Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Morning Routine

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I have always been fascinated with routines and rituals of successful people so I thought it only fitting that I share with you my morning routine. A regular wake-up time, breakfast with my family and exercise has been a regular part of my mornings for years and fuels my creativity for the entire day.

Recently, I altered my routine just a bit to include a morning meditation. I always thought this was a bit "out there" but I have found that making this one simple addition to my morning has helped me gain control over my happiness. {like the art? →collect this or you can download a free art collectors catalog}

Begin Each Day with a Sense of Purpose


In the morning, I am tempted to mindlessly lie in bed with my phone randomly clicking away at nothing. Since January, I have been repeating the mantra "Begin Each Day with a Sense of Purpose" (see blog post: art journal ideas: create a personal mantra ) This is enough to force me out of bed as lying on the bed with my phone in the air serves no purpose.

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Rooster Art by Miriam Schulman → collect this
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Ron the Rooster


I am up every morning by 7:00, and often much earlier. It might surprise you that I haven't used an alarm clock in over 20 years. My husband, Ron, is a rooster. He wakes up every weekday morning, also without an alarm clock, at the crack of dawn. Well, he did grow up the son of a chicken farmer, so I suppose this is in his DNA. He doesn't intentionally wake me up right away because he prefers to spend a few moments alone.  Lately, I have screwed up his morning mojo as I have been trying to join him on the floor to meditate and stretch.


Morning Meditation


For the past week, I have transitioned from the bed to the floor to start stretching. Ron says I am copying him but really he had nothing to do with it. I was inspired by a Melanie Duncan webinar where where she shared her "perfect morning ritual." Her morning routine includes moments of silence and meditation. 

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Watercolor Paintings by Miriam Schulman → collect this art
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My Monkey Mind


I find it really challenging to quiet my monkey mind so I have been attempting to do this by doing yoga stretches. I wouldn't consider any of these poses "exercise." I move mindlessly from child's pose to lotus to twists... These stretches resemble the types of poses done at assisted living homes or senior centers.


A Moment of Gratitude 


Another practice that I started recently is the "5 Minute Journal." This is an app I downloaded to my phone which has both morning and nightly prompts. The first prompt asks that you document three things you are grateful for. Although there is no requirement to vary your answers from day to day I have been just dictating the first three grateful thoughts that pop into my head no matter how deep or ridiculous they seem. On some days, I am grateful for my health and on others I am grateful that my cat kept me company in the night.

Happy on Purpose


Another prompt the app provides is "What would make today great?" This simple practice has been the most beneficial. I choose three things that I can do that day that will give me pleasure. I choose actions that I have control over. For example, I think it would be a mistake to say that "today would be great if I sold a piece of art."  I have no control over that. Actions I have taken over this past week have included tasks like getting a manicure, or treating myself to a large salad for lunch. Knowing that I have control over my own happiness has empowered me in ways I never imagined.

The last prompt the app asks is to declare an affirmation. The first day I struggled with this and left it blank. Since that first day my affirmation has been the same: I am in control of my own happiness.

morning routine | my morning routine | morning ritual | read more on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-morning-routine.html
watercolor painting of eggs → collect this art
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Breakfast


Whew-- okay, all that really only takes a few minutes. Next, I splash my face with water, brush my teeth and throw on my robe. I am banned from drifting off to my  computer or my studio until my high school age kids have caught the bus. 

Usually, I make myself fried eggs, a huge mug of coffee and squeeze lemon into a glass of water. I enjoy this time with my kids. My son ignores, or pretends to ignore us while he scans the paper searching for injustices in the world. My daughter chats happily with me sharing gossip she has learned on facebook while I check the clock to make sure that they catch the bus. I basically spend between 7:15 and 7:25 nagging them to hurry up. 

Almost Alone at Last


When they are gone, I call my mother. My husband hates this, but I love it. She will listen to whatever I feel like talking about...and isn't that what mothers are for? {grateful} Sometimes my husband...or her husband...demands our attention instead but usually we indulge in celebrating our secret life.

