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! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Portrait session

This piece was done during a portrait session yesterday...there is a local group that meets once or twice a week to paint from the model...I've been lacking in my participation of late, but want to step up my commitment to join in...I need the practice! Plus the camaraderie is great fun as well!

Friday, June 16, 2017


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's a quick push on the brakes...find the farmer and ask permission to "shoot" his chickens! Et voila! Fodder for future do you all gather up your reference material?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Abstract acrylics, anyone?

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 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

Summer classes

"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.

Monday 7/24:  Beauty and the Beast.  8:30-11:30 am 
Thursday 7/27:  Be Master-ful 4:30-7:30 pm
Friday 7/28:  Floral Foundation 8:30-11:30 am
Friday 7/28:  2017 Year of the Rooster 12:30-3:30 pm

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Double image

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

Exploring color

Yet another reason not to throw out old 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

Magazine article

Well color me tickled pink! My painting is printed on the pages of the latest Watercolor artist magazine..."Little Jester" will be in the upcoming book Splash 18: Value | Light + Dark! Due out this summer...