So Much News

It’s been so busy this year!  No excuse I know for not keeping in touch.  Sometimes its a choice  between Blogging or creating art.  The life of an artist.  What to do.

Let me break into my newest news.  Earlier this year I asked the universe to open my life up.  To let my mind be open to all possibilities.   I didn’t know what I was asking for, or where it all would lead to, but the universe delivered.  It delivered  more then I ever expected. With that let me introduce to you Woolhouse’s power house Nicola.  We have partnered up to deliver art and wool.  Yep. Two of my favorite things in the WORLD.  Okay focus, focus…

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Nicola of Woolhouse my Friend and Partner 

I have been in Germany for the last week helping my friend and partner open up her distribution warehouse. This will be the distribution center for West York Shire Spinners, King Cole and Wendy and Peter Pan wool. (Just click on the Woolhouse link to view some of the fantastic wools)  This partnership not only provides wool to the world (world wide shipping) but also all the art, that those who love anything to do with the love of wool, yarn, felt, would need.  My art work will be sold world wide.  For example, calendars, journals, post cards, prints, you name it.  So if you’re a died in the wool hard core customer or wool vendor then this one shop power house,is the place to stock up your store or your stash.

 

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West York Shire Spinners Is featured here. This is perfect wool for knitting socks.  It glides over the needles for the perfect tension.  Just wash and wear.  The colors are color fast and bright, giving your casual wear that unique look and lift.  

We are having a “give-a-way”  to celebrate.  We are giving away one of my origional images to one lucky winner along with a surprise box filled with postcards and other related prizes to the Wooolhouse Wool Distribution center located in Germany.  For a peek at the prize image go to Woolhouse and click on like and comment to be entered.  For an extra entry sign up for my news letter here and click on like at my Facebook page.

Look for more giveaways with wool and art.  Also if you  knit, crochet, or even quilt, and want something unique to that artisan field just keep in touch.  Subscribe to my news letter and follow my blog.

Signed a VERY HAPPY ARTIST.

 

 

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Catalog 2018

ELSART 2081 Catalog 2018

Just click here Catalog 2018

If you are interested in ordering a downloadable catalog just contact me with your company’s name and your contact information  and we will be glad to send you one. All images are ©™

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Best Friends

Introducing “Best Friends”

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This image is available in a framed format, print, or in note cards at Society6.  This image brings back childhood memories of two best friends sitting together whispering and laughing.

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Spring has Sprung

I am so excited for spring.  The time for growth and new beginnings.  It is also the time for pruning those things that are no longer useful.  It’s time to plant new ideas and new concepts and practice new ways in doing things.  Its time to embrace the learning class of life, and sign up for an exciting corse.

To celebrate new starts I have put together a great little pattern.  Blue Pansies, that have been watercolored, and then placed in a pattern.  This year I plan on doing a lot more flowers, but giving them my own spin.

First things first

As you all know I use Society6 and RedBubble to give my creations the ability to be made available to my friends, family and fans.  So here they are.  I have picked out just a few to show you, but you can click on to the link provided and it will take you  to what ever store you prefer for more products.

A Sampling of  RedBubble Products

 

 A Sampling of Society6 Products

 

As of lately

Zazzle has also come up in the world.  They are now producing leggings with all over print. I also do a good deal of selling with fabrics from them. Like I have said in a previous post I am cleaning out the store over there to make it easier for my clients to shop.  This is my leggings collections, I will add to it as I go along.  You will have to forgive me I am working alone in the studio.  Days of organizing have to be carefully fitted between days of painting.

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Reviewing and Cleaning 

The Purge

With several different on line stores that I have, it takes constant review just to keep the content current.  I have been focusing on Society6 and RedBubble, both of those stores I like.  Here are a few reasons:

  • Uploading
  • The products
  • The 30 day payment

I also have a love hate relationship with Zazzle.  I “hate” way that you get paid there.  It can take up to three months to get that PayPal Cha-Ching.  And if you are just starting out and you make less then 50$ in one pay period….. Well they get to float that check a wee bit longer.  I am not a big fan of the websites interaction.  How you set your store up etc.  How you move through the edits on storewide products, are all on my list of pet peeves.   But I do make money from them and there is that “love”.  That and their products are all well made and the reprint of my illustrations, have been great.  I get a lot of return business also.  Soooooo, what am I to do.  I have decided to set up some time to “go through” my store and  storewide compartmentalize  and organize it a bit better.   Of course  I started with Super Pig.  So here are a few things that Zazzle offers in products that the others do not.

Aprons

For orders click on the image or check out my about page for links.

 

These are great little aprons that have Super Pig featured.  They are busily sewing their super cape.  This would be great for a fiber artist or even an artist in the studio.  Super Pig inspires creative  endeavors  of all kinds.

Fabric

Click on the image for orders or visit my about page for links

I love the fact that now with help like Zazzle, artist like myself, needn’t have to depend on an agent, or a company to choose them.  Companies like Spoonflower and Zazzle just to name a few can now give the artist a chance to offer their designs to a large audience.

Night Lights

Click on the image for ordering or visit my about page for links

I love this idea of my illustrations on night lights.  This is great for keeping a light burning in the studio.  If you like my illustrations their is a lot more at my store, Edith Schmidt Art on Zazzle.  My illustrations are whimsical and would be great for just a touch of whimsy in any room.  Children would love this.

