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 

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!