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Favorite books, programs, and resources.

I’ve been updating my blog for several hours today and although you can’t tell from this post, most of the work has been adding my favorite resources to the sidebar on the right side of this blog ->

I read voraciously, every day and no matter how tired I am at night, I am not content until I read at least a paragraph before falling off to sleep. Usually have a minimum of 3 books going at once. The material is mostly self help, improvement, how to, tech stuff. I’m addicted to learning – about plants, nature, environment, animals, design, art and business, SEO, meditations, spirituality, health, exercise, etc. I do love reading fantasy and am a fan of anything that involves imagination, magical creatures and happy endings. 

So, with this in mind, I started to inquire about becoming an affiliate for the books, programs and products that I recommend. Now, when I share information about a book that Hay House publishes, and it’s one you are interested in buying, I’ll be earning a small percentage as an affiliate. You pay the same price and I get paid for sharing things that I enjoy. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks working on setting up the affiliate accounts, so I’m in this for the long term. I’ll let you know how it successful it is as we go along.

In the meantime, enjoy a free do-it-yourself TAROT Reading, signup for free “Thoughts from the Universe” – daily positive, witty writings from Mike Dooley.

If you’re shopping for school supplies, Amazon has great sales on Back-to-School essentials, and college specific supplies. You can even order the latest KINDLE reader at Amazon and I’ll get an affiliate credit. Same price and you’ll be helping an artist support her family 😉

I’ll be adding more to this section as I continue to learn more about my favorite subjects. If you have a product or program that fits any of my topics, or if you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please share in the comments section and hopefully, we can all help each other on many levels.

Have a great day and enjoy the magic of nature!!!

Art, Fashion, Music, Fire Dancing at Epic River Lounge

 

Miami River to Bay view from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

Miami River to Bay view from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

 

Tomorrow night from 6 to 11 pm join Miami artists, fashion designers, gallerists, and fellow art lovers at the River Lounge at Epic. River Lounge, right on the north shore of the Miami River faces the historic Miami Circle, overlooks the Brickell drawbridge and offers an exclusive closeup view of the river to the bay.

There’s still time to RSVP at Life Is Art Creative Connections River of Art Showcase.

I’ll be showing my line of Cortese Design Bags along with Vanessa da Rocha Swimwear, Adriana Pitic’s line of clothing, Fashion View Miami Cindy Jimenez’s Recyled Jewelry, and Brown Betty Hair Pieces!

Miami Artists, Carla Fache, Carson Case, Ross Ford, and R.E. SANCHEZ will also be there showing their work…

AND, that’s not all. James Echols and Annette Pikert of Life is Art have not only connected all of these fashion designers and artists for this unique, one night event at the chic River Lounge at Epic (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way overlooking the bay in downtown Miami)…There is also Music by DJ Soozin with a special surprise guest!?!…Live performances by Jillian the Fire Dancer and Nestor on the drums…and a complimentary cocktail with your RSVP here!

Make that reservation now while this link is right in front of you and be sure to say hello and drop your card in the “Win A Cortese Design ~ Bag of the Month Giveaway!”

Winner will be notified by email and/or phone and published on this blog, ideally with a photo of you and your new bag! 

Looking south to Brickell from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

Looking south to Brickell from Epic Hotel - photo: Debra Cortese

River Lounge is graciously donating a complimentary drink to everyone on the RSVP list.
They are also donating a portion of the proceeds to Life Is Art! This is much needed
revenue to help us continue to promote the Miami arts community. Be sure to say thanks to
the proprietor, Bobby Brandt, for all his support. We hope that you will come out and
bring ALL your friends so that we can make this a regular event!

The event is completely free, though contributions are gratefully accepted. Your support
helps Life Is Art/Creative Connections continue to help the arts community.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to expand your network and help
advance your artistic career. Full details and make your reservation here!