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watercolor figures by Miriam Schulman → collect this art
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Computer Time


Ideally, I would love to start my exercise right away, I am really not productive until I have exercised but my preferred forms of exercise are group exercise classes and most of these don't start until 8:30. So I pass the time answering emails or starting a blog post. Often, I get so involved with my blogging that I arrive late to my exercise class.

Morning Exercise Routine


My morning exercise routine is absolutely critical to having a productive day. There are days when I am involved with my work and don't stop to exercise and on those days I burn out quickly and end up grumpy. I found that the only way to ensure I get in my morning exercise is to schedule it with a boutique shop that will charge me whether I show up or not. This motivates me to go.

Although I love barre classes, I do my best thinking at "Soul Cycle." This is a very trendy spinning class where they turn off the lights and light candles. I find that I get my best ideas while my heart is pumping in the darkened room.

Post Exercise Brain Dump


Since I am filled to the brim with ideas, I have to rush back to my computer and start implementing them. Often, my ideas have to do with writing this blog or a great idea for marketing. I have found that if I stop to shower, I completely lose my train of thought. Sometimes, I do what I call a "post exercise brain dump." This is when I will journal all my thoughts. I do this either by dictating to my iphone using the microphone app and Evernote, or I will simply write everything down into my planner.

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Artist Miriam Schulman enjoying a cup of coffee
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Sweaty till Noon


So I work on my computer implementing my new ideas until noon. I have an assistant come help me a few days a week so I start to plan the tasks I want her to do and when she shows up I finally get in the shower. Only then, can I begin to paint.

So-- what is your morning routine like? I would love to hear from you! 

PS 21 Secrets starts tomorrow! Be sure you are signed up for this inspiring art journal adventure!! 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Watercolor dreams do come true

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Would you be interested in a medium that you can carry with you anywhere to capture the beauty of life? If you love to learn and express yourself through art then discover you how can build your confidence in watercolor. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there is always more to learn.


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In Watercolor Textures, you will discover the confidence 
to create your own landscape painting in your own style.

The best teachers teach from the heart  (tweet this)

One of the reasons that art students like my classes is that I am generous with my students. I don't hoard my best techniques, rather I share all my watercolor secrets. I believe in you and know that if shown the right way anyone can discover their inner artist. Watercolor is a beautiful medium and I will show you how you can conquer your painting fears. Sometimes all you need is a little help getting started.

Learning is Living- Love and live through creating (tweet this)

Although this class is going to introduce texture techniques that even a beginner can pick up. Experienced students will be delighted to add new dimension and texture to their watercolor landscapes. You don't have to settle for a flat looking painting.

Youth is not a requirement to be a good artist. (tweet this)

I have a lot of folks come to me and say they are in their fifties... or sixties ...and always wanted to learn but never took the time. You are not alone. I have seen many students just like you blossom in their art at this stage of their life. Youth is not a requirement to be a good artist. In fact, what I have noticed is that with age comes courage. Creativity takes courage.

Nurture Your artistic soul (tweet this)

After years of putting your inner artist on the back burner, it feels so good to something just for you....for your artistic soul. When you allow yourself time to paint you will find yourself happier and more at peace with the world. The secret to joy from painting is the process, not just the end product.


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In Watercolor Textures, you will also learn 

how to make a portable palette and watercolor art journal 
so you can carry art supplies with you anywhere 
to capture the beauty of life.

Fast Track Your Success

You might have learned a lot from youtube videos, and that is great. In fact, I encourage you to keep learning all you can from all the free stuff you can find. However, there are many advantages to investing in an online course.

First, the structure of an online class provides discipline.

Second, you have the support and camaraderie of an online community. You can ask me, the instructor, questions at any time.

