Saturday, February 28, 2015

Unvailing of Judge Gauvey's Portrait

Last month I attended the unveiling of Judge Gauvey's Portrait. It was a pleasure painting her, and a wonderful party. I hope to see her and her husband in Thomas.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reflections in Windows

After seeing the Richard Estes show I decided to get two old paintings out of the attic of reflections in windows.
Our kitchen window in Trinka Italy.

Rosebush with Scrumpy in the background.
Besides commissions I will be working on these during March and April.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In Progress: Baby Gene on leopard skin

I have a lot more work to do on this. Every minute is fun working on the newest member of my family.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cabbages & Roses

Here are cabbages and roses grown in my garden for the August workshop and for our workshop in Thomas, WV.
70 meatballs

Now I have to get back to making pasta and meatballs for Joe's 70th birthday!

70 pieces of pasta

                        Happy Birthday Joe!

...what ever happened to baby Gene?


Monday, January 19, 2015

Montorno Workshop 2015

Session 3. Painting and Bas-relief
Danni Dawson & Mike Francis
Arrive Sun, June 21, 2015 - depart Fri, July 3, 2015

Enjoy thirteen days in Tuscany! You'll have eight full days of instruction and demonstration, a day trip with your group to visit regional sights and traditions, and two free days to relax or explore the local area.

Danni’s sessions will feature painting and sculpting directly from the model, using both grisaille and color studies.

Mike’s sessions will focus on landscape painting in the village and on the mountainside (at Montorno). Students may work in oils, acrylics, watercolors or pastels, and will receive daily critiques.

You will stay in apartments in the beautiful town of Serrevezza and work in a professional studio, as well as the surrounding countryside. Students will be housed for 12 nights and ground transportation will be provided between the airport or train station and the students’ lodgings. Transportation will also be provided between lodgings and Montorno studio on all class days, as well as on a scheduled day trip.

Included: daily breakfast (in accommodation); 8 lunches; 9 dinners; 8 days of drawing or painting instruction (model fees and use of an easel are included).

Workshop fee: Artists - $3550; 
Companions - $3150

Special discount for students and companions paying $600 deposit before January 31, 2015: $150 off total price.

Contact Danni & Mike 
Go to for more info and to download the 2015 registration form.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Introducing baby Gene!

"Think of my future! You are not really going to paint me like this!"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015.

I am not one for resolutions however I am going to try to blog more often this year.

Stay tuned for new posts to update you on what is going on in my world.