Saturday, March 2, 2019

Page One of The Sketchbook Project "Kitten Dance"

Hello!  Thank you for all the comments that I did not reply to last week, I will try better this week..  This week I am starting in my 2019 "The Sketchbook Project" book.  My Theme is "Things I Love".  That can encompass a lot!  My first page is about loving dancing and kittens!  It is a mixed media.  I am posting to Paint Party Friday.  I hope you check the site to see the artwork from artists all over the world.
Click on image to enlarge.

Have a good week,

Friday, February 22, 2019

Water Ways in Oil

 Connecting to Paint Party Friday, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Enjoy all the artist displaying their art this week on Paint Party Friday.

A sunny and warmer than we have had lately in Chicagoland.

This is an oil painting on a piece of canvas.  I did this while learning different water effects from Susan Ploughe.  I think I need a little more "umph" in the distant sky, but otherwise I like it.

Click on image to enlarge for detail.
Water Ways
Oil on canvas
8 x 10

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Re-Entry

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Re-Entry: Hello, artist friends at Paint Party Friday ,  I haven't posted in almost a year.  I was preoccupied with going for a knee replacement,...

Friday, February 15, 2019


Hello, artist friends at Paint Party Friday,  I haven't posted in almost a year.  I was preoccupied with going for a knee replacement, which was scheduled then canceled and rescheduled.  I finally had it about 5 weeks ago and PT is going well.  I did hardly anything but sketches and tangles on cardstock this last year.  But here are Zentangles I did recently.  
Have a good week.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage: Hello fellow PPF Friends , Facebook and Twitter Friends. I have two mixed media collage pieces this week.  I did these for Karen Sako&#3...

Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage

Hello fellow PPF Friends, Facebook and Twitter Friends.
I have two mixed media collage pieces this week.  I did these for Karen Sako's Mixed Media Collage class taught at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich Illinois.   

The papers I used were given to me by a good artist friend. Our group sends envelopes of papers to each other and we are to use them in a collage.  These orange, blue and text papers were from Laura Anderson. On the envelope she had written a note to look at the dictionary because the definition of "gloria" was there!  I included her note as a white area in the design, as well as my name from the front of the envelope. The only thing I wish I had done was leave the definition exposed when I covered the dictionary with gesso.

The other paper I added was a cutout of a head from a fashion magazine, when I saw an area that looked like a woman's top with one arm extended.  I had previously painted that page with black gesso as a background. When I tore and placed my papers, I noticed that some areas formed a triangle, so I tried to make as many as I could follow that shape.  I used a glue stick to stick things down. Then I painted over the dark blue pieces of crepe paper with Stewart Gill's Byzantia Jewel Tone Metallic in Aegean and I had already put a thin layer of gesso very the text and white envelope pieces. I painted several areas that were white or text in Liquitex Acrylic Artist color in Fluorescent Orange to balance the large orange paper on the upper left corner and some orange smudges on the musical piece.  Then I added the black, white and orange dots with Posca Pens. There are two flaps that I can add a secret message under!

The second piece was a 10 minutes "grab a random magazine page and create a collage to show a feeling of INTIMIDATION".

Have a good week!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Linking to Paint Party Friday.
This week  some collage and a cold wax & oil painting.
I started a 6 week class with Karen Sako who teaches mixed media collage.
The first week we were handed an envelope and told that it was our homework.

The collage below was done with the pieces in my envelope. It is approximately 7 x 5.  After I glued everything in place and outlined the sections with a Marks All Pencil, I didn't like the grungy look on the pretty colors. So I painted them all with Golden Soft Body Paints in their original colors from the envelope. I also added the red and aqua areas of paint to balance the colors of the papers. When it dried I added the dots and ruled lines in black and white.

The piece below was a ten minute piece. We were to tear a random page from a magazine then create a collage.   The "rush" shows in the execution of this piece!  The page I tore out had an article that showed several head shots and one of feet. I quickly, with no planning, glued them on! Then added the rather sloppy lines and dots.  Since the article is about Composition, it is ironic that I didn't pay any attention to that.  I really don't do well under time pressure!

Here is my Cold Wax and Oil painting.  I had a reference of a meadow. I am trying to be somewhat abstracted but also have a traditional focal point.  I think I succeeded with this one, I like it!
This has about 8 layers of paint that were scratched through and skimmed over so that some of the color would show underneath each layer.

Have a good week and thank you, Kristin and Eva.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Collage and Cards.

This was somewhat of a slow week art-wise.  I have been uninspired as of late and have only done art in classroom situations, except if it comes to doing something for a grandchild.  Maybe it is the soggy and gray days---Spring is coming---eventually!

