Tuesday, February 25, 2014

UNMISTAKABLE YES (a big ol' update)




Hello my friends!

I hope your year is off to a great start. I know I've been a bit quiescent here for quite some time. There is sooooo much I have to share with you. Instagram and FB have been convenient means of daily sharing, but I'd really like to dig in deep / re-connect with this space.

Where to begin?



Back in September of 2013 I rode a very inspired whim and put together all of my blog posts and artwork from 2009 - 2013 into a luscious and gorgeous book entitled,

"Hip on Dreams and Oceans:
Navigating the Sea: my Personal Log and Journey." 

I woke with a jolt. A sudden fear pounding in my chest: I don't want to lose track of my journey here, all I had poured out, all I had found. Because when I think about it, this process of blogging has completely changed my life. I made one single copy -- just for me. A key piece of EVIDENCE to honor, to hold in my hands, to snuggle belonging-ly between other writer's words on my shelf. My lifelong dreams of book-making suddenly made real. And I realized the importance of doing it just for me. . . this oxygen mask of-sorts.



 I ended up encountering this man, who passionately insisted his daughter needed it. I swear he is some sort of earth angel. I told him it needed editing, and was expensive to produce. He insisted, YOU DON'T NEED TO EDIT THIS. MAKE MORE. And paid me $100.



 I made myself a promise when this book first arrived, one week before my Big Colorado Adventure: my next book will be even more utterly raw and vulnerable. There is a certain freedom I feel in my private journals, but how much more freeing it will be to step out and share those feelings and experiences. The truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. At the heart of everything, my biggest passion of all is confessional art and writing. Deep, true, raw expressive. These are the stories I most need to feel and LIVE.
-quote by Oscar Wilde


Honesty is fertile ground.

I come from a long line of women who hid their truths, crossed their legs like a lady, and never dared question any of it. Women with extreme anxiety, self-destruction, addiction, borderline this-or-that. Women who take their own lives, in their own beds. I have faced my own dragons and I can say with unmistakable yes -- I came here to break the chain. To die in my own way ever single day -- only to be reborn over and over. To push forward with the cosmic swirl of teachers who came before. To live in the land of UNMISTAKABLE YES and leave this world a better place than I found it.


I believe we're all connected. Mirrors from the same cloth. This ride is incredibly short and precious -- the best spirits to be surrounded with are those who support your highest vision.



Clearing the space. On and on it goes.

Flash back to August of 2013: I started doing Acupuncture. I heard this huge, powerful, unmistakable voice tell me I needed to clear my body, my spirit, my pathways. The earth shook my friends, and I found some amazingly old pools of grief and sorrow resting in places I would never presume. A story for another time, but I just wanted to share -- I have made huge strides in space clearing. I put down a lot of things and just want to say with unmistakable YES -- it was worth it, from the other side, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Keep going.


I am staring outside a big window. . . watching life. . . I have a lot more to share, but the Wild Winds are calling. A lot more work to do. . . a lot more to reveal.



My word of the year is REVEALING.




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Next update -- I will share some bold moves + my NEW STUDIO & HOME


Monday, December 9, 2013

((UPdate: Winner Chosen)) SOUL FOOD: Inner-View & Give-a-Way

And you, 
A windrose, a compass
My direction, my description of the world. 

I have SO MUCH to catch up on and share with you here. The past 3 weeks have whirled by like a magic carpet ride and then I suddenly smacked down with a nasty cold and cough. So here I am on the mend. 

SOUL FOOD: I'm feeling a bit vulnerable, but embracing it as I share this video glimpse of myself answering a handful of questions given to all the creative cooks on this SOUL FOOD Adventure. Everything kicks off December 30th and then runs all the way through December 2014! If you have yet to hear the buzz, there are 39 Creative Heads in the Kitchen serving up a delicious mix of media ---> check out all the juicy details right here. AND I'm also giving away a free spot. . . see below!

Without further ado:


Carissa Paige SOUL FOOD inner-view from carissa paige on Vimeo.

