Hello and welcome to my treasure chest of FAQs.
Select the category that applies to your question to see if I’ve already created an answer for you. If your question isn’t answered below, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
What is a possibilitarian?
I first saw the word ‘possibilitarian’ in a quote by Dr. Norman Peale: “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities—always see them, for they’re always there.” I’ve been hooked on its meaning ever since. Do you see the bright light of your life’s horizon (even on the average days)? Do you feel its warmth (even when you’re struggling)? Have you begun to touch the surface of all that is possible for your life? Does it give you goosebumps to think about it (I hope it does)? If so, then you’re a possibilitarian, too.
Do you teach workshops?
Yes, but I keep a limited teaching schedule. Check out the ecourses page to see my current offerings. And sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page to hear about upcoming workshops, online classes, and live events.
Where did you go to art school?
I didn’t attend art school! I have a graduate degree in clinical social work and worked for many years as a medical social worker before pursuing art full time. If you’d like to take a peek at my journey into art, check out: Years in the Rearview.
Do you have any advice on how I can get started in my art career or how I can improve my creative business, such as online sales, and marketing?
As much as I’d like to offer specific information + support to each person who contacts me, it’s just not possible. However, I did create a jam-packed ebook called Flying Lessons: Let’s Make Your Creative Biz Soar where I answer, in detail, the common questions that come my way.
Are you available for licensing?
How do you create your original paintings?
Will you donate something to my fundraiser and/or help me spread the word about it?
Although I’d like to, it’s just not possible to donate to everyone who reaches out with their cause/event. I privately support causes close to my heart.
I love the photos in your blog posts. What kind of camera do you use?
I’d love to commission a Kelly Rae original. Will you paint something for me?
These days, it feels best for me to paint only what naturally rises up from my heart, so I’m not taking on any commission projects.
Can I hire you to illustrate my book, book cover, website, project, etc?
I’m flattered that you’d want to. I am directing all my creative energy into my paintings, ecourses and writing, so I’m not available for illustration projects. Also, I’m not practiced in the art of design + illustration! I’d recommend Amy at Rare Byrd Creative. She does some amazing design work (I’ve worked with her myself!).
Can I use your picture on my conference materials, website, or in my newsletter, etc?
I ask that you do not use my images. If you’d like to tell people about me, please give them the link to my site, and know that I’m honored.
Do you do interviews for podcasts, books, or ecourses?
Feel free to send your request to Nichole at email@example.com, but please know I tend to keep a very limited interview schedule, though I’m honored by every request that comes my way (thank you).
Can I include you in my book/Do you provide blurbs for books?
Feel free to send your request to Nichole at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please know I’m limited in what I can offer as far as blurbs, reviews, and other book contributions due to my various contractual obligations. I’m honored that you would want to share your work with me!
Where do you get all of your collage papers?
I generally scour Etsy for vintage wallpaper. However, I do have a few other favorite sources. Check out the Favorite Things page for more information.
I’ve never taken an online course before. Are the classes LIVE? Do I have to be at my computer at a certain time during the day?
All my courses are self-paced, so you don’t have to be anywhere at a specific time to make it to the class (meaning, nothing will be LIVE at 8pm, 8am, etc.). You can log in and access the lessons whenever you like. Log in everyday or every other day or once a week. Either way, the content (and the community) will be ready to greet you!
Once I register for the class, how long will I have access to the lessons?
We recognize that life gets busy! Your login and password will work forever. Lifetime access, my friend!
I’d love to gift this class to a loved one. How can I register them for the course?
Shoot us an email at email@example.com and we’ll make it easy for you
Will I need high speed internet to access the videos?
Yes, absolutely. All videos are high-def and require a high speed internet connection. Please note: we will not offer refunds if you are not able to see the videos due to a slow internet connection, so please consider this before purchasing the course.
Where can I buy your products online / what local store?
If you’re looking for signed/matted archival prints, you can purchase those in my online shop. If you’re looking for my licensed products (gift, home decor, stationery, etc), recommend visiting the online retailer Garden Gallery – they carry a ton of Kelly Rae licensed products and are super kind folks to boot! As for a list of stores nationwide, unfortunately don’t have that information.
How can I place a wholesale order for your prints?
I don’t sell my matted prints wholesale anymore. If you’d like to place a wholesale order for my licensed products for your retail store, head here. And, thank you!
How can I place a wholesale order for your other Kelly Rae products?
Head over here. Click on each company’s links for further information on how to place a wholesale order for their Kelly Rae products.
I don’t see any original paintings for sale. When will you have more available and how much will they cost?
Periodically, I list new batches of paintings for sale in the shop. My paintings are only available to newsletter subscribers, so you can sign up for that at the bottom of this page. Prices for original paintings usually range from $100-$1000, depending on the size and complexities of the painting.
The quality of your matted prints is fantastic! Do you make them yourself or do you have them printed elsewhere?
Why, thank you! Using a professional Epson scanner and fancy printer, I print them myself. They are high quality, made using archival, fade-resistant inks on professional grade paper with a luster finish. Specifically, I use the Epson Perfection 4490 photo scanner and the Epson Stylus R3000 inkjet printer. If you’d like to learn more about the products I love, head to this page.
Do your prints come in larger sizes?
At this time, my signed prints come in either 8”×8” or 8”×10” only. However, please keep in mind that they arrive in a signed 11”×14” mat. I also offer my manifesto prints in 12”×18”. If you’re looking for my wall art canvas reproduction line, you can find a variety of sizes that range from 6”×6” to 18”×24”. Those are available at this online retailer.
Do you ship internationally?
Unfortunately, I do not ship internationally. I tried it once and decided to not continue, for these reasons:
- Prints were more likely to get damaged during longer shipping routes
- International postage often costs far more than the print itself.
Thankfully though, our friends at Garden Gallery do ship Kelly Rae products all over the world. I hope you find what you’re looking for through them.
Do you have worldwide distribution?
Yes! Demdaco, our main manufacturer, offers world-wide distribution. Our products are hugely successful, worldwide. If you are a retailer outside of the US and would like to carry our products, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started.
I own a shop and would love to sell your book. How can I place a wholesale order?
Please call the publisher’s warehouse at 1.800.289.0963 to set up your wholesale account and place an order. Easy breezy.
I’m curious: how did you get your book deal?
An editor from North Light publishing sent me an email and asked if I would be interested in writing a book. Eventually, I sent her a book proposal and it was accepted! If you’re interested in how to get published, check out my ebooks (in addition to lots of other creative business advice, I share my best suggestions for how to approach publishers).
I live in a small town and am having a hard time finding the art supplies you mention in your book. Where can I find them online?
I’ve gathered together links to all my favorite art supplies (and online art supply stores) here. I hope this is helpful!
How old are you and where are you located?
I am 41 years young. I live in Portland, Oregon with my outdoorsy husband John, our son True, and our bully babe, #LuluButterButterBean.
I want to visit your studio/take you out for coffee, when are you free?
My studio is not open to the public, and as much as I would love to have a cup of tea with each and every member of this Possibilitarian tribe, it’s just not possible. Hello life as a full-time artist and mama of a 6 year old boy!
I’m coming to visit Portland. What are your favorite areas, restaurants, shops, etc?
Portland is an awesome, awesome city. My friend Alicia has an excellent roundup of what to do when you visit or move here. I could not have said it better.