Monday, November 13, 2017

Small Pieces of Original Art


Today's offering is small pieces of original paintings.  I know it's hard to find room on your walls for big pieces of art, but the pieces I'm offering today are small-- 4 x 4 and 4 x 12.  I'm currently selling the longer canvases for $40 and the small canvases for $18.  I'm making a great combo offering.  You can get the combos you see below for $50.  {I think these make a great gift for yourself or someone else!  Or keep one and give the other.}

The story behind the boxes. . .

Four summers ago Sam and I were able to spend the summer at Lakeside.  I even got to paint one day a week while I worked!  I didn't know what I was doing, but I bought a packages of little canvases and started to paint.  A woman saw me painting, and asked if I would add her granddaughters name to the piece.  I sure did!  And voila--the world of little canvases began for me.  Since then I have sold about 75 of these little babies.  Lots have had words attached to them, and others have had seasonal themes like gardens and sailboats.

I like the longer canvases because they allow for more of a scene to be painted--a whole mood, rather than a wee feeling!

Top 10 ideas for displaying them:
  • Wall art for a small space
  • Wall art along with several other pieces
  • An art addition to a bookshelf or other display shelf
  • A piece of art added to a small altar 
  • Art on your desk or other work location
  • Art in the car--have art, will travel
  • Bathroom or kitchen counter art
  • Original art on the mantle as part of a larger display
  • Surrounded by candles for a cozy feel on cold nights
  • Bedside table art
Here they are. . .
Lighthouse and Love
Lighthouse and Sailboats Under a Full Moon & Heart Rock and Shell from Lake Erie Beach

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Small Art Sets

Under the Same Moon
Lighthouse as Twilight Falls on the Lake and Sailboat a Few Hours Later

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Small Art Sets
Live, Laugh, Love
Tall Canvas and Little Abstract

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Love Wins
{Nothing else needed!}

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Small Art Sets
 
Hope Grows Here & Garden

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Small Art Sets
Wish and Sailboats
{This little box is one of my all time favorites}
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Small Art Sets
Hope is my Superpower & Bloom
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Joy is my Superpower & Blossoms
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Small Art Sets
Peace & The Lilly Pond

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Small Art Sets


And again a big thank you for making my creative life possible.  When you buy art you are making it possible for me to live and support my sweet boy, while being true to my most authentic self!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Coconut Macaroons -- They're Back!



Back by popular demand!
Holiday season coconut macaroons!
Get them before they are gone!

Why macaroons?

Most of my income streams dry up between mid December and mid January, but the bills keep coming.  So I was thinking about food I make that people think is super delicious, and I'm going with my coconut macaroons.  People LOVE them!  Even some people who don't think they like coconut like these.  These are gluten free, but they are not vegan.

So here is what I'm doing:

  • For the next month I am baking and selling my super delicious coconut macaroons packaged in a large Chinese food container with some colorful tissue paper.  
  • The price is $10 for a baker's dozen.  
  • I will deliver macaroons to Spring Garden Waldorf School, and both Summit Artspace Locations.  If you're local we can arrange pick up or delivery.
  • I will ship anywhere in the continental U.S. for $4 a box.  
  • If you're local I will deliver orders of 5 or more boxes to you for FREE.

ORDER NOW and leave a note about what day you want delivery or a shipping address
Thank you!


Coconut Macaroons


You might already be overflowing with ideas for these amazing treats, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Hostess gift
  • Secret Santa
  • Holiday party
  • Teacher gift
  • Cookie exchange
  • Great with tea
  • Family gathering
  • New Year's Eve Party
  • New Year's Dinner
  • Just because
  • Coworker gifts
  • Neighbor gifts
  • Every member of your family

 I have a lofty goal:
By selling 150+ boxes by New Year's Day, and I will be able to pay my two largest monthly bills!

Place your orders now, so that you are not left out of this yummy win-win opportunity.  



Coconut Macaroons

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Today's Offerings: Make Gifts At My Studio


Handmade gifts are always amazing, but it's even more amazing when the giver made the gift.  If you don't feel particularly creative or you don't want a big mess at your house, my offering is perfect for you!  I would love to provide the space and time to make you a gift making rockstar this year!

I will be hosting 4 Open Studio Gift Making Workshops!

Open Studio
Gift Making Workshops

Friday, Nov. 24, Dec. 1,8,15
4 - 8 p.m.

Choose a gift to make from the menu, and I will invite you into my studio, provide all the supplies and time to create one or more beautiful handmade gifts.


Gift Making Menu

Abstract Painted Notecard Sets $12
     Create an abstract watercolor or acrylic painting, cut it up, and make notecards

Magic Wands $15
     Who couldn't use a little magic?  I'll show you how to add special powers and packaging

Flower Fairies $15
     Sweetest little dolls for favorite boys and girls or grown up fairy enthusiasts

Scrap Fabric Garland $15
     Look through my bags of fabric for favorite color combos to hang from mantles, doorways, and          favorite gathering spaces

Handmade paper mini books or gift tags $15
     This project requires 2 sessions--1 to make paper and 1 to make booklets or gift tags

Inspiration Kit $25
     Watercolor and add favorite words or quotes to your cards.  Small easel and led candle included

Acrylic Painting on Canvas $20 - $35
      Find a painting that you like or set yourself free to create an abstract--either way I will offer                 words of encouragement!

