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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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September Self Portrait Challenge - Contrast

Contrast1 sp by marisol diaz

I think this is such a great prompt! CONTRAST, for me it allowed for the exploration of texture and focal point. I for one like to play with the focal point NOT being in focus and admire that capability in many photographer's work. It It is a technique that is definitely not easy to conceive of! In this pic the hair is so extremely in focus - yet I hoped the eye was still the focal point. In addition, I don't think I ever paid too much attention to the texture of my hair before- it has a mind of its own!! It was also fun to play with the black & white contrast.


Shine on Me

Shine Self-Portrait


Shine/ Live/Thrive

August Self Portrait challenge - Get your SHINE On...


Ok, so I discovered the Flickr toy, "Mosaic Maker" and kind of went crazy...Then when I read blogger Hula Seventy's featured quote by Emily Dickinson

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ~emily dickinson

I started to think about the word 'shine' itself. I also read the words 'Get your shine on' by someone, somewhere (I know not where) and realized how wonderful it is that this word with such physical material qualities can translate to also imply 'LIVE'. What I love about this self-portrait mosaic is that it combines self-portraits of me living with the good and bad -fears and joys- past and present. To me Shine is also to THRive. Live your best life - including the dragons...blood, sweat and tears.


What's Hands Free?

SPC Challenge: Skill -I think it takes skill to tote your life around with you so that your hands are never 'Hands Free'. Honestly it may not be a skill, but a real compulsive-type-problem, but for today I'm honoring my insecurity as a skill!

Maybe next week I'll do a traditional skill image. Infact, I'm sure when this months challenge is over, I'll be regretting not having posted images of me painting, drawing, collaging, glassworking or sculpting (my so called real skills). However, I really love this image of the inside of my bag and it causes me both great joy and sadness to see it.

I CAN NOT sit still - and I leave my home everyday in preparation for the dreaded moment that I may be stuck in a situation; waiting with nothing to do...or that a life altering event will happen (post 911 style) and I won't know if I need a particular thing...like MacGyver scissors on demand.

A while back I was inspired my a book entitled, Whats in Your Bag? and posted a blog post about it, with this image. It is about an artist's photographic survey about what people have in their bags on any given day. One thing I didn't notice then (not even when I answered the question Whats's In your bag today?) was the amount of bags within bags that I carry. Like most women I carry a small make-up bag, but I also carry my pencil case which alone is heavy and is stacked with Sharpies, an exacto knife, replacement blades, glue stick, pencils of every varying lead weight, ink pens, a pair of all metal specialty scissors for collaging and crochet needles etc.,,

The biggest issue is that I NEVER go ANYwhere without my bag. In fact I was just on vacation and trekked out on both 'dress up casino night' and 'dress down beach day' even - just a 'flip-flop' walk to the corner store with my bag and friends commented..."What are you taking that for?" I have been known to do my art ANYwhere, collaging during intermissions, and I do always have a quick come-back response like, "Oh this is my security blanket, I don't leave home without it..." but I wonder if the core reason isn't all about fear...regardless today I'm celebrating it!


Self-portrait? Well it is a more honest, revealing self-portrait than any I could imagine- you have to look carefully but my work ID all the way in the right middle of the pic, has my face on it!

At the time I took this shot this is all I had to say about what was in my bag at that moment: "What's in your bag today? See for yourself! My laptop, my work folders, my mimobot usb, my ipod, oooh my camera is missing I had to use it to take the pic, but I never leave my house without my canon! My I'm-bored-with-this-mtg-so-i'll-crochet project, my coffee-cup change purse, hand purifier, my self-made accessory holders, my pencil case, sketchbook...yeah this bag can pack a punch!" I think it packs so much more than a punch now-- its the truest, most super-real portrait of myself I have ever painted---bittersweet and it makes me a bit sad.

There is a Flickr photogroup all over this What's in Your Bag -question! Click and check them out! I'm not a flickr member yet, but I may have to join to be a part of this pool! In addition, Instyle magazine also has a page dedicated to photos of what's inside people's bags!

So here is a new question what self-portrait identifying material would be in your bag and what would it reveal about you that you may not have realized about yourself that is both good and BAD??