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NEW TAURUS PATTERN

Flower of Life Taurus Pattern is now available on dozens of products!

New TAURUS pattern based on Flower of Life and Debra Cortese's Taurus Astrology Design

TAURUS PATTERN SWATCH

Getting ready to launch my May 12th TAURUS Giveaway but first, I’d like to share the new TAURUS pattern!

This is an all-over repeat design that was created from elements of the main Flower of Life TAURUS Astrology design.

Flower of Life TAURUS Astrology Design by Debra Cortese

TAURUS ASTRO DESIGN

The new pattern features a field of golden sacred geometry disks plus waves of spring greens and ocean blues and it coordinates with any of the Taurus Astrology Design products so you can easily mix and match to create your own outfit or room decor!

I especially like the bold combos of the Astro Design on a T-shirt with matching pattern leggings and, the patterned Comforter with the main Astro Design on Pillow Shams. You could even use the patterned window curtains for a coordinated TAURUS themed bedroom!

I’d love to see the combinations you come up with! Please do share your photos and notes in the comments section below.

To see all of the Taurus products CLICK HERE for my Society6 shop.

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TAURUS Astrology Design amplified with the power of the ancient Flower of Life

FEATURED ‘TAURUS’ ASTROLOGY DESIGN PRODUCTS

“Every astrology design in my Flower of Life Sacred Geometry collection has been created as a meditation on that particular sign. I set an intention to create images that would share the highest and most inspirational vibration of each sign’s planetary aspects, known characteristics and the essence of its element (earth, fire, air or water). The colors and patterns of each sign developed organically as I tuned into the energy that flowed through my muse. My eyes, hands and photoshop were merely tools expressing and translating the vibratory meanings that downloaded as the images you can see on this page. I also intended that these images could be used as visual meditation tools to amplify the positive aspects of astrological alignments and in particular, to set specific, personal intentions that will activate the energy of the desired outcome every time you touch, or acknowledges, your intention through visual and emotional alignment with these powerful designs.”

~ Debra Cortese

To see all of Debra’s Flower of Life Astrology designs & products
visit her shop at:

https://society6.com/debracortesedesigns

Turtle Art for Riverfest 2016 Narrowsburg, New York

Turtle painting for Riverfest 2016 Poster Art Auction

Honoring Turtle – a symbol of Mother Earth

 

For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of watching a very determined Snapping Turtle climb the rugged, tangled bank of the Big Eddy along the Delaware River in Narrowsburg, New York as she makes her annual birthing journey. This is a tedious and lengthy step-by-step process to lay her eggs in a familiar and not so safe location. She begins her climb at the first light of dawn and once she reaches her nesting ground, she begins clearing away the grass and digging a hollow nest in the dirt. Then, for what can be hours, she slowly lays her eggs by alternately rocking and stretching and turning and gently pushing them into the prepared ground. When the last egg is released, she carefully spreads and tamps down the dirt over the nest and slowly makes her way back down to the river.

She never returns to check on her offspring. They are on their own, left to the forces of nature to decide their fate.

2014
I have my calendar marked for her arrival during the first or second week of June and again in early September or even into October for the hatchlings to emerge. Sadly, they rarely make it out of their nest alive. The first year I was completely naive and thought I would protect them from getting crushed during the lawn mowing. I put a small circle of sticks and netting around the perimeter of the nest area as a marker for the mower to avoid. It was more like a come hither beacon for a band of night-stalker skunks that made a raucous feast of the fresh little eggs. I was in tears the following morning when I saw the shrivelled shells and smelled the nauseating stench of skunks.

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I had read a lot about predators of turtle eggs and this time, I spent a few hours constructing a reinforced and very grounded chicken wire cage much larger than the nest perimeter. I waited patiently throughout the summer and once it was close to the earliest hatching time, I checked the nest morning and night every day. Another month passed and still no baby turtles. I read some more and learned that they could take up to 120 days if the weather conditions were not as favorable. By the end of October, I removed the cage and gently scraped the nest area. Nothing was there, not even a chip of an eggshell. This time, a different breed of stalking, nest robbing villans must have attacked from underground.

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2016
I’ve learned that perhaps the best I can do is to patiently watch, imagine and hope for the survival of the baby snappers. I’ll continue to watch the calendar and check the nest – which does again have a simple fence marker for the lawn mower to go around, but like the Mother Turtle, I have to be patient and allow the laws of nature to determine when and if these turtles make it to the river alive.

