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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
More progress on my painting. It’s tentatively titled, “Starsong”, but the title will likely change. It’s one of the most peaceful paintings I’ve ever worked on.

More progress on my painting. It’s tentatively titled, “Starsong”, but the title will likely change. It’s one of the most peaceful paintings I’ve ever worked on.

Holly Morningstar
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Latest painting progress so far. I also figured out how to change the date on my camera, so the next one won’t look like it was taken in February :P 

I don’t know what I’m going to title it yet, but it was inspired by Ellie Goulding’s song Explosion, and this quote from Dr Who:

“….All the elements in your body were forged, many millions of years ago, in the heart of a far away star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went– the elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing-wax and cabbages and kings. Until eventually– they came together to make you.

You are unique in the universe. There is only one You and there will never be another….”

The ocean is one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen. It allows me to experience a different level of peace, and I hope this painting will be a sufficient homage to it, and our planet in general.

This piece is another that will premier as a print at Megacon in *drumroll* 14 days! Two weeks, you guys! *squeeeeee*

Holly Morningstar
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Today’s painting progress. Still aiming to have it completed by Friday.  My next piece is going to feature a Phoenix :) I’m really excited about working on that one, too.

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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Spent the afternoon painting. Going to spend time in the sketchbook now and start watching season 2 of “House of Cards”.

“I took one lamb, and I ran away as fast as I could…I thought, I thought if I could save just one, but… he was so heavy…”  

from “The Silence of the Lambs" 

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 :)