A few weeks ago Nancy Franke gave a one day Children's workshop. It wasn't painting portraits, but painting children while they are doing some kind of activity. A while back I took a still life workshop from Nancy so I knew I would enjoy this and learn a lot in a short amount of time. With Nancy's energy she makes a workshop so informative and fun. I highly recommend taking a workshop with her. The workshop started with Nancy doing a demo painting her granddaughter. When you are going to paint children you really need to spend a lot of time with the drawing getting the proportions correct. Also, when working from a photo you don't have to use the background as it is shown in the photo. You have the liberty to put the child on the beach instead or in a meadow etc. Also, always look for the "S" shape in the human form and look for the angles. Nancy uses a very limited palette, which uses primaries that are warm and cool with Lukas White. I use a limited palette, but it has more colors then Nancy's so there was some adjustment. In my painting I painted my sister-in-law Angela with my nephew Aidan. I took the photo at the aquarium one day. I was the only one that added another person in their painting, but for me I think the basic shapes were easier for me to start out with at the workshop. I don't get a chance to paint people much so I wanted to try something more simple for that day.
Nancy's sketch for demo.
Nancy's finished demo.
Angela and Aidan
I know I have so much to learn and practice in painting children and from photos. I really enjoyed the workshop and for a start I think I did okay.
Make a beautiful statement with every painting. That is my motto. It could be a color, shape, texture or object in a painting that pulls the whole painting together. No matter if it is an old masters type of a painting, landscape, seascape or portrait I am always looking for a certain energy to come through my paintings.
Throughout my life I have been encouraged to create. During college I found myself interested in Textile Design and graduated with a BFA in Textile Design from Georgia State University. I have over 20 years’ experience in the textile field. From designing throw blankets, rugs, apparel, paper goods to upholstery material. Needing an additional creative outlet, I started taking oil painting classes locally and eventually studying with many internationally known artists as David Leffel, Daniel Keys, Sarah Lamb, Qiang Huang, Scott Conary, Robert Johnson, Nancy Franke, Karen Appleton and Bill Davidson among others. This eventually led me to art groups, small venues and then to an emerging artist show, which propelled my art career.
I am represented by The Studio Gallery.
I am represented by Studio Gallery. If you are in the Grayton Beach, Florida area please stop by. They are located at 26D Logan Lane, Grayton Beach, Florida 32459. Located on Hwy 283 which is 1/4 mile north of Hwy 30A.