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Frankie Johnson

Plein Air: Expressive Landscapes


Sunday through Wednesday
 May 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm



This class is not only for newer students getting started in plein air painting , but for advanced plein air painters who want to get out and warm up for the season. Frankie will do short demos each day, reminding you how to look at the landscape and capture the essence of the scene.  Donít get caught in the trap of merely trying to reproduce what is in front of you. Take time to consider what it is that really appeals to you about the subject, then explore ways of placing emphasis on just that. Often the subject, or parts of the subject, can take a back seat and allow other more interesting elements to dominate and hold attention. By abstracting and simplifying areas of a painting much more interest can be created. She will show how the light affects the mood of the day and determines your color choices.  You will learn how to simplify and become more efficient using larger brushes. We will cover various subjects and viewpoints in the landscape.


Frankie is an accomplished artist with over 40 years of experience in oil painting and pastels.  For the last thirty years, Frankie has taught drawing, oil and pastel painting at The Studio In The Woods (Wauconda, Illinois), The Studio of Long Grove and the Mainstreet Art Centre, which she opened in 1994 with a talented staff of instructors.  She conducts workshops in locations throughout the Midwest.

Frankie has participated in many juried exhibitions and plein air painting competitions and won numerous awards for her paintings through the years.  She is currently represented by the Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim, Wisconsin and Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Frankie's paintings, including numerous portrait commissions, hang in corporate and private collections throughout the country.

Website:   www.frankiejohnsonartstudio.com

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