Monday, November 21, 2016

Gloria J Zucaro's, Susan Ploughe's "Waterways" Workshop

     I posted so lte last week so am posting this again to Paint Party Friday this week.
This week I took Susan Ploughe’s three day workshop called “Waterways”.   If you are a member of The Venice Art Center in Venice Florida, you have a treat in store!  I understand Susan Ploughe will doing a workshop soon in your location.
In our workshop we went through written information, photos of various types of water and paintings by other artist of lakes, streams, waterfalls, the ocean, reflections and still clear waters.  Susan also did a short demo for each type before we began our own paintings.  She printed out four or five examples for us to pick from and to use as references. In the three days we did six paintings each.  It was not important that you finished a whole painting but that you tried out the technique that helped the viewer recognize the type of water setting you were trying to describe.
I always enjoy Susan’s workshops because she makes learning and improving my skills both fun and inspiring.  She makes me feel that I am getting better, and shows me alternative ways to get there.  I like the fact that if I am not understanding a certain concept she will pull out an extra surface and demonstrate what she was advocating.  She will not paint on your canvas unless she asks you first, and always suggests that you change it afterward to your own stroke, so that it is “all yours”.  Susan is a nationally awarded painter with The Oil Painters of America and has paintings exhibited in galleries and in magazine articles.  We are so lucky to have her teaching classes and workshops on a regular basis at the Mainstreet Art Centre in Lake Zurich, IL.   You can see Susan Ploughe’s website at

I will be posting to Paint Party Friday(late!), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
My waterfall study done from a copyright free photo
12" x 9" oil on canvas board.

My Waves Study from a painting by Ivan Aivazovsky
12" x 9" oil on canvas board

My Calm Shallow Water Study from copyright free photo
9" x 12" oil on canvas board

My Reflections Study from Copyright Free Photo
8" x 10" on canvas sheet

My Shadows, Ripples, Reflections Study from Copyright Free Photo
8" x 10" oil on canvas sheet

My Mountain/Lake Reflections Study
8" x 10" oil on canvas sheet

Have a great week.
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Gloria, you have created some amazing oil paintings in that class. The waterfall is just like some I have seen while trout fishing. I love the translucence of the waves. And the studies in reflections are amazing. So beautiful. About my fabric painting inside the embroidery hoop. That is acrylics on an old cut up table cloth that the mixed media teacher brought to class for us to use.

    1. Thank you, Faye. So did you paint the pattern, along with collage?

  2. wonderful pieces in water Gloria!

  3. Gloria I noticed I am able to leave comments on your Google+ blog even though I have not converted. I have a friend on Google+ but I cannot comment on hers. Is it a simple setting that allows you to do this? I would appreciate any feedback, you can email me at Thanks.

    1. Hi Christine, I looked on Chrome to see if I could help you because I know sometimes I can't figure that out on people's sites either. I am always on a PC but here is a link that is about commenting. I hope it helps. I will sent it to your email also.

  4. You got lots of wonderful work done, must have been a great workshop. Nothing like that round here:-( Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  5. Impressive paintings. You have painted both powerful movement and calm feeling on your great art works.
    Happy weekend to you ❤

  6. This is such a stunning series...truly these would be wonderful in an exhibit... wow so impressive!! Love the way you use purple!! Susans work is gorgeous too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Lovely paintings... my favorite is the mountain / lake study ♥
    xo Michelle #49 at PPF

  8. Wonderful studies -- serene and lovely!


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