Edith Schmidt Art LLC
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Woodland Creatures

This egg is on exhibit in Hameln Germany, along with three other sister eggs that I completed.

This egg is on exhibit in Hameln Germany, along with three other sister eggs that I completed.

I have always been a lover of woodland creatures, their habits and their quirks. To make adventures for them and create make-believe lives, seemed like a natural thing.  As a child, I would have what my mother called ‘visitors’. They consisted of possums, turtles, alligators, a hawk (he had a broken wing, we set it and then released him when it healed), birds, ducks, etc. This list doesn’t even include the insects that I watched hatch or took to school for show and tell.  It is from this interaction that I must have developed my whimsical imagination with animals and insects. 

 

Ideas, Concepts, Techniques  

Every artist looks critically at their work. We are always questioning placement, lines, whatever the case may be.  Sometimes, I think we can never be satisfied. In doing these wonderful eggs, I have seen some areas that I could improve or utilize a different technique.  For acrylic not being my preferred technique, these were not that hard to paint. Next time, I will do a distressed look for the groundwork, then layerings from dark upwards to the middle then from the top down. Each will have gradients; this would add more depth and appearance of shadows. I will also take with me some gel medium to spread the paint. It would add the transparency that I love with watercolor. The last layer will be the animals, whiting out their images and then placing them on.  These were done outlining all of the work and then doing it in one layer. Working in a foreign country does make for a learning curve, not only in the products but in the purchasing of said products, languages, and different terms for the products.  I think what we accomplished here was fantastic, even though I am my own worst critic. My learning curve is rapid, and from this exhibit has come conversations and request for other murals. 

This was the demonstration painting. I just applied some bottom texturing and created softer lines in the transistion from sky to grass.

This was the demonstration painting. I just applied some bottom texturing and created softer lines in the transistion from sky to grass.

My experience In Hameln  

From the moment I set foot in the city, it was fantastic. It is a beautiful place to visit. I will post some photos in another blog post. When I set foot in the Hameln STADT -GALERIE, the people gathered and took photos, pointed and said how much they loved them. I was overwhelmed and so honored. They all were so kind. The children all looked on with smiles and giggles, all recounting the stories the eggs told. Since there were 4 eggs with different stories, and I moved from egg to egg doing the demonstration, I saw some of the same children and parents following me.  I hope to be asked to do something in the furture for that beautiful city. Thank you again.

A Word About My Sponsors 

I would like to thank WoolHouse and their staff for their sponsorship and help with this exhibit.  Without them, this would never have taken place. They have been so supportive.  If you are in need of wool, this would be the place to order. Their products are superior and their sales help is just fantastic. They provide for retail as well as personal purchases. Don’t worry, they also speak English as well as German. 

Hameln STADT-GALERIE is a wonderful place to stop and look around. Loaded with food and shopping, this place acts as the gateway to the old section of town. While you are taking in the sights, I would also suggest popping in and seeing what is on exhibit. You never know who you may meet.  

The Werre Park is where another exhibit of mine is also showing. Their staff has been fantastic. I would especially like to thank Christian Trapmann, the Center Manager, who was invaluable. He was so professional and welcoming. His support and interest in my art was very, very appreciated. He has worked diligently to incorporate artist and workshops, such as my classes, in the Werre Park to bring a renewed interest of local residents and visitors. He was an absolute pleaseure to work with.