Monday, January 19, 2015

Calendar Giveaway Contest
How is it January 19th already? I have a few inspirational art calendars left and I want to give them away in a little raffle contest so here is what you can do to win one.

so easy. no special commenting, no unnecessary tweeting. no bothering your friends on facebook your Inspirational Art Calendar

Just Click Here to Enter and you will be asked for your email which will be added to the SchulmanArt newsletter which is art that you love and decorating tips delivered straight to your inbox(1-4 times per month). If you are already a subscriber, you are still eligible.

Seven Lucky Winners

Over the next week I will be giving away free calendars to up to 7 lucky winners while supplies last They will still be for sale in my etsy shop. Winners pay shipping costs to where you live and will be given instructions to "buy" calendar for 20 cents.

Good luck and thanks for reading my blog!

PS my Crazy Cat Class starts next week. 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 ways to develop your artistic talent

This blog post goes over the five basic steps in developing your artistic talent from practice to finding the right teacher. If you want to succeed you need desire and someone to show your proper techniques and the best tools.

1. Practice (Trumpet Practice by Norman Rockwell)

There is no question that the more you practice the better you get. If you are intimidated to practice without guidance, it is useful to practice in a classroom or to be able to ask for help on your work in progress paintings.

2. The Right Tools

 Having the right tools is essential for success in any endeavor. Your cooking comes out better with the finest ingredients. If you want to learn to ski, you will be more comfortable if you wear a proper mask or goggles. Musicians play better on higher quality instruments...which is why the Stradivarius violin costs millions.

Luckily, you do not need millions to paint. A few quality paint brushes, the right pigments, and paper and you are good to go.

3. Techniques

Here a horse trainer is teaching his horse how to paint ( you can read the blog post about that: A Horse that Paints) In order to succeed as a painter, you must learn the right techniques. Learn fast and learn hard and find a good class to take. Sure, you can experiment on your own but you will learn a lot faster with less frustration if you take an art class.

4. Desire

I don't believe there is really such as a thing as being born with innate "talent." The desire to paint is an overriding factor that determines your ability to succeed with art. As Picasso said:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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If you have the desire, the trick is to tap into your inner child that is fearless and thinks that you can do anything you want. Find a good teacher who will show you the right tools and techniques to get you going. Believe in yourself and keep practicing until you get the results that you want.

5. Teacher

In order to learn the right techniques and tools, develop good practice methods and stay motivated, you need a good teacher. I have been showing hundreds of watercolor students all over the world how to paint in my online art classes. My method is a replicable system that you can apply in your own style as proven by my students. I would love to have you join me in one of my many online watercolor classes. Come check out what's new at the Inspiration Place!

Do you believe that artists are born with special talents or can develop them?

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Get Published in Art Magazines

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In the beginning of 2014, I made a goal to get published in art magazines. Starting with the end goal in mind, I knew the only way to get "discovered" was to submit the art myself to the magazines. I made submitting my art a priority in 2014.

Steps to getting your art published

The first step to getting published is to research the magazine's deadlines and editors. Somerset Studio has many different publications specializing in different areas of art. Their online site has very clear guidelines on what they are looking for.  Although they now accept digital submissions, I knew that sending them my physical journal would give it the best chance of getting it published.

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Setting goals is the first step in 

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Schedule it

I checked out the deadlines and then put one of the deadlines on my calendar. You can fuss with a journal forever, and giving me a deadline forced me to stick with a plan of submission.

You can't predict what they want

This is my art journal page before I submitted it to the magazine. I was surprised by the pages they chose as they favored my text based posts rather than my more painterly pages. However, you can't predict what they are looking for since many of the artists featured in the same magazine had more imagery on their art journal pages. Notice how the first item on my action plan last year was to submit to magazines.
You can find my article in the January/February 2015 edition of Art Journaling magazine. If you are looking for inspiration for your journal they feature more than 150 journal pages each issue, which also means that you have a great chance of being selected.

