Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tips for Decorating with Art: Channel a little Luxe to brighten your life

Interview with Interior Decorator Young Huh
by artist Miriam Schulman

Room by Young Huh Interiors, Photo John Hall
MS: Do you choose art for your clients?
YH: We love getting involved with developing a client’s collection and finding ways to display their art.

MS: What are your resources for buying art?
YH: We try to go to gallery openings as much as possible and go to some of the important shows like the armory show.  We also maintain relationships with gallerists and curators as well as directly with artists such as you, so we get a lot of information about different artists and what they are doing.  We can then introduce our clients to the types of work they would like to collect.

MS: Does the art have to match the sofa?
YH: Never collect art to match the sofa!!  However, you want to think about showing your art in the best environment.  You are curating your personal collection and you want to make sure your environment and your artwork are interacting in a pleasing way.  I recently saw the Alexander McQueen show and I thought that was such an excellent example of the artwork and the environment enhancing each other.
MS: What color palette are you most attracted to at the moment?
YH: I am really loving jewel tones: peacock blues, rich greens and golden yellow against a dark lustrous backdrop- very Yves Saint Lauren.  There has been so much despair in the art and design world, I think everyone will be channeling a little luxe to brighten our lives.

MS: How does your Korean roots influence the way you decorate?
YH: I am very proud of my Korean roots.  So much of Korean culture is about art and glamour since ancient times.   First century Kings and Queens wore the most exquisite jewelry and textiles.  Korean 12th century celadon is where all of east Asian celadon comes from.  Seeing these things growing up taught me to love the decorative arts.

MS: How do you use art to enhance your classic, eclectic, chic design aesthetic?
YH: Artwork tells a story or expresses an idea.  Art is the soul of a room.  I like to install art and object that elaborate on the homeowner’s life and the feeling of a room.  We bring classicism with a disciplined approach to a room, eclecticism by breaking some rules and chic by instilling fashionable edge.  Art is critical component in creating this environment.

MS: Any other rules you want to share for decorating with artwork?
YH: Don't be afraid of art and weaving it into your life.  Paintings don’t need to all be hung formally and treated that way.  You can have some flea market finds or charming portraits in bookshelves.  You can place a small drawing on an easel on a hallway table.  Put some watercolors of fruit in your kitchen.   My photographer, John Hall, has a still life photograph of a blender and brightly covered fruit in his kitchen.  Brilliant.  

MS: What about hanging art? Do you have a rule of how high to hang it?
YH: This is an issue all the time!  The general rule is that you want to hang artwork at eye level.  Most people want to hang their art too high.  Sometimes the architectural conditions of a room require otherwise, but generally, you want to be able to see the artwork without craning your neck. 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inside the artist's studio

A virtual Tour of the Artist's Studio Desk
by Miriam Schulman
Here is the desk in my artist studio. The desk is nestled lengthwise in front of a window that overlooks my garden. The chair cushion is from Anthropologie and the desk is from Pottery Barn. Although the desk is long, I still added a tray table to the end for additional supplies I want to keep handy but off of my desk. In between the space of the tray table and the desk I have my waste basket. There is an empty frame hidden behind the desk. At the end of the desk there is a basket which is filled with matted prints and matted watercolors. Last summer I painted my studio ( myself!) with Dove White paint by Benjamin Moore.

Folding chairs on the left are for art students. Marbled composition book is for keeping track of ideas, to do lists and to communicate with my summer intern. My intern is using my laptop this summer but I also have another computer downstairs hooked up to a printer and scanner...hmmm...maybe that should all be upstairs in the studio. Do you like the new insect paintings? One of them is being considered for a television set on NBC. Can't tell you which one until it is finalized. [Note: Mosquito Deity was purchased for a set by the NBC show Parenthood.]
Scale for weighing packages. I used to have an electronic one that I bought cheaply on eBay but when that broke I thought it better to get an indestructible mechanical one. Just below that I have a calendar for to do lists. A friend who knows I am disorganized got the calendar for me as a party favor. It has little sticky notes on the sides.

