taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Art – Portrait Series!!


Eek! Here they are!! Super excited about my new portrait series, totally inspired by vintage portraits. We've got True, Hopeful, Brave, and Blessed.

I love, love, love trying new ways of creating and this series is totally speaking to me. I hope you love them as much as I do.


I think this one is my favorite. She's called Portrait of a True Spirit.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here's to standing in our light, being true, brave, blessed, and hopeful.

Find these prints, available either ready to frame (matted and signed) or print-only in my shop here!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A little bit of this n' that

Joy Magnet 

Blurry photo but I have to tell you about Mary Elizabeth. I met her at my in-store signing event this week. 30 years ago when she was only 38 years old she had a brain aneurism. She was non-verbal for 9 months and it took three years before she was able to have assisted independence. Her younger sister took her to her home in Wisconsin and took care of her in those years but paid Mary Elizabeth's rent back in Washington as a way of holding hope that she'd be able to return one day on her own. Her sister's hope, intention, and dedication paid off and Mary Elizabeth eventually made her way back to Washington and has lived independently despite her permanent brain injury limitations. Fast forward 25 years and she is a big fan of my work. You guys, I wish you could have seen the purity of light and kindness in her eyes and heard her genuine enthusiasm in her voice for LIFE, for all things HOPEFUL. I'm not certain I've ever met someone who felt like a direct angel from source. She was so electric with emotion, looked you deep in the eyes, emphatically LIT UP. She was like a walking joy magnet and I want to be just like her when I grow up. 

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

This is the LAST WEEK  20% off both orders from the print shop AND AND AND (this is big!) my current painting ecourse, Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras! PLUS for the first time EVER – print shop gift cards!! AND ecourse gift certificates!! All the details below!! Yay!!

Just a note: Per USPS, the last day to order to get gifts in time for Christmas Day is Friday, December 19th!

Use code "HOLIDAY20" (all caps, one word, no quotation marks) for 20% anything from my shop, including prints and the new individual postcards, which have been selling like the hotcakes!! Check it out, friends!

A rare opportunity for a big sale on my self-paced ecourse and I would love love love for you to join us (the community of souls in this class will blow you away)! On the fence? Read the testimonials for the inside scoop on what my lovely students are saying.

With Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras, I share everything I know about creating soulful mantra paintings that reflect the call of your heart. The course is inspiring, and fully loaded with exquisitely-produced lessons + videos that mirror the feel of a face-to-face workshop.

Use code "HOLIDAY20" (all caps, one word, no quotation marks) for 20% off this heart-centering, soul-lifting course!


And if you're interested in gift cards or ecourse gift certificates, check out this blog post!

Reminder: Per USPS, the last day to place an order guaranteed to arrive for Christmas Day is Friday, December 19!

One more thing...

You guys, this magazine from the good folks at Make It In Design is TOPS. Chock full of inspiring interviews, eye candy galore, plus it's absolutely free!

In issue 7, you'll find:
  • Kelly Rae Roberts (that's me!) on the power of personal mantras
  • For the love of lettering by Lisa Congdon
  • Shooting words with Holly Booth
  • Expert insider: MOYO meets Dashwood Studio
  • Transforming old furniture with pattern
  • Behind-the-scenes at Surtex
I'm super delighted and honored to the cover girl for issue 7, and I am in fascinating, awesome company. Check it out!!


If this awkward family photo doesn't make you chuckle, then I don't even know. Please note the Santa stuffie wearing an Ironman outfit with pink roller skates and a light saber stabbing him in the wrong place. (True loved Build A Bear!). He MADE me sit on his lap. And the looks on both of our faces are priceless. Even better? When Santa asked him what he wanted he said "silly string, Doc McStuffins, a stand up bass guitar, and a beer." AGAIN? He pulled that beer line out from last year. I have no idea why he thinks it's so funny. All I know is that it made the awkward family photo more awkward.

Friday, December 12, 2014

NEW ART – Love, The Journey

(New art, available here)

"The only journey is the one within." - Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the last one in the Dear You series and it just might be my fave. Here's to being all in on the path. It all matters and it's all leading us toward what we most need to cultivate, learn, grow, and heal. What path do you want to pave? I'd like to cultivate a path of daily stillness that connects my deepest and highest self with my body and my mind.


You can find the rest of the Dear You series – featuring courage, wisdom, possibility, and others – in my print shop! I'm really in love with this collection, it's something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I like to think of them as love notes, and today they are love notes to you (yes, you!). Wishing you all the wellness and hope and warmth this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

And then she followed her heart and let joy in

*Whew* So busy these days, folks. Amidst the busy-ness, I have moments of great gratitude and reflection (more on that later), plus some exciting developments! Read on for updates!


Friends, earlier this week I headed to Minneapolis today with the good folks at DEMDACO and February 13 Creative for a product development meeting where we hoped to radiate possibility and ideas for new gift products!! Also, I loved how my iPhone case and Target weekender bag matched the carpet perfectly.


We had a whirlwind meeting with my product development team at DEMDACO. We radiated ideas and dreams for new gift, holiday, and garden products. Very good, soul-centered products coming your way, friends. Also, I might be the only one, but I gasped in delight at the KRR girlie planter head. Just a sample, but I loved it. Thank you Demdaco and thank you retailers (and buyers!) for all the love and support all these years!


New art, available here

And then she followed her heart and let joy in. Often I visualize my guides and angels embracing and loving on me. It wasn't always this way as it was only in these last few months that I let them in. But when I opened up my heart and consciousness to receiving their guidance and comfort, joy came much easier to me. This piece, with her heart wings guiding her was born from the experiences I've had this year with my spirit and soul family. I am lighter for it. Grateful for it. Transformed. This piece has been in my head and heart all day as I've been working and traveling and thinking ahead.


You guys, we are having SO much fun with these sales!! Use code "HOLIDAY20" (all caps, one word, no quotation marks) for 20% anything from my shop, including prints and the new new new individual postcards, which have been selling like the hotcakes!! Check it out, friends!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Hearts and Feathers – Joy is My Teacher

I thought I'd share some recent finds of feathers and hearts. I believe they are signs of being on the right path. They always delight me, and I'm obsessed with capturing them. I think I'll add these to the ongoing collection :). 

I was standing there in the water, soaking up the breath of the sun (many weeks ago!) And then I looked down to see it floating by. A sign. A lightness. A small little truth.

More love and evidence of being on the right path found at the shore. So grateful for these signs.

Found during a hike deep in the woods with my boys. Perfect little feather. Sign of lightness, Spirit, knowing.

Can't decide if it's a heart or wings. Either way, I was uplifted.

My dad found this tree heart in the golf course and stopped to capture it. Totally made my day.

I walk by this often but noticed it for the first time only recently. My heart must be opening to SEEING.

Joy is my teacher these days.
May it be yours too.


Our holiday sale will continue for the next couple of weeks!! Woo to the hoo! Head on over to the shop for 20% off.