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Shantha Marie Fountain (Qwerky Girl)
Lives in Fort Myers, Florida
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SmugMug's Got My Back

So, when I began modding for The Art of Self Portraiture , I didn't know what to expect.  I mean, I love portraiture and experimenting ideas through self portraiture, but how many people would like doing it too?  Years later, I think I know that MANY people do.

One of our most awesomesauce sponsors is +SmugMug (Thanks +Katherine Cheng) and a perk of modding was getting this (ridiculously oversized on purpose) hoodie, which I have featured before; however, I wanted to create a little "tongue-in-cheek" image that is an update when I had short hair. The idea behind this is a gentle play on how they will have your back with unparalleled service and support.

This hoodie has been with me on countless cold days shooting nature, keeping me warm while I do complex face paints and make-ups, and it has covered me through life events of all kinds.

Enjoy! ♥

#smugmug   #artofselfportraiture   #selfportrait  
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Love it! 
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You're our Spring dear beautiful lady :)
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I don't know if you've ever posted the picture that I had made a while back when she was a self picture of my eye if I'm not mistaken you got what like 60 thousand views that's pretty good or do you still have a record of that
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"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." - Henry David Thoreau

This posting will probably not win me any friends or followers, but that is okay.  We are all entitled to our opinions and experiences and for me, one of the reasons I used to be excited to log into social media was for the friendships, the learning, and the community that it held.

Google to a larger degree was a definitive place for me to hone my craft, build up my skill sets, and just make good art.

Over the last few months, whenever I log into my social media accounts, I see more advertising and promotion rather than simply the art or education that I had become accustom to.  It is actually one of (not all) the reasons I am not as present.  I want to log in when I have good art to share.  I don't necessarily want to see mediocre images or people posting art as advertising either.

I do understand that some people make a living by photography or art, in general, but when the promotion is without substance and is only being done to gain 'popularity or internet fame', it becomes rather boring.

As a way to put my thoughts together for an artistic piece, that also works as my entry for the AoSP April Challenge of Wet; I used my ring light, water in a bathtub, almond milk, and money (I had a barrier of tape between my mouth and that five dollar bill because money is gross) to illustrate my vision of selling out.

This is not a posting to sound callous or mean, it is simply how I feel towards art and especially my own; I make it because there is some idea or message I want to make or some sort of challenging fun I want to have.

Namaste! ♥

#selfportraiture   #money   #ringlight   #selfportrait  
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Amazing in every way <3
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Hahaahaa Thanks everyone.  It is actually made of glass +Tai Mi , but I agree, rice and beans would be impressive.
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12 Months of Make-Up

Make-Up Number 4: April / May 

"Talking to Deadpool is like...I dunno -- It's like talking to someone who's being attacked by bees." - Neena Thurman

Project Armageddon 
After the panelists weighed in for the next month, it was decided that April would be Marvel Character Make-Up, and I got well under way to figure out my concept/character, plan my makeup, and strategize the shoot.   

April ended up turning into May because of the who c. diff infection, but it did give me so much time to go through my old comics while I was resting and recovering, plus I was able to research characters I wasn't as familiar with like the Lost Souls, Fixx, and others, and also look into some of my favorites like Boom Boom, M, Penance, Jinx and others.  I even had time to see Age of Ultron for more inspiration.

I finally decided on a character that I really liked from my pre-tween-dom, Domino.  

Domino was a B-A fighter with "luck" on her side.  She was part of an experiment to create perfect weapons (Project Armageddon) making her a strong woman with the ability to subliminally and psionically initiate random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor by making improbable (but not impossible) things to occur within her line of sight.  Basically, causing her to have "good luck" and her opponents to have "bad luck."

This power manifests itself as anything from an enemy's equipment failure to hitting just the right switch with a stray shot to shut down an overloading nuclear reactor.

Another of her many notable qualities is that she excels under pressure.

I feel like after the last two months, I have had some luck, I have had to be strong, and I have had to keep myself in check while under a lot of stress.  She was the perfect choice.

The make-up was pretty straight forward with a Snazaroo "clown white' base and then the eye tattoo, which was black paint that I used blue and purple shimmer powders to create the dimension and highlights.  To keep the comic book look alive, I used the black paint and black powders to create ink lines and shadows plus topped it off with a black wig, blue hair chalk, and my pinky paradise lenses.

