Inspiration is easy, Finding Time to create it all is the hard part!

Interview with artist Ashlie Weisel by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

art of Ashlie Weisel
Fall for Home art print by TheSunnySideUpStudio

SchulmanArt: Tell us about yourself!
Ashlie Weisel: I grew up in Crown Point, Indiana- about 40 miles outside of Chicago. I didn’t see a mountain until I was 19 years old, and the closet thing to one growing up in the midwest is a snow mound. It wasn’t until my husband and I were stationed in Germany when I was 22 when the real inspiration started to flow. I loved the houses, the yellow country sides in the Spring and the enchanting castles. Inspiration is easy, finding the time to create all of it is the hard part!

I have been selling on etsy for about a year now, on and off. Sometimes I will really rock it and load up my Etsy store with new creations, and other times I’m so busy teaching art classes that I forget about my Etsy store.

art studio of Ashlie Weisel
Insider’s Look where art gets created in The Sunny Side Up Art Studio!

SchulmanArt: Where did you study art?
Ashlie Weisel: A lot of what I know is self taught. I took classes in college at the University of Southern Indiana in graphic design, illustration, welding and woodworking. I love to experiment with all sorts of mediums and finding my style within each one.
Right now I love to illustrate my images and fill the color with photoshop and illustrator.
SchulmanArt: What kinds of art do you sell? 
AW: My best selling item when I go to art shows is my ” Home” illustration print. It is a quote that I came up with and I feel a lot of people can connect with it, therefore making it a top seller
Currently I am working on self publishing my first children’s book ” Little bird, Big City”

SchulmanArt: How do you get inspired? 
AW: If I’m feeling stuck in a rut, I will usually take a hike up to the mountains in my backyard. That always seems to do the trick.

SchulmanArt: Describe a typical day for you.
AW:When I wake up, I drink the incredibly strong coffee my husband always makes, take my great dane for a walk, check emails, and then begin on the several creative projects I create for myself that day.

SchulmanArt: What is your studio space like? 
AW: At the moment my studio is very small and cramped because we are living in a one bedroom house this year while my husband is finishing up school. Most of the time I take my drawing book to a picnic table outside and draw there. I prefer to be out in the nature.

art of Ashlie Weisel
Connect with Ashlie on her facebook fan page!

SchulmanArt: How have your parents influenced you creatively ?
AW: My mom is an incredibly gifted artist who got me into art at a very young age. Seeing all the mediums she has been through over the years, and going from art show to art show when I was younger had inspired me to live the life as well.

SchulmanArt: What advice would you give beginning artists? 
AW: Looking back on all of the fails I’ve had with art, I don’t think I would have done any of them differently because it was my mistakes that brought me to my style today.

Discover all the photos and paintings of art studios I found on etsy today!

0 thoughts on “Inspiration is easy, Finding Time to create it all is the hard part!”

  1. Miriam,
    Thanks so much for publishing my art print by famous Swedish painter Carl Larrson. I have many more prints and posters by him at my shop.

    I also have many Art Nouveau and Art Deco art prints and posters. Recently I've been listing vintage Vogue covers.

    I love your artwork and your blog! It's wonderful!
    Diane Dean

  2. Miriam,

    Great Post! I love the way you draw out the artist's personality. Ashlie is an amazing artist. She not only is talented as a visual artist, but as a writer. Her words of inspiration add an additional element of design. Her heart shines through each work.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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