Thursday, December 29, 2011

'Still Life to Scale' - 6"x6" Original Oil on Panel by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas featuring Scale, Apples, Books and Bottles

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This is an entirely new style in still life for me... the cluttered-piled-seemingly-mismatched-items-all-in-one-small-space kind of still life. My daughter, Edwina, set it up for us to paint the other day. She just got back from a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where she studied painting among other things. It is pretty cool when your child teaches you a trick or two... not to mention the thrill it is to share a similar passion.

Gloria J Zucaro's Zentangle Inspired "For The Holidays"

3.5"H x 3.5"W  Pencil and Ink on Official Zentangle Tile.
Unframed.  May be framed with mat as you would for watercolor.
$5.00 $1.00 S&H

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I thought up some of my own tangles for this one to have a holiday theme.  It includes one official Zentangle pattern as far as I know.  The upper left corner that looks like snow flakes is called "AHH".  I then made the branches of an evergreen tree, a pattern of candles, and another of stars.  In the little loops, I put squares to represent boxes and "barbells" on top to represent ribbon bows on top of the boxes. This is my entry for Paint Party Friday.  Next week it is back to my oil and pastel paintings!  I have been away for quite awhile.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011




10 X 14



"A Trio", a 6x8 original pastel still life by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

Pears are a delight to paint, and I had fun playing with complementary colors to create this pastel. To view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Friday, December 23, 2011

"Wonder What's Inside" By Kelli Miller

Well, we are down in Florida for Christmas. So happy to be with my girls but kinda sad that we left a winter wonderland back in Denver. Very grateful that our flight left Denver safely. There was 10 inches of snow on the ground when we left.

I painted this and kept wondering what could be inside. What do you think it is??

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Christmas Card "Already!?"

20"H x 16"W on Utrecht Linen Panel
$100.00 Unframed $10.00 S&H

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 I painted Santa from life in a portrait class.  His real name(don't tell the kids!) is Rich.  He is tall and thin and has a wonderful smile.  Santa was wearing his Santa hat but had a green or blue flannel shirt on in November, when this was painted.  As some of you might know, when you paint a human from life, the sitting is about 3 hours long with 5 minute breaks every 20 minutes.  Well, when you are sitting and staring at something across the room on the wall for three hours, you are not going to be holding a smile!  I also exaggerated the creases and lines.  I love the way it seems that Santa is already tired when he thinks about all that needs to be done before Christmas Eve. We all know that feeling.  I had this painting made into postcards for Christmas and had "Already!?" printed down along the bottom.  I wish all my friends at Paint Party Friday, and at The Daily Paintworks and Contemporary Fine Art International a Merry Christmas.

Gloria J Zucaro's "Cactus Christmas"

6.5"H x 7.5"W Original Oil on Linen Sheet Canvas.
Unframed  $65.00, bidding starts at $32.00 on the Daily Paintworks auction site.
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I don't think these cacti would be still blooming, but they certainly show off a Christmas color palette!
This is my entry for Paint Party Friday this week.  
Have a good week, remember to take time to smell the Christmas cookies baking!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Pink Lady 2

 Original Watercolor Painting
by Colleen Sanchez

10 x 14


I love the Hibiscus flower so much I have taken a few hundred photos. Here is my interpretation of one of them in close up.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

One More Poinsettia -- 100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings 95/100 by Pam Holnback

One More Poinsettia -- 100 garden and Floral Oil Paintings 95/100
6" x 6"  Oil
$80.00 + $10. s.h

HOLIDAY SALE  All paintings sold in December are 20% off my regular prices

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Parson Brown" By Kelli Miller

6x6 oil

Oh, how I love this little guy. He sold on Saturday. I also turned him into our family Christmas card.

Gingers in my Garden by Colleen Sanchez

Gingers in My Garden
5.5 x 7.5 
Original Watercolor Painting by Colleen Sanchez

"Sunflowers", an 8x10 original oil, landscapes, still lifes by western Colorado artist Barbara Churchley - SOLD

Who doesn’t love sunflowers? What painter hasn’t painted sunflowers?! They are such a compelling flower, always inviting and uplifting. This painting is sold; to view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Gloria J Zucaro's "Season's Greetings"

This is one of my two holiday cards for 2011.  I painted this one in watercolor and had Seasons Greetings printed on the front when I had it made into postcards at Office Max.  I sent these to all my Jewish friends and if two people in the same family group on my list were getting cards from me, I sent this one to one family and another card that I made with a portrait of Santa Claus to the other family.  I will post Santa next week.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Poinsettia 2 -- 100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings 94/100 by Pam Holnback

Poinsettia 2 - 100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings 94/100
6" x 6"  Oil
$80.00 + $10. s/h

HOLIDAY SALE  All paintings sold in december are 20% off my regular prices

Monday, December 12, 2011



  10 x 14

Gloria J Zucaro's " Learning Something New"

3 1/2" Square, Ink on Zentangle  paper.

