Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Transform your boring living room in 3 easy steps

This living room packs a powerful visual punch, but really starts with a white or beige couch white walls and plain furnishings. You can get this look too just by adding peacock art, ikat pillows and a bright floor rug!

I know what you are thinking. This living room isn't boring... but really strip away the pillows and art and you have a plain jane room with a white couch and plan furnishings. If you have a white or beige couch you can think of it as a blank canvas and instantly update your room with some bold moves.


Splurge Worthy Decorating


https://www.etsy.com/listing/205277507/original-peacock-wall-art-3x3-36x36-big?ref=shop_home_active_1
Radiant Peacock, orginal canvas art 3x3'

1. Original Peacock Art: This peacock wall art has a ton of texture and detail to keep your home happy and inspired. The surface is layered with dominant colors of radiant orchid, mustard yellow, light green and lavender. Artwork is created on a canvas that measures 3x3'. If you are looking for a large painting to make a dramatic statement over the mantelpiece, the sofa or in a foyer, this peacock art will enhance your home decor.

Another great decorating idea is to put this huge painting in a dining room over the banquet or over a bed. Wherever you decide to display the peacock art the artwork will give you pleasure throughout the years.

2. Pillows: I am in love with all things Madeline Weinrib. She travels around the world to seek inspiration for her home designs. Each of these pillows is a piece of art onto themselves. You can collect her pillows without hiring an interior decorator right from her website.

3. Rug: A rug is like artwork for the floor. Rug above is from Missoni Home.

More shopping details: published in Veranda August 2014 magazine; Custom Sofas in Mokum fabric; Coffee table, JF Chan.


Get the look for less


Art: You can get a similar look by ordering a peacock canvas art print in the size that best suits your wall space and your budget. You can even get a peacock print on paper for additional savings.

etsy designer sukan has a wide selection of purple ikat 
at a fraction of the price
Pillows: Getting a designer look for the pillows is trickier but not impossible. The oversize Weinrib pillows are made of silk and suede justifying their high end price tag. I think these are splurge worthy, but if it isn't in your budget check out these fab pillow finds all from etsy!

Calypso Hand Woven Rug features a bright 
patchwork of vivid stripes woven in a durable 
flat weave of 100% wool.


Rug: Striped rugs are easier to find. Check out this hip rug from Ballard Designs.. I use this site for my own home all the time. I love this rug which they describe as "If color makes you happy, say hello to heaven."

Do you like to decorate? Me too.. follow my blog by by Email or BlogLovin to get all updates in color trends, decorating and art adventures.

http://eepurl.com/HukAfMore Ways to Save

Want this Peacock Art? You can save 10% right now and I will email you my latest exclusive coupon!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Behind the Scenes of My Business

This blog post is part of a series of posts called an artist blog hop. Think of a blog hop as blogging "chain mail." Someone links to me and I have to link to three more, and each of them must find  creative bloggers. All of us must answer the same questions about our creative process.

Thanks to my friend Lucy Parsons who tagged me in her blog post.  I love building connections with other creatives and seeing what makes other folks tick. You can read about Lucy in my blog post, Quintessentially British Quality in Home Decor.

To participate in the blog hop, I have to answer a list of questions creative bloggers and then tag other creative business owners. 



So, lets go behind the scenes of my business….

Currently I am working on a 30x30" commission of an 
African Mask in watercolor.Discover more of my 
African art inspired by drawing museum artifacts.



What’s your two to three sentence bio?



I embrace the creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. I studied art history at Dartmouth College and abandoned a career in finance to work on my art full time. My 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 my artistic accessories in their gift shops. Discover my watercolor and art journaling secrets in inspiring online classes at The Inspiration Place


I put pride in all that I do especially when it comes
to packing up sales, one of my favorite parts of my 
business.

 

 

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love packing up sales... that is definitely the most rewarding part of my job knowing that my creations are treasured by others.



What’s your least favorite part of your job?

Taxes!

What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?

 Watercolor, the computer, camera.

What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?

