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"Sleeping Draught"



This DreamWorld image features Katie Johnson having been given a sleeping draught, sending her into a deep slumber by unknown forces. I suspect the billowing blue smoke will begin to shape itself into some kind of form any minute now; who or what is behind this is a mystery!

Read my blog for more about the image and the “vacation” I’m forcing myself to take for the next week or two!

Model: the beautiful and graceful Katie Johnson

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"Sleeping Draught"

This DreamWorld image features Katie Johnson having been given a sleeping draught, sending her into a deep slumber by unknown forces. I suspect the billowing blue smoke will begin to shape itself into some kind of form any minute now; who or what is behind this is a mystery!

Read my blog for more about the image and the “vacation” I’m forcing myself to take for the next week or two!

Model: the beautiful and graceful Katie Johnson

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sWater For The Free



New DreamWorld photo featuring Dedeker Winston!


But first, some exciting news about Dedeker! She was chosen to be one of the contestants on Fox’s new reality show Utopia! While a part of me is sad to not have her around for perhaps a year, I’m also thrilled for her and I know she’ll make the most of the opportunity. In honor of the show’s premier last night, I put together a blog featuring some of my favorite photos of her from over the past four years we’ve worked together. Come check it out!


I’ve been wanting to incorporate a new race into DreamWorld for a while now; a race of deer-people called the Fallow Folk. In addition to all having horns and antlers of different kinds, they are a shy, reclusive species. As with many of the DreamWorld characters, they live in harmony with nature. I think of them as somewhat similar to Tolkien’s elves; reserved, quiet but very able to take care of themselves.


I shot this with Dedeker the same day we shot The Oracle, and it’s actually the same creek, just a different piece of it.


Again, big congratulations for Dedeker! I hope she has the time of her life :) And come to my blog to see my tribute to her!


Model: Dedeker Winston.


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sWater For The Free

New DreamWorld photo featuring Dedeker Winston!

But first, some exciting news about Dedeker! She was chosen to be one of the contestants on Fox’s new reality show Utopia! While a part of me is sad to not have her around for perhaps a year, I’m also thrilled for her and I know she’ll make the most of the opportunity. In honor of the show’s premier last night, I put together a blog featuring some of my favorite photos of her from over the past four years we’ve worked together. Come check it out!

I’ve been wanting to incorporate a new race into DreamWorld for a while now; a race of deer-people called the Fallow Folk. In addition to all having horns and antlers of different kinds, they are a shy, reclusive species. As with many of the DreamWorld characters, they live in harmony with nature. I think of them as somewhat similar to Tolkien’s elves; reserved, quiet but very able to take care of themselves.

I shot this with Dedeker the same day we shot The Oracle, and it’s actually the same creek, just a different piece of it.

Again, big congratulations for Dedeker! I hope she has the time of her life :) And come to my blog to see my tribute to her!

Model: Dedeker Winston.

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Waiting For Paulie


After Rectify’s second season stunning season finale, I was despondent. I adore the show so, so much, I could hardly bear the thought of waiting almost a year for it to come back for its third season.


Created by Ray McKinnon, the characters are such incredibly real, fully formed and complicated people, they embed themselves deeply into my soul. Aden Young, J. Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer,Adelaide Clemens, Bruce McKinnon, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, Johnny Ray Gill, Jake Austin Walker, Jayson Warner Smith and the entire cast are just breath-taking. Waiting a year to see them again feels like the true loss of dear friends.


If you aren’t watching Rectify yet, START NOW. You can stream the first season on Netflix now, and the second won’t be too far behind, I’m sure. It has a style all its own. It’s been called dreamy, thoughtful and “True Detective’s quiet, moody art school sister.” It’s really not something I can do justice with words, you have to see and feel it for yourself. Get ready for a story told at its own pace, which draws you in with every nuance from its INCREDIBLE cast.


As I thought about waiting for the third season, I moped about all afternoon until I decided to turn the emotions into a self portrait. I wanted to play off the scene of Daniel discovering the feathers in his pillow; an experienced deeply steeped in meaning within the context of the show, but seemingly inconsequential. The dreamy light, the birds, the bits of nature, they all crept in without my consciously intending it, but as I kept working on the image, I saw the reasons they made themselves known.


