Friday, December 7, 2012

Emerald Green is Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year!

"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty                      
                        that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."


 The Wizard of Oz got ii right when created a whole city that celebrates this color. I remember the last time it was popular in the eighties... I hwas in college and worked at Laura Ashley during my Christmas breaks when I was home for school and came back to college with green shoes and green sweaters. This color was tolerable also because green was my school colors ( Dartmouth) So yeah, I also had green sweatshirts and scarves too.


Modern Wall Art with Jewel Tones including Emerald Green
All in all I do love the color green which matches my eyes and never fails to calm me down. What do you think of Pantone selecting Emerald Green as color of the year? 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Advice I wish I could give my 16 year old Self

Be Yourself: Everyone Else is Already Taken
advice for life by Miriam Schulman, @SchulmanArt

Decorate Your Own Soul
I was asked to give a talk at the local high school's Art Honor Society induction ceremony. I am honored to speak to this group because I am very familiar with their community service since my daughter was part of this group last year. She loved doing art projects with the underprivileged children in the White Plains Coachman Family Center. Although she is more involved with music now, there are so many ways to help people and give joy through art.

Magic is Believing in Yourself
The group asked me to talk about myself, my art and anything else. I decided to tell them what I wish I could tell my sixteen year old self and hopefully learn something from that. When I was in high school I was a very motivated student and took every honors class I could. I didn't take art classes, but I continually doodled in the margins of my notebooks creating fantastic pencil portraits of all my teachers and boys I had crushes on. On the other hand, my mother exposed me to lots of art through museum visits and creativity was always a part of our everyday lives. My father had passed away when I was five years old which is why I was so determined to get into the best school I possibly could and get a career that would give me financial independence. I did study Art History in college but my first career was in finance after I got a Masters in engineering from M.I.T. After my second child, I decided to take a risk and try a career in art instead. At first, I sold watercolor portraits and art in the park and later discovered how I could also sell my art on the internet. Now I sell my art all over the world and my art is being licensed on products for home decor.  My life took a meandering path, but that is also true of many people.
Live by What you Believe

Here is what I wished I had known when I was in high school and college...
  1. The world will change in ways you can not even imagine. There will be different jobs available in the future that don't exist now so don't worry about what you are going to study in college. Just study what you are passionate about. I did eventually switch my major from engineering to Art History and made engineering my minor; however, there were no eCommerce jobs when I was in college so I couldn't even have imagined selling my art on the internet. The world is continually changing and there will be different opportunities 20 years from now as well that don't exist today. Successful people continually reinvent themselves. I don't think Steve Jobs said to himself when he was sixteen, "When I grow up I am going to invent the ipad"
  2. College is not vocational school. Use that as your mantra whenever well meaning friends and relatives ask you what you plan to do with your philosophy major. You are getting an education and learning how to write and think so that your ideas can rock the world.
  3. Beer is very fattening.
  4. If you Believe You Can, Then you really will
  5. Pay attention and be present. If you are continually wishing to move time forward then there is something wrong with what you are doing or your attitude. I offhandedly mentioned to my Drama club's adviser that I couldn't wait until finals were over. He very sternly told me never to wish for time to pass. That message didn't sink in until the following year when he died of AIDs.
  6. Research your options carefully. .... I wish someone has said to me "Just because your father went to Dartmouth and you think you have the best chance getting in there doesn't mean you should apply early decision without at least visiting the college first." (like what I did...)
  7. Don't waste energy being jealous. You never know the ending of other people's stories. My best friend had a boyfriend in high school and I didn't. Guess what..he was gay and came out of the closet in college. By the way, you also don't always know the real beginnings and the middles of other people's stories.
  8. SOLD, cards and calendars available with this design
  9. Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
  10. B and C students rule the world. Straight A students are very good academics-- that means they would make excellent professors. The most important skills in life do not get graded.
  11. You can always change your mind! Life is wonderful, beautiful and crazy but most importantly unpredictable. Be prepared to change. Dream but always Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
  12. Your life is a canvas. We all have the opportunity to be creative with our lives. Your life is the greatest masterpiece you will make. 
 
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

White Ceramic Teapots with Art

Let's Have a Tea Party! 
by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman 

Lotus on White Ceramic Teapot

Serve exotic flavorful teas in a ceramic teapot that has equal amounts of style and flavor! Whether as a creative bridal shower gift, a hostess gift, or house warming present, give this white teapot with art by Miriam Schulman for a practical yet gift they will treasure for years!

Sunflower Art on White Ceramic Teapot
Product Information
Express your artsy side when you use this decorated ceramic teapot that serve four. The removable lid makes brewing your favorite flavor especially easy, and it's tea time (or coffee time) anytime with this kitchen-friendly device.

  • 7" tall
  • Holds 44 fl. oz.
  • Ceramic
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Three Dimensional Collage Art

Friday Flowers
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Check out all the three dimensional texture! (protected with spray varnish)
This original collage painting is bright warm yellow, and brown with touches of chartreuse green. The art pictures a 3-D textured flowers with jeweled centers. The mixed media collage was created with pens, stamps, inks, art papers, passion, love and more. The border of the art has musical notes so this art would make a great gift for a music lover. The canvas art is ready to hang without a frame. You will get enjoyment every time you look at this inspirational art as it completes your home decor and raises the mood of everyone in the room.


All my 12x12" canvases come pre-wired!
This art appeals to teenage girls, music lovers and people of all ages; would make a fantastic gift idea for a girl, or decorate a nursery or girls' room. Whimsical textured flowers, and cheerful colors add additional artsy touches.
Art looks right at home on plain white walls.
Title: Friday Flowers
Size: 12x12" gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted to match the front

The gallery wrapped canvas will save you money on framing since it is wired and ready to hang right on your wall.

copyright words are not on the actual artwork.

©SchulmanArt
 

or just as good in an elaborate decorating idea.


Whether your home is shabby chic or retro cottage, this art will look right at home and this art looks equally fabulous on plain white walls.

Discover more wonderful original art for sale online in my etsy store, and also all my mixed media originals!


Fabulous Detail of threads, stitching and gems


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Teenage Girl Decorating Ideas

Timeless Tween Decor 
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt 

Art that grows with her!
When decorating your daughter's room whether she is still in diapers or long past the tween years, you want art that she will not outgrow. Invest in original art on canvas and you will not have to redecorate every few years. This mixed media collage piece appeals to young ladies of all ages from the pink worshiping toddler to the funky and fussy peace loving teen. The art is bordered with bright pink piano music includes whimsical flowers and lovable pigs. She will still love the art when she returns home from college, but don;t be surprised