Tucked away next to the print basket is a magazine holder which keeps recent issues of Professional Artist, Art News, Watercolor Artist and some catalogs for Uline, Daniel Smith and Dick Blick. I also have a wire basket of markers. These are really for my children who sometimes like to keep me company in the studio and color while I paint.

At the end of my desk the tray table has a basket on top. The basket has a water spray bottle for re-wetting my watercolor palette, tissues for blotting watercolors, and pledge for keeping the furniture clean. In the pink basket I have my credit card machine that is great for customers who don't like PayPal and for taking to art fairs. Also, my portrait clients like to charge their commissions by credit card.

New art for sale by Miriam Schulman

Lady Bug, Ladybug Art, Modern Abstract Contemporary Watercolor Painting art "First Lady Bug" 12x12 in patriotic red, white and blue

Insect Art, Bee Painting, Modern Abstract Contemporary Watercolor Painting art "Busy as a Bee" 10x10 in feminine soft colors

Spider Art, Modern Abstract Contemporary Watercolor Painting on Canvas, "Oh what a tangled Web We Weave" 8x8in

Butterfly Goddess, lavender and turquoise canvas Watercolor Painting art 20x20 Summer Bugs

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alexander McQueen brings an artist's touch to his designs

Wearable Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by guest blogger, Lindsay LeBoyer

MET's 82nd street entrance(photo LeBoyer)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is currently showing an exhibition called Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The exhibit shows the designs of Alexander McQueen from his graduate collection at Central St. Martins College of Art to the final collection at his namesake brand. The exhibition runs through August 7th. You can go to the MET's website for all the details on the exhibit and to plan your own visit. There are many special programs associated with this exhibition including a  Teen Program called Alexander McQueen: Celebrate and Create, which took place on Saturday, June 12th and I was fortunate enough to participate in.

A dress from McQueen's Spring/Summer 2001 collection
A big debate in the fashion world is whether fashion is art but when it comes to Alexander McQueen, he's a true artist. He pushes the boundaries of silhouettes and completely re-imagines what the body can look like. McQueen also used materials for his designs which no other designer had used before. For example, in a dress from his Spring/Summer 2001 collection, the bodice is made of glass microscope slides tinted red. This is the first piece one sees upon entering the exhibit. The dress really pulls you in and makes you want to see more of McQueen's gorgeous creations. From a dress embroidered with fresh flowers, to a corset made completely from aluminum coils, you will not be disappointed.

The exhibition is organized by rooms and a highlight of the exhibition is the "Romantic Naturalism" room. Like many artists, McQueen drew inspiration from the natural world around him. Although the pieces were inspired by nature, they have somewhat of an extraterrestrial feel.

The "Romantic Naturalism" room
After a tour of the exhibition, the teen program included a seminar,led by the Costume Institute's Shannon Bell Price and famous teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. The seminar covered everything from McQueen's aesthetic to how he brought creative visions to life. Shannon Bell Price assisted Andrew Bolton in curating the exhibit, and it was really interesting to hear how they collaborated with McQueen's team to get every detail just right. After the seminar, teens were invited to an art room to make their own pieces of "wearable art" inspired by McQueen.
LeBoyer's Hat inspired by the McQueen Collection

For my wearable art piece, I constructed a miniature top hat out of black colored paper. I decorated it with red feathers, ribbon, and shiny gems to resemble some of the pieces I had seen in the exhibit. I had a wonderful time at the MET and hope to return there for many more teen programs in the future!

Lindsay's Art Picks

Peacock Art,  20x30in

I absolutely love this peacock painting! The bright blue body and orange-y gold feathers create a beautiful contrast, and bright hues are one of my favorite trends for summer. This painting also uses sheet music as a material. I love when artists use unconventional mediums!~LL

Baby Chicks, 11x14" matted print
This a water color painting of baby chicks. Their feathers look so fluffy, and I love the simple white background.~LL

Summer Swan

This painting, called "Swan Summer," is another watercolor that I love. The reflection in the water is gorgeous. I could imagine seeing this swan floating on a pond as the sun sets.~LL
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Creating Incredible Texture with Watercolor on Canvas

New Summer Art for Sale by Miriam Schulman

Butterfly Goddess, 20x20"