Right now I am recognizing that growing my mailing list is my number one priority toward building my business for long term growth and so I am working on some advanced marketing strategies for improving my lead generating funnel. My goal is to double my mailing list by the year end.

Who are three creative gurus that inspire you?

There are three women who have really helped me take great strides in my business with their newsletters, blogs and online classes. They are Amy Porterfield who has a comprehensive facebook marketing course, Melanie Duncan who is a New York princess who lives life large and shows you how she did it and Allyson Stanfield who has dedicated herself to helping artists achieve their dreams. If you stop by their sites, please let them know that Miriam of SchulmanArt sent you!
 

What do you listen to while you work?

Currently I have my radio set to WQXR which is a public classical music station. The music is relaxing, but I also enjoy that they have far less commercials than my other favorite radio stations. I also like to listen to books on tape, and online classes or webinars.
Are you a night owl? This owl print would look 
great in your home!

Morning person or night owl?

I am really neither a morning person or a night owl. My husband is a rooster and wakes the entire family up at the crack of dawn so I find myself sleepy by 10pm. I work the best in the morning after exercise and a fresh cup of coffee but then I usually get a second wind after dinner. So sometimes I lose track of time at night and find myself up at midnight working on a project .


How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?

Lately, I became overwhelmed with all that my business requires so I just hired a part time studio assistant who is super talented and I will introduce her in a future blog post. She is going to help me with my social media and online tasks and all the other nitty gritty that goes on behind the scenes.

What’s your favorite social media platform?

My favorite social media platform varies but I think youtube is my current favorite. You can subscribe to my videos here!
 

What’s your least favorite social media platform?

My least favorite social media site also varies but I think I have a love hate relationship with facebook. Facebook is such a great tool for advertising because they have so much data about us... and isn't that scary? My fanpage is a lot of fun and I try to share loads of inspiration there. Come connect with me!
 

What works best when it comes to marketing your business?

The number one trick to marketing my business is listening to my customers and understanding what they want and need.
 
Surround yourself with inspirational quotes 
and positive people! Discover all my inspirational
art!

What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?

Don't be afraid to invest in learning and advertising. My business always takes great strides forward when I invest in those areas.  Always look to those more successful than you for advice and surround yourself with positive people.


Tag! You’re it….

For my part, I had to choose a few creatives to tag. (in no particular order)
  1.  First I tagged Andrea Gomoll of Cre8tive Cre8tions. I found Andrea on youtube and love her colorful whimsical style.
  2.  Jessica Sporn is the next artist I tapped. Jessica's art found its way into my home through the wonderful watercolor designs on Judaica greeting cards.  I also have met Jessica at an artist retreat and follow her blog.
  3. Finally I tagged Danita , a Mexican artist who creates dolls and other lovely mixed media art.


Just follow these steps:

Here’s how you play:

  1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer them and publish as a blog post.{you don't have to answer every question....I know I didn't!}
  1. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)
  1. Use the title: Behind the Scenes of My Business. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.
  1. Use the hashtag #MyBizBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!
If you want an intro to include at the beginning or end of your post, here’s one:
This blog post is part of a series of posts called an artist blog hop. Think of a blog hop as blogging "chain mail." Someone links to me and I have to link to three more, and each of them must find  creative bloggers. All of us must answer the same questions about our creative process.

Thanks to artist Miriam Schulman who tagged me in her blog hop. You can read Miriam's answers to these questions in her blog post.

Easily copy and paste the questions below

Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)
Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?
Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?
Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?
Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?
Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?
Question 8: Morning person or night owl?
Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?
Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?
Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform?
Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?
Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know?
Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?
Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?

Even if I didn’t tag you, you’re welcome to take part. Just follow the instructions above. Don’t forget to come back when you’ve published your post and put a link in the comments. If you’re not a blogger and still want to play, just answer the questions in the comments below!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Cards!

