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

Monday, April 21, 2014


(photo credit: Viv McMaster)

For the last four years, I've hosted a ONE DAY ONLY sale for The Whole Shabang for a seriously discounted price. You guys went berserk scooping it up, every single time. I love a good, well received sale. So much that I've decided to make it a full-on, possibility-fueled tradition.

So, today, friends, is THE DAY. In fact, THIS WEEK is the week! Instead of just one day, we're hosting the sale for a whole week. 

And it's HUGE: 50% off!!!!!!  Can I get an amen?

I am so proud of this book. So proud.

Let's make 2014 the year your creative biz will soar. Let's start with everything you could ever need to make that dream real. Let's simply begin, one small step at a time.

I WILL NOT be offering it on sale again this yearNow is the time. Get it while you can. You will not be disappointed and once downloaded, it's yours forever.

PS: This is the only ebook comes with membership to the ultra supportive private Facebook group where a community of your fellow ebook Flyers offer ongoing support, resources, and inspiration. This alone is a game changer for you and your creative biz! 

(That's 50% off the regular price!)

Ever wonder....

: How to build a devoted following and online presence?
: How ultra-successful artists sell, price & package their work?
: How to create a visually stunning website + blog, without spending a lot of $$?
: How to effectively organize your time & energy, and deal with all the outrageous fears that pop up, when you “go public” with your heart’s work?
: How to get published, licensed, and accepted to art shows?
: How to diversify + expand your income with possibility-drenched revenue streams?
: How to stay engaged with your heart while managing the business side of creating a business?

You aren't alone.

I know exactly where you’re coming from. Just a few years ago, that was me — sending heartfelt emails out to artists & entrepreneurs I admired. I always wished that there was some way I could access their brains, just for a moment. And that kind of direct-line-of-access is exactly what I want to offer, to you.

It took me half a decade of wondering & wandering (and very hard work) to find answers that worked for me. And now, I’ve bundled up my very-best resources & how-tos … for YOU.

ebook 4 puzzle FINAL

Flying Lessons: The Whole Shabang is a beautifully designed, highly interactive + functional e-book.

Did I mention it's 223 pages? Yes, yes it is. It's parts one, two, and three combined, which means it's packed with information, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked - lots of wisdom in those hard earned lessons), links, informative interviews with some of the most knowledgeable people I know, and resources that will save you boatloads of time and money in hours spent researching. And that's just the super short, skinny version. More meat (ahem, fat delicious details) below.

dragonfly 125“I cannot believe how much you have covered, the depth and quality of each lesson, and how many ‘tools’ I now have to enable me to soar! Thank you so much Kelly for your generosity, for gifting us with your wisdom.”

It's for anyone who wants to start, grow, or enliven their creative business with smart, soul-based growth strategies.

Whether you’re a beginner, or an accomplished crafter, coach, photographer, artist, writer, or anyone with a big message to share, this e-book will give you concrete information and and empowering inspiration to get you moving toward the direction of your soul-filling mission.

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dragonfly 125“I’ve taken many workshops and without a doubt your content has far surpassed any of them...you've helped me realize “What am I waiting for?” I’ve got a logo concept going, next is a website redesign and finally to get a blog going. I now know I can do it to. I feel ready. Thank you!”

The Details:

Top-notch design: Highly functional and interactive with internal links, external links, and a super loaded appendix dedicated to resources just for you! Once downloaded, this e-book is yours forever.

Blogging: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to create an effective, fulfilling, soul centered blog, including how to create, how to improve, and surefire ways to get more blog traffic.

Websites and social networking: The specific ins and outs of how to create, how to improve, and the secret ingredients to using them effectively.

Fear Wrangling: We all have them. In fact, being afraid of a big dream usually means it’s a dream worth pursuing. In Flying Lessons, we dive into effective strategies on facing our fears with the utmost care and intention.

Community: How to build long lasting creative allies inside a nurturing community that will have you counting your lucky stars, daily.

