"Magic Window" photo/digital painting by Debra Cortese
Just had to share today’s “Thought From The Universe” (via Mike Dooley.)*
“What if funky, confusing, GRAY, Lonely days were just
part of a “system” that,
in turn, created BRIGHT, RICH, H:-)PPY, FRIENDLY days?
What if they were just meant to give deeper elements of
your creativity a rest?
What if they were deliberately crafted holidays, of a sort,
devised by your inner psyche to relieve you from the pressure
of artificial expectations?
Would you still bemoan them, wonder what’s wrong with you,
or fear that they’ll never end?
Or, would they kind of tickle you pink?
You party animal, you –
my daily “Note From The Universe”*
PS: “I knew “tickle” would get your attention!”
* I only recommend products or services that I have experience with,
believe in and support. When you click on this link and make a purchase,
I will receive a referral commission. This is one of the ways an artist can
earn a little extra income and support her family!
I’ve been learning with artist, Tara Reed and she has partnered with Paul Brent. Today, I’m working on updating and improving my art for licensing web pages and listening to Tara’s interview with Paul Brent.
It’s a free online audio file and every time I listen, I get another piece of information that is moving me forward. I’ll be contacting a very special referral next week and my web pages must be in tip top shape for this! SAMPLE FLOWERS AND TREES ART PAGE HERE
Listen & Learn to license your art at AskPaulBrent.com
Learn more about coaching with artist, Paul Brent
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!
Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!
As much as I’d rather just post about art and all the good things that are happening, our furry friends are in crisis. Just received the following message and there are more animals in the shelter today than ever.
MESSAGE FROM ANIMAL SERVICES June 2, 2009
* Our average intake is 2500-3500 but for the month of May, 4000Â animals were admittedÂ
* The greatest number of animals at any given time in the shelterÂ was 467, but today we housing 565 animalsÂ
* We ran out of cages and are now putting together hurricaneÂ cratesÂ
* Please help us (even an hour or two will help) spot clean in B,Â C and adoptions and assist adopters-we are drowning, short staffed andÂ really need help asap-this isÂ a crisis!Â
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
If you are not a volunteer and would like to become one, please attend
our next orientation. No need to RSVP. Orientations are held at:
Miami-Dade Animal Services 7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166. If you are
already a volunteer, no need to email me your schedule, just show up.
Thursday, June 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 5 – 7 p.m.
Help us spread the word about 4 things: 1- Adopting a shelter pet, 2-
Educating owners about putting identification on their pet (microchip,
rabies tag, id tag) 3- Volunteering, 4- Making a donation (disinfectable
toys, financial donation online or at shelter)
Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison
Miami Dade Animal Services
Cell:Â Â Â 305-877-5458
Fax:Â Â Â 305-805-1619
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166
Miami Hotel For Dogs
Dogs that found new homes through Miami-Dade Animal Shelter