Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Madison Avenue Museum

summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
Window displays in New York City.
Recently, I went into New York City on a warm summer night to draw at the Frick (more about that in a future post) and since it was still light out when I left the museum I had a great walk down Madison Avenue. 

The upper east side is home to some of the chicest boutiques in the city and the window displays were amazing. Here are some museum worthy window displays I spotted I wanted to share with you.

summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
The Dolce Gabbana window inspired me to take out my camera. The manikins are posed like birds in hanging white cages. The printed fabrics evoke tropical birds. I like the way the models are sitting freely on the cages rather than inside of them. The cages are painted white, rather than brown or black which adds to the airiness. Notice the women in their black dresses. Since I was leaving the museum around 7:30, most of the fashionably dressed people I saw were returning home from work and dressed appropriately.

summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
Here is a closeup of the store. What do you think of the yellow pumps in the cage? I love the dress with the chiffon floaty layers... perhaps you could wear this to a summer wedding in the Hamptons, Money being no object, I think I would get that dress to the right. I like the silhouette and I don't have to be invited to a party in the Southampton to wear it. (all the stores were closed at this time, but from past experience I could tell you that these dresses were not in my starving artist budget)

summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
More tropical birds, this time used just as display props in shoe and handbag store.
words to live by | create
Art inspires life inspires art again. I love the artistry in this window display. The words as art is a huge trend right now in both contemporary art as well as popular culture. Wouldn't it be fabulous to make a painting that spelled the word "create" out of flowers? (or any inspirational word, really)

There is nothing so unusual about this window display except I love that they chose "radiant orchid" tones throughout their window and these Alliums are just divine. You can read
5 Ways Pantone Picks the Color of the Year (which is radiant orchid)



summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
Floral prints are a big trend this summer as well. You see the same roses as in the florist shop in the Kate Spade pants. I love the way the word "romance" is positioned just at the waistline of the manikin so it acts as a belt. Everything from the floral backdrop, the decals, the manikin all work together to form a harmonious composition.

quote art | words to live by
Once again, we see words as art and what better quote than for a wine store!? I like the way the store incorporated an actual piece of art in the window display. I like to use quotes in my art too, that I either make up myself or "borrow" from favorite writers.
summer 2014 fashion trends in New York
In this theatrical window display, the scene may be depicting two museum goers as they both hold up brochures against a rococo painting in a gilded frame. I'm not sure what they are acting out....are they arguing?..any ideas???

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Discover how I got over 1000 followers on Pinterest!

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{How to get more followers on pinterest with 3 easy tricks!}

If you are just using Pinterest for fun then you can use it however you want, but if you want to use Pinterest as a marketing tool to drive traffic to your website or blog then there are some easy tricks for how to get more followers on pinterest.

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Use Pinterest to brand your business and drive traffic to your blog and website.

 

 

 

 

Why use Pinterest to drive traffic


One of the best ways to promote your small business or create traffic for your blog via social media marketing is to gain followers on Pinterest. If you have an arts related business like me, then using a social media site that is image driven is important for defining your brand and getting your message out. 


 

Here are three simple strategies for building your following on Pinterest:


1. Create Custom Covers


We all know that first impressions are important, and this holds true even on social media sites. Cover pins create a clean and sophisticated look to your boards with consistent branding. You can choose your most popular pin as the cover but I found that the best way to get folks to follow my boards is by creating my own custom Pinterest cover with text. I did mine in photoshop, but any graphics program will do.

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This is one of my popular pins...with over 3000 repins, it drives traffic to my etsy shop.

2. Great Key Words

Doing your keyword research is a critical factor in gaining more Pinterest followers. Search for the best key words so that users can find your pins easily. Think like your searchers do and use their search terms to describe your pins and your boards.

3. Call to Action

Once they find your pin, what do you want them to do with it? You will get more results if you tell them what you want with a "call to action" which can either be text in the caption with a link to your website or blog or graphics on the pin itself. For the best results, create custom pins with "call to action" graphics and "call to action" in the caption.

