Unplugged Festival: Saturday, September 8 from 1 pm-5 pm in Brunswick, MD

Hello Family, friends and fans, I am excited to share that I have been invited to be a vendor at the Unplugged Festival hosted by Brunswick Main Street and Pop Up Frederick. My artwork will be for sale, and I will be part of a larger group of artisans and makers. There will also be games and “battery-free” fun for the whole family. Here is … Continue reading Unplugged Festival: Saturday, September 8 from 1 pm-5 pm in Brunswick, MD

New Art for Sale!

Hello Family, Friends, and Followers, I have been adding some of my new miniature oil paintings to my Etsy Shop at https://www.redbubble.com/people/jsjschmidt2017, and the reproductions are available at my Red Bubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/jsjschmidt2017. The original oil paintings include some of my favorite subjects, Canada Geese, and water lily gardens and most of them, measure about 4 x 4 inches. They are priced starting at $25.00 each … Continue reading New Art for Sale!

Surviving and Thriving in a Creative Desert

Things I have tried to do to get creative again As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have been struggling with artist’s block this summer. During this journey, I’ve tried various things to break out of it, such as: copying art demonstrations from art technique books, re-touching/re-working old paintings, and working in a prompt driven sketchbook. Unfortunately, the later project hasn’t been working out … Continue reading Surviving and Thriving in a Creative Desert

Art of Schmidt Newsletter: May 2018

Hello Family, Friends, and Fans, I have decided to start posting my newsletter on my blog, since becoming a homeowner, rather than sending out individual emails to my mailing list. Anything that helps me to scale back is something I am embracing these days. This month’s newsletter features some pages from my sketchbook entitled, Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way, by Julia Orkin Lewis and … Continue reading Art of Schmidt Newsletter: May 2018

Artists and Self-Doubt: Part 2, How to Deal with Other’s opinions about your art

Last week I talked about self-doubt in the context of one’s own self-doubt and self-defeating self-talk such as, “I am not good enough.”, and this week I am switching gears and writing about how to deal with constructive feedback or, not so constructive feedback, as the case may be. This type of criticism may come from a variety of sources such as teachers, family, friends, … Continue reading Artists and Self-Doubt: Part 2, How to Deal with Other’s opinions about your art

Painting of the Week

Here is a painting of two mute swans that I recently completed using oil paints, alkyd, and cotton duck canvas. Reproductions of this work are available on my Red Bubble website in the form of prints, i-phone cases, mugs, acrylic blocks, etc. Here is a link to the website; https://www.redbubble.com/people/jsjschmidt2017/works/30920335-perfect-pair-of-mute-of-swans?asc=u. I am working on getting the original post on my Etsy site, but it seems to be … Continue reading Painting of the Week