Monday, August 18, 2014

Around here lately + Printmaking Unleashed GIVEAWAY


Hi friends! 

I have some serious catching up to do in blog-landia. So many things to update and share. . . My LifeBook lesson {Make*Shift Magic} went live earlier this month which has been thrilling to experience as the student pages / interpretations continue to trickle in. I am gearing up for my next journey :: packing up my circus and heading back to my beloved Sanford studio / shop, my beloved bicycle (Jolla! more on her soon). I honestly couldn't be happier with all we've manifested for our lives these past 5 - 10 years, and the continuous practice of holding the joy, clearing space, doing my work, and GettingOutOfMyOwnWay <--- what it all boils down to.

Without further ado: the fabulous and funky Traci Bautista has birthed a new book :: PRINTMAKING UNLEASHED. I am thrilled to be a part of the book-launch-love :: sharing my experience with her book over on her blog today :: and some projects. (((I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY of her book right here)))  Leave a comment below with your favorite printmaking technique // what you'd like to learn. . . and for bonus entries >> share this giveaway on IG / FB / etc!



Printmaking Unleashed inspiration from carissa paige on Vimeo.


Buy a glorious copy of Printmaking Unleashed on Amazon
Buy an extra glorious signed copy of Printmaking Unleashed.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Video log: Turn Poison into Medicine: Real + True conversations: from The Woods

Dear Creative Travelers, 

In the spirit of {REVEALING}: in the midst of vulnerability: i am here : with all my flaws : sharing a new video series of sorts: Into the Woods: real + true conversations / confessions / stories : collected in the woods. Theres a little backstory, or just skip straight to the video!

A little backstory: During my initial filming for {Legend of You} I went deep into the woods & discovered an injured tree. Knowing it had something to say : I took some footage. Not long after : this footage (along with all the ones for L.O.Y) were destroyed. I sat inside this injury + heartache. Hours upon hours, months upon months, moon upon moon, so much of my work: lost in shadows of the Wild Wind. This tree though.... firmly rooted : just kept popping up & calling me back to it. After wallowing good and proper I went back to collaborate with my love :: our aim was to very loosely, very truly, wander and be real, not knowing what would transpire. . . In the end, the Soul of this glorious tree reflected back the aspects of many stories. . . and the ability to come back twice as strong : {to turn poison into medicine}. 

Without further ado, our first {Into the Woods} adventure::

Into the Woods : a series of real + true conversations / confessions from carissa paige on Vimeo.

BIG thanks to DJ Williams of www.wakingbliss.com for being such an oracle. 

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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