For a chance to win a spot ---> leave a comment below with YOUR FAVORITE SOUL FOOD & I will announce winners next week!



The Magical Digital Hat has chosen --->

Congrats to Gwyn! Please email me at carissapaigeART@gmail.com to claim your seat :) I wish I could give out more spaces... Each & every morsel of your Soul Food answers were delicious to read about. Thank you so much for participating / sharing.

Big Love & Blessings to you & yours this holiday / new year season! 

xo, C

Friday, November 8, 2013

Process & Transformation: Pink Coyote / Following the Strands


Dear Creative Souls:  Welcome to this new series where I share peeks of the process and transformation that occurs on my canvas which almost always mirrors transformation that has occurred in my life & soul. I hope this inspires your creative journey. 

MESSY BEGINNINGS (yes please)

After the first girl appeared, I immediately began to see this Pink Coyote figure upside down. So I covered the first girl and flipped things around. . . following the strands. . . . another two girls appeared.
The girl on the left has decided to go inward. . . . with her eyes closed. . . she is being led on a journey by the coyote and her otherworldly helper. 
The girl on the left came and went very quickly. She spoke her peace. . .  
HERE is where everything changed for me entirely. . . as I began to completely cover up all I had hashed out. . . a poem came spilling out all in one stream (unedited). . . . Here it is:

Night 
And through
the woods 
there is a softness 
to be found 
in the darkness 
a wisp 
of this
or that 
to grab hold of 

from dark to light
Never Alone

where to step next &
how much to let go of
where we come from

constructing a new life 
I let go of a lot 
all of it
why not

where will I go
where will it take me

Seven times or more
all of it
I said goodbye 
with my brush 
to everything

Ah! And then. . . . the floods came. The dark and stormy came. . . The onlooker up top appeared to "blow winds + change time". . . . his only duty. . . he did it well. Thank you. 

The very next morning I began to shift with where this was really going. Here we are at the other side. . . Out alive. . . The wisdom and folly of this glorious Pink Coyote remained by my side as I worked on this piece on & off for 4-6 months. It corresponds to another leg of my journey I wrote about last year right here, where I first encountered a coyote in the flesh. . . The story I shared and the aspect of the ROAD is something I am still writing about and exploring in my life to this day. 

I have a feeling Coyote Magic has always been here for me, loyal, playful, mischievous... through thick and thin. As for what she's up to in my life right now, I am listening, loyally. I am honoring my Self, my weird and wonderful ways more-so than I ever have. No matter how many people appear to throw hurdles or stones or spooks. . . I am HERE. . . trotting along the mysterious and powerful edge of that glorious forrest. READY TO GO IN. Always. I dare. Nothing is going to stop me from pushing forward with all my limbs. No one is going to throw their shadows on my walls. Anymore. Ever. Boundaries are thick. Instincts are on. Walls and guards and swords of light. I am covered. All angles. I'm in. 

YES. This is where the truth lives. The fire. The process. The transformation.  

Pink Coyote. . . I thank you . . . with all I have.

In other BRAVENESS + HONESTY i have added and updated my STORY at my ABOUT ME section: +ALL RIGHT HERE +

Thank you for being a part of this journey. Blogging my truth along the way has been entirely vulnerable and frightening at times. . . but I wouldn't have it any other way. 












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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Whimsy + Inspiration = Tamara Laporte ((giveaway now closed))

 Trick-or-Treat... Friends and Blog Hoppers,

My stencil hoard is growing! In all honesty I used to avoid using stencils in my work, but over the past year I've grown fond of building up layers with some good ol' stencils / stamps. It was a joy to play with Tam's new line with Artistcellar... Technique-wise: I used a sponge brush w/ acrylic for the words and then colored them in with stabilo crayons. Black dylusions spray inks were used for the house bits....and then along came this girl. Taa-daa:
Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
       love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
-Mary Oliver

What else? Oh yes.... I'm giving away 2 FREE SETS. 1 of each = "Tam's Whimsy" + "Tam's Inspiration". All you have to do is leave a comment below. For EXTRA entries: share this post in your social e-spheres, or sign up for my monthly newsletter in the upper right. Extra bonus entries: share your FAVORITE Halloween Get-up. Tally up where you shared & let me know in the comments below. 

