Saturday, January 16, 2016

And the winner is.... (Spectrum 2016 GIVEAWAY update)

UPDATE:: this giveaway is now closed. Entries were tallied up by hand & then chosen using ye ol' magical random number generator. And the winner is ----> SERENA ::: Congrats! Please send your email to carissapaigeART(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your spot / get set up <3 
Thank you to all who entered & shared self-care methods & went out & had fun <3  
Spectrum Give-a-way::

Hi guys, I'm back with a giveaway. . . & a bit more about Spectrum::
"Spectrum is an online Holistic-Creative workshop going on its third year, and organized by Hali Karla of Hali Karla Arts. Spectrum 2016 will be guided by 20 NEW featured teachers and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations - all intended to empower, nurture and celebrate your innate creative expression, healing journey, and personal development!
The themes that will loosely guide our 2016 Spectrum experience are Forgiveness, Shifting Perspective, Navigating Uncertainty, Integration, Alchemy, Connecting with Nature, Honoring Body, Trusting Joy, and Expressing One’s Truth! You can expect a variety of perspectives on these - and so much more."

For all the details = all the contributors and workshop offerings 

As for me: I am currently working on my brand new Spectrum workshop for you, called :: Wild Wanderings. 
Onto some FUN stuff::
Ways to enter my give-away: 
1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite self-care method(s) -- or what you'd like to do more of in the coming year.
2) Slide down a slide / swing on a swingset, take your picture while doing it + then share on social media tagging me @carissapaige (super high five bonus entry x5)
3) Pick wildflowers from the side of the road + share on social media + tag me @carissapaige (super bloomy bonus entry x5)
4) Go on a solo artist date + treat yourself to something fun (joyful bonus entry x5)
5) Share this post on social media (IG, FB, etc) + tag me @carissapaige
6) Share this post with your email circle
7) Join my Maven Mail newsletter (upper left), if you feel inclined
8) Make up your own fun thing + DO IT.

Last -- please leave a comment noting which fun things you did from above! 

Most of all, have fun, smile, be sassy, do something out of the norm, enjoy!
I will announce the winner here on February 1, 2016 - which also happens to be my 35th Birthday! Woo hoo.
Hop on to these other teacher's sites below for more chances to win --->
13 January:
Hali Karla
14 January:
Andrea Schroeder                
Angelique Arroyo
15 January:
Bebe Butler
Beth Morey
16 January:
Briana Goetzen
Carissa Paige
17 January:
Cat Caracelo
Catherine Anderson
18 January:
Chris Zydel
Effy Wild
19 January:
Elloa Atkinson
Grace Howes
20 January:    
23 January:
Lisa Wilson
Lucy Pearce
24 January:
Malini Parke
Meghan Genge
25 January:
Melissa Harris
Michelle Turbide
26 January:
Petrea Hansen-Adamidis
Rachael Rice
27 January:
Robin Hallett
Shelley Klammer
28 January:
Suki Ciappara Ka'Pinao
Tara Leaver

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Studio Views + SPECTRUM 2016

Hey guys! New work is under-way + some quick exciting news:: 

I'm one of the many wondrous teachers in Spectrum 2016!!

Have you heard of Spectrum yet? In short: " Spectrum is an online Holistic Creative Circle that integrates Visual Journaling into an experience about so much more" -- hosted by Hali Karla.

 Click here for all the glorious details! 

Later this week I'll have a giveaway here... Stay tuned!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dear 2016: Legend of you + deepening + miracles

If 2015 taught me anything in sum, it’s this :: You are inherently perfect, just as you are. 

With 7 stitches across my toes: I hopped into 2015 on one foot fearing I was damaged beyond repair… Oh it’s a long story, but in that downtime the word Sea-change ("a profound or notable transformation") was delivered. It became my touchstone and truly foreshadowed every-thing-that-followed… Fire was the element that chased me (and I it) as I leapt into a Transformational Pond. The Phoenix Process came for a lot of us, and wow, it was scorching, uncomfortable, frightening, exhilarating, and highly personal. Theres seems to be this desolate in-between where we have done our work, but can’t yet see the horizon — or how beautiful the aftermath will be. In my experience, it’s always been bigger, brighter, and surprisingly more simple than I realize. 

You have everything you need + need everything you have. 

Every experience, every poison apple, every deep wound, every little radiant dream that keeps coming back to you is an opportunity. . . To Deepen Your Truth. To respond. To rumble. To roar. To roll down itchy hills into big piles of perfectly raked leaves. To toss perfect into the air. To get uncomfortable (as you grow). To run through sprinklers. To slide down slides. To dance ridiculously. To scream from the depths of your core — I am here, I am here. And believe it. 

