#51 Ardith Goodwin: Self-Taught Artist Shares What She Learned

Ardith Goodwin is a self-taught artist who works out of a studio she created in the chapel of a church. Surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows, she paints with acrylic and mixed media, in a figurative and abstract style. Her studio is also the site of a range of art classes, and she teaches out of state and out of the country. She shows her artwork in local galleries, and has participated in a few solo shows as well.

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The interior of Ardith's studio (the chapel)
Ardith in her studio.
More paintings in her studio.
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One of her "Splitheads."

You can find Ardith’s website at ardithgoodwin.com.

She also can be found on Facebook: Ardith Goodwin and Land of Ardithian.

She’s also active on Instagram.

Her artwork can be found at Sophiella Gallery in Mobile, Alabama, and she will be having a large show of her artwork there in 2019.

Her Calendar of Classes for 2019 will be listed on her website very soon. You can look for it here

The best way to find out about her classes right when they come out is by signing up for her newsletter here.

Here are some great takeaways from our conversation:

  1. When you’re trying to figure out what your style is, take a look at your whole body of work. Look at the technical aspects and trends.
  2. Look at your core beliefs too. Your artwork will be true if it represents your values and history, not those of your instructor.
  3. Study other artists to see how they paint. Include artists from history as well as contemporary artists you can find on social media.
  4. Use Pinterest or Instagram to create a group of artwork that inspires you, and then examine that group to find the similarities and figure out what you’d like to take from it.
  5. If there is something that you love to do, why not incorporate that into your art, like Ardith did with her love of sports. She now has an entire series of sports-inspired paintings.
  6. When teaching art, consider teaching based on the techniques rather than pure demo. That will make it easier for your students to determine their own style.
  7. Your email list is the best way to get engagement from your customers. Realize that social media is curated and not all of your posts will be the top posts on others’ feeds.
  8. Remember that your voice matters and putting beauty into the world matters.

If you’d like an adventure in 2019, check out Ardith’s Ireland workshop.


#50 What are Facebook Groups?

Many artists like to join Facebook groups so they can meet other artists and get feedback on their work. Or they might want to ask questions about techniques or simply be inspired by more artwork. You may want to create a group to find artists or to use for a class that you’re teaching. Deciding what type of group you should form can be very confusing. In this episode I’ll explain the types of Facebook groups and where you can find them.

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I talk about Carrie Brummer’s Facebook community in this episode. (You can hear my interview with Carrie in Episode #49.) This is her Artist Strong Facebook page.

This is her Becoming Artist Strong Facebook group.

If you are a member of any Facebook groups that you’d like to recommend, leave me a comment here and I’ll add them to this post.

#49 Carrie Brummer: Creating an Artist Strong Community

Carrie Brummer has created a community of artists called Artist Strong. She started as an art educator who taught at the high school level helping students to develop their art skills and style. She now works with adults through her online mastermind group and Facebook pages, where she helps artists create a habit of art making. She has fostered a sense of community as well as accountability with a group that is now over 4,000 strong. She’s also an amazing artist in her own right, and we talk about some art competitions she’s entered – and won! – as well as her latest art series.

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Carrie's artwork of Ruth. Note the gold leaf in the background and the detail of the embroidery on her clothes.
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The logo for Carrie's Artist Strong community.

Carrie’s personal website is carriebrummer.com. You can find photos of her plein air artwork, mandala series, and her Anonymous Woman series.

Her personal Facebook account is Carrie Brummer Hanna.

Carrie’s Artist Strong website is artiststrong.com. On that you can find the links to her:

Better Drawing Bootcamp

The Circle 


This is her Artist Strong Facebook page.

This is her Becoming Artist Strong Facebook group.

Here are some great takeaways from this episode:

  1. If you’ve been away from making art for a while, play with your art materials so that you can get back into it again. You want to make it relaxing and fun.
  2. Work on a few pieces at once so you can take a break and not be overwhelmed by one project.
  3. Make sure the artwork that you do is reflective of you.
  4. Understand that your artwork is important, it matters, and you have something of value to bring to the world.
  5. Artist communities, whether online or in person, can give you feedback but also accountability for making your art.
  6. If you’re not in a position to work at a traditional job, like Carrie was when she moved to the country of Oman, try creating an online business or community.
  7. Consider creating a Patreon account to raise money for your online projects. Patreon is a monthly contribution and you can establish rewards or products that you give your contributors.
  8. Consider using teachable.com to create and sell your online courses.

Carrie Brummer’s six month mastermind group called The Circle begins again on January 4, 2019. Signups have already begun, so you can visit her website and reserve your spot today.


#48 The World of Public Art

Public art can be a lucrative a fulfilling part of an artist’s business. In this episode, I explain what it is, and how the process works, so that you may consider applying to create some public art. Public art is any art that is displayed in public places. It can be in a park, on the side of a building, in front of a city building or office building, or in a building, like an airport or parking structure. It can be large or small, still or moving, interactive or not, made from any type of materials, and it can be permanent or temporary. It includes murals, sculptures or monuments, installations, performance, and landscaping. It can be specific to the site, or could be placed anywhere. They are often long-lasting and give great recognition to artists.

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Cloud Gate, by Anish Kapoor, located in Chicago, Illinois. This public art is often called "The Bean" and is a very popular photo spot.
Artist Eduardo Mendieta painting on the water take at Marina Village in Riviera Beach, Florida.
You can hear my interview with artist Eduardo Mendieta in Episode 47.
A large painting at Palm Beach Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Calls for Artists for public art can be found at:



And on Instagram: (When using this, be sure to change the setting to Recent to find the most recent calls.)


#47 Eduardo Mendieta: Street Artist

Whether it’s called street art, public art, or murals, it’s an art form popular all over the world. Artist Eduardo Mendieta has made his mark with murals on buildings, in the stairwells of parking garages, on schools, and on water tanks. He got his start when he was young tagging buildings, and now he’s getting paid by governments, businesses, and individuals to create fabulous murals locally and nationally. We discuss his process, from the contract details to how he plans and executes large works of art.

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Reading mural at Roosevelt Elementary School in West Palm Beach.
This left photo is two walls in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, and the right photo is the third opposite wall. The back wall has since been torn down.
Cabo Flats restaurant in West Palm Beach.
This is in Indianapolis -- the 46 for XLVI project for the Super Bowl.
Located at the Wynwood Art District in Miami.
A private business in West Palm Beach.
Hallandale Beach -- collaboration with J Bellicci and Paul Hughes.
Hallandale Beach -- collaboration with J Bellicci.
Stairwell mural project in West Palm Beach.
Mentorship Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

You can find Eduardo’s website here.

He’s also on Facebook and Instagram.

(Seriously, check out his Instagram. There are many more photos of his murals.)

He will be a part of the Graffiti show at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

Here are a few takeaways from this episode:

  1. Include everything that you’ve done as an artist on a CV so that you can show potential clients that you have experience and have done these types of projects before.
  2. Look for Calls to Artists both locally and nationally.
  3. When working on a public art project, follow all the rules of the government or business exactly, including getting all the needed permits.
  4. See if there are other city or county groups that might want murals, like the Downtown Development Authority in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  5. Make sure your budget for the job includes money for scaffolding, lifts, or ladders that you might need; for UV or graffiti-proof coating if required; for upkeep over the first couple of years; and for travel and lodging for you if the project is far away.
  6. When doing a project out of town, bring other artists to assist you so the project will go quicker.
  7. For really large projects, it helps to set up your sketch on a grid on the wall so you know how far apart to make the components of the mural.

Do you live in a town that has a lot of murals? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

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