So I will just say this, go watch Rectify right now :)


A blog will be coming soon with more detailed shots from this image!


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Waiting For Paulie

After Rectify’s second season stunning season finale, I was despondent. I adore the show so, so much, I could hardly bear the thought of waiting almost a year for it to come back for its third season.

Created by Ray McKinnon, the characters are such incredibly real, fully formed and complicated people, they embed themselves deeply into my soul. Aden Young, J. Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer,Adelaide Clemens, Bruce McKinnon, Clayne Crawford, Luke Kirby, Johnny Ray Gill, Jake Austin Walker, Jayson Warner Smith and the entire cast are just breath-taking. Waiting a year to see them again feels like the true loss of dear friends.

If you aren’t watching Rectify yet, START NOW. You can stream the first season on Netflix now, and the second won’t be too far behind, I’m sure. It has a style all its own. It’s been called dreamy, thoughtful and “True Detective’s quiet, moody art school sister.” It’s really not something I can do justice with words, you have to see and feel it for yourself. Get ready for a story told at its own pace, which draws you in with every nuance from its INCREDIBLE cast.

As I thought about waiting for the third season, I moped about all afternoon until I decided to turn the emotions into a self portrait. I wanted to play off the scene of Daniel discovering the feathers in his pillow; an experienced deeply steeped in meaning within the context of the show, but seemingly inconsequential. The dreamy light, the birds, the bits of nature, they all crept in without my consciously intending it, but as I kept working on the image, I saw the reasons they made themselves known.

So I will just say this, go watch Rectify right now :)

A blog will be coming soon with more detailed shots from this image!

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The Eye Of The Storm


This DreamWorld image is a companion piece to Where Earth Meets The Sky. Both feature goddesses who have control over the weather, but like the weather gods in Greek mythology, they wield their power in very different ways.

Where Earth Meets The Sky shows a benevolent being who brings beautiful clouds and weather, while this image shows the Storm-Bringer. She is not malicious in any way, she is just the balance to the pretty weather. Rain and storms are as needed as beautiful days (and right now in California we could sure use a visit from her!) but there is no malice in her. She is the dark which balances the light.

Read my blog for more about the character and an animated gif showing my editing process!


Model: Katie Johnson


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The Eye Of The Storm

This DreamWorld image is a companion piece to Where Earth Meets The Sky. Both feature goddesses who have control over the weather, but like the weather gods in Greek mythology, they wield their power in very different ways.

Where Earth Meets The Sky shows a benevolent being who brings beautiful clouds and weather, while this image shows the Storm-Bringer. She is not malicious in any way, she is just the balance to the pretty weather. Rain and storms are as needed as beautiful days (and right now in California we could sure use a visit from her!) but there is no malice in her. She is the dark which balances the light.

Read my blog for more about the character and an animated gif showing my editing process!

Model: Katie Johnson

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Tell Me A Happy Story


This self portrait was inspired by the character Pearl from Boardwalk Empire. I have a brand-new pop-culture-inspired set of images which this belongs to; you should see the rest of them!


Pearl has a somewhat sad story, as you might guess from the image, but it’s an important one as it leads us to Richard Harrow.


See my blog for more of her story, detail shots and an *animated gif* of the whole editing process!


Many thanks to Handy Andy Pandy for teaching me how to create the gif!


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Tell Me A Happy Story

This self portrait was inspired by the character Pearl from Boardwalk Empire. I have a brand-new pop-culture-inspired set of images which this belongs to; you should see the rest of them!

Pearl has a somewhat sad story, as you might guess from the image, but it’s an important one as it leads us to Richard Harrow.

See my blog for more of her story, detail shots and an *animated gif* of the whole editing process!

Many thanks to Handy Andy Pandy for teaching me how to create the gif!

