Frank Francese Workshop – Art by Natasha Thomas

I attended a wonderful workshop by Frank Francese, organised by the Mississippi Watercolor Society, in September 2003.

Frank really emphasized value drawings, and showed us a great way to complete them using markers. Here are some of the value sketches I drew during the course. The first two I drew with markers and added the values with payne’s gray watercolor. The second two I sketched with black marker, scanned, and then filled in the values on the computer.

Dot's Cafe - Natasha Thomas

Our House - Natasha Thomas

Polana - Natasha Thomas

New York - Natasha Thomas

Usually I paint about one half-sheet watercolor a month. Frank paints very fast, with big brushes and lots of color, and never draws on his paper at all. I managed to paint 7 (SEVEN!!) half-sheets during the five days of the workshop following his teaching.

Here are some of the paintings I did in the workshop.

Dot's Cafe, Philadelphia, MS by Natasha Thomas

22 x 15 inches
Watercolor

Our House, Sept 2003 by Natasha Thomas

22 x 15 inches
Watercolor

Polana Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique by Natasha Thomas

22 x 15 inches
Watercolor

New York City, Downtown Winter by Natasha Thomas

22 x 15 inches
Watercolor

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30 September