River Lounge review at thrillist.com

Cortese Design Bags
Debra Cortese Art and Designs for Licensing
Debra Cortese
contact me at: debra@debracortese.com

Fashion + Art at River of Art Showcase August 11th


Next Tuesday, August 11th I’ll be showing my line of Cortese Design Bags along with Vanessa da Rocha Swimwear, Adriana Pitic’s line of clothing, Cindy Jimenez’s Recyled Jewelry, and Brown Betty Hair Pieces!

Miami Artists, Carla Fache, Carson Case, Ross Ford, and R.E. SANCHEZ will also be there showing their work…

AND, that’s not all. James Echols and Annette Pikert of Life is Art have not only connected all of these fashion designers and artists for this unique, one night event at the chic River Lounge at Epic (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way overlooking the bay in downtown Miami)…There is also Music by DJ Soozin with a special surprise guest!?!…Live performances by Jillian the Fire Dancer and Nestor on the drums…and a complimentary cocktail with your RSVP here!

Make that reservation now while this link is right in front of you and be sure to say hello and drop your card in the “Win A Cortese Design ~ Bag of the Month Giveaway!”
Winner will be notified by email and/or phone and published on this blog, ideally with a photo of you and your new bag!

Cortese Design Banana Leaf Reflections Tote Bag

Cortese Design Banana Leaf Reflections Tote Bag

Life Is Art invites EVERYONE: artists of all disciplines, art professionals, art
collectors, and all art fans to come to our networker for the arts community! Creative
Connections
is a chance to meet artists, gallerists, dealers, collectors, and art fans to
discuss issues facing the arts community in Miami, network, pass out business cards, and
just have fun! This month we are hosted by River Lounge on Brickell!

River Lounge is graciously donating a complimentary drink to everyone on the RSVP list.
They are also donating a portion of the proceeds to Life Is Art! This is much needed
revenue to help us continue to promote the Miami arts community. Be sure to say thanks to
the proprietor, Bobby Brandt, for all his support. We hope that you will come out and
bring ALL your friends so that we can make this a regular event!

The event is completely free, though contributions are gratefully accepted. Your support
helps us continue to help the arts community.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to expand your network and help
advance your artistic career. Full details and make your reservation here!

River Lounge review at thrillist.com

Cortese Design Bags
Debra Cortese Art and Designs for Licensing
Debra Cortese
contact me at: debra@debracortese.com

Art and Design Licensing info for artists


Wrapped up the Miami Art Marketing Salon last month with an exceptional group of over 20 Miami artists and, as promised to them and myself, I am now returning to my longtime goal of licensing my art and designs.
As I work on this, I’m also documenting resources and experiences so that I can share with fellow artists in the fall. Still not sure how this will come together, but know it will happen!

To begin, I’m in the final stage of getting my images together, appropriately sized, and online on a new section of my website: AFL Art for Licensing by Debra Cortese. Still a lot of tweaking to do, but the basics are in place. I’m definitely interested in creating custom art and design because that is what stimulates my creativity the most, plus, I believe this is the ideal combination for creating work that sells products for the manufacturer (or licensee). As the artist, I’m called the licensor.

I have many years of experience in graphic design, advertising and marketing from my running my own agency in Northern Vermont, but the licensing field has its own structure and while my experience is definitely an advantage, I still need to learn all I can from artists that are already licensing their work.
Tara Reed and Paul Brent are two that I am most impressed with. In addition to licensing her own work, Tara offers many resources on her blog and website that I highly recommend. Her writing is clear, concise and very attuned to artists.

I’ll be writing on this at least once a week and if you have any questions, please post in the comments section. AND…I’d love to hear from other artists about your experiences licensing art!

Interview with Chere and Patti on Blog Talk Radio Good News Show

Debra Cortese

Debra Cortese Another new experience for me… here’s my first Blog Talk Radio interview on our Miami Art Marketing Salon and the rewards of following your dream, creating your art and networking with fellow artists! Susan Sholtzman is also interviewed in this audio sharing some excellent information on caring for our aging parents.

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