Meet Student Lynne Hall

    Meet student Lynne Hal

Lynne Hall

“I have picked up Audrey’s brochure at Hobby Lobby several times over the years, wanting to learn to draw realistic portraits.  I graduated with a BFA in graphic design in 1987 from SMSU, was employed as an artist and got married to my sweetheart, Tim, all within a three month period.  I worked for five years until I had my first son, and then came home to be a full-time mom and had two more sons over the next few years.  I haven’t done a whole lot of creative work over the last few decades.   I never felt like I could justify taking the time while I was educating our kids at home and then later having to work full-time.  Since 2014, our home-based business has provided the freedom to be home full-time.  My boys have left home, two have gotten married, and my oldest son and his wife had our first grandbaby.  I decided it was a perfect time to take classes from Audrey to learn to draw my granddaughter.  Audrey is a wonderful teacher!  I was a timid beginning student and embarrassed that I had mentioned my art degree.  It certainly wasn’t apparent with my initial drawing ūüôā  Just getting out of my own way and relaxing, I began to learn.  I had forgotten how much I love to be creative.  I’m excited to learn to use other art media and I would love to improve enough to eventually do some commission work.  Drawing makes me feel giddy!!”   


I no longer teach classes at Hobby Lobby, but you can join me in class every Tuesday 10 – 12 at Splatter Art Studio 4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield,

Initial drawing prior to instruction

Student Focus Karla Daniel

Meet student Karla Daniel!  She is approaching her one year anniversary of taking classes with me.  One of the best perks of teaching is watching your students grow in their skills.  I thought you would like to see her progress.

This photo is her initial drawing prior to instruction.  She learned how to use her right side of the brain to approach drawing and some technical skills and it wasn’t long before she was well on her way.

 Here’s her experience:  “I’m having such a great time exploring my creative side!  I had never considered the possibility of drawing or art until my husband and I decided to take art classes as a mutual hobby a little less than a year ago.  My expectations regarding my ability were low, but I went into it with an open mind and a desire to learn something new.  Generally cautious by nature, I was afraid in the beginning to make mistakes.  Thankfully most mistakes are fixable.  After starting with graphite, I transitioned to using pastels and have really enjoyed them.  I look forward to many more artistic projects and endeavors including a color theory class next year.  I really appreciate Audrey’s instruction and supportive guidance that challenges her students to continuously expand their skills as well as their appreciate and enjoyment of art.”  Karla Daniel

Congratulations Karla for a job well done!

5 Finishing Touches to Enhance Your Art

Doing great art is only part of the equation!  How you present it within a mat or frame will either make or break it!  In the upcoming Mat & Frame Workshop, I will address these 5 finishing touches to enhance your art, creative matting options and more!

  1.  PFullSizeRender (95)lacement and size of your signature.  Where and how you place your signature can steal the focus off your art.  You want the viewer to know who the artist is without taking away from your work.
  2.  Mat selection.  A mat that is too small will crowd and one that is too large can overpower your art.  Color is also important.  The color and size should draw your eye into the art.
  3.  Frame selection.   Select a frame that looks best with your art, not one that goes with your home decor.  The width of the frame is also important.  A narrow width on a large piece will not feel substantial enough to support, while too wide a frame can overpower your art.
  4.  Glass.  There are so many choices!  Does it matter?  YES!!  Reflections on the glass can make it difficult to see your art!  Museum, non-glare and UV glass are options to consider depending on your art.
  5. Backing. ¬†Why should I be concerned with what is on the back of the frame? ¬†First, it’s ALL part of the package! ¬†Dust and small bugs can work their way into the frame and show up in view. ¬†Plus, you want to present your art by paying close attention to details with the whole package.

Come learn how to begin your art with the correct size so you can use a standard size mat and frame. ¬†Custom framing can add up so plan before you begin. ¬†Once you choose that size, you’ll have a chart to know what size mat and frame to use. ¬†You’ll learn how wide your mat should be for the size of your art.

Register and receive a free consult on finishing your piece of art!  Call Audrey Bottrell-Parks 417-848-0894 or email:

Monday, June 27th

9:00 – 12:00

Splatter Art Studio  4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield,

Class fee $30  Studio fee $5


Whooooooo Wants to Learn Pastel????

Whoooo Wants to Learn Pastel???

Whoooo Wants to Learn Pastel???


Whoooo Wants to Learn Pastels???  In this upcoming 1 day workshop you will learn how to paint this owl with a minimum set of supplies.  Of course, the more pastels you have to choose from the better and there are numerous brands and prices too.  As you can see, this painting doesn’t have a lot of color and our modest set of pastels will work just fine.  Then and WHEN, you fall in love with pastels, and you will, you can decide to make a bigger investment in a larger assortment of pastels.

What I like about pastels is the ability to put down beautiful, luscious color quickly.  After working with colored pencils for years, I LOVED this about pastels!  I will provide you with the sanded paper and the owl already drawn on, ready to go so you can use the whole time working with the pastels.  I will walk you through each step as I demonstrate each area, you will do the same.  Most students finish it during the workshop!

