Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bowser’s Emporium Unlimited

Bowser’s Emporium Unlimited can be found on Facebook! Shares and likes appreciated. Merry Christmas!

 

Christmas Paintings

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bowser’s!

It’s almost Christmas!
Well, not really but it’s almost time to start thinking about Christmas!
Next Friday is the traditional Black Friday of the shopping season. But, I have never been much of a Black Friday Shopper (BFS)—not much of a shopper at all, really. Because whether they like it or are indifferent—most people in my world get some kind of art-related gifts. My new and experimental art, my old artwork that caught someone’s eye, art from fellow artists, art supplies, art lessons, trips to art museums, and occasionally advice on where and how to hang their artwork.
Several people have ordered pallet and canvas paintings in the last few weeks because they liked something I have posted on FB.
So I thought why not put together a post showing some of my paintings from classes we have had in the last year. Plus a few Santas because really, who doesn’t love Santa!
There is even a deer head for the guys.
So if you want a hand painted, unique, piece of artwork for someone special on your Christmas list just PM me and I will give you to prices and contact information.
Prices are reasonable, 
Likes and shares appreciated, And a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Adorable Pet Portraits


A couple of adorable puppy portraits ready for Christmas

Someone will unwrap a special present from under the tree come Christmas morning! Good memories and sweet friendships.

King Charles Spaniel mix.
Here is a sketch of a terrier I started last summer.

And a sweet pug with soulful eyes!
I have had such a good time doing these portraits commissioned in the summer. They are acrylic on canvas.
Back to the easel for four more commissions for Christmas. 
If you are interested in unique portrait of you furry friend contact my me by email or my FB page and together we will make a special memory.
Follow me on Facebook at Bowsers Emporium Unlimited-likes are always welcome!
or petsbyhollis@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Everyone needs a Pig on the Wall

Oil on Canvas paintings of very trendy farm animals!
These are all original paintings you won't find in any store.
Oil on Canvas 20"x20" $130.00
Farm Animals have always had a wonderful draw for me. When I was little I drew pictures of my perfect farm which was full of all kinds of animals--some real, some not so much. Once I drew a whole series of animals on my imaginary farm--they were all black and white! Spotted goats, black and white polka dot pigs, pinto ponies, Holstein cows, and even a little salt and pepper king snake--all black and white! To tell the truth I still think about that farm, but it is still in my imagination--probably the best place for it to be. 

We have two shows coming up in September and I know there are a lot of people out there who love farm animals as much as I do. 






Monday, April 17, 2017

Bowser's Emporium Unlimited is Getting Ready for MO Junk!

The end of school is around the corner-only a few weeks until the end of my sixteenth year of teaching art! There are many new adventures in the immediate future--we are busier than ever.
So many pieces of old, good furniture and specialty items that need a little TLC. Pinterest in saying that one of the items that is trending now is the side or occasional table. Something that adds charm and interest without breaking the bank or requiring a major decorating overhaul. I love repurposing and painting little tables!!

The first annual MO Junk Show is also in a few weeks. We are trying to organize our inventory and finish some of the projects started over the fall and winter months. Lots of sanding, painting base coats and then adding the unique hand-painted images that come out of my head and heart.

The show is May 19th and 20th, 2017 in Booneville Missouri. The organizers have worked hard to make sure as many people as possible know about the event and have a good time!


The weather should be lovely and the fairgrounds are spacious.
We will load the little trailer and head out for a great weekend of  "junkin" and meeting great people who love to refinish, repurpose, and just love old things.
Here are a few photos of some items we will be bringing. Enjoy looking and please comment in the space below--I love feed back.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Saving Old Photographs

It is very hard to throw away old photos and so very hard to display old photographs that are so damaged as to be terribly unattractive on a wall. Over time and neglect, paper images deteriorate and slip away.
Here is one I am working on---there is still work to be done but I am happy with this initial phase.
The original was rendered in pastels over a hundred years ago in Columbia Missouri, so I used pastels to create the same look. Her face needs to be widened out and softened. She will eventually be in an antique oval frame.

This is a watercolor of my Great-Grandmother and my Grandfather. It is my goal in the first days of my retirement to document our family history in watercolor and prose. Sounds like a whole series of post on this blog.



This stone building is Daniel Boone's home in Defiance Missouri 
http://www.sccmo.org/1701/The-Historic-Daniel-Boone-Home-at-Linden


The lady on the bench is a relative who sailed from England on the Mauritania at the turn of the century.
Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of these and other projects! And feel free to comment!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

1 Year in Stitches: 2017

I love changing my mind!! When you give up the old sorry feeling that it is not right to change your mind or that it implies you are weak and lack commitment, is when true freedom dawns! I started the journey because it looked like fun. I was indeed mesmerized by the beautiful thing brwnpaperbag posted on FB.
It looked wild and imaginative. I wanted to do that too! So I started. I worked and posted through my blog about the first two or three weeks. Even though I had the "freedom" of working without a pattern, the road became mired in second guessing myself and debilitating indecision. "It's just embroidery, for heaven sakes!" And the embroidery police are off at the quilting party.
However, as I worked and felt pressure to take out sub-par stitchery, poor color choices, and to post pictures as I am orchestrating painting classes, pet portraits, upcycling furniture and teaching K-12 art, I was not finding the joy I used to find in needle work. Sooooo, I have changed my mind and will still be a part of the group but I now have a project that eliminates thinking too much. Sometimes I just need mindless work that my hands know how to do.
Here is this week's accomplishment.

Image is the intellectual property of Amanda DeGraffenreid of www.degrafdesign.com