Last, I've curated the best tips and
tricks in one place to save you time and aggravation. Sure, you can teach yourself to do anything on your own, but the fastest way to learn is with a good teacher in a supportive non-judgmental environment. I know what frustrates students and I am here to motivate you to overcome that through clear step-step demonstrations that will give you results.

 http://theinspirationplace.net/group/how-to-create-texture-in-your-watercolor-landscape

Congrats to Winners of the Free Class

Make new friends and keep the old... I award a free class to one of my returning students and one to a brand new student. I look forward to having you both in class!






Congrats to these runners up

(These three runner-ups get $5 refunds after enrollment - surprise!!}

Thank you for lending me your beautiful smiles...I look forward to seeing your cheerful avatars in class!

I know your teaching style as I've taken your classes hence I'd love to win one of your awesome classes. ~Darlene




I am taking your Watercolor Secrets (and Watercolor Cats) classes and absolutely love them!! You are a fantastic teacher and I am learning so much!! I love your loose style of painting....and that's my goal, to have my painting look like a painting and not a photograph! I would love to "win" your How to Create Texture class so that I can continue to broaden my knowledge in watercolors. Thank you so much for this generous opportunity!! You have inspired me so much ~Nell






Thanks for the opportunity to "win" one of your classes. Having taken 2 classes from you already, I KNOW that this one will be a winner! Any tricks I can learn can only benefit me in the long run. I find that when you learn the right way how to do something that your product always comes out 100% better. Please pick me! Thanks for your consideration. BTW two of the Crazy Cats I painted for my hairdresser (her Maine coon cats) came out so well that she was thrilled to receive them as gifts. Yay! ~Carole





 http://theinspirationplace.net/group/how-to-create-texture-in-your-watercolor-landscape


FAQ:


When does class start?

Class begins on April 13th- Passover and Easter will be behind you and the promise of spring to come!

When can I register?

Registration opens today! →register now

What is the tuition?

Early bird enrollment ends April 7th or after the first 100 early birdies have claimed their spots (whichever comes first.) For $47, you enjoy unlimited access to all videos and instructions which are also available for download. Yours to keep forever. {Full Tuition is $54, so sign up as quick as you can!} → sign up now to save money 


May I make installments? Do you accept checks? Can I pay by credit card?

yes, yes and yes. Just email me and I will set you up.

How do I sign up?!

Just join The Inspiration Place (it's free) After you have joined, you can sign up and get immediate access to the classroom to start introducing yourself.

 http://theinspirationplace.net/group/how-to-create-texture-in-your-watercolor-landscape

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who else wants to win a free art class?

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The essence of the way I like to teach watercolor technique is a blend of spontaneity and control. Anyone who has ever taken one of my online art classes, or just watched a free watercolor tutorial online (check out my youtube channel), knows I am a big believer of not fighting watercolor and letting it do its own thing.

Secret Bag of Tricks



In this new online watercolor class, Watercolor Textures, I have brought together my favorite bag of tricks that I incorporate into my landscape paintings over and over again.

One goal I made for this class, is that you will come away with an arsenal of tricks to use in your own paintings. Rather than learn how to copy a painting from start to finish, I want to share all my little secrets that I use in my watercolor paintings for creating textures. This way you will gain the confidence to do your own watercolor landscapes in your own style.

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The Secret for finding time to paint


One of my secrets for making time for my art is making it easy to take it with me on the go. So, not only will I teach all my simple tricks for making your watercolor paintings interesting but I will teach how to make this portable sketchbook and watercolor palette. This way, you can take your art with you when you travel or just fit in a little creative "me" time into your busy life. Isn't it about time you focus on you?