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Spring Time Songs

I love the spring.  Stick around and you will hear, “I love the fall” or “I love the winter”.  But there is something about the spring time.  New growth.  The ground smells warm and ready to burst with color and life and blooms.  That is what inspired this little image.  That re-birth and celebration that happens every year at spring time.

Songs of spring

That is what this little watercolor is entitled.  These lambs are singing to their hearts content.  Welcoming in the spring time.  I have used Windsor and Newton watercolor on 40 lb cold pressed paper.  This image is available at my Society6 shop and RedBubble.

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Let’s Face Fear 

I have been working with the idea of letting our Super Pig Super Hero encounter some life events that some of us take for granted, and others have a real hard time with.   You know like going to doctors.  My biggest anxiety trigger is going to the optometrist.  Some how that little puff of air just terrifies me.  Another one was getting tested for breast cancer.  I was terrified.  I knew I had it. My circumstances at the time was that my husband also had diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma.  What are the chances.  Regardless, it was, and is what it is.  We both had to face our fear, and mortality, and submit to the process of a cure.  In all  this I found that fear can NEVER be in the drivers seat.  It can only be in the passenger seat.  It should not dictate what your choice is.  It is only there to provide caution.  I have also found heroes, and heroes that are now friends during all of this.   I have survived. I have learned that fear will close your eyes and heart and soul to everything that is good in life.  It will leave you parilized.

I am in a much better place and it all due to putting fear in its place.

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This lesson of putting fear in its place on a smaller scale,  is what my super hero Super Pig is going through.  Placing fear in the right place.  Learning,  it’s not a guiding force.  Our hero has to face up, and own up, to the fact that perhaps they may need glasses. Our Hero has to admit there might be a problem, and that perhaps their eyes may need a bit of help from the local eye doctor.  Of coarse our Super Hero’s friends rally around, and help in getting the appointments and being a support.  Our Super Hero starts to see that perhaps fear is bigger then the eye problem.  Soon, Super Pig is on their way to the optometrist, going to a place they have never been, in a  part of town that is unfamiliar, meeting people they have never met.  Scary? Yes.

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What will happen to our Super Hero?  Will Super Pig have to wear glasses? Will this hinder Super Pig’s Super abilities?  Perhaps he will meet another Super Hero they never thought they would meet………

Tune in next time to find out what happens to our Super Hero.

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All images are my own and are the property of © Edith Schmidt Art

If you would like to know more about my art and where to find it see my About page.

If you are interested in licensing my art please contact me.

Credit for Mockup of open book goes to Graphics Fuel 

credit for Book cover goes to CoverVault 

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Here is an Idea

Working With Mockups

sewing-with-super-pigI love children books.  I could spend hours in that department.  Just to look at all the brightly colored illustrations, well it just activates something in my creative mind.  The beauty and the beginning of imagination in someone.  That seed.  Its a powerful thing.  To know that you could put an idea or inspiration in a child’s mind.  In an adult mind for that matter.  It puts ideas in my mind.

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Here you will notice that I have taken two of my illustrations and put them in a mock up book format.  Just to give that idea, that spark.

So here are a few ideas on how to use my art to write a story or to use my style to illustrate a book.  Enjoy and Contact me if you are in need of art.  Check out my store listing on my about page. I will be talking more about how my art can be used in other creative outlets, such as sewing or paper products. Until next time Au Revoir

Special thanks to Mark at Covervault for the mockups

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Another Large Sale

Join me on Society6 where savings on one of a kind artwork is having a terrific sale.

The best way to sell is to wear the products or have them in your home.  That is something that I do but my friend also wears my artwork out,  and the compliments roll in.  Here are the leggings she wore today and was told how it looked like Christmas lights.

The actual photo of the leggings

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Here you can tell that Society6 cars about their reprinting and keeping the artist vision.  In fact I can tell you that I have never been disappointed in the quality or the products.

Sale is  20% off Blinkets, Duvets, and Comforters, 10% off everything else and 

Free Shipping 

Sale Ends Tonight 

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Letting it Pass

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I talk a lot about emotion and letting it go and not holding on to it.  Holding on to the emotion is when things can begin to build up and begin to become toxic.  It is okay to be angry or upset.  Just acknowledge it and let it pass.  Like a storm.  Storms don’t last forever.  They can have their value.  Their inspiration.

Take the time to grieve

It’s okay to just take the time to grieve  But also while you are doing that nurture yourself.  Choose to hold your head in the sun light and be thankful. Remember if your emotionally ill there is a difference and you can work your way out of it.  surround yourself with supportive people. Positive.

One of my rules for myself is I only talk to one close friend about my issue and it is only once to see if I have explored all the avenues that would “help” my situation.  Then I leave it alone.  My friend knows my situation and will remember it.  If something comes to mind they will share an idea at a later date.  I don’t keep going over and over and over it.  Or reliving it.  Every one is different and they could have a close group of friends. Sometimes bits of your life may be shared so that someone knows a part therefor knows something so that they are better able to help.

Friendly support

If you are hard pressed on what to do for some one who is in a emotional crisis then how about a distraction.  A day out.  Perhaps you could take that friend to a favorite hand crafted bath shop and purchase them a nice bath scrub.  Or out to lunch and a movie.  Their type of lunch and their type of move.  A walk around the mall.  A movie night at their house with some funny movies. A dinner that you made and brought over.  These are just a few ideas.

All Art featured on this page is available through society6 

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