Marketing: Effective soul-based marketing strategies that will build traffic, buzz, + joyful momentum, including detailed information on how to use print media, newsletters, advertising, social networking, and more.

Selling Online: Specific strategies for successful selling on Etsy and other online marketplaces, including tried and true tips on how to get more traffic to your online shop, and effective ways of styling, photographing, and packaging your goods.

Selling Offline: Detailed information on how to sell your work at boutiques, and craft shows. You want to start wholesale accounts? I cover that, too.

Making Prints: I share all my secrets and how to’s, including scanning, printing, which paper to use, how to ship prints, etc. I share which mattes I use, which mailers I use, and more.

Press: Everything you've ever wanted to know about how to get good, solid press that will build your audience, build your credibility, and create effective, lasting momentum for your business.

Publishing: The ins and outs of how to get published, including in depth interviews with industry stars, Christen Olivarez (Editor-In-Chief of Stampington/Somerset Magazines) and Tonia Davenport (long time Acquisitions Editor for North Light books).

Licensing: In depth discussion on everything you need to know to get started, including finding manufacturers, attending licensing shows, + considering agents. Included is a revealing and informative interview with Ingrid Liss, Creative Director for DEMDACO. Also included are detailed interviews with three highly successful licensing artists who share what’s worked for them. I also share my own licensing story and everything I've learned along the way. This section is a big licensing round table, and there's a seat just for you.

Money (!): The skinny on how to diversify your income with several smart, often easy and soul-filling, income streams. I believe in inviting abundance into our lives. Consider yourself invited into the world of abundance, too.

Time management: Your super big, seemingly unreachable dreams? We'll break them down into doable steps and whip up a doable time management plan complete with breathing room and time to celebrate all the goal reaching that will be reached, often.

The Journey: The creative business journey is a unique one. We'll discuss ways to wholeheartedly and bravely embrace it, including recharging wearied souls, handling competition, burnout, as well as everyday ways to celebrate the journey.

Personal Stories: I share my best mistakes, my worst mistakes, my secret tips, and lots of personal and true stories about what it looks like to start, grow, and nurture a successful creative business. Kind of like we’re sitting together on a cozy couch, having some tea, sharing stories, side by side. Yes, just like that.


What is calling you? (Truly)
Because it's not just about building a web presence, marketing like a pro, and building a successful, sustainable income selling your goods. All of that matters, of course, but it's more about answering the little nudge of the whispers that have been calling you. It's about tapping into what is possible when you face the direction of those whispers and begin to create a more brave, full, inspired life. Flying Lessons will help you answer the call. Promise.

dragonfly 125“I describe it as my business bible. Not only is it filled with tips + tricks, but it's filled with heart + soul. It's as if you're sitting with an old friend who believes in you and gives you the courage to believe the same. Love it!"

Download it now. It's fast + easy.
: Click the “buy now” button below. You will be redirected to Paypal to pay for the e-book.
: Once you’ve paid for it, an email will be immediately and automatically sent to your email address (the same one you used at Paypal) with a link to download the e-book/PDF (it’s about 26mb and will take less than a minute to download).
: I recommend reading it with Adobe Reader which is free to download.

Once downloaded, you will have it forever to refer to as your creative biz continues to grow and grow. Because of the nature of e-books (once you download it, it’s yours forever), all sales are final.

Prefer to purchase it in smaller chunks? We've got you covered. Other e-books in the Flying Lessons Series include:




More love for the e-books:
“This content has been a catalyst in helping me to see exactly where I want to take my creative business. Before I felt like I was floundering around in uncertainty and fear. Now I really believe that I can make my artsy dreams a reality! You have given me the resources, tools, and knowledge to take my creative business to places I thought were only open to a chosen few.”

“This information is SO, SO helpful. I feel like I’m reading a letter from my biggest fan / supporter / friend / mentor – I can’t thank you enough.”

“The content totally exploded my mind and continues to push me into all new places…Kelly is generous beyond belief. I wish I’d “met” Kelly when I was a fledgling business woman and yet there were still volumes to learn from her rich content. What I have learned is helping me to prioritize my creative business and stay true to my creative spirit.”

