The New Site

If you haven’t done so already, I hope you will bookmark, subscribe, or visit the new site: http://www.juxtapixelsphotodesigns.com/

There you can find all the new content and projects going on.  There have been some issues with the redirect functionality of the Dot Com version of WP, so that is why I am adding this post.  From here on out, I am officially moved into the new “virtual” home!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Making Some Changes | Good Changes

Currently, this site is under the “dot.com” version of WordPress and set to have the domain expire in about a month and a half.  I have come to a solid decision to take it to a self hosted version of WordPress to give me more control over different aspects of this site.  Over the last year or so, as I finish up with school, I have found that my interests and use for the blog have gone away from solely photographic work, but also that of my artistic designs – thus, another reason to switch.  The current photography motif and URL aren’t encompassing all that I want to offer.

That being said, over the next few weeks, I will be migrating and putting together something worthy of my branding.  Hopefully, it will be a seamless transition, but just in case it isn’t then I am giving you fair warning for the possible hiccups that may occur.

Thank you all so much for following along with my artistic exploits over the years, and I hope you will continue for years to come!

JuxtaPixels

Picking Back Up

Picking Back Up

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. “ ― Joseph Campbell

So, today I decided to infuse some life back into a very old blog of mine, which I started back in 2010 to work through my own thoughts about the real world around me.  It was aptly titled, I.R.L. because I was writing about my really, real day-to-day life and thoughts.

Honestly, it was a great release for hardships, struggles, and achievements of my own making.  Today, some of it was almost humorous to look back at too.  Like, a million years had passed since I thought I felt certain things and they were really just a couple of years old.

I got a chance to relive things like my big move, being diagnosed with vertigo, my boyfriend moving to Florida from Oklahoma, car accidents, and a general time before I was so plugged in to social media in general.

First thing I had to do was update the entire theme to fit the way I feel now and match my style, so after hours of clean up and design, I wrote my first posting since December 07, 2011 and it felt nice.

I plan to continue to use this blog as a place I can share the things going on in my life and I welcome everyone to follow along if you want to know more about the Qwerky Girl behind the glass, sans make-up, and living in real life!

Enjoy! ♥

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Picking Back Up

DISCLAIMER : This blog is NOT about my photography, it is about me and the journey, no matter how silly, i.r.l.

An Editor’s Choice Over At @KelbyOne

An Editor’s Choice Over At @KelbyOne

+Pete Collins was awesome enough to give my Welcome to Sin City image created in my Pop Art/ Comic Fusion series the Editor’s Choice recognition this week over at NAPP/Kelby Training (now known as KelbyOne)!

Talk about an awesome birthday gift! =D

This is what he said:

“Shantha Marie Fountain gives us a slightly retouched self-portrait. 😀 “Welcome to Sin City” is a fun graphic twist to a normal selfie. I always love to see folks experimenting with self-portraits because it shows a boldness and a willingness to learn and grow. Shantha used the influence of Sin City for her process, and I love the half-tone effect and the pop art feel. It is “spot” on… (OK, I will personally beat myself up for that one… sorry!) Keep up the great work!”

Thanks so much for this, Peter!  It really made my day to be grouped up with 4 other awesomesauce artists!

For anyone curious about the rest of the awardees, you can check it out by clicking on this link:

http://members.photoshopuser.com/article/image-week-3-21-2014/

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Why I am Here

Why I am Here

So, Gene Bowker had a post a few days ago about #WhyIAmHere  and I thought I would reshare the lollipop moments image/post to go in tandem with these thoughts since they sort of relate.  On a side note, I urge you to read that post and watch the video since it has a great message.

Okay, on to the being here (on G+) part:

So……

I was originally a fine artist in my youth.  For some, my youth wasn’t that long ago, but to me it can feel like almost a lifetime.  I used to love charcoals, paints (oil, water, and acrylic), doodling, creating antique jewelry, and making mixed media abstracts in 2D and 3D (installations).

Then, well like life sometimes does, I was thrown a couple of curve balls and I put that part of me on hold to become an adult with responsibility and logic as my tools.  These served me well in becoming a bank employee, a payroll coordinator, a network engineer, and a project manager, but they never really felt like a passion – they felt like work to pay the bills, which is fine because I do like to have a roof over my head and food on our plates! =)

However, with my daughter, she has always loved my art and creativity, and I knew that I had to continue to help her cultivate her own by encouraging it in the house.  This meant I had to begin anew.  With the world going digital, I wanted to get into the whole “computer arts”, but felt like a fish out of water.  So, her and I began with painting, and I went back into creative writing and trying to teach myself image manipulation with Elements and Paint (very tricky, let me tell you).

This went on for a few years, picking up sketching drills when I had time or painting when a canvas would dry, but I still felt like I was missing something….

When G+ began, I was pretty ill with an unknown vertigo problem that had me on dozens of prescriptions and working from home when someone on Facebook sent me an invitation to try it out.  I didn’t have anything else to do in July of 2011 besides work, movies, pills, appointments with specialists, and sleep so I thought I would give it a try.

