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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Moving Forward with Mixed Media"

Sunday March 12, I enjoyed another mixed media workshop with Karen Sako at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL .

Each table had a pod of people(either 3 or 4) and supplies to share for the pod. Each pod was given a limited palette to work with. Our table got lime green, and turquoise blue as well as black and white. ’

The first thing we all did was apply gesso to a piece of watercolor paper that was 12 x 6, a smaller 6 x 6 piece and a piece of illustration board that was 9 x 12. Those three pieces would be the basis for our three finished projects so they had to have time to dry while we were making more papers.

Next was to do 3 minute drawings(paintings with our colors and India Ink). We did two large, about 20 x 24 in size and one smaller about 9 x 12.  

Another fun project was using long wooden dowels with leaves, strings and rubber bands attached to the ends. Each stick had a different thing attached. We got three more pieces of paper and a plate of very liquid paint to dip into and scribble around on our papers.  Every couple of minutes we had to pass our stick to the person on the left so that we could try out each type of texture on our papers. 

After all the prep we began to assemble our pieces by ripping our papers up and gluing them on our three gessoed papers.  We could add acrylic paint, pastel pencils, pastel sticks, ink, and pan pastels.  There were stencils to use and we tried some transfers.  

It was a great day!  Here are my three original finished projects after I added some marks and lines when I got home and everything had dried.

Happy Paint Party Friday, and have a great week.

























Friday, March 10, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "UnderPear"

First of all "Happy 6th Anniversary/Birthday" to Eva & Kristins' PAINT PARTY FRIDAY site that gives many artists a place to show their artwork each week.
I always enjoy and get inspired by what my artist friends from around the world are doing. Not only do they share their artwork, but many show photos from their area of the world, offer advice on supplies and techniques and viewpoints on various topics of world interest.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a mixed media project.  I got it finished this week.  I finished the background with various stencils, stamps, Neocolor Crayons, Marks All pencil, Posca Pens, collage and acrylic paint.  Now the decision was between covering most of the background and allowing it to show through in one area, or leaving the background mostly exposed and covering an area to give the eye a resting place.  Since I had tried the first option previously I decided to leave most of the background showing this time.


Here is the finished project.  The original WIP is below it.  I am calling this "UnderPear" a play on Underwear!

Here is the WIP photo shown two weeks ago



Have a wonderful week of celebration Kristin and Eva and thanks for another year of Paint Party Friday!
I would love to hear your comments.
~gloria

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Abstracted Floral"

I had some sort of "bug" this week so didn't get around to visit my Paint Party Friday friends.  I felt better by Thursday AM so finished this piece I had been working on for awhile.  It is in oil on watercolor paper and is 15" H by 7.5"Wide. I will be selling it in my new Etsy Shop when it opens in a couple of weeks.  
I am still working on that!  Have a great week~gloria

Friday, February 24, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's " Saturday Workshop with Laura-Lein Svencner".

This past Saturday an artist friend and I enjoyed a one-day workshop with Laura-lein Svencner and 8 other artists. Laura makes beautiful abstract collages that include handmade papers, thread, beads, and organic matter. But the focus for this workshop was abstract landscape collage.  It was so wonderfully organized!  All we brought was our lunch!  Laura had all the supplies for making our own papers and then designing our landscapes from them and heat-tacking them together on watercolor paper.
We each received a large zip-lock bag that held all the papers we would transform with paint, templates and polymer, each picking our own palette and two pieces of watercolor paper to attach our landscapes to. We had taped the edges so that when we removed the tape we had a wonderfully clean white mat effect.
Below are my two finished abstract landscape collages.
I am linking with Paint Party Friday.  Have a great week.~gloria
                    
                     Number One                          Number Two

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's " Trying Some Intuitive Abstract"

This week I switched gears like I often do and have a work in process. I used black and white acrylic paint and a couple of colorful inks. I did some stamping and small pieces of collage. I don't like it yet. Too busy and too colorful all over. I plan on adding some black and white text pieces, some more stenciling and stamping and some gesso cover-up. Then I hope to see areas that really appeal to me to make into my focal points.  I did have fun so far though!  I am linking to Paint Party Friday.
Have a peek at that site and have a good week.
Oh yes, I have a question and would appreciate your help.
I now have some beautiful stamps from Nathalie Kalbach and from Darkroom Door.  I don't seem to understand how to use them!  I never get a good imprint with all the details.  I don't know if my inks are not good, or should I roll on some paint?  What is the best way to proceed?  Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "South of Tucson"

