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Diane and Paul at Mobile Dressing Room (aka mini van) on Washington Ave, South Beach

Diane and Paul at Mobile Dressing Room (aka mini van) on Washington Ave, South Beach


Another new experience. I’ve worked with professional photographers many times before, but always for a client’s products. This time, I’m the client, and my Cortese Design bags are the focus of the shoot.
My friend, and jewelry designer, Sandy Edie (who also does a fabulous job as makeup artist!) packed my mobile dressing room (aka Marsha the mini van) and headed off to meet photographer Paul Andre, and model Diane, on the corner of Espanola Way and Washington Avenue on South Beach yesterday morning.
A lot of work for everyone and great fun too! About 6 outfit and location changes, perfect weather, wind machine, a la Mother Nature, for great hair effects, live background traffic and not so great booming music from the shop next to our mobile dressing room, but hey, it’s their choice.
Two more snapshots. I’ll be posting some Pro shots as soon as they’re ready.

From Edible Landscapes to LegalArt with Stuart Horodner

A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday in Miami… got myself up and off to South Beach in time to attend the standing-room-only presentation on Edible Landscapes by Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms, Homestead, Florida. Hope to create some new images from this South Florida Findhorn-like farm!

Had missed the Tuesday night opening of ‘Atlantis in the Midst of Myth’ an exhibition of bronze sculptures by Oxana Narozniak at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, so got to see this and several other sculptures after the Edible event.

Carolina Garcia, LegalArtMiami with Stuart Horodner of Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at Locust Project in Miami\'s Wynwood district. photo by Debra Cortese
Carolina Garcia of LegalArtMiami with Stuard Horodner of Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at Locust Project in Miami’s Wynwood art district.

Back home for a quick lunch with my daughter and then off again with my friend, Paula to the Locust Project in Miami’s Wynwood art district where we attended a LegalArt presentation by Stuart Horodner, curator of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Horodner’s direct, no nonsense and witty talk covered practical and passionate aspects of the Creative Life and Career of an artist. The crowd here was hungry for real world information that could help advance artistic careers. Horodner easily met this need through stories of his experiences as an artist, gallery owner, consultant, curator and writer. He reiterated, for me, something that I heard/read over and over: follow your passion. create the work you love and don’t give up. Yes, it does take time to establish yourself as an artist – just like any other career. As a parting gift to the artists, he challenged us all to create a work of art, a single image that most imparts the essence of our work, of who we are as an artist…that he will post on his blog. A brilliant networking opportunity that I am definitely looking forward to!

VERY USEFUL INFO FOR ARTISTS: “I’d Rather Be In The Studio” Alyson Stanfield’s excellent book on business and marketing your art.

and, a PARTING SHOT…
overlooking the Miami River

Sunset dinner from the deck at Casablanca overlooking the Miami River. Photo: Debra Cortese
from deck of Casablanca Restaurant, downtown Miami. end of a perfect Saturday in Miami

photo/images: Debra Cortese 
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Distracted from I.R.B.I.T.S. by Polo Ponies on Miami Beach

Polo Ponies on Miami Beach by Debra Cortese

Polo Ponies Playing on Miami Beach 2008 photo by Debra Cortese 

IRBITS on Miami Beach photo by Debra Cortese 

Took my copy of Alyson Stanfield’s to Miami Beach and was all too easily distracted by the Polo Ponies, fabulous beach and great people watching. Will have to catch up on my reading elsewhere! Grab your copy of this outstanding artist’s resource book: I‘d Rather Be In The Studio 

 

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