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Amazing August 16: Garden Play

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Garden Play 16 x 20 inches acrylic on canvas $160 shipping available for an additional fee
This summer I have had great fun making a variety of very playful gardens!  This was the first of that set.  I'm looking forward to taking these techniques into the fall.

Amazing August 12: After The Rain

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After the Rain 24 x 24 inches acrylic on canvas $185



I painted this at the end of a rain storm.  I did spray the water to get some color flow, but then I leaned it against a tree and giant drops of water fell.  Big spots were left in the color.  I like it!  I hope you do, too!
And here is why I'm offering a body of work {almost} every day this month. . . 
As you may or may not know, the summer event that I was banking on {based on previous years' sales} to cover my expenses of this summer and early into the Fall was a bust.  {I did not even cover my costs.}  This has left me both super stressed and incredibly driven! 
Everyday during the month of August I will post a piece of art that I made this summer that I am offering for sale!Here is how it works: The first person who send me a FB message, text, or email and makes payment arrangements will be the proud owner of a new piece of original art.  Some will be small, and some will be quite larger.  The price range will be $12 - $…

Amazing August 10: Sailboat Regatta

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Sailboat Regatta 11 x 14 inches acrylic on canvas $95 {Additional charge for shipping}


I really enjoy the way there is movement in the brushstrokes of the water.  There is such joy in the simplicity of this piece.

Amazing August 9: Marvelous Matted Pieces

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What a difference a matte can make to a piece of art feeling finished! Today I'm offering a variety of pieces with a matte!
Check out my Etsy Shop, as all Brave Inspiration prints are matted!


What a difference a matte can make to a piece of art feeling finished! Today I'm offering a variety of pieces with a matte!
Peace at the Lake 11 x 17 print  (matte makes it ready for a standard 16 x 20 frame) With matte $26 shipping available for a small charge,  but I will deliver to Lakeside, Marblehead, Port Clinton, and Barberton/Akron area FREE of Charge




I Saw Three Ships 4x6 watercolor 5 x 7 matte $16


Heads Up! 4x6 watercolor 5 x 7 matte $16

Pink Posey 4x6 watercolor 5 x 7 matte $16


Sailors' Delight 4x6 watercolor 5 x 7 matte $16

Window Box 4x6 watercolor 5 x 7 matte $16


Amazing August 8: Whimsy In The Garden

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Whimsy In The Garden 6 x 6 x1 Acrylic on Canvas $35


I have totally enjoyed making a collection of whimsical garden scenes this summer.  It has felt like play for me each time I've created one!  I hope you enjoy, too.




Amazing August 7: Sunsets and Lake Series

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Sunsets and Lake Series 4.5 x 6 inches each watercolor and micron pen on 140 lb. paper $12 each / $20 for 2 / $40 for all 4
{Email me if you want one or more of these.}
I've loved experimenting with watercolor paint and micron pen this summer!  Today I'm offering 4 pieces that can be purchased individually, by twos, or all four.  When I tried to rotate the photo, lots of it was cut off, so I left it.  Please share with friends who might be interested!

Amazing August 6: Head Held High

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Head Held High 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas $70 (shipping for an additional fee)

The story behind the painting:
So I thought I had finished this one a couple weeks ago, but then I saw it when I was painting on Thursday.  It screamed to have a bit more added.  I listened.  It was only minor changes--a bit fuller bloom and blue in the stem.  What a difference those few strokes made!  It feels proud and regal now.
If it's calling to you, grab it now.


Amazing August 4: Garden Play With Purple Sunset

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Garden Play With Purple Sunset 8 x 8  acrylic on canvas $48



Amazing August 3: Lake Erie

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Lake Erie 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas $95

{Make this yours right now by sending a text, FB message or email}


As you may or may not know, the summer event that I was banking on {based on previous years' sales} to cover my expenses of this summer and early into the Fall was a bust.  {I did not even cover my costs.}  This has left me both super stressed and incredibly driven! 