A week of some things not pertaining directly to art endeavors.  My very small laundry room is about 5 feet 6 inches by 6 feet and had three doors entering into it. One came in from the garage. The one opposite that led from the laundry room into the dining room. On the wall opposite the washer and dryer was the door going down to the basement. If the garage door and dining room doors were open they almost touched in front of the two machines and with the basement door open it overlapped the entry into the dining room.  Before Christmas I had the basement door removed and a pocket door installed in its' place.  This week I had the dining room door removed and a solid wood barn door put on the inside of the dining room wall to cover that doorway when needed or to remain open for easy access to the basement or garage.  The reason I had asked for a solid wood door is because the door and the track will be painted to match the dining room wall color and it is now suitable to hang a painting on, whether opened or closed. Yea!  

My painting this week has also been "updated".  I put in the foreground and subtracted two automobiles!  Formerly the bottom quarter of the page was a dark shadow blue color...too much uninteresting blue.  It was supposed to show that I was standing on the edge of a two lane highway separated by some desert space which is what was in my photograph.  I must learn not to be so literal!

I am linking with Paint Party Friday. You will be inspired by the art from all over the world that was created this week.

If you are on Facebook, I also have a page called Gloria J Zucaro Artwork in Pen & Ink.  I post there occasionally. Have a great week.~gloria

Here is "South of Tucson". Oil on canvas sheet. 7 1/4"H x 11 1/4"W. 


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Reservoir"

I am sorry to have missed last week's post.  I had more dental surgery and then a mild case of stomach flu.  I finally had to make time for putting away Christmas, start to collect tax papers, clean house and recuperate!  So I have several unfinished projects from Creative Jumpstart 2017 hosted by Nathalie Kalbach.  This week I worked on and finished a painting I had started last Spring.  I changed it quite a bit and am now satisfied with it.  I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.  Many fine artists from all over the world display their work every Friday.  Check it out.  You will be inspired. 
Oil on canvas, 10"H x 10"W





Monday, January 23, 2017

Gloria j Zucaro's "Jamie Dougherty Project"

Our last project of the third week on CJS17 was with Jamie Dougherty. Jamie showed how she collages her backgrounds with pieces of fabric instead of paper.  She also did a quick demo painting over the dry background.  I didn't have multiple pieces of fabric, but the one I had, had interesting designs on it. Instead of painting my focal point,I applied a transfer to go with the quotation, and ink to some designs, some paint pens and markers. "The road to success runs uphill" by Willie Davis.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Torn Apart with Dina Wakley"

Yesterday, January 21, our CJS 2017 class was with Dina Wakley.  We talked of mark making and then combining marks in a very contemporary way with a line drawing of a face.  We tore the face apart!  Then added our marks and glued it all back together.  I put mine
on the background of an old abstract than I hadn't used for anything else.  I didn't get a good photo of it together so cropped down to the project only.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "An Afternoon with Cat Scanlon"

January 20th CJS 2017 had Catherine Scanlon as the presenter.  She talked to us about "mark making" and how to in corporate it into our collage under layers of our paintings and then again at the end.   Our final project over our collage was flowers. I see that next time I will have to make my marks a little darker on the collage background.  But I am happy with my marks over the top after doing the flowers and background.  And I can see the collage through my flower petals.  
My quote for the day is from Marianne Williamson-"A tulip doesn't strive to impress anyone-there's room in the garden for every flower".

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "CJS 2017 with Mary Beth Shaw"

Yesterday was great to watch the ease with which Mary Beth Shaw the originator of "Stencil Girl" the stencil business was able to complete a two page journal spread.  She used a lot of stencils, of course, and Ranger Dylusion Crayons.  I had another brand of crayons and they did not work well for this project so I had(had to!) order the Ranger brand with some of the gift card money I received for Christmas!  

