#21 Carrie Schmitt: Artist, Art Retreat Facilitator, and Author

Carrie Schmitt’s artwork is beautiful colorful painted flowers. She is also a retreat facilitator, and teaches classes near Seattle, Washington, and next year in France. We talk about her one-year project, called The Single Rose Project, where she handed out a rose to one person every day for a year, and we also talk about her newest adventure, Rosie’s Art Bus, which is her mobile art studio. You’ll be amazed to learn that she’s only been painting for ten years, after drastically changing her life and her home base following a debilitating illness. She really has an inspiring story.

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Carrie Schmitt

Rosie the Art Bus
Interior of the Art Bus
Interior of the Art Bus
Carrie with the ladies at her art retreat.

Here are some of the things we discussed on this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

Carrie’s website: carrieschmittdesign.com

Her Instagram

Her Pinterest

Here is more information about Carrie’s A Single Rose Project.

Here is a link to Carrie’s online shop where you can buy her artwork and products. Here is where you can purchase Carrie’s Rose Cards, so that you can pass do your own rose project.

While the online business class that she took from artist KellyRae Roberts is no longer offered, here are some of KellyRae’s other courses.

Some of Carrie’s art can be found at Art East Gallery in Issaquah, Washington.

Here is the calendar for Carrie’s upcoming retreats.

Here are some takeaways from this episode:

  1. As Carrie says, “Do one thing every day in the direction of your dream.”
  2. If you want to create a 365-day project like Carrie did, be sure that you work it into your daily routine. And make sure you give it a powerful end, like Carrie did when she gave her last roses out at a women’s shelter in Seattle.
  3. At the end of her day, she asks herself, “Did I do the best I can do today?” I think that’s a great way to reflect and prepare for your next day to continue on your art-filled path.
  4. As Carrie says, we need some down time to create a quiet space for ourselves. In this crazy time where we are attached to our phones, we need to relearn what it is like to sit quietly by ourselves and occupy our minds with thoughts that fill our souls.
  5. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to show photos of your art. Carrie was recognized in Pinterest and able to obtain licensing deals through that notice.
  6. Consider getting your artwork printed on products, like hats and water bottles. Carrie sells these things in shops and from her bus.
  7. If you can’t find or afford studio space near your home, consider an alternative space like Carrie has for her bus. Rosie the Art Bus came about because she was unable to find affordable space, and the cost of the bus was less than one month’s rent of a retail space. Now she can paint by the beach, at a park, where ever she wants to take the bus.
  8. Think about alternatives to offering traditional art classes. Carrie is offering a week on an island in Washington for women to work on projects in a quiet beautiful space, but there is no teaching involved.

I hope Carrie has inspired you to challenge yourself with a new project and be brave enough to try something new, no matter how scary or unusual the idea might be.

#20 Keeping Track of Your Art Inventory

If you’re an artist who is trying to sell their work, you need to know what is available to sell. Keeping track of your art inventory is essential so that you’ll be ready for future opportunities and you can evaluate your sales history at the end of the year. I’ll give you ideas of how to keep track of your artwork, what details you should keep track of, and how you can benefit by this.

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Here are the takeaways from this episode:

  1. Start first by numbering every piece.
  2. Then give each piece a title. (Don’t skip this step!)
  3. Measure every piece: Use H x W for 2D, and measure the bases for sculpture.
  4. Write down the media and techniques that were used.
  5. Figure out a price.
  6. Record all this information in a manner that works for you: spreadsheet on your computer, document on your phone, handwritten, 3-ring binder.
  7. Move photos into a separate folder when artwork is on display at a show, store, or gallery.
  8. Keep a separate list for sold items, and keep track of who bought it on your email list.
  9. Analyze your sales a couple times of year to see what is selling and what isn’t, and try to figure out why.

If you’ve found a great way to keep track of your inventory and you’d like me to share your idea, send me an email, and I’ll feature it on a future episode.


#19 Roxanne Evans Stout: Collage from a River Garden

Southern Oregon artist Roxanne Evans Stout calls her business River Garden Studio, as she is inspired by the Klamath River, and the birds, trees, and nature that she can experience so close to her home. Her artwork is a collage style that incorporates paper, fabric, stitching, and found objects. She shares her techniques and artistic talent through workshops that she teaches all over the world, as well as online classes that are available through many websites. Roxanne truly has a well-developed left brain, because she intuitively knows how to pursue art opportunities and is not afraid to create her own.

