Debra Cortese Designs - sharing the beauty, power and magic of nature.
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Reviving Nature Design Handbags

No9 Bridge Blues 5 bag styles by Debra Cortese Designs

If you’ve been following me over the years, you may remember my nature design bags. Ideally, you already own one or more of them!
As of November 2018, I’m reviving a few of my favorite fall and winter designs and will be creating seasonal, limited editions of new designs.

I’m including just a few images of the Fall – Winter collection below with links to each for size, materials and price info. Each bag is currently produced one at a time as your order is confirmed.
Here’s the link to see the full Fall and Winter collection. Each design is available on all 5 bag styles so, you’ll have a few decisions to make to get just the right bag for yourself or to give as gifts.

If you have any questions and especially if you have a favorite plant or flower that you would like to have created into a custom design, you can CONTACT ME HERE.

Wishing you the best during the busy holiday season and a joyful year ahead!

~ Debra

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Transitions – small blue paintings repurposed

Original Transitions - 4 small blue paintings by Debra Cortese. Art as healing therapy.

The real background story is that it took me 10 years to rediscover these small blue paintings and to fully understand the power I received during the painting process and again as I was re-creating new, repurposed designs from these forgotten mini blue squares.I knew then that I needed to release the anxiety and weight of impending foreclosure. I knew that painting always allowed me to lighten up and play and focus on the colors or shapes and forget the woes and burdens of being a responsible adult – at least for the duration of the painting session.

I am now in a place where I can share this. Instead of hiding in shame over the experience of losing our home, I am finally able to process and understand what happened and how it helped my art and life move on to new stories.
I also learned how to appreciate the gifts in life challenges.
They are dramatic and powerful catalysts that can move us to create a new version of our own life story if we choose to let go and move toward what is wanted.
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In 2009 I received notice that our Miami home was no longer worth half of what it was mortgaged for and of course, I was still legally responsible for paying the full amount or foreclosure proceedings would be inevitable. As a self-employed artist/designer, my financial situation was often in flux and dependent upon the economy which was quickly spiraling into something I had never experienced before. All around me people were ‘losing’ their homes. I watched the neighbors across the street being physically evicted from their home with only a few belongings thrown out towards the street and then, they were literally locked out of their own home. This vision terrified me and I was determined that we would not experience the despair and humiliation of being thrown out of our own home.

Transitions repurposed art print image by Debra Cortese

T.R.A.N.S.I.T.I.O.N.S – r e p u r p o s e d –

The first (top) image shows the original small blue paintings that calmed my mind and helped me through the financial foreclosure crisis in 2009. You can see my post from 10 years ago HERE if you enjoy reading, or stay on this page for my repurposed art therapy 10 years later! Time does heal emotional and physical wounds, but having a creative outlet works miracles for me 😉 The images below were each created from sections of the original Transition paintings. The new pattern versions carry an energy that is full of joy and inspiration to continue on my path. My intention is for every product that features these designs will also share creative, successful, joyful energy waves with you. <>

Reflections on the Edge of Anxiety repurposed design by Debra Cortese
Waves of Temporary Tranquility repurposed art by Debra Cortese
Yellow Blue Reflections Safe or Trapped?
Yellow Blue Reflections - Open - Vulnerability or Freedom?

Ocean Blues pattern makes it to Spoonflower Daily Favs list

I am delighted to have my ”Ocean Blues” pattern featured on one of Spoonflowers Daily Favs page! This nature-inspired, repeat design was created from a detail section of a photo of a Man-o’-War that I encountered on South Beach during my Miami days. The colors of this venomous sea creature reflect the ocean blue-greens, frothy white waves and sunset coral pinks.
Ocean Blues is available as fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap in addition to the home decor products from Roostery.
See all of the options from my Spoonflower shop at:
https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/557663-ocean-blues-pattern-debra-cortese-designs-by-debracortesedesigns

Curious about a “Man-o’-War – check out NOAA’s info on this venomous sea creature at:
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/portuguese-man-o-war.html

The upside of watering a friend’s garden…

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I’ve been watering my friend Jane’s flowers in between rains and am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to get away from the techie side of my day and bask in a different locale of nature’s energy.  These red berries were practically shouting (via their sunkissed glowing) to be photographed! They are large bushes or trees (I haven’t properly identified them yet) that don’t need watering, but they were definitely ready to be photographed!
The three images above are detail sections of the large, full image which you can see below.

~ Sunkissed Red Berries – from the new, “Jane’s Garden” collection by Debra Cortese Designs ~

Links to art prints, home decor, tech products, fabrics, gift wrap, and more are on the bottom of the
Red Berries Page – click here

You can follow Debra Cortese Designs on Facebook and Instagram

After the storm…

After the storm…
On Tuesday, May 15th, my beloved Pine, a summer hive for wild honeybees, and one of the two majestic Oak trees that I photograph almost daily, were snapped and hurled into the air and through my living room window and roof, terrifying me and my four precious cats. The broken trees came through the window in a matter of seconds and thankfully, I had already made it to the kitchen and out of their deadly path. Very happy to be alive and sharing these images. Now.. the cleanup and rebuilding begins. I’m guessing it will be at the least two months before I will be able to be living and working again in my very powerful and beautiful place along the banks of the Delaware River.

the view as it was before May 15 storm

Repurposing art & designs for print-on-demand markets

NEW PATTERNS & ART
created from detail sections of a 4 foot tall painted gnome*

Below are just a few of the new print on demand products in my ‘Garden Guardians’ collection.
All of the patterns and configurations were created from elements of the original 2004 hurricane plywood GNOME painting which you can see in the photo below the designs. It has taken a few days to create the patterns and print files and more time to create the promotional images which will be used on social media to reach people who are searching for a green garden gnome image on a pillow or a phone case!

It is often a lengthy and involved process and I mess up quite often, but I’ve been doing this type of work for years (many, many years) and I still enjoy all of the processes. I really only get frustrated when there are technical issues like the site is slow and the print files seem to take forever to load, or I’ve mis-calculated the size for a particular product and have to start over. All just part of the process.

To see the full Garden Guardians collection, click HERE.

*The mystical Green Garden Gnome in the photo that accompanies this post has become a mascot for much of my personal story. This character, along with over a dozen very unique ‘hurricane plywood’ gnomes allowed me to connect with the Miami art and business communities in ways I would not have expected. It was a delightful project involving about 17 artists, the Neighbors for Neighbors organization, television stations, the Miami Herald, Miami Arts & Business Council, Pinecrest Gardens, the Coral Gables Annual Christmas event and much more.

To see the original Gnomes click this link and, to read the front page article by Patti Roth click HERE.

 

PHOTO 2004: the original 4′ tall hurricane plywood (Hurricane Wilma 2004, Miami) Garden Gnome with a tiny garden Fairy holding a violet light star tetrahedron.

Dandelion designs – creating art is an excellent remedy for cabin fever

Dandelion with oil textures

Dandelion with energy effects

Dandelion with paint daubs texture

After my short bout with Cabin Fever, I got myself right back to work on a few designs for Spring and chose a dandelion photo to work with. I created three different effects from the same photo. Each one a variation of “Dandelion Seeds Ready To Fly Away!
One with an oil paint filter, one with an ‘energy’ effect, and one in paint daubs which is a favorite photoshop filter for me.
Each version is now available as an open edition fine art print on paper or canvas and each design is also available
on totebags, journals, pillows, phone cases and more from my Society 6 shop.

And, if you’d would like to see something other than Dandelions, CLICK HERE to see all of my print-on-demand designs.

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