Monday, October 27, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "First Drawing for Sketchbook Skool"

After a hectic weekend and being up all night with a stomach ache, I took it easier today.  
I had planned on doing my first "Beginnings " lesson early in the day from Sketchbook Skool, but kept procrastinating with household jobs and trying to fix a problem with my computer.  
Finally after returning home at 6:15 from watching my grandson's soccer practice, I ate dinner and opened a gessoed notebook page and put down some watercolor paint.  I dried it with a heat gun then put down a layer of acrylic heavy-bodied paint.  But to my surprise it was transparent!  So after some sketching, I added more paint.  The first sketch was a little "sketchy", but I went over it with a darker pen. 
It is not really in good proportion but I like it anyway.  It wasn't as bad as I feared!  This is my New Balance sneaker.  
My sneakers are my most comfortable shoes and whenever I am at home or for flea markets and other casual long-days of walking I wear them.  (my orthotics and magnets fit into them!)

First layer over gessoed page.  The gesso made the rather thin paper very lumpy when it dried, but I like the texture.

In the next step we were to make a general outline of the object we were painting.  As you can see I made the end of the shoe shape going off the page.

Here is my final drawing after a second coat of ink with a bigger nib.
I used an 01 Sakura Pigma pen first then an 05
With all my lights on in the family room I also got some shadows in the picture!

I am posting this to Paint Party Friday, Facebook and Twitter.

OOPS!  There is more Below, My first page of journaling, and my desk top in my family room.

I have started to journal very amateurishly!  Yesterday my day got away from me as usual, not being in the habit of having what I need with me.  So I journaled it today, just drawing little pictures of things that caught my attention yesterday.  I went shopping at Costco for a new blender.  Then spent several hours with my daughter-in-law and my grandson, who is 6, at Goebberts Pumpkin Farm.  It had suddenly dropped in temperature and was extremely windy.  So we kept on the move to see the pumpkin eating dinosaur, the three tents with animals(chickens running free).  There were all sorts of exotic animals including the big cats that I especially love. Three baby tigers, and leopards and a couple of Linx.  There were various deer type animals & goats, pigs, a cow, ostrich, Alpaca, Parrots, etc.  Then we ran to the corn box, which is filled with shucked kernels, then to the maze that was inside a structure and the piled hay/straw made it seem warmer.  We hid from each other and ran in opposite directions for about 1/2 hour.  Then it was time to checkout and get some Kettle Corn!  On to dinner at Portillo's( for me) it was a chicken sandwich and onion rings.  I got home about 7 and fell asleep on the sofa!
The last questions that Danny asked about our feelings on the class at the end of the week and my answers.  You can probably figure out some of the questions.  

I feel better now that I am into it a little more.  I think it is a good idea to journal, because as has been said, we forget the minutia that is really what makes up our lives.  I really like that I don't have to be perfect in my drawings and can just put down my impressions.  What scares me is doing it on the spot in a public space.  !. I don't sit down in an area like that ever!  2.I always need some other supply.  Today at home I had pen, paper and watercolors, but decided to use my Derwent watercolor pencils and then wet everything afterward.  I would not normally have that.  I also needed the cardboard box the blender came in to draw a facsimile of it for my journal.  I needed some scissors too!  And paper towels.  And my camera!!!

Today I shopped for ingredients to make cornbread to eat tomorrow night with chili that my son is making.  We will have dinner together after my grandson goes trick or treating.  I measured all the ingredients out into bowls and cups.  Then I took a picture to use as my sketchbook journal page for today.  After the cornbread muffins and sticks were baked, I took a photo so you could see how delicious they look!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Tracy & Her Demented Friends!"

Another surprise!  A package arrived from Tracy Delisle.  In it was an abundance of fun!  A wonderful "Nevermore" plaque.  I love ravens, crows and other blackbirds.  But especially Ravens for Halloween.  I think she thought that "Demented" was missing his other friends in Delisle Land so she sent along Mister Raven to keep him company.  There was a little easel to rest Mr. Raven upon and I quickly put him up by "Demented".  They are a happy pair.  Some other special additions to the package were candies of all types, two glow-in-the-dark skellies, and some Dracula teeth for me to use on my still-human friends!

On Wednesday morning I took a "Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan" class at "Tattered Tiques" in Barrington.  What a great welcome was given to all the class-takers!  A goodie bag with notepad, pen, paint brush, decorated clothespin clip, a paint chart, a postcard from the store telling about Fall specials, a detailed handout of instructions to help us after we got home.some peppermints, some script in French for adding to possible painted pieces a picture frame, and 4 other pieces of raw wood for practicing the Chalk Painting techniques on while in class. 

This was the frame I picked.  It was just your ordinary medium brown wooden frame.  But we did a two color process on it and then distressed it and waxed it.  
It looks so cool now, a little "beachy".
The orange piece also got  orange Chalk Paint and two different types of wax, clear and dark. You can see the difference above.

This piece was the typical traditional 1970"s or 80"s gilt frame with ornate carvings.  Since many people no longer like that style of picture frame anymore, we did a one-step plus wax process to tone it down.  Doesn't it look neat!?

