So it’s time again to board a plane and head off to my friends in Germany. I am headed to a beautiful little town in Bad Oeyhausen Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany. Nicola, my friend there, is a nuclear powered ontrapnuer who runs a wool distribution house called “WoolHouse”, that supplies Germany and England with some of the finest wools. This is where my little studio in Germany sits waiting my return. I have not seen Germany in December but the post on facebook are already in full swing of advent. Candles and decorations have been on the ready since November.
This lovely shot was taken right outside my window. Nicola will most likely kill me for posting because the garden was not up to her standard but it does demonstrate the lush surroundings of the countryside that envelopes their home. To the left side of their home sheep graze lazily in the shadows of the forest and berries and wildlife flourish. I have never felt like I was a visitor there but more like a sister that has come home to visit.
I love traveling to different countries and meeting the people there. Even if I don’t speak the language. The language of friendship, art, tea, and knitting always provide for fun. This time I’m not going to be shy about photos. I have a few new apps to try out. I’ll be mentioning them in my next post.
Here is a selfie of my self sitting in my little corner studio at WoolHouse. I got so much painting done there in the morning light. New faces would greet me and inquire if I could paint their cat knitting or crocheting. It was always upbeat and busy. Nicola would be rushing around greeting customers and showing them the newest colors and wool. There would always be a knitting group in the corner talking and knitting.
This morning along with my cup of tea, I thought I would just give a glimps into my morning routine. I come out here into the living room, where it’s filled with books and plants and of coarse cats and a sweet ole dog. To just sit and think about the day. I have my morning cup and mediate. Then I like to ask the universe a question. Now this question could be anything from “how am I to approached this issue”, or “what do I focuse on today” or “What do I need to hone in on in my work”. You know all the questions that float around in your head. I then use my cards, and I’m currently using a beautiful deck by an incredibly talented artist by the name of, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. If you have not had an opportunity to see her work then you can take a look here. She is such an inspiration.
The Queen of Cups
As I pondered upon what my goals are today and what my intentions were, I had to ask about my trip. I want each trip to be successful. Each one to have something that everyone can draw from. Interaction or art or simply sharing a cup of tea, I want to present my best. It is what people will take away from the incounter. You never know who you will effect, inspire, and vice a versa. You just have to prepare and then leave the rest to……….. Well you know.
“The very being of the Queen of Cup si a creative nexus. She is poetry in motion, imagination incarnate. “
This excerpt from the “Shadowscapes Companion” just lifted me. It’s important that I insert here, the cards are a tool to give me a different perspective that I may not have thought of. Or words that encourage me that sometimes I lack to give my self. I do not base my live on them but I add them to my life.
Tea Can Relax and calm
Each day I start with a relaxing cup. The way it warms and moves through my body makes me come alive. I always add this to my ritual. Today’s Tea is Pukka Turmeric Glow.
I always pick the same place to meditate. There is a positive energy flow with this and it signals that I am not to be disturbed. I used to sit with my darling Benevolent Dictator in the morning and talk about the days adventrue but since his illness I have had to change my life.
So there you have it a glimpse into my life in the mornings. I hope that you will let me know what you do. How do you start each day and move on to your intentions and projects. In the coming weeks I will share more with you on my life and experances. I hope to make more friends here at my blog and start conversations that will enrich my life and yours. Until tomorrow. Take care and have a creative day. Love as always Edith
Its been several years now since I have been to the Surtex show but this year I am heading there on May 20-22. On a whim (by whim I mean I do this every year about the same time) I pulled up the Surtex show website and puroused the details outlining the commitments, dates and times, money etc. But this time was different. I submitted my website for approval to attend. I took action. What the hell right? The next morning I got a call saying that they had been looking over my website and that they felt that I would be a good match with some of the buyers that would be there this year. Well what could I say to that? NO? All I could do was listen again to the message. Then I turned to the Benevolent Dictator and said wow they called me. Before I knew it he had booked a booth (Booth #2551). Gotten me a nice package for the show and an advertisement in their magazine. Plane tickets were bought and hotel reserved. Now something that was a dream, is becoming a reality.
The thought of raising money is always daunting and a bit scary. But I put on my big girl panties and went on the task of making it happen. I want to stop right here and say a big thank you to all of those who reached in to their own pockets and contributed to my studio. I am humbled and extremely grateful. This year thanks to my patrons, I will have my hotel, shuttle, signs, TM and Copyrights, all taken care of. This is huge and I am so thankful.
I am offering a raffle.
Each virtual ticket cost 25$. At the end of the raffle on Tuesday a random winner will be chosen. The image will be mailed off on my return from New York. The image I have chosen is “Enlightenment” She is one that will be featured in the show. The image is 12″ x 12″ and is a digital work of art. You will receive the image framed. This is a retail value of 46$.
For the purchase of one (one who am I kidding you can purchase more than one) 25$ ticket you will be entered in a raffle to win this 12×12 image. Created by Edith Schmidt Art LLC. The image was created digital and will be featured in New York at the Surtex licensing Show May 20-22- 2018. Your donations will help my studio make a great showing. The money will be used to purchase lunch or coffee or any supply needed when we go. I thank you in advance for you donations.
All That Is left
I guess all that is left is to get my social media accounts all generating my adventure in to licensing. So if you have not followed me here are a few that are a must.
