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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

bright bloom

(New art! Available here)

“I know you're tired but come, this is the way.” ― Rumi

This piece if for those of us who are awakening, or perhaps reawakening.
Who are unlearning. 
Who are unleashing. 
Who are emerging, and bursting, and releasing.
Who are finding the way to our most full, bright, true selves.

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Here's to witnessing, and living our own bright bloom.
This is for all of us. 

XO,
Kelly Rae






Monday, August 25, 2014

Two week countdown. Pinch me.



Friends, we're on the two week countdown to my e-course starting, and my heart is just about ready to explode! It feels amazing to be on the verge of doing it all over again, and I'm thrilled at the level of anticipation and excitement that is building from students all over the world. My heart is excited, too. 




I thought I'd share the blooper reel from when we filmed the e-course a few months ago. Honestly, it just might be the funniest thing I've seen of myself, ever. If you're in need of a giggle yourself, watch and giggle. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.


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Speaking of filming, this was our "set" - super fun.  It was so fun seeing my old studio transform into a little production studio. So much heart and love and good ol' fashion hard work went into the entire thing. A total team effort. And totally worth it. 



Let art out. Let love in! 

Wanna unleash your joy and learn how to make super fun, gorgeously layered backgrounds - gobs of them?

Yes, yes? Love, love?


Wanna turn those gorgeous backgrounds into gorgeous mantra paintings that speak directly to the call of your heart?

Wanna be a part of an amazing community of seekers, explorers, open hearted souls?

Come join us, friends.  All levels welcomes. Class starts in two weeks, and I'd love to have you.

XO, 
Kelly Rae
ps: If you're a subscriber to my newsletter, check your inbox for a discount code! 




Below are a few testimonials from previous students. I’m so grateful for their taking the time to send over a little kindness. You can read more testimonials here

“Thank you Kelly. This e-course is so much more than I thought it would be. Delightfully deep, thought provoking & healing.”

“Doors and windows flew open for me, never knew how to express myself in such a deeply positive way.”

“This art class has been way more than I could of ever of dreamed of so far,Thank you Kelly Rae!!”

“This class is amazing and having Lynx [on air student] there was sheer GENIUS!!!! Seeing both of you doing side by side was double value, double fun – thank you.”

“Love loved every moment. I am going back to start all over. It’s like a favorite movie that you never want to end and watch over and over!”

“I am feeling so liberated by this process, I have unearthed some truths I wasn’t fully aware of until I started writing….thank you Kelly Rae for taking us on this journey of self-discovery.”
“Heart opening and oh so worth it.”

“I feel like I am reading a great book and can’t stop, yet I don’t want it to end! Thank you!”

“Boom. Light bulb moment. Thanks again Kelly Rae, I’m loving this so much.”

“There are no rules, total freedom!!!!! I feel so alive!!!!!!!!!!!Thank you!”

“If there is such a thing as ‘too much fun” then I am so guilty.”


“I feel like my eyes are more open and I think less before seizing opportunities. Making space for coffee dates, found out one of my fave authors was speaking in my city this week, and honoring the urge to swim. It’s all connected to what we are learning. Mantras keep surfacing. Cultivating creative wholeness.”



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Datebooks and Calendars are here!!! Limited quantities.

Hi friends!

We've launched sales for the signed 2015 Wall Calendar AND the Datebooks. I am so excited. Our calendar formats have sold out every year for the last few years before we even reach Dec 1st. This means you gotta act fast. Did I mention they both come signed. Yes, indeed!

More details below......
XO,
Kelly Rae

:: Datebooks! :: 

I gotta say, these are special. The 2015 datebooks have a beautiful hard cover (with full color artwork on front and back covers) with an elastic closure. I'll send them signed and with a little hand-written message on the inside cover. Limited quantities...get em' while you can









::Wall Calendars! ::

All calendars are full size (12x12) and are super high quality with an elegant linen paper stock. The best part? It arrives inside a special gift jacket that is printed in full color, and signed by me. It's special, friends, and a lovely gift that will inspire all year long.

Limited quantities...get em' while you can! All details and more images over in the shop :) 










Thanks, friends! I can't wait to sign all of these and send them out into the world with a blessing for the new year, just for you. 
XO,
Kelly Rae




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

overalls and other things

I've been doing a lot of soul searching over here when it comes to my biz. Never in a gazillion light years would I have thought that starting this blog in 2005 would have led to such life changing experiences for me, including finding my way into a creative life and career. I like to think that my story is not exceptional and not unlike so many of us who simply follow the call of their hearts, trusting that the path, despite the debris fields of gremlins (Who do you think you are? You're not allowed to want what you want. Etc, etc), will never fail us. Sure, there will be lots of "fails" when it comes to how to do certain tasks, but not in the bigger sense of perspective, not when it comes to shaping who we are, what we're here to do, and why we're here to do it. I believe in trusting the calls, the whispers, what delights us, and what is nudging at us for more attention. I believe, ultimately, nothing fails. 