Make your Art Stand Out

Before I shipped my art journal out, I decorated the package. I wasn't sure if I was overdoing it but the editors loved it and included a photo of the package inside the magazine.

A photo posted by Miriam Schulman (@schulmanart) on

After they select you.

The magazine notified me by email that they would like to publish my art along with an article request. I was paid for the article and given just a week to draft my story.

An Art Journal Page

The magazine published this art journal page. You can collect this inspiration art on etsy.

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Coming Attractions

Next week I am going to talk about my mantra for 2015....stay tuned

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

As I unpack 2014, I take a look at the more popular blog posts for the last year. I like doing these round ups for several reasons. First, it allows me to share the best of the best with you and second, it guides me in deciding what I should be blogging about in the coming year. I also added some notes about why I think these posts became so popular.

5 Artists to Follow on Instagram

Looking for Instagram Inspiration?

Who else is obsessed with instagram? Instagram is definitely one of my favorite social media platforms to use...did you see yesterday's post where I rounded up the most popular instagram picture? Take a look and tell me which was your favorite!

Art Journal Inspiration

Most Popular Art Journal Idea: Hobbies to Go
The majority of the popular posts (that made top ten in terms of traffic) were all about art journaling. Art journaling was my obsession in 2014 and I just got my art journal published in Art Journaling magazine by Somerset Studio (more about that in a future post) If you are interested in art journaling, I do have a free eBook which collects many of these art journal blog posts into a single source. 
Art Retreat Review

Art Retreat Review

My review of an art retreat with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer made the top ten list and I think it was because she gave me a shout out on her blog. This is why you should never underestimate the power of building relationships with others in your industry. Don't think of other artists as competitors...they can be your biggest collaborators and supporters.

I truly loved doing this live in person class with Julie... so much so that I signed up for another live class at The Ink Pad in New York City. I can't wait to go. I love turning the tables and getting to be a student rather than the teacher!

Art Goals for 2015

Make goals....Share goals

I only just published this blog post this month...was it last week? So I was pleased as punch to see that it had climbed to the top spot. A lot of folks responded positively to reading my art goals and this post inspired them in their own goal making. I only made 7 goals for 2014, but I got very specific. Have you written your goals yet?
cute workout clothes for the gym

When an artist works out... 

This post I put together just for fun. I had been playing around with "fashion fridays" but the only post that really took off was this one about my workout clothes. I had several pins with my exercise outfits go viral ( in the thousands of repins) Some of which I deleted when I got annoyed that my workout clothes were getting more attention than my art. Why should I be surprised? Everyone wants to get fit...including me... and these leggings are so darn cute.


Top Myths about How to Use Pinterest

Power of Pinning

Speaking of pinterest, since I was having so much success on pinterest, I decided to share successful tips in the blog post: Top Myths about How to Use Pinterest


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5 Most Popular Instagram Pics of 2014

Discover my most popular instagram pictures of 2014

Hooray for 2014

In the spirit of celebrating the end of the year, I am going to be doing round up posts over the next few days.

My Instagram Story

I started doing instagram about a year ago. I have had a lot of fun and connected with a great community. Instagram doesn't take a lot of my time and it is pure eye candy. Do you do instagram too?

Top Five on Instagram (based on likes)

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This post was a snip-it of one of my art journal pages. It was so popular I made it into a print for sale on etsy. {see it here} If you are curious about art journaling, I do offer a free art journal ebook and class.

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Two of the most popular were from a new watercolor series on woodland creatures. This one of an owl and the next one of a squirrel. Read more about my woodland animals on the blog or collect the art from etsy here.
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You can find out what I finally named this delightful squirrel on etsy
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In March, I decided to do a flower each day. You can see the top flowers in this blog post. Collect flower art on etsy. This particular piece can be collected from imagekind as a fine art print.
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and (drum roll please) the most popular painting on instagram this year (according to iconosquare) was this Radiant Peacock. Any ideas why this was so popular? Perhaps, because I posted works in progress photos that kept my followers engaged? Collect this art or accessories designed with with art from etsy.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Free Cat Video Series

