189: When Your Parents Don’t Believe in Your Dreams with Carla Sonheim

2022 IP Podcast - Episode 189 - Carla Sonheim - rectangle

with host artist Miriam Schulman

As artists and creatives, it’s easy to relate to how crushing criticism about your art can feel. Maybe you know people who never bothered to pick up a paint brush, a pen, or instrument because a poorly delivered comment about their craft killed their excitement and joy. 

Have you struggled with self-defeating thoughts like… 

Is my art good enough? 

Can I call myself an artist? 

Am I really creative or wasting my time?? 

If you’re an artist you probably have, and that’s okay! You are here and today’s guest, Carla Sonheim is an artist, online art teacher, and the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun! She was once a young enthusiastic artist that took one too many blows to her creative ego that pushed her away from art in her teen years. Luckily, she rekindled her passion and love for art in her late 20s, inspired by her own son’s art. 

In this podcast, you will discover…

Getting Fearless and Bold in Your Creative Pursuits: 

  • Overcoming painful criticism 
  • Finding confidence in your art and skills 
  • Being inspired by the world and life around you
  • Teaching art online and in person
  • Creating online art classes and a business that feeds the soul 

“Every drawing, no matter if you are a beginner or experienced, has magic to it.” -Carla Sonheim 

Links Mentioned

Free Portrait Painting Masterclass: SchulmanArt.com/DEMO

Connect with Carla Sonheim! 




About Carla

Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students rediscover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. Together with her husband, Steve, they produce online art classes in drawing, painting and mixed-media through www.carlasonheim.com.


About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

Wish I knew about this podcast sooner!
I recently found out about this podcast on Instagram and I wish I knew about it sooner! As a person that has recently taken the scary jump to being a full time artist, this podcast has so much gold for artists to listen to and even people just trying to stay motivated and to talk positively to themselves! I can’t wait to listen to more episodes!



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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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