Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some Finished Projects

I am happy with one of my finished Cold Wax paintings started in Mark Russells' workshop.  Mark suggested doing a series, so I am trying impressions of trees for my series.  Posting to Paint Party Friday.  Enjoy all the artists that Kristen and Eva host each week.

9 x 12 on Arches Oil Paper

In Karen Sako's Mixed media Collage Class we did two projects for Halloween.  Both use paper, transfers, and acrylic paint.

10 x 8" on Board

6 x 6" on Board

Cold Wax Projects Drying on my table.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Learning about Mark Russells' technique for using Cold Wax.

Good Morning!
Last weekend was  the Cold Wax and Oil Paint workshop with Mark Russell at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL.  
Mark did a demo that showed us how to mix the wax, the paint and a medium to thin or thicken, and his method of always having a horizon line as someplace for the viewers' eye to rest. Then we all went back to our individual tables to try it on our own as he walked around to see how we were doing and answered any questions. He did a demo each morning and afternoon. 
He was most generous with sharing some of his supplies.  He had a gallon of cold wax and some scrapers/shapers if we cared to purchase them, and the mediums.  he also sometimes drops in some sprinkles of  soft pastel that comes in a powder.  He puts a fairly large quantity of the wax onto his palette-maybe 1/4 cup in amount,  He also put out three different mediums including Galkyd, Gamblin Neomegilp. and Gamblin Solvent Free gel.  He uses Gamblin's Chromatic Black because it is the only transparent black oil paint.  One of the demos he did was to show the difference in using a transparent black with another color and white, and using an opaque black with another color and black.  The difference was amazing, there was a beautiful glow with the transparent black, and we all ordered our Gamblin Chromatic Black right then!  In Mark's paintings he layers from 12 to 20 colors of grayed-down paint and put the layers on very transparently.  He makes random marks in each layer and puts on paint and rubs it off in some spots to show the layer beneath.  Each layer may take a couple of days to dry, so he has a dozen pieces going at one time.
Since our workshop was only 2 days our pieces had about 3 layers.  We had to be careful not to get some muddy looks that you avoid by letting the layers dry.  I discovered my layers were not as transparent, and would take longer to dry to the touch-three layers times two days to dry each equals about a week to dry...

Here are some examples of my work. I forgot about horizons in some, and mine are more colorful and abstract than his work.  I will do more layers over some.

I am posting to Paint Party Friday hosted by Kristine and Eva and a great spot for seeing the work of many other artists from around the world.  Have a good week making art-Gloria 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Enjoying Collage

Today I have some photos of a few of the collage pieces we have done in Karen Sako's class.  I am enjoying trying all different techniques. Each week we do a few homework pieces. This week I did our "color" homework. 

Tomorrow and Sunday I will have a cold wax and oil painting workshop with Mark Russell.  I love the look of encaustic and am hoping to achieve somewhat the same look with cold wax.

I am linking to Paint Party Friday, my Facebook and Pinterest pages and Twitter.
Paint Party Friday showcases about 50 different artists' creations for the previous week.  It is hosted each week by Kristin and Eva. Thank you, Ladies for giving us an opportunity to share our work.

Staring with a monotone black and white done with black gesso and collage cutouts of paper. Pictures from Google Images

Using my leftover acrylic paint primaries to create an abstract design.

The same design with the actual colors in the various types of color wheels.

Using my three primaries and discovering the possible combinations with black and white and with the other primaries.

Have a creative week, and thank you for stopping in.

Gloria J Zucaro

Sunday, October 29, 2017


I am in one of those dream states where you keep running faster and faster but can't get to where you are going!  Sorry I am two days late again!
I took a portrait class with Ann Feldman all day Friday.  She showed us her steps to painting a portrait.  It involved measuring for head height and width and then containing it all in a box and finding the center.
We all picked a different photo from the many she had brought.  I picked this man because of his attitude and Mona Lisa smirk!

my 8 x 10 painting on Gessobord.

The original photo

Enjoy Paint Party Friday.           I hope to visit you during the week.        Gloria

Friday, October 13, 2017

Exhibit Opening tonight

Hi, running late!  I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!