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The Oracle - DreamWorld’s latest character


This DreamWorld character has been in my head since the series’ inception. She’s taken over a year to bring to life, but she is well worth the wait! Catch up with the series here: http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.htm  The Oracle is inspired by the idea of precognitive dreams; dreaming about events before they happen. She lives in a space occupying both the present and past with a foot in each world, symbolized by the water which covers half her body.  The canopy and bubble “chandelier” was hand-made by myself, as always, on a non-existent budget. Read my blog to see how I made it happen: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/dreamworld-the-oracle/  Model: the very beautiful and brave Dedeker Winston: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1748674  *Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahallegra *Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artosthebear *Blog: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/ *Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAllegraArtistry/ *Red Bubble - a wide range of items to choose from! http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahallegra *Site: http://www.sarahallegra.com
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The Oracle - DreamWorld’s latest character


This DreamWorld character has been in my head since the series’ inception. She’s taken over a year to bring to life, but she is well worth the wait! Catch up with the series here: http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.htm  The Oracle is inspired by the idea of precognitive dreams; dreaming about events before they happen. She lives in a space occupying both the present and past with a foot in each world, symbolized by the water which covers half her body.  The canopy and bubble “chandelier” was hand-made by myself, as always, on a non-existent budget. Read my blog to see how I made it happen: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/dreamworld-the-oracle/  Model: the very beautiful and brave Dedeker Winston: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1748674  *Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahallegra *Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artosthebear *Blog: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/ *Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAllegraArtistry/ *Red Bubble - a wide range of items to choose from! http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahallegra *Site: http://www.sarahallegra.com
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The Oracle - DreamWorld’s latest character


This DreamWorld character has been in my head since the series’ inception. She’s taken over a year to bring to life, but she is well worth the wait! Catch up with the series here: http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.htm  The Oracle is inspired by the idea of precognitive dreams; dreaming about events before they happen. She lives in a space occupying both the present and past with a foot in each world, symbolized by the water which covers half her body.  The canopy and bubble “chandelier” was hand-made by myself, as always, on a non-existent budget. Read my blog to see how I made it happen: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/dreamworld-the-oracle/  Model: the very beautiful and brave Dedeker Winston: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1748674  *Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahallegra *Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artosthebear *Blog: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/ *Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAllegraArtistry/ *Red Bubble - a wide range of items to choose from! http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahallegra *Site: http://www.sarahallegra.com
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The Oracle - DreamWorld’s latest character


This DreamWorld character has been in my head since the series’ inception. She’s taken over a year to bring to life, but she is well worth the wait! Catch up with the series here: http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.htm  The Oracle is inspired by the idea of precognitive dreams; dreaming about events before they happen. She lives in a space occupying both the present and past with a foot in each world, symbolized by the water which covers half her body.  The canopy and bubble “chandelier” was hand-made by myself, as always, on a non-existent budget. Read my blog to see how I made it happen: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/dreamworld-the-oracle/  Model: the very beautiful and brave Dedeker Winston: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1748674  *Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahallegra *Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artosthebear *Blog: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/ *Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAllegraArtistry/ *Red Bubble - a wide range of items to choose from! http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahallegra *Site: http://www.sarahallegra.com
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The Oracle - DreamWorld’s latest character

This DreamWorld character has been in my head since the series’ inception. She’s taken over a year to bring to life, but she is well worth the wait! Catch up with the series here: http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.htm

The Oracle is inspired by the idea of precognitive dreams; dreaming about events before they happen. She lives in a space occupying both the present and past with a foot in each world, symbolized by the water which covers half her body.

The canopy and bubble “chandelier” was hand-made by myself, as always, on a non-existent budget. Read my blog to see how I made it happen: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/dreamworld-the-oracle/



Model: the very beautiful and brave Dedeker Winston: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1748674



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Skin and Bones


"Don’t lose your soul as your eyes roll shut Don’t worry, it will be over

You know what’s to come to not accept this Don’t lose your soul, you must fight for each breath Don’t go quietly

My soul has flown and I am what is left I am skin and bones”

Lyrics by David J. Roch


Here’s something I’ve never done before: create an image intending for it to be black and white! But a few things combined and made me think about doing this self portrait in black and white. It would be a bit of a stretch for me and that’s a good thing.

