Confession: I Haven’t Been Painting Much I have a confession to make; I haven’t been painting very much lately, even though I call myself an artist. In fact, it’s been almost a month since I painted a picture, or even wanted to work on a painting. Yesterday was my first day back at the easel, working on a complicated water lily painting. Although this … Continue reading Artists: Rekindle Your Creativity
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
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!
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
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
Hey friends, followers, and family, I just uploaded my new painting, Perfect Pair of Swans to my Etsy shop, so the original is now available for sale! The original painting is made with oil paints and canvas and measures 10 x 10 inches. The item is for sale at $250 and comes unframed. Prints, mugs, and other reproductions of this work can be found on my … Continue reading New Art work available on Etsy
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