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


Color! Bloom and Grow as an Artist!

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Art is simply more than just playing.  Creating any kind of art uses a different side of your brain and it challenges you to solve problems creatively.  There is no set recipe, but you can use some tools of the trade to help.

Let’s take using color for example.  Colors evoke emotions by themselves regardless of subject matter.  Learning to use the right color for the emotion you want the viewer to have is critical.  Colors change when they are placed beside other colors too.  It’s no wonder figuring out color is challenging. 

Look at these two paintings of the same subject.  The color scheme chosen gives the viewer a different feel.  How does the blue and orange painting make you feel compared to the yellow and purple?  Do you know what color scheme the artists used in each?

If you want to learn more about color theory, I am offering a 3 Day Color Theory Workshop.  Through a study of Color Theory, you will be able to use color with the biggest impact, and you will know which colors to use and how to mix them. 

You will also learn the different colors of light.  Different times of the day have a different light.  Geographic locations also differ in their light.  Not all light is created equally!   Here’s some examples of the color of light at two different times on a sunny Missouri day.

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Color of light 2:09
MO sunny day

Color of Light 4:15 pm MO sunny day

Color of Light 4:15 pm
MO sunny day







The world of color is an exciting one!   Let your artistic garden start to bloom today by reserving your seat in this 3 Day Color Theory Workshop!

324 S. Campbell Street, Springfield, MO

Monday – Wednesday – February 9th – 11th

9:00 – 4:00

Registration fee:  $200.00 

OZ, the Journey from Black & White to Color!


Color Theory I  – 3 Day Workshop

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about color. Not sure this Workshop is for you???  Listen to what student Kelsey Zink said about her experience:

“Imagine Dorothy on her farm in Kansas.   You could easily illustrate it with smooth graphite, rich charcoal, soft pastel.  I enjoyed learning to work with all of these mediums, but it wasn’t long before I wanted more.  What artist doesn’t long to go beyond the grayscale prairie and plunge into the exciting realm of the brilliant, colorful Oz?

I’m a Graphic Designer.  I know how color works.  I’d already taken color theory in college, so all I had to do was grab my bright tubes of acrylic paint and plunge in, right?  Wrong!  I soon discovered my textbook knowledge helped little in practical application when actually working with color.  And soon, instead of the Emerald City, all I had really been successful in illustrating was the color pallet of a swamp.

Colored pencil drawing by Kelsey Zink

Colored pencil drawing by Kelsey Zink

Colored pencil drawing by Kelsey Zink

Colored pencil drawing by Kelsey Zink

You know, familiar Kansas wasn’t so bad.  At least I know how to shade the landscape there…maybe I should just do a character study on barns.  Time to click my slippers and close my eyes – “There’s no place like home.’  

And then Audrey offered a course, “Color Theory I”.  I cringed, and signed up, pretending it didn’t scare me.

Audrey teaches a concise, hands-on, nuts and bolts course.  It wasn’t easy, but she was patient and soon the light-bulb of understanding was switching on for me.

Audrey was able to clear the mystery of color: value, temperature, intensity – all the keys to successful color mixing.  And that was just the beginning!  This course was an essential springboard to working with color.  It has enabled me to pursue working in colored pencil, pastel, acrylic and mixed media pieces that have been so much fun to create.  The reference book she provides has been a continual resource as I continue on the journey down the yellow brick road!”

Bring a little color to your world of art with:

Color Theory I

February 9th – 11th, 9:00 – 4:00

324 S. Campbell Street, Springfield, MO

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up to get the 10% early registration discount.  Full cost $200.

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!