Thursday, October 14, 2010

From Dark To Light

 Hello sweet friends, I just wanted to share a couple of new paintings in the works (almost done I think.) They're part of a new series"From Dark to Light." I'm so happy to be painting again after a little hiatus. I've been busy refocusing on routine and self-love and all that good stuff. It felt so great to dive right back in to the crisp cool waters of paint and dreaminess. And the good news is I'm doing it in the mornings! Thats right! My sleeping and waking issues have been so much better the past 2 weeks. Thank heavens for that. I always felt like I painted "better" at night, or later in the day, but these two were done in the morning w/ my semi-sleepy head and I really love them. I'll be more of a sleepy-head morning light painter from now on. Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a Duni fire ceremony all about Letting Go. We wrote down things we'd like to let go of and threw our papers in the fire. I spent the night at the ashram (which was a real treat!) and kept feeling like I left a big suitcase behind. A big suitcase of garbage! I felt so much lighter afterward. 

I folded my paper like an airplane and tossed it in the fire! Symbolic of a trip next week to meet some soul sisters! (more on this later) And symbolic of my journey, my past, present, future. I don't even remember what I wrote in that paper! Isn't that funny?

It was a beautiful weekend. And you don't have to have an elaborate Duni to do this! You can write down what you'd like to Let Go of and toss it in your fireplace or burn it safely outdoors in some sand w/ stones. The fire is so healing.

My studio late this morning :)

"It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years - we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on."
-- Sharon Salzberg


  1. i am
    moved by
    your paintings,
    as always,
    sweet friend
    & love your
    fire story
    & sleep story
    & as the
    day & night
    & dark & light
    continue in their
    i love you in
    it all
    & can't wait
    for one more week!

  2. I needed this so badly! Thank you for posting. I just wrote a blog on unbogging myself. Inspiration seems to have disappeared from me. I know it will come back but not if I keep forcing it. It's hard to know how to handle that. Your paintings are beautiful and the light pouring into your studio is invigorating!

  3. Beautiful Carissa! I see some yoga influence here. I like the idea of letting things go up in smoke and moving on. Glad to hear you're getting some sleep. :)

  4. This is so inspiring and motivating and I love you new morning paintings!



  5. Your paintings are BEAUTIFUL! I adore them! And I also love the idea of burning the things you need to let go of. I ought to try that!

  6. I'm glad you're keeping up with your schedual and I just love your new paintings,so inspiring.

  7. gorgeous work sweet one...and this quote is moving me very deeply...

  8. Hi Carissa, just wanted to say thanks for dropping by my blog. Your artwork is gorgeous, and I'm another who is just embarking on the journey of being brave enough to show what I have been dabbling in, so go for it girl!

    Cate :-)

  9. love you sweets and love your paintings and your "letting go" ceremony you were just a part of. so cleansing!!!!

    we CAN always light the dark....just light the match!!!

    love to you...SEE YOU SOOOOON!!

  10. First of all, I LOVE your new work. There is such kindness, warmth and depth to your paintings. I think it is so funny that you forget what you wrote on the paper! I love it! Must have worked. For new years my husband and friends of ours have written what we want to get rid of on paper and throw into the fire at midnight. Then we write what we want to create. Can't wait to see you!!!!


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