It’s Thursday?!

Wow, this week has flown by.
I did not post anything on Monday.  I was not motivated and I really did not have much to talk about.
Today is different.
Mostly because it is Thursday and things have been going this week.
1. I have sent off a bunch of art!  I had art actually sell and I am stoked. I have a few people that are contemplating purchases and have to wait for their paychecks.  Hopefully I will have more sales shortly.
2. I signed up for a small creepy holiday sales event.  I withdrew from the RAWk Seattle event.  I just do not have the energy to attempt to sell tickets and I cannot afford to buy out all the tickets.
3. I have started creating holiday art.  I want to have some items ready in time for the December holidays.  I already have one done and started another.  I have ideas for 3 or 4 more.
4.  I have ideas!  I have so many ideas and I am thinking about how to make them work.  Acrylic paintings and the holiday ink wash paintings.
That is about all.  I hope to be motivated to do the Monday blog post next week.



Motivation Monday #13

Today’s motivation is from George Bernard Shaw.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”
I totally agree.
When you start off you are mostly what your parents want you to be.  They pick the bits and pieces of themselves that are “best” and give them to you.  As you grow up you are exposed to more and more people with different “best” things you can pick and chose which ones will serve you best.  As time goes on you can chose to get rid of things that no longer have a place.
In the end you are this amazing mosaic, a sculpture using various clays, stones, woods, and so many other materials.
I tried to take my time on this.
I am just so tired today.  Getting up at 3:30 is not helping my afternoon energy levels.  Plus I was on the phone with “customer service.”  That will suck the life out of anyone.  AAANNNDD the problem was not resolved.  I have to call again tomorrow.
On the plus side.  Once this is resolved, it should be the LAST little bit of the fallout from the financially rough year I have had.
…not… no energy.
I did buy myself some Double Stuf Oreos though.  mmmmm heaven.
Have a great week.  I will post about arty things on Thursday.
Don’t forget to check out ArtByCarissaC on Youtube.  New videos on Thursdays!  (Time Lapse Thursday…?  is that a good name for them?)
I also have a bunch of stuff in my Etsy shop.  Original art that has been framed, and framed prints.  More will be coming (once I get more green.)
I am ALWAYS open to feedback and suggestions on improving my art, postings, and videos.  Feel free to leave comments and input.
I WANT to get better!
I messed up the wording of the quote.  I do that when I am not paying attention. *Sigh*

Motivation Monday #12

Getting this post in just under the proverbial line.
It was an interesting day today.  I did lots of things.
House work.
Dropped off frames at a friends “Frame Rescue and Rehab Center.”  That is a joke.  He is just framing lot of his epic art and is always looking for cool ones.  I found some for him.  Plus we got to chat.  I do not have many friends I can just chat with.
Ran up to Blick in Seattle to get some red ink (I got two) and a few other odd and ends.  I found this really awesome paper that I am going to use for a cool arty Halloween or Day of the Dead thing.
I got caught in the rain and was damp during the whole bus ride home (damp in jeans sucks.)
It took forever to get home.
Then I warmed up and relaxed.
Ran a quick errand and made dinner.
Chilled with the spouse and added the pen to the sketch I did on the way up to Seattle.
Now I should be heading to bed but I wanted to try to get
this posted real quick.
2017-09-18 22.33.14The quote today is…
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  He was a philosopher poet kind of person.  He was really interested in transindentalism… basically people are good and the “system” has made the people corrupt.  All people are able to be great and if they are left to their own devices they will do great things.
I like the idea of this, but I do not beleive it would ever work out.  There are people that are not good.  There are people who just want to have everything that other people have.  There is a reason why we have seven deadly sins.  People are flawed.
But a cool idea.
PS.  I LOVE the new layout for the media WordPress.  It will be so much easier to find things. ❤

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.

Motivation Monday 9

Two posts in one day!

Has the eclipse made me mad?

 No.  It has just been a busy day and I have a lot to share.


 The quote I chose for today is from George Gordon Byron, better known as Lord Byron. A popular English poet and politician. I probably could have posted the quote without telling you the author and you probably would have guessed who it was from.

 “Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”

 In summary, be someones happiness or good thing in the day. It will carry over to their tomorrow and make it better.

 I do not want anyone to have a bad day because of me. I would much rather be the thing that made someones day good. There are enough people and life events that can make a day bad. You do not need to add it it.

 Plus, you doing good makes your day better as well.

 This image was inspired by the quote and the eclipse that happened today. I did not get to see it. I was stuck inside working on lots of things for my future as an artist. I can say that the way the shadows changed was quite disconcerting.

