Friday, September 30, 2011

1512 Elegant Collection

40 x 50 cms.  = 15.7" x 19.7"inches oil on panel, framed

Some of these lovely objects I found in England, a treasure trove for still life objects. The cup is fine bone china, in an unusual shape with a very classic pattern, the pretty plate with the gold edge I found in a charity shop, I just love rummaging in said shops, bric-a-brac shops, flee markets and the like, I don't think I will ever run out of things to paint.

Realism Guild Show

Morandi Redux, 18x24 oil on linen

Tonight is opening night for the International Guild of Realism's 6th Annual Juried Show. The Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe is hosting the event, which features 70 artist members. I'm excited that my painting Morandi Redux was selected for this year's show. This is the third IGOR show I've been juried into; last year, my painting Setting Sun was awarded Best Still Life (and to make my joy complete, it sold!). If you are in the area, the show runs through October 22.

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Fresh Tomatoes by Pam Holnback

Fresh Tomatoes
9" x 12" Oil on board
$195. + $10. s/h  click here to bid

The tomatoes have been incredible this year.  The cherry tomatoes in our garden have been so sweet!

For this still life, I also did a quick value study.  After I'd set it aside I realized that the value of the cut tomato was too light.  Because it's a study I didn't feel the need to go back and repaint it, but it certainly helped me realize the true value(s) of the inside of the tomato in the final painting.

Friday, September 30th 5 - 8 pm is the Opening Reception for the "Breast Cancer: The Courageous & Beautiful" Artists Coming Together for the Cure! Art Show at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs.  I'm happy to have three pieces in the show.  Please join us as Susan G Komen for the Cure of Southeastern Colorado presents their art show to raise awareness and funding in their search for the cure.  Stop by if you live here in the Springs.  The show continues until October 18th.  

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Cherry Drop"

Original Oil on Watercolor paper.  11"H x 7.5"W  There is a watercolor wash under the oil paint.
Unframed $65.00/Double Matted ready to frame in 20"H x16"W frame $80.00

         Somehow whenever you are in Door County Wisconsin during cherry season you always end up painting them several times.    My Blog

Just Picked, 6x6, original still life oil painting, western Colorado artist Barbara Churchley

I almost always have fresh flowers in my house. I really enjoy painting them, as flowers can’t help but lift us up and make us smile. To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Fall-N-Leaves"

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil

       Thank you Ann, for this exciting challenge.  I have admired many of your peek-a-boo paintings and now a great challenge.  I started with a background tone of an acrylic paint called Hotshots Fluorescent Acrylics in Fiery Red.  The came the olive green in random brush strokes, then the dark maple leaf forms with much of the red showing through.  next came my favorite, turquoise leaves, some more touches of green in a lighter value, and some brushes strokes of alizarin crimson,cobalt and dioxine purple in the dark leaves.  I really had fun doing something totally different today.                       MY Blog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "French Bread & Brie"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
$65.00 Unframed
  There is no wine here because I had this delicious meal for breakfast, although I could have included my cup of espresso in the painting! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Da Juice

I started this with a nectarine instead of the orange. After wiping it twice, and getting very discouraged, I decided to switch to the orange. And it quickly came together. I realized that the nectarine had been too busy and contrasty and was distracting from the glass. The orange worked much better.

8x6 oil on Raymar canvas panel
Comes with folding wrought iron scroll stand.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Mild Things by Pam Holnback

Mild Things
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

Yesterday was the Fall Art Fair at Summerland Gardens.  It was a beautiful day, partly cloudy, but luckily no rain.  Summerland Gardens has been roasting and selling chiles from Hatch, New Mexico for the last few weeks.  Regularly, a truck drives up from Hatch to deliver the chiles and everyday they sell as many as they roast.

There were bushels of chiles, mild, medium and hot, just waiting to be roasted.  I set-up and painted this one in the afternoon.

I couldn't resist!  Smelling the roasting all day, I bought half a bushel...the exact ones roasting in this photo!  I confess, I bought milds!  Which ones would you have bought?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Y'all Crack Me Up...

Y'all crack me up ... I laugh alot... with others and with myself ! ... so just wanted to share this in a visual...this is a tiny piece 3 x 4 acrylic on linen gallery wrap... 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rosemary and Lemon

I was amazed to discover the wide variety of martinis people make these days. Not being much of a drinker, I had no idea.
I found the softness and subtle tonal shifts very different from my usual subject matter. It made for an interesting challenge.

6x6 oil on Raymar canvas panel
Comes with folding wrought iron scroll stand.

