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Shantha Marie Fountain
A Constant Artistic Conceptualization and Human In Progress
A Constant Artistic Conceptualization and Human In Progress


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Happy New Year's Day to everyone!
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Only Love

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

After 9 months away from my camera and glass, I created an homage to a "Love" glamour shot of singer P!NK.

I've had a few of her albums, new and old, floating around my playlists lately, but on my way home Friday, the song "What About Us" came on, and I recalled hearing P!nk explain that this was written for everyone who felt unwanted, forgotten, and invisible. Later, "Mr. President" streamed on, and I thought about all the divisiveness and anger this year brought in the media, online, and around the world. Often when I am looking for a way to work through something, artistic expression is my way.

Over the last few months, I just felt too upset and stressed by all my changes to really work through it in a productive way. Yesterday, just breaths away from the new year, I just made the time to begin the healing and spreading of love.

I'd love to homage the singer with a song, but let's just say that my portraits are easier on the ears LOL. The following lyrics are the poignant parts that stuck with me.

Excerpt from "What About Us?":

What about us
What about all the plans that ended in disaster
What about love
What about trust
What about us

Sticks and stones they may break these bones
But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
It's the start of us waking up, come on
Are you ready? I'll be ready

I don't want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I'll be ready
Cause now it's time to let them know
We are ready

What about us?

Excerpt from "Mr. President":

Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me
Let's pretend we're just two people
And you're not better than me
I'd like to ask you some questions
If we can speak honestly
What do you feel when you see
All the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night
Before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?
And tell me why?

So, curious about the image I used for my homage?


Well, as you can see, I feel a lot less invisible - My art helps heal me and I hope it helps spread the love in a time when it seems we need it in the world!

2018 - Let's see what else you will bring.
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Invisible Masks

“We all wear masks, but it's the one we choose to wear that makes a difference.” ― Kim Yannayon

My submission for the AoSP March-April Challenge: Shadows.

Please note that as a moderator, we do not win prizes. We create to help inspire the members to create their own works of art.

Thanks and enjoy!
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Apocalypse Now

“I sat in the dark and thought: There’s no big apocalypse. Just an endless procession of little ones.” ― Neil Gaiman, Signal to Noise

My little creation for the February Art of Self Portraiture challenge "Framed".
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Bargaining with Death

“And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.” - Neil Gaiman

Death is an inevitable part of life. At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, I feel like I have experienced too much in such a short time. First with my grandmother and then my beloved furbaby, Tenshi.

The pain has been great in my heart, but the need to move through it and ease the ache seems to come in the form of creating art. Duality seemed like a cathartic place to begin.

This image came to be based on my love of Neil Gaiman's character, Death, which (along side Delirium) is one of my favorites in the graphic novel series "The Sandman". She had her own spin-off"s Death: The High Cost of Living" and "Death: The Time of Your Life".

Once I knew that she was the the centerpiece to my story, it was easy to create a narrative in my head based on the grief I was feeling. There are stages that all the experts and google searches tell you that you will go through, and while I feel like I have made it through most of them, there are still times I find it hard knowing they are gone.

Some days are good and some days are bad. At the end of the day, I think of a very famous quote by Death herself...

“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

So I am going to keep them alive in my memories and heart, and continue to live.
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Join the US Movember team or donate towards finding a cure!
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You Don't Have To Try....Just Be

Lyrics from Colbie Caillat's "Try"

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim
So they like you. Do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don't be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong
So they like you. Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

In honor of Michael Albrecht, Self Expression, and Life itself, I created this self portrait as a very real glimpse of myself.

I have many sides, but the one predominant surface people see online and in my art is the creative and put together person or story crafted into each piece. Rarely is the undressed and vulnerable version shared. I thought that I would change that today.

Today, I share two sides of the same coin.

It is my way of celebrating in life, comfort, expression... It is my way of honoring those I/We have lost.

I don't have to try...

I don't have to change a single thing.
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Tis the season... any season. When is a self-portrait out of season?

Please feel free to join in!
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