“You’ve covered topics that I have long wondered about, but didn’t know how to do or where to go for answers. Thank you for your generosity in sharing.”

“This content has helped me with so many things, from mental clarity, to organizational skills, to technical details to reconnection with my spiritual path and growth… This was worth SO much more than what I paid in terms of the growth it inspired in me.”

“Flying Lessons was fantastic. You went above and beyond. I have taken many classes/workshops but not one of them could even come close to the information/content you shared.”

“I am in possibility heaven!”

“Kelly Rae, this is generous…. and I mean GENEROUS amount of info and insight you are showering upon me! Thank you!”

“I am blown away by all the work you have put into this Kelly. WAY BEYOND what I expected.”

“I am absolutely floored at the empowerment you are giving me Kelly. I dont think I have ever felt as confident as I do now.”

“This content has been beyond helpful. You’ve answered every single question that had been circling my brain for months, and now I feel so much better prepared to get my creative biz up and running. Thank you!”

“I have struggled so long on my own as an artist, succumbing to the fear over and over. Marketing, follow through, and consistency have been the biggest challenges. Now I feel as though I have a mentor, cheering me on and laying out the steps one by one. There’s only one direction to go from here!! Thank you Kelly Rae for your generosity of spirit!”

“Holy Moly, Kelly! Thank you for being so generous and thorough in everything you are covering! I’ve taken several e-courses and read many e-books, but this is by far the most practical and actually makes me feel like I can do it. Awesome.”

“I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful content and the fact that it was not just informative, but that you, yourself, Kelly Rae, came shining through, making it all so personal. This is the most amazing, WORTH IT content I have ever read.”

“Holy Camoly. Where in the world could we find all this info in such a short time, from someone who KNOWS? It would have taken me a LIFETIME…thank you so much Kelly Rae!”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nourish Your Soul with Truth + Beauty

Each week, I shine a spotlight on a few creations that I'm particularly proud of.  May you be inspired - and perhaps find a little something to nourish your soul.  Click here to see all the posts in this series. 

Products that celebrate Truth + Beauty:

I'm a big fan of surrounding ourselves with anything that nurtures our senses: flowers, color, love, meaning. Our spaces reflect who we are, and remind us who we are too.  This 6x6 wall art is a sweet reminder. Get yours here. And see all our 6x6 wall art here. 

Roomy + beautiful! I adore this tote, expecially her map face. Get yours here. See our entire line of bags here.

The perfect size for your phone, a few cards and money! This is one of my favorite wristlets. Get yours here. See them all here.

Thanks, friends. Our mission is to continue to create products that blend creativity with meaning, beauty with function. I so love what I do.

Kelly Rae

PS: The products featured above (and more) are sold online via Garden Gallery Works (a local shop here in the Portland area), but if you're looking for signed/matted prints and/or originals, you can get these in my online shop International customers, Garden Gallery is HAPPY to ship worldwide. Please email them at gardengalleryorders@gmail.com to get started. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ART IN MOTION + some thoughts on hope and healing.

With Art in Motion, I share the visual journey through the life of one of my paintings — from the blank canvas, to the first splash of inspiration, all the way to the finished piece. Enjoy to the fullest!

Click here to see all the posts in this ongoing project series.


Started with a very quick sketch using my Stabilo pencil (link below)....


Very loosely painted around the sketch...

Layer two. #movingquickly

Worked on her face + hair using PITT Pens (my favorite pens - link below). Added a bit of collage.


Created wings with paper and a script stamp, then painted her dress......

Signed/ Matted Print Available Here

Added some text via alpha stamps, added her halo, and finishing touches.

This healing angel is for those of us who are in transition, on the edge of one way of being in the world to another. Who perhaps are struggling and working our way through grief, old and new. Who understand that healing can make it through the tiniest of cracks in the dimmest of days. Who are inspired by all the ways that hope and healing show up in our beautifully messy, complicated stories. Who believe every word on the Be Brave Manifesto. 

