Motivation Monday 11

I go so busy creating art that I forgot about the Motivation Monday blog post!

Usually I do a quick bit of art then type up the blog post. Not yesterday. I spent hours on it. There were lots of little details and fiddly bits. Then I colored it in… which takes me forever with colored pencil.

Yesterday’s quote comes from Robert Green Ingersoll. Wikipedia says he was a lawyer, orator (talker,) teacher, and even a military vet from the civil war. His father was very religious, which made an impact on his views later in life. He was referred to as “the great agnostic.” I like this guy more with ever sentence I read about him! He sounds like a well rounded guy that loved to think and understand things. A great person to get a motivational quote from.

“A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophesy.” Robert Green Ingersoll.

I had a hard time picking a quote. I wanted to honor September 11th in some way. That did not work out for me. Everything I saw was overly religious or very hateful to various groups of people. There were some funny sarcastic ones, but sarcasm is often lost in text. There was not a lot about the courage to rebuild or how people join together. That made me sad.

Torch_MotivationMonday_THUMBI settled on Mr. Ingersoll’s quote because it was a good medium between where I wanted to go and what was available.

You cannot always tell who is great when they are walking down the street. We all look pretty much the same when en-mass. Lots of people just trying to get from point a to point b efficiently and in a similar condition as we were when we started (unmolested physically, mentally, and spiritually.) I made my ‘great’ people a different color so the art would reflect the quote more.

What makes a ‘great’ person anyway? Are they more generous than most others? Are they better at a specific thing? Or maybe they are “good” at a bunch of little things? Is greatness a personality trait or a way of life? Can it be taught or is it innate?

There are lots of books out there on how to be a “better” you. Will a better you be great?

What do you think makes a great person? I am interested in knowing.


Motivational Monday 10

It is hard to be positive and motivational when you are in pain. Constant pain is personality altering. I have been in pain for the past two days. A constant stream of swear words are running through my head. I have been trying to keep a positive attitude and keep up with my art work.

A lot of negative things come into my head when I am in pain. My optimism starts failing and I think of all the bad things that can happen. All the things that I am bad at, failed at, and will never get to do… because I am a failure.

I know I have a pretty good life. I do not worry to much about the basic necessities of life. I have what I need to get by. Yet I feel that I am a failure and will never get anywhere. Doomed to live in anonymous pain.

With out to much more of my negativity here is the positive part of my Monday post.

LeapingLion_thumb“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino.

I think this is my second quote for Og Mandino. He has some fun and interesting quotes that are easy to visualize and draw.

To do this one I looked up animals that could represent success or strength. I liked the leaping lion. We all can agree that they are strong and successful. Failure was harder. It is different to everyone. I started to think of the Nothing from the Neverending Story. Fear of failure can eat away at any success you have made and turn it into nothing.

Have a great week!

RAW Seattle

At the beginning of last week I was contacted via Instagram DM regarding an art show in Seattle. After talking to them (and my spouse) I decided to go ahead and take a risk. It might be great for me. If nothing else I will learn something.

Why is it a risk?

This is a show that asks you to sell tickets to cover your booth fees.

I do not have a great record in the selling things area. I joke that I could not sell water to a dehydrated billionaire in the desert. Sad, but true. I can make all kinds of things and I can provide an excellent experience during the transaction, but I have never been great at selling.

We all have our thing and I understand that selling is just not one of my skills.

That is okay though.

I have friends. I have reached out to my friends and I hope that they will reach out to their friends. Through networking I hope I can sell the 20 tickets I need to sell.

About the Event:

This event is hosted by RAW Artists. It will be at Studio 7 in Seattle. It is a two day show, September 6th and 7th. I will be showing my art on the 6th. Any tickets purchased are good for either day (how awesome is that!)

I am working on something to create that is show specific. The plan is to give one to each person who purchase a ticket.

Buy a ticket, get free art


Buy art and get a ticket to an art show.

To purchase tickets please visit my RAW Artist profile page. Click the “Buy Tickets” button and fill out the information.

–Now the Personal Bit–

I am freaking out about this.

Why on earth did I do this?

How am I going to sell stuff when I SUCK at it?

What am I going to do?

I already have PAX, demanding part time job, art, and NO MONEY. Now I have to add an art show.

WTF Carissa!

Freaking out.

I do not know what the heck I am doing.

I am just doing it.

Art By Carissa-RAW Seattle presents FIXATE

Music and Art at Wright Park

MAWP_poster_instagramOn Saturday August 12th I will be a vendor at MAWP in Tacoma, WA.

I will have tons of original art for sale “priced to move.”