 In addition to all the work stuff, my back was very painful today. I tried to stay sitting or laying. I have a full day tomorrow and I want to be as functional as I can be.


Wall of Inspiration

I have a bit of wall next to my workstation that I have other peoples art stuck to. It is nothing fancy. Everything is in plastic sleeves and taped to the wall.

Everything (but one) is something from another artist. I use this wall to… be motivated and inspired.

Wall_TopRight_SmallWall_right_SmallThe most motivational ones come from Deadly Martha. She has cute, creepy, and inspirational art.

  • A skeleton with sneakers “Today is the day.”  You should always be ready to go.
  • A little zombie girl eating brains because “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
  • A devil bunny reminds me to “Be who you are” and
  • A gas mask to remind me to breath.

There are some artists that I do not know or remember who or where I got the pictures/cards. The two birds “Don’t Worry” and “Leave it to Me” are two. I am not sure where “Caffine is Magic” came from, maybe my spouse… But it is very true.

I have some beautiful landscapes one from Christine Knopp (KikiDoodle) and a lovely scene of a woman reading on the side of a road (I cannot read the artists name.) I find both of these relaxing for different reasons. I like the fox and the warm colors and I identify with the waiting lady. I wait a lot, reading is good to pass the time.

Wall_Left_smallThe one with the hot air balloons, by R. Watts, was the FIRST art I bought. It was also my first convention purchase. I walked past it three or four times (I was broke) and finally bought a small one. It is wonderfully detailed and I wish I could have afforded a larger one.

Now for two of my favorite artists, ones I consider friends.

The one with the jack in the box was done by CD Poe. He has interesting lines, colors and subject matter. A man that loves his horror and coffee. I have more of his art around the house and never get tired of looking at it. He even has a coloring book “Color Bits” that I happily own and have worked on coloring.

The girl going Squee and the house were done by Robert Tritthardt. Truly a master of lines. I have a lot of his other non-comic related art all over the house. I read his comics, “Overcast with a Chance of Doom” AND “Writhe and Shine.” The house is from “Overcast” and is the home of Doomie (the girl Squee-ing) and her roomies. It is haunted. It is also full of details that are wonderful and you never really know what is going to happen.

I will be changing up the Wall of Inspiration shortly. I have had this set up for almost a year, it is time to change. I will be taking down the funky canvas (it was a drink and paint I did – I am not a fan of it) and putting up more of other peoples art. I have tons of it now and I want to display as much as I can.


PS The cute but creepy wood knot head was a gift. He has a brother, equally cute and creepy, who hangs in my bedroom. I like them so they hang where I can see them.



Motivational Monday #5

Five weeks of me actually doing a drawing every Monday.  I am amazed at my follow through!

Today’s quote comes from Rabindranath Tagore, a writer from Bengal. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

In other words if you want to get across the sea, you need to find or make a boat so you can get across.

Some people seem to be really lucky. Boats just show up for them, like they were magically prebuilt for the person. They need a job, they get the first one they apply for. Even luckier are the ones that have new jobs drop into their laps before they even think about needing a new one. These people are rare, statistical outliers, and should not be used as a guide to building your boat.

The rest of us need to build our own boats. These metaphoric boats can be made from anything. Social Media, networking, vendor events, typing blogs, variety of arts, that 9-5 grind, school; whatever you do to make your dream a reality.

The best thing would be to build a boat with lots of different things.


You cant cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore, drawn by Carissa Carnahan

I have a good presence on social media; a blog (two actually,) Patreon, Etsy (new!) Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter. I have Friends and Family. I have art. I have determination and conviction. I have past experiences and the ability to learn. I have gotten a part time job and my share of problems. All of these are building my boat.

I am not standing still waiting for a boat to come by. Any boat that comes for me is probably going to be someone else’s dream. I have been on that boat before and it did not do me any good.

It would be great to be able to re-purpose a “found” boat to reach my dream. Do a few repairs and sail away. It would probably save time. The only problem with that is you might end up making detours to take care of the other persons baggage. It could be worth it, it might not.

I think we are always working on our boats.  We build them as we sail.  We fix problems, make new friends, get new problems, learn new skills.  All of these can be used to build better boats. If you get into a storm and your boat sinks, you can use your skills to build a new boat.

In the end, standing on the shore, watching the water, is tantamount to doing nothing. Nothing begets nothing. You will go no where, maybe get a sunburn and be food for the crabs.

Build a boat, do the thing.