Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fostering Peacock Decor

peacock decor | peacock art | peacock paintingSo there is a really large peacock painting in my living room right now and I am trying not to get attached to it since this is just a foster painting. There are paintings I paint for myself that I never have any intention of selling... such as paintings of my children. On the other hand, there are paintings that I fully intent to set out into the world and this peacock painting is one of them.

60" is not 6 feet


This peacock started life out as a commission. I was commissioned to paint a 4x6 foot painting but silly me used a canvas 60" wide which is not 6 feet wide but only five feet wide. Oh, dear. By the way, a 4x6' commissioned peacock this size is normally $3000.

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Peacock Perfection, 48x60" Original Canvas Wall Art

And this painting is too small


The most stressful part of commissions is that five minutes between when your client first lays eyes on your painting baby and then breathes out their exclaim of delight. My client was delighted with this very, very large ( but not quite large enough) wall art.

The wrong baby


She loved it so much she rolled it up the painting baby in its swaddling cloth and took it home to her upper west side apartment in New York City. However, when she got the baby home she realized it wasn't hers. As much as she loved this new painting it was only five feet wide and not the six she had paid for.. I offered to refund her the difference or start over... and well... I started over.

 

peacock decor | peacock art | peacock paintingHappy Endings


This story has a happy ending. My client now has her proper six foot wide peacock painting that is not exactly the same as this one...as no two paintings are the same... but she loves just as much. However, I now have a 4x5' painting that is up for adoption. I have the adoption papers drawn up and displayed in my etsy store

 

Seeking the perfect collector-- are you her?


The right collector for this painting will have a flair for modern color and want to brighten up their wall with a statement piece. Are you the new collector for this art? Since this peacock is no longer commissioned art, the investment is now only 1800....just about 40% less than the regular price, a huge art savings. There is only one and if you want to collect this one of a kind painting, click HERE.

Frequently asked questions...


If you are wondering how long it took me to paint this marvelous fine feather friend, take a look at this six minute video. I cut out a few parts where my hair was just a horror show and then sped the video up about 100x the normal speed. Cat lovers will enjoy the cameo my cat makes in the window and if you watch carefully enough you will see the cat just outside my window as well.

 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Color Trend Watch: Misted Yellow

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One of my favorite aspects of fashion how color trends evolve. Now that fashion week has arrived in New York City, I am starting to fantasize about clothes. During fashion week, the designers present their collections a full six months in advance giving stores a chance to buy what they want. The fall clothes that were presented last spring showed a lot of yellow.

Not Canary Yellow


Now before you get scared off , this is not a Big Bird or tweety bird sort of yellow. This warm yellow is very soft as the name suggests... "misted yellow"


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shopping guide:
For all the fashion seen here, get info on polyvore 

Pictured above:

Givenchy Jersey pencil skirt with mosaic pixel print

H&M Sleeveless blouse and Cable-knit jumper

Maison Martin Margiela Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

Fendi Yellow leather '3Jours' engraved logo plate tote

Printed peacock silk scarf yellow scarf silk

 


How to wear yellow this season


For those who may be reluctant to wear too much yellow near your face, this yellow is very well suited for accessories as the color goes so well with all the colors in the autumn palette. Whether for a bag or a printed yellow scarf, a touch of yellow does go a long way. Yellow used in a print will be the very popular this fall.
printed yellow scarf trendy for fall 2014 https://www.etsy.com/listing/201921784/printed-peacock-silk-scarf-yellow-scarf
Yellow Prints are hot this fall, 
this glamorous peacock scarf is 
a good investment that you can wear all year.

 

What the experts at Pantone had to say


Pantone is the leading predictor of trends (although a lecture I went to said this is not a "predictor" so much as a "reflection" of what they are already seeing in the marketplace.) From their website they say: Adding a ray of sunlight and warmth, optimistic Misted Yellow alludes to the promise of spring to come.


Yellow is a good investment 

Looking ahead to the spring 2015 color trend report (yes, the report is already out!) There is a yellow in that palette too which they renamed as "custard" but it is basically the same color as misted yellow. So any accessories or transitional pieces you buy now in yellow will also work in the spring.




other posts you might like


If you like color trends then check out Color of the Year
If you like to decorate with yellow in then check out ... Decorating with yellow and white in your living room
Click here for all the posts on color trends.
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A little yellow help from my friends... 

I invited my artsy craftsy friends to share their yellow creations here and you can too! Just add a link to your etsy listing or a blog post on yellow and don't forget to tweet and like on facebook when you are done!


