Teaching Joy

I loved this little bird and knew I had to paint him and offer it as a paint night class.   He’s fluffy.  
And he’s sitting on a branch that’s bent and crooked.  And he’s happy anyway.   My kinda guy.

Recently Mr. C and I went on a cruise–a 12 DAY cruise.   Twelve days on a luxury ship that moves to a new great paradise every day, and I was struck by how many people spent a great deal of time complaining.   COMPLAINING!  How do you complain in paradise?

The world is full of things to be miserable about but being on a cruise is not one of them.  Yet as the days went by it became clear that some would go out of their way to find reasons to be miserable.  Right down to the very end.   As it turned out, on the very last days of our cruise, we hit a few glitches.   First, some unfortunate passengers became ill and needed to be air lifted off of the ship for emergency care.

Our ship had to divert from its course for 7 hours to rendezvous with a helicopter to achieve this.  Which brought us now 7 hours later into port.   I felt terrible for the sick people but couldn’t help thinking What Luck! We get 7 more hours to stay on this big beautiful ship with them feeding us and giving us free alcohol.   How fabulous!  But I was in the minority.   People were furious.   They had to change their flights. (God forbid.)

Well, then it got worse.  We encountered the first Nor’easter of the year and that extended our stay further.   No worries, said the Captain.  You may stay in any of our lounges or even in your rooms if you’d like!  Enjoy the extra time!

But do you know what people did?   They lined up around the ship with their luggage FOR HOURS.  No food.  No water.  Uncomfortable.  Stuck in line.  As if they could get off the ship any faster by doing so.   I just couldn’t understand it.  Do people purposely go out of their way to be miserable?   We stayed with friends.  We watched a movie. We had a meal.  We laughed.  We watched the journey into New York’s harbor, past the Statue of Liberty, and we enjoyed the views.  And when the time came, we walked down, got on an elevator, and left the ship.

Then it hit me.   I have always said that I am the happiest person I’ve ever met, but I realized right then and there it is because I’ve trained my brain to be happy. I was born with a tendency to be happier than some, but I’ve also taught my brain to find the best possible scenario in all situations–the silver lining.  It almost automatically goes there.  Naturally. And if I could teach myself this wonderful behavior, I can teach others.

And I believe that is the gift I’ve come to give this world.   I’ve been trying to figure this out for years–Why am I here?   Well.  I think this is it.   To teach joy.

How?  I don’t know yet.  But I’m sure you’ll see my many attempts as I bring this into Blue Hasti.   Somehow.  🙂  Stay tuned.

Fertilizing on the Fly

Just off the easel.  This piece is entitled “Fertilizing on the Fly” and is a mixed media collage painting constructed with acrylic paint, acrylic ink, and art papers on 24 x 24 stretched canvas. 

The life of a crop duster is a dangerous one, flying at low altitudes leaving little room for error.  But many of our nation’s farmers depend on them to keep our food sources robust.   Fertilizing on the Fly is a tribute to those dedicated men and women who take on the task.

You can own this original piece for $350, including, of course, a signed Certificate of Title guaranteeing its provenance.

Hundred Dollar Hamburger


Fresh off my easel after a brief break from painting.  I recently went back to try eating dairy foods and sent myself immediately into an asthma flare.  Am I the only one who can’t paint at all when I don’t feel well?  Nothing seems to lay down correctly.   So.  I waited.  🙂

I love this piece, which is funny because I almost trashed it completely two days ago.   Sometimes you have to set a painting aside and sometimes you just have to push through.  The trick is knowing when to do each!  This time I pushed on.  Glad I did.  I love how this piece glows. I love the mixture of the sectional chart and the landscape.  I love the way the diner owner painted the roof to call in her pilots.  I love it all.

Entitled “Hundred Dollar Hamburger” this mixed media piece is built with acrylic ink, acrylic paint, art papers, and light corrugated cardboard on a 30 x 40 stretched canvas.

