Plein Air Workshop in Watercolors
Beginner to Advanced
August 14 thru 17
Plein Air/Studio Combination
$480 per person
Frank Francese was born in Arizona in 1951 but has resided in Colorado for most of his life. He has been a professional artist since '76, achieving the groundwork for his profession while attending Western State College in Gunnison, CO.
Watercolors came to the forefront of Francese's artistic work in 1983. His liquid style is unique and distinctive. Frank enjoys working on a very wet surface, letting the pure color mix itself on the paper. His shapes are large and loose, often disregarding fine detail. Frank uses abrupt color changes of the same value with the white of the watercolor paper to bring his paintings to life. The subject matter for Francese watercolors is always varied, reflecting local scenes and his travels.
Mornings will be spent exploring the quaint towns around The Landgrove Inn: Landgrove, Weston, Londonderry and Peru. Students should bring a camera, sketching material, sketch book, pens/pencils etc. Students will be shown how Francese finds exciting material for his paintings. We will explore design, values and what to include and what to leave out while sketching outdoors. We will be sketching from fields, street corners, parks etc. It is important for the student to gather as much information as possible during the morning session.
The afternoon session will start with a demonstration and then the students have the afternoons to paint their designs they gathered in the morning session. The demonstrations will be 22x30 in size and the student can paint any size they choose.
Kinsale County, Cork, F. Francese
San Juan Mountain Lake, F. Francese