I have two collage pieces one 5 x 7 in my sketchbook, and one on a 6 x 6 piece of wood. In Karen Sako's class we were to pick at random three papers from a magazine, old homework notebooks, a music workbook and maps and then proceed. We could add whatever else we wanted to after gluing down our papers.

I call this one "Finger Pointing".

In this piece I was inspired by the two arrows on the homework page.  Then I saw a brown bag with an arrow also.  That is my "Theme".

This is the card. The areas top and bottom are the table it was on. I wanted a square format, as I sometimes post to Instagram.  I made this card for my nine year old Grandson who also loves Pugs-two weeks ago I posted an elephant card for him.  The incentive for the card is a letter I received from him.  His class at school had to write a handwritten letter to someone, and then the school asked that recipients return a handwritten letter to the school, and the student will read it aloud in class.  If you enlarge by clicking, you will see the two old dictionary descriptions for the word "Dog" and for "Pug".  I got the photo from images on Google and coated the back and front with Blick Polymer Acrylic, so it would be less likely to wrinkle when glued down.  I also used "Yes" paste which has less water content, and that also helps in a smooth application.

Have a wonderful week and Happy PPF to you and a big thank you to our hostesses, Eva and Kristin.    
I always feel happy when you leave comments or ask questions...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gloria J Zucaro's "Valentine Memories"

Hello Paint Party Friday Friends,
I admit to not getting any projects finished!  But I have been working for weeks on Cold Wax & Oil Paintings.  They take many layers and need to set up or dry before adding too many more layers in one day, so I usually have a week in between.
So today I am showing some Valentines I have done in years past.  I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.  Gloria

6 x 6 Oil painting over old painting.

4 x 6 greeting card zentangle

4 x 6 greeting card zentangle 2

24 x 12 canvas with Scripto marker and Oil Paint

Thursday, February 1, 2018

First Day Of February

Hello, this week I have a group of greeting cards and a couple of paintings.  I can't believe how quickly January came and went! I found a few days for painting.  Below are different projects, some done with Creative Jumpstart 2018 hosted by Nathalie Kalbach and some cards done for friends and relatives.  I have been practicing some of the new techniques that were shown in CJS.  I especially like the many layers with paints of all types(watercolors,acrylics, sometimes mixed together or with inks) stamps, stencils, and some collage. Drips, drops and splatters are fun, too!  Happy Paint Party Friday!     

CJS Project with Cathy Scanlon  Liquid watercolor blended with white paint.

CJS Project with Annie O'Brien Gonzales  A little bit of everything thrown in!

My Grandson loves elephants, a 7 x 5 card. Layers of SILKS acrylic paints and stamps with Posca Pens.

A card for relatives in MA  Silks, map collage pieces, Posca Pen

Another 5 x 7 card made for an artist friend who makes beautiful clay pots, all with a lizard and leaf motif. SILKS, Heavy bodied, and fluid paints, with stamps in ink and paint, gesso, stencils, Posca Pens, Cut out, NeoColors.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Gone for over a month!

Hello again, Paint Party Friday Friends!  I have been doing some art all these days I have been gone.  Although I had an invalid friend stay with me for ten days, then hosted my book club Christmas party, then Christmas and New Years (like all of you!).  My paintings since I was last here. 

Well, that is it for now. I am participating in Creative Jumpstart 2018 hosted by Nathalie Kalbach.
Many of these pieces are from that on-line workshop.  I have been posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my Pinterest page.
Have a good week. I hope to catch up with everyone soon.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Lily Pond and "Abstract"

This week I finished the cold wax and oil painting that I photographed in two stages for last weeks post.  I added several areas of paint. I darkened the bottom in some areas and added lily pads, and shades of browns and yellow and blue in other areas.  I scratched through the layers to pull out weeds along three edges.  FINI!

My second painting was started over 4 sample pieces done in the workshop with Mark Russell.  I used up old wax and paint mixtures from my palette to add about 4 new layers to it.
I will let both dry completely before framing.

I am busy with Christmas decorating, shopping, cards and parties, like many of you, so I may not post for a couple of weeks.


Step One

Steps 2-4

Recent Sunset from my back yard.

Colored lights, all gold & Silver ornaments--Tippy Top!!

Gold and Silver on dresser top

Enjoy a visit to Paint Party Friday hosted by Kristin and Eva and thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear any comments or questions--Gloria

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Some New Some ReDoux

Hello  to "Almost December"! 
Today I am sharing a cold wax and oil painting of a "work in progress".  I had previously done about 3 layers and let it dry during the Thanksgiving holiday. Today I added 3 more layers.  It is still not done, but I  hope to have some time next week to finish it  I have two photos showing the first stages. Click on them to enlarge to show texture.

I also have some pictures of Zentangle Christmas cards I made previously.  I had them printed into greeting cards and postcards. 
I am sharing with Paint Party Friday.  
Have a wonderful week! 


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