  By this time a staff member walked by and told me that even though Cabela's is a sportsmen's store, they are also considered a museum and do tours for groups large and small.  He told me there was a tunnel through the mountain with fish tanks holding local types of freshwater fish.  After he left I called one of my artists friends and found out that since the store didn't actually open until 9AM and they hadn't been able to get in, they had gone for coffee and would see me soon.  I decided to go downstairs and see the fish.  As I walked by all the staff members who were getting their morning update, a woman stopped me to inquire who I was.  It turns out they shouldn't have let me in.  But all was explained and I was setting up and ready to paint by the time the other six artists arrived.  I took my time drawing my elephant, painted til lunch, then finished up early afternoon. 

I am so glad to find out about Cabela's as I had missed going there with another group of artists earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Taking A Break"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
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The Daily Paintworks challenge this week is to use a reference picture to form your own group of people from all the subjects in the reference crowd scene.  I changed the scene by eliminating the umbrellas, and putting people from three different tables together.  I brought the windows and flower boxes down to the lower level of the building. 
These ladies needed to get off their feet after a day of sight seeing!  "Cheers!"  
See the reference photo below.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Nesting"

6"H x 6"W Oil on Raymar Panel
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This painting was created to be entered in the Point and Shoot Challenge offered for the month of November by Ria Hills on her blog site. Ria and her friend Pamela White Murphy started these new monthly challenges last month.  All paintings are done using their photographs as the starting point.  I think she has personality! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gloria J. Zucaro's Abstracted "Caribbean Moonshine"

8"H x 8"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
$75.00 Unframed/ $90. Framed in Plain Black Frame.


Many of my "fair weather friends" have left for either Florida or Arizona and may be home for the holiday, but not for long!  So I won't really see them or play Farkel, Mexican Train or Mahjong again until the end of April.
One of my friends' and her husband had originally planned on retiring in the Caribbean, but eventually ended up on the West coast of Florida.  Not so expensive for the kids to come down.  I thought of the Caribbean when painting this abstracted tree.  It was done with a palette knife and brush with heavy texture application.  10% of the sale price will go to breast cancer research through the Club 47 a Kimberly Conrad project.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Silent Moon"

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I had fun with this one by under-painting with acrylic gold glitter paint which shows through in selected areas. This cat that has a glittery surface is one of my Halloween decorations, as are my Fall leaves that are edged with glitter.   I needed something else in the upper left corner, especially because the cat appeared to be looking at something.  I really liked the moon.  I hope you do too!