Mrs. Turtle returns on June 5th, 2016 to the same spot on the riverbank to lay her eggs and leave them to the whims of nature for the third year that I’ve been observing this. I dearly hope these little turtles have a chance of survival. The skunks and apparently tunneling creatures are very fond of fresh turtle eggs :-( ©2016 Debra Cortese www.debracortese.com

Mrs. Turtle returns on June 5th, 2016 to the same spot on the riverbank to lay her eggs and leave them to the whims of nature for the third year that I’ve been observing this. I dearly hope these little turtles have a chance of survival. The skunks and apparently tunneling creatures are very fond of fresh turtle eggs 🙁

Turtle Painting for 26th Annual Riverfest Poster Art Auction

When I received the Call for Riverfest Poster Art, I knew I wanted to honor Mrs. Turtle but first, I wanted a different kind of information, the kind that resonated with Her and the River and all of the elements of nature that intrigue me every day when I look out over the Big Eddy. Turtle is an ancient creature with some serious history and mythology.  I wanted to paint the meaning, the feelings I have about Turtle. What resonated with her energy and felt true for me as well? I sketched for several days until a few designs felt promising.  I read more about snapping turtles and I looked through old photos and notes. I’d forgotten about “Turtle’s Bad Day” a startling, too-close-for-comfort, food chain experience during my last visit to Shark Valley in the Florida Everglades and, I realized that Turtle has been one of my nature guides for many years. So I reached for ‘Animal Speak’ by Ted Andrews knowing I would find mythical and relevant information that would help me align the painting and my feelings with the energetic patterns and symbolism of TURTLE…

“The Turtle – is one of the oldest reptiles and thus has one of the most ancient mythologies surrounding it. Turtle is a symbol for Mother Earth, for longevity and for awakening to heightened sensibilities.” – Animal Speak, author Ted Andrews

In the mythology of the Far East, Turtle’s outer shell represents the heavens and the shape and patterns on the shell underside are a symbol of earth.

Turtle represents wisdom, longevity. She is slow and steady, predictable, reliable, persistent.

A symbol of Mother Earth – divine feminine energy

Turtle is a shore creature – living in the water and on the land. Shores are associated with doorways/passages to other dimensions and Turtle is sometimes called ‘the keeper of the doors’.

The markings/sections on many turtle shells number 13 which is associated with lunar calendars and the alternating annual cycles of 13 full or new moons which correspond to female cycles of fertility.

Turtle is a reminder to listen carefully and ask: What am I not hearing or seeing?

Andrews also writes: ” turtles are opportunistic. When Turtle shows up in your life it is usually a reminder to pay attention or you will miss opportunities.”

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Turtle painting by Debra Cortese for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Annual Riverfest Poster Auction.
Sunday, July 24, 2016 is the 26th Annual Riverfest event that takes over the entire length of the Main Street

business district in Narrowsburg, New York. A total of 60 original artworks will be auctioned to the highest bidders
in this immensely popular event which benefits the Delaware Vally Arts Alliance.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL OF THE POSTER ARTWORKS FOR THE 2016 RIVERFEST AUCTION

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SUNY Sullivan Summer Art Courses at Narrowsburg Union

SUNY Sullivan INSPIREWORKS Art Institute Summer 2016 catalog cov

I’m very excited to participate in the first “INSPIREWORKS Art Institute” with SUNY Sullivan at the Narrowsburg Union!

INSPIREWORKS presents 23 Art Institute courses that SUNY Sullivan is presenting NOW – this summer into the fall at Narrowsburg Union in Narrowsburg, NY. As one of the 15 teaching artists*, I’ll be presenting  a leading edge, sacred geometry, law of attraction, power of positive thinking, adult coloring, meditative version of my Seeds of Intention workshop. You can sign up for either Saturday, August 6th or Saturday, September 10th, 2016. It is a 3 hour workshop from 1 to 4 pm and all of the materials are included in the course fee.

Click HERE or on the INSPIREWORKS image above for a pdf copy of the full INSPIREWORKS Art Institute brochure to see all of the courses and be sure to register early before the classes are sold out!

Seeds of Intention – course description:
This workshop combines the therapeutic benefits of music, meditation and coloring within the informational patterns of the universal Flower of Life. Yo will be guided to create a work of art that is energetically aligned with a relevant-to-you, career or personal goal. The final artwork, your unique SEED of INTENTION is a visual representation of having already achieved your goal and it functions as nourishment towards your success.

The image below is a Seed of Intention that I created to represent my goal to facilitate the most enjoyable and authentic Seed of Intention workshop for myself and all participants:

 

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*list of INSPIREWORKS Art Institute Summer 2016 teaching artists: Linda Bastian, Debra Cortese, Daria Dorosh, Chip Forelli, Tom Holmes, Ramona Jan, Jim Kingston, Mitch Lewis, Brandi Merolla, Susan Miller, Helena Clare Pittman, Devin Dwight Richardson, Natalie Sauer, Carol Smith, Elaine Cardella-Tedesco.

 

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Rondezvous in Kingston

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Jan posing as Roundout Sea Captain at the Hudson River Maritime Museum http://www.hrmm.org/

Jan and I have been friends since our daughters, now in their 30’s, were in an art class together in Lyndonville, Vermont. Over the years, we’ve all moved around quite a bit and sometimes didn’t get to see each other for a year or more,  but we’ve always kept in touch. It’s the kind of longstanding friendship that anyone would treasure. The kind where no matter how long it’s been since you last talked, the conversation continues like it was only yesterday.

