Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flying Lessons

Kelly Rae Roberts has been inspiring me for a few years.  I found one of her canvases at a local boutique in Pewaukee, WI called Harvest Home and was instantly intrigued by her unique style.  I looked on the back of the canvas and found her name, looked her up online and ordered her book immediately. 

Ever since then, I've been so inspired and encouraged by her life and her art.  I even e-mailed her telling her my story of wanting to listen to my "whispers" to begin creating art (since it was a dream of mine since being a little girl).  I was shocked and thrilled that she e-mailed me back.  A woman with a published book actually personally responded to me!!!  I printed that e-mail out and saved it.  She gave me a few suggestions and I took them.  I haven't turned back since.  I have an etsy shop, a blog and do a few local art shows a year--all because she gently suggested I do so.  I would have NEVER done any of those on my own.  So I thank Kelly Rae Roberts for being a huge inspiration to me. 

Now I am taking her on line class Flying Lessons and am thrilled to hear her advice and stories as well as my fellow classmates' advice and stories.  I'm truly grateful that she is willing to share her "secrets to success." 

Another inpsiration that keeps me and my dream alive is this quote from Henry James: 

"It's time to start living the life you've imagined."


  1. Love that quote, Jill! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of your journey to here. Very inspiring!

  2. Hi Jill, thank you for visiting me and for your lovely and supportive comment! Its really inspiring to read about your journey and email exchange with Kelly Rae. Its so wonderful to hear that she encouraged you to start your own creative ebiz!! Wishing you continued success and joy on your journey. Wini xo

  3. Jill - In response to your post about teaching girls art - just do it!! They really do "take off" faster than adults do. Feel free to write me with any questions. :)

  4. Thanks, Ladies, for stopping by--it's nice to hear from you:)

    This is an exciting time for all of us!


  5. Yes, Kelly Rae is amazing. Seh started with a blog and an etsy and look at her now--her stuff is everywhere.

    Check out "Artful Blogging" btw for extra inspiration and great blogs. She's been featured there a number of times. Latest issue is really great.

  6. Hi Jill - it's so fun to connect with women inspired by Kelly's journey. I found her blog through another blog I followed and ate up her archives about her beginnings.

    Wishing you the best in your artful journey :-)


  7. Hi Jill: Thanks for visiting my blog and being my very first comment. I so appreciated that. It is an exciting time for all of us.


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