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Roxanne Evans Stout

Both of Roxanne's books are available through Amazon.

Here are some of the things we discussed on this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

Check out Roxanne’s website: roxanneevansstout.com

You can find her on Facebook at Roxanne Evans Stout, or her business page River Garden Studio.

She is also on Instagram.

You can find Roxanne’s art at these galleries in the Pacific Northwest: The Gallery in Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta, California; and Strange Angels Gallery and Gifts, in Port Orford, Oregon.

She taught a workshop in The Netherlands through her host Leslie Van Der Heide. You can read about the workshop on Leslie’s Facebook account.

She will be teaching at Art and Soul Retreat in Oregon and Colorado in 2019. 

She is now teaching an online class called Collage Stories through Stencil Girl Studio. You can also shop for stencils she has designed at Stencil Girl Products on their shop page.

You can find both of her books on Amazon.

She finds Calls for Artists on the website Call For Entry.

Here are the takeaways from this episode:

  1. See how you can be inspired by your natural environment. As Roxanne says, “This land makes me who I am as an artist.”
  2. Make connections with your local galleries, then just call them. Don’t be afraid to walk in and show them some of your art.
  3. Research where other people are teaching workshops and consider if that’s a town where you’d like to go and a studio where you’d like to teach.
  4. Look at the submission guidelines for your favorite art magazines and consider submitting an article.
  5. Consider technical schools as a place to teach your art. Often they have art requirements that must be met, and you can develop the perfect class for them.
  6. Online classes through another website are a great option, as they have the experience to help you develop them, and the following to get you loads of students.
  7. If you’ve got a book idea, consider self-publishing, as Roxanne did with her second book, Dancing on Raindrops.
  8. And finally, Roxanne has booked most of her workshops for 2019 already, so check out her website around November for the complete list.

Roxanne gave some great tips about how she keeps track of all her artwork. I’ll talk about that on my next bonus business episode.


#18 How to Find Your Local Art Scene

Showing your art locally is all about opportunity. It’s certainly an opportunity for a sale, but it’s also an opportunity for the community to get to know you. Your goal should be to build relationships with potential buyers. In this episode, I tell you how you can find and get into your local art scene, by looking for art councils, joining artist groups, and showing your art at local venues.

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All of these images were taken at the CONTINUUM WPB Arts pop-up gallery in January, 2018, created by ATB Fine Artists & Designers in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Here are the takeaways from this episode:

  1. See if your town or county has an arts council.
  2. Visit local galleries, museums, and art schools.
  3. Join an artist group.
  4. Look for restaurants and businesses to hang your work.
  5. Donate to a community fundraiser.
  6. Participate in local art shows and festivals.
  7. Try your hand at live painting.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for adequate compensation.

#17 Carin Wagner: Realistic Oil Painter of Nature

Artist Carin Wagner makes these amazing paintings of outdoor scenes, often beautiful Florida trees, and lately she’s been making paintings of the sky. Her oil paintings are so realistic, you’d think they are photographs.

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Carin Wagner

Sky 11
Sky 8
Reflect VIII
Reflect VI
Partially Obscured VI
Partially Obscured V

Here are some of the things we discussed on this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

You can find Carin’s artwork at carinwagnerfineart.com.

You can also find her on Instagram at wfineart5.

She shows her art at the Armand Bolling Fine Art gallery in Jupiter, Florida

and also the MAE Gallery in Delray Beach, Florida.

She has found these two national artist organizations a great source of connections:

National Association of Women Artists

Oil Painters of America

Carin has great experience showing and selling her artwork, and here are some important takeaways that may help in your business.

  1. If you take classes at an art school, see if they have lists of freelance jobs you can do.
  2. When starting a large project, like Carin did when she painted a mural on a driveway, do your research to find out the best materials for the job.
  3. Find inspiration for your art in the places that really connect with you, like Carin does when she goes hiking and kayaking and gets inspired by nature.
  4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket; pursue multiple galleries at a time.
  5. Start local and try to make connections first. Only after that should you try to connect with the wider art world.
  6. Attend gallery openings to find out what they are doing, but try to talk to the gallery owners at a later date when they are not so busy.
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