Get your FREE printable Halloween greeting card
Halloween was always my favorite holiday growing up and that had nothing to do with the candy. I loved transforming myself with a costume, especially a homemade one.  I remember one year I turned a poster board into the queen of Hearts and I went as that playing card, another year, in college, I went as the campus library. ( apparently, I hadn't gotten the girls memo that Halloween is for dressing sexy.)


You can also get this pre-printed Halloween card 
on glossy card stock with a white envelope 
from my etsy store. (click HERE)

Limited Edition Halloween Card


In honor of this secular holiday, I created two Halloween greeting cards. One of them I am having professionally printed on glossy card stock and will be available in my etsy shop. I only printed ten, so if you want one of those, then you need to hurry.

DIY Free printable Halloween Card


For do-it-yourselfers, I created a free printable download.  You can download it to your computer and print it using Avery white note cards 8315. (You will print using border-less setting.) You may print as many as you like, as long as the cards are for personal use, to give away. 


http://eepurl.com/HukAfFree Greeting Cards Each Month


I give away free greeting cards each time I send out a newsletter and I change them frequently. IN the past, I have given a "Thinking of You" card, "Mother's Day" and "father's Day" card and a holiday card. This is just my way of thanking you for following me and cheer leading my efforts to be a full time artist.


The difference between the blog and the newsletter


I know many of you ( many-- so grateful!) are subscribed to daily updates of my blog. On my blog I write about color trends, and famous artists and other art adventures. My newsletter is more a chance to show you the newest things I create...whether I have just printed peacocks on a silk scarf, created a new painting or even my inspirational jewelry. Although I update my blog several times a week, I may only do one or two newsletters per month. The newsletter also gives out secret coupons, sales and printables.... I am considering designing a set of free holiday gift tags for newsletter subscribers... what do you think? (SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER)
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Watercolor Techniques: Spirited Sunflowers

Autumn is such a great time to spread your creative wings and deepen your knowledge of art making. When I create paintings in the fall, I long to celebrate the fall colors around me. This new online class, Spirited Sunflowers, will teach you new watercolor techniques while creating luminous sunflowers.


Perfectly capture the beauty of spirited sunflowers, bold blossoms and dramatic light with radiant watercolors!  You will learn fun watercolor techniques for creating texture in your backgrounds that you can apply to any of your watercolor or mixed media paintings.

Taking an online class with me is like looking over my shoulder while I paint.  I talk you through all of the decisions I’m making and why I’m making them — whether it’s color mixing, techniques, or design.  I take you step-by-step through it all! The joy of taking an online class with me is you get to see me paint a watercolor from start to finish in real time. I speed up a few parts only so you don't get bored, but every technique is narrated.

Not sure what I said? That's okay. I also provide a written "tips" section with bullet points that cover the essentials. I also list all the paint I use and with shopping information for my favorite brands so you can duplicate the same results at home.

I didn't explain something clearly? The beauty of the online class forum is that I can answer your questions.

All videos are filmed in high definition. You can pause, stop, go back, and skip ahead though class videos as needed.  Lessons are divided up into easy-to-digest segments so you know which video you want to review if you need a quick refresher without having to watch the entire video.

This project emerged as a favorite in my "reader's choice" poll and no wonder. Come join your friends and make new ones in a convenient online class that you can enjoy from any internet  device.
Investment: $24 if you enroll by October 15. Regular class price is $34.99
Here is a sample of one of my sunflower watercolor paintings. I will begin a brand new one for you to learn from and provide you with a photo reference so you can create your own. All my secrets for creating the drama in this painting will be revealed in this online class. (like this painting? The original is in a private collection, but sunflower prints are available online in my etsy shop)



Frequently Asked Questions:

When will class be ready?
Class will begin on October 15th but you may join at any time. All materials will be self-paced so you may view and review as needed. Some class content will be added before that date.

How long will I have access?
You will never lose access to this online art class. So you can come back again and again.

What if I have questions?
I answer all questions within 24 hours during the work week and any questions posed during the weekends are answered on Mondays. Your fellow students may also jump in and answer your questions.