To be honest, I had no idea where to start.  I began like most and saw the “Hot” people to follow, I began posting similarly to a cross between FB and a blog, and continued to just glance around at all these new people and what they had to say/show.

This is when I saw it.  I saw fantastic images from people that used cameras as their paintbrush and they certainly made amazing art.  At the time, I only had a little point and shoot, but I was determined to figure it out.  I read countless blogs and forums beyond that of Google Plus and began practicing.  The best advice I received was in the form of a bulletin board where a master explained that you “should push the boundaries and reach the full limit of your camera’s capabilities before upgrading”, and I did just that.  I pushed that lil thing until it was near death, but that is when I knew I needed to step up.

My first, true, dSLR was my  #canon  rebel T2i.  This little guy got me through a 365 and nearly all of a 52-selfy project before I decided to upgrade to the #canon  60D.

But, I am getting a little ahead of myself here; it isn’t really a story about gear upgrades, so I digress.

As I pushed through with that point and shoot, I began creating images and art that I felt good and passionate about.  However, the whole photo theme curating thing scared the poop out of me and most of my early shots fell into obscurity.

I kept going though and finally began creating circles and interacting with more artists and photographers.  I kept learning.  I got better (even with the point and shoot) and gained self confidence, which made me braver.  I began sharing to themes and people began to see my work and me as I evolved.

I began to teach myself the Adobe products for more than just work-related web design.  This started as an exercise in futility, but as I kept at it, things began to click.  This helped my confidence grow and I finally took a plunge to go back to school for digital design – I am one term from graduation as well.

One of the things I have found that I have honed into, which is not surprising since I mostly drew people and comics in my younger years, is portraiture.  Mostly conceptual self-portraiture, but also the portraits of others.  I hope to continue expanding my style outwards, but I think I will always have a keen affection for eyes and faces.

So, why I am here?

I am here because I found a place, a passion, and a voice inside this Google-sphere.  I became more whole and because of the amazing support and friendships I have made, I am constantly learning and helping others learn within this community and that is worth more than any price tag I could apply to it.

That is why I am here! ♥ xoxo

#canonusers   #canonphotography   #canonphotographers   #whyiamhere   #lollipopmoments   #inspiration   #emotionalintelligence   #selfconfidence   #thegooglesphereofsupport   #goals2014

Initial Lollipop Moments Posting from May of 2013:

Lollipop Moments In Life

If you have never heard Drew Dudley talk about everyday leadership, I urge you to watch this video from TEDxToronto to understand the post fully:

Drew Dudley “Everyday Leadership” – TED Talks

Okay, hopefully you have watched it and I can begin…

“It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

~Marianne Williamson~

Since becoming a part of this amazing G+ community, I don’t think I ever thought much about lollipop moments, leadership, or inspiration.  I was in one of those conflicted places where I had been brow-beaten to believe I was just a smudge in the world and of no real importance.

Of course, this goes against the fundamental principles and core values of my being, but it is amazing how negativity and silence can help you recede into your darkness.

With baby steps, confidence, self-reassurance, an amazing network of friends and family, and people providing me with lollipop moments, I have evolved into a bright color – a white hot light – that cannot be muted or shaded to a gray ever again.

Watching this video over again today while at work, I felt an increased need to let each and every one of you know that over these last few years, you have given me those lollipop moments that have allowed me to shed fear and gain strength enough to continue growing and learning in so many ways.

Each one of you, in some form, have handed me that lollipop and provided me that peace – that calm – in my heart and mind to keep going – no matter how tough things seemed to be.

I can only hope, in return, that I have handed out a few lollipops along the way to each of you!

Happy Wednesday! ♥ ♥ ♥

#selfportrait   #lollipopmoments

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P-52’s Are Updated

You heard that right, I finally got my lazy butt in gear and put the galleries together under the P-52’s tab at the top.  Each of the 3 52 Projects that I successfully completed between 2012 and 2013 are up for your viewing pleasure.

I hope you take the time to thumb through them and also feel free to comment as well!

Enjoy! ♥

In The Year 2014…

Hello to all and I thank you so much for following my work and meanderings on this site.  For the year 2014, I am holding off on official 52- or 365-Projects so that I can focus a lot of my time on honing my skills in design and photography in an unencumbered setting.  We clearly know that I have no problems getting things done when I set my sights on goals, but this year, I want to be a bit more abstract with my thoughts, concepts, and ideas.

That being said, I look forward to an adventurous and hopefully artistically fruitful new year with all of you!

Cheers! ♥

All Caught Up

Finally, I am all caught up from the beginning of what turned out to be a very busy August for me.  All my images and projects have been posted here and I feel quite accomplished.  Now it is time for me to get on with my Saturday!  I hope everyone has a great and safe holiday and I will be back to posting before you know it!

I have a few experiments and concepts to put together and make magical so look for those to come soon!

Now, I leave you with some music to kick it off right!