Below is the announcement for a juried show that I have 3 paintings in tonight.  If you are from our area, please stop in.  It would be great to meet fellow bloggers.

The Artist Association of Elk Grove Village juried show “ART CENTRE 2017,
The artists reception(about 100 paintings, huge buffet} is from 7PM to 9PM on Friday October 13th at the Elk Grove Village Library, 1001 Wellington Ave. Elk Grove Village.
The exhibit will be open at the library for the rest of the weekend during library hours with the full show by all participants- 10/14 Sat.- 9-5, and 10/15 Sun. 1-4. 
The winners of the show will exhibit until November 4 & 5 for those three extra weeks during library hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Footnote!!!  I won an Award of Excellence and got a check last night at the opening.  Yippee!

I did a few more collage pieces this week.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Have a good week!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Long Time Gone!

I can't believe where this year has gone.  
Life had its' way and there were many times that I had no desire to do art.
I am finally feeling better.
I did some odds and ends of things so I will post them tonight for Paint Party Friday, and on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

I am taking an on-line class with Kate Thompson, hosted by Jeannie Oliver.
I have done a few flower studies.

I am also in a collage workshop with Karen Sako.

Thank you for looking at my art.
Have a good week and enjoy all the artists on Paint Party Friday.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Portraits and Landscapes"

I hope you all had a wonderful Spring break.  The past two weeks I have taken workshops or done studies with two fine instructors.
I enjoyed and learned a lot from Margaret Dyer in her 3-day workshop "The Figure in Pastel".
Then a switch to doing quick 30-minute landscape studies with Frankie Johnson.
A couple of the paintings from each are below.  I am linking to Paint Party Friday, the site for seeing many artist's weekly creations.  Have a wonderful week.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gloria J Zucaro's "Art For Paws"

This morning I am including an email message from a friend. It is about an auction to benefit an animal rescue organization.  This is something I normally don't do, so don't feel at all pressured. The site may only apply to areas in Illinois anyway.  Here is the letter then the link.

Hi Everyone,
I'm sending along this notification of the On-Line ART AUCTION to benefit our Helping Paws Animal Shelter.  I know you all know about animal shelters and the fact that they save some of the most adorable and lovable little guys from being euthanized only because they don't have homes and are left to fend for themselves.  Sometimes in a not so pleasant way. It’s heart-breaking while at the same time wonderful to go see these sweet dogs (and cats) being cared for so beautifully by HPAS, but the main objective is to find 'forever homes' for each and every animal.  In order to make sure these little 'strays' have good food, good care and a warm, soft place to stay and feel safe, we have to help them out financially.  This fun AUCTION is a really unique way to do this!!  Every cent goes to the shelter.
You can scroll through all the art works, which are all 6" x 6", at your leisure, bid on anyone(s) that you're interested in and you can actually keep track of your piece(s) and see if someone's trying to outbid you!!  Do not let that happen!!!!  You want it?  You make sure you GET IT!!!!  Oops, sorry.....I just want you to get what you want!!  I get a little carried away!!
The AUCTION runs until the 22nd of April and you can bid as many times as you want from any of your devices, anytime from anywhere. I don't make a practice of asking you to buy art, but this is such an amazing cause and I know EVERY ONE OF YOU loves animals and wants to make sure they get their forever families.  So anything you can do to help would be fantastic!  You'll get art that you love AND it's tax deductible.  WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!!   lol
Thanks for listening and thanks in advance for helping out.  And if you're in need of a new member to your family, the four-legged kind, you know where to find one!!!
 Many, many thanks,  C."
Art For The Paws

I was away for 2 weeks visiting friends and relatives.
When I returned I had to get 18 paintings ready to hang for the Barrington Cultural Arts Center "Artist of the Month".  I was using a new hanging system I had bought from Pro Panels.  It is really sturdy, which is what I wanted because all my pieces were under glass.  I hung 3 mixed media, 3 Zentangles and the rest were all pastels.

I am linking to Paint Party Friday per usual!  have a great week and be sure to see all the wonderful artist's on Kristin and Eva's site for PPF.

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.

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.

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!

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