Wednesday, October 7, 2015

10 Art Journal Prompts

10 art journal prompts
There are very few blogs that I subscribe to that I actually take the time to read. However, I do subscribe and read Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog. She is definitely an artist's artist who humbly gives and shares much on her blog. I also have had the pleasure of meeting her in person and she is a fellow art geek just like me.

Yep. It's a guest blog post baby!

When Julie asked me to write a guest blog post for her, I wanted to create something really special. For the guest blog, I put together a brand new video and a free download with 10 art journal prompts. So let's hop on over to her blog together.  (Please leave a comment on her blog to let me know you stopped by!)

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Relieve Stress with an adult coloring book!

adult coloring book
When I was growing up, I had to share everything with my younger sister who ruined everything. Gave my dolls haircuts; knocked over my block towers and broke my crayons.. So, I loved to escape to my friends' houses... especially those whose toys were unblemished. These playmates always had the best toys, but my favorite was Sandy's brand new box of 64 crayons.

New Crayon Smell


Do you remember those? As adults we love "new car smell" but I still remember the "new crayon smell" with colors with wonderful names like cornflower, goldenrod and bittersweet. 

The Adult Coloring Book Craze

I think I am not the only one. Walk into any major book seller and you will see these adult coloring books positioned at the front of the store.

heART Journal Magazine's first Colorbook Issue

So I was really excited when the editors at HeART Journal magazine asked me to design a page for their first coloring book issue.

25 different Artists {including some of my friends like Blenda Tyvoll and Carolyn Dube} have collaborated to make 40 beautiful Coloring book pages for you!

adult coloring book

Coloring Book Sale through October 15th

Only 3? No worries heART Journal Magazine is offering the colorbook for only  $2.99! 
That is 50% off the regular price of 5.99!  And if you buy now and win one of the issues
you will have your choice of sharing with a friend or choosing another one of
heART Journal Magazine's many back issues. So don't wait to purchase, this sale ends Oct 15.

How to get the Whole Coloring Book

This Colorbook issue is available on iTunes,Google Play
or heART Journal Magazine's cart for a pdf version 
For help with accessing the Colorbook please email

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Preparing to Plant a Painting

how to paint sunflowers
I want to take you on a journey through the process of how I conceived and then created this art.

Preparing to Plant a Painting

When I first started the process, all I knew was that I wanted to start with a layered neutral background. I used scrapbook papers, magazine pieces, and even sewing pattern tissue papers.  I love beginning an art journey without a preconceived notion. As a I mediated on the materials, ideas started to come to me. It took me many days to cover the canvas which was 2x6' of the longest I have ever done. 

Seeds of an idea

At this stage, I did not have a concept yet except in the back of my mind I thought I might do flowers. I chose the long shape of the canvas to go over a high headboard of a bed. I mentioned to my husband that I was going to to do flowers and he made a face. So I left the idea undecided before we left on our vacation to Amsterdam

Trip to Amsterdam

My choice to ultimately do sunflowers seems almost cliche after a trip to van Gogh's Amsterdam, but how can one not be influenced by standing in front of his painting and learning about his reasons for painting sunflowers. Van Gogh like the awkward flowers just as he liked painting peasants. After all, sunflowers resemble overgrown dandelions. I liked the idea of anthropomorphizing these flowers.

Follow the Vision to the end

I thought about doing the Amsterdam row houses instead or even a Holland tulip scene but the sunflower painting was taking root in my head and once I get a completed vision of how I see a painting I know I must follow that vision to the end.

how to paint sunflowers
So, I went to the local garden store and purchased about a dozen sunflowers. I placed the sunflowers in plastic buckets behind the canvas and rigged the canvas in front. I wanted to create an indoor garden of sunflowers in my studio. Using charcoal and drawing freehand I drew portraits of each of the sunflower faces, choosing only the ones with the most personality.

how to paint sunflowers
As I worked, it seemed as if the sunflowers were peeking their heads over the canvas to check on my progress. I love having these sunflowers keeping me company as I painted.
sunflower art detail by Miriam Schulman
After painting the flowers, I really wanted them to pop against the background, so I white washed the background with a glaze of paint. I love the way the various patterns and textures peek through in a now you see it now you don't sort of dance across the artwork.

sunflower art detail by Miriam Schulman
The sewing pattern tissue papers lent a nice wrinkled texture to the canvas and I managed to salvage two butterflies from among the patterned chaos.
sunflower painting by miriam schulman
{You can more details about this art including the price here}

Here is the completed painting which is hard to appreciate with whatever little screen you are using. If you are in New York, I am happy to bring this to your home so you can take a closer look or you may come visit me in my studio!

Why I do not keep my best paintings

There was a lot of discussion on my facebook page from my fans urging me not to sell the painting and to keep it. I am not sure why. I love selling my paintings because I have found the most direct way to happiness is to make others happy with my art. 

Why would I want to keep my best paintings? The only paintings over the years I will not sell are the portraits I have painted of my children.

Although I initially intended this art to go over a bed, I am fostering the painting in my living room over the mantel. I suppose the painting would work in either situation. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why you can't buy this art

scarsdale art show with art by Miriam Schulman
This blog post is derived from a newsletter I recently sent out to my collectors. My collectors said they really enjoyed the newsletter about the art show because it showcases the kinds of people who buy my art, and makes it easier to identify themselves as one of my collectors. 

So, I am republishing it here for you dear blog reader! {if you want to be a newsletter subscriber too, you can sign up and choose a free gift just for subscribing!→ learn more}

A Vicarious Visit to an Outdoor Art Show

Last Saturday, I had a beautiful day sharing my art outside in a local park. I got to meet many new art collectors and was happy to see some old friends stop by. Here are the highlights I want to share with you.
scarsdale art show with art by Miriam Schulman

a peek inside my booth

Although the weather was beautiful all day, I still like setting up a booth so I can create a welcoming space for you.

