Friday, July 27, 2012

Gloria J Zucaro's "Classes & Studies"

This week for Paint Party Friday I am showing two different areas of study .  Above is an oil painting study of how to do buildings.  Our instructor was Frankie Johnson at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL.  We used Frankie's photos for these studies.   
We first toned our background with a washy mix of blue and black acrylic because it dries quickly.
Next we decided on our size and placement of the basic flat front of the building on the left, an old farmhouse.  We measured the height and width, but were free to change them if it would fit our composition better.   
With as a few strokes as possible of our oil paints( size #8 flat), we placed the front of the building in but did not make an outline of the building first. 
Then the dark right edge of the roof line and the narrow roof showing behind it. 
The lower section under the roof on the shadowed side where the small porch extends was put in next in one value lighter than the roof color.  We did not leave room for the porch we just filled the whole area.
On to the bright sunlit roof out to the side, then the wall facing us, which again is another value lighter than the shadow side of the main front part of the structure.  A sliver of the view of the end of the wing of the house.  
Then the roof of the porch went in in a value darker than the face of the building because it is a little recessed, but lighter than the front facing side of the wing which is further back and shadowed by the main part of the building. 
Darken the inside of the covered porch, lighten a little the front of the porch as it extends back.  
Now warm up the face of the house with some yellow, red or orange mixed with white.  Add the windows with a smaller brush.  They can be done with one stroke, and each should be different, having a harder edge here and there, No outlining.
Next we worked on putting different values and colors of the greenery around the building to make it feel nestled.  Frankie emphasized that we should used different sizes and shapes of strokes as well. I think it came out really well!

I won't talk about the smaller building, because the process was basically the same.

My second part is from exercise done for my Dion Dior online watercolor class.
done through the Joggles website

It is using triads.  I really had fun with it and might use these types of designs in my greeting cards.
Happy Paint Party Friday everyone.


  1. Wow Gloria, this is beautiful and I appreciate hearing your process. Thanks and Happy PPF

  2. Gloria, this is fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to explain how you created it. It is lovely.

  3. Wonderfully done and sharing the process is so informative and helpful ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

  4. Gorgeous painting and triad palette, Gloria!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. I love your houses! The big and little ones! What a creative week you've had!

  6. love both this week... the houses are great and that building with your gorgeous loose brushwork is special as well...xx

  7. Yes, delicious paint, I like the colors. Greetings.

  8. Your painting is beautiful. I love it when I go to a class and I really enjoy it and learn a lot as well. Thank you for sharing all that you learned with us.

    Thank you also for your comment on my watercolor today. I grew up in NJ and went to the shore every summer. We didn't have a boat, or know anyone with one, but we did love watching the boats come home. I have such special memories of the shore and go "home" and walk the boardwalks whenever I can.

  9. This is so interesting! I would love to have been in this class. Love how you put the building in without drawing it first, so it doesn't look stiff and separate. I'm going to try to remember this!

  10. Thanks for sharing your process Gloria! You are so multi talented!! Each style so unique and beautiful!! Love the water colors too! I do think it would make great greeting cards!!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. Very nicely done. I really love it and wish I could be there in that house making myself a cup of coffee with cinnamon and just sitting at the window looking out. I love it! Thanks.

  12. what a wonderful piece! love the hazy look of it. colour studies are fun arent they!

  13. Your house is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the process too.

  14. Stunning, and I loved reading about your process. I have just started with oils though they scare the bejeesus out of me a little. :) There is a beautiful feeling to this piece.

  15. I know nothing about oil painting and am always so impressed with what people do with it. Yours is right up there with the best of them.

  16. Brilliant! I really like this painting a lot.
    This is exactly the sort of class I am looking for. Wish I lived near enough to zip over and take this class too.

  17. Oh yes! I'd say it did come out quite nicely! Well done. I love the way your greenery looks, too. I'll have to go see what the triads are.


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