#53 Suzanne Redmond: Artist and Creator of this Podcast

Today’s interview is with me, Suzanne Redmond. A few weeks back Carrie Brummer of Artist Strong interviewed me for a Facebook Live segment. I replay that interview here today. We talked about my latest art series, Letters to Oregon, which is a group of collages from letters that were sent to my grandmother 100 years ago from a friend in World War I. We also talk about my art background before I started this podcast, and what it is that makes me an artist.

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Collage with part of a letter written to my grandmother in Oregon in 1918. This is one of a 16-part series of artwork that I created.
Closeup of letter.
Collage with a letter from 1918.
A sterling silver necklace with silk ribbon created by me.
Sterling silver and abalone necklace.
Dancing Archipelago -- 12" x 12" acrylic and ink on canvas
Wandering Garden -- 24" x 24" acrylic and ink on canvas
Filling the Tumbler -- 9" x 11" watercolor and ink on paper

#52 How to Develop Your Art Style

Many artists get frustrated because they have not yet developed their own style. They may get into a creative block because they just haven’t found the technique, or colors, or theme that makes their style unique to them. In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can develop your art style by examining artists from the past and the present, and by examining your history of making art. I’ll also emphasize the importance of trying new things and practicing your art daily. 

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Ardith Goodwin worked for a year to develop her art style, and now she helps others to develop theirs.
Ardith looked to artists in the past to see what she liked, and looked at Pinterest for current artists that looked interesting.

Ardith Goodwin offers professional workshops for artists to help them develop their style. You can find the calendar of her workshops on her website here.

Artist Carrie Brummer used mandalas as a creative outlet to make art and develop her art practice.
Carrie has created a Facebook community called Artist Strong where artists can get feedback on their work. She also poses challenges to get their art brains working and trying new things.

Carrie Brummer’s Facebook community called Artist Strong can be found here. Anyone can like the page and see the encouraging posts she makes for artists.

Here are some articles about developing your style that you might find interesting:

prototypr.io

copic marker tutorials

fine art tips

These artists offer classes that will help you develop your style:

Connie Solera offers 21 Secrets twice a year. The 21 lessons will help you try new techniques to see if they are something you’d like to add to your art repertoire.

Flora Bowley offers her Bloom True Workshop to help you develop a creative painting habit.

Roxanne Evans Stout is offering a 10-month online course that starts January, 2019 called Studio Moments. This course will reveal how she works and how she’s thinking when she’s making her art.

#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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Ardith Goodwin
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Finger
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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 Brummer
Sketch of Ruth from her Anonymous Woman Series
Carrie's artwork of Ruth. Note the gold leaf in the background and the detail of the embroidery on her clothes.
Carrie's plein air artwork: Bordeaux 6
Plein air artwork: Bordeaux 3
Plein air artwork: Bordeaux 5
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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 

Patreon

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.

 

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