Three paintings in this photo sold...Can you guess which ones?


Social Media Reaction

The above photo was just a casual shot I took with my phone to share on social media- yet it caused quite a stir. Are you on facebook?

You can see the fan reaction on my facebook fan page HERE
And these two originals also found new homes... can you read the fan reaction? click on the picture to take a closer look...

The Art that Got Away

You can no longer collect this original pig painting because Joan beat you to it.
But you can get a fine art print or commission a new original art on canvas.

The Day After

A lot of art is always collected in the days and weeks after an art show ends. This peacock was hidden on the back of my booth and I only had just finished it this month. I brought it to the collector's home (yes, I do that) so she can show it to her husband and confirm that they both love it for their dining room.
I was absolutely in love with the decorating in this home. There was butterfly wallpaper in the foyer and original art everywhere. The collector showed me the absolutely fabulous teal fabric destined for the captain chairs. This peacock has found a good home for sure.

An Attitude of Gratitude


I am so grateful to all of you who came to the show and also shared the love vicariously on my facebook page.

much gratitude,  

PS Sadly, I am not even sure that I have properly photographed the peacock painting above to offer it to you as a print. (but there are lots of other peacock prints in my etsy store, as well as other original peacock art you might like too) If I do have the photograph for print making, I will be sure to make it available to you soon. Do you want me to let you know? 

Miriam Schulman embraces her creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. Schulman studied art history at Dartmouth College. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines and home decor books. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art carry her artistic accessories in their gift shops. She has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man and most recently in Somerset Studio. Explore her art at
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Monday, September 21, 2015

5 van Gogh Lessons Every Art Lover Should know

van gogh
The summer 2015, I took a trip of a lifetime to Amsterdam. One of the highlights of the trip was the van Gogh museum. Being an art history major, a self-proclaimed museum expert and a professional artist, I thought I knew all there was about van Gogh.

Boy was I wrong! Here are 5 new things I learned about van Gogh.. test yourself and see if you knew them too.

How much do you know about van Gogh-- make sure you know these 5 art lessons about van Gogh that every art lover should know.

van Gogh and the Power of Affirmations

I have been binging on "self-help" and "success-strategy" books and
audiobooks. One audio that I brought with me for traveling is Jack Canfield's Success Principles. I love the audio book so much I will probably go ahead and get the hardcover book for my library.
Anyway-- one thing that he ( and all the other success strategy gurus recommend is to use the power of affirmations.  While I was roaming the Van Gogh museum I made the connection between this van Gogh quote and realized that van Gogh used the power of affirmations to give him confidence in his art. You can see the full quote and read about how I use the power of affirmations in this blog post: I am...

van Gogh back in the states

van gogh
van Gogh is always a sure thing for museum curators so you can see him and his art for the next few days in NYC and there is an exhibit coming to the Clark in Williamstown, MA too. My husband says he doesn't want to drive two hours to see more van Goghs since we just saw him in Amsterdam. But I had to remind him that it was a seven hour plane ride..( I don't think I am going to win this argument)

Anyway-- check out this blog post to learn what's so special about the van Gogh exhibit at the Met-- if you love van gogh, you will love this blog post!
>> get inspiration from van gogh
I always thought it was van Gogh's brother Theo, the art dealer,  who made a success of him after his death. Did you know that Theo died just 6 months after Vincent and it was actually Theo's wife, Jo,  who successfully promoted the collection and made van Gogh a star?

It was their son, also named Vincent, who later founded and built the van Gogh museum.
Apparently I have been pronouncing van Gogh wrong all these
years-- I though it was "Go" but in the audio guides the
English speaker pronounced it to rhyme with "cough."


PS I am working on a Mixed Media course for the fall so I can spill all my secrets for creating artworks that everyone has been going mad over on my facebook page. If you haven't already, take the survey so you can tell me what you want to know about mixed media. Everyone who takes the survey will be entered to win complimentary access to the class.

Miriam Schulman embraces her creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. Schulman studied art history at Dartmouth College and abandoned a hedge fund career to work on her art full time. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines and home decor books. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art carry her artistic accessories in their gift shops. She has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man and most recently in Somerset Studio. Explore her art at or take a class at
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

your dream kitchen for less

art for the kitchen
Remodeling a kitchen from scratch is very costly, messy and time consuming. You may be in a rental or not wish to make necessary investment for a complete kitchen overhaul but is is so easy to transform the look of your kitchen by adding artwork that evokes the feeling you are after. Whether you love the look of a country or a modern kitchen, art can transform the look of your kitchen instantly.

art for the kitchen

Art in this photo:

1) Chicken Hearted, canvas art made to order
2) Family Nest, watercolor prints made to order
3) Wooly Booly, Discover Original Sheep art 
4) Chickens Come Home to Roost, explore all chicken art

5) Valsette Forest, discover more tree art 

art for the kitchen

A little bit country

How do you evoke the country feel? It is so easy when you add paintings of chickens, eggs, roosters or food but you can also mix and match themes for an eclectic modern approach to decorating. Copper accesories and natural baskets add country while the modern art adds the chicness of a city sophisticate. (art shown: Lemons and Limes)

art for the kitchen | rooster art

A little bit of Rock and Roll

A country kitchen doesn't need to be all wood and white. Look how cool these black cabinets look. Have you noticed that black cabinets are all the rage for kitchens now? Custom order the rooster art on canvas for a chic look that can go modern. (another hint: you can paint old cabinets black for a fast, affordable makeover)

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Hey, I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives. 

My art has been published by Somerset StudioArt of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at or join the fun at I will be offering a mixed media class in the fall of 2015. join the wait list


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