Monday, November 28, 2011

Worcestershire and Lemons

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I had most of my family for Thanksgiving this year. Everybody brought something. As always, my father was in charge of the shrimp. He makes a spicy cocktail sauce to go along with it. One of his special ingredients is Worcestershire sauce. During the commotion of getting dinner on the table, I caught a glance of his bottle of sauce sitting alongside three beautiful lemons. The color combination was striking. It had to be painted.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

'Yellow Polka Dot Shoes" - 6"x6" Original Oil Painting by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas

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I never tried painting shoes before until it was suggested in last week's Daily Paintwork's challenge. I loved the experience so much, that I hit up my daughter's closet again! She's got quite an eclectic collection... I could be at this a while.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Giving Thanks" By Kelli Miller

I have so much to be thankful for.

This painting is not for sale.

"Orange", an 8x12 original oil painting by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

Painting a still life is fascinating work. There are countless ways to represent the vase and flowers, and it adds up to a creative and challenging endeavor for me as an artist. This painting is sold; to view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Seeds Of Life"

12"H x 6"W Original Oil on Stretched canvas
Unframed and ready to Hang, sides painted, no staples.

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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.  

Some Mighty Fine Wine by Pam Holnback

Some Mighty Fine Wine
6" x 6" Oil
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This is one of the pieces that I have hanging at Summerland Gardens.  I photographed it there, instead of in my usual spot, and there's a slight glare.  I'll try to get over there and re-photo it.
I'm not sure that all of these are mighty fine wines, but...

Joy to the World by Three Dog Night
"Jeremiah was a bullfrog.
Was a good friend of mine.
Never understood a single word he said,
but he always had some mighty fine wine."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


                                     This holiday season is a reminder to count our blessings...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tis The Season by Pam Holnback

This The Season
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is the second of the vintage, non shiny Christmas ornaments that I recently painted.  It was great how so many commenters on my last post talked about the ornaments from their childhood, their mother's ornaments, etc.  What wonderful memories of the past.  I would love to have all, or even some, of the ornaments from my childhood trees to paint.  How many ornaments from your childhood do you still have?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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

6"H x 6"W  Original Oil on Canvas Panel
$65.00 Unframed

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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!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pear and White Ceramics by Patricia Kness

9x12 Oil on canvas board  $95.
This little paintinig was done as a class demo in my Monday evening beginning Oil Painitng Class at the Savage Art Studios.  My students seem to understand brush work and edges if I do a painitng along with them.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Yule Tide Treasure by Pam Holnback

Yule Tide Treasure
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10.00 s/h

I love painting Christmas ornaments.  I love the shine, sparkle and reflections.  These ornaments are vintage, and aren't regular, shiny glass balls.  They're antiqued and somewhat matte.  I found this a fun challenge.

This is one of my paintings that will be at Summerland Gardens during the holiday season.  This weekend, November 18 and 19, 10am-8pm is their Holiday Open House.   Hope you can stop by and share some holiday cheer.

I also have paintings at Dream Pastries in Castle Rock.  This Saturday is the annual Starlighting event, (the lighting of the star on the castle like rock).  Events and openings will be taking place downtown, so please stop by there as well.

Reflections of Morning

Reflections of Morning
9x12 oil on board  $250.
Did this as a class demo on how to paint a highly reflective object.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Sole Sistas' - 6"x6" Original Oil on Panel of Shoes by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas

Okay. So these are not my shoes. They belong to my powerfully beautiful, fiercely determined daughter, MollyKay. I borrowed them from her closet for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. I am dedicating this painting to her, as next week she "steps" out into her new career ... yes,  in the beauty industry.

Gloria's"The Worm & The Mushroom II"

8"H x 8"W Oil on Panel$75.00 Unframed/$90.00 in Plain black Floater Frame(see Below)


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This is the second in my two part series of the paintings from the Ria Mills "Paint & Shoot" October Challenge, only I didn't get it done in October so here it is now.  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.

