ATC, artist trading card inspired Art, Canada Goose trio

Hello friends, family, and fans, I am working on a new series of art inspired by the artist trading cards movement in which artwork is created on a 2.5 x 3.5-inch canvas or paper substrate. I’m hopeful that working more often will help me to improve my painting skills and help me to jump start my creativity again. The paintings will be based on photos … Continue reading ATC, artist trading card inspired Art, Canada Goose trio

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993): An Artist I Admire

  This week I have really been struggling to come up with a new topic for this blog. At first, I thought I might write about time management strategies and how I have been implementing my Ideal Week schedule template I mentioned last week. However, the trouble with that topic is that I still haven’t taken the time to write it out, but I did … Continue reading Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993): An Artist I Admire

Paintings of the Week: Catoctin Mountain State Park Landscapes

Have you ever heard the saying, that writers should write about what they know? I am taking that axiom and applying it to the artwork that I create. This week’s offering features two acrylic mini-canvases of two scenes from a nearby park called Catoctin State Park in Thurmont, MD, just minutes away from my apartment. I have lived in the Thurmont/Sabillasville area in Maryland for … Continue reading Paintings of the Week: Catoctin Mountain State Park Landscapes

Painting of the Week: Rooster, Hen, and Chick

Hello friends, family, and visitors, I am posting a recently completed, acrylic painting, Rooster, Hen, and Chick. In a manner similar to my commissioned work, I started with a three step process. First, I decided on the composition and reduced the color photo referenced to three values in black, gray and white. After that, I began painting in the local colors, or the colors that … Continue reading Painting of the Week: Rooster, Hen, and Chick

Art of Schmidt Blog Post: Dealing with Rejection as an Artist

    Rejection is something most artists deal with, especially when attempting to take their artwork to the next level of professionalism, i.e. entering juried art shows. It happens to all of us, and especially to artists who are brave enough to put their artwork out there into the world of juried shows. Often times it comes in the form letter, which is worded something … Continue reading Art of Schmidt Blog Post: Dealing with Rejection as an Artist

To Catch a Thief, Re-Imagined , Art Show Entry

Hello friends, I am working on a new painting, To Catch a Thief, Re-imagined. This piece is acrylic on Ampersand board and is based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie, To Catch a Thief. I wanted to capture the feeling of movement and speed, so I blurred the paint strokes in the front to make the car seem like it is in motion. And I wanted … Continue reading To Catch a Thief, Re-Imagined , Art Show Entry