All posts by Karen Ann Hollingsworth

I’m Still Here! :)

I apologize for my silence, 2022 was a rough year. Sadly I know I am not alone in that. Rest assured I am still persisting to exist, so is that delightfully stubborn octogenarian who is my art show support staff.

Speaking of stubbornness..it’s that time of year again when those who live in or around the Chicago area can get their goat at Capricon43 which is this weekend.

I still will not be able to attend the con in person however my art is there.

For more details..Click on image above to go to Con Homepage

In the Art Show you will find my latest entry in the annual Capricon Artist Challenge or as I’ve started calling the ongoing saga, “Capricious’s Challenging Life”

The title “Not Yet!:P ” is a nod to the Monty Python’s “bring out your dead” sketch. In case you were you curious. The required elements for this years challenge is listed on the CapriCon43 website on the Art Show page. Prints of the above image will be available as soon as I get my printer serviced:)

As well as prints of my new series, “If Bears had wings” created especially for Mrs. Jean Hollingsworth (aka Mom).

That is all for now. Hopefully I will be able to post more often as this year progresses.

More Great News!

This Sunday December 12..Yes,tomorrow! from 11am-5pm at The Affair of the Arts pop-up holiday market there will be Champagne! Official announcement below.

Sadly, I will not be able to attend. As I have said before if you have any questions about my artwork, availability regarding custom commissions , in person intuitive multi-media workshops or are running an art fair/ convention you think my work would be suited for. Feel free to contact me. Karen@wrenditions.com

Stop by for Champagne Sunday at the Affair of the Arts Holiday Gift Store and shop from local artists on Sun, Dec 12.
Complimentary champagne, mimosas (& orange juice) will be available for shoppers from 11:00 – 5:00 pm

We have great gifts under $10 and special gifts for that special someone. Everything is handcrafted by local artisans, except the champagne. 🙂
2021 Location: 
Old Courthouse Arts Center

101 N Johnson St
Woodstock , IL 60098

Admission is free.  

Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fiber Art, 
Wood, Metalwork, 
Ceramics, 3D Mixed Media, Fine Art, 
Home Accessories, Artisan Fashion Items  & more…

Join us on Woodstock square and enjoy the festive, small town atmosphere!

Great News!!!

media: Caran D’ache Neocolor 2

A little bird told me that the Affair of the Arts 2021 Pop-Up Holiday Market has been extended through December! In case you thought you’d missed it, all is not lost. Even more good news on December 2nd ( Yes, today!!) from 6pm-9pm there will be a Ladies’ Night event at the holiday market In conjunction with the Woodstock Ladies Nite on the square. Though it is called “Ladies Night” all are welcome. (Men, or non-binary, just everybody)

I sadly will not be able to join you all there as I have other commitments. However I assure you there will other charming and delightful artists to mix and mingle with. If I manage to find the time to pop in to the pop-up AOTA 2021, I will let you know. Most likely if I do it will be to bring more of my artwork hot off the press or printer to be more accurate.

If you can’t wait, you can always contact me at Karen@wrenditions.com

I’d be happy to hear from you.

Update to my latest update!

Just got word that you will have even more time to enjoy shopping at the AOTA 2021 Holiday Store.

Extended store hours are:

Thursday 10am-5pm

Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

For those of you who need driving directions here’s full location address:

Old Courthouse Arts Center

101 North Johnson Street

Woodstock, Illinois 90098

Scroll down to read more about the show and see previews of my new work.

AOTA News Flash!

If you missed the opening of the Affair Of The Arts pop-up Holiday Store in Woodstock,IL. It’s not too late! You have 3 more weekends.

If you did stop by last weekend you may want to visit again.

Why Karen? You may ask…

I well I’ve added some new prints of just some of the art I created in 2020 and 2021, as well as some other unique hand made items available at AOTA for the first time ever!

As you can see my booth as usual had hardly anything in it last weekend. So I had to add more.

I will miss being able to visit with you all this year. If you have any questions about my artwork. products or commission availability you can contact me by emailing Karen@Wrenditions.com.

AotA Pop-UP

Just a quick update for all of you who enjoy coming to Affair of the Arts in November. GREAT NEWS! It’s happening this year…like most things since last year it’ll be a wee bit different. Rather than one day you’ll have 4 weekends! to ogle at the lovelies and purchase unique gifts for the holidays. Those of you who came to the Fantasy Fiction show & event it’ll be in that same location.