online art classes in watercolor techniques http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/03/who-else-wants-to-win-free-art-class.htmlThe focus on this class will be on individuality and self-expression. Of course you will learn lots and lots of watercolor techniques but rather than learning how to copy one painting you will learn techniques for skies, grass, leaves, trees, water, sand, waterfalls and more-- basically many textural elements that you encounter while landscape painting. This course will give you the confidence to create your own landscape painting (or ANY painting) in your own style.
  • Learn how to make your watercolor landscapes interesting by choosing a focal point
  • Master easy tricks for painting leaves
  • Discover easy techniques for adding more textured looks to a watercolor painting
  • Identify the individual artist inside of you by learning techniques you can incorporate into your own paintings in your own way.
  • Build your landscape skills through lots of inspiring photo references and ideas on how to make the painting individual
  • As an additional bonus training, you will learn how to make a no-sew watercolor sketchbook and cheap portable watercolor palette that fits in your bag so you can paint on the go and practice your landscape painting anytime and anywhere



How to Win a Free Art Class



I am so grateful to all of you students and followers (you are awesome) that I am giving away two FREE spots for this watercolor class to two lucky email newsletter subscribers. To make sure I know you want to win, click below and enter your name and email. This will "tag" you as interested in winning a free art class and you will also be getting my inspiring bi-weekly email newsletter full of artsy inspiration, perfect for artists.

Then, come back here and leave a comment to tell me why you want to take this class. 

Finally (this third step is completely optional) I would love if you told your friends about this class. Since you are so awesome, I am sure you have awesome friends too and I would love to have you both win.

Winner will be announced on the blog Monday March 29th. {you can learn more about the Watercolor Textures class at The Inspiration Place → click here to discover more}


So tell me, why do you want to take Watercolor Textures?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Art Journal Ideas: Defining Purpose

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A big part of my art journaling experience is focusing on my word for the year. (see blog post: 2015: A Year of Purpose) For 2015, I have chosen a year of "purpose" In order to get clear on what this means to me and keep the word and my intentions for the year in front of me, I spend a lot of time in my journal defining my word.

Art Journal Technique and Process


I spend a lot of time make a crazy yet cohesive background and then add my lettering in large block letters using a black gel pen. I love filling the negative space in around the letters with paint pens like Sharpies and also Faber-Castel pens.

art journal ideas | art journal pages | get art journal inspiration → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/03/art-journal-ideas-defining-purpose.html

Art Journal Page


For this art journal page, I also added an elephant as this will be my animal totem for the year. Elephants are symbols of determination and perfectly encompass my aim to have a purposeful year. For the collage in the background I used circus like elements I found in magazines.




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When one feels pulled to do a particular thing, when one has passion for a certain life path, karma is always involved. In such an instance, when the goal is worthy and makes one happy, one should continue on that same life path. Just because the elephant cannot carry you anymore doesn't mean you should give up your goal. Continue down the path that makes you feel fulfilled. Those who continue on an unrewarding path for the sake of only monetary gain are displaying a lack of trust in life. ~Kwan Yin


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Art Journal Technique


For this page I used a green gel pen to add texture and visual interest.

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Companion Words




Another good idea is to look for words that have similar meaning and derive inspiration from those companion words. For these two pages, I used a thesaurus to get synonyms for my word. 


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Other blog posts you might like: 


Next week I am going to talk about the "blooming journal" in celebration of Spring. Are you following the blog posts? by Email / RSSBlogLovin / 
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Do you art journal? Do you have a word for 2015? I would love for you to share your words in the comments!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

art journal ideas: Animal Art



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I just wanted to give you a sneak peek into some pages in my art journal. For these two pages, I used watercolor prints that I deemed "not worthy." I make prints for sale on etsy and occasionally they don't come out up to my standards so instead of throwing them away I repurpose them in my art journal.
art journal ideas on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/03/art-journal-ideas-animal-art.html
For this page, I used a watercolor print of a tabby cat and then added a quote →collect cat art


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I don't need therapy, I have a cat (tweet this)







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For this page, I used a watercolor print of two white ducks but I dramatically altered the composition and added acrylic paint embellishments. With a little help from my facebook friends I decided that no quite was necessary. → collect watercolor prints of ducks
Grab your FREE copy of the Art Journal Inspiration eBook and discover oodles of ideas, prompts and techniques for your art journal. (or just learn how to get started!) → download your FREE ebook
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to hang pictures like a pro (the bedroom)

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Looking for ideas on how to decorate a bedroom? It's always a great idea to start with the focal point over your bed for the greatest impact. Learn how to hang pictures on the wall over the bed like a pro with this awesome video by decorator Steve Justrich.