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1505 Luscious Lemons

9" x 12" oil on panel
This pretty green glass bowl was another car boot find and I chose the perfect partners for it, to set it off a treat! To see more of my work go to :-

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Summer Contained" by Carolina Daley

I am so excited to be part of Still Life Artists International! This is my first blog post ever, so I chose one of my favorite paintings, Summer Contained. I set up a composition with glass bottles and seashells, but it wasn't coming together until a shaft of sunlight came in from the window and suddenly it had this fascinating interplay of angles of light and shadow. I kept the colors as monochromatic as possible to leave the focus on the play of light.

Summer Contained
16 x 20
Oil on linen
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Dry Idea

I had so much fun ... well after I got over the agonizing part ... painting the last one I decided to start a new series. I don't know how many there will be, but I'm calling it Things in Glass. Which makes for many possibilities. One of the fun things to do with things in glass is to add a liquid, in this case a martini. The refraction of the liquid lets you see what's in it from the top and the side at the same time!

6x6 oil on Raymar canvas panel
Comes with folding wrought iron scroll stand.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Four Value Challenge "Island In The Clouds"

9"H x 11.75"W  Original Oil on Board

This is the Sept 10, 2011 weekly challenge from the Daily Paintworks site.  The project involves using 4 values to design your painting.  How to "Keep it simple".  Not as easy as it would seem!  Nonetheless, I enjoyed the challenge and realize how valuable it is to learn to decipher the different values in your 2D composition to make it as realistic as the original scene.  I used Burnt Sienna and white and plan to finish the painting in colors natural to the actual landscape.  This photo was taken in Busse Woods, near Schaumburg, Ill on the North side of Route 72.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Contemporary Realism by Paula Peacock

'William's Heirloom', Oil on Canvas, 8" x 8"

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Resting In The Light

A delicate balance...resting in the light...this is actually the focal point of a much larger painting 18 x 50...acrylic on linen gallery wrap... I paint variations on this theme... as symbolically it continues to

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fall Bouquet, a 14x11 oringinal oil painting by western Colorado artist Barbara Churchley

It’s my favorite time of year, and the fall flowers have their own special colors and feel. This painting currently resides in a friend’s business. I can’t seem to get it back from her!! To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Gloria J Zucaro's "Thirsty Bird"

16"H x 8"W Oil on Canvas panel.
$100.00 unframed

  This faucet with it's beautiful rust and corrosion was from a photograph that I chose from Frankie's Johnson's selections at the workshop at The Clearing.  We picked either the faucet or an old barn door to paint for studying texture, and then added our own items to complete the scene.  The little bird that I placed under the faucet is a gift from my sister-in-law whose beautiful package I painted in "The Present" challenge on the Daily Paintworks site.

Contemporary Still Life by Paula Peacock

'Why the Chicken REALLY Crossed the Road'
12" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

I often say that I don't choose the subjects I paint, they choose me. While browsing through a local flea market, the little chicken sugar and creamer set caught my eye and for some goofy reason unknown to me, I was transfixed. They begged to be bought and at 99 cents I couldn't refuse. I love pairing unusual objects with each other. Add a little whimsy and I'm right at home with the composition.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two Oranges, Original Still Life Painting by Paula Peacock

While painting, I learned rather quickly that the peeled orange rinds in my still life set up start to droop and lose their shape almost right away. Especially under the hot light I had focused on it. I either had to paint very fast (which I can't) or peel more oranges. Though the title is Two Oranges, the reality is it took about 5 oranges by the time I finished.
This original oil painting on canvas titled,'Two Oranges', measures 9" x 12" and is enhanced beautifully by a wide, dark cherry wood frame.
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Piggy Pears

Monday, September 5, 2011
We purchased this Piggy Pears crate at an estate sale...we think it dates somewhere in the 1940's (pears are from the 2011 crop).

"Piggy Pears"
16" x 20"
Pastel on Belgium Mist Wallis
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bronze and Oranges, 11x14 original oil, western Colorado artist Barbara Churchley

Bronze and Oranges is an 11x14 oil, and was painted for a demo I did for a local arts organization. After making a few adjustments in my studio, it sold to another artist!! For more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "So Succulent"

12"H x 9"W Original Oil 

This item is for auction at the Daily Paintworks site starting bid $50.00 and the money will be donated to The Africa Challenge for starving children presented by Carol & David Marine.

When deciding what to paint one day at the studio I noticed this very nice set-up of pots with artificial cacti.  I rearranged it to be a little tipsy and from more of a birds-eye view.  I love the colors and shapes!