Friday, February 9, 2018

Artist as model

When the painter becomes the painted....sat for our weekly portrait session yesterday when the model couldn't here are the results of my mug...all oils...recognize me?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Workshops

I am happy to announce that I'll be teaching several workshops in 2018. Some are close to home and one is a three day "sleep-away" camp for artists!

Saturday March 3, "Petal Power in the Winter", at the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT. Floral watercolor workshop. Please click here for registration link.

Saturday April 21, "Let's Face it!", watercolor portrait class at the Jericho Community Center, Jericho, VT with the Gruppe Gallery. Link not available yet...please check my blog for updates.

July 6-8, "Petals, Portraits & Poultry", at the Landgrove Inn, Landgrove, VT. Three days of different subjects in a beautiful setting in idyllic Southern Vermont...come immerse yourself! Click link here.

Last week of July, Vermont Art Event sponsored by H.K. Holbein. I will post info on my blog when it becomes available.

Hope you will come and paint with me!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bye 2017

This came in the mail at the end of the year...super excited to be part of another British publication. And it has a rooster painting of mine in there...fitting since I just concluded the year of the rooster and filled 12 sketchbooks with 365+ feathered friends...Phew...what to focus on this year? I'll let that unfold as it set plans as of yet...Happy New Year! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays

Thank you to all who follow my artistic adventures and for your comments, emails and positive encouragement throughout the year. Warmest Winter Wishes to you and yours. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Workshop announcement

So this fella just showed up on the practically painted itself! I love when that felt good to get the Watercolor pigments flowing again and on my favorite Fabriano paper...this was a block of 140 lb Cold Press. I'll be teaching a three day workshop at the fabulous Landgrove Inn next the date, buy yourself a present, come paint...we will do three subjects, portraits, petals and poultry! Are you in? 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Familiar territory

It's been a long time since I've posted a floral here is one I did during my demo last weekend at Frog Hollow State Craft Center...they are fully stocked for the season with paintings, prints and cards. It was good to get back to familiar materials again..Fabriano paper block, squirrel floppy brushes and lots of quality pigments and H2O! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2018 in Roosters

A bright and fanciful calendar for 2018 with Roosters on it....two of the images are mine (including the cover!). How fun and I'm super excited about this product plus it's Hallmark! I personally haven't stumbled across them in a store yet...but here is an online link to get one...should you wish to!
P.S. I'm doing a demo at Frog Hollow this Saturday...11-3 stop by and say hi!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hanging art...

Hello Monday in November....this piece was done at a workshop this weekend experimenting with abstract acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper...large! 36"x36". Fun to drip, spray, splatter, rub, scrape, brush, pour, scumble, draw etc...etc..I might be entering my abstract phase...oh wait..I've already entered that I'm moving in furniture! (and hanging art on the walls!) :) 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Do it daily

I can't believe there are only two months left of my paint a rooster/chicken a day project... When I started I didn't know if I'd be able to sustain...both interest and subject matter....but come to find out...when you put in the time and look back at results it is so satisfying to see what can amass. To date 10 completed sketchbooks of all shapes, sizes and papers and quite the variety of images! I highly recommend this type of practice!

Friday, October 20, 2017


This is a recently completed commission on its way to its new home! Almost a full sheet of watercolor was great to work that big again...I also wanted to let you know that I have work on display at a show in Northfield Mass...the show ends November 12. So if you find yourself driving around in the area...stop by the Deerfield Valley Art Association(link)...I have original paintings, prints and cards for your perusal. Happy Autumn!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pumpkin Spice...

I'm finally posting a watercolor of a scene from my sketchbook...once Fall hit so did all the pumpkin spice this is my take on that once a year flavor invasion...My one-a-day year of the rooster/chicken painting-palooza continues...I'm over the 280 mark and have 9 full sketchbooks to show for it! Two and a half months to go... For those of you who have can follow my art adventures there as well....@abwatercolors 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

...watercolors soon....ish...

I know the title of my blog is ab...watercolors...but this acrylic thing has got a hold on me...they are water mixable and clean up with water...but that is about all they have in common. I'll get my trusty sables and Fabriano paper out again soon...but for now these bright colors and ability to just paint over something and completely change it has got me under its spell....bear with me....

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Small Oil painting

Today I am posting a little 6"x6" oil on panel painting that is framed with a black border in a black wood frame (overall measurement 8"x8")...see pictures for details. This striding rooster is titled "Sun Seeker" and he is available for $150.00 including S/H in the US. I'm doing more with oils and acrylics this summer...expanding my art horizons...keeping me on my toes! Send me an email if you are interested in having this guy in your collection. Abwatercolors (at) gmail (dot) com. Happy Labor Day weekend! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Acrylics again

My acrylic chicken series continues. I've been painting on deep canvas using acrylics and various other mixed media to get these feathered friends' portraits captured. For those of you who don't know, I have an etsy store and I'm listing some of these and my other small abstract acrylics plus prints for sale....check it out. Trying to add things to my store more frequently. Click the word etsy above for the link...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Acrylic adventure

I participated in the Great Vermont Plein air festival this weekend in Waitsfield. We had beautiful weather and lovely sites to paint...and instead of my usual watercolors I painted with acrylics and tried to abstract and interpret the landscape a bit differently. This was my painting on the last day in the afternoon...and it now resides at the home of a new collector! 14"X11"  "Summer Salsa"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Mastering" the portrait

The beginnings of a portrait...we usually see photos of this Master with a hat on..but I used this one for my painting of Claude Monet. I am teaching this week at the Vermont Art Event in Burlington sponsored by Holbein. We will tackle portraits on one of the days. Our subject...famous artists! I guess Mr. Monet qualifies! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Book and Plein Air

Yay! Look what came in the mail the other day! Page 124! Thanks Northlight Books & F&W Media... If any of you are out and about roaming the Vermont countryside on this upcoming Saturday the 15th...I am participating in the Gruppe Gallery Plein air event in Jericho...I'll be set up with close to 70 other artists trying to capture the Vermont scenery...I'll be using acrylics...yeah, I of work to open the next day on Sunday 2-4 pm.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!

My red, white and blue-ster! Patriotic feathered friend...enjoy your day, everyone!