Sunday, August 29, 2021

 It has been more than a year since I have posted.  I have been enjoying on-line classes with Ardith Goodwin.  I can't say enough good things about her teaching skills, pdf's, videos to download and keep, her kindness, charitable works and being an extraordinary artist herself.  

I have also taken a couple of classes with Juliette Belmonte. She is also so much fun and so talented.

And my regular studio that I have gone to since 2004 has operated with masks and distancing and disinfectant for most of our lockdown stages. It is owned and run by Frankie Johnson who is an accomplished oil painter and has won many accolades in national exhibits. She also teaches 3 classes a day/evening, Tuesday through Thursday at the studio. She has other teachers Monday and Saturday for adults, teens and children.

Below are some of the paintings I have done in the last 18 months.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Corona Art march April 2020

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Corona Art march April 2020: Here is my first Corona themed piece done on March 17.  I have tried to keep all my Corona artwork somewhat comical!  Sharing with Pain...

Corona Art march April 2020

Here is my first Corona themed piece done on March 17.  I have tried to keep all my Corona artwork somewhat comical! 

Sharing with Paint Party Friday.  
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives!

This one is about juggling the virus!  I hope he washes his hands after juggling these Corona Balls!

This next one is called "Popcorn and Coffee".  Those are two of my favorite comfort foods. This was done intuitively, so I had to ask myself questions afterwards.  Why did I spill both of my comfort foods?  Why am I in "striped pajamas"? Why don't I have hair?
This next one was done in my altered book and was originally a teapot with a disagreeable cherub coming out the top. I kept the shape, relating it to my own expansion while in captivity, and to the 6 feet of distancing!
 The next one was published on Easter weekend. She was one of the portraits with earrings, but also the Face Mask!

This is my last one, so far!  This is what my hands feel and look like!  Wash Your Hands!!!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Earring and Portrait Series 1-8

Hello again after 6 weeks! 
I hope you are all well and staying safe. 
Or if you are a doctor, a nurse, health care worker, fireman, police, delivery person, grocery store worker, mailman THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I have stayed in isolation since March 15, so really appreciate all of you who are out there helping me.

I have been doing a series of contour drawings using the same reference photo but doing it from an upside down position and without looking while I am sketching. And a different pair of my earrings on each one.  I realized that I tend to wear the same earrings all the time, so thought I would have fun painting them  on this young lady who comes out so different looking each time, usually very wonky!

I am posting to Paint Party Friday

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Sketching and Painting

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Sketching and Painting: Hello, Where does the time go?!  This week I was preparing for book club at my house, as well as sketching and painting. I am posting to ...

Sketching and Painting

Where does the time go?!  This week I was preparing for book club at my house, as well as sketching and painting.

I am posting to a great weekly website called Paint Party Friday.

A few looks into this last week.

 This is the start of an upside-down-blind-contour sketch of a martini glass.

Here I added a couple of lines to complete the sketch after looking at it.
Both were along the right edge of the base and stem of the glass. The sketch is done with white school chalk.

I started painting the tabletop and the glass. I wanted to do streamers, like a celebration, but I changed it in the next step.

Here is stage 4. I still have some work to do on it. I want to change the values on the table top so that it doesn't look flat, and I want to add more paint in the same value as the background. It looks too skimpy right now.

Here is the black and white version of the original reference from my workshop with Ardith Goodwin called "Expressive Sketching for Painters"

Have a good week,

Friday, February 14, 2020

February was so busy, but so much fun!

This month I not only returned from a wonderful week on the East coast, was doing a sketching workshop with Ardith Goodwin, put one of my paintings in an exhibit joined with poets who made poetry to go with our specific paintings, am hosting my book club group reading "The Whistling Season" by Ivan Doig, went to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the orchid show, and  saw a couple of good movies!  I will include a few pictures from my adventures.

 WynWood Walls Downtown Miami

Same as above

Same area of Miami

Our 2 Hour Cruise on the Intercoastal waterway going south from Delray, FL

Butterfly Garden and Aviary 

Same as above in Deerfield Beach Florida

Sketch from magazine.  It will be the reference for an upcoming painting.

Sketch from 3D bird done upside down and blind contour, then doodled.

A detailed sketch of eye and then painted with watercolor.

Exhibit entry-"Just Passing Through"

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The First Month of 2020 so far!

January 01 with Nathalie Kalbach

Part One

Part Two

January 02 Raw and Quirky with Marieke Blokland

January 03  Drawing Jewelry with Jane LaFazio

January 05 Tiny Book with Tina Walker

Outside Front

An Inside View

January 06 Into the Shadow with Iris Fritschi Cussens

January 07 Mixed media Gelli Print with Birgit Koopsen

January 08 Making Mistakes Tapes with Carolyn Dube

January 10 Card Series with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

January 11 Keep It Simple with Marlene Meijer-Van Niekerk
January 13 Be Myself with Mystele Kirkeeng

That's all folks!