Writing/Essay/Journal
Michael Schmidt said that he paints because he enjoys doing it, but that it is nice when someone else appreciates the work too. What is something that you do that you would like to get more credit or appreciation for? Is it something that you would do on your own just for the sake of doing it? How does Schmidt bring their personal story into their art? What do you think would be most challenging about this form of art?

Activity
When Michael Schmidt doesn’t like the way a painting is turning out, he will sometimes throw it away or turn it into something else; he turned the nude into the landscape painting. Start with a piece of art that already exists (it does not have to be your own) and use your artistic skills to turn it into something else.