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


Student’s Perspective: Making Time for Art

photo art courtesy Anna Laero, Flickr

As an adult student, one of the greatest difficulties to developing my art is making time. For that matter, making time seems to be the difficulty with most things– finding that precious and elusive balance between work and recreation, obligations and creativity.

When Audrey announced the three-day Color Theory Workshop, my immediate excitement was dimmed by my next thought, Where will I find the time? Playing back and forth in my mind were thoughts of my mounting to-do list versus the thrill of progressing my art skill. I noticed that with my contrasting thoughts came a swing of emotion as well. While I thought about art, my face and posture lifted, my mind saw endless possibility, and my energy level soared.

photo courtesy healthyplace.com

What if, I thought, following this hobby that I love so much, this pursuit of art, could be the ticket to achieving balance? What if the energy I gain from my artistic progress would propel me through life’s more mundane tasks?

With the reward of the workshop before me like a carrot on a stick, I felt myself breeze through my work, as if the thrill of art was pulling me through to the other end, as my new thought became, How do I not have the time?

Color Theory I will be February 9th – 11th, 9:00 – 4:00 at 324 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO. See you there??


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.

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