Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Asian Hornet Challenge

I got a call from a friend in the business and he asks me if I can sculpt a life-like 2" long asian hornet.... by the next day. These suckers are huge in life (2-3" long!) Having never done a model before, I hesitated when I heard the deadline but then thought it would be a fun challenge, so I said yes, ran out to pick up supplies! 

I spent a total of 10 hours working on it. I sculpted the body from polymer clay, the wings are wire with cling wrap heated onto the shape then painted with markers. Once the body was baked, I painted with acrylic and enamel paints, created legs and antenae from a few unusual found items (I have to have some mystery!) and after much ado, voila!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DS XL Art Academy Paintings

Each of the paintings below are about 3.5" wide on the screen of the new DS XL, created by me in a program called ART ACADEMY. I am learning it as part of a teaching gig. I am going to instruct a group of marketing folks on how to use the software. The frog image shows a photographic reference (top) and the painting (bottom).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Some things bear repeating...

This is my current facebook status.

We can only, each of us, know our own truth - that is what we live with and carry with us - the world around us muddies the water, and no one knows each of our stories from OUR perspective - so hopefully, we try to give each other a break, not believe the worst, move forward in love and see each other in the highest possible light. I will see everyone in love and light today. Everyone. ♥

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Where is the art?

Keep scrolling.... I just decided to share some of my writing here as well, so more visual art is coming!

Excerpt from Memoir

I have been working on this for months, am making some progress... can share a bit here.

Some things are vague, some things are vivid. “Was there water in the tub?” the officer asked the air. He wasn’t looking at anyone, just writing. “Maybe we should give her a sedative, she’s going to snap,” I could hear Johnny saying, “you know, something to calm her down?” His worry was on my sister, Karen, as she paced inside the bedroom, from wall to wall to wall to wall, wailing. I heard him say, “Melissa doesn’t even know she’s gone.”

I am Melissa, and I thought she was asleep and probably very, very sick. I didn’t understand yet that this had been building up over of months of crying out. She did things. Half-hearted attempts. No one had ever talked to me about death, so I had no idea what it meant. I felt like I suddenly didn’t know anyone around me, like my mother was a stranger, a woman I didn’t know. My sister was a screaming girl I had never seen before. All the grown-ups in my house were strangers. I was lost.

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth

chance meeting

I can see you she said
past the art that you wear
what you're trying to hide
with the blue in your hair

but there's a little girl
looking back

looking back over time
sighing inside
trying to hide
the petty crime
of being alive

you talked to the worn out shoe
the baby too
anyone who would listen to you

it's taken it's tole
they wounded your soul
stuffed you into a hole
and you're dying inside

then turning the tide

and now you have stopped
the dirty old clock
you'll never say more
just stare at the floor

looking back over time
you're sighing inside
and trying to hide
your petty crime
of being alive

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth


More than before
Needing those blue pills
More and more.

Never so wary and shakey
Faith wavering – center not holding

Spinning, then spun
I am come undone and
I’m closer now
To an understanding

Of how this all began and
With the touch of a hand
And a word a world can change

Ten years are gone and a lifetime
Yet mine has truly begun
In my innocence found
A son and romantic notion

The price has been paid
Yet there’s more to come
Karma has been laid, and
I know I must burn
And bleed more than this

So the center must hold
And my mind musn’t break
Time after time I’ve had
All I can take
And now this too
shall wound me
But I will not break.

Unraveled, but not
Still holding
Not making a sound

Calming down.
Calming down.

©2010 M Kyle Holingsworth


I found tobacco
Rolled up
And stashed inside the freezer
I miss you in ways I can’t believe
I rolled a cigarette,
Something I’d sworn off
But now, I drag and feel the pain
And want to close the door
I put it out after two,
And wish for something more

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth


Sitting alone last night
Glass of wine
I logged on in desperation
Divorce chat room
51 people online

talking about nothing
to each other
and no one

I made my plea
I’m here alone
No brownies or knitting
Just my reflection
In the monitor

Cabernet and anxiety
Needing affirmation

Stupid comments
I get plenty and then
One real voice about
How tough it’s been

It’s too late
I’m logging off
It’s all chatter
About nothing
I’m going through

Sleep computer
At least one of us will
More alone now
More quiet and still

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth

Angel Boy

His voice is the angel
in my ear
it reminds me
I am here, alive and significant.
To someone.
To him.
He’s excited to tell me
the same three things
I love you
I playing
I having fun

The sound echoes all the sweetness
The world has to offer
Harnessed into those tiny words
Given to me over the airways

And it’s precious like gold
All I have to hold on to
To say that is real
And to help my heart heal

I want him here
Want him back with me
But my gift to him is to let him be
Without my pain and suffering
To have fun and joy
And miss this darkness

It’s raining here
And sunny there,
The way it should be
for him
My angel boy
My miracle

One day I’ll tell you
How I held on to hope just for you.
You gave that to me
By coming to be

I love you
They can’t take that
Away from me…
Our song – who’d have known?

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth

Letting go of control

I own a arts & crafts studio where our mission is to help you find, free and bring out your creative side, to learn a new skill, to express yourself without judgement. I see children do it and I marvel at how they just draw, unabashedly and I want that for myself. As an artist, I struggle not to judge my own expression, my own art, even as I make it. My challenge is to truly express myself without expectation of the end result and on some magical occasions, I do it. And it’s beautiful. Most often, though, I think it through, I plan it out, I sketch it, then I draw or paint or create it. And much of the time it comes out exactly as I’d pictured it. Likely because I don’t let it flow, I “control” it. ;)

One night at the studio, we were having a workshop in collage, and I decided to work with an old, thinning and worn piece of framed out wood. I am not sure even where it came from, it was just sitting there, discarded and it called out to me. I began tearing pieces of paper off and applying layers of paint and just when I felt it was “freely” going somewhere I liked and I had a rhythm, my 8 year old son stepped over and asked “Can I help?” (He had been hanging out while class took place and previous to this moment had no interest in participating).

