Friday, January 27, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Peonies with Fruit"

8"H x 8"W  Original oil in floater frame (see below).
$105.00  S&H to your ZIP
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I did this painting during a Plein air outing.  Although there were buildings from our Lake Zurich downtown behind it, I put a more impressionistic background in, continuing the colors in the focal point.  This is my "Hello!" for Paint Party Friday. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Wishful Thinking"

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil on Panel
Unframed $75.00, S&H to your ZIP

It has turned completely frigid and prospects of 4 to 8 inches of snow loom ahead.  Although I love to have cool sleeping conditions and love the four seasons, it is usually around this time of year that I really appreciate the thought of 70 degree temperatures with a slight warm breeze and sunny skies.  I saw these flowers near a weathered chair and vintage rusted car in Door County Wisconsin last July.  Take me there oh my imagination!  This is my Paint Party Friday entry for this week.  Happy PPF!
 If you are in our area of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, I have paintings on display at Mainstreet Art Centre, The Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL and The Old Courthouse Gallery in Woodstock, IL and The College of Lake County.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Pokey's Pals"

8"H x 8"W Original oil on Panel
 $105.00 Framed  S&H to your ZIP
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I had a lot of fun with this Daily Paintworks challenge because as you may have noticed, I love the color orange!  Apparently the designers have designated "Tangerine Tango" as the color of the year.  Our challenge was to paint a picture with the color of the year predominant.    My friend Ann Feldman beat me to the orange vegetables, so I raided my grandsons' toy box in my basement.  I kept calling "Pokey" " Gumby", until someone reminded me that "Gumby" is a little green rubber man, and this is his horse" Pokey"!  The fire truck is broken with its' ladder missing, but "what the hey"!  I like the weird little cross-eyed ball, too.

Below is a photo of "the beginning", my value study and start of putting in color.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Green Plate & Ham"

6"H x 8"W Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
$99.00  Framed    S&H to your ZIP
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The Daily Paintworks Challenge for the week of January 8- 14 is to paint a picture of your breakfast.  Well, this was not my breakfast because I couldn't cook in the studio!  I actually had 2 slices of bacon, two fried eggs, and a healthy juiced fruit and vegetable combo that was made from 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 apple, 1 orange and a one inch square of fresh ginger.  Oh, not to forget the large cup of Colombian coffee  "straight"!
I painted this over a previously used canvas.  I have photos of the canvas and my value study below.

I haven't posted for a week because my children celebrated Christmas with me on the 7th. of January.  I was busy last week with some extra shopping and wrapping, and preparing or picking up food for the weekend.  So the ham in this picture is part of a Honeybaked ham we had.  I still have too much leftover, even though they each took some home.  Ham anybody?! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Butterfly Apples"

91/8"H x 113/4"W Original Pastel on Sanded Paper
$125.00 Unframed

    I love stacking things and making off-kilter arrangements.  I had decided on flowers and fruit, but it needed something, so I added the butterfly.  

Monday, January 2, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Purple Apple,Blue Orange,Green Lemon"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Canvas Panel
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This weeks challenge from the Daily Paintworks site is called "Change the Color!"  My original and actual colors were red apple, yellow lemon and an orange orange.  The soup bowl is actually shades of teal,blue/ green, & purple.  This was hard but fun!  I did the value study over my first panel with the four 10 minute pumpkin paintings on it that I had done for that challenge in October.   The colors underneath were orange, yellow and blue/green.  It made it a little confusing when I started my value study and painting, but once I got in most of the basic colors it felt better.