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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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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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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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Balancing Act

"There is no decision that we can make that doesn't come with some sort of balance or sacrifice". ~ Simon Sinek

For this week's Selfie Sunday theme of Silly, I decided to take a few minutes out of my super busy weekend and create something for "fun".

This year has been hella hectic for me (thus far) and I haven't had near the time to create as I would have hoped, but that doesn't mean I don't like to cut loose - amidst the balancing act that is life - and have a genuinely good time with my camera.

Everything in this shot is purposeful and it was a joy to make...

I hope you all enjoy a slice of my little Nerd Life!

To participate, head on over here:

#silly   #justforfun   #selfportrait   #theartofselfportraiture   #juxtapixelsphotodesigns   #purple  

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3 Pisces - The Fates of Spring

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." - Harriet Ann Jacobs

#theartofselfportraiture   #scanography   #juxtapixelsphotodesigns  
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