The creativity in my studio is exploding right now. I have a million and one inspirations for creating art and never enough time to create everything in my head. After reading a post on the Metropolitan Museum's website Bugs | Connections by educator Edie Watts I was inspired to create some insect art of my own. The most inspiring quote from her was
Mosquito Deity, 20x16"
sold to NBC show Parenthood
“I don't know who the mosquito deity was, but I would make offerings to him or her to protect me from bites." and then I began to wonder, what does the mosquito deity look like? My head conjured up the painting you see below. Once I visualize art so perfectly in my head it is easy to translate it to canvas. Well maybe not so easily. I decided these insect paintings needed to be done on a textured canvas using watercolors. To do this I add an acrylic absorbent ground to a canvas and have to let that dry overnight. After laying in my contour drawing in charcoal pencil, I apply transparent layers of watercolor. The transparent watercolor is the perfect medium of creating the translucent wings of insects. Next, I have to spray varnish the painting to protect it from moisture. Finally, I paint the sides with black acrylic paint giving the painting a nice edge so that my collectors may hang the painting without frame. I love being able to experience the watercolor without displaying it with glass on top. I am planning on doing more insects in the coming days.
Result of days spent in the studio...

 ...and nights dreaming of you! 
(art featured below by other etsy artists)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Art that Men Love to Collect

Here are my best selling art that men buy for themselves and women buy for their husbands as presents for birthdays, father's day, and anniversaries. Although I am sure that men buy all kinds of art from other artists, these are the art that I have found they love to buy from me!

  1. Landscapes, Landscapes, Landscapes. This week I sold three paintings for father's day---all landscapes. A husband's favorite diner became the subject for a street scene commission. Another wife who came up dry for father's day thought of my Tuscany painting for her husband who loves Italy and a third woman "scoured the internet" for paintings depicting Lee, Massachusetts where they own a second home. At my art shows, men usually also are drawn to landscapes.
  2. Nudes. Yes, of course because, well you know-- they are beautiful and sexy and sensual and who doesn't appreciate a fine art nude? Men usually choose figures that remind them of their lovers past and present and women will usually choose female nudes that remind them of themselves. So you will find the zaftig dark haired brunette buying the painting of a Rubenesque model for her husband. Men who buy female nudes tend to like either large abstract nudes for the more public areas of their home or small intimate watercolors for the little private spaces in their home.
  3. Portraits of their Children Many men have commissioned me to paint their children as a surprise birthday presents for heir wives. The nicest ones need a lot of help figuring out how to mange the secret and the logistics of a portrait sitting behind the mom's back but it is always worth it. Men are always thrilled to receive paintings of their children for gifts as well.
  4. Fish  Koi fish are very popular with my male clients. The koi fish paintings are abstract enough to feel contemporary and modern yet they seem to enjoy the representational quality. Dentists know that aquariums calm down their patients and many people like to decorate with paintings of fish for the same reason. "Koi" is also a homophone in Japanese standing for love or friendship so this is also a popular wedding gift. 
  5. Birds and Wildlife This is a pretty broad category, buy men do love to buy paintings of birds and other wildlife. They also love buying pet portraits of their dogs, usually as a gift for a friend, wife.
    Present Unveiled at 50th Birthday Party

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

A tour of my Watercolor Palette

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Today I thought I'd share some of my secrets of watercolor painting and give you a tour of my watercolor palette. I use a John Pike plastic palette that I bought 20 years ago and I am still using the same one with many of the same colors placed in the original arrangement. I have my warm earth tones on the left my reds and pinks across the tops and my cool colors to the right. The palette has a lid which is great because I can reuse my colors after they dry by spritzing them with an atomizer.

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In addition, to this palette I also have a pill holder which I keep some extra colors that I am not ready to commit to the permanent collection.

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Most of the colors I like are from Holbein, This is a high quality brand and their greatest advantage are that the colors stay moist longer. In addition, I have some colors from Winsor Newton. The quinacridone gold from Winsor Newton is one of my all time favorite colors and I couldn't imagine painting without it. (that is why that well is empty, I am always using it up!)

Some colors are interchangeable

You may wonder why I have multiple shades listed in a single well. Usually they are interchangeable colors that have similar color temperatures, opacity and staining powers. Moreover, sometimes different brands have very different shades for the same color name.

