2018 Spring Migration to Florence

Fran Larson Juror  and Workshop Instructor Spring 2018 Florence

April 6-8, Workshop 9-13 Florence


 Meet Artist, Juror, Instructor, Fran Larsen of Santa Fe New Mexico, who speaks for herself!

I have spent my life accumulating visual images, ideas, feelings and memories, perhaps as others accumulate snapshots. In my paintings I play with those visual fragments, using the tools of a painter: lines, shapes, and colors. A painting may have grown from a remembered fragment stored up for 30 years, triggered again perhaps by something I saw through the window one day. Or that image / feeling / memory / idea might have come home with me from my morning walk, sending me right to the studio to capture its intensity. The act of seeing stimulates me to paint, to imagine, to invent and yet constantly reinvent my approach ….

I lived the first half of my life in the sand dunes on the banks of Lake Michigan, and now the second in a landscape and a culture far different – Santa Fe, New Mexico. I came, hungering for more vibrant light and color, and found myself yet again reinventing my approach to painting and even my way of thinking about how I see. The very fact that I now carve and paint the frames to make them an integral part of those images, when before a frame just held a painting on a wall, is yet another reinvention.

I hope that with these current paintings, I can share with you my continuing fascination with the high desert landscape and its magnificent ever-changing light, colors and shapes.”

After 52 years as an artist, Fran continues an active studio practice and is often a juror for national watermedia exhibitions. She teaches painting workshops nation wide as well as at her Santa Fe studio.

Fran was born in 1937 in Chicago. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude, Michigan State University, with further studies at Hope College and Kalamazoo Institute of Art. Her work has been included in more than 50 major national exhibitions, with awards from the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, and other major national painting societies. Her sculpted-frame paintings are in many museums and corporate collections. Articles and reviews of her work have been published nationally.

It is with great anticipation that the Watercolor Society of Oregon welcomes Fran to Florence. We trust that the geological grandeur of the Central Oregon Coast will provide inspiration to both Fran and our Members.

Whether you’ve been wielding a watercolor brush for a long time or are still new to this exciting world of self-expression, this will be a thrilling opportunity to work with Fran Larsen. Fran’s 50 years of painting knowledge and teaching experience will be yours for this week.

“YOURS” is the word for this workshop; Fran’s time is yours; her knowledge is yours. This week is not about learning how Fran paints; although, she will happily show you the techniques she uses in watercolor and in acrylic used as transparent watercolor. This week is all about how you can move forward and bring more of yourself, your feelings, your ideas, and your memories into your work. The feelings, ideas, and memories that you have are the true basis of your honest artistic expression. This is all about painting to truly express who you are.

You will spend 20 minutes privately the first day with Fran and assess the 8-10 digital images (on flash drive or iPad) of your recent work, talking about where you want to go with your work and how best to get there. This is the basis of what you will be doing this week.

There will be several themed slide shows to offer you new ways of thinking about the images and ideas you are creating in class. How can you move them forward? How do “problems” lead to new solutions, new ideas?

During the last half hour on most days, Fran will discuss what she sees in the work that you have accomplished that day; this will enable you to move forward with new ideas and inspiration when you return the next day.

Fran Larsen Workshop location will be Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. Florence, Oregon

Workshop Registration

Registration is now open for Fran Larsen’s five-day workshop, Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13, 9 am – 4 pm, at Steve Dennis Marr Lake Studio. The workshop is limited to 25 participants, including Workshop Chair and Steve Dennis. It is first come; first serve, based on postmark.

Current, Active Members: fill out Registration Form and mail with a $250.00 check, made out to WSO, to Kathryn Damon-Dawson, 82820 Siltcoos Station Road, Westlake, OR 97493, before February 1, 2018.

If more than 25 people register, a waiting list will be created. You will be notified if there are any cancellations. Your check will be returned.

If the workshop is not filled by February 1, 2018, Subscriber and Non-Members can register. The February 2018 Watermark will give further details. The workshop fee for Subscriber and Non-Member is $285.00, which includes a $35 Subscriber fee.

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted before March 25, 2018, (fourteen full days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Refunds for cancellations after March 25, will be made only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 process fee, will be mailed after the workshop. (See WSO PolicyII.C.2 Workshops, a – d.  WSO Membership Roster Handbook.)

Chairwoman Kathryn Damon-Dawson