This year, I tip-toed in to 2016 without a guiding word — and again, one found me:: Deepening. 

I am here, fully devoted to Deepening my Voice. I have travelled a great distance, and now, to simply allow myself the time and space to expand upon what I’ve already found = my #1 goal. 

Mistakes may be Miracles in disguise 

A deep thread recently revisited me:: probably because I have finally cleared THE WAY. My longstanding dream seed, “Legend of You” is becoming a book. A book!! (a book). Roughly 2 years ago I poured everything I had into the Legend of You e-course, and then — tragically lost alllll the videos. The energy to pick up those pieces simply led into bigger waves of self-exploration. . . which I followed. Now, after many windy roads and forests and rivers and waters and blood and stitches and owls and shores and proud scars — I am here.

Dancing into this thing knowing the initial loss wasn’t a mistake — but a MIRACLE.

Legend of You, is a dear miracle thread that belongs to me and this world, fully, and refused to leave me (even after years on the shelf). I needed everything that happened, everything that encountered my energy between then + now. 2016 is my year to rumble + deepen + expand upon what I’ve found. Thanks to the many helpers and guides and healers along the way. . . I am ready, and humbled, and staking my claim. 

If you’ve made it this far — super long this time, I know, thank you --- in my next letter (much shorter!) I am planning to offer you a fun challenge (a dare) to kick off this new year -- which will include a free print mailed to the first 25 who choose to participate! Join my newsletter in the upper right to hear about it first -- along with occasional bursts of inspiration -aka- Maven Mail, special announcements, etc. 

Last tid-bits:: I am following this thread of Deepening right on into Messy Mavens + plan to release the Deepened version in the coming months. A few Maveny-Workshops are in the works down here, in Florida. And I am still writing / sharing my stories / essays for The Phoenix Soul this year, with all my vulnerable heart.

Thats all folks! 

Sending BIG LOVE and all GREEN LIGHTS. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Great Green Okayness


When I think of the color GREEN, I immediately think of the HEART. Of it opening. Of it healing. Of it dancing around the bones + swirl of emotion that live there. Of it breaking through any surface stagnation that keeps us too stern to swirl. Of it letting go. Of it rising strong. Of it never judging. Of it knowing ALL is well and as-it-should-be, even when all is seemingly-a-mess. The heart is my favorite place to bee, as it is capable of transmuting and making room for ALL-of-me.

Kudzu (-aka- that great-green-WILD-thing that climbs and spreads over everything) 

I often walk in a place nearby called Spirit Woods to listen, connect, decompress. One particularly un-grounded day I noticed for the first time how Kudzu grows these chunky heavy roots in mid-air, which eventually land after the wind, etc, knock them into the earth. I immediately thought of my Grandfather, who jokingly called me Messy Minerva -- often comparing my messy-wild-nature to roadside Kudzu.

I spent many years trying to fix that girl. To better organize + contain her. . . while her wild-crazy-HEART-merely-wished to spread. All across the land.

I am realizing, re-remembering the joy of not-holding-back, of letting my heart expand as far as it wants to reach. There is so much there. To simply allow it to be. To trust the supreme safety in it's Wildness. The tangles that come naturally. The dance. The brave reaches. The falls. The Wild Winds. The Kindreds with which we meet along the way who help us connect + grow + lean + laugh + cry + twirl. And those wondrous chunky roots that begin their descent by growing in mid-freaking-air. Wow. That = trust.

We are born this way -- heart first (literally). Wild -- beating -- free -- ready to cover every surface and meet every depth with tenderness + curiosity. May we all let our wondrous roots form where-ever-we-are (in mid-air) and trust -- a great wind is carrying us home.

This post is in honor of "The Great Green Okayness" by Friend + Unicorn + Psychologist + Author + Art Playgroundist -- Rachel Awes. I know my Soul + the Soul-of-the-World-at-Large is Whaling for this book. If you feel called to it too -- pre-order on Indie-GoGo and support the lift off and printing right here!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Messy Mavens: The Self-Paced Adventure Train

Calling all Brazen Mavens (yes, you!)

The Maven Train has returned, and it’s officially ready to scoop up all you Self-Paced Adventurers. Are you ready? To go deeper? Messier? Brazen-er in your art (and life) practice? Pack your cosmic bags and hit the rails. This little light-train is filled with messy, honest, and inspirational content to help guide you toward your very own Underground Railroad. A place of liberation & freedom that runs deep in your veins, and reveals itself in dreamscapes and through open hearted dialogues on canvas.