I’ll not be there in person except for the opening event which as this moment is still TBA. Rest assured I’ll have my usual amount of goodies available for purchase. Plus new images hot off the printer. Of course in this last year I have haven’t stopped making art. Check back in a day or two and I hope to have a sneak peek for you of some of my new work.

click on image to go to the show website

EVERY WEEKEND: November 12 – December 12, 2021
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DIFFERENT 2021 STORE LOCATION:
The Old Courthouse Arts Center:  101 N Johnson St, Woodstock, IL (on historic Woodstock square)
Admission is free.

Special note: For those with mobility issues the building is old and has yet to be updated with ramps and such. Sorry about this. I’m told there are plans change this when they remodel.

Fantasy + Fiction=Fun

Helloooo. I know it’s been a long while. I’m still here, persisting to exist. I’ve been working on a few projects that aren’t ready to hatch yet. In the meantime this is just a quick news bulletin.

From September 3 -24, 2021 my original work of art “Once in a Blue Moon” (pictured below) will be for sale as well as a very small selection of my prints at The Fantasy Fiction Fine Art Exhibition in Woodstock, IL.

Once in a Blue Moon by Karen Ann Hollingsworth ©2007
media: watercolor, colored pencil and acryla gouache
on hot press watercolor paper.

For more details click on the image above.

Unique opportunity for art loving gamers:

Inspired by the theme the exhibition will be hosting two nights of D&D gaming. The imagery in the gallery will be woven into the storyline. More details are on their website. Limited spots available so sign up today!

I look forward to seeing all of you that are able to attend opening night. Stay Safe.

Happy Heart Day

I hope all of you that were able to attend the first ever virtual Capricon41 last weekend had a good time. Sadly I lost my internet connection around 9pm on the 5th. So missed most of it. With any luck by the time Capricon42 rolls around it will be safe to hold a live convention again.

For all of those who also missed out on the virtual Capricon41 on this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share what my latest finished piece. I shared in the Art Show’s Discord for “Just finished Friday”. ( Before I my DSL modem died.)

media: illustration (Albrecht Durer watercolor colored pencils & white Acryla gouache & Prismacolor Premier white colored pencil on Fabriano hot press studio watercolor) lettering (Photoshop)

In the interest of full discloser the illustration in the image above was not my original composition. It was copied from one of the many Dover books full of copyright free images for artists and crafts people.

Below is the exact image I copied.

Reference from Pictorial Archive of Printer’s Ornaments, published by Dover. pg.62 3rd row, second imagine down.

I’m sharing is with you so I can address an issue that I’m certain many of us have dealt with this last year, artist block. We all go through times when doing art feels trivial, the craziness and weight of real world matters makes it hard to create. One way to find your way out of artist block is coping. I am not advocating plagiarism. Finding copyright free images is best for this practice if you intend to sell your finished work. Usually in the process of coping my creative juices start flowing and I start thinking of ways I would draw things differently.

If anyone is interested in a print of “Thou Art Love” please email me: www.Karen@Wrendtions.com

Did you miss me?:)

In a word I have been “verklempt” (farklemt?). If you are unfamiliar with the word. It is borrowed from Yiddish (so says the English dictionary) and means to be overwhelmed by emotion perhaps so much that one can not speak. For those of you who know me or have met me even once you know I am not known for my brevity. So for me to be rendered speechless you know these are rare times indeed.

I’ve been struggling to find words to know where to start. As I was preparing to update my website things went pear shaped… if you were looking at a pear through a kaleidoscope. (Hmm? That’s not a bad concept for a painting.)

To keep things in some kind of order I think I’ll begin where my last post left off. Back before we all were dragged into what feels like a year long and continuing Twilight Zone /Outer Limits crossover event.

So lets go back to the “before times” when we didn’t have to keep our distance. Capricorn 40 was as always a delightful event ( Virtual Capricorn 41 starts this week, more on that later) I was happy to see all of you who were able to attend.

I am proud to announce that I won the Artist Challenge. Thanks to all that voted for my work.

I also won was the Artist Showdown. Sadly I don’t have any photos of that image to share with you. It was a lively event filled with much joy and laughter.

I do however have my renderings of the lovely diverse group of individuals that bravely, graciously volunteered to model for the first ever Portrait Circle at Capricon.

Confession: Since I was moderating and taking my own photos of the session I didn’t get a chance to draw on that day. So these were done in the weeks following the convention from the photos I took.

That was just the beginning of 2020. I did do more art last year and learned a few new things as well. I will share more with you in time. For now lets move forward.

Capricon 41 starts this Thursday. Because of the pandemic it is like most other conventions going virtual. Click on the image to get more information.

I will most likely be in the Art Show Discord chat. My badge name at conventions is Wren, in Discord I’m K-Wren. Not exactly certain how it will all work. This will be the first virtual convention I’ve attended so it will be a learning experience…much like this whole last year.

That’s all for now. Stay safe.