 


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You may be wondering how did I get so smart using Pinterest? Someone told me about an online course with entrepeneur Melanie Duncan. Her video training series broke down everything I needed to know step by step. When I told one of my other crafty friends I was taking the class and learning a lot she asked me to track my followers before and after I took the class. So, dear friend, in less than 6 months I have more than doubled my Pinterest following. My friend who did not take the course? She still has less than 150 followers. So you see, it is not just about using Pinterest...it is about using Pinterest effectively. {you can find out more about the online pinterest training she offers HERE}

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Art Journal Prompt: Where did you go?

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For this art journal prompt in the summer series challenge I decided to list everywhere I went over the weekend. To learn more about the summer challenges you can read my blog post: "Summertime Challenge for you" or see all my posts on art journaling for other inspiration.

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Now like most of the challenges there really aren't rules, there is no reason for you to do the prompt the way I do or the art the way I do but it should offer you a starting point for creativity. In fact, I love seeing different interpretations. If you blog or post the page someplace, I would love for you to share it at the end of the post. The link party will stay open all summer long.

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Beginnings of the journal page as posted on my instagram feed

Prompt: Where did you go?


When I started this prompt I thought I would list everywhere I went this summer, but I quickly just focused on the last weekend. Obviously, you can answer the question however you want. For my page I listed the name of the towns, the state and I am starting to also add the names of the restaurants I visited. Since Michigan is famous for cherries, I am adding cherries around the edges and may add some other illustrative symbols or just some decorative doodles and embellishments.

 

Art Supplies


You will notice I have a new art journal that is not my planner pad. I actually bought a sturdy watercolor sketch book from Michael's and I am really glad I did because the firm pages really stand up better to gesso, paint and medium.

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My new favorite paint pens

Paint Pens


I also wanted to share with you some great new products I have found that I now consider indispensable. While I was at Michael's I saw this colorful sharpie paint pen set in pastel shades. The colors didn't really work with last week's prompt (Who is important to you?) but I love the way they look on my other art journal pages. After you press down a few times on the new nib the color flows beautifully and you get really rich colors. (in case you are wondering, no one is paying me to review this product...but they probably should. I also am not earning any affiliate money from the sales on the links... I should probably set that up too if I ever get the time. That is the end of my non-disclaimer.) After looking around online I noticed that Staples carries them too but the best price by far is DickBlick where you can get a set of five for $7.52. I think I paid more than double at Michael's.

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Art Journal in progress shown with Pink Peacock Pencil Case

Collage Elements


For the first layer, I thought it would be fun to use a tourist map. Maps work well in collage because they are free and full of visual interest. For this project I used the map from the where I went (which was Traverse City in Northern Michigan which is cool artsy and wonderful and deserves its own blog post, so watch for it!) I added a layer of clear gesso on top just to make sure my pens worked on the glossy surface of the map.


My Art Journal Pages


I consider the spread here still a work in progress but I didn't want to wait until they were "finished" to share this inspirational journal prompt with you. I have a long car trip coming up this weekend so I will finish it up then and start on a prompt for next week... any ideas?

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A great way to document your travels with a visual diary...no sketching required!

 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art Retreat Review

Last week, I had the chance to spend the day at Create New Jersey which was an all day class hosted by the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors. Many of the artists who contribute to the magazine were teaching as well as some other popular artists. The "retreat" is hosted in a hotel, this one in Somerset New Jersey.

 

Disneyland for crafty adults

I had tried one of these retreats in the past and from experience know that one day is enough for me...more than that I feel like Pinocchio on Treasure Island and am afraid of sprouting donkey ears and never returning home. Truly, these retreats are like Disneyland for crafty adults.

