Monday, February 28, 2011

Time to Blog, and I'm in a Fog!

Memories (done at Millie Gosch's Farm in October), 12 x 9

We have been painting and renovating a bit over the past few weeks, so my home/studio time has been in between hammers and the smells of fresh paint and glaze on kitchen cabinets.  While rearranging paintings and editing accessories, I happened upon this plein air study in my studio, and decided that I liked it, all unfinished and sketchy. Maybe it is the warm undertone, kind of uniting the painted marks, or perhaps it is the immediacy of an impression not overworked.  At any rate, I put it into a frame, and hung it in my house, along with a few other pieces of mine done in the past year.  My art at home has been not too great (as for Nancy Franke paintings), since I tend to take new work to the gallery, and have older paintings done years ago on my walls.  One bright spot here at my home, however, is the small collection of paintings from artists whose work I admire, gathered over time at a price I was willing to pay.  Below are a few shots of that tiny collection:

The painting is by Ted Goerschner, and I love the freshness and the value contrast.  I purchased it at Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta nearly 10 years ago.

This one is by Carol Marine, one of her daily paintings, that I bought 3 years ago; she's coming to Atlanta soon to do a workshop at the Art School in Sandy Springs, which has been sold out for over a year!

Here is one by me (little girl),with a Pascal Bouterin in the middle, a Kevin MacPherson plein air study from Ireland next to that and another piece of mine beside the lamp. Sorry about the photo!

This piece is by Scott Burdick, and I really like it.  You will note that I tend to collect figures and head studies, evidently a habit of many of us who are painters.

This painting is by Diane Eugster, a figurative painter from Nevada; I found it at Willow Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Below is a conte crayon drawing by Susan Lyon, which I bought in Charleston, SC, at The Sylvan Gallery.

There's a Nancy Franke piece of a petite ballerina on the far wall, but on the table is a demo I purchased in Jackson Hole, WY, at a workshop with Carolyn Anderson.  

Here is a study by John Schieffer, which my husband bought in Scottsdale...he loves the detail and the precision of this piece.

Below is a painting that I purchased at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, when I was there almost two years ago at the OPA National show; it's by Kevin Bielfuss, and I love the painterly quality and the soft palette.

This is a study by Ray Roberts.  I took a workshop with him at Milly Gosch's Farm in Newnan, GA, a few years ago, and I liked his simple shapes and forms in this painting. 

This is a fun watercolor that I LOVE by my Atlanta painting friend, Margaret Hathaway! It's so loose and expressive.

Below is a landscape by Joseph Paquet, a Plein Air Painter of America: I took his workshop in Atlanta several years ago. 

And finally, a small, wonderful painting by Andree Thobaty, a French artist (represented in Atlanta by Huff Harrington Fine Art) whose work is simple and powerful, truly qualities I admire!


  1. Thanks for sharing your fabulous collection! I am looking forward to your workshop in Atlanta this coming weekend. I hear such great things about you from those that have had your workshops. See you soon!

  2. Thank you for the tour of your beautiful home and paintings. Wish I had known about your workshop earlier.

  3. First of all, I love your painting at the top and the sketchy quality is fabulous! I also love to see what art other artists collect too! I have just started a small "artist wall" in my studio with small paintings by other artists that I admire. Most of these are daily type paintings and I will eventually get a photo and post on my blog. And, like Judy, I can't wait until the workshop this weekend! I am like a kid on Christmas Eve - can hardly sleep!

  4. This is by far the most interesting Blog I've ever read...anytime, anywhere, anyplace. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together, but then, that's the way you are......generous.
    I'm lucky. See you at the workshop.

  5. Thanks to all for your nice comments! Can't wait to see you at the workshop on Saturday... It will be FUN, and I am honored that you are coming here to paint with me...


  6. Aren't you kind, to share your collection? I just heard from one of your workshop students about the fantastic weekend she had learning from you!

  7. Fun to see one's collection - an intimacy for art is so near and dear.

    And the word on the street is your workshop was fantastic Nancy!

  8. Je me suis agréablement promenée dans votre blog et j'ai pu admirer de très belles oeuvres.
    Je reviendrai y faire un petit tour.

  9. you have quite a fabulous collection but I'm really taken by the beautiful way you've designed windows into your house. I love bringing the outdoors inside and the long window above the kitchen counter is oh so wonderful!!!
    Your painting style is loose and fresh and very lovely as well.

  10. Wow, thank you so much for sharing your collection. It's amazing.