This image came to be through two sources. One was a way to help me deal with the grief I was still feeling. The other was this astonishingly beautiful solo by Ricky Ubeda for the show So You Think You Can Dance, and the gorgeous music and poetic lyrics by David J. Roch.

I can’t quite verbalize what it is about this performance that moves me so much, which is part of why art exists; to give voice to that which we can’t say. Though it brought so many tears out of me, there was a hopeful, soothing quality to it within the darkness. And since I can’t tell you exactly how it makes me feel, the next best thing I could do was create a self portrait.

Read more about this image and the story behind it on my blog!

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Skin and Bones

"Don’t lose your soul as your eyes roll shut Don’t worry, it will be over

You know what’s to come to not accept this Don’t lose your soul, you must fight for each breath Don’t go quietly

My soul has flown and I am what is left I am skin and bones”

Lyrics by David J. Roch

Here’s something I’ve never done before: create an image intending for it to be black and white! But a few things combined and made me think about doing this self portrait in black and white. It would be a bit of a stretch for me and that’s a good thing.

This image came to be through two sources. One was a way to help me deal with the grief I was still feeling. The other was this astonishingly beautiful solo by Ricky Ubeda for the show So You Think You Can Dance, and the gorgeous music and poetic lyrics by David J. Roch.

I can’t quite verbalize what it is about this performance that moves me so much, which is part of why art exists; to give voice to that which we can’t say. Though it brought so many tears out of me, there was a hopeful, soothing quality to it within the darkness. And since I can’t tell you exactly how it makes me feel, the next best thing I could do was create a self portrait.

Read more about this image and the story behind it on my blog!

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Singed Wings


"Eric’s voice was calm – some said the calmest they’d ever heard him. At 4:47, he radioed his last transmission: ‘Deploying.’ And then, just like they’d practiced, the Granite Mountain Hotshots climbed into their shelters. The 19 Hotshots were all together. No one panicked, no one ran. Travis Turbyfill and Andrew Ashcraft, the sawyers, were at the edge of the group, closest to the flames. They were cutting lines up until the end."


The Last Battle of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, by Josh Eells


I initially created this image to be a companion piece for this photo of Katie and I, honoring the fallen firemen in Yarnell, Arizona almost a year ago. A childhood friend of mine, Andrew Ashcraft, had been one of the lost. As I do with most painful things, I channeled my grief into my art.

Though it always makes me cry to think about it, there is such beauty in the mens’ calm acceptance of their sacrifice, their unity, that they were a complete, solid unit until the very end.

I loved what I had gotten from this shoot but it took many months before I felt like I could emotionally handle editing it. I didn’t consciously realize we were coming up on the anniversary of their deaths, but I must have felt it subconsciously. I’ve been haunted by memories of Andrew recently and finally felt that it was time, urgently time, to finish this piece.


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Models: Katie Johnson and Bryce Rankins.


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Singed Wings

"Eric’s voice was calm – some said the calmest they’d ever heard him. At 4:47, he radioed his last transmission: ‘Deploying.’ And then, just like they’d practiced, the Granite Mountain Hotshots climbed into their shelters. The 19 Hotshots were all together. No one panicked, no one ran. Travis Turbyfill and Andrew Ashcraft, the sawyers, were at the edge of the group, closest to the flames. They were cutting lines up until the end."

The Last Battle of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, by Josh Eells

I initially created this image to be a companion piece for this photo of Katie and I, honoring the fallen firemen in Yarnell, Arizona almost a year ago. A childhood friend of mine, Andrew Ashcraft, had been one of the lost. As I do with most painful things, I channeled my grief into my art.

Though it always makes me cry to think about it, there is such beauty in the mens’ calm acceptance of their sacrifice, their unity, that they were a complete, solid unit until the very end.

I loved what I had gotten from this shoot but it took many months before I felt like I could emotionally handle editing it. I didn’t consciously realize we were coming up on the anniversary of their deaths, but I must have felt it subconsciously. I’ve been haunted by memories of Andrew recently and finally felt that it was time, urgently time, to finish this piece.

Visit my blog to read more about the Granite Mountain Hotshots and this image.