This one is for all of us . We are not broken, friends. We are meant to be on healing journeys. It's our soul work. It's why we're here, ultimately in this journey. This I believe with my whole heart.


Here's to hope and healing.

Kelly Rae

I get so many questions about which art supplies I use and love. You can check out my favorite supplies for making art  (with descriptions) over here or if it's easier, I've put some easy links below for you :)

Thank you guys. I hope you enjoyed a peek into the process!
Kelly Rae

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food Changes Everything

Welcome to Food Changes Everything. In this series, I've asked my health coach friend, Lacy Young, to share some of her wisdom with you - everything from delicious green smoothie recipes to how to make those hard, but life-affirming small step changes around food. Lacy didn't always take care of herself. And neither have I. Luckily, she changed her food habits which changed her life. And now I am learning, through her, how, in fact, food changes everything.

See all posts in this series here.
You can find out more about Lacy on her website. 

This lifestyle takes work. Eating whole foods isn't always the easy choice. We are surrounded by junk foods, processed foods + fake foods that are dressed up to look, smell and taste pretty delicious. Even an ugly cupcake makes people smile.

Staying mindful and acting in alignment with your desires is a practice. Often that means overriding old ways of being. When stress + anxiety well up inside it can be so easy to self-soothe with food. For me it used to be sugar. Anything cake, cookies and ice cream. Looking back usually only the first bite made it better (if that). After that I was negotiating a killer headache or belly ache with a side of guilt for having done that to myself yet again.

The truth is that there's always an option that will support + nurture you and it usually doesn't have anything to do with food. Inspired by a client going through a tough time I've compiled a list of motivational tips + tools to help.

1. Pause + breathe before you act on the emotion or feeling you're experiencing by eating. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart. Take three deep breaths. Sometimes it's all you'll need to bring you back into presence to gain some control + perspective.

2. Say to yourself, "I love you. I see you. I feel you." You're feeling rotten and taking a moment to affirm that you're here with yourself, on the same team, being seen can work wonders. Consider a practice of saying it in the mirror daily.

3. Look at what you'd like to do and then decide differently. Ok-- the shit has hit the proverbial fan. You're ready to cart yourself down the street to the local coffee house for a baked good and cup of whipped cream with a little coffee in it. What could you do instead? What could you do that would take you out of the moment you're in, still feel satisfying but NOT filled with sugar + regret? Have a glass of water and write in your journal. If you're in a really tender state consider writing all you're feeling and then burning the pages to help release any trapped energy! (please burn the pages in a safe place like a fireplace)

4. Is this an opportunity to set a healthy boundary? Sometimes the thing that pushed you over the edge was a result of not standing up for yourself in a loving way. Could you say 'NO' sooner next time or change some routine, behavior or practice that would honor your boundaries?

5. Naps are a wonderful reset button. Maybe you need a nap to bring you back. Sleep is basic, necessary and a total life saver. Maybe it's time to look at your sleep schedule and commit to getting into bed earlier each night.

6. Be oh so gentle with yourself + respect your feelings. Chances are something has been building up over time to lead to this moment. Could you practice more kindness with yourself this week? Maybe that means letting go of those old rules about how things need to be done in a certain order before you take care of you. Leave the dishes in the sink + light a candle to soften the mood. It's ok, advisable even to take care of you first.

7. Ask yourself what you're really craving and then create space to invite it in. It could be you're really craving... more peace, physical touch, quality time alone, intimacy, a little hope, some more energy etc...

If you're struggling, you're not alone. We all face challenges in feeding + taking care of ourselves. There is a way to fill the well without overdosing on food + booze. There is a way to move through life without the guilt + shame hangover. I totally understand what it feels like to want to change but not know how. I have been in those moments when I knew it was going to be more painful to stay the same than it would be to do the work to change. I baked a whole sheet of cookies once only to take them out of the oven and put them down the disposal in tears. Been there. Done that.

Love yourself enough to do the work to change. You've totally got this!