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Frankie Johnson

Portrait Expressions


Fridays & Saturdays
 November 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm



We will be painting a variety of head studies in this 4 day workshop.  We will design realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and learn drawing with painterly approaches. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the head into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details.  Learn to see and simplify values, create form, and understand edges to control the composition and create dramatic portraiture.

Students will be encouraged to incorporate mood and emotion into their paintings, allowing them to move beyond the “studio exercise phase” and into more exciting aspects of creating art.   This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.


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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