Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Balloon

My Balloon, 20 x 20

Well, MY balloon is floating right now - last weekend was just great -- first I taught THE most fun workshop ever at Chattanooga Art Works (sponsored by Lisa Seago).  We had a wonderful time, painting from life, laughing, sipping a bit of wine (!), and just connecting.  There were 15 people from as far away as Indiana and Ohio, and of course, Georgia and Tennessee; Lisa's studio is beautiful (see below, in a photo supplied by my friend, Kathy Cousart), and we rocked it out.  Everyone painted well and they sent me off to Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday afternoon.  I put on some under-eye concealer and a fancy dress and attended the Museum Gala at the wonderful Huntsville Art Museum; the people of Huntsville are amazingly gracious and they welcomed me and Michael to the max!  It was a beautiful party, a successful and magical evening;  I was very honored to have been chosen as the featured artist, and basically, blown away by it all...

CHATTANOOGA:  Workshop Day One/ Rounding up the troops for a petite demo

 CHATTANOOGA:  Day Two/ Doing a morning demo before everyone did 3 paintings that day (!)

HUNTSVILLE:  Entrance to the "Nancy Franke" room...

HUNTSVILLE:  Front-on view of the featured artist area; all of my work was beautifully placed...

HUNTSVILLE:  Here's the corner with "My Balloon," which floated high that night!!

p.s.  there are three spaces left for the April 5 and 6th Chattanooga workshop if you'd like to join us...


  1. Il est bon de retrouver vos oeuvres après plus de 6 semaines d'absence... Je rentre tout juste des Philippines...
    Elle est vraiment adorable cette dernière peinture et pleine de douceur...
    gros bisous

  2. Nancy, the show looks great. congratulations!

  3. Indeed, your balloon should be floating on high! I am thrilled to have been in your fabulous workshop in Chattanooga and even more thrilled to know that Huntsville's Art Gala, with you as the featured artist, was a huge success! Bravo, Nancy!

  4. Nancy- So proud of you and for you. I can only imagine the hard work and dedication that went into that body of work for Huntsville and it is just stunning! I have loved getting to know you and learn from you through several workshops. The Chattanooga one was fabulous! Your brushwork is some of the best I have seen and a joy to watch. Very inspiring. Love your color sense which comes across in each and every painting- very soft yet strong. Congratulations!! The petite artist friend sure can paint!

  5. Congratulations on your show. The museum site and the paintings look fabulous.

  6. Congratulations, Nancy. Your gorgeous paintings displayed beautifully. Wish I could have seen in person.