On Friday I was invited to a Christmas luncheon by an artist friend.  She had not only planned for great food and wonderful companionship with other artists, but had a project for us to do.  We sat at her kitchen table with the supplies she had set out for us to introduce us to an art form called Zentangles. We each had one official Zentangle paper square, a pencil, and two pens with different line thicknesses.

First we were to put dots a little inside of each corner, then connect the dots.  I went wrong right away, by making my connection "bumpy" on two of the sides instead of making it look like a "pillow shape".  But she said it is okay, just have fun!  Then we were to put dots on the edges of the pillow in pencil, then connect the dots across the pillow with our fine point pen so as to divide the pillow into sections.  The first section was filled with lines running parallel to our section line.  See my upper left and lower right bumps.  Then in the same section to go across those lines to make diamond shapes.  Then fill in every other line of diamonds with our thicker point pen.  Next we picked another area and made dots in parallel lines as if you were going to play that connect- the-dots game to complete squares.  See my area in the upper middle.  After that we connected our dots with an "S" line, then connected the opposite sides with the same "S", which resulted in a curvy shape.  Some of us then put squares in the middle of our curvy squares.  And we darkened the little circles that had been the substructure for the design.  Next we were to make scallops across one section.  I got that all mixed up!  I was to make the same scallop shape one on top of the other and then darken with the thick point, every other row.  I went around my perimeter by mistake with the scallops, which did not keep their "scallopy" shape.  So when it came time to darken alternating rows, I ran into areas where two white scallops or dark scallops met.  That meant I started randomly darkening areas and so it looks like Indian Corn instead of a reoccurring pattern which I think is one of the main ideas of Zentangle. See two "bumps" top and bottom.
Next section we were to draw a set of parallel lines in a slight curve across that section.  Then continue with sets of lines but never going over that top set.  We continued to fill that section with parallel lines.  Then we filled in the open areas with"bubbles" or small circles.  See lower middle section.  After that everyone else was done but I had areas that were still open, so I just followed the lines of the open areas to make a maze effect. The other artists were adding some pencil to have more values.  So I started to fill in, with pencil, some of my maze lines.  Again I ran into the problem of having a darkened area meet another already darkened area that would lessen the effect of contrast!

This was a lot of fun and took us about an hour to do.  After I got home, I researched Zentangles on Google.  The originators of the craze are Richard Roberts and Maria Thomas.  The website if you want to find out all about it is   
Since I would like to do more of these and do them properly, I will need to take a lesson from a Certified ZT teacher.  There are two in the area where I live.  Also, there are many patterns which have specific names and their creators name are listed with them.  There are also challenges just like on the Daily Paintworks site.

"Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Our square red logo, "Anything is possible one stroke at a time", "Certified Zentangle Teacher", "CZT", and "Zentomology" are trademarks of Zentangle, Inc.

Gloria J Zucaro's "Making Lemonade"

8"H x 8"W  Original Oil on Stretched Canvas
$65. Unframed/ $90. Framed in Black Floater Frame.


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Here are some more of my 5 lbs. of lemons from Costco!  I am almost done with them, gradually using them for other things besides a cup of tea.  They have been good sports about lining up for me to paint them.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

Poinsettia -- 100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings 93/100 by Pam Holnback

Poinsettia -- 100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings 93/100
6" x 6"  Oil
$80.00 + $10. s/h

HOLIDAY SALE  All paintings sold in December are 20% off my regular prices.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"All Jazzed Up", a 6x6 original pastel by western Colorado artist, Barbara Churchley

This was a fun painting that I did during a rainy afternoon. I had a bouquet of flowers that sparked my imagination. This miniature seemed to paint itself. This painting is sold; to view more of my work, please visit my website at or e-mail me at

Monday, December 5, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "All Boxed Up"

6"H x 6"W Oil on Panel
$65. Unframed/$90. Framed in Black Floater Frame


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This is the December challenge for Ria Hills, Shoot and Paint.  It was fun packaging up my painting! Visit Ria's blog. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Florentine Bike' - 5"x7" Oil Painting of Red Bike in Florence Italy by New York Fine Artist Maryann Lucas

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When I was in Florence a few weeks ago, I was drawn to all the bicycles in that lovely Italian city. It was sweet to see them along the narrow streets, left unattended and often unlocked - waiting patiently for their owners to return. And what a sight to see them all in motion at rush hour!