Who is the teacher?
I am Miriam Schulman, founder of the Inspiration Place and I have been practicing watercolor for over 20 years. I will be your guide for sharing my watercolor secrets for creating luminous sunflowers. You may read my full bio here.

Do I need to have experience with watercolors to take this class?
Although it is helpful to have taken Watecolor Secrets class at the Inspiration Place, it is not a requirement and students and artists of all skill levels are welcome.

How many videos? How long are the videos?
This class is under construction but the plan is to have  a welcome video, a supply video and about 3 videos between 10-20 minutes each that teach the skills needed to paint sunflowers.

Can I watch from my ipad?
Yes.. you just need internet access to watch videos in this class.

This sounds great...how do I join?
 For only $24,  you can join me HERE!

So how about it...are you ready to try something new?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Famous Women Artists: Alice Neel

This post is part of my "famous women artists" series where I turn the spotlight on different women artists. This week we focus on modern painter Alice Neel.


Expressionist Portrait Artist


Alice Neel is known for psychologically disturbing portraits during the twentieth century. Initially a painter in Greenwich Village, she moved to Spanish Harlem to blaze her own trail. Painting portraits while most artists during her time shunned representational figure painting, especially portraits, Neel gained prominence by painting portraits of other artists such as Andy Warhol and well known public figures. She had a solo retrospective of her while she was still alive at the Whitney Museum of Art. When she passed in 1985 she had a "Joan Rivers worthy" memorial service at the Whitney Museum which was attended by luminaries such as Mayor Ed Koch. In addition, poet Allen Ginsberg gave his first public reading of his poem ‘White Shroud' at her service.

It was more than a profession. It was even a therapy, for there I just told it as it was. It takes a lot of courage in life to tell it how it is. ~Alice Neel


Samples of her artwork


While cruising the internet for pictures of her art to download I was met with glaring warning about "copyrights" and reprodcuing her art without permission. To avoid all that I went onto Amazon to show you some book covers with her art on it. Here are some books about Alice Neel.

There are over 100 titles on Amazon about Alice Neel.



In this excerpt about her you get to see some really great art as well as listen to her philosophy about paintings and art



Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people.

~Alice Neel 


wonderful documentary about her life


Current Exhibitions of Alice Neel's Paintings Around the World 


Whether you are in London or New York you can find Neel's art in many prominent collections and her portraits are included in the following shows...

 

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What do you think of these portraits?

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Color Trends: Pair Yellow with Navy

#ootd yellow with navy fashion trends on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/09/fall-color-trends-pair-yellow-with-navy.html
I admit I was a little skeptical about wearing yellow this fall, but when paired with navy it is positively glamorous.

This look was curated by by on polyvore


Yellow Prints are hot this fall, this glamorous peacock scarf is a good investment that you can wear all year.







Jimmy Choo Anouk Sun Elaphe Pointy Toe Pumps
Jimmy Choo Anouk Sun Elaphe Pointy Toe Pumps 
This tropical shade of sun yellow will add eye catching flair to all your day to night look. 
Contrast the colour of these elaphe spike heeled  pumps with indigo denim or leather pants. (see more leather shoes)










Other posts you might like:

 

Are you inspired to wear yellow this fall?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Color Trends: Aurora Red

Aurora red is a very sophisticated yet grown up red. This red is a bit warm, like a fire engine red and will rev up your engines.. (and his?) Using this color as my inspiration, I pulled together a hot look for the kitchen.


Turn up the heat in the kitchen


Look sexy without looking like you are trying too hard when you wear this cute apron with aurora red accessories. Add a pop of red lipstick, mail polish and sky high red pumps in the kitchen. The fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but you might as well look hot while cooking it...


Kitchen aprons for women with floral print
Vince Camuto leather platform sandals
vincecamuto.com
Converse laced shoes
$73 - liberty.co.uk
Post drop earrings
pret-a-beaute.com
Burberry lips lipstick
burberry.com
OPI beauty product
$20 - thehut.com

A little help from my friends...

I also asked my artsy friends to add their handmade reds to this collection and so can you!




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