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

Friday, July 25, 2014

ART IN MOTION :: Seeker of Hope + Love

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 really messy background, then added a piece of smooth paper that would eventually become her face.


Drew a really rough sketch of her face, body, and hair. Then, I painted her face with a mixutre of Shiva Oil sticks and PITT pens (links below), and painted her hair with fluid acrylics. Added a bit of yellow paint to the background.


A bit more definition to the sketch lines, some gesso to her neck, and experimented with some stripes toward the bottom.


Filled in her dress with white, collage the bottom of the canvas, and added a little collaged birdie.

Finishing touches include the stamped words, collage elements (wing and flower), white dots, and bit more paint to the background. I love what I do! 

I shared more about the meaning of this piece in my recent post about my joy-filled spiritual awakening. Head on over to read more. If you're interested, she comes signed, matted and ready to frame right here.

And for those of you interested in unleashing your creative joy with me, come take my on-line painting class with me! 

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Let's have a FLASH SALE

Friends, I've never done this before, but something about the ease of summertime has me in the mood to shake things up a bit.

So.............let's have a FLASH SALE!

Today only (Thursday, July 24th), all art prints in my shop are a whopping 50% off. They will arrive signed, matted, and ready to frame. Even better? We've just added several new prints to the shop, including this new personal favorite. 

Use code FLASHSALE at checkout. Sale ends at midnight, July 24th, PST.


Please note: Sale is for art prints only.  Domestic orders only. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

House update!

The house. The house! It's been a long time since I posted an update and I'm happy to say that it's totally, finally, sort of coming together. And we are loving it. 

Here's a peek at what we've done so far....mainly on the main level. I'll share better photos and full room tours in the coming weeks, but these iphone shots will give you an idea on where we're at. 

The entryway is coming together! Totally digging the patchwork rug from Dash + Albert (called Gypsy Rose). We found some wooden numbers for stairs, which has been on my dream list for a long, long time. We're thinking about using removable wallpaper on the stair risers because, well, it's also been on the dream list, and I'm so crazy inspired by my Pinterest board called "for the love of stairs" - so good. 

Not sure the yellow bench will stay and I need to put photos in many of the frames, but I am definitely loving this and it feels like a dream come true ( I have wanted a wall like this for years.)

John fell in love with this vintage botany scroll and I'm loving the vibe it's giving this little corner of our home. 

Really excited about the kitchen. Color pops everywhere! Considering painting the kitchen island or an accent wall - not totally sure yet. We will see, but man am I digging all the space. I want to pinch myself often. 

There is a teal couch in our living room. Omg! We bought this couch from a local shoppe that I've always adored, which made my heart happy. More pics of this room coming soon. 

I'm crazy over our little back porch. I find myself here often - morning tea, swinging with True, afternoon sun break. The double hanging chair is from Pier1 and we LOVE it.

I'm still transitioning from my studio move out of Soul Shine Studio, but this desk/work/office space in a spare bedroom is totally inspiring me while I'm in transition. 

That's the peek so far, friends! I can't wait to share more with you as we add more and more layers. I'm falling back in love with decorating, loving the process of making it our own, and definitely cultivating some patience as we consciously take our time. All so good. 

Kelly Rae

Monday, July 21, 2014

Life with True

For some reason, gigantic life altering spiritual opportunities are falling into my path left and right this last month. I have no idea what is going on, but I just keep saying yes to them and to those that are ushering me toward them. It's totally amazin

I stumbled on this photo today of when I was 7 mos pregnant with True and the beams of light connecting my heart to my belly give me chills and clarity all over again. Thank you Andrea for capturing this all those years ago. It delights the deepest part of my spirit, this photo.

I thought I'd share some recent capture of True and his shiny spirit.....

We put a swing in our new front yard. I'm thinking it's gonna be in our lives a very long time. It was so sweet to witness True seeing it for the first time in our front yard, running straight for it with a wide smile. It's the littlest things, no?

I was a nervous wreck, but boy did he LOOOOVVVEE it. Nothing but giggles. 