I looked around at the faces of the women and men who were there; people I was trying to model spontaneous, unstructured creativity to. Sometimes when my son asks if he can paint with me on a piece I am working on, I say yes. If it is a painting that is from a sketch, and super detailed, I say “not this one, honey” and I offer him some paper and paint. In fact, I often encourage him to paint with me. But this piece, I was (I thought) ‘in flow’ and for a split second I was about to say “no”, to protect this piece of art, so that I could get out of it what I thought I wanted. Then I realized I would be doing the very thing that stifles pure creativity. So I said “Sure, sweetie, go ahead. Here is a paint brush, here is some glue, what would you like to add”? He promptly picked up the brush, dipped it into white paint and painted almost entirely over an area that I had seen as “done”.

I smiled and let go. He continued, then I joined in and it was fun and I released all my expectations and then he said “Okay, thanks, Mom, I’m done”, and walked away. I added a line drawing of a dandelion, something that reminds me of him, and put it away to dry. It is hanging in my hallway and I love it. It has pieces of both of us and we both signed it.

©2010 M Kyle Hollingsworth

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Creative Visions

About 4 years ago, I got a phone call from someone I'd never met. She had gotten my name from an artist I'd worked with years previous when I was in LA. At the time the phone rang, I was living in Colorado. I flew back to LA every 5 weeks or so to bring my son to see his Dad. On my next trip I met the woman who had called me, Barb - someone I now call a friend. That meeting changed my life. I began an adventure with Dan Eldon and his family, and their foundation Creative Visions. I am honored to call them friends too, even family, and to give my creative best to further their cause. This past week there was a premiere of The Sorcerer's Apprentice at Disney, and a 40' long, nearly 8' tall exhibit I created was premiered as well. A pop-up gallery featuring Dan's work. I was so proud, but also so pleased to be a part of such a magical night. The evening was a fundraiser for Creative Visions and it was a huge success. Silent auction, movie stars, love and generosity. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

too long away

I had to go away and write, live, get through for a while. Hope to be back here soon, posting more art, but for now, turning a huge corner and making my way back.  I hope to feel creative again soon, too.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

What a weekend

I might be a bit sick, fighting something off... I think exhaustion is a key factor. Good tired, as they say. I had a packed weekend, parties, events, and met TONS of new, interesting and kind people. Now, I am weary, sleep deprived and realizing just how much I need to SLEEP.... off I go to meditate myself into oblivion... ZZZzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I have to say I did a little dance this morning when I got the news that the book I designed and illustrated is featured on today. I am so proud of it, and so honored to be working with Cristina, Mariska, Leah Komaiko and all the other wonderful women attached to this project. God has really placed me where my heart belongs.

Friday, April 30, 2010

art, art, everywhere

Here's some stuff for my upcoming show, opening May 7 at Hands-on 3rd

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My first book is out!!!

After many years of wanting to write and illustrate books, I got my start by illustrating and designing this one for Cristina Carlino, founder of Philosophy skincare, and social entrepreneur. She's an amazing person and an amazing client. I am super thankful for her and for this work. I am working on #2, and soon #3, and ever grateful!!  See the video I animated and did Voice Over for on Cristina Carlino's facebook page. Become a fan!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Progress, creatively, personally :)

Completed a full body of work for my show May 7, my first 120 pg book is printed and officially out today! Life is good. Healthy, happy, headed upward.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The blues and creativity

Why must one effect the other? And so it is, that when I am down and out, I can't seem to create. Anything. I have these lulls as I try to navigate my way through the waters of rebirth. I did complete a series of work (weeks ago) that I am hanging this Friday for an upcoming show. That's something I suppose...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring has Sprung

I had a fiendish desire to garden last weekend, and when I got out there, I stayed. For 4 1/2 hours. It felt so good to get my hands in the dirt, to plant and water and do those basic wonderful, earth-bound things :) Below is another drawing I did, literally 20 years ago on tissue paper, and recently scanned to revive and preserve it. This piece was originally created for a cross stitch pattern I created turned into a cross stitch pattern for a company I worked for. I love it. To re-use and revive it, I added collage elements, and more color.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I just spent the last few hours scanning art from 1987 to present. Some of it is literally falling to pieces from age, so I wanted to save it. A few of them, I want to use in more elaborate artwork. Forthcoming... for now, here is an image of the director John Ford that I drew in 1988 and if you are a facebook person, become a fan of Kyle-Creative and see them all. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010


This is my post to promise myself to get back on the saddle, so to speak and start creating again. I have been creating, actually, for others, just not for myself. Gotta draw. Finally I am starting to feel the urge again after many weeks. My life flipped upside down and I am still spinning to find right side up again, but I will post something creative here in the next few days!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Update on the creativity meter

It's still low, although that is half-true. I did just complete a 110 page book (designed and illustrated), and that was super creative. It's just the personal stuff I haven't been back to yet. But I will, I will.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Artists Block?

I have been MIA these past few weeks, slowly trying to come back, though still too distracted/sad/tired to do much art yet. Personal stuff sucking away my creativity. Sitting here in my robe thinking about the Shivaratri celebration I was meant to attend tonight, listening to my kiddo getting ready for bed and considering doing the same at... 9pm. What a party over here. I WILL be back with some awesomeness. Soon. !!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

poetic? maybe not

life is so very short, and the sweetness is oft met by a bitter wind to carry us away, lest we hang tightly to our hearts desires til the clouds do part, and the rainbow comes again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010