All about Yellow

For example, the raw umber from Holbein/ Daniel Smith/Winsor Newton are so different that it is worth it to me using them all. Especially when creating portrait work. That is also why I need both cad.yellow and lemon yellow. When creating landscapes or floral paintings, these pigments are interchangeable but I only use cad. yellow in flesh tones and lemon yellow for making blond hair.

Orange you glad I told you?

The "orange" corner has a mixture and hodgepodge of colors. Anything from Daniel Smith's burnt orange, to cadmium orange. I don't use orange a lot but sometimes it punches up a watercolor painting or can act as a warm yellow. While writing this I realize that a lot of my paintings have orange but this is usually cadmium red that is an orangey red that reads as an orange when placed next to blue. So let's just say I don't use orange from a tube that often. The other color I use a lot is burnt sienna. This color also looks like orange. I use it alone, in flesh tones and mixed with other colors. Mixed with cobalt blue burnt sienna turns a lovely transparent gray. Mixed with phtalo green it becomes a warm dark forest green.

Peonies- watercolor by Miriam Schulman, in a private collection, Prints available on etsy ©SchulmanArt

Red Hot

Now for a tour of the reds. There are two reds: cadmium red and winsor red. Did I not put winsor red on my palette? Well I do use it in mixtures to make "blacks" Cad. red is a fire engine red whereas winsor red is a cool ruby red. Next comes the pinks. I always used permanent rose but I am being told it is a fugitive color which means that it will fade over time so I am trying to transition to opera rose. Sometime I will squeeze rose madder into that well. The opera rose I got for free from one of my watercolor supply stores. Scarlett Lake is a beautiful strong pink. It stains easily, it's transparent and I love it for creating flesh tones in light skinned caucasians. I was introduced to this color by Ton Hill in his watercolor book and has become a favorite ever since. Sometimes the well shares space with Winsor red. They are very similar.

The next well contains my transparent warm reds. you don't need to own all the colors that I mention in this well. They are for the most part interchangeable and I am trying to use up some of the colors I bought over the years. My favorite is probably Brown Madder which I had learned after reading an article about Peter Stimling, another watercolor portrait artist. This is great in flesh tones, but if you are painting bricks, you may want to use Carmine and if you want a blood red then nothing but Alizarin Crimson will do.

Living next to that well is Indian red, a color I am beginning to fall out of love with. It is very opaque and you can get very similar affects by mixing cadmium red with cobalt blue. However, it is convenient and I probably reach for it when painting bricks or mixing.

It isn't easy being green

watercolor by my teacher/mentor Mel Stabin

Greens are probably the trickiest colors to use for my watercolor students. I have my favorites and standbys. Pthalo green mixed with quinacridone gold gives you olive. I do have olive green, but really it is a convenience mixture good for covering large areas when I want to paint fast. I used to use sap green but can't stand it any longer. I don't like my students using it either. Sap green looks like the green oval in a children's watercolor set and there is no faster way to make your painting look amateurish than using sap green the wrong way. That said, I know that Mel Stabin uses sap green magnificently.

Not quite green and not quite blue is my latest favorite color, Cobalt turquoise.This pigment has wonderful granulating affects and has a soothing quality. Turquoise is a hot color in decorating trends as well, and paintings with it look great in modern decors. Next, I have Viridian Green which I don't use often, but I probably should. The shade is feminine and not quite as harsh as Pthalo green, yet it is strong. I can use it on its own or softened with burnt sienna.

Blue Mondays

All of my blues I love equally like children, but sometimes I forget how great Thalo blue can be and I doubt I have ever finished a watercolor painting without reaching for Cerulean or cobalt blue.

