Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Evening In Door County"

Well, I am happy to say that my son and his wife finally, after almost a year, sold their townhouse. I helped out a with packing up the smaller items that were used in the staging and taking them to their garage for a garage sale.  The movers took the furniture that was not bought by the buyers or friends in the neighborhood.
For Jenn's challenge this week at The Artist's Playroom-to "paint something you have been thinking about but haven't gotten around to"- I did this sunset from my photo taken while I was up in Door County Wisconsin one Fall.  
I am also entering it and the charcoal portrait below the sunset to Paint Party Friday hosted by Kristin and Eva.  Please try to visit some of these links to see what other artists are working on.

"Evening In Door County"
Original Oil on 10"H x 20"L stretched canvas
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First weeks lesson in portrait class 
I have been looking forward to this class with friend and fellow artist Ann Feldman.  She does excellent portraits and says that they are her first love in painting.  But some of you might also know her from her entries into some of the Daily Paintworks challenges or her gallery on that site.  As you can see, the grid for sizing my portrait is still evident.  I think her right eye is a little wonky, but we will correct and then move on to another portrait next week.  Learning something new is the best!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Quoth The Raven"

8"H x 10"W Original oil on board.
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This week Carol Marine gave us the "Birdbrain Challenge".  Her bird is a gull.  But since I did a gull for Ria Hill's "Shoot and Paint" challenge earlier this year, and Carol said we could paint hers or any other bird of our choosing, I chose this raven.  I think it is great for this time of year, with Halloween coming up.  I used an already textured board.  Frequently I use the leftover paint on my palette to pre-treat another board for future use. This board was completely dry.  It had some oranges and other colors on it, but I wanted it toned completely red-orange so went over it with Cad Red Medium before starting this painting  I know some people think ravens/crows are spooky or evil, but I love them.  I feel they are somehow primal and they have always attracted my interest.  I feel the same way about geese as they fly South on a cloudy and chilly Fall day.  It gives me the shivers and I too have a longing to fly!
I am also posting this for Paint Party Friday.  Please check both sites to see what other artists have been doing this past week.