In processing, I decided to keep it sketchy as well and composited a random free stock comic backdrop to the shot and a little smoke out of the barrel of my "gun".

I think it was a pretty good success despite all that I had stacked up against me.

What is it all about?
Earlier in January, I polled a few friends about new project I wanted to start called #12monthsofmakeup  and what they thought.  It was then that +Ralph Uy  added it might be fun to let a group of willing panelists (aka anyone who wanted to join in on the circle) choose and vote on the concept for the next month.

So, I asked for anyone interested to to make a comment stating their interest as well as ideas to go into the idea pool for February (as I had January already planned), and I received a few responses as well as ideas for February (and onward).

Now, I want to invite anyone publicly to join the group, if you wish, to share ideas and/or vote on the upcoming theme each month.  All you have to do is say that you do, and you are added. Also, feel free to share ideas of makeups you wish to see me do.

How it works:
The first of each month, I will share a list of concepts/themes for make up to the panelists circle to vote on.

There will be one full week to vote.

UPDATE: Since we have an abundance of ideas, we are now doing a fun voting death match so to speak.  Certain themes go head to head until we reach a monthly winner!

After that week, the winning concept will be used in the month and the rest of the ideas go back into the pool for voting in the next month.  During the winning concept/theme reveal, I will also ask for any new ideas.

At some point in the month, before the end, I will shoot the image and post it with the hashtag #12monthsofmakeup publicly for everyone to see.

At that time, people will also have time to join the panel if they wish by doing exactly what I asked this month.

If it catches on, I may even throw out some exclusive hang-out invites to panelists to watch me work my magic!

If I end up with any other rules or processes, I will add as I go, but for now...

Enjoy! ♥

Special shout out to my panelists because I know I am late: June voting will begin on schedule!

+Ralph Uy
+Johannes S.
+Tamara Pruessner
+Chris Bagley
+Eustace James
+Tai Mi
+Gary Munroe
+Ricardo Williams
+Kelly Richards
+Jim Migliore
+Measie Elizabeth
+Ana Andres
+Robert Hacker 
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+Shantha Marie Fountain​, this is absolutely mind-blowing!! Freakin' fantastic work!!!!!
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Being A Wolf

"Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep" - My Shirt

I've had a rough go of it these last two months. I faltered on projects (which will be made up) and keeping up with life in general, but for good reason.  The bacterial infection called clostridium difficile (or c. diff for short) was creating chaos in my intestines and it took a good long while for a diagnosis and a course of treatment.

I am normally a pretty patient person, but in this case, when sometimes I seriously wondered about my own mortality, I was truly losing my mind.

I fought hard with countless doctors to figure out what the hack was going on.  You could possibly go so far as to say I was like a wolf hunting for prey (in my case, I was hunting for answers). Once I finally had an answer and a treatment in place, I felt a huge surge of relief.  It was something that would not be chronic, and I would be able to go back to normal (as normal as I can be anyway).

During all this scary time of unknowing, I had moments to really evaluate what I am doing and what I want to do from this point forward. One thing I do not want to do is let things - silly, stupid things (and people - aka sheep) - get me down. Sheeple are gonna be sheeple (I don't think they will ever change) and I am going to be a wolf.

In an effort to institute some changes, I opted for a full length capture of myself, which I rarely do.  I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with my body, especially when it comes to shots that are meant to be glamorous or flattering.  It isn't that I don't love being me or in my own skin, but I am not a trained model and I am much better at seeing a vision of what I want, creating it through make-up or compositing, and usually those visions happen from the belly button and up.

I also left out the make-up and any sort of costumes or props.  In this #SSP  image, you simply get me in what I would wear (and how I would look) on any given Sunday.

Namaste and enjoy! ♥

#selfportrait   #selfportraiture   #selfiesunday  
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Thank you so much +Tom Tran and +Jim Migliore !
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Foreign Soil

"Change is not overcoming inertia as much as it is redirecting, guiding, tweaking what already is and what has already happened. We must believe that we can make choices and that those choices can alter the future." - Max McKeown
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Thankies so much +Isabelle Fortin and +Gary Munroe =D
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