The lovely Julie explaining a new technique

The Art Teacher



Since I was only going to do one class, I decided it had to be with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer whose blog I follow daily. Let me tell you, if you ever have a chance to take a class with this woman, do it! She is every bit as funny, generous and charming in person as she is on her blog. You should know that she is even prettier in person, curses like a sailor but most importantly creates a calm environment perfect for learning.

Structure of the day


I got a bad start on the day. The other retreat I attended was from 10 to 5 and since my Planner Pad has been changed into an art journal I have no organization... Anyway, this retreat was from 9 to 4. No matter, as soon as I arrived (over an hour late, I would have been late even if it started at 10) Julie made me feel comfortable. I found a group of women willing to let me squeeze into their table and before I knew it I was happily stamping and playing with paint.

Artist Crushes


The woman I chose to sit next to is also a Julie groupie and shared with me that not everyone stalks her the way we do. We both were surprised that not everyone was as star stuck as we were. My new friend compared her "artist crush" on Julie to her obsession with Barry Manilow. Julie was a good sport about us. We asked her plenty of personal questions which in retrospect I am a little embarrassed about! I also learned that her Tiger mother reads and sends her grammar corrections of her blog posts. Apparently, her mom also likes the comments "from that SchulmanArt."

One of the gad-zillion techniques we learned was how 
to quickly and easily make our own stamps out of craft 
foam. This is mine in progress... this was really relaxing 
and I didn't want to move on to the next demo (though 
glad I did)

Everything you ever wanted to know (and I am not afraid to ask)


On the other hand, Julie had answers to all my other technical art questions. For example, I wanted to know why the pages in my dried art journal stick together. ( answer: I use materials with gloss in them and you should only use matte products or put a clear gesso on top)


Who are the Other Art Students


At age 45, I am probably at the youngish end of the age spectrum at these retreats. Most of the women who attend are either early retirees or older women who are still working but have taken a few days off to attend. Although many of the women are traveling from nearby, at both retreats I attended there were folks arriving from further. For example, at my table the women I talked to were from New Jersey, Long Island, Virginia and Connecticut.

I am sitting on the bottom left... To find out more about 
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, click HERE or on this image which 
was taken from her blog post about the retreat. { Do you 
like my apron? Whenever I do these retreats at least one 
person buys one from me! By the way, my mother also 
critiques my blog, although not for grammar. She said she 
doesn't like when I interrupt my blog to insert a plug for 
something that I am offering for sale. She compared it to 
when you are getting a facial and then the facialist starts 
pushing a wrinkle cream on you that is for sale. Anyway, 
I feel like I am doing you a service by letting you know 
where you can get (in my opinion) fantastic aprons. 
I sell them on esty HERE}

Art Friends


Both times I have attended retreats I have gone solo, meaning I didn't go with a friend. This doesn't seem to matter as everyone there shares a common passion and part of the joy of these retreats is connecting with people and having conversations (in real life, not online) with people who geek out about the same things you do. At the end of the day I actually felt sad that I would be leaving. I likened it to how my daughter feels when returning home from music camp...our friends at home just don't understand.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Best 9 Coral Color Paint Shades

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Coral Crush by Lizzie Turovsky and Edited by SchulmanArt 

Coral colors are some of the most popular trends of the year. The color coral is bright and fun, yet elegant, and will brighten up any space. Find the best paint colors your home.

 

Currently Trending

From interior designers to consumers, everybody is going crazy for coral. While years ago, orange may have been trending, consumers are now leaning more towards orange's softer cousin, coral. Coral color paint can make a statement in any dose, and there's no better color to liven up your home decor with. When it comes to incorporating this fun, new color into your space, these 9 shades will do the trick. 

 

What the Experts Say

Interior Decorator Scott Sanders in House Beautiful said, "Don't give guests a white room--they probably have that at home. Take a chance on this bright coral, softer than orange and more hip than pink. Very Palm Beach and lobster salad on a summer day."

 

And the Top 9 Coral Colors Are...

