|Backdrop for "Toad Hall", Toronto, acrylic and gouache on paper|
|Act III "Werther", Philadelphia Opera, acrylic and gouache on paper|
Franco began his career back stage as part of the crew and moved quickly to becoming a designer for American national opera houses and a highly sought university instructor. Throughout his teaching and designing, Franco painted portraits, interiors and scenes from his life as much as he could. Even now, in his 70's Franco says he is still learning so much as a painter.
Many of his pieces for theatre were painted in acrylics, inks and gouache as those dry quickly for fast rendering. For the portraits he does currently, however, Franco leans towards the water soluble oils, which lend themselves well to oil painting techniques without the fuss of solvents. Franco's style is to draw with the paint, so there is not much underpainting. . . He just dives into the figure. This also means that his primary tool, the brush, becomes his drawing tool as well as his painting tool.
|Franco at work in his Providence Studio, 2012, photography by Raber Umphenhour|
|Franco's most current portrait series, photography by Raber Umphenhour|
To see more of Franco's work or to keep up with the archiving of his renderings, you can "like" him on Facebook: Colavecchia Studios or MOSDO: The Museu of Scenographic Design Online
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