Thursday, June 30, 2011

Impressionistic Still Life Oil Painting - by Pam Holnback

Red Or White?
6" x 6" Oil

I've been wanting to paint a piece on a background toned in black  This wine glass seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I like the effect and think I'll tone some more dark.

This is the painting the client chose.  Which one of the four wine glasses would you have chosen?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Impressionistic Still Life Oil Painting - by Pam Holnback

I Prefer Chardonay
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is the third of my wine glasses.  I love how the sky reflected in through the window onto the glass.

"Shake it Up" by Sandy Bradford

Time for a fun, loose, alla prima oil painting!

This old diner scene with salt and pepper shakers seemed simple enough for just such a painting. I had fun with the colors, too.

This painting was completed on an 8" x 8" canvas panel, and is ready for framing.

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1485 Classic Partners SOLD

6" x 12" oil on panel  due to be framed when dry.

I recently painted a similar composition of Stilton and grapes which I enjoyed painting very much it sold quite rapidly after framing. I've a few ideas of what I want to paint this week keeping them really classic and realistic. I'm looking forward to eating this yummy cheese tonight with hubby after dinner.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Shave and a Haircut

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Shave and a Haircut"
16" x 20"
Pastel on Canson


Impressionistic Still Life by Pam Holnback

A Nice Merlot
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

In painting this series of four I used both white and red wines.  It not only made it more fun for me, I thought that that would give the client more color choices.  After meeting with her I thought that I should have asked if they preferred white or red wine.  In retrospect, I'm glad that I didn't as I might have only painted that color.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Twilight & Sunset"

8"H x10"W Oil on Utrecht Canvas Board  This painting is available through the Daily Paintworks Auction site.  Bidding starts at $100.00.00 and 10% will be donated breast cancer research.  The "47" project is in response to a challenge by Kimberly Conrad from Contemporary Fine Art International.  All are welcome to join in the challenge.  Go to

The challenge this week is presented by Jean Nelson.  I chose to do it in a triadic color scheme.  I first toned the canvas with cad red medium.  After it dried I proceeded with a triadic color scheme of cad orange, viridian, and manganese violet letting the toned background show through for a sunset feel to the favorite time of day with landscapes!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Impressionistic Still Life by Pam Holnback

Red, Please
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10.00 s/h

I received a commission to paint a wine glass.  This client had purchased two of my other pieces, wine bottles and corks with a cork screw.  She wanted a third, knowing that that would look better in her home.  It isn't always that you get to see where your pieces are and how your pieces look in someone's home.  But, she invited me over to get my opinion, see her colors, and see about the third piece.  The two paintings are hanging in their great room, over a small bureau that they use as a bar.  They look great (if I may say so myself.)  I hope to be able to see the third, when it's up.  I loved painting the wine glass.  So, I painted four and let her choose the one she wanted.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekly Challenge

Diane Mannion, Watermelon, 6x6" oil

"So Not Returning" By Kelli Miller

So I bought these shoes at Target with the intention of returning them as soon as I had painted them. After the painting was complete I thought hmmm they are kinda cool. All it took was for a fellow artist to tell me to try them on (they just happen to be my size). I am so not returning them!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Summer Super"

I think this light supper of three healthy fruits would be delightful on a Summer evening!  LOL!

This painting is available through the Daily Paintworks Auction site.


Many times I 've walked into a gallery, in NYC mind you, to be treated like I wasn't even there. Not a good sales approach for sure. Usually I'm scoping the location out to see what the reception is like and if I'd want to show my work there. Why bother putting time into a show if nobody is going to support your work with enthusiasm or general information?? Although Carolyn Henderson's article references a yarn shop the concept is relevant to any sales venue. Read below for a glimpse at the huge marketing faux pas of not being friendly or inviting. Giselle McMenamin

The Importance of Being Earnestly Friendly

by Carolyn Henderson

You’re in a profession that demands social interaction, because people want to know more about your creations and their creator. Start with the smile. [...]

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Impressionistic Floral by Pam Holnback

Backyard Tea Rose
6" x 8" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I love it when the Tea Roses in our backyard blossom.  They're such a happy looking flower and I love painting them.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Yum To Come"

5"H x 7"W
Oil on Stretched Canvas
$65.00 unframed plus 5.00 S&H
$75.00 framed
I missed you yesterday!  Lots of computer & blog problems!  This little painting is about getting ready to make some yummy chocolate chip cookies for the family.  I had better get busy, those chips are tempting me!

Framed or Unframed Option

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Mini Bud"

8"H x 7"W  Oil on Linen Sheet, Unframed
$65.00 plus $5.00 S&H 
This lovely little vase was given to me by my daughter for my birthday last year.  It has a vintage hand painted look.  It is only about 5 inches tall but packs a punch with the beautiful blues, pinks and greens in the floral design.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Leftovers" by Giselle McMenamin

"Leftovers" 6x6" oil on panel
Thought I would post today's painting I did for the Daily Paintworks -Balance Challenge. I appropriately named it Leftovers because no one would finish the end of the blueberries. I must say I always under estimate how much time these small works take! Had a lot of fun once I got into it. Feedback always welcomed.

Union Leader

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I found this old tobacco tin up in Estes park a few weeks ago...couldn't wait to get it in a painting!

