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Nina's Palette painting stories Nina Schmidt thinks back to a time when someone asked her what she wants to be when she grows up. The reds rarely sit still.
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The hard answer was “an artist,” the easy answer was “a mommy.” After much deliberation, she drew a picture of herself with a dress on and eventually she became both. It is not an obvious path that stretches between that innocent question and where she sits today, balancing her daughter on one knee and holding a stained paintbrush in one hand. A half-finished picture loaded with lines and colors s

tares back at her from its place on an easel. For years she got paid to practice her painting on other people’s walls, before that there was a failed attempt at drawing classes in college, before that she was being home-schooled and taking private music and art lessons and before that there was a nameless urge to create that resulted in crayons worn down to smeary stubs.

“Art should be three things,” she says, “Functional, livable and beautiful.” She is surrounded by the accouterments of a life being lived: curled tubes of paint, a pile of laundry, drawings and sculptures made by her children, trails of crushed cereal. The canvas before her is the latest in a long line of painted surfaces—furniture, appliances, her husband’s skateboards. Even the walls of her home are constantly changing hues. For Nina, the act of painting is not so much about the subject, but about the relationships between colors. The blues start in the sky, but move lower and begin to cover birds, boats, a field of corn. Orange shows up along the back of a horse or on the trunks of trees. The lines and brush strokes are her way of trying to make sense of what she sees. Only the colors are real, the rest of the composition is space between colors. She daubs more color on the canvas. Nina believes art should be attainable to anyone, and she lives that belief with a fierce, if sometimes tired, determination. Not having the luxury of her own studio or even much time to herself during the day, the intensely private act of bringing her inner world to life with paint has become a part of her public persona. If her only goal was self-expression, the art she makes would still be wonderful, but she paints to bring beauty to small spaces and ordinary people. She paints to make the world a more colorful place for her family and friends and for that little girl who is asked to make a choice between two things and decides somewhere along the way that art is not a privilege but a necessity.
~ written by Steev Baker

"Return of shadows" 12x12
06/05/2024

"Return of shadows" 12x12

24x24 custom painting 💛
04/05/2024

24x24 custom painting 💛

Springtime always makes me fall in love with the old dried prairie grasses from recently thawed fields 😍
24/03/2024

Springtime always makes me fall in love with the old dried prairie grasses from recently thawed fields 😍

Always one of my favorites ! (Sorry it is not available)
21/03/2024

Always one of my favorites ! (Sorry it is not available)

An oldie of a stormie skie
14/03/2024

An oldie of a stormie skie

Go on and think your positive thoughts ✨️  *this piece has sold
13/03/2024

Go on and think your positive thoughts ✨️
*this piece has sold

Some dreamy shadows on one of my favorite pieces "fin" by moi
05/03/2024

Some dreamy shadows on one of my favorite pieces "fin" by moi

Latest special request ! These jokers! Had a lot of fun with this 😊
02/03/2024

Latest special request ! These jokers!
Had a lot of fun with this 😊

A little landscape from long long ago
26/02/2024

A little landscape from long long ago

"Medina" from 2012 *long ago sold
20/02/2024

"Medina" from 2012 *long ago sold

New painting! "The patchwork house " we spent 17 years in this house, so I felt like bringing a piece of it along with u...
19/02/2024

New painting! "The patchwork house " we spent 17 years in this house, so I felt like bringing a piece of it along with us was a good idea

A gift for a dear friend ❤️
18/02/2024

A gift for a dear friend ❤️

Throw back to this 18x36 painting I did a few tears ago "fin"
17/02/2024

Throw back to this 18x36 painting I did a few tears ago "fin"

"Leftover" This little 8x8 is ON SALE NOW!
07/02/2024

"Leftover"
This little 8x8 is ON SALE NOW!

"Leftover" 8x8 $50.00
04/02/2024

"Leftover" 8x8 $50.00

04/02/2024
As we approach valentine's day, which painting do you relate to? 1,2,3 or 4?
02/02/2024

As we approach valentine's day, which painting do you relate to? 1,2,3 or 4?

Red onions 12x12 $175.00
29/01/2024

Red onions 12x12 $175.00

"Red Pear" 12x12 $175.00
28/01/2024

"Red Pear" 12x12 $175.00

What can I say? I love painting onions! The first slide is still available! Second slide sold
24/01/2024

What can I say? I love painting onions!
The first slide is still available! Second slide sold

What's your vibe today? 1, 2 or 3
18/01/2024

What's your vibe today? 1, 2 or 3

A Christmas portrait of Zoey doggie 💕
25/12/2023

A Christmas portrait of Zoey doggie 💕

A special (and very specific!) Request from my momma for this Christmas painting
13/12/2023

A special (and very specific!) Request from my momma for this Christmas painting

06/12/2023

Only two spots left for Xmas pet portrait commissions! $220.00 for a 16x20

"Yellow bird" A piece from 2010 *sold*
12/11/2023

"Yellow bird"
A piece from 2010 *sold*

another older piece that I did to go with the verse 2 Samuel 11:1 "in the spring, at the time when kings go off to war ....
26/10/2023

another older piece that I did to go with the verse 2 Samuel 11:1 "in the spring, at the time when kings go off to war .."

How it started vs how it ended This is an old piece that was actually quite large. A landscape of a trail in kewaskum in...
24/10/2023

How it started vs how it ended
This is an old piece that was actually quite large. A landscape of a trail in kewaskum in spring *sold*

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