Chomping at the bit to buy your sets now? Here's a link --->  "Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils". Ready to hop on to the other stops? Right this way: 

10/26 Artistcellar http://www.artistcellar.com/wp
10/27 Jill K. Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog
10/28 Dawn DeVries Sokol http://www.dawndsokol.com
10/29 Carla Sonheim carlasonheim.wordpress.com
10/30 Micki Wilde thesecrethermit.blogspot.com
10/31 Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com
11/1 Effy Wild www.effywild.com
11/3 Jane Davenport http://janedavenport.com
11/5 Tamara Laporte www.willowing.org/blog 

In other NEWS:




Ooooodles of NEW art + prints have been added to my shop today ==> right here 


 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 
Here I am pretending to be a Blythe Doll:




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Life Book Giveaway (now CLOSED)

Dear Creative Souls, 

I am just getting back from a pilgrimage out west in Colorado: Storytelling in Original Voice by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With The Wolves). The experience was completely transformative, beyond my wildest dreams. I'm still digging and piecing together tangible words to describe what I gathered in the 5 glorious days and 4 glorious nights of intensive soul digging. One night as she was telling us our bedtime story a pack of coyotes (or wolves?) came howling by. I was laying in the back of the room with my sweater cocoon (hardcore adjusting to the altitude) and tears of joy streaming down my face. More on this whole journey soon. 

A quick note about what's to come from me in 2014: I have so much top secret goodness in store...! Legend of YOU is being completely refilmed and amplified with new magic and insights I've gathered along the trail... and more. I will make early-bird announcements on my newsletter first, so sign up on the side if you want to ride that train or any other train with me come 2014 ---> 

Without further ado: I'm thrilled to play a part in Life Book 2014 amongst the incredible line up. AND I'm thrilled to give-a-way a free spot. In the comments below I'd love if you'd share: "What lights your creative fire?!" along with a way to reach you (email / website). I will pick a winner next week! 


Here are the rest of the amazing teachers and participants of this blog hop:

12th Sept 2013 - Tamara Laporte - www.willowing.org/blog
13th Sept 2013 – Tascha Parkinson – www.timewithtascha.blogspot.ca
14th Sept 2013 - Lesley Riley – www.lesleyriley.com
15th Sept 2013 – Alena Hennessy – www.alenahennessy.com
16th Sept2013 – Kat McBride – www.KatCanPaint.com
17th Sept 2013 – Carla Sonheim – www.carlasonheim.com
18th Sept 2013 – Jane Davenport – www.janedavenport.com
19th Sept 2013 – Danielle Daniel – www.danielledaniel.com
20th Sept 2013 – Jennibellie – www.jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com
23rd Sept2013 – Kelly Hoernig – www.kellyhoernig.webs.com
24th Sept 2013 – Micki Wilde – www.thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
25th Sept 2013 – Kate Thompson – www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com
26th Sept 2013 – Flora Bowley – www.florabowley.com
27th Sept2013 – Anna Dabrowska – www.tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk
28th Sept 2013 – Steven Speight – www.speightoftheart.com
30th Sept 2013 - Serena Bridgeman – www.serenarty.com
1st Oct 2013 – Dyan Reaveley – www.dyan-reavely.blogspot.co.uk
2nd Oct 2013 – Effy Wild – www.effywild.com
3rd Oct 2013 – Carissa Paige – www.carissapaige.com
4th Oct 2013 - Marieke Blokland – www.bloknote.nl
5th Oct 2013 – Christy Tomlinson – www.christytomlinson.com
6th Oct 2013 – Traci Bautista – www.treicdesigns.com
7th Oct 2013 – Mika Diaz – www.mikadiazmixedmedia.com

Thank you for being here. 

With Love, 
Carissa

PS. Blog revamp underway!