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:  abportraits@yahoo.com

Monday, June 27th

9:00 – 12:00

Splatter Art Studio  4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield,

Class fee $30  Studio fee $5


What Are You Waiting For?


Original pastel by student Sherri Davis

Treat yourself to the vibrant energy of color in this 3 Day Color Theory Workshop!  There’s still time to get your registration in for the discount.  You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and tools to use with color.

Here’s what student Sherri Davis had to say about her experience after she attended a workshop.  “At the time I took Audrey’s Color Theory Workshop, I had read books about color, color temperature and used the color wheel a little bit.  My art was okay, but I knew it could and should be better.  This workshop opened up my world.  I am not only seeing and understanding why I like a particular piece of artwork, but I’m able to apply what I have learned to my own work.  After talking Audrey’s class, I can now look at a color and know what goes into mixing that color.  It is no longer a mystery.  If I don’t have a particular color I’m looking for, I mix it.

In addition to mixing any color you want, you have to know how to use it to get the feeling you want to express.  Yes, I learned all that.  I have taken numerous workshops and I believe taking this workshop has been the one that has improved my work more than any other.  Thank you, Audrey, for offering this experience to me and others.”

Open your eyes to an all new world of color!

February 9th – 11th

Hosted at the 319 Event Center on historic Walnut Street in Springfield, MO

3 Day Color Theory Workshop February 9 – 11



Original art by student Markus Pope

IT’S BACK!!!!  Join me for a 3 Day Color Theory Workshop and learn how to mix and use color!  This has been the most requested workshop that I offer.  Now you can see what all the buzz is about!

Here’s what student, Markus Pope, had to say about the workshop.  “In my opinion, understanding color theory is essential for any artist, whether you’re an expert or a novice, whether you’re working in graphite, paint, chalk, pastel or color pencil.  Before taking Audrey’s color theory class, I was merely trying to duplicate reference photos as closely as possible.  My ability to replicate textures, shadows, highlights and produce depth was limited by the number of differently shaded or colored pencils that I purchased.  Once you understand how the colors work together, and how they affect one another, you won’t worry so much about having the right shade of pencil and you’ll be able to concentrate on intensifying the affect that your art has on other people instead.  After taking the class, and utilizing what I learned, people started referring to me as an artist, and I LOVE that!  Thank you, Audrey!”

Take your art to the next level and learn how to use color to make an impact.  Spend three full days learning how to mix colors, understand color values and intensities.  If you’ve ever tried to read and understand color theory, you know it can be very confusing.  I will make it as simple as possible so you will be able to use this very valuable information and create powerful art this year!

It will be hosted at 319 Event Center on W. Walnut Street in Springfield, MO

February 9th – 11th  9:00 – 4:00 each day

Register by January 15th and take 10% off the $200 fee!