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Cartooning For Kids

I'm delighted to invite all kids to join me for 5 amazing weeks of cartooning!
We will learn how to create characters with interesting facial expressions.  We will develop backgrounds for our scenes.  We will write dialog.  We will practice black and white and colorful drawings.
We will meet on April 9, 16, 23, May 7 and 14.   The cost is $75, which includes all instruction and materials.
Share this with your friends and invite them to join us!
Hold a spot by emailing me Pay by sending money to my Paypal account, using the same email address.

Come on down to 4th Friday!

I have been going through loads of change in the past 6 weeks.  At times it's overwhelming.  I wish I was creating more art than I am.  I'm bursting with ideas but low on time to actualize the creativity!. 

Tomorrow, March 23, is 4th Friday.  I will be in my studio.  It's not sleek or well appointed, but I might be working on a painting.

Most of all I would LOVE to see YOU!  Stop in for a visit, and let me know what you've been up to.  There's loads of other stuff to do in Barberton, too.  I'll be in from 5-9 p.m.  See you soon.

Proudly Presenting The Letter Writing Revival

Letter Writing Revival
Welcome to the Letter Writing Revival!

Have you ever wanted to strike one match and light up the world?

I have!  I do--right here, right now!

Let's fill the world with light and love and kindness by writing letters and sending beautiful handmade cards.

With full disclosure. . . I suck at sending cards and letters.  I intend to send out thank you cards, birthday cards, Christmas cards, and so many other cards.  But I don't.  Life happens.  It slips my mind.  And in this age of electronics I've only gotten worse.

I have a friend, Lin, who writes amazing letters and cards.  Every single time I receive one I feel like the most important person in the world.

I want to share that feeling with others.  And I want to empower others to share the love and kindness all the way around the world.

Here is how it works:

1.  I make all sorts of standard size greeting cards. Some are photos of beautiful places.  Some are photos of art I created.  Some have small bits of art …

New Kids Art Class: Let's Go 3-D

It's time for a new Monday evening kids art class!  I'm so excited to be offering a 3D class.  It's something I've never done before.  I've been planning this great 6 week session for a while now.

We are going to learn about the challenges and joys of constructing 3 dimensional art.  We will look at the work of famous sculptors and assemblage artists in addition to creating our own work with found objects and recycled junk.

Session 1:  Marshmallow and Toothpick sculptures
Session 2 - 3:  Upcycled Trash to Treasures
Session 4:  Collection Assemblage
Session 5 - 6:  Freestyle Student Choice Creations

We meet Monday,  February 20 - March 28, 6 - 7 p.m.  At my studio inside Summit Artspace on Tusc, 571 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton  44203

The cost for all instruction and materials is $90, due at the first session

To register, email me:

Beautiful Barberton

Barberton, Ohio, is the city in which I live and work.  When I moved back here I could not have imagined that I would be here 12 years later.  Barberton is a one of a kind place.  It's called the Magic City, because it grew up overnight.  Since then the magic has come and gone and returned in so many different ways.  There is a stunning lake in the middle of town, Lake Anna.  And there is an adorable little downtown with unique small businesses.  I have so many amazing childhood memories of huge parades and stunning fireworks.  Now I see a gem with a bit of tarnish, and I want to share the treasure that I see in Barberton with others.

I decided to do a series of art, titled Beautiful Barberton.  I will be working throughout the year to highlight some of my favorite bits with my own creative twist.  Here is the beginning of the Beautiful Barberton Series:

Inspired by Words and Abstract Whimsy Offering

It is no surprise to anyone that knows me that I love quotations.  They have encouraged me in the dark moments of life.  They have inspired me to be a better version of myself.  They have empowered me to take difficult action.  Pretty powerful stuff I would say!  From this place quotes and powerful words have made their way into my art.  I have seen those words impact my clients so many times.

I have also enjoyed creating small alters or sacred spaces to keep my on the right track.  I am now creating these little alters that pack a big punch, and I'm making them available to you and everyone else you can use some empowerment, inspiration, and encouragement.  These are so potent that I'm inspired while I'm creating them!
Each little inspiration kit arrives with a wooden easel, led candle, 10 miniature abstract watercolor paintings with quotes, affirmations, power words, or scriptures, and an assortment of rocks and glass gems.  The standard inspiration kit with all of thos…

Handmade Valentine Love

I have loved making Valentine's most of my life.  They have been mostly part of deep abiding friendship, rather than some sort of passionate love.  Now I'm lucky enough to make goodies for other people to share with their friends and loved ones!

If you're looking for something for this upcoming Valentine's Day or just to express a deep and abiding friendship, I have goodies for you.  {If you see something you like, email me, and we will make sure you get it.  I will also be in my studio Monday, 4 - 7:30 p.m. or make an appointment to meet me at a more convenient time.}

I have a variety of full size greeting cards with handmade paper hearts--$4 each or 3 for $10

I have small heart shaped handmade paper booklets--perfect for love letters or quotes--$7 each

I have several assembled pieces with handmade hearts that are matted and ready for an 8x10 frame--$15 each

I have small abstract watercolor pieces, 3 x 4 inches, that allow you to add your own message or quote on the …

Inspiration Market

I am delighted and filled with anticipation as I prepare for the Inspiration Market that is coming up THIS Sunday, January 28! Here is the scoop about this unique event. . .

What is the Inspiration Market?
The Inspiration Market is an event I created to share my artistic and creative process with people who are curious about what I do.  It's a great chance to put some color and energy back into your life and get out of the house.  Forget it's winter in Ohio for just a few hours!

What will we do?
You will have a front row seat to see some of the newest creations I've made.  You will have time to make a bit of inspiration for yourself or someone else.  There will be tea and cocoa.  If you see something you love you will have time to shop.  You will also learn about creative offerings of workshops and classes that will be held over the next few months.  The afternoon will wrap up with a yoga nidra for anyone who wants to participate.

What does it cost?
It's FREE!  I want…

Intuitive Painting Mini Retreat

I had a great time today at an intuitive painting workshop!  I got to bring a bit of yoga, but I also got to enjoy being guided by another artist's process.  You can learn more about the experience HERE.  I love making art and sharing art!

Stuff I Made Week 1 of 2018

I decided that this year I'm going to see how much I can make with the materials I already posses.  I also thought this super cold week was a great time to make some Valentine themed creations.  I haven't made any handmade paper for about three months, so that was my medium of choice.

All of these items are completed and available for purchase!  Give one of a kind cards and artsy gifts to your friends and sweeties.  Shop local small business to keep your money in the community and support working artists!

If you saw something that is perfect for you or someone else, send me an email, , and we will arrange to get it to you.
Sending you some handmade love and friendship!

Big Birthday Blowout Sale

It's my birthday week!
I love to do 2 things for my birthday:

1.  Reflect on the twists and turns my life has taken.
2.  Give other people stuff

So for the reflective piece I'm really focusing in on how I'm a great cheerleader and advocate for others but not so much for myself.  {That's a tough one to dig into.}  I'm ready for that to change so that I can experience abundance as an artist and teacher and coach--as well as a woman, mom, yogi, human, et al.

Abundance is my word for the year!  It means lots of difference stuff for me, but I'll save that for another day.

I LOVE TO GIVE TO OTHERS AS A GIFT TO MYSELF!  I've given away a wide variety of goodie bags and treats to adults and kids on my birthday over the years. 

This year I'm giving a great discount at my etsy shop, Brave Inspiration, on all the prints.  The sale is 20% off all prints!  If you've had your eye on something, or you can use a boost, this is the week to shop away.  The sale begi…