Bulbous Blue Butts and Big Berry Boobs

Blue-Lady-1-webBlue-Lady-2-webI decided I liked my Funky Weird Crazy Art so much that I went back and recreated it on canvas to hang on my wall.  Then I decided it needed a companion, so I created the second in the series.  When I told Karlie I was going to hang them up in the family room, she replied, “But what about our polite company?”  I reminded her that we don’t have any polite company, and any company we DO have will just have to deal with the naked ladies with bulbous blue butts and big berry boobs on the wall!


My Fear Gremlin

I started a new online painting class today.  It’s called BIG.  A Fearless Painting Adventure.  Here’s the class description:

BIG is an online FEARLESS® Painting Adventures where artists are invited to strengthen their trust in their innate wisdom,  deepen their connection to Creative Source, and become more confidant in expressing themselves as an Artist.  All through the use of  a paintbrush!


The first lesson was Fearless Scribble Painting.  We were just supposed to scribble on BIG paper with lots of BIG paint.  It’s all about the process, according to Connie, our fearless leader.  NOT the product!  Ugh.  That’s a tough one for me.

In her PDF that accompanies the video lesson, she talks about the Fear Gremlin:

He likes to chirp in whenever things are about to challenge the status quo.  He likes to make a fashionable cameo anytime I’m debating change or especially when I’m right there sitting on my edge and about to grow.  Oh yeah, the fear gremlin he hates growth.  He hates change.  He hates anything that might lead me into a BIGger sense of me.

She goes on to talk about the fear gremlin’s reaction to the first exercise.  Boy, did she hit it on the head!  My fear gremlin had all SORTS of excuses why I should just skip the first silly scribbly exercise and move onto something more “real.”

So I’m going to warn you…once your fear gremlin hears about the FEARLESS Scribble painting it’s going to get his wheels turning!! He’ll be over to your place in a flash–armed with heavy artillery of reasons and excuses why you shouldn’t waste your time–reasons why this is stupid, ridiculous, pointless, dumb—reasons why you can’t do it–reasons why there is not enough time, paint, space, money, resources etc. etc.

Mine said ALL those things and more!

Fear gremlins are full of excuses.  That’s what they do best.  Fear gremlins will tell you something is a waste of time, stupid, ridiculous, point-less, worthless, failing, silly,  bad, poor, not good, all of the above, and much more negative hee haw!  Some fear gremlins also try to trick you into believing they have a degree in finance and will start throwing out numbers to try to trick you into not doing what you know deep in your heart would bring you great joy and growth.

Yep!  What she said!

So I took her advice, ignored the fear gremlin chattering away in my head, and took my new BIG art journal and my new BIG paintbrushes, and started scribbling and flinging paint everywhere!

Lesson #1–Do NOT scribble paint BIG in clothes you actually like.  In fact, after a few flings, I decided it was time to strip down to just an ugly apron.

Lesson #2–I need a new apron!

Lesson #3–Between paint flying everywhere and hot flashes, naked apron painting is definitely the way to go!


Lesson #4–Maybe I DON’T need a new kitchen floor any time soon.  Mine took a beating this morning, and tiny purple paint speckles aren’t that easy to scrub off.

Lesson #5–Perhaps I should take my BIG painting outside where I don’t have to clean the floor.  But how do I reconcile that with lesson #3.  I’m not sure what the neighbors would think if I take my naked apron painting outdoors!

So…  I started scribbling away with my big paint brushes.  According to Connie, if you listen, your painting will talk to you and tell you what it needs.  My scribbles told me they needed a FACE!  And what better face than that of my FEAR GREMLIN.  My fear gremlin was bright green today, and very stern looking.


Best lesson of the day… BIG painting, and even scribble painting, was actually fun!

Funky Weird Crazy Art

CrazyOne of the hardest things about art, for me, is spending hours working on a piece, and then feeling disappointed with the result.  I spend a lot of time looking at art on the internet, mostly to get inspiration, but it also results in comparison.  My art is never quite as cool, amazing, or beautiful as what I see out there by other people.

Occasionally, though, when a piece is finished, I’m actually excited!  That’s when it’s really fun.  This is one of those pieces.  I’m guessing that a lot of people will look at this and go, “Huh??  That’s one of her favorites?”  But I really love this one!  I’m wishing I had done it on a huge canvas instead of in my art journal, because I would SO hang this on my wall.  I know it’s weird.  I know it’s funky.  But I’m beginning to think I really like FUNKY, WEIRD, CRAZY art!


MermaidThis is another one I did recently using a left-over dyed paper towel as the background.  I had glued the paper towel background into my art journal and just left it sitting for a couple of weeks, unable to decide what to do with it.  It started reminding me of water, so I added a mermaid.  I used metallic acrylic paint on her tail and some glitter in the surrounding water.  I kind of like the sparkly effect.

Playing with Landscapes

landscapeJuly’s True Free Spirit assignment was a landscape.  I’m usually much more into people and faces, even in my photography.  But, in the spirit of trying something new and stretching my art skills, I went ahead and gave it a go.  Meh.  Not my favorite subject or my favorite piece of art.  I used tissue paper collage, acrylics, and water soluble pastels.

After completing this, I figured it would probably be the last landscape painting I’d do.  But this morning I started experimenting with some of my old gelli plate backgrounds and dyed paper towels I had lying around in my art stash.  This is a work in progress, but so far it qualifies as a landscape, and much more “Holly style” I think.  I’m still waiting to see what might emerge between the trees.  Maybe a person?  A cat?  LOL.  A person AND a cat?  No idea.  More to come on this one.

landscape WIP

Roughing it Up

primitive girl 8:10:13I decided to make another attempt at “primitive.”  I forced myself to use more muted colors and keep it kind of rough and sketchy.  I even sand papered over the whole painting at the end to roughen it up even more.  It’s a totally different style for me, but it was kind of fun to do something so different.    Personally I like my crazy bright paintings better, but I’m enjoying experimenting with all different styles in my True Free Spirit class.

You might have noticed I also drew an animal besides a cat.  What is it?  I don’t know.  Shaylie thinks it’s a deer. I have no idea.  I just decided it was time to do something that wasn’t a cat. I’m not even a cat person!  But drawing animals really is not my thing!

Primitive Girl With Cat


I hadn’t touched a paintbrush in over a week, and I was having trouble getting inspired.  Why is it so hard to start something new??  Luckily, my True Free Spirit Class released the August project and gave me some inspiration.

August’s project is primitive art.  Our teacher suggested “bland” colors, but I have trouble using bland.  She also suggested going online and looking for examples of “primitive” art.  It seems primitive art can be anything from tribal art to sketchy free form art to folk art to childlike art.  Even though I can’t really define “primitive,” I do know it’s a style I’ve always been attracted to.  I guess I went with the childlike interpretation, and I’m not even sure if this qualifies as “primitive,” but I like the way it turned out.  Believe it or not, this “childlike” painting took me several hours to complete.  It’s amazing how quickly time flies when I finally sit down to create.

Karlie asked me why I keep drawing cats.  I have no idea. They just keep showing up.  Maybe because they’re the only animal I’ve figured out how to draw??