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About the Artist (Miriam Schulman)

Miriam Schulman, founder of the Inspiration Place
In case you're curious about me, let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I live my creative life with gratitude in New York's backyard. After witnessing the devastation of 911, I abandoned my hedge fund job  to work on my art full time. Rejecting the starving artist myth, my watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines & home decor books and collected worldwide. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art have carried my artistic accessories in their gift shops. My art has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man, Art Journaling Magazine by Stampington and Professional Artist magazine.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

African Art Spirits to watch over your home

African Art, Modern Abstract Contemporary Artworks
Kitchen God, 24x24" ORIGINAL painting on gallery wrapped canvas

 Using African tribal masks on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their Oceania  Arts wing, I created these super modern and abstract canvas paintings. Each one is a spirit that has magically been conjured up with thick paint and brought to life on gallery wrapped canvas. Since each one is original and there are no prints, the spirit will be unique to your home and assigned to protect your home scaring away the evil spirits.

The Kitchen God aids your recipes in the kitchen come out even better. This is a colorful way to decorate your kitchen or adjacent family room with gorgeous earth tones with a few metallic gold touches.

african Tribal Art, modern abstract painting

Morning Spirit, 24x24" gallery wrapped canvas


Morning Spirit will chase away any bad dreams or negative thoughts you may have had during the night. The spirit protects your family all day helping to maintain happiness in your home. The bold painting has bright teal and turquoise blue background with warm yellow ochre and touches of metallic gold.
Ancestral Spirit, 24x24"

Your ancestral spirit has been conjured up and inhabits this painting. your spirit will protect over your family from evil and harm.

If you love all things ethnic then you will love these finds from other etsy sellers:

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Five not to miss art shows in NYC this summer

I never seem to be able to keep up with all the great art shows and events going on in New York City. If you are planning a visit soon, here are some absolutely not miss art shows going on right now. Anyone interesting in an art date?

1) Picasso and Marie-Thérèse; L’amour fou from April 14 - July 15, 2011 The very successful art gallery, Gagosian Gallery,  is also well known for putting together blockbuster exhibitions free to the public. The New York gallery is located in the trendy Chelsea/meat packing district. After attending the show, check out the nearby highline with its newly opened expanded spaces.This particular Picasso exhibition focuses on the paintings of his lover. So the story goes, Picasso approached Marie-Thérèse on the street and announced he was Picasso but she had no idea who he was although he was already world famous. They began a secret and passionate love affair as she became his primary model, muse and mistress
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 2) Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
May 4, 2011–August 7, 2011 
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tragic fashion designer committed suicide last year and so early we get a retrospective of the designer's work. The Met has a long history of fashion and design and has a wing which is dedicated to costumes and period clothing. Now I haven't seen this either, but by all reports this show is fantastic. I was recently at the Met and was discouraged by the really long lines snaking throughout the museum like the rides at Disney World. The guards told me you have to get there by 9:30 to beat the lines but since that time they are ow offering priority admission for members and are even opening the museum on Mondays just for the show. If you go on Monday, you need a t $50 ticket to see the show and that's all you get to see. Better, to go early on a different day and then after you can enjoy the roof terrace. Suggested museum admission is $20, but you can pay what you wish. My favorite experience is to go on a friday night so that you can get the live free jazz musicians at the Petrie Cafe and wine bar that overlooks Central Park. If you still have energy, head over to Guitar Heroes and get the ipod audio tour which lets you listen to the music played by each guitar on display.

3) Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore May 06, 2011 - September 25, 2011at the Jewish Museum.I'm not copletely sure why this exhibition is at the Jewish Museum except that the collectors, the Cone Sister, were Jewish. These spinster sisters lived in adjacent apartments in Baltimore and established an amazing art collection. This exhibition features over 50 works of art—by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh and more—from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s world-renowned Cone Collection, this exhibition focuses on the remarkable vision of two Jewish sisters and collectors, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, and the personal relationships they formed with artists such as Matisse and Picasso, as they shaped their extraordinary collection.iF you are kosher, the museum's cafe offers all koshjer fare. If you are not, then head over to Alice's Tea Cup on 81st street for ladylike tea and scones.