SnapChat. I will be snapping a great deal while Im there and no telling what you will see. You can follow me from setup to takedown. Username “jeweledfrog”
Next is Instagram. you can follow me here Edith Schmidt Art This will also be a must for followers. Details will be given and photos posted. There will be different perspectives on these platforms so be sure to follow.
Facebook Edith Schmidt Art as always my page in FB will be open for you to join and keep up with postings on illustrations and how you can connect.
Yes my catalog is here. I have been holding off on putting it up until I got word back from my atty on the copyright and TM. Since all is cleared I will be creating a page where the 2018 will reside. This page will also be updated with new illustrations for 2019 so it will be easy for those who are interested in licensing new illustrations and pattern designs in the upcoming year. This is a password protected catalog.
Well folks that’s all. Thank you Thank you. All of you.
I hope all of you have had a wonderful fall start! Fall is always my favorite time of year. The weather gets crisp and the leaves change. The environment takes on a new appearance with color, texture, and feel. With fall, Halloween comes, and that is truly my time of year. The bright colors of purple and orange, green and yellow! All of this inspires all sorts of projects.
This year I decided to do some little monsters. I drew several of the little cuties and then created some simple backgrounds to combine with them that would accent the elements. One of my inspirations happened several years ago when we lived in County Cork, Ireland. The colors that the kids would wear dazzled the eye. Brightly colored tights paired with opposite colors on the color wheel. Very similar to the way Kafee Fassett would design his color pallets.
Using a mix of watercolor and copic markers and working with 140 cold pressed paper, here is the outcome. Monster Mania Collection
I then took these little cuties and added them to a Sprout Pattern. Sprout patterns are a fabulous way to get gifts or mock ups sewn or to sew them yourself. For me it’s easier to just upload them and choose the white glove option. I get a professionally sewn items for gifts or giveaways. Here is the link to the Monster hoodie.
As you can see it turned out just right. The model is my very own granddaughter Lexa. She is a natural model. I want to thank her Mom for the photos. My daughter is a sewing enthusiast, but I wanted to make this easy on her so I opted to have it sewn and then shipped to their address. This is an 18 month old size.
The Wrap Up
All an all I am please with the result. Thats a wrap for today. I enjoyed this experience and will be doing it again. I have ordered some fantastic tea towels that I designed and will be showing off next post. Until then have a creative day.
Earlier this week I had gone into a store and found a perfume called “Beach” by Bobbi Brown. I had no idea how it smelled and wondered what did she think the beach smelled like. So as any curious person, I sprayed it on. I was so pleasantly surprised in the sent. It smelled exactly like what I remembered. It took me back to the time that I took the kids to the beach. Thoughts of preparing the cooler the night before with cantaloupe and watermelon along with sandwiches, sleeping in our suits so we could get up at that crack of dawn and head out to Coquina Beach Bradenten Fla.
As any good artist would do, I started to draw.
Here is the finished product and is available in print, canvas and framed art and also in blank greeting cards. Click Here
That’s what I call that area that I tap into. This is what falls out. This time a jovial shark and his friends from under the sea. These are the elements that have been sketched out, watercolored, and then placed in a pattern.
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In a few weeks my blog will be changing and there will be a few big announcements headed my way. Hopefully we will have some very large giveaways with my products and art. So if you have not followed me then go ahead and give a follow here on my blog. Thanks for joining me and hope to see you soon. In the meanwhile have a creative day.
Just finished these up and posted them in my stores at Society6 and Redbubble. So hurry on over and check them out. Lots of great quality products to choose from.
A little Tid Bit
Stewart was a product of my imagination. He was a little rat that loved to meditate. He always has a cup of tea and a kitchen full of food, a quiet place to sit and a pair of big ears to listen to all of your worries. He is a loving and gifted rat. He is one of Super Pigs buddies.
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For the past several weeks I have sat by my husbands bedside. A man who has never been sick a day in his life. He went through Stage 4 B-cell Lymphoma, chemo, and stem cell replacement. Came through all that, but developed a virus called CMV. Common in stem cell patients. It was difficult to detect it because it was hiding in his bone marrow. Instead of showing up on other parts of his body, it attacked his bowels and ulcerated them. It was so bad at one time they called us to come. I was just finishing my radiation for Brest cancer so I had not been able to come with him when he went through all of the stem cell therapy. I came over a month ago to say our good byes. My oldest son, our Kelsey and myself. My youngest son had to stay with our dogs. He recovered and has been fighting ever since. So when I am with him I think of positive things. Positive light. Healing light. As I draw I am not afraid. I am relaxed and I am open to all things good and healing. We have made so many many friends here. I have faith he will survive. It will be a battle when I get him home. There will be many months of recovery. But we will see it through. In the mean while I will draw and doodle and you dear faithful followers can see the fruits of those dreams. Hopefully the energy that fills my mind will also fill you, where ever you are in life.
Do you have a memory of spring or any season? That color, that when you see it, it brings back memories of that season? The fun you had, the feeling of adventure?
That is what happens when I see designs or patterns, add some color to those things and it takes me right to those wonderful feelings. It doesn’t have to be seasonal either. It can summon up a memory of a movie. To this day, I can describe a color or colors in a movie that perhaps my number first born child and I saw. Robert Downey was in one movie and I remember the color red and filter the director used. I can’t recall the name, but I can describe it to my first born and she knows exactly which one I am on about. Incidently, the name of the movie was “In Dreams”.
While working on some patterns last night, I tried to put in some of the colors that reminded me of this season, spring, Eastor for some of us; the brightness of the flowers, the varigated leaves of the plants.
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