September 2014 Oreo out for his morning hunt along the Delaware River
I’m writing from my studio with an absolutely priceless view overlooking the Big Eddy on the Delaware River. Early on this September morning I woke to the sounds of geese practicing their travel honks and flight formations. The fish were joyfully leaping out of the river and a small flock of ducks was out for their morning swim. The warm sun and cool air carries the message that the autumn transformation is approaching quickly. I can already see hints of color on trees across the river. The cool weather is energizing and of course with the sights and smells of autumn is the sense of urgency to complete garden and yard tasks before… winter arrives.
But today, with the fresh air and nature sounds so prevalent, I’m feeling energized and in a bit of a planning ahead mode. I’ve known for the past 2 months that I want to refocus on the creative work that I love and to be honest, I’m finally very concerned about the story I’ll be telling over the next 20 years.
Nature is and has always been my source of inspiration.
Another September photo of ducks our for a morning swim in the Delaware River
"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!