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Art Journal Ideas: Hobbies to Go

Although school has started I still go by the vernal equinox and won't say fall has started until September 22. So we still have a few more weeks in the summer list challenge. For this week the list idea is to make a "packing list"

So today I am going to share with you some art journaling I did while I was on vacation. Now, I am notorious for forgetting things on vacation and then having to run and out and buy the essential (or often non-essential but somehow at the time seems completely necessary like I can't live without it.. ) So for my "packing list" I made a list of things not to forget and many of these items I have forgotten to bring on various trips.

 Initial Layers


I started this spread before I left 
( you can see steps in Two for the Road
In my initial layers I used scrapbook papers, 
prints from my watercolors, patterned napkins 
and Tim Holtz tissue paper. Also, the night 
before I left I added bubble letters using 
my black signo pen quickly writing down 
my "essentials"

 

 



 

My List


If you look at my list, I do recognize that I could survive without any of these. In fact, besides the contacts and the makeup, pretty much everything on my list are my hobbies. You would think that I would remember my makeup but I remember one trip where I flew to relatives in Atlanta and had to buy a full face of cosmetics at Walmart since I had nothing.

Packing List:

Bathing Suits
Towels
Floats (surprising this is the first year my kids did not use these-- now that they are older they like to laze around the beach and read)
Weights (for working out...these did not get used.)
DVD's (I played one once... I call this "fantasy workout" it is when you pack all your workout clothes because you imagine yourself using the hotel gym but never do. When we go to Cape Cod I bring my DVD set and I was faithful when I was younger doing a tape each day... Now I just put on my sandals and walk around the block a few times.)
Journal (but of course)
Pens (don't assume I would remember the pen bag just because I brought my journal. This is the kind of thing I forget-- I will pack "half" of my hobby and then the whole project is useless.)
Knitting ( I thought I would knit, but I didn't. Part of the problem was I really didn't like the knitting project I started last year. Last night I went through my knitting books looking for a replacement pattern to use the same yarn for a different pattern.. although art journaling is a great hobby, I realized I missed the counting in knitting.)
Blow dryer (this never got used either!) 
Camera (a real one, not just the iphone)
Contacts 
Sunglasses (all my pairs of sunglasses I own I have purchased on vacation when I forgot to pack them)
makeup.

Art Journal Supplies

For this art journal spread I used neon pens, pastel sharpie pens, signo black pen, signo white pen, washi tape and a white faber castel pen.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Women Artist Spotlight: Roz Chast

Illustrator and Comic Roz Chast (in case you can't read the small font-- Pigeon Little says "The sky is falling, the sky is- Oh, look! Part of a bagel."

Today I start a new series on my blog called "women Artist spotlight." I was motivated to write about women artists after learning that the Daring Book for Girls did not include female artists in their section recommending artists to young women.  My first post was Ten Women Artists Every Young Girl Should know About and you can read that here. I was thinking about that post recently and recognize that dozens more talented artists could make the list.

Exhibition in at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

This comic was not part of the exhibition, 
but hangs on my studio wall and can be 
purchased on Conde Nast website
Last weekend my husband offered to take me on a little day trip. For some reason, he considers a 30 minute car ride to Greenwich "close" whereas a 30 minute train ride to NYC is "far" but I knew that there was a little exhibition in Greenwich I wanted to see so I didn't argue. The Bruce Museum which is just off of exit 3 on I-95 is a small museum to start. If you are somewhere in the New York- CT region, this is a great museum to take kids to since the museum has a small but wonderful natural history exhibit and across the street there is a large playground with jungle gyms shaped like dinosaurs that overlooks the Long Island Sound.

Being, Nothingness and Much, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond the New Yorker


This New Yorker cover and others 
can be seen on the artist's website
Roz Chast is best known as a cartoonist and illustrator for the New Yorker. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of design she has been a contributing regular cartoonist for the New Yorker since the late 1970's Her exhibit occupies a small square room but you will need time to read each cartoon. The children may not understand the sophistication behind the "obsessive compulsive Santa" who lies on his therapist couch and talks about rechecking his lists. Another favorite was the illustration of the fretting "Little Engine that Coulda Woulda Shoulda."

 


Hand carved stamps

Beyond the cartoons


The exhibition promises to go beyond the cartoons and mixed media artists will love her hand carved stamps. They display both the stamps and the art created by the stamps. In addition there is a display of her hand painted eggs and also a  tapestry she made of her father.  I loved seeing the other projects which made me feel that she is "just like us" working on her personal crafts as well as her "commercial art" and I wonder if she keeps an art journal.

