Saturday, April 9, 2011

EXPLORE: A New Self Portrait Series....

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
~Henry David Thoreau

On Thursday I set off on a Foto Adventure. Just me, my camera, and a trunk full of props. I've been dying to get back to my photography for what feels like forever. I can't tell you how much of a huge breath of fresh air it was to get out there and Explore, follow my instincts to the exact location I ended up - a little dirt road which led to a tree with an overturned rotted desk. With one drawer open and a few scraps of greeting cards strewn about, I knew THIS was the place. I set up my tripod and whipped open my trunk to grab my props. I only ended up using the little white stool, a clock, and a feather. The rest was already there. My intention was to take these portraits to paint over them & collage & use in different things. Heres my first finished one (at least I think it's finished...)

I have some other ideas for my fotos, like adhering them to wood blocks and beeswaxing them... I really want to work HUGER. More huge. Huge-gantic. I want to mix in my projector and project things and make BIG ART.

Who's Gonna Stop Me? *wink wink*

Thank you so much for all the LOVE and support on my last post. I am feeling so free to beee me & buzz about this creative life of mine. It's really all still sinking in, even still.

Hope you have a fantastic Weekend. Get out and EXPLORE why don't ya!

Blessings to You & Yours,

PS! If you're interested in just plain prints of any of these photos, shoot me a line!


  1. Carissa can I just say that you are so inspiring! I admire your bravery and honesty a huge amount. I also very much love your photos and art. :)

  2. seriously - it's like you're a tornado of creativity right now! i LOVE the feather clock (time flies!) on the simple stool. and then - what you're DOING with these photos, with the paint and layers and doodles? magic. magic. magic.

  3. carissa,
    exploring looks
    on you.
    the layers are
    b r i l l i a n t
    because YOU
    are brilliant.
    the freer you get
    in being yourself,
    the more breath-taking
    becomes your art.
    i love all this
    more than ever.
    you are indeed
    standing TALL.
    love the photo,
    love the mixed media.
    what a lucky feather
    to be HERE.
    i love ewe sooooo.
    wow. xoxoxxxooooo

  4. Free, free, free. That's you, my friend!
    Totally loving your exploration and creativity working their magic together.

    Happy weekend!

  5. Beautiful pictures Carissa! Love,love what you did with the last one. Very cool.

  6. I love this post! This is so motivating, inspiring and beautiful!

    Love to you


  7. This is all WOW!!! Love what you have been up to! Amazing Carissa...
    Love to you,

  8. this had made me smile big :)

  9. i just found your blog and am seriously swooning over all that you do...especially turning these self-portraits into this gorgeous work of art!

    you rock.

    i can't wait to explore your blog deeper!

  10. beautiful art work carissa! here's to a creative cup overflowing!!


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