"The Blues", a 12x9 original pastel by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

I had a really great time painting this pastel, as I wanted to paint with colors that aren’t normally seen in a bouquet of flowers. I really like the blues; they make for a really different look! To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

'The Red Bowl', Contemporary Realism by Paula Peacock

The Red Bowl, Oil on Wood, 12" x 12"

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

6 Inch Squared Show by Pam Holnback

I'm pleased that these two pieces, "Make The Season Bright" and "Late Bloom", have been accepted into the Six Inch Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California.  The Holiday Gala Artists Reception will be held the evening of December 3, 2011.  I hope that anyone in that area will be able to attend.

Compare Apples to Orange

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I try to keep my paintings loose and fresh. Ii also want to keep my still life "not so still".  I think I succeeded on this one.  The apples seem to have a life of their own. Maybe they are just annoyed by the presents of the orange in their space.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This image invites contemplation...( you are invited...) 6 x 12 acrylic on linen gallery 

Gloria J Zucaro's "Abstract Favorites"

20"H x 10"W  Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
$175.00 Framed in black floater frame ready to hang. See frame at bottom of this listing.

 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
$65.00 Unframed/$80.00 Framed in Plain Black Wood Frame


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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 Sunday after all! :) 
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About the Okasbashi company.  I copied this from their website " Our factory was built on 300 acres of land in Buford, GA – a hub for shoe manufacturing in the early 1900’s. The company adopted the name “Okabashi”, inspired by the Japanese principles of reflexology-based design."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Elephant Story"

12"H x 9"W  Original Oil on Board
$125.00 Unframed/ $150.00 Framed


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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.

You're A Grand Old Flag by Pam Holnback

You're A Grand Old Flag
8" x 8"  Oil on cradled panel
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Last fall fellow Daily Painter Original blogger Karen Werner posted two incredible paintings, Old Glory and Old Glory 2.  They were my inspiration for this piece and I thought it appropriate for Veteran's Day.  Both of my parent's served in WWII, my dad was in the Army and my mom was a WASP.  My grandfather was in both WWI and WWII.

This painting is of the flag that was on my grandfather's grave when he passed away in 1964.  The flag went to my dad,  who later passed down to my son (who was given my grandfather's name as his middle name.)  We don't hang this flag outside, I should probably take it to the VFW and have them ceremoniously fold it.  I'm pleased how this piece turned out.  If I paint it again, I might try to make it look even a little more aged and faded.

"You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave."
George M. Cohan

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Lovely Ladies", a 12x9 original pastel by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

Flowers are so much fun to paint, and this bouquet just lent itself to pastels. It is tremendously enjoyable to put their image onto paper with luscious pastels. To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Taking A Break"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
This painting is available through my Daily Paintworks auction for a starting bid of $45.00
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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!

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'Me and My Shadow' - 6"x6" Oil on Panel Still Life of Zinnias by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas

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This is a handful of zinnias in one of my favorite green vases.  It was painted from life, alla prima. You can see more of my work by clicking here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Changing Season's"

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil on Raymar Panel
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I painted this from life.  It is a bronzy orange metal pumpkin that is open in the back for a candle, and has a beaded stem and some embedded rhinestones or beads in the pumpkin body, along side a large lush sunflower.  The sunflower closes out our summer season and welcomes in the Fall.   10% of the sale price of this painting will go to breast cancer research.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

'For Teacher?' - 6"x6" Still Life Oil Painting on Panel by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas

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             This little still life grew out of a challenge to really load up the brush with paint, and place the strokes down boldly and decisively. Surely not a challenge for the timid or faint of heart! It made me think and decide before acting ... a good plan for both painting and life, for that matter. You can see more of my available work by clicking here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Nesting"

6"H x 6"W Oil on Raymar Panel
$65.00 Unframed/$80.00 in Plain Black Wood Frame


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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.  My first gull and I think she has personality!  10% of the sale of this painting will go toward Kimberly Conrad's fundraiser for breast cancer.

Oh My Gourd by Pam Holnback

Oh My Gourd
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I love that there are things growing in the garden that have no purpose other than beauty and least for me.

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.


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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.  This abstracted tree and moon were 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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Show Girls", a 12x24 original oil still life by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

This is one of the most fun pieces I ever painted. I did this in pastel first and liked the result so much that I decided to paint it in oil, as well. The painting sold almost immediately to one of my collectors. To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

"Just Add Color" By Kelli Miller

6x8 oil

This is the finished painting from the value study I posted last time. Doing the value study sure made this painting fly!