by Debra Cortese | Mar 24, 2019 | ART, Art by Debra Cortese, Art Exhibitions, Delaware River, Narrowsburg, nature photography, nature's energy, Patterns, photography, shifting totems
Golden Autumn Riverbank Totems
White Beard Bridge Guardian Totem
Rock Totem Bridge Guardian
I’ve been an artist/designer and avid nature lover for a long as I can remember. I grew up in Narrowsburg in the 50’s and 60’s and returned to the area in 2013 where I quickly became entranced by the ever-changing views of the Delaware River. My studio has an expansive view of the Narrowsburg Bridge across The Big Eddy* and I’ve been photographing and documenting this ever-changing landscape for six years with a focus on the rock formations and their reflections.
The impressive rocks above and deep below the river surface are natural palisades that not only provide the structure that guides the flow of the river, they also protect an ancient energy portal that I perceive as a multi-dimensional stargate. The portal aligns with specific energy patterns, usually moving in spiral vortex patterns that are momentarily visible during aligned periods of the dance among the sun, wind and clouds. These seem to be fleeting moments, but I sense they are energetically aligned to allow the River Totem Guardians to present themselves in force during the opening and closing of the portal gates. This is a protected gateway for multi-dimensional travellers. I imagine that the presence of Rock Guardians has always been a necessity.
The Opening Reception for ‘5 Gallery Art Exhibit’ is on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm at the Narrowsburg Union Gallery, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764. This exhibit runs through May 18th. HOURS: Monday – Saturday 8 am – 8 pm. Sunday 8 am – 5 pm.
The participating artists are: Nancy Wells, Debra Cortese, Claudine Luchsinger, Gregory J. Pelly and Blake and Jessica Barroso. This exhibition is curated by Brandi Merolla.
* The Big Eddy is the widest location on the Delaware River and the Narrowsburg Bridge spans the narrowest and deepest area of the River.
To view the current Shifting Totems Collection, click HERE.
by Debra Cortese | Jul 20, 2018 | Animals, Art by Debra Cortese, custom art & design, Debra Cortese Designs Handbags, Miami Beach, nature photography, nature's energy, Patterns, photography
by Debra Cortese | Jan 17, 2018 | Delaware River, Narrowsburg, nature photography, nature's energy, SEEDS of INTENTION, Seeds of Intention workshop
We are having a winter wonderland kind of day here in Narrowsburg, NY. The Western Sullivan Public Libaries are CLOSED TODAY due to snow conditions so my Seeds of Intention Workshop will be rescheduled and all pre-registered participants will be notified of new day and time via the Library. Check your emails or check back here. I’ll post new schedule as soon as I meet with Claudine to see which days/times are available.
In the meantime, enjoy the winter wonderland and stay safe and warm!
by Debra Cortese | Dec 1, 2017 | custom art & design, Debra Cortese Designs Handbags, Delaware River, Gift Certificates, GIFTS, Greeting Cards, honey bees, Narrowsburg, Nature Designs by Debra Cortese, Nature Lovers Gift List, nature photography, nature's energy, Patterns, photography, shopping
Original photo of the pine and oak trees that inspired Debra’s new bark patterns
Both the pine and oak bark patterns that are featured on clothing and home decor products were inspired by my love and curiosity for the variety of textures and colors of my surroundings. The models for this new design were actually the mature pine tree, the tall one behind the canoe in the landscape photo, and the hand-holding couple of oak trees that stand like guardians on the bank of the Delaware River just outside my studio window.
The trees and the surrounding plants (along with my gardens) serve as hosts to many creatures depending upon the time of year. In spring and summer, this particular pine tree is often inhabited by a hive of honeybees. They return each year to a long, narrow crevasse in the tree’s west side. I haven’t yet tasted their honey but am quite certain a visiting bear delights in his visits to this tree!
The colors and textures of the bark on this glorious pine tree were best captured with macro photography which I intently reviewed to select a most appealing detail section for the pine bark pattern. I’ve added images of several of the most popular ‘Pine Bark” products that are available from my Society6 shop.
I hope you enjoy the texture and colors of my tree bark designs. I certainly enjoyed creating them!
3 Oak Tree Bark Patterns by Debra Cortese
now available on clothing, accessories, tech and home decor products
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by Debra Cortese | Apr 9, 2017 | Delaware River, Narrowsburg, nature photography, nature's energy
I think the cascades of bell flowers popped out all at once! Not sure what this bush is officially called, but it is right along my walkway and outside the cat door.
Lilacs are one of my childhood favorites and this gorgeous little bud is growing right next to the giant pine tree on the edge of the lawn overlooking the Big Eddy of the Delaware River in Narrowsburg, NY.
It was almost like I could feel the tiny buds and blooms stretching to face the warmth of today’s glorious sunbeams. Of course I went out with camera in hand. Nature was calling and I couldn’t get outside fast enough. Pretty sure I shot over a hundred photos and will be processing them over then next few weeks. There is an entire new series from today’s inspiration and I can say that it will be quite different from what I’m posting today 😉