The Carnation Project by Francescon Portraiture, Moline IL

Original CarnationuploadOver the past year, I have been reading Austen Kleon’s books and studying with a couple of master photographers in the Chicagoland area. One thing I hear over and over again is the importance of finding some time every week for creative play.  This includes self-assignments, practicing a technique and trying something completely new.

As part of my weekly play, I have discovered that I truly love to photograph flowers. I treat each little flower as a client. I light them to accentuate their beauty.  I study each one, looking for that unique personality.  Just as I do with my regular clients, I photograph them at different stages of life.

As I have been editing and sharing my flower images, I was introduced to the world of Corel Painter.  I downloaded the trial version last week and was immediately overwhelmed with all the different brushes and things I could do.

So thus begins another self assignment. I have chosen this carnation to guide me through Painter.  Over the next few weeks, I will take one brush to paint this flower.  As I finish one painting, I will move on the next, selecting a different brush. By the time I am done, I will have one flower with various looks.

As I complete a flower or two, I will post my work.  So, I invite you to check back to see the progress!  In the meantime, check out my other flowers at!/page/140697/art-pieces

Now go out and be creative!



About lisafrancescon

Lisa is a portrait artist who uses photography as part of a process to capture the personality of animals and the special relationship they have with their owners. Based out of Moline Illnois, she travels throughout the Midwest providing timeless images of family pets. Her fine art portraits can be viewed at various pet businesses throughout the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and taught in the public schools for many years. She continues to teach photography classes in her studio covering a wide range of topics. Her class sizes are small so she can offer her students a hands-on experience and individual attention. Lisa is a Certified Professional Photographer and has been awarded the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees through the Professional Photographers of America. She is a member of the American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious photographic associations in the world and an association that must be invited into through photographic achievement. Among her many awards and accolades, Lisa has been recognized as one of the top 10 photographers in Illinois in both 2015 and 2016 from the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois.
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