Everyday during the month of August I will post a piece of art that I made this summer that I am offering for sale!Here is how it works: The first person who send me a FB message, text, or email and makes payment arrangements will be the proud owner of a new piece of original art.  Some will be small, and some will be quite larger.  The price range will be $12 - $220.  So when you see a piece that tugs at your heart, respond quickly!
There are so many ways my amazing creative support community can help:

1.  Buy art
2.  Share and comment on FB posts
3.  Share this info with people who you think would appreciate my art
4…

Amazing August 2: Close Up

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Close Up 8 x 8 inches acrylic on canvas $ 48
{Make this yours right now by sending a text, FB message or email}



As you may or may not know, the summer event that I was banking on {based on previous years' sales} to cover my expenses of this summer and early into the Fall was a bust.  {I did not even cover my costs.}  This has left me both super stressed and incredibly driven! 

Everyday during the month of August I will post a piece of art that I made this summer that I am offering for sale!Here is how it works: The first person who send me a FB message, text, or email and makes payment arrangements will be the proud owner of a new piece of original art.  Some will be small, and some will be quite larger.  The price range will be $12 - $220.  So when you see a piece that tugs at your heart, respond quickly!
There are so many ways my amazing creative support community can help:

1.  Buy art
2.  Share and comment on FB posts
3.  Share this info with people who you think would appreciate my…

Amazing August Art Sale

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As you may or may not know, the summer event that I was banking on {based on previous years' sales} to cover my expenses of this summer and early into the Fall was a bust.  {I did not even cover my costs.}  This has left me both super stressed and incredibly driven! 

Everyday during the month of August I will post a piece of art that I made this summer that I am offering for sale!Here is how it works: The first person who send me a FB message, text, or email and makes payment arrangements will be the proud owner of a new piece of original art.  Some will be small, and some will be quite larger.  The price range will be $12 - $220.  So when you see a piece that tugs at your heart, respond quickly!
There are so many ways my amazing creative support community can help:

1.  Buy art
2.  Share and comment on FB posts
3.  Share this info with people who you think would appreciate my art
4.  Schedule a painting party or trunk show for this Fall.
5.  Schedule a show of some of my artwork at…

Join Me At Barberton Summer Mart

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I'm going to be in my studio all day on Saturday as part of the Barberton Summer Mart!  Please stop down and visit between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.!  In addition to visit all sorts of other downtown goodness, live music and more, here is what you can expect from me:

A variety of new summer acrylic paintings in a variety of sizes and a wide price range (these are just a few!). . .






A nice assortment of small sweet summer watercolors (again, just a small sampling!). . .



And, of course, a bit of magic and whimsy. . .


Additionally I have loads of handmade and photo greeting cards, art prints, and some lovely other pieces of art and inspiration.

I can't wait to see you on Saturday!!

Life Lessons of Summer by the Lake

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I am learning so much these days--about myself, about my child, about the people in our lives!  The learning makes me a better artist, parent, and human being.  We are spending our summer on the shores of Lake Erie.  I'm working retail.  Sam is learning to be a bit free range.  We are living with other people.  I'm also painting, beach combing, and seeking direction for the fall and winter season.  Last week felt like a steep learning curve.  We went home for Father's Day, and it felt a bit smoother.  I wanted to share some of what I'm learning, and I invite you to let me know what resonates with you.

Here is some of what has been coming my way in the past week:

1.  Ask for help when you need it.  I don't even have words for how hard this is for me.  I don't want to look stupid, incompetent or weak, but life is challenging and sometimes we all need help.
2.  When you ask for help people may exceed your expectations.  Nothing in my life experience prepares me f…

Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

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It's been unusually quiet around here. 
You might be wondering where have I been.

This Spring I worked for several months with adults with developmental disabilities.  They were doing creative work and learning some workplace skills.  It was rewarding.  I also had a kids' art class, a few art fundraisers and painting parties, yoga classes, and various other students.  But the trade off was that I had very little time and energy for my own creating.

I've had so many ideas brewing, but no time to manifest them.

Fast forward to summer, and a new direction.

Sam and I will be spending the summer in Lakeside, Ohio.  I will be working at the scrumptious shop, Miss Mercedes.  Sam will be more of a free range kid.  We both have projects to keep us creating and learning!

I have a few events brewing for summer, too.

July 14  Barberton Summer Art Mart, 10 a.m. on W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, OH

July 20 - 22 Lakeside Plein Air Festival, Lakeside, OH

July 28 Wizardly World of Kent, K…

Cartooning For Kids

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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 BraveTeacherMim@gmail.com 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

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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 …