Pansky style painted eggs.
The show in Greenwich runs through October 19, 2014

 

Where you can find her art


You will want to spend a lot of time in the gift shop ( I am a gift shop junkie)  reading the greeting cards or perhaps getting one of her books (as I did) For those not in the area you can find her art in the New Yorker or on Amazon. Here are some of my top picks. I love her neurotic humor with whimsically drawn characters.You can click on each book to collect it on Amazon.

At Home with Roz Chast: The New Yorker Video


There is a wonderful video on the museum website courtesy of The New Yorker. In it you get a glimpse of her studio, her characters and her neurotic parrot. ( why are our pets just like us? I have an anxious cat.)



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Journal Ideas for Summer

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Looking for a new art journal idea? You know how much I love lists... takes the work out of writing for me...What is journal writing after all but an organized list of ideas developed into paragraphs? For this list idea, I decided to focus on the traditions of summer. What are your summer traditions?

Preparing the page

Before I left for vacation I spent a lot of time preparing the page. In fact, when I add up all the hours that went into this journal spread...it is a little embarrassing. However, I am not sure if this is any more of less productive than working on any of my other hobbies such as knitting which takes me hours to make a simple vest which I could easily buy in a store. Remember, we art journal for ourselves...that is the whole point. 
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For this spread, I prepared my sketchbook with a variety of techniques and media. I started with the idea of using a print from a watercolor painting of Cape Cod since that is our annual vacation destination. I sell watercolor prints in my etsy shop and sometimes I screw up and have to redo the print before I ship it out. This print was printed on the wrong size paper so I saved it and ripped it up for my art journal. You can see the full watercolor HERE

I also used scrapbook papers in coordinating colors, gelli prints I made at an art retreat (read about that here) as well as stamps I made myself (at same retreat.) In addition, I like to harmonize the different elements with transparent acrylic paint, like fluid acrylics.
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Here is look at my art journal while I was in the car. It is was a 6 hour car trip and we were packed into our SUV like the Okies from Grapes of Wrath.
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Here is a look at my finished page. Since it is a little difficult to read I will tell you what it says (because I know I am always nosy about what other artists put in their art journals!)

Summer Traditions

swim
sand
Wellfleet
Ice Cream
Provincetown
Flea Market
Ponds
Peaches
Frizz ( as in frizzy hair) 
Used Bookstores
Fudge
Jam
Sea food
Family Time
Long Walks
Naps
Freckles
Car Trips
Jim Dale ( He is the narrator of the Harry Potter audio book series, we normally listen to Harry Potter every year on the way up and back and often in between. This year, there were no Harry Potters to be found. So, we had to settle for Jim Dale narrating "Alice in Wonderland" which was equally delightful and we had fun comparing the voices he used with these characters to the ones in Harry Potter, For example, the Queen of Hearts sounds like Professor McGonagall.)
art journal pages | art journal ideas | art journal techniques | discover them on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/08/art-journal-ideas-for-summer.html

Art Journal Supplies

For this page, I used a variety of pens. I used my black signo gel pen, pastel colored sharpies, and neon paint pens. ( you can click on the referral links if you want to try these out yourself!)



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to Art School

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Raise your hand if you want to go back to art school? If you have always wanted to work on your art but haven't found the time then online art classes will help you carve out time for rediscovering your creativity.

Why take an online class


I love taking art classes online because you can experiment in the privacy of your own home at your own convenience. Sometimes I play the videos as I work alongside in my studio and other times I plug in my headphones to my smart phone and watch one on the road.

I much prefer to pay for an online class then watch tv since you get to learn new skills. Watching other teachers also makes me a better teacher too.


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After you join a class, you will find a visual 
directory to help you navigate the lessons.

Visual Makeover


Taking a variety of online art classes has really taught me what I like and don't like when I take a class myself. As a result, I decided to give four of the  popular online classes that I teach a visual makeover. All the videos I create... even when I first started are great quality and give lots of information. However, I want the classroom experience to be as beautiful as the art you are making. I want to inspire your creativity throughout the entire online class experience. So, I have added graphics to each lesson and classroom.

Take a look at the classroom directory for Summerscapes which offers lessons in watercolor, oil painting and mixed media as well as bonus material!

 

 

 

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This is a little sneak peek at a lesson in the classroom. 
Each lesson has a video, and a section for you to post questions.

