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You’re Invited to our Holiday Art Bazaar on Sat. Dec 5th

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If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with so many events this week, but still want to get out, see fabulous art and maybe even do a little holiday shopping…you will definitely want to visit our One-Night-Only, Holiday Art Bazaar on Sat, Dec. 5th at the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida.

The Bazaar starts at 6 and runs until 9 pm. Arrive early, enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolates, meet the artists, see original paintings and prints, sculpture, designer handbags, custom made jewelry, reiki demonstrations, and much more…all created by the following local and international artists:

Shari Beffingham, Leo Casino, Debra Cortese, Laura Cerwinske, Karen Deilke, Pauline Goldsmith, Carol Haggiag, Atena Komar, Monique Lassooij, Maria Napoles, Irina Patterson, Valentina Ramos, Maui Reple,  Fevi Reyes, Eileen Seitz, Harry van Gestel.

The Mutiny Hotel is presenting this event as part of their Pure Imagination program in conjunction with the monthly Coconut Grove Art Stroll. You can also enjoy poolside cocktails and even stay for dinner at Atchana’s East/West Kitchen, located right on the premises and just a few steps from the Holiday Art Bazaar!

To see samples from all of the artists visit this blog post and our Holiday Art Bazaar event page on Facebook.

Where else can you enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolates, hear great live jazz, wrap up your holiday shopping with delightfully unique art gifts and not have to pay an admission charge?

Mark you calendar right now for Saturday night, December 5th and join us at The Mutiny Hotel, 2951 S.Bayshore Dr, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

Many of the artists will have special offers available only during this event!

For example: I’ll be showing my line of handbags and, for this event only, when you BUY ONE bag at the regular price of $130. you can get a 2nd bag at 50% off! Click here to preview Cortese Design Bags.

Holiday Art Bazaar: FREE Admission. Valet parking ($8.00 – a bargain most anywhere in Miami!)

Just posted Pauline’s Painting News in the comments below. Here’s an image from one of the cards Pauline will have at the show. Package of 4 amazing botanical images @10. Great Stocking Stuffers!

Tropical Botanic Art Greeting Cards - Goldsmith Galleries

Tropical Botanic Art Greeting Cards - Goldsmith Galleries

Transitions – the painting process…

In keeping with my goal to paint every week, I started sketching late (around 11 pm) monday night. Images were dancing around in my head and needed to work them out on paper. I’ve always LOVED geometric shapes. Am a fan of MC Escher’s work, see: M. C. Escher Other Worlds 2010 Calendar (Wall Calendar) and I believe that our entire universe, on at least one level of functioning, is based on numbers. Oh, so I also love the show Numbers.
Images of a couple of the sketches and the paintings – set # 2 of the Transitions series – in the first stage of painting:

more to come as I progress and finish set 2 of my Transitions paintings.


Transitions ~ new paintings. Art therapy!

I recently set a new routine for myself to create at least one painting a week. “Transitions” are my first paintings in what I plan to be an ongoing series. As soon as I cleared the table, got the paints, brushes and boards all set up, I felt my energy shift. I set up all four panels as one 10 inch x 10 inch canvas. As I painted the background in what I call ‘Archangel Michael blues’, I could feel the tensions starting to ease. I began in the upper left corner and painted what I’d later realize was my state of
“Teetering on the edge of anxiety”.
The second panel on the top right flowed in comfortable waves of my favorite nature colors of green and yellow. I had quickly moved into “Waves of temporary tranquility“.

Why don’t I do this every day?
I was totally enjoying myself and it certainly came through in “Playful passionate inspirations”, the third and bottom left panel. This was the most enjoyable, tactile experience I’ve had creating art in several months. By the time I finished painting the bottom right and last of the four panels, I had released massive amounts of stress and made it all the way to “Allowing and accepting joy”!

Unconscious Energy Shifts in Parallel Dimensions
While I was painting, I wasn’t thinking about what I was creating at all. I’d sketched a few doodles the night before and they were swirling around in my head so I just started to play with the feel of the brushes, the blending of colors. I was in the flow and these are the images that resulted. I also didn’t realize until 3 full days later that each image took me a step further in a process that I deeply needed to work through. I had, not very originally, titled these “Blue Squares No 1 – 4” and that just didn’t feel right, certainly not at all creative, so I bravely (if you have children, you understand this) asked my daughters for suggestions. Both told me that I needed to do this myself. Erin suggested I use an auto-association method, flipping through a book or magazine and noting random words or phrases.

How does this relate to string theory?
The day after I painted these, I happened to be intently reading about and watching Youtube videos on string theory with Brian Greene because Jenna, my youngest daughter, had uncharacteristically made a definite point of telling me about a paragraph in her physics book that correlates to the law of attraction teachings of Abraham. Now, I often listen to Abraham CDs while I’m working and, because of years of eye-rolling expressions, assumed she had tuned this out.
(Obviously she does pay attention and this makes me quite happy 🙂

Anyway, the random phrases exercise took more than a couple of hours because, of course, the words took on an energy of their own and once I related them to the paintings this illuminated the entire unconscious process I’d experienced.

While in the physical process of creating a painting, there is also an alternate or parallel dimension where the process of ‘playing’ and being in the flow of painting doubled as an organic form of art therapy. Because I spend way too much time in my head and working on computers, this is the most effective method for me to move through stress and to change my mental, physical and spiritual energies. (NOTE: I usually garden to release stress, but my capacity for tolerating Miami’s heat and humidity during the summer months outweighs the level of any possible de-stressing I could attain during creative dirt therapy.)

The energies of creating and viewing art
The ‘Transitions” artworks, as you first see them, are visually simple, abstract acrylic paintings on 5 inch squares of textured clayboard. They also share the multi-dimensional energies of the creative process: the states of being of the artist, the magnetic fields of energy that were emitted and absorbed during the painting process…and the relative energy of whatever ‘feeling’ you, as the viewer, are experiencing when you look at this art.

I hope you enjoy these freestyle expressions as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Visit my Transitions page for larger views and to purchase one, or maybe even all of these artworks. I’ve priced them at just 120.00 dollars each and this includes shipping within the US. If you’re interested in buying all 4 paintings, I’ll consider a discount. All you have to do is ask – my email is debra@debracortese.com

Links to books that are referenced in this article:

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships (Teachings of Abraham)

The Astonishing Power of Emotions

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