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!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sketch for Creative Jumpstart 2020 Floral

Yesterday I finally decided how to do the January 11 project led by Marlene Meijer-Van Niekerk,  She did a demo of a beautiful floral, which I couldn't totally do with the supplies I have. So I am making my own version.  I have some small cling-free stamps of flowers and butterflies. I stamped those onto one of the last pages of my "Sketchbook Project" sketchbook, and hope to soon send it in.  Then I drew in pen my version as a "shadow" of the stenciled version. So right now it is in black and white tones. I plan to color the pen drawings and leave the stencils uncolored. Well, that is the current plan!  We will see how it all turns out.

Here it is, finished!

have a nice day, 

Thank You Card for Grandson Enzo

Today I have the finished card to give to my grandson.  I have been giving him personal "thank you" cards for several years.  He is almost 12, so I am not sure how he relates to them at this age.  But I will continue, as I believe that the little things that stay the same as you go through your teen years may be important.

He gave me two gifts at Christmas. He always gets to pick what to give, even though his parents pay for them.  I got a beautiful Finchberry soap that has fine glitter in gold along the top edge, and an adorable ceramic snowman to add to my collection.  

It is done on 5' x 7' cardstock.  I drew it in pigma ink pen, colored it with Derwent Inktense Pencils, wet the pencil colors and added glitter clue and painted the sky with Liquid Watercolors.

Have a nice day,

Monday, January 13, 2020

Creative Jumpstart Projects for January 8 and 10, 2020

Good afternoon. 
A great day for staying in, not being a cold weather lover, but we just accept it!
ART makes it better!

The project leader for January 8th was Carolyn Dube. I love Carolyn, so much fun to watch all her YouTube videos!
She taught how to make your own tapes-like custom washi, with Mica powders. Great fun.  I did a few, until I was finally getting the knack of it.  I taped them into my new journal given to me by my longtime friend Polly D.  Then I did some doodled circles to fill in between the tape.

Creative Jumpstart leader Julie Fei-Fan Balzer did the video for January 10th.
Julies' SUPER POWER is "Curiosity" and she demonstrated making a series of cards all at the same time with the small materials, and asking "what if, what if".  I deviated a little by changing colors.

See you soon, when I get a couple more of the days/projects finished.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 7 Project with CJS 2020

January 7th's project is with Birgit Koopsen. Her SUPER POWER is Mixed Media Gelli Prints.  I was trying to do my first one and made a lot of mistakes!

I made the mistake of going back and forth watching the video and then going to do my gelli painting. So the paint was dry by the time I got the paper to print on.  

But not to get defeated I tried spraying cardstock with water and letting it be damp, with the Gelli resting on it.  That didn’t work.

Next I remembered that if you cover the surface with clear shipping tape, the kind that is about 2 inches wide, it totally cleans off your gelli plate. So I got some dry computer paper and I covered the surface of the gelli completely with tape. Then I carefully lifted the tape off and applied it in one piece to the clean dry paper. It worked! I have a tape print! My painting composition is too equally divided, but next time I will know how to do this and be more asymmetrical and interesting. What a neat technique! 

7" x 5"

January 5th and 6th #CJS 2020 Projects

Hello Paint Party Artists...

January 5th on Creative Jumpstart 2020(CJS 2020) was taught by Tina Walker whose Super Power is "Making Mini Books". I had to watch it several times to figure it out! She was a very good instructor but I needed to rewatch to get all the steps in!
It was really fun to do. This is my original version. The book is 2.75" tall by 2.50" wide.

Click on images to enlarge.

The Front

Side View From Above

A View of Two Inside Pages

January 6th with Nathalie Kalbachs' Creative Jump Start 2020(CJS2020) was led by Iris Fritschi-Cussens. Her SUPER POWER is called "Into the Shadow". It is about journaling and really expressing how you are feeling, using your journal as you would a diary for your eyes only! I loved all the layering in the background.

The first two pages done in my new gifted sketchbook from my friend Polly D.!  
Thank you, Polly!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Reworked Day 2 and some Thank You Card Fronts.

Hello, I decided that Day 2 was too busy, so I reworked it by unifying the background to get rid of all the dots. I hope it is more legible now. 

I am also trying to get my Christmas Thank You notes out. I like to make the front of the card a decoration showing one of the gifts given.  So here are some of those,too.


among other gifts from them!

among other gifts from them.

among other gifts from them


Sunday, January 5, 2020

My Day 3 Project with CJS 2020

Our January third video instructor was Jane Lafazio
Jane feels that one of her SUPER POWERS is "Drawing Jewelry".
She drew an exoctic necklace and painted it in watercolor .

My project for January third is done from a magazine layout of a collection of turquoise bracelets.  

Done in my Sketchbook Project sketchbook.
I am looking forward to my next Creative Jump Start 2020 project. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

My Project for January 2, CJS2020 with Marieka Blokland

Here is my project with Mareika . It is done in my Sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project, based in Brooklyn NY  Only a few more pages before it needs to be sent in, digitized and then can be seen on-line all over the world.  

Then I will start using the fantastic sketchbook my friend Polly sent to me for Christmas.  She always finds the most wonderful art gifts for me!

Marieka's SUPER POWER theme is "Raw and Quirky"!
Here is my original version inspired by her example.

"She Cut Off My Dress!"
To see more detail, just click on the image.
See you soon with Day 3!

Friday, January 3, 2020

First Creative Jumpstart Project 2020 with Natalie Kalbach

Hello Again, 
A New Year  is here and I am starting off with the resolution to get back to my art!  
I have two new knees and I am feeling great!

The first project this year is my version of "Transformation" with instructor Natalie Kalbach who is the founder of Creative Jump Start.  I have joined CJS for the last 4 years. I feel it gets me off to a good start and is inspiring.  

For the 31 days of January each year, Natalie has a group of 31 artists who follow a theme and do a short video of instruction on their interpretation of the theme. This year the theme is about what each artist thinks is their SUPER POWER,when it comes to their art.  Natalie's is the way she transforms one thing into another form or use.

After we do our own version of Natalie's SUPER POWER we post on our own websites as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  It is really fun to see how everyone interprets the video of the day.

Below are my versions of "Transformation" for January 1, 2020.

I used cut cardboard, rubber stamps, stencils, gesso, acrylic paint, and ink.  This is about 8"H x 6"W.  To see more detail, click on the image to enlarge.

This piece of cardboard had some large black numbers and several smaller ones, which added interest to the design.
The first painting had the sku of the box in black which you can see along the bottom when you enlarge. The same supplies were used.

"Hello" to all my friends on Paint Party Friday.  Please check all the wonderful Art on their website.