But lately, as I've written about recently, I can sense that I am evolving in big ways, and thus my business/brand is evolving, too. I believe our business are living breathing entities. I believe that our souls – the essence of who we are – are what make each of us extraordinary and I believe, if nurtured and aligned with who we are, our businesses can be extraordinary, too. But just as we change alignment, and especially if we ARE the business/brand, it's only natural for our brands to evolve, too.

It's not been easy, navigating this evolution, and it has often felt like like a weird void of frustration, but after months of re-envisioning, daydreaming, and lots of soulful strategizing conversation, I can begin to see a clearer direction coming into focus when it comes to my offerings in art & licensing world, and most especially when it comes to my stepping into all the ways I want to teach. I am beyond excited for what's to come, and often find myself inside long moments when I can feel what the future holds bubbling up inside of me. Best feeling ever. 



A big exciting part of this particular transition for me and my biz is having an opportunity to grow my team here in Portland. Friends, meet Nichole. She's my new Community Care & Engagement Manager. Isn't she adorbs? She's been in her new role for about 5 weeks now, and I can sense that this is going to be a fantastic partnership. She is super smart, funny (like, LOL funny), talented, and has a wonderful way of elevating the thoughtfulness around all that we're building. And she's already been deeply touched and inspired by my online community - you guys are so welcoming! You can learn more about Nichole over here on her music site (Hello, gorgeous music. I am a fan.) as well as on her podcast site (Hello, brave honest heart.). 


The other day Nichole and I went to see a potential new studio/office space (I think we might take it!). Because the space is still being renovated, we had to wear safety gear, and we geeked out for a fun photo op. Anyway, you can't see them in this photo, but Nichole is wearing overalls. I couldn't resist! 


Within minutes of seeing her in overalls, I ordered a pair, too. For a girl who wore overalls non-stop in the 90's, I cannot tell you how happy this purchase made me. Who knew overalls are back? Even better? They're from Amazon!

So there you have it. Nichole is awesome. And if I hadn't known it already, I would have certainly figured it out the second she came to work in overalls.

XO

PS:


It's hard to be believe it all starts again in three weeks. I had the time of my life creating this ecourse and I'm eager to share it with another tribe of students. The other day one of my previous students left a message for future students on my FB page. I thought it was pretty adorbs. She said "Your new students have no idea what is about to happen in their lives. Great decision people, you will love every minute of Kelly's class and treasure your time learning and sharing with your classmates. Best decision I ever made. Have fun, everyone!" Thank you, Jeanie Martin. You captured the anticipation and enthusiasm exactly. Friends, come join me for round 2 of this class! I'd love to get to know you and watch you surprise yourself as you unleash your joy!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nourish Your Soul – Staying Present


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.


Summer is almost over...we have a few precious weeks left before school begins, the air crisps, and the leaves start to turn that glorious gold color and give us piles to crunch through on sidewalks. My inner voice is saying, "Not yet! It's still summer!" So I've been practicing staying present, savoring these weeks with nature hikes, trips to the beach, and summer reads

Below are a few products to help you (and I!) practice staying in the present moment! 

Garden Vase: 


The girl's sweet smile and the reminder to "plant gratitude" has this as one of my favorite pieces for bringing the outdoors in! What a great way to display garden treasures! Find this one and others here


Hanging Garden Angel: 


Love seeing this reminder! Her cute beaded legs and wings make her so, so precious! Find her and the other hanging garden angels here


Love, Believe, Hope Scarf: 


One of our MOST popular items! Each scarf feels like a breeze on your skin – soft and cool. This one reads: Be present; believe; create; dream big; explore; faith; hope; love; love wide; surrender. Find this and other beautiful scarves here


Wood Manifesto Block: 


I love having these little manifestos (this one is 4" by 6"!) around the house – on bookshelves, in the kitchen, on end tables – little reminders throughout my day. This one is one of my favorites, the butterfly is a sweet little detail. Find this one and the other manifesto blocks 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.

Warmly,
Kelly Rae

PS: The products featured above (and more) are sold online via Garden Gallery (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. 









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