John recently took him to the kiddie ride park. When they got home True said (with squeals), "I tried something I've never done before. I rode the ROLLERCOASTER!!!!!' Yeah, yeah, I was super brave, Mama." Totally adore him. I love how our kids are our teachers. He teaches me to play, to be brave, to feel my emotions, and to try new things.

I cannot believe he was a newbie just three years ago. This time on earth really is the longest, shortest time. And motherhood made me a newbie too, in all the best (and sometimes hardest) ways. This is love. And it's a journey of a lifetime.

We love this shirt by Geo Fox. True is super athletic (bikes! scooters! soccer!), super loves big kids (doesn't quite know what to do with kids his own age yet), and super loves his guitar and music. It's not uncommon to hear him singing "all you need is love" to himself at the top of his lungs after bedtime reading. He loves dancing and running around wild while also sincerely asking about your day, your highs and lows, and more. If he's comfortable, he's also a natural director and likes to direct all activity, when it happens, how it happens, who does what, etc.  I just love his well roundedness. And his heart. 

Last day in HI. We've had a full house of friends and visitors the last couple of days. Perfect way to end the trip. Also, bah bye snow cones. We're gonna miss you.

And these two. An intuitive once told me that True had been knocking on our door for about 10 years. She said he and John had travelled together many times and he was insistent they travel together again. As soon as she said it, I knew it to be true. These two are deeply intertwined, and totally in love. It's a beautiful thing to witness. I am a lucky lady. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Wear Your Joy Project

One day I started to get more intentional about what I was wearing, choosing only to wear clothes that delighted my spirit and lit me up. And then I invited others to join me, using #thewearyourjoyproject as the hashtag over on Instagram. 

This project has reminded how nothing in this life is superficial - but rather when our hearts speak, we gotta listen. We just never know where it will take us. In this case, it's taken me to something bigger - it's not about boots or pairing together perfect outfits. It's about wearing our joy.

Click here to read the full story of how this project came to be. 
Click here to see/read all the blog posts in this series. 
Click here if you want to follow along in Instagram (use #thewearyourjoyproject to join in!)

Trying something a little different today for #thewearyourjoyproject. Pairing a tunic (from #boden) with leggings, a big belt, and a pair of new shoes from #poeticlicence that are quite possibly my favorite pair of shoes that I've bought since I bought a

I'm trying out leggings with slips peeking out. Kind of love it. Also, these shoes (from here). They are so cozy and sassy. Love!


Shirts under tanktops = one of my favorite things ever. I could wear this everyday.

Friends, it was a good day.

Experimenting with belts and loving it! This one is from the sale rack at Anthropologie. And the yellow tunic? It's from Boden and makes me wanna picnic.

Who made up the rule that we shouldn't wear floral with stripes? Breaking the rules today as I get #dressedupinjoy. Also, did you know that I was voted "most likely to wear stripes with plaid" in high school? #somethingsneverchange #thewearyourjoyproject

Why not? I'm digging the mix of patterns while keeping the colors similar. In the highschool yearbook I was voted most likely to wear stripes with plaid - total evidence that some things never change.

This project and practice keeps me in my joy first thing in the morning. That, and hello color. Love that it's warm enough to bring out the skirts again. This one is made by Ginza Girl (local biz). #dressedupinjoy #thewearyourjoyproject

Hello yellow shoes. You are my favorite.

#tbt #irememberthisdresslikeitwasyesterday

Had to throw this one in. I remember this dress like it was yesterday. And I loved it so.

Wanna join The Wear Your Joy Project? Feel free to join in with me over on Insta (use #thewearyourjoyproject to join in!) or Facebook or your blogs or just in private.

Feel free to join in with me over on Insta or Facebook or your blogs or just in private. 
I hope you'll learn what I'm relearning: Style isn’t superficial. It’s the call of your heart, made visible — and wearable.
- See more at: http://kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/search/label/the%20wear%20your%20joy%20project#sthash.jcDO2Zsm.dpufI hope you'll learn what I'm relearning: Style isn’t superficial. It’s the call of your heart, made visible — and wearable.

Kelly Rae

PS: Thank you guys SO MUCH for all the love and response to my last post. I can't wait to dive in with a new session of students. I really can't.