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Narrowsburg HoneyBee Festival Kids Art Projects Available Online

HoneyQueen_DETAILCan’t attend the Narrowsburg HoneyBee Festival on Saturday, October 10th? The Honey Queen is sorry she won’t get to see you in person, but, you can still enjoy some of the HoneyBee Art Projects. Just click here to download your favorite design, print it, color or paint it.

Plus, if you feel like sharing it, post a picture of your art on the Narrowsburg Honeybee Festival Facebook page or add it to the comments on this blog post.
BEE sure to tag it with your name and #Narrowsburg #HoneybeeFestival.

Coloring templates for children and adult activities during the October 10th Honeybee Festival in Narrowsburg, NY. templates and activities by D. Cortese - artist/curator for Gallery Number Nine.com

Coloring templates for children and adult activities during the October 10th Honeybee Festival in Narrowsburg, NY.
templates and activities by D. Cortese – artist/curator for Gallery Number Nine.com

Snake in the Garden – Inspiration On Many Levels

Design step 1: nature in the form of this snake, just shows up and everyone at Silver Heights Farm is interested in learning more, observing the snake, making sure it is not harmed and where will it be released.

As many of you may know, I’ve been working several days a week at Silver Heights Farm, a certified organic plants nursery in Cochecton Center, NY. Every day has something new blooming or sprouting, and there’s always something to taste that I’ve never tried before.

Every day, we sow, prune, fertilize, re-pot, water, move, load and unload plants that will become food for literally thousands of people that live both close by and, up to hundreds of miles from the nursery’s location. Since watering or many of the garden tasks are a bit solitary, I imagine different scenarios for the plants: in one, a tiny pumpkin seed becomes a blue ribbon-winning pumpkin pie. In another, a combination of exotic basil and pepper plants creates the perfect accent in a secret recipe of a famous New York restaurant. My daydream continues to develop as Martha Stewart  is the first person to taste this amazing new creation. She is so incredibly seduced by the aroma and flavors of this dish that she actually swoons and in one sweeping motion falls right out of her chair and is saved from injury by her new DCD Rainbow Snake Print Bag that was conveniently blocking the sharp edge of a newly chipped floor board. Martha knew when she first held this bag that there was something, an energy/vibration that felt, well, protective and she admired it because it was such a joyful, bold and bright pattern, full of strong, soothing vibrations. It reminded her of the Flower of Life patterns she had been observing by a designer somewhere in the Catskills…

I do have a great time imagining and visualizing the possibilities 😉

All of my designs are created with the intention of sharing the beauty, power and magic of nature. This Rainbow Snake design reflects the energy of a powerful garden ally, the northern water snake* and this particular print is derived from the beautiful snake that my co-workers at Silver Heights Farm found while clearing a new garden area near the upper Greenhouse.

The point of all of this is that I am inspired daily by the beauty, power and magic of nature and I am compelled to share it with you via my art.
So…
here are a few images to demonstrate the process of creating this Rainbow Snake pattern:

Corinna, Leona, Jonathan and Debra (behind camera phone) trying to determine what kind of snake has come to meet us.

 left: Corinna, Leona, Jonathan and Debra (behind camera phone) trying to determine what kind of snake has come to meet us.

center: Apparently you determine the sex of a snake by markings on the underbelly, near the tail. I knew at once that the markings would make a fabulous pattern/print for my bags regardless of the sex of the snake!

right: Here’s the first example of the new Rainbow Snake Print on Debra’s casual tote bag. Check back at www.debracortese.com for more styles and products with this design. Click on the photos for larger views.

 

 

Apparently you determine the sex of a snake by markings on the underbelly, near the tail. I knew at once that the markings would make a fabulous pattern/print for my bags!

 

Here's the first example of the new Rainbow Snake Print on Debra's casual tote bag. Check back at www.debracortese.com for more styles and products with this design.

 

 

*note: This is the year of the Snake in Chinese astrology, another very interesting ‘connection’ of energies!

Here are just a few links to learn more about the year of the”Water Snake”:

http://visual.ly/what-will-year-water-snake-mean-you

http://www.chineseastrology.com/2013snakeyear.html

http://apanache.wordpress.com/2013-year-of-the-water-snake/

Another New Beginning – Snowbird in Reverse?

So much to sort out. Antique Oak Cabinet, paintings, furniture, books, yard and garden stuff, Steinway Piano, Pfaltzfraff brown drip pottery… feels like tons of stuff all for sale this weekend, Sat/Sun. Nov 10-11 in ESTATE SALE – so I can start over – again 😉

In case you have not already heard, I will be leaving Miami before the end of November. This was not an easy decision and I do realize that I while I’m finally doing the snowbird thing, I’ve somehow gotten it backwards!

I’ll be moving to Narrowsburg, NY, a tiny village at the narrows of the Delaware River about 100 miles northwest of NYC. This is the town I grew up in and the main reason I’m going there is to help my sister with the care of Mom, who is 87 and requires 24/7 care due to series of strokes and other complications.

The bright side is that I’ve been missing the mountains all year long and the idea of cross-country skiing again is absolutely delightful! PLUS, Narrowsburg, while still a rural, small town kind of place, has become a well-known art community. I’m hoping to find or create my own niche there and eventually to get the snowbird thing going in the right directions.

Before I can leave, I must cull my belongings – a personal choice for this chapter of yet another new beginning. So, if you’re in the Miami area, my “Estate Sale” is on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11, 9 am to 4 pm each day. Here’s a link to the list of most of the items I’ll be selling. I want to travel light (not counting the furry felines) who will make the trip with me 😉

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