Just us three chickens around the water basin...nothing to see here!...this reference photo came about quite by chance...driving by a farm later in the day and I spotted a few feathered friends scurrying back to their roost...well...it's a quick push on the brakes...find the farmer and ask permission to "shoot" his chickens! Et voila! Fodder for future paintings...how do you all gather up your reference material?
Monday, June 5, 2017
I've found a new interest...exploring acrylics! Yup...I've thrown that medium into the mix as well as watermixable oils and of course I can't abandon my watercolors....so my studio has been turned upside down and there are tubes, jars, bottles, canvas, paper, palettes, brushes, mediums etc...everywhere! The hard part each day is deciding which type of product will get to come out and play...🎨
Friday, May 26, 2017
"I hate flowers - I paint them because they are cheaper than models and they don't move."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
...well I don't hate flowers and certainly paint them...and you can join in the fun this summer at the Vermont Art Event (Burlington), where I will be teaching several classes...paint different animals, paint a portrait of a master(like above), mixing greens & floral paintings and of course...roosters! Contact HK Holbein for more information.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Two for the price of one...a landscape within a rooster silhouette....I will explore more of this type of imagery...well...with half a year plus to go with my rooster a day project...I will need these kinds of ideas. Painted in a new to me sketchbook by Pentalic...different paper surface, but not altogether too difficult to work with. This was the starting painting for sketchbook #5!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Yet another reason not to throw out old magazines...like I need an excuse! All the color swatches were cut from a magazine and assembled in a color wheel formation with a silhouetted rooster cut from a single page with complementary orange accents glued on top...continuing my rooster a day in my sketchbook...who said they all had to be painted?
Monday, April 24, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
My paint/draw/collage/etc..a rooster/chicken/hen a day quest continues...I'm on my fourth sketchbook and this daily practice is giving me a chance to explore new surfaces and layouts...right now I am trying the Stillman and Birn Beta softcover sketchbook. New surface, new results, new information... All good!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
This painting is one of many (not all by me...) at a group show in Berlin VT at the Central Vermont Medical Center...titled "Spring Four-ward". There are four Signature VT Watercolor Society members on display, Lisa Beach, Gary Eckhart, Robert O'Brien and myself. It looks great...if I say so myself :) It's up until June 2... Check it out and if you do...let me know what you think! The painting above is "Barnyard Bliss" and measures 14" x 10" (image) framed 20" x 16".
Monday, March 27, 2017
Our local hub of the Vermont Watercolor Society sponsored a one day journaling workshop with Jean Mackay...this is one of the pages I did in my sketchbook. She brought various props and things for painting inspiration, along with her wonderful journals that we could peruse. A great way to spend a drippy, dreary, chilly Saturday!
Friday, March 24, 2017
Snow is falling and Spring is on hold...but my brushes coax forth a bit of color and hope for some greenery and blossoms to come...upcoming group show at CVMC in Berlin, VT with Lisa Beach, Gary Eckhart, Robert O'Brien and myself....it'll be up on April 1st...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I participated in an online challenge that was draw, paint, sketch, doodle, whatever, 100 people in one week...actually 5 days....here are a few of my sketchbook pages....Doing a challenge like this holds you accountable (well only to yourself), but allows you to set a fairly attainable goal with a tangible outcome at the end of the week...all in all things were learned and a sketchbook was filled!
Monday, March 6, 2017
I will be teaching classes again this July for the Vermont Art Event. (Burlington, VT) And by now you know this is the year of the rooster...so of course one of my offerings is a paint a fiery rooster class...I'll link info as soon as I have it available..here and on my website.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tiptoe through the tulips...only 2 spaces left (I think as of yesterday) to join in the fun this Saturday at my workshop in Jeffersonville...it will feel like spring as the temps are supposed to reach 60 degrees! February is going out like a lamb... What will March bring? Click the link to check out the workshop info. We'll also tackle as our subject a rooster...it's a two-fer...
Monday, February 13, 2017
This guy was walking away from me on a sunny day two years ago...but not before I had a chance to snap a few pictures of him...I try to have my camera with me for chance encounters just like this one at a roadside farm stand. Buying cantaloupe and cucumbers got a whole lot more interesting when a flock of feathered friends came clucking about. Plus with our long Vermont winters...I knew I'd have a reference to draw inspiration from for a painting! Join me in Jeffersonville in two weeks (25th) for a one day workshop painting these guys and some tulips! Click the link here for info.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I will be teaching a one day workshop titled "Tiptoe through the Tulips in the Year of the Rooster" at the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT on Saturday February 25 from 9-3. We will tackle both subjects...one in the morning and the other after lunch...hope you can join in the fun... Here is the link for registration and information. Bryan gallery workshops
Friday, January 13, 2017
I am trying to paint, draw or create a rooster a day this year...it being the year of and all...so here is another effort from last week...This one is done in my sketchbook and measures about 7 inches square. Projects like this give a purpose and a motivation and help keep the brushes loaded...at least for me that works...what creative prompts work for you?