We’re both living in the northeast again so it’s a bit easier to actually see each other in person and we are getting better at putting dates on the calendar to be sure that happens. So, this past week we met in Kingston, NY, which is conveniently about a 2 hour drive for each of us. Perfect for a girl’s day out for lunch at Hoffman House and several coffee breaks*, walking along the Roundout, a bit of shopping and dropping off the old iMac at Tech Smiths to see if it’s worth reviving.

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Deb behind the pink cutout at the Hudson River Maritime Museum http://www.hrmm.org/

We stopped in at several shops along Broadway in the Roundout area. Was hoping to see Erik Richards  to see canvas options for a new series of images, but I neglected to plan ahead and The Storefront Gallery was not open when we stopped by.We continued down the street and met Karen Berelowitz at KARMABEE – the graphic designs – especially the turtle was calling me in and when we realized the shop name is a combo of ‘Karma and Bee’ it was a direct sign to enter! (See my honeybee posts 😉

 

Our last stop was at Olivieri Art – a very eclectic space filled with great art supplies like RF Encaustic Paints, a Café  and some of the most resourceful functional art by artist/owner Felix Olivieri who runs the place with his wife Sarah. I was especially intrigued by the 3D printer which was creating a bust while we were there. This is the first one I’ve seen in person so of course this was my top pic at this stop!Will be back to Kingston when I get the iMac diagnosis.

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Felix Olivieri posting with his built in, functional wall storage made from interior of an old refrigerator door! www.olivieriart.com

Hope to see a few more new and familiar faces on the next visit 😉

 

Golden Autumn Glow out my studio window

Golden Glow Delaware River Narrowsburg NYI’ve been more than behind in posting on my own site. Have been downright absent since JUNE!

But, in my own defense, I have been very busy helping clients with their new websites and social media/pr.
What I did continue to do was share on social media and today I am delighted to say that this image of my million-dollar view has been getting a bit of share-attention on twitter. Enough to get me to write a short blog post 😉

Thank you to all of the people who have already shared this image on Twitter: @DelBayBliss, @DSchvejda, @valentin_tintin, @sexymissy34, @francisjean6, @JosephSapia, @theWeatherboy, @NWSNARFC, @jesstutt, @dcbat, @rolypolypunk, @Frackingfrei_DE, @kevinpflug, @VieraPhill1ps !

This image is available as a fine art, archival print on paper or canvas in your choice of size at friendly, reasonable prices 😉
Contact me at: debra (at) debracortese.com

Art Salon at Mildred’s Lane

I’m more than a bit behind in my posting, but wanted to share a few images from the outstanding art salon at Mildred’s Lane from last Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

and click on the next image for The Band at Mildred’s Lane

click here to see slides of The Band at Mildred's Lane

 

Mildred’s Lane Art Salon – May 31, 2014

Keynote Speaker : Mary Jane Jacob

Live Jazz/Blues in the field with musicians, Rusty Lewis, Doug Vanderhoof,
Alastair Gordon, Kevin Vertrees, and Bob Lohr
Host: J. Morgan Pruet,
Bonfire Design : Amy Yoes with Paul Bartow.
Guest Chef : Cheryl Edwards, 2014 Digestion Choreographer

photos by Debra Cortese 

 

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees…”

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I’ve wanted to create images combined with nature quotes for many months and today, I just completed the first one.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees” is an image of Oreo, one of my 5 rescue cats looking out over the Delaware River during the recent snow storm, Nika (NEE-ka), from Greek mythology; the goddess who personified winning or victory. To see all of the winter storm names and their meanings, click the linked type to open the list on the Weather Channel’s page.

This beautiful Nature Quote is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll:

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
You can find more nature quotes online of course, but Goodreads.com has already compiled a terrific collection!

If you are interested in having a print of this new image, please visit my Etsy Shop here. If you would prefer a different size print, or perhaps a framed version, send an email to me at debra@debracortese.com and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I’m anxious to work on #02 now…

Please share this post and if you are so inclined, like it or tweet it or pin it to help share the beauty, power and magic of nature!
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Restocking my shop on Etsy with fine art prints

I’ve been processing images for days and will now begin the tedious but very valuable process of listing each fine art print on my Etsy Shop. Stay tuned to see many updated images, new images and many old favorites. I’m sorting through hundreds of images and setting up collections of wildlife, florals and coffee art to get this shop back in business. Expect this will be another never-ending story 🙂

Here are a few preview images of what I’m working on:

Woodstock Squirrels at Bird Feeder by Debra Cortese   Mother and Faun Sharing Late Afternoon Bird Seed Snack - Debra C   Praying Mantis on Porch Post by Debra Cortese

 

I’ll post again when the shop is stocked!

Enjoy nature 🙂