I don’t know of many pilots who haven’t taken a quick trip to grab a burger or breakfast at a favorite airport diner–sharing a meal amongst friends.  I know in our house, this is a favorite weekend event that has us charting a course every Friday night.  Where’s your favorite diner or cafe?

Perfect for any aviation buff’s home, you can own this original piece for $495, including, of course, a signed Certificate of Title guaranteeing its provenance.

Our First Cool Blue Collector Offering $179.

 Pickin’ Pumpkins is the title of this, our first Cool Blue Collector offering.    It’s an 18 x 24 Mixed Media piece on stretched canvas, ready  to hang or frame.

The truck is a 1953-1955 Ford F100 with Side Mount spare.  The Patch is all pumpkin and sits out back behind the corn fields.   Those sunflowers were planted by the birds last fall.

This piece is the first of our program to allow access to art collecting to everyone, and is priced for one week only at $179. after which time it will go to our regular pricing scale.  If you are interested in viewing this piece or purchasing, please contact Holly at 774-230-0102.   There’s only one original, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Cool Blue Collector And New Gallery Options

Collecting art is the new badge of sophistication.  The only problem is that original artworks can be very expensive–sometimes in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.  Andy and I are committed to making art collecting accessible to all, so we are introducing a new feature to roll out later this week.

Every week we will offer a new, original artwork painted by me at Cool Blue Collector pricing.  That means $200 or less (depending on size and intricacy). This will be a full-level professional painting.  Not a paint party option.  And it will only be one a week, and it will be announced right here.

And, for all of you just getting started in your world of creating art, also note that our paint party  gallery update also begins this week!  We’ll be replacing 40 party options with new ones.  Very exciting!

The new options will be beginner level, medium level, and a few advanced level, so that folks from all experience levels can enjoy new classes.

Ahhhhhh I love Fall!  Time to turn over a new leaf!  Ha.

Watch for all the new gallery introductions beginning later today on our Facebook page.  And watch for the Cool Blue Collector release sometime between Wednesday and Saturday.   First to claim it breaks into the art collector world at unheard of pricing!

Kids Birthday Paint Parties starting at $150

Have a little artist on your hands?  Did you know we can come do a paint party for the kids  for their next birthday?  And it won’t cost you any more than you are already spending on grab bags and favors.   Prices start at $150 for up to 6 kids (age 12 or under).   Add $25 for each child thereafter.   We take care of the entertainment and the party favor (their painting.) And you get to sit back and relax.  Easy Peasy.  Be sure to book your event well in advance to insure the date you need.  Call us at 774-230-0102

Art Decor for Home and Life

Did you know that all of our painting are available on a variety of items such as shower curtains, pillows, bags, cups, and more?

Go to www.bluehasti.com then click on the “Collect Art” tab then the “Fine Art Prints & Merchandise” tab to find your treasures today!

2018 EAA Chapter Fly In/ Drive In

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Fly In / Drive In event with the EAA Chapter of Massachusetts ( www.eaa196.com ), and I can promise it won’t be my last.   Aviation, Classic Cars, food, great people.  What more could you ask for?   And I came out of it with a few great painting inspirations.   Watch for those coming up over the next few weeks.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the 1000+ I took from that day.

Waiting to Load

Waiting to Load
24 x 36 Mixed Media on Canvas
Holly Connors, 2018

(Click on the photo to enlarge.  There’s some fun stuff tucked into this painting that you can’t see until you zoom in.)

Throughout our first years of marriage, I was a trucker’s wife.  My husband was on the road for weeks at a time while I was home raising babies.   We lived lives at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Me, with three children under the age of 4, a life of noise and chaos that never ended.  Him, with long waits for loads and unloads, one of frequent boredom and loneliness.

It wasn’t until years later that I truly began to appreciate the importance of what he did.   The trucking industry has always been critical for the survival of everyone in this country, and it’s more and more important every year.  So this one goes out to all of you who spend your days and nights on the road for all of us.  Thank you.