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FOCUS: art licensing and Surtex 2011

Nature's Energy Wildlife Ornaments, Parrotfish, Angelfish and Red Cardinal

I’ve set myself some solid goals and even created an action calender for the next 6 months – all based on my commitment to exhibit at Surtex in May 2011! I’ve had the art  licensing dream for over 25 years and have dabbled in it intermittently over that time period. I’ve created a lot of art for hire – logos, t-hirts, custom designs for client products and events; have a respectable presence on Cafe Press where I share my art on calendars, mugs, shirts, hats, magnets, cards, ornaments and more… and of course there are the Cortese Design Bags, but I ultimately want to create art that gets seen every day!

Many artists I know cringe at the thought of having their art reproduced on ‘God forbid – a shower curtain!’ and I do understand where they are coming from. I have many paintings and images that I am very emotionally invested in for all kinds of reasons and would not want these reproduced on placemats or paperplates! However, because of my experiences when observing the nature elements that I photograph for my art, I know that the energy of the forest, trees, fields, plants, flowers, and wildlife is not only palpable, but the vibrations that they emit can profoundly affect our physiology. Have you noticed how much better you feel after even a short walk in nature? Granted, the physical movement of your body is a major aspect of this experience, but a walk along a mountain stream is infinitely more refreshing and energizing than a jog down the cement sidewalks of most city neighborhoods.

I’ve been hiking, gardening, and walking in nature and enJOYing this for as long as I can remember. I have delightful childhood memories of helping Nana in her huge vegetable garden along the Delaware River; of playing along the banks of the pond my father carved out of stream beside our home in Narrowsburg, NY and picking wildflowers along the country road walk home from our neighbor’s farm where I’d visit as often as possible to see the animals and help weed the gardens 🙂

Every day I visualize my work on thousands of home, garden and personal items. A huge part of this vision is to share the magic, the powerful energy that I feel when I’m working with the nature images. I know many, many people are avid gardeners, flower enthusiasts, nature lovers and I’m pretty sure they will all agree that there is no better feeling than being ‘in’ nature, whether tending a garden or hiking a new mountain trail. It is so much more than it appears on the surface. The vibrations of our physical bodies align with the vibrations of the plants and we literally ‘feel’ better, happier, healthier. I believe that the images and designs created from nature’s palette of vibrant colors and shapes produce similar vibrations and when people use a product that features a Nature’s Energy design they will be able to experience some of the magic and power of nature.

For fellow artists or anyone who is interested in getting or staying focused on something you are passionate about, I’d like to recommend listening to, or reading any of the work by Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham. They are releasing a new CD this week – Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide – and I can’t wait for mine to arrive!

Affiliate Note: I only recommend products or services that I personally use and believe in and I may earn a commission on products that you purchase from following a link on this page. This is another way an artist/entrepreneur is able to earn money and continue doing the kinds of work we love.

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!!!

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