Messy Mavens Preview from carissa paige on Vimeo.

I fully believe this little-light-train knows exactly where to go, who to pick up, and what they need, so if you are feeling that little tug— I encourage you to leap! 

Buy The Ticket Take The Ride

Here is what some of the first-wave of passengers had to say about their experience. . .
Student work by Beth DiIorio + Shari Sherman

“This course is so much more than a how-to for messy techniques. Carissa is masterful at encouraging self exploration with intuitive mark-making and journaling prompts. I found myself slowing down each week to savor the writing, photos, and videos that she presented. All of it, guiding me into my own power. I wholeheartedly recommend this course for anyone searching for creative freedom and authenticity and who doesn't mind getting messy along the way. -- Shari Sherman"

"Carissa's Messy Maven class is full of heart. I love to watch her create and work through all the beautiful "messy" parts. It is refreshing to see an artist take you from start to finish on a painting with vulnerability the way Carissa does. The beautiful imperfections begin to shine. Her approach is loose, playful, and experimental. One does not find this every day....the way she shares her full process. It taught me to keep showing up and to paint often! -- Mindy Lacefield" 

"Everyone Needs Messy Mavens!  All Aboard! I’m singin’ the praises of one of my all-time favorite courses!  Carissa Paige is gifted, aware, genuine, and talented.  Her process is rooted in “creating from you authentic self and being open to your inner wisdom.”  Learning from and getting to know Carissa turned out to be a richly fulfilling adventure.  She reinforced the three most important things for me in relation to my passion for creating:

TRUST my intuition, respond to the marks and colors on the paper, and create works that I’d never envisioned.
EXPERIENCE growth in how I use mixed-media materials and skills.
CONNECT with other artsy kindreds.

Heartfelt thanks, Carissa!
Messily Grateful,
Beth DiIorio "

"Messy Mavens has gotten me excited to paint again! I've been in a bit of a creative rut when it comes time to create purely for myself . . . for joy and exploration and discovery. Messy Mavens is exactly what I needed to get me all fired up again! Carissa is a gentle yet powerful guide, inviting us to draw inspiration from our life's own messy mavens (including ourselves!). I'm grateful to honor my strong women: ancestors, mentors, kindred, and yes, even myself. Thank you, Carissa, for a deeply meaningful and moving course! You helped me love being a Messy Maven! -- Amanda Fall"

"I am absolutely loving the nature of this class, its looseness and freedom, the subject matter, and especially your words. So thank you, Carissa for sharing your gifts and talents and for your patience.” -- Laurin

"Carissa, you got me started with art and intuitive painting and my whole life has changed so I'm so very grateful! Messy Mavens here I come!!! :) Choooo chooo!” -- Gabriella Swanson

+++ and a few more bits of love +++

"Just watched your Closing Circle video, Carissa. I was moved to tears. You absolutely get it. Messy Mavens is one of the most genuine and transformative classes I've taken. YOU are the bestest conductor ever! And I am happier than ever with my WILD self!” 

"I just watched the opening video (at last! After jumping around a bit, since I joined late), and oh, Carissa, you made my nose crinkle up with tears. Thank you for the comfort here and your gentle guidance. I see now there's nothing to fear. Only more love to discover.”

"Carissa, I am so much enjoying this class. Not having done anything like this before, I was a bit intimidated to begin, but thanks to your words of encouragement, I just finally dove in.”

"Just finished watching Week #2 Lessons! I am bursting with excitement to create my first Maven!!!”

"LOVE this e-course! Speaks to me even more than I was hoping for.”

Wow, as I'm able to step back to see the full scope I'm pretty excited to fling these doors back open and invite you all aboard this little Light-Train that could. May it transform and inspire you in magnificent ways as it has this first wave of passengers.

Without further ado::: the self-paced magic + details

  • 6 weeks / lessons / train-stops
  • Over 3 hours of video featuring:
  • 2 Massive Messy Mavens steeped in Intuitive Listening
  • 1 Empowering Art Journal Page: She Found Her Own Pulse
  • 5 Mini-Mavens = turned into Sprit Flags
  • Access to a Private & Supportive Maven Tribe on Facebook
  • Bonus exercises + a Surprise Twist at the End
READY TO RIDE? Grab your ticket ($99) below ::

Buy The Ticket Take The Ride

After your purchase, you will receive an email invitation from "Messy Minerva" to join the private classroom along with a bundle of emails that accompany & lead into each lesson. Enjoy enjoy ENJOY!
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