The quotation or saying for my piece is "A book is like a garden carried in a pocket"-Chinese Proverb.  My journal spread had an Asian theme.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro "Week in Review"

Hello PPF Friends,
Here are the projects I completed this week as well as two drawing/paintings using prompts set up by Tori Weyers of Drawriot.  I will start from the last done to earlier in the week. If you are interested in a little more explanation you can just go to my blog and see each project.  www.gloriajzucaro.blogspot.com

Have a great week and I would love it if you would leave a comment when you have time. Be sure to check all the other projects from PPF, too!
Thanks~Gloria


From the prompt "Turquoise" with Tori Weyers
I was inspired by this quote-"She would be half a planet away floating in a turquoise sea, dancing to flamenco guitar"by Janet Fitch in "White Oleander".

From the prompt "Boat"


Journal Pages with Rachel Greig
Quote "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." by Maya Angelou

Layering with Rae Missigman-Quote "The purest and most thoughtful
minds are those which love color the most"- John Ruskin




Gloria J Zucaro's "CJS 2017 Project with Rachel Greig"


Today we had Rachel Greig as our CJS 2017 project leader. Rachel made a two part journal spread combining ink stamping, stenciling, collage, stitching and embellishments. My journal pages are below.  This week is also about quotes inspiring us.

My quote is "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."

I would love it if you could leave a comment.  Thank you~Gloria

Gloria J Zucaro's "What's Done is Done Again"

For a couple of years I was doing pen and ink drawings with doodles.  I was posting them here and on my page on Facebook Gloria J Zucaro in Pen & Ink especially for those drawings. On Instagram recently I saw Tori Weyers was doing daily drawings inspired by a prompt(word) each day of January. I decided to try it when I could fit it in my schedule. Here is my first one. I truly don't know where these crazy ideas come from! The January 17 prompt was "Boat".


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro "Putting on Layers with Rae Missigman"

Today I got to make a colorful relaxing mix of paint, watercolor crayons and pencils, ink, glue, collage and a quote.  The quotation addition is our theme for this week on CJS 2017, about how we are inspired by quotes or if we have favorite quotations.  Or project leader today for our CJS17 project was Rae Missigman who can be found at http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/

My quotation-"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most" by John Ruskin  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "CJS with Gina Rossi Armfield"


I really enjoyed Gina's project today.  We use part of a printed image and sketched and did a watercolor painting to replicate it on the other side. She used a Monarch Butterfly in her demonstration.
I used a Painted Lady Butterfly. The right side is the image printed on my computer, the left side I drew and painted with watercolor, Posca Paint Markers and Micron Pigma Pens, scroll below final photo.  I used watercolors and gesso as the background.  My quotation, "Freedom is in Your Mind".  I don't know who said it, but I don't think I made it up! LOL!  Have a good week, Gloria


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro "With Gina Lee Kim and CJS 2017"

Our project with Gina Lee Kim was both fun and a new learning experience. Gina loves watercolor. But she also loves to mix it up with molding paste, stencils and metallics. My finished project is below.
Please leave a comment below if you are so inclined. :>)
Have a great week.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "This Week With CJS 2017"

Another busy week of projects with Creative Jump Start 2017, hosted by Nathalie Kalbach.  I had some dental surgery and took a day off for that, so I am feeling rushed.  Here are the projects completed this week.

Black, White and a Touch of Color with Stephanie Schutze
 

Abstracts with Tori Weyers
These were two halves of a journal spread.  But since the journal had a spiral down the middle, I separated the photographs.
Many Layers Of Fun with Birgit Koopsen

Final project of the first week, done with Andrea Gomoll
I am posting to CJS 2017 and Paint Party Friday.
Please leave a comment below if you are so inclined!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's CJS 2017 with Tori Weyers"

I am finally caught up!  Today I tried an abstract a la Tori Weyers.  I did okay until the ink part, then I messed it up so added some gesso to it and felt it still looked okay.  But I am definitely going to try this again and get it right!

Tori didn't have a spiral journal so her two page spread was more cohesive.  I did photograph each side separately even though they were done at the same time.  
Showing below, going backwards from the final above.



Have a wonderful weekend.  If you could leave me a comment, I would be so happy! :>)
Thanks,
Gloria

Gloria J Zucaro's "CJS 2017 with Birgit Koopsen"

I missed posting yesterday because I had some dental surgery and then some pain meds and didn't feel like doing much at all!  So today I did the project with Birgit Koopsen, and later did today's assignment. Birgit did a wonderful re-purposing of a very plain wooden stool. Her technique is so simple with wonderful effect. First she made her own deli papers decorated with acrylic paint, stencils and stamps. She also collected some printed materials with text. After ripping the papers into small pieces she applied them to the stool. She also used a complimentary paint color to make a design on top of the collaged papers.  Then she did doodles over the painted areas.
Really beautiful!
With time being short, and nothing to repurpose, I did a page in my journal to use her techniques and try her supplies.