One of my 2015 art goals is to create more free videos and teach more content through youtube and my blog, so I am working on a cat painting video series. Coming soon, I'll be offering a three-part video demonstration using watercolors to capture your adorable companion. Click HERE to get email announcements as the videos become available.
Send me your Questions

Since I am working on the series now, there is still time for me to include your questions.

email SchulmanArtSo, if you have any questions on how to draw or paint cats please email them to ME:

I have been sharing sneak peeks of all the cat art both on facebook and instagram. Here are two of my favorites....

free online cat art classes
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announcements as the videos become available.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Art Goals for 2015

I have never been one for News Year's resolutions but I absolutely love setting goals for the year. One of the best ways I have found for reaching my goals is writing it down and then sharing it. By making my goals public it adds additional accountability to my goal setting and also by putting my goals out there, like on this blog, it also gives me a permanent place to look back during the year.

A page from my art journal...

Successes in 2014

Looking back on this past year, I have a lot to crow about. I pretty much hit all my major goals including getting published in an art magazine ( will tell you more about that later)  and also attending fabulous art retreats.

Goals without heart

On the other hand, there were a few goals that never came to fruition. For some, these goals simply took me away from my core art business and I just wasn't emotionally invested. For example, I had put on my goal list to pursue art licensing and I did attempt to tackle this by reaching out to agents and manufacturers as well as attending a Surtex convention. (see blog post: Walking the floor at Surtex) However, I learned that art licensing is not meant to be a side business and if you want to license your art you need to pursue that business wholeheartedly. In the end, I decided to focus on making art for sale and teaching in my online art classes.

A page from my art journal...

Resetting Unmet Goals

Last year, I had wanted to join an in person networking group, and I do feel badly that this never fully happened as I really could benefit from meeting more like minded peers. Therefore, I have put this goal high up on my list. The reason this goal didn't work so well last year is that I kept thinking I had to form my own group within Westchester and I simply don't have time to organize my own group. However, living in New York's backyard there must already be many in-person artist groups I can join. in order to reach this goal I plan on asking 12 New York area professional artists that I know if they belong to an in person networking group. Then, if that doesn't work I will start looking for "Meetups."

Getting better at goal setting

I think another problem with my 2014 goals was that they didn't get specific enough... for example, I wrote " become more authentic" --- what did I mean by that? And some of my goals didn't have targets so I have no idea whether or not I met my goals... was I scared of not reaching them? For example, I wrote "build a following on Instagram and on Pinterest." Since I didn't specify numbers, I can't feel bad for not reaching targets but at the same time I can't celebrate any successes either.

2015 art goals

  1. Live a life full of PURPOSE. I chose "purpose" for my word for the year and plan on filtering all that I do for my art business, and my art making by asking myself "what purpose does this serve?" I want to really get strategic about my art and my marketing efforts instead of repeating random acts of marketing.
  2. Join a Mastermind group. (or some other form of in person networking group for artists)
  3. Read books on marketing strategies. I actually am half way through Jeff Walker's book and I have Rework by Jason Fried and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  on my Amazon wish list 
  4. Build my email list to 5,000 contacts. Does that sound impossible? Currently, I have 1600 folks on my lists (art collectors and art students) So, I am talking about tripling my list and my next goal will tell you how I plan on doing that...
  5. Create Free Video Series I plan on creating free video series to teach folks how to draw and paint. I now know that my life purpose is to teach others my passion for painting. So, in order to make that accessible to as many folks as possible, I will be putting together short, free art videos. Specifically, I want to put out six free training series next year. 
  6. Design an advertising plan and budget. Instead of randomly deciding when to "boost" or pay for promotions, I want to plan on some advertising campaigns to get the word out on my free trainings
  7. Profit from my passion. My art business has been profitable but last year my income did not really reflect all the work involved. Moreover, I was disappointed with my financial contribution to my family. In 2015, I have a very real and specific income goal in mind. In December of 2015, I hope to be able to tell you that I met or surpassed it.

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