This month, you have 2 opportunities to mingle with friends, make a contribution to an outstanding charity and possibly take home a Cortese Design Bag! Women’s Fund of Miami, Power of the Purse
On Friday, March 23rd, you can bid on a “White Orchid Diamonds” Deluxe Tote Bag at the annual Women’s Fund of Miami, Power of the Purse event held at the Hilton Miami Downtown.
Get your Power of the Purse tickets HERE.
A Night In Bollywood
On Saturday, March 24th, attendees at “A Night In Bollywood” the annual Fun-Raiser for Sunil’s Home Orphanage in Coral Gables, Florida can bid on a one-of-a-kind, Deluxe Travel Tote Bag featuring Debra Cortese’s “Art Deco Pink Flamingos with a handcrafted Swarovski Crystal Elements floral accessory.
For information on a custom design for your business or special event, contact Debra HERE.
The White Orchid Diamonds bag is also available HERE and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Women’s Fund of Miami.
The 2011 custom designed bags for Sunil’s Home Orphanage are available HERE and a portion of each sale of these bags will be donated to Sunil’s.
Bollywood on Youtube:
“White Orchids Swaying Ferns” (shown above), “Blue Tango” and “Fuschia” Tote Bags by Cortese Designs are partying in New York at the Inc Lounge in the Time Hotel on West 49th Street. They’re part of the “Untapped Fashion & Music – NYC 09” event which happens tonight between 8 to 11 pm.
After that, they are off to a NY after-party at Greenhouse. (Lucky bags!)
I’m physically here in Miami, but my inner designer is definitely right there in New York via the three tote bags that bear my name. For this event, editors from local & national press (hopefully all of the following): OceanDrive, Time Out New York, Miami Herald, People Magazine, US Weekly, W Magazine,VOGUE, Glamour, Lucky Magazine, New York Post, Village Voice, WWD) get to view collections from many designers, while listening to music from unsigned & talented musicians. The fashion designers’ creations will be showcased on models strutting around the lounge. The event is sponsored by Eric and Luck, Sagatiba, and Starlite Shoes & Accessories. Celebrity guests will be in attendance including Isaac Mizrahi, Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey, MTV’s Real World contestants, America’s Next Top Model contestants, Malan Breton of Project Runway, Kristen Dalton – Miss USA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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