Models: Katie Johnson and Bryce Rankins.

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Carried Away By The Wind

It’s very rare that I edit and release photos without human subjects somewhere in them, but this one is an exception. My good friend Danica, of Brass Ring Sun Farm, who has provided me with horses for photos before, had a new horse arrive at her stable. The new horse, Carried Away, needed some pretty new headshots, so I drove up to the stable one morning and we took some photos.

I wasn’t shooting with the intention to get anything “artsy” out of it, but the combination of a beautiful subject, the early morning light, a lovely landscape and the dust she had kicked up trotting around the arena proved irresistible. As soon as I saw this frame, I felt it fit in well with mydustbowl series, Orphans of the Mother Road. She looks so lonely gazing out in the distance… it just slid right into the rest of the series like it had been planned all along.

Model: Carried Away. Thanks to Danica for providing the talent! :)

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Carried Away By The Wind

It’s very rare that I edit and release photos without human subjects somewhere in them, but this one is an exception. My good friend Danica, of Brass Ring Sun Farm, who has provided me with horses for photos before, had a new horse arrive at her stable. The new horse, Carried Away, needed some pretty new headshots, so I drove up to the stable one morning and we took some photos.

I wasn’t shooting with the intention to get anything “artsy” out of it, but the combination of a beautiful subject, the early morning light, a lovely landscape and the dust she had kicked up trotting around the arena proved irresistible. As soon as I saw this frame, I felt it fit in well with mydustbowl series, Orphans of the Mother Road. She looks so lonely gazing out in the distance… it just slid right into the rest of the series like it had been planned all along.

Model: Carried Away. Thanks to Danica for providing the talent! :)

I wrote a three-part guest blog for author Robin McKinley; part one is up!

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Sleight of Hand

“Then know this. I can neither take life nor can I restore it, but I can grant your wish, exactly as it was made. You only have to say – and be utterly certain in your soul that it is your true desire.” He chuckled suddenly… “My, I cannot recall the last time I used that world, soul.  “This trick, this misdirection… I can’t promise you what it will buy… Death may not be very bright, but he’s not stupid either – all the cards have to go back in the deck, or he will notice. But if you and I, between us, subtly mark a card… that should slip by. Just.”  — Sleight Of Hand, a short story by Peter S. Beagle  The short story Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle is one of my very favorites of his works. It’s an extremely beautiful, moving work; magical, mysterious, dark at times, but full of love and hope.  There’s not much I can say about it in detail without giving away major plot points, so I will simply say please pick up a copy of your own and immerse yourself in the wonder that Peter Beagle creates :)  My wonderful neighbor John Harnagel posed for this image at my request. John is a very creative and talented man who has done a TON of acting both on stage and screen. I loved being able to use such a good friend to bring this photograph to life! It makes it even more special and personal. Thank you, John!  Model: John Harnagel  *Twitter *Facebook *Blog *Prints *Red Bubble - a wide range of items to choose from *Sarah Allegra Artistry
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Sleight of Hand

“Then know this. I can neither take life nor can I restore it, but I can grant your wish, exactly as it was made. You only have to say – and be utterly certain in your soul that it is your true desire.” He chuckled suddenly… “My, I cannot recall the last time I used that world, soul.

“This trick, this misdirection… I can’t promise you what it will buy… Death may not be very bright, but he’s not stupid either – all the cards have to go back in the deck, or he will notice. But if you and I, between us, subtly mark a card… that should slip by. Just.”

— Sleight Of Hand, a short story by Peter S. Beagle

The short story Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle is one of my very favorites of his works. It’s an extremely beautiful, moving work; magical, mysterious, dark at times, but full of love and hope.

There’s not much I can say about it in detail without giving away major plot points, so I will simply say please pick up a copy of your own and immerse yourself in the wonder that Peter Beagle creates :)

My wonderful neighbor John Harnagel posed for this image at my request. John is a very creative and talented man who has done a TON of acting both on stage and screen. I loved being able to use such a good friend to bring this photograph to life! It makes it even more special and personal. Thank you, John!

Model: John Harnagel



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