The last piece of raw wood is oak.  Oak has a nice grain so we did a one step process called "liming".
As you can see, I started to write my name on the wrong side.

Below is my first attempt at paper collage from Karen Sako's class.  I really enjoyed adding all the paper pieces to my moon and crow.

Up close view of papers

The 6" x 6" whole

I am linking this to Paint Party Friday, and Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Have a great week,


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Collage on Three"

This week flew by again.  I spent my time planting perennials for next year, and watching the birds and small mammals in my yard.  A very relaxing week.

I wanted to show you some of the collage pieces done in Karen Sako's collage class.  We used Masonite boards covered with gesso, either regular white or clear.  Other supplies were magazine pages, sandpaper, baby wipes, saran wrap, crackle paste, gesso with sand added, pastels, India ink and my favorite, strips of paper applied with gel medium, and then sealed.
The Beginnings

Gesso with impressed sand, torn paper, acrylic paint, sealer

Gesso, crackle paste,torn paper, gel medium, acrylic paint, sealer.

Gesso, saran, gesso with sand, tool to add lines, acrylic paint, sealer
I am posting this to Paint Party Friday, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Demented Candy Corn from Tracy Delisle and Sun Filled "

I am sorry I took so long to get my "Thank You" to Tracy Delisle  out for this incredible "Demented Candy Corn" piece of art by Tracy.  I have it on my mantel in the family room and just love it.  Tracy is known for her very original pieces of three-D art.

"Demented Candy Corn"

This past week I finished a pastel I was working on.  I am trying to decide on a title I like.

This painting is 9" x 12" on La Carte sanded Pastel Paper.

Contact me if interested in purchase.  May be enlarged by clicking on picture.  Thank you for taking a look.   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Phicops With The Waltz"

The Diva's prompt today is a duo tangle using the "Phicops" tangle originated by her husband B-Rad and the "Waltz" tangle developed by one of the creators of the Zentangle brand Maria Thomas for Laura Harms, The Diva herself.   The idea is to combine the two tangles to celebrate the Diva & B-Rad's anniversary that took place this past week.

Ink on 7" x 5" Cardstock

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "The High Life"

One of my recent pastel paintings done while at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.  It was done during a workshop with Frankie Johnson.  The photo reference is from Paint My Photo and was taken by Li Newton.  

"The High Life"
Pastel on La Carte Sanded Paper 
12" x 9"

Linked to Paint Party Friday

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Adding Lines To Life"

Monday's "I Am The Diva" prompt #182 for August 25,2014 is "Stripes". Done on a greeting card. I noticed after I finished that the houses have different roof or wall lines when you turn them from vertical to horizontal.

7 x 5 Watercolor Card-stock.

Have a good week and enjoy all the other pen & ink drawing at

Gloria Z

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Visiting Artist"

Today my special guest post is work done by a 17 year old from Florida.  His name Is Chris Stevenson. He enjoys, Line Art, Graffiti and other forms of drawing including Intuitive.  He works in pen, ink and markers.  Below are two of his recent works.  I look forward to seeing more of his artwork, especially since he is my grandson! :>)



Have a great day!  
We would love to hear your comments, 
Thanks, Gloria & Chris.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Lakebreeze Courtyard Fountain"

Here is one of my latest pastels.  I had a photo of the water feature in my townhouse courtyard at Lakebreeze Ct.. The townhouse sold in early May, thanks to my Realtor Louis Zucaro :>) The picture inspired me to start my new gardens here at Rosewood.  How could I not be inspired when my new address has such a pretty name.  I am posting this to Paint Party Friday

"Lakebreeze Courtyard Fountain"
Pastel on sanded paper  12 x 9

 Detail # 1

Detail # 2
Before I forget, I have four pastel paintings in the Dole Gallery at Lakeside Legacy Galleries in Crystal Lake ,IL.  A group of artist friends called "The Watercooler Ladies" are showing with me. The first Friday of every month the Legacy Galleries have an opening celebration for the groups of artists on display that month. There is an open bar, great food, and this June we will have the Suzuki Strings again.  So if you live in the area and would like to come to see two different exhibits and relax with a beverage and some nibbles, come on out on  Friday June 6th from 5  PM until 8 PM. here is the Facebook link.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Laura's Cake"

This week's Diva challenge by Laura Harms is to use only two Zentangle designs.  "Well" and "Punzel".  I decided to make a cake for Laura's 34 birthday which she celebrated on Monday.  The "Punzel" design is used for the candles and the icing around the bottom of the cake.  I found that design very difficult to keep even, but it is the rule not to erase but accept what happens! The top and bottom backgrounds are variations of "Well".  Many beautiful design were done this week by other artists checked in to Laura's site.

Have a great week and don't catch the "bug" that is going around like I have!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Laurole 1, 2, 3", 4"

On Laura Harms site "I am the Diva" she asked us to do a tangle using her new Zentangle pattern, and come up with a name for it.  Because of the circles and her first name, I decided on "Laurole".  Here is the finished version, then the steps going back to my design's beginning step.  I am posting to and to Paint Party Friday.  Have a great weekend.