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Coral Reef: "Don't give guests a white room — they probably have that at home. Take a chance on this bright coral, softer than orange and more hip than pink. Very Palm Beach and lobster salad on a summer day." —Scott Sanders Benjamin Moore
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Coral Gables: "I've done a lot of rooms for men in paneled wood and leather. Then I'll highlight the back of a bookcase with a bit of lively coral. Men like that color because it reminds them of something to drink. Add an animal print — Stark's Ocelot carpet. Super-masculine and comfortable. And my theory is that a woman looks her best in a room that fits a man like a glove. Think Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. Wow." Keith Irvine Benjamin Moore
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Habanero Pepper: "Coral red always works for me. I'll use it in entrance halls and staircases and dining rooms and libraries. Habanero Pepper has an edge of yellow — very vibrant — and I'm vibrant and peppery. I bite back. I never let clients browbeat me about color. I'm not doing beige. I don't like anything that's wishy-washy. When you're 81 years old, I reckon you can say whatever the hell you want to." Keith Irvine Benjamin Moore

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Ravishing Red: "Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted the red dress. Red — especially the perfect shade of corally, russety red — is so alive and exciting. I'm always experimenting. I love red with white, cream, greenish yellow, soft blue-gray, celadon green. I've even done red bedrooms. It's happy, cheerful, upbeat — like me!" Elissa Cullman Benjamin Moore
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Glamour Pin: "I love designing powder rooms because it's an opportunity to do something you wouldn't do in a larger space. For one client, we painted the entire room rosy pink, gold-leafed every inch of the moldings, and did a custom mosaic glass floor in pink and gold. It was over the top. It glowed. And everyone looked fabulous in the mirror!" Jay Jeffers Benjamin Moore
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Geranium: "It was not so much the color, but how and where I used it. I painted a client's kitchen cabinets red, with a hint of orange, like a ripe tomato just longing to be sliced with some good mozzarella cheese." Jennifer Garrigues Benjamin Moore
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  Loggia: "I would like to think I'm like this shade of Tuscan red — warm and open and down-to-eath, with a little patina. But I'm also impatient and spontaneous. I'm off to Italy to tour villas and gardens in the lakes region, and Loggia evokes all things alfresco — tall cypresses, umbrella pines, terracotta rooftops, limoncello on ice in the late afternoon..." Charlotte Moss Farrow & Ball
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Coral Pink: "Pink is always on my mind. I just have to find a taker. This client couldn't be happier with her cheery pink sitting room, and her husband was just glad he didn't end up with a pink master bedroom. The pink is completely unexpected — it's the color of borscht with cream — and then you move on to other, more subtle rooms. It's like a cherry in your drink." Mary McDonald Benjamin Moore
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Paprika: "This paint has a striĆ© effect, very obvious brush marks that appear as it dries. It can take a drab space and give it dignity. Paprika is warm, welcoming, and slightly dramatic — it makes food look great, people look great, candlelight look great." Joe Nye Portola Paints


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Art 101 Blog Hop

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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 three art bloggers. All of us must answer the same questions about our creative process.

Thanks to Kim Puckett for asking me to participate.  You can visit her blog to see her responses to these same questions, along with some beautiful, fun and inspiring artwork.

Here are the questions we are answering in the Art Blog Hop:

 

1.  How does my creating process work?

Each day during the week I follow a similar structure. I start with a large mug of coffee, a good breakfast of either eggs or oatmeal, and conversation with my family. After everyone leaves for the day, I go exercise. When I return to my studio I take care of my marketing for the day which to me never feels complete unless I have written and promoted a post on this blog. So really the creative process doesn't start for me until these tasks are over. However, I find writing and crafting a blog post very creative, and hence a perfect warm up to painting.

After lunch I can get into the swing of creating wall art. This varies from either a project of my own choosing that I may offer for sale, or a commission for a customer. Music motivates me and sometimes I will play an online class on my studio's computer just so I can pretend someone is working alongside me.

collect nursery wall art https://www.etsy.com/listing/91691033/lamb-art-white-sheep-farm-animal
The magic of watercolor with mixed media whimsy

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?