Stage One, making papers


Stage Two, Collage

Stage Three, Adding Paint

Stage Four, Add Doodles

Have a nice day tomorrow.  I would love it if you would leave a comment below.
Thanks so much!
Gloria




Monday, January 9, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "CJS 2017 Project with Andrea Gomoll"

Andrea Gomoll's project took me longer than expected, as it involved, gesso(let dry), heavy gel and stencils(let dry) Watercolor paints(let dry) and then add embellishments with heavy gel(let dry), drizzle and drip on candle wax(because I didn't have encaustic hot sticks), and smoosh on dried up gold paint and scribble on silver Liquid Pearls.  This was all great fun!  I really like how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy it, too! Thank you Andrea!

The text refers to my 2017 vacation which will be a Roots on the Rails Music Train trip from Los Angeles to Chicago via New Orleans.  The trip continues from Chicago along the northern route through Colorado back to Los Angeles.  I found out about this trip from a workshop with artist Charlie Hunter. We will have singer/songwriters entertaining us with 3 to four hours of music every day.  There will also be lectures about the flora and fauna of the desert country and of the bayou country.  We will be in special train cars isolated from the other cars on the train.  There will be three sleepers, a dining car, a car where we will be entertained, and a observation car.

Below are views from different angles.




have fun , make art, BUY ART!!! :>)

Gloria

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Being Whimsical with Jodi Ohl"

Good morning.  Well, I have had my coffee, breakfast and watched parts of Sunday Morning as I took breaks to take down a few Christmas items and watch our next project video with CJS 2017
( tune in tomorrow for my next post).
I love Jodi Ohl's artwork!  Here is my version of her lesson on painting whimsical birds.   I don't know why I picked a rooster as my whimsical bird??  But here he is in all his glory.  Candy corn came to mind, and I eventually turned them into flowers or maybe growing candy corn is Mr. Rooster's hobby?  I certainly like all the colors they come in now.

Products I used. Ampersand Clayboard sealed with Clear Gesso.  Marks All pencils, Neocolor II Watercolor Crayons, Liquitex Paint Pens, Jet markers in black and white.  I tried some Gelatos, but that didn't work either. I had some trouble with getting any pencil to write on my surface, but the markers did the trick.  I did use the fixative at the end, since I had attempted mark making in some areas.  I plan to eventually spray with a gloss finish, too.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Fifth Project with Jimmy Leslie"

Today's video was about all the different ways to use our acrylic mediums and paints.  Jimmy Leslie also suggested using supplies that are lying around the house and yard for applying our mediums or for adding 3-D elements to our collage work.  So I used the mediums I had to do to my two pieces.  I tried making skins with my acrylic paints plus Airbrush Flow Medium.  It takes practice!  How to spread the paint on a surface, how thick if you want transparency, and how to remove it in more than a zillion small pieces when it dries!  I had thought to make fairly large pieces so that I could cut it into strips to weave together, thereby changing the colors.  For example, Jimmy showed a hanging piece that had the three primaries of red, yellow, blue.  When they were woven together the yellow and blue made green, etc. But alas!  My paint was applied to thinly, and totally shredded when I tried to remove it from the palette.  I decided to glue it onto a clear plastic card cover.  I did overlap some shreds and for at night when there is not window light behind it, I added some opaque paint in drips, and dashes here and there.
  

Examples of skins using either Credit card, knife or brayer to apply to palette paper.
On the window, you can see through the lighter colors
























Flat on the table to see how it will look at night on the window


For my other part of this project, I painted over an old painting with 2 coats of Black Gesso.  Then I used my Flexible Modeling Paste to Stencil some large snowflakes along the top edge.  I added a Stencil of a bird using Ceramic Stucco and a dried twig.  I used Heavy Gel Medium to cement down the twig.  Then I had to let everything dry.  Next I added some Handmade collage paper along the bottom edge.  I used SILKS paints to color the stucco on the bird and splattered with white Fluid Acrylic paint.  I wondered about adding more, or changing the bird to look more like a Cardinal, but decided I liked it as it is.



Now on to the next CJS 2017 Project!