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Camelia Plus"

This week "The Diva" has given us "Camelia" by Ann Marks as our challenge tangle.  It is very relaxing to do and can easily be combined with other patterns.  Please go to "the Diva's" site to see all the beautiful patterns created for this weeks' challenge.

3.5" Square

I will probably either turn some of my squares into coasters or use them as a centerpiece on a greeting card.  On Friday I will post this to Paint Party Friday.  They have a huge variety of media and subject matter each week.  Please check to see what's new each Friday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Amanda Day 2014"

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter or Passover celebration with family and friends. Here is our Easter table before the celebration began.  Linking with Paint Party Friday.

Zentangle for Earth Day.
This week "The Diva" reminded us that it is once again time for our Earth Day tangle. I have used several Zentangle designs to show the earth's diversity. 

Have a wonderful week and don't forget to visit the other artist's sites for a full array of tangled creations.  And all the wonderful artwork at Paint Party Friday.

4" Square 
Ink on Watercolor card-stock.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Rixty Egg"

Today Laura Harms of I am the Diva gave us the latest Zentangle release from Rick and Maria(originators of the Zentangle craze) as our prompt.  The design is in celebration of Rick's sixtieth birthday. Zentangle
I had boiled some eggs for Easter and had already decided to decorate them with my own art materials instead of the store-bought dyes.  It was fun decorating this egg with a Micron pen #8.  A couple of times I accidentally smeared the ink.  So I decided to let some time elapse and lean the egg against a pink eraser to keep the recently inked side upright. I had to use "Wite-out" to cover the smears.  I think I will try doing an egg for each of my Easter guests.  I am posting this to Paint Party Friday.  Take a look at all the new art for the week.  Happy Easter & Happy Passover everyone.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's "Thank You Ann"

This week has been filled with efforts to close the deal on my townhouse.  Repair men and painters at the prospective buyers request.  The bank appraisal is on the 18th.  I am asking everyone to pray that it appraises at the level of the sales contract.  Thank you in advance! :>)  

This little card is for Ann who sent me a delicious Edible Arrangement after my surgery.  It was a perfect gift , light and refreshing.  I am portraying the pieces of pineapple(flower & stars), the strawberries and grapes.  There were also slices of melon,so good!  Sorry it took me so long, Ann.

4 inches square on watercolor paper.  The sticks that are used in the fruit for stems are made using the Zentangle "Hollibaugh" pattern and the table top is "Leaflet"
I used Micron pens, Staedtler "ergo soft" coloured pencils and Artist Loft Dual Tip Brush Markers.

I am posting this to Paint Party Friday, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gloria J Zucaro's " Zentangle for Maria"

My first effort after total shoulder replacement of my right shoulder.  I am feeling good and PT is going well. Two of my good friends took me to lunch this week and I received a beautiful set of 2 cups with peacocks on them from Maria.  Maria was the one who first told me about Zentangles.  I finally decided to try to get back to doing a little art.  I will certainly also do something for all the other friends who have taken me to lunch or dinner, sent cards, given me flowers and even brought and served a wonderful lunch here at my home so that I wouldn't have to go out.  I started with a pattern called "Quandary" that was suggested on Laura Harms website   It is the pattern that looks like grains of rice that form a flower shape.    It was nice to get back to doing a little piece of art as a "thank you".

4" x 4" ink and  Prismacolor  Art Stix on watercolor paper

Friday, November 1, 2013

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Latest Endeavors"

Today's' post includes more of my tree series as well as two collage paintings done with Karen Sako in her mini-workshop.  On two consecutive Saturdays our group had a lot of fun making our own papers and then using Karen's references to each come up with a completely different design with a variety of mediums to seal and glaze, and using acrylic paints, inks, and pastels with various tools to add texture.

Number 23

Number 24

Number 25

First Collage with Karen Sako

Second Collage with Karen Sako

Already framed as you can see! :>)

I am linking with Paint Party Friday , The Artist Playroom, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gloria J Zucaro's "This One's For Dave"

My fellow artist friend, Dave Haley, always asks me to put some sky holes in my trees.  For some reason I usually hate to break up my dark trees with bits & pieces.  This week I decided to pacify him with paintings Numbers 21 & 22.  I also did those two trees in my series without any smoothing with my fingers, I only used other pastels to blend colors together.  If you missed my Facebook post last week or was it the week before(!) I did two paintings that week but didn't post on my blog.  That Thursday I had the movers come take out some furniture, many paintings and most of my mixed media supplies to get ready to "stage" my house for putting on the market. This week I am having my townhouse painted to freshen everything, then window washing is next and finally carpet cleaning.  

As far as my shoulders, I saw the surgeon and will be having shoulder replacement at the end of this year or in January. The other shoulder will need to be done at a later date. So now it is just procedures leading up to that.  Now that it is a definite go-ahead, I just want to GO-AHEAD!

Here are my last few pastel paintings in chronological order from the end of September until today.  I am posting this to Paint Party Friday, Pinterest, TwitterFacebook, And The Artist's Playroom.  Have a great week and keep on creating!

"A Gray Day Over Lake Zurich"

Number 19

Number 20

Number 21

Number 22- For Dave

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