"Union Leader"
16" x 20"
Pastel on Canson paper


"Mannequin" by Giselle McMenamin

"Mannequin" 10x8" oil on panel
Giselle McMenamin
I'm a newbie here  and just signed up with CFAI. Looking forward to contributing to this blog and seeing everyone's work on here. Very inspirational! The above piece is one I painted for the Daily Paintworks challenge "Value Study". It was a bit of a struggle getting the dark values dark because the burnt umber was so translucent. A great exercise regardless. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Cherries With Pitcher"

6"H x6"W    
Oil on Canvas Panel
              SOLD          My Blog       My Website

I did several paintings with cherries...and then got to eat them...wouldn't want them to go to waste!  This one is up close view.  I also did the pitcher wholly in view with the cherries at the bottom.  I like this composition best.If you are in our area of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, I have paintings on display at The Hoffman Estates Village Hall, Hoffman Estates, IL, The Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL and The Old Courthouse Gallery in Woodstock, IL.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Viola"

8"H x 8"W                                                     SOLD
Oil on Canvas Panel  
Framed in plain black wood frame


Viola/violets are one of my favorite flowers.  I love their rich purples and the way they spread or reseed themselves across an area with no effort on my part!  These are contained though by their pretty little cup.  If you are in our area of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, I have paintings on display at The Hoffman Estates Village Hall, Hoffman Estates, IL, The Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL and The Old Courthouse Gallery in Woodstock, IL.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Purple Vase

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Purple Vase"
11" x 16"
Pastel on Belgium Mist Wallis paper
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"Purple Crocus Flowers" by Sandy Bradford

Today seemed like the perfect day to paint crocuses. Well, why not?

Although these were painted from a photo, it was really a very good, clear photo. (I actually considered painting the live African violet on my table first, but the lighting in the room was too strong, i.e. no shadows.)

So crocuses won out. This is an 8" x 8" oil on 1" stretcher bars,gallery wrapped canvas, suitable for framing or hanging without a frame for a more contemporary look.

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Impressionistic Still Life Oil Painting - by Pam Holnback

Peonies - 100 Garden and Floral Oil Painting 66/100
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This morning my plein air group painted at a home with a magnificent garden.  Every square inch of the yard has been turned into growing space for herbs, vegetables and flowers.  It was magnificent!  And, the freshly baked rhubarb pie was delicious!  Thank you Natalya.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Present" and The Past Challenge

8'H X 10"W    SOLD
This is the latest Daily Paintworks Challenge.  Wrap up a present and paint it.  Well, as it happens today is my birthday and on Tuesday afternoon a box arrived from my ex-sister-in-law.  I opened the box and this lovely present was in it.  So I painted the gift box along with the really beautiful card.  The card has sparkles on it...I just love anything that sparkles.  After a Thai dinner at my son's house tonight with my daughter-in-law and my adorable grandson, age three, we opened presents.  In this box there was a beautiful little bird, actually about life size and a wonderful candle with a bird, nest and flowers reverse painted on the glass.  Two additions to my collection for future paintings.  Although I don't get to see my sister-in-law much anymore, I always think of her fondly and remember the good times we had together when we were as close as true sisters.

1474 Pearfection SOLD

7" x 5" oil on panel unframed

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"Sugar Berries" By Kelli Miller

The best thing about painting still paintings is getting to eat the set up! Most of my daily paintings are 6x6. This one is 6x8.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato"

                                  8"H x 8"W   Oil on Canvas Panel
                                  $65.00 plus 7.00 S&H
 This painting was a lot of fun, and I get to eat the potatoes!  I will dress up the Idaho with butter and cream cheese after cooking in the microwave for 10 minutes.  The red I might cook and put into an olive oil, vinegar, garlic and salt dressing.  The sweet potato will be good baked with cinnamon and butter.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Still Life

Diane Mannion, Great Grapes, 4x6" oil

"Dinner For One" by Sandy Bradford

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel
Guess I was in a blue mood. I thought it would be cool to try a tonal painting, so I set about toning the background of this canvas panel with a blue-green, fairly neutral color.

This one place dinner setting seemed to match the mood that I was going for, so I used primarily blues and whites to establish three dimension.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Impressionistic Plein Air Still Life -Shrimp Pots- by Pam Holnback

Shrimp Pots
Alaskan plein air #6
6" x 8" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I've mentioned the challenges of plein air painting, and have mentioned some additional challenges of plein air painting on a boat, ie:  changing light, changing reflections on the water, high glare.  Another one is boat movement.  As the boat sways and rocks slowly with the water, you aren't always aware of this.  But, when you're painting and look up and the shadow right in front of you is different, you just go with what was there!  You can't keep changing light and shadow.

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1471 My Marguerite SOLD

8" x 6" oil on panel, unframed  to view more of my work go to

I picked this daisy from my garden from among a bunch of plants that had gone wild and taken over a lot of the bed in which I had planted them, the thugs! Anyway I popped it in this little blue and white jug and set it up inside my old oak box and off I went.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

1458 Snuggling Up!

10" x 5" oil on panel, framed

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Friday, June 3, 2011

"Let's Follow the Big Guy" by Sandy Bradford

6" x 6"

Oil on 1" Stretcher Bars

Gallery Wrapped Canvas
$75 USD, includes shipping

I set up my light box again, and decided on the title before I even began painting this small oil on stretched canvas. The large green apple looked as though he was in authority, so the two clementines became the followers, exclaiming, "Let's Follow the Big Guy"...

It's good to be back in the saddle, so to speak. I'm settling back in, and plan to get busy with several new plein aire landscapes. I can already see these paintings in my mind, and these canvases are going to be VERY colorful. Can't wait to share them with you.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Chillin' with Cherries" by Kelli Miller

I found this cool little bird in a garden store for only 6 bucks! I am sure he will be in many other paintings.

6x8 oil