Unlimited Access


A lot of people who have never taken an online art class have wondered how it works. They worry that they have to be at their computer at a certain time. I know that would defeat the whole point of signing up for an online class. All of the classes are pretaped and you view the videos when you want to. I also know from taking classes that if they have expiration dates, I stress out about watching all the content before it expires. So, I decided that from now on all my classes at the Inspiration Place will have unlimited access.





http://schulmanart.ning.com/group/watercolor-secrets
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro 
you will benefit from learning my watercolor 
secrets in this online art class

 

Back to Art School Sale


To celebrate my makeover, I decided to have a back to school sale and so I put four classes on sale for $36 each. A lot of people wonder is that $36 for one class? Actually it is $36 for each workshop. Each workshop contains many lessons and videos. This is an incredible value. This is like getting a private class for a fraction of the price you would pay to take a live class with me in my New York studio.

 






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Discover the best the fall season has to offer

Autumnal Inspirations

 

For example, the Autumnal Inspirations class has eight full watercolor projects. You get high resolution reference photos, step by step narrated video directions to learn the techniques I use to create my version of the watercolor and list of pigments I used. You can apply these techniques to your own art and I even give you tips in each class on how to individualize your painting to make it all your own. If you would like me to critique your art, you can upload the painting to the private class site to ask questions and feedback.


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Capture your favorite summer memories 
in a beautiful watercolor, oil painting or 
a mixed media collage

 Summerscapes


If you are not quite ready for fall and want to hold on to summer a little longer, Summerscapes class gives your the tips and techniques to create beach scenes in watercolor or oil and there is even a country scene in mixed media.





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How to Paint Trees


The fourth class I made over and put on sale is the Tree Tutorial class. Co-taught with two other guest artists this class explores tree painting techniques in oil, watercolor and mixed media.


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To learn more, find me 

at the Inspiration Place!

How to sign up


To take any class at the Inspiration Place you first have to create a profile, your own login and password. Sign up is free and you even get a free online art class in art journaling!

Then you click on the icons for any class you want to take and click on the "join" group button on the right hand portion of the screen to be taken to a secure payment area. Once you join, you will be given instant access. No waiting for someones assistant to email you your login info and password.

For all these classes, all the content is already there and waiting for you to get creative! Hope to "see" you in class!



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School Cool with Cute Pencil Cases


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Refresh your style with cool pencil cases. These cute pencil cases are great for back to school, teacher's gifts or even as a cosmetic case for your bag.
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Yellow Piano Peacock Bag on etsy

Ah, it's that time of year again.. As much as I adore summer with its hot lazy days by August I long for the structure that the school year brings. Each year we head to Staples or target for some colorful new notebooks and bags of pens and whatever other tools my kids insist they need for their fantasy organization.

Refresh your style with a new pencil bag


One item that is an easy refresher is the pencil case. My daughter is sixteen and a rising senior and she adores showing off her artsy bag. For the last few years, her friends have all asked for these pencil cases as birthday gifts which they use either as pencil cases or sometimes as cosmetic bags. ( and yes mom, you may want this for yourself... I have two in my purse)
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Yellow Piano Peacock Bag on etsy


Padded lining


They are ideally suited as a pencil case because the long shape easily fits your pencils and the padded lining keeps the sharpest ones from poking through. Of course, the size and share is great for eye liner and the padding protects and mirrored compacts you keep in there too.
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You can get this Gipsy Rondo Zippered Bag

 

Waterproof lining protects your purse


In addition, the waterproof vinyl lining will protect you from your own carelessness. If you don't secure a pen top and the ink bleeds you do not have to worry about the pen leaking through this bag to your purse.
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Own this Gipsy Rondo Zippered Bag

 

 

Different Design on each side


For the three zippered pouches featured here, I chose a different print for each side of the bag. The front pictures one of my peacock paintings while the back is a coordinating print. If you like these you may also want to pick up a coin purse, or a different shaped cosmetic bag in a similar or contrasting peacock fabric.

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Collect this Pink Peacock Pencil Case (only 4 left!)

 

Teachers love these


If you already finished your back to school shopping. ( I live in New York where school is a few weeks away but I understand some southern schools are already in session, is that true???) Then you may want to stock up on these for your favorite teachers for year end gifts. Let her decide if she wants it to organize the pens in her purse or her favorite cosmetics.

Could I use this as a clutch?



cute pencil cases | cool pencil cases discover more https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=pencil+cases&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
Collect this Pink Peacock Pencil Case (only 4 left!)
Once I forgot to pack a clutch for an out of town wedding so I just pulled out the cosmetic bag and used that instead. I got so many compliments! Little girls love them that way too, Whenever I have an art fair they beg their mothers for the soft silky bags and proudly parade around with them.
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