Register now to reserve your spot!  Here’s the details:

Monday, April 25, 2016   9:00 – 4:00

Splatter Art Studio 4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO

Fee:  $75  includes paper and studio fee

To register contact Audrey directly 417-848-0894.


The Joy of Drawing!

No matter how old you are, there is great joy in drawing! Learning at a young age makes it even better because you have all the more time to enjoy it. Drawing is a teachable skill, just like learning to write you name, yet so few learn to do it. Many think you have to be born with the talent to draw, but that’s not true. Learning to draw is just learning to first see the line and then learn to draw the line.

Lauren has just completed her first full portrait after studying the basics of drawing and studying the features of the face. What a beautiful first portrait! Parker is only age 7 and he loves to draw just about anything, but even at his very young age he was able to draw this cat realistically.

Student Lauren Cox

Student Lauren Cox

Parker, age 7 with his graphite drawing.

Parker, age 7 with his graphite drawing.

I remember a student I had years ago. A more mature woman. She had been taking classes for a few months and had just finished a drawing. I looked over at her and saw her crying. Afraid that she might be frustrated with her drawing, I inquired why she was crying. Then, came the most beautiful response. “Because, I can’t believe I drew that!”

Whenever I doubt that what I do matters, I remember her and the joy she and countless others have told me they have from learning to draw! Do you want joy?? Come learn to draw!

Student’s Perspective: Color Theory I

patty rios hay bales

Pastel by student, Patty Rios after taking Color Theory I. Patty says, “My first pastel work after taking the CT workshop. I went for a tetrad. I did my value study first then decided on the color scheme of blue violet + yellow orange and red violet + yellow green. I really felt like I learned something! “


Like watching television in black and white and then suddenly being able to see a favorite program in color, the workshop, Color Theory I, seemed to open up new worlds in art from the first day.

I had learned how challenging mediums in color could be, simply by trial and error. While these attempts produced a few happy accidents, there were also many unhappy ones. The color theory workshop ended the guesswork with a logical explanation of the “how and why” of color.
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Beginning with primary colors, we learned how color temperature affects our perception of an image, and how to create various tints, shades and hues.

I’ve read plenty of material on color matching and making, but it certainly couldn’t go the distance that the hands-on workshop approach gave. Rather than stabbing in the dark to make and use the desired color, mixing and applying paint to make color wheels and color value charts allowed us to experience the performance of the paints and colors first-hand, and the charts are a wonderful tool for future reference.
Painting may be an art, but color theory is a science, and I found the hands-on, technical instruction to be invaluable.

New Paintings and New Exhibits!

Reflections in Living Color

Exhibit at the Library Station 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO

September – November 30th

It’s been a long time coming! ¬†For years I have wanted to venture into another realm of art, just for my own pleasure. ¬†Over this last year I have been working on a new series of paintings I’ve titled “Reflections”. ¬†I am moved by the energy of the colors and the reflections created. ¬†This series is still a work in progress as I continue to go deeper into this subject and be engulfed by the colors as they play off one another and study how the texture changes from the surface of the objects to the¬†reflected surfaces.

You can view my Reflections Series and other paintings at the Library Station now through the end of November.  All paintings exhibited are for sale!  Start your Christmas shopping early!!




Exhibit at Maschino’s 1715 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO
Monday, September 9th – October 30th.

Artist’s Reception, Monday September 9th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Come out and meet the artists!  I will be one of several artists in this exhibit.  Here you can see some newer portraits done in Graphite, White and Black Charcoal on gray paper.  I am available to do commissioned portraits and I will even take the reference photos for you!

I hope you will make it a point to view these exhibits and be inspired!  Art is therapy and good for the soul!  Come experience it for yourself.






Create on Everything!


  I love the idea of creating on anything and everything!  Our chairs were in dire need of a new paint job!  Why stop there, I thought.  We love the idea of tropical beaches and though we live at a beautiful lake, we still miss the palm trees and the beach.  Now we can have both when we sit in our chairs on the dock!

What have you added your artistic flare to?  What would you like to do?

Adeline Loves Elmo!

 Adeline Loves Elmo

Adeline Loves Elmo 

When I saw this photo of Adeline, I knew I had to paint it! ¬†She LOVES her Elmo!! ¬†This is my precious granddaughter. ¬†I loved the soft sunlight on her face with the glowing lime green in the background to complement the red Elmo hat. ¬†I’m sure there will be many more paintings and drawings to come with a model as cute as this!

the 12th day of creating!

The 12th day of creating was busy with the holiday and entertaining.¬† However, part of the evenings activities was painting. I was a bit under the weather, but played with my paints anyway.¬† I can truly say this was just play and nothing I’m too interested in.¬† Although, I’m inspired by the next one I’ve just begun.

I knew when I began this journey, that I would not like everything I created and neither is everything I create “frame” worthy, but the process is a necessary growing experience.¬† I will continue to work on doing some sort of creative work each day.¬† Today, we indulged in more photography and am anticipating another dinner guest so painting will have to wait until later.