Advanced registration is necessary to be sure I have all the supplies waiting for you!
Register by Wednesday evening of the week you want to start by emailing or texting me (330-848-9459).

You can return as many times as you need to complete your project.  I set up and clean up and offer gentle guidance.  All ages are welcome to join the gift making magic.  Kids under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult!

Come and go as your schedule permits!

P. S.  You can also head over to the Brave Inspiration Etsy Shop {https://www.etsy.com/shop/BraveInspiration}  to buy prints and cards from me or stop in my studio to buy original handmade one of a kind art, too!


Friday, November 3, 2017

It Always Seems Impossible



I am sharing a bit of art most days over the next few weeks, along with the background behind my creative process.  I will be sharing pieces that I think would make particularly good gifts for the gift giving season.  Everything I create is infused with some form of whimsy or inspiration.  That makes them particularly unique.

I also want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you with even more gratitude than you can imagine for supporting this little old artist by buying art and creative experiences.  This is my livelihood.  This is how I pay my bills, provide for my son, and earn a living.  People like you make this possible.  {{THANK YOU!}}

Today's Offering. . .

Inspiration Rising Print with Neslon Mandela Quote

"It always seems impossible until it's done."  {Nelson Mandela}

I have always been drawn to books about the life of Nelson Mandela.  I have learned so much from him about perseverance and forgiveness and leading from a place of humility.  When I think about lives that manifest inspiration rising, Nelson Mandela is near the top of the list.  I love the simplicity and depth of this specific quote.

The artwork is a textured light purple background with grasses in greens and blues and a single stem of blue bells.  I feel that the simplicity of the artwork highlights the powerful words of the quote.

This print is 8x10 and arrives in a matte and backboard ready for the 11 x 14 frame of your choosing.  In addition to making a lovely and inspiring holiday gift, this piece of art is ideal for graduates, congratulations for a new job or life adventure, and someone in the midst of difficulties. 

Are you ready to purchase?  Your investment is $25.  
You can order it and have it shipped anywhere from my etsy shop--Brave Inspiration. 
If you're local feel free to order via email to avoid the shipping expense.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today's Offering: Winter Peace Greeting Cards


I am sharing a bit of art most days over the next few weeks, along with the background behind my creative process.  I will be sharing pieces that I think would make particularly good gifts for the gift giving season.  Everything I create is infused with some form of whimsy or inspiration.  That makes them particularly unique.

I also want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you with even more gratitude than you can imagine for supporting this little old artist by buying art and creative experiences.  This is my livelihood.  This is how I pay my bills, provide for my son, and earn a living.  People like you make this possible.  {{THANK YOU!}}

Today's Offering. . .

Winter Peace Greeting Cards

During the Fall of 2015,  I created a sweet little painting of a little red bird resting in pine boughs on a snowy day.  I thought it was a sweet piece, but I really liked the feeling of peace i had when I looked at the finished painting.  You know that feeling when the ground is covered with fresh snow and everything is quiet and calm.  I feel like that imagery conveys are great sentiment to put on a greeting card, and that's just what I did.




The cards are a traditional size greeting card.  The front of the card is about 5 x 7 inches.  This card makes and exceptional invitation for winter and holiday gatherings.  It also makes a great thank you card, New Year card, and Christmas card.  The cards are blank inside, so you can write any sentiment within.  This would also make a lovely gift when matted and framed--a whimsical bit of winter decor.

I'm offering an amazing deal!  They are available in sets of 10 for $18.  There is a limited quantity of cards, so don't delay and place your order now.  Email me to arrange your order!

Here's hoping your winter will be filled with peace!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Month + New Art Focus

It's a new month, and I am choosing a new art focus for this month.  I am going to share a piece of art most days over the next few weeks, along with the background behind my creative process.  I will be sharing pieces that I think would make particularly good gifts for the gift giving season.  Everything I create is infused with some form of whimsy or inspiration.  That makes them particularly unique.

I also want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you with even more gratitude than you can imagine for supporting this little old artist by buying art and creative experiences.  This is my livelihood.  This is how I pay my bills, provide for my son, and earn a living.  People like you make this possible.  {{THANK YOU!}}

Today's Offering. . .

Customized Magic Wands



You have probably seen my unique magic wands here before, but did you know that you can customize them?

A name or other words can be added to the basic brown wands with metallic accents.  Names are added by hand in metallic paint.  They arrive in a paper sleeve of my creation.  During this season these are just $10 each.




Super powered wands can be created in the colors of your choosing and infused with the power of your choosing.  These wands arrived attached to a hand watercolored card with handwriting title and power descriptions.  During this season these are $15 each (some very special orders may be slightly more!)









