Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shooting Stars and Trampolines

Shooting Stars and Trampolines
Cut off shorts and Kerosene....

Earlier this week (part of Misty Mawn's Stretching Within) we shared "Where I Come From" stories... poems... what have you's. I started out w/ this big long thought dump and made a small poem out of it. I will share it here eventually, or piece by piece in illustration form! This is one of the illustrations I did tonight... Shooting stars and trampolines, cut off shorts and kerosene.... It's me & my BF Amity around the age of 14 - 15 (who now lives in Arkansas and I miss dearly!) We used to rollerblade everywhere we went and get into all sorts of mischief. Good kinds of mischief of course, like sneaking out to jump on the neighbors trampoline, or taking a taxi in the wee hours to the 24 hour diner, or finding the most gawdy mismatched outfits we could at the thrift store and wearing them to school, or ____ so many silly things.) Oh the stories I'll tell one day.

Stories within my art is more where I want to go this year. I want to illustrate my stories, poems, thoughts, dreams, experiences, what have you's. I've been making steps toward that, or shall I say bouncing leaps! I saw this mixed media illustration book at the bookstore the other day, and it literally tugged my heart strings. I'm reading through it now.

Hope you had a nice and cozy weekend! I woke up this morning w/ intentions of making a really fantastic blog post, but thats all I got tonight. I'm totally wiped, and feeling a wee-bit-grouchy off and on all day today. I went for a 3 mile walk in the woods, which helped work out some of my grouchiness. I'm off to a hot shower, some cozy socks, and a cold drink.



  1. i have that book on my wishlist. let me know what you think. i bet misty's class is a good
    one. i just can't take any classes right now.
    our schedule makes it toohard for me to catch up. 2010 was theyear up signing up for classes i never got to. not good!

    i love your work. heading over to the shop to flip through all of it.

  2. oh carissa, my heart is leaping on trampolines just looking at your art! i love those leapy legs while at the same time holding them in the air...
    YOUR very life is shooting stars...
    i love to lay back & watch.

  3. i cannot wait to see more illustrations and to read more of your stories. LOVE today's illustration and words. it takes me to a place that's warm and fun. and the stars remind of the little prince.

    just what i needed to start my day. thank you, c. xo

  4. Dearest sweet carissa, loving this illustration so much!! Your story is so inspiring ~ thanks so much for sharing! Wishing you a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

  5. Oh I love this illustration, even more with the story of friendship behind it. We all need a friend like that. I really wanna get that book too. I'm feeling poor now that I'm working part time. I will have patience. See you in class girlfriend!
    Much Love,

  6. Carissa, seriously how could I adore you more? You are so on your path- I love watching where it is all going.

  7. What a sweet illustration full of wonderful memories! It certainly does tell a story and I think your illustration style is so well suited for telling these kind of stories :) Your blog is full of beauty and wonderful works of art!

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