Some of it has never been shared so make sure you stop by and see what I pulled out of the storage closets.

I am always surprised when I start pulling things out of all the hidey holes around the house. I have even found a few rolls of paper that I have not drawn on yet!

Check out the webstore at or select the “Shop” button at the top of the Page.

I will be posting “easy to ship” items on Etsy,

If you can not afford to purchase a whole item, check out Every dollar helps me keep doing art. I have some great rewards, like commissions and prints. You will also get early news and patron only content.

Have a great August!

Sale Sale Sale

The end of summer is close at hand.
I am having a “priced to move” sale.
If you have read any of my other posts you may know I am in a tight financial situation.  My goal is to lessen the burden a bit.
I also need to “clean house” in a huge way.  I have no space left on my walls to hand new things!  It is time for this “old” stuff to go.
I will be listing things in two places (dare I?)  My Etsy store,
and on the store at my art website (or click the shop button at the top of the page.)
The discount codes for the website are
  • ByeSummer17Original  — This is 40% off any time that is an original.
  • ByeSummer2017Cards   — This will get you 20% off on any greeting card or set of cards.
  • ByeSummer2017Prints   — This will get you 20% off on any greeting card or set of cards.
I have more control over the website store, so the prices will be easier to negotiate.
That is right.  I will negotiate!  Send me a message and we can negotiate on larger orders (either $50 + OR 8+ items.)
The best deals will be on original art, but the prints and cards are also discounted.
This sale will go on until the majority of the original art is sold OR until the end of September 2017, which ever happens first.
I will also be at Music and Art in Wright Park on August 12th.  My rock bottom prices will be with me.  I am loading up as much of my original art as I can fit and selling it.
  • You want paintings statement sized canvas paintings?  Oooo have I got it.
  • You want small illustration type art?  Lots of that.
  • You like creepy art? I have it and there is always more in the works!
  • You like landsapes or seascapes?  I have it.
  • You like art that makes you think or feel?  I definitely have that.
  • You like abstracts?  I have that.
  • You like silly art?  I have it.
  • You like floral art?  All over it.
 You want cheap art?  You came to the right place.
You want good quality art?  I have it. BONUS it is on sale!

Motivation Monday #7

A late post. I was away from my work-space yesterday and had errands to run today. I did not even think about today’s post until 2pm. Then I decided that I would try to do two birds with one stone.

I would do something with a butterfly for a FaceBook group AND have it work for a Motivation Monday quote.

I looked for a motivational quote that involved butterflies and/or change. I found three that I though would work. After some thought I settled on this long one.

“Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” Andre Gide

Mr. Gide is a French Nobel Peace for Literature winner. He wrote a lot about the human condition with a psychological spin.

I am not sure I agree 100% with this quote. I think it is good to know about yourself. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you can tolerate and what you cannot. I think it is important to know these kinds things about yourself.

I do not think that you should only focus on yourself. You should be able to see how you can improve by interacting with others. You should know how your strengths will help or hinder others. You need to keep an open mind and be able to change your assessment.

You are stuck with yourself, so know about yourself. Just do not get stuck on what you think are your defining traits. You are able to change. Even a mountain can be changed by the wind or water. Know about yourself and then change things you do not like and become better.

Become a butterfly.


I am Making Videos

For the past two weeks I have been working on getting videos for my YouTube Channel. It is pretty time consuming. Between making sure the video segments are in the right order, to adding captions, comments, titles and credits I have watched each video fix or six times. THEN you have to add music. Not just any music. You have to source some free to use music that is appropriate for your piece.

It is hard work!

I have made it through five videos and posted them. One is tutorial-esque. It is not the greatest, I start talking quietly after the first few minutes. But you must learn from your mistakes! I have been learning a ton with this endeavor.

I have done what I can to get everything “nice” and professional. I am far from where I would like to be. I did monetize my YouTube. I discovered that I cannot get a custom URL until it has been 30 days or a huge number of views. In 3 weeks I will be able to change my channel name from

I have been slow to get my current project out. I have gotten a part time job that is a lot more physical than I am used to. It also starts early in the morning. By the time afternoon comes I am beat and do not have much energy to art. Once my body is used to the new routine I will be back to arting on a regular basis.

This is the video I did for one of my projects. It is the Four Skull Experiment!

I do not have a “premium” plan for this site.  I cannot upload video.  I can link it though.

I also have prints for sale in my shop.  Just hit the “SHOP” button in the navigation menu.

I also have a giant poster, 24x 36 inches, framed, on archival photo paper for sale.  $80 USD plus shipping and it is yours.