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Leaving for Megacon Tonight!

Holly Morningstar

Leaving for Megacon tonight! Super excited for a weekend of art and cosplay-watching. While I’m at my table, I’m going to be doing a Dr Who-related watercolor fanart piece. If I finish it by Sunday, it will be for sale if anyone would like to purchase it. Check back here and on Twitter for updates regarding the painting. :)

Remember, I’ll be at table Pink #14. If you have trouble finding me, just look for my new banner (pictured below), which will be hanging from my table. 


Allons-y!!!







Nauticon in Provincetown, MA Added to the Convention Schedule!

Holly Morningstar

I received the acceptance email yesterday, so while I’m still working out the specifics (like best method of transportation, what to bring, how to set up my “shop”, etc), I might as well add Nauticon to the list!

March: Megacon in Orlando, FL 
April: Frolicon in Atlanta, GA 
May: Nauticon in Provincetown, MA, Animazement in Raleigh, NC and Indy Pop Con in Indianapolis, IN
August: FandomFest in Louisville, KY and Matsuricon in Columbus, OH

Holly Morningstar
Megacon Floor Plan!    Here’s the floor plan for Megacon.  I’m really close to the same spot I had last year in the Pink section. This year, I’m  Pink 14 . Remember, if you stop by my table and mention following me on any kind of social media, you’ll receive a gift from me :)  Only 30 days left! See you there :)

Megacon Floor Plan! 

Here’s the floor plan for Megacon.  I’m really close to the same spot I had last year in the Pink section. This year, I’m Pink 14. Remember, if you stop by my table and mention following me on any kind of social media, you’ll receive a gift from me :)

Only 30 days left! See you there :)

Holly Morningstar
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Newest painting progress. Dedicated to my furbabies. Inspired by Clarice from “Silence of the Lambs”. Not sure what the title is going to be yet, but I’m so glad I finally figured out how to express what’s been on my heart since I rescued Dremy from the dumpster and Castiel from the shelter. We have an obligation to each other that surpasses our understanding. <3 Prints will be available at the Megacon artist alley!

Holly Morningstar
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Before the 50 Shades of Gray series gained popularity, my “No Evil” series of colored pencil paintings was often viewed as highly offensive and immoral in the state of Alabama (the response at various artist alleys in the US, however, was much more accepting).

Oddly enough, the more “mainstream” the fetish elements became, the more palatable the artwork…and the more open people were to talking about how they found those elements sexy.  The first time someone came up to me and called my series the “50 Shades” series, I was really taken off guard. They were enjoying my work, but I was mildly disappointed they still took it at face value. All they were seeing were the sexy elements…which were all of a sudden okay to see.

While I sometimes incorporate fetish-related elements into my work, the message behind these paintings (and all of my work) can be read so many different ways. The most important message for me has always been about freedom, which is a topic I put into a lot of my pieces. There is freedom to be found in surrender. Sometimes, the things we carry are too heavy. What happens when we just let go and hand our burdens over?

The result can be something beautiful, but you have to be willing to let yourself experience the beauty.

It’s all about love, you guys :)