My art, whether I am creating a piece in watercolor or mixed media stands apart because of my use of color. The color palette across mediums stays fairly consistent and I am drawn to painting "things with eyes" whether they are people or animals. In addition, my best watercolor landscapes will also include a figure and I am the master of the watercolor portrait. I consider my work to be at its finest when I combine my love of watercolor "realism" with mixed media elements.
@schulmanArt working on a HUGE peacock painting
working on a supersized Peacock Painting

 

3. What am I working on?

Right now I am working on a commission of a huge 4x6' peacock. You can see all my peacock art and accessories for sale on etsy. So I don't burn out on the large piece I also rotate between a few projects.

inspirational art for the dining room
Inspirational Print: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Right now I am fascinated with the idea that I can create art that helps people emotionally, so I have been working on creating mixed media mantra paintings and also "empowerment bracelets" {The bracelets are not available online yet...but stay tuned...they will be listed as leather cuff bracelets}

 

inspirational wall art and quotes to live by
Inspirational Print, Believe in the Beauty of your Dreams.

4. Why do I create what I do?


I think it is important to surround yourself with beauty. I find my art to be meaningful work not only because it fills my need to create but it helps make the world a more beautiful place. Paintings and art are good for your health and the inspirational prints also contain an uplifting message to put out into the world. I know my art makes people happy not only when they collect it but also when I share my art on social media. Art is unique in the way that it can be enjoyed by all who see it, not just by those who own it.

Let's keep hopping!


For my part, I chose three artists that I have come to know very well online whose art I truly admire. They will be posting their answers on July 21st.

  1. This first is mixed media nature artist Blenda Tyvoll whom I have featured on this blog in an artist interview and also teaches a class on tree art with me at the Inspiration Place. You can find her blog HERE.
  2. Next is abstract artist Sally Trace whom I have also featured on the blog (read her full interview, it's great) Sally's art is full of life, bold color and movement. She also has a lively blog too.
  3. Finally, I asked Hillary Doggart-Greer Her work is very contemporary and features birds, trees, nature, farm life, and abstract geometric shapes. Find out more on her blog.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art Journal Prompt: Who is important to you?

Art journal prompts | art journaling | Art journal ideas | Discover more art journaling examples at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/07/art-journal-prompt-who-is-important-to.htmlThis blog post is one of a series of summertime inspirations for list making whether for personal self-reflection or to use as an art journal prompt. Discover all my list ideas!

Art Journal Prompt:

List who is important to you

For this art journal page, I started with the idea of listing people in my life who are important to me.



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I used a scrapbook border under my title and 
sharpie paint pens to fill in the words.

 

 

How I arranged the page


Since I didn't want to rank them, I decided to write their names in a circle. I did keep my immediate family in the inner circle, and friends on the periphery. I also cropped the photo of the page so you can;t see the bottom. So if you think your name is missing from my "important" list, let's just assume you are on the cut off part of the page.

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I used a White Faber-Castell brush pen to add a 
translucent layer to make the text stand out.

Techniques Used


  •  I used old telephone books to use as layers in the collage, and was sure to rip out pages with my maiden name, my mother's maiden name and my married name. I love the way all the text looks peeking through.
  • The page is also layered with gelli prints, and paint.
  • For the words, I first outline in a uni-ball pen
  • These words are filled in with sharpie paint pens
  • For the title, I left the words the color of the background and shaded around the letters with a white Faber Castell pen. ( you can find in Michael's)
  • I used a scrapbook border under the title.
  • After all the letters are filled in, I go back again to re-outline the words.
  • When I was "finished" I didn't like the way the pastel colors worked with the background, so I changed them all to red. Do you think that was the right idea?
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Peek at the final journal page... I decided to turn the writing to red.

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