4) German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
Emil Nolde. Young Couple. 1913.lo
March 27–July 11, 2011 at the Museum of Moden Art. I've had a glimpse of this exhibit and I am looking forward to going back so I can spend more time studying it. I visited this exhibit with my daughter and after we were inspired to create our own wood cut prints. You will be amazed at these artists from E. L. Kirchner to Max Beckmann. From the museum's website..."artists associated with German Expressionism in the early decades of the twentieth century took up printmaking with a collective dedication and fervor virtually unparalleled in the history of art. The woodcut, with its coarse gouges and jagged lines, is known as the preeminent Expressionist medium, but the Expressionists also revolutionized the mediums of etching and lithography to alternately vibrant and stark effect. This exhibition, featuring approximately 250 works by some thirty artists, is drawn from MoMA’s outstanding holdings of German Expressionist prints, enhanced by selected drawings, paintings, and sculptures from the collection. The graphic impulse is traced from the formation of the Brücke artists group in 1905, through the war years of the 1910s, and extending into the 1920s, when individual artists continued to produce compelling work even as the movement was winding down" For lunch, go to the museum's cafe on the second floor and sit near a window. I love the chickpea salad and the other small plates. 

5) Edward Hopper, Prelude the Nyack years May 21st - July 17th. You will have to go outside Manhattan to catch this gem of an exhibit. As soon as my kids leave on their camp bus from the Palisades Center, I plan on heading over to Nyack to the childhood home of Edward Hopper in Nyack. This pace has a special place in my heart since I used to draw from live models every Tuesday night at the Hopper house and I got my start selling art on the internet by selling these life drawings. This exhibition concentrates on works of art created during his years in Nyack and is supported by the Whitney. The exhibit opens at 11 on the weekend and after you can explore the antique shops and trendy Greenwich Village like atmosphere of the streets of Nyack.
Hopper House in Nyack New York

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Ten Women Artists Every Young Girl Should know About!

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Here is a quick top ten list of some of my favorite women artists, whom I think every female should know about. When someone told me that the names below weren't mentioned in the artist section of The Daring Book for Girls, I was startled and dismayed. The focus was on male artists in a book for girls! I'm not sure why, though, when there are so many wonderful and exciting female artists to choose from and admire. I had trouble choosing just ten!
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    Young Mother Sewing, Mary Cassatt
  1. Mary Cassatt: What a brave woman she was! Not only was she a leader in the impressionist movement, but this woman was living abroad in Paris among a circle of great artists. Every little girl who dreams of becoming an artist should learn about her. Her art is instantly recognizable and relate-able as it mostly focuses on intimate depictions on motherly love and children.
  2. Georgia O'Keefe Another woman, and American, on my list would be this amazing innovative painter. She was inspired by the medium of photography to crop her paintings. little girls will love her flower paintings and glorious watercolors.
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    Georgia O'Keefe
  3. Berthe Morisot: Another painter in Mary Cassatt's Parisian circle was Berthe Morisot. she was one of the founding member of the impressionist movement but her name is getting lost in the art history books. She made her paintbrush dance across the screen. Many interior paintings and garden scenes.
  4. Helen Frankenthaler: Another giant is this modern abstract expressionist who studied and was respected in the Han Hoffman circle in the 1950's in New York.( and yes, she was American as well) She was friends with Jackson Pollock but she poured her paint on the canvas rather than splattered it.
  5. Lee Krasner: Speaking of Pollock, his wife, Lee Krasner was also a luminary in the abstract expressionist circle and some say she was better than he was.
  6. Helen Frankenthaler | female artists | Discover great women artists at
    Helen Frankenthaler in her studio
    Cindy Sherman : The list wouldn't be complete without the photographer Cindy Sherman. little girls will really love the way her photographs all depict her in "dress up"
  7. Dorothea Lange: Another photography genius was Dorthea Lange who became famous for her photographs of the migrant workers. She was great because she told the story of their plight and shone a light on the poverty of this time.
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    Dorothea Lange
  8. Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun (1755–1842)This artist has work featured in a group show right now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe
    May 17, 2011–August 14, 2011. She was the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette.
  9. Frida Kahlo A wonderfully imaginative Mexican artist who wasn't afraid to celebrate her culture, as well as her personal angst and pain on canvas. This is a great woman artist for little girls who also need to celebrate their ethnicity. The Tate museum is currently featuring her work and this is what their website has to say about her: "The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is now regarded as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century and this is the first major UK exhibition dedicated to her work to take place for over twenty years."
  10. Louise Bourgeois : It was difficult to choose only ten great women artists but I
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    Self-Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, Frida Kahlo
    decided to add the sculptor  Bourgeois because I just love her giant spider sculptures and the little Miss Muffet in your life should not be scared to dream big!