A set of wands can be created that are similar in styling and color for your favorite group, social club, department at work, sports team, family members, or group of friends.

This sort of gift is ideal for unifying a group of people.

I am able to accept custom orders for Christmas, through November 18.

Email me to place your order or to discuss your wishes.  Anything is possible with magic wand in your hand!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What is NaNoWriMo 2017



You might be wondering what NaNoWriMo is all about.  It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and every November thousands of people write like crazy in an amazing and supportive community environment.  The goal is to write at least 50,000 during this month and complete the first draft of a novel.  People approach this in many different ways.  Some people plan and prep for weeks in advance.  I'm one of those people who plans to just wing it.

Two years ago I participated for the first time.  It was such a fascinating journey for myself and my plot and characters.  I will always remember the day that I unexpectedly killed off an important character.  As I typed I couldn't believe what was spilling out.  To me that is the power and pleasure of the experience.

And so, starting tomorrow, I will try to write about 1500 - 2000 words every day for a month.  I already know that it is doable.  I also know that sometimes 1500 words is close to mission impossible.

I will share word totals from time to time.  All I have so far is a single idea, and the plan to write one chapter a day for the month.  This will also be a book geared toward children.

If you want to try your hand at writing, join the fun:

https://nanowrimo.org/sign_up

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Looking For A Fun Holiday Event--Host A Creativity Party




Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday season--Thanksgiving through New Years with family, friends, coworkers?  Why not a creativity party?!  It makes a great social event or even an extra special experience gift to give.  What a great way to make a memory together!


There are so many options:


  • Paint a canvas  (11 x 14 $25 and 16 x 20 $35 each)



  • Cover a journal in paint and mixed media collage work--perfect for collecting thoughts for the new year ($20 each)



  • Make magic wands ($16 each)

  • Flower Fairy ($16 each)





  • Creative Mindfulness (gentle yoga + adult coloring, inspiration cards, and finger labyrinths) 



Here is how it works:
Contact me
I answer your questions
We select a date, time, and project.
You invite people
You provide the space, snacks, and participants.
I provide all the materials, instruction, and encouragement for 2 hours of your event.


I have limited dates between Thanksgiving and New Years.  I am also scheduling parties in January and February of 2018.  Email me now.  I can't wait to plan a creativity event with you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Art of the Ancient World



My next children't art class begins Monday, October 23, 2017, 6 -7 p.m.  This six week sessions focuses on art of the ancient world.  We will spend a couple weeks in ancient Egypt.  Then we will move on to ancient China.  Then onto Europe for cave paintings, and we will finish with illuminated lettering of the Middle Ages.

The session continues through November 27.  This program is geared for people in grades 2 - 6.  The cost is $90 for the complete 6 session program.  Payment can be made at the first session.  I have room for several more students, so please let everyone who might be interested in this program.

If you need more information, please contact me:  BraveTeacherMim@gmail.com


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inspiration Rising Closing Night and Painting Party


Can you believe it's time for all that inspiration to come down off the gallery walls?  If you haven't gotten to see the show I hope you will stop in on Friday evening!  It will be a low key sort of event that I hope will be filled with encouraging conversations and even some creative inspiration!

The gallery is officially open from 5 - 8 p.m. this Friday, but I hope to be there from 4 p.m. on!  The address is 571 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton  44203

You have a couple options:

1.  Come out and enjoy looking at the show, light snacks, and conversation.

or

2.  Come out and create your own inspirational painting.  The painting will begin around 6:30.  I will provide all the supplies.  You can bring a favorite quote to add in the same way I did or just paint.  You can always bring your own ideas.  If you need an idea, I can guide you through creating your own Autumn Sunset in the Meadow, similar to the one below.


This painting would make a great gift!  I have many sizes of canvases, so you can choose the size you want-- 8x10, 11x14, 12x12, or 16x20  Your investment in this offering is $25.

And speaking of gifts. . . I have a variety of prints available for purchase, and you can order any print or card decks.

Hope to see you Friday!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Inspiration Rising Card Deck


"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  Eleanor Roosevelt

The new card deck, Inspiration Rising, is here and ready for ordering!  The deck includes 54 images from the mixed media pieces in the Inspiration Rising show.  They are filled with images and quotes that will inspire and challenge you to live the best version of your life.  The complete set is available for $20.  Order HERE.


"Anything can happen if you let it." Mary Poppins

These decks make a great inspirational gift for sisters, friends, coworkers.



"Quit hiding your magic.  The world is ready for you."  Danielle Doby

This card deck is a great inspirational tool for making intentional shifts in your professional or personal life.  



"Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use."  Robin Roberts

Allow the words and images soak into your heart.  Use them in a daily practice of meditation or mindfulness.


"If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit."  Banksy

Instead of sharing sweet treats at your desk, offer up these cards as a give away.  Invite coworkers or friends to take the card they need.


"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail ships."  Louisa May Alcott

Select a card to place in birthday cards or any correspondence.  Be a beacon of inspiration and hope.