Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Whoa, It's August

Missing You, 12 x 9

Maybe We Should, 12 x 10

Fleurs de Provence, 10 x 8, Donation for High Arts Day

I've been painting, teaching two workshops (one on painting children, part deux, in Atlanta, and one on painting from life in Dahlonega, GA at the Art Loft), running around, swimming on sunny days, and generally enjoying the summer vibe in Atlanta.  My painting friends have been gathering each Wednesday in August to capture our favorite model, Annie, in quick studies, shown above.  In the third piece, I painted some roses for a charity donation, and let it rip with a palette knife!   

Look below to see the amazing work done in the Painting Studies of Children Workshop in late July. My apologies to Caryl Paller and Mary Anne Kresse, who did nice paintings - but I didn't catch the photos! 

 Dawn Douglas

Laura Lanford

Sandy Cox

Nancy Rounsaville

Dot Blum

Sheryl Lott

Janice Marshall

Bren Powell

Me at the easel

Mary Helen Stringer

Leslie Thomas

Jean Dortch

I love the workshop setting:  other painters willing to go out of their comfort zones and to really show up with joy and skill.  My workshop in Dahlonega last weekend was wonderfully positive, and I did not take one photo, but those fellow travelers on the art path did just that -- they showed up with joy and skill!


  1. Whoa is right! Love your studies of model Annie! They are beautifully done. Reading Sherrie McGraw and have a new appreciation for your draughtsmanship! I always admired how you capture that gesture so freely! And look at you just letting go with the palette knife- those roses are gorgeous! Love it!!

    1. So fun seeing your student's work. They did a very good job. All of their work has a fresh Nancy Franke feel . Annie is a great model. Know her from taking a few workshops in ATL. You did a beautiful job capturing her.
      Keep painting and enjoying your summer. I fell so blessed to have taken one of your workshops. Want to do it again!

  2. Beautiful work! Love the soft palette you use. The class did a great job and I noticed my friend Sheryl lott was in the class! How fun to see her work.

  3. Thank you for sharing your students' work - I recognize Sheryl Lott and am thrilled to see her piece here! It looks like a really fun workshop with great subjects!

  4. Love your style. It's great fun to see your student's work, especially our buddy, Sheryl. Would love to take your workshop sometime.

  5. Thanks for sharing your students lovely work! Love your work and your beautiful palette...soft and gorgeous!