(tweet this) It's easy to use art to tie all of the elements of your bedroom together~Steve Justrich


Headboard height is key


The best way to hang pictures depends on your headboard but there are many bedroom decorating ideas that will work.

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With a low headboard, like this one, you can center a landscape over the bed and even place a painting over each lamp to accentuate the symmetry. The landscape provides a restful horizon. Collect the watercolor landscape picture above for your own home. →collect the art

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Although this headboard is higher, the high ceilings allow lots of room for art. Here four same size paintings are placed in a row. The coral sunset ties in with the coral in the room. However, when you mat your paintings and prints with a white mat, you do not have to match the art to the room. So choose art that you like and makes you happy. {Collect beach scenes like the ones pictured above for your home →collect the art}


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Monday, March 9, 2015

needlepoint art: free gift with purchase offer

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I have always loved needlework and love working with my hands which is why I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer my designs as needlepoint canvases. My threads of choice have always been knitting, yet the virtues of needlepoint and knitting are the same. The meditation I derive from hours of knitting calms and soothes my mind.

Busy Fingers, Quiet Mind {tweet this}


 Each of the designs they have chosen will keep your mind and hands busy during long hours and then you will have a beautiful heirloom project that you can either give or save as a keepsake.

However, I want to see your finished needlepoint projects! So if you send me a picture, I will send you a free gift!

needlepoint kits | needlepoint patterns | needlepoint canvases | cat design
See the whole pattern of this delightful tuxedo kitten. Send me a pic of you working on it or your finished project and I will send you free note cards!!

free gift with purchase

Don't you love when stores give you a "free gift with purchase? Honestly, I never buy cosmetics unless I know I am getting some sort of freebie. That is why I thought it would be fun to give needlepoint fans a free gift with their purchase of one of my needlepoint kits.

So what do you need to do? Pick out any of the needlepoint kits on ArtNeedlepoint.com labeled as "by Miriam Schulman" and then email me a picture of your needlework! This can be a picture of your finished project or of you starting on the canvas. I just want to see my designs turned into needlepoint!

I will send you three different FREE folded note cards with my art on them. Order more than one of my patterns? Then you get more cards!

To help you find my patterns, I put together this two page catalog which you can download for free. You will be subscribed to my "art collectors" mailing list which I send out about 2x per month with updates on new art, ideas for incorporating art into your home, exclusive savings and links to awesome blog posts... like this one! {click here to get needlepoint pattern list}
needlepoint kits | needlepoint patterns | needlepoint canvases
These needlepoint patterns are available exclusively from ArtNeedlepoint.com::
  1. Ebony's Bubble Bath Kit
  2.  Great Horned Owl
  3.  Peacock Poetry
  4.  Western Wall
  5.  Siamese Gaze
  6.   I Hear a Symphony
  7. Dia de los Muertos II

Get on my mailing list and I will send you a free needlepoint catalog with my designs!
>> click here<<


inspirational blank note cards for sale on etsy :: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=note+cards&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
Send me a picture of you working on one of my needlepoint patterns or your needlework in progress (using any needlepoint canvas offered by Art Needlepoint with art by Miriam Schulman) and I will mail you a set of three FREE blank note cards. You get 3 cards for every project while supplies last!

Note cards are also offered for sale in sets of 6 through my etsy shop. Collect blank note cards to give or to frame {click here}



FREE catalog with needlepoint kits with SchulmanArt



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