There were so many great women artists, both contemporary and through out the ages. 

 Who is your favorite women artist?
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Direct from the studio: Modern African Art Paintings Work in Progress

For a limited time I am offering a pre-order special price on work in progress paintings! These canvases are modern abstract original interpretation of African tribal sculptures on canvas! African masks are considered amongst the finest creations in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors. Masking ceremonies in Africa have great cultural and traditional significance. Latest developments and understanding of Aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight into the ideas and moral values that African artists express in their art.

If you haven't followed my story, I have been turning to museums for sources of inspiration. This African series came about after one night I wandered into the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, which is on the 1st floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There I was invited to sketch the collections using white drawing paper and charcoal pencils. I was also given a small drawing board, kneaded eraser and little canvas stool to work on. I was taken in by the masks, and the faces of the house posts, fertility totems and tribal masks. I made six drawings from the collection and painted them with watercolors later in my studio.From these studies, I have been creating these highly creative and original modern artworks on canvas. These abstract interpretations would look great in your house. Paintings have lots of earth tones, turquoise and spirituality.

Final painting will be posted, but oh wow, you have the opportunity to get it now! Sides will be painted black and canvas is varnished prior to shipment. Final listing will have room views and detail photos, but if you buy now you have a chance to save money on the final gallery listing price! Stay tuned on facebook to see works in progress and for finished paintings!

  • African Art, Museum Inspired Painting 24X24" Gallery Wrapped Canvas African Art, Modern Contemporary Interpretation
    Modern Interpretation of African Art for Sale

  • African Art, Museum Inspired Painting 24X24" Gallery Wrapped Canvas Special PRice for WORK in PROGRESS Modern Abstract Interpretation of African Art
    Special Pre-Order Work in Progress Price

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Special Collector's Edition Scarsdale Note Cards For Sale

Scarsdale Art by Schulman Art
by  Miriam Schulman

Special Collector's Edition of Scarsdale Note Cards This week I have been focusing on putting together products that can be sold locally in gift shops and boutiques. Before they are available to the public in these stores, you can start purchasing notes cards and prints right now online! in my first special collector's edition I am focusing on my hometown of Scarsdale, New York. These beautiful watercolor street scenes appeal to everyone, not just Scarsdalians.

Special collectors' edition of folded note cards featuring Scarsdale Landscapes with watercolor paintings by Miriam Schulman. Scarsdale Village scenes include Parkway Cafe, two views of Spencer Place, Scarsdale Florist, a vintage view of the Scarsdale train station, and The Dark Horse.

Product Details:
  • note cards with white envelopes.
  • Glossy finish on cover stock with blank insides.
  • 4x6" folded note cards may also be matted and framed.
  • comes in gift ready clear plastic box.
  • each set includes all six of the landscape paintings professionally printed on note cards
These note cards are great to keep for yourself to bring back the art of the personalized note and show that you care.Or, give them as a teacher's gift or thank you. This also makes a great gift for the recent High School graduate. For writing thank you notes or to decorate their dorm room. Do you have a friend who is moving away, or do you need a housewarming present? "Our Town" note cards is just the thing!
These note cards make the perfect gift for the art connoisseur and Scarsdalian past or present. How else can you collect all these great images?  Prints of each images are also available through the artist or

Scarsdale original watercolor landscape paintings are available for immediate purchase:

Spencer Stroll, New York Street Watercolor Painting Art Original
La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française

Fine Art Prints at lower price points are also available in any size to fit any budget

Landscape Painting of Parkway Cafe  by Miriam Schulman
Parkway Cafe by Schulman
Greenacres School by Miriam Schulman
Greenacres School
Dark Horse, Watercolor Painting Art by Miriam Schulman
Dark Horse, Waterco...
Spencer Place
Scarsdale Florist, Watercolor Painting Art by Miriam Schulman
Scarsdale Florist, ...

In this age of digital communication, the hand written note means that much more.
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