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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

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

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.

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EVERY WEEKEND: November 12 – December 12, 2021
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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:

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.

Here We Go Again!:)

Happy New Year!  It’s 2020 time to focus!

I hope all of you had a wonderful time over the holidays. Thank you to all that stopped by at the Starline Factory’s first ever Holiday Faire in December.  Remember they have their 4th Fridays Event most every month. I won’t be presenting anything there but of course the lovely Kathie Collinson will be along with many others . If you need your art fix before next month there’s that. 


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I am presently gearing up for my next Sci-Fi convention and that is of course Capricon 40 in Wheeling ,IL. February 13-16, 2020.

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At Capricon40 as in past years if you can’t find me you aren’t looking very hard. I will not only be showing and selling my art work in the Art Show I will be leading my Intuitive Watercolor Workshop, a Portrait Circle and giving a Sketchbook Tour.

Below is my Capricon40 schedule: (as far as I know now)


5PM – you can find me probably still setting up or hanging out in the Art Show.


1PM – Portrait Circle ( Where:? Botanic B-T. For how long? 1hr30m)

Program description: Everyone draws the same person in this hands-on life drawing workshop. Compare and contrast! Basic drawing supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. 

Important Note: Anyone who is planning on attending this event and wishes to volunteer to model for us please contact me. No nudity required. (this is family friendly event) If you wish to pose in costume you are more than welcome.

I will have a limited amount of Pencils, Sharpeners, Sketch Paper, drawing board, stumps (aka smudgy sticks), erasers.. So I strongly encourage you to bring what supplies you can. Below is a suggested supply list PDF for this activity.

5:30PM- Intuitive Watercolor Workshop ( Where? Botanic B-T. For how long? 2hrs)

Program description: Karen Ann Hollingsworth leads a hands-on watercolor painting workshop. This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels, although children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent. Some art supplies will be provided, but quantities are limited so feel free to bring your own. Below is a PDF of the supply list for this activity as well as a list of books I recommend.


1PM- “Skribbles” Sketchbook Tour ( Where? Flexible programing space. In the hallway between theArt Show and Dealers Room. For how long? 45m)

Program description: Sit down with artist Karen Ann Hollingsworth for an analog sketchbook(s) tour. Not found anywhere on the internet! Glimpse into one artist’s dedication to her craft, decades of making from school days to the present. Limited seating, sign up at info desk to guarantee a spot, or stop in and see if there’s room.

6:30-7ish( check program for exact time)- Artist Show Down ( Where? probably where it usually is. For how long? Until we finish and the Art Auction starts)

8PM-Art Auction -(check program for exact time) Where? probably where it usually is same room as the Artists Showdown. For how long? Until all the art in the auction is sold


12PM -I may be found in the Art Show helping out before the show closes at 2PM.

As well as preparing to guide you through some fun art making . I’m currently working on my entry for Capricon’s yearly artist challenge. I best get back to it. See you in a month:)

New “Wren”der-king:)

Just of the drawing board in a staring role, in full color the “King of Birds” my little wren.

Some may be wondering how a tiny common house wren can be called the “King of Birds”?
Click the link below, it will take you to wikipedia for a brief history of Wren Day.

Some of you may already know why my website is called For those who don’t. Here’s a brief backstory…’Wren’ is a nickname a friend gave me way back in high school and it stuck. ( Thanks ,Noel) Another friend suggest when if I ever started a website I should call it, “wrenditions” ( Thanks, Glen) and here we are….with a little help from my friends.

Hence I have rendered many house wrens in my life. ( and will do many more have no doubt) So far they have mostly been in supporting roles. For first time you’ll be able to purchase a full color house wren ‘Wren’..rendering:)

If you’d like own a reproduction in time for Wren Day , stop by the Starline Factory in Harvard, IL. For their first Holiday Faire. As I mentioned in my pervious post I’ll be a guest of the lovely Kathie Collinson in her studio. (room #203G) Scroll down for more information and links.

Hope to see you there!

New Holiday Art Faire

For all that didn’t start their Holiday shopping till this last week. I’m pleased to announce I’ll be participating in the first ever Holiday Art Faire and Open House at the Starline Factory in Harvard, IL. on the 15th of December.

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I have to thank Kathie Collinson of Collinson Fine Art for graciously inviting me to be her guest in her studio for this event. Below is a sample of her work and a link to her FaceBook page.

Click on image to go to her FB page

Below is a sample of some of my latest work if you missed seeing it at my summer or fall shows.

original work was painted with acrylic on lavender cotton fabric for an illustrated denim jacket. pictured below.
“Carpe Denim” has been SOLD.
If interested in an illustrated jacket of your own, feel free to contact me.
original media:
Watercolor, Colored pencil and Pearl Gold Gouache
A new product handmade by me, this year are my Brooch and Necklace sets.
Only 11 left each is unique …..while supplies last.

Last chance of the year to purchase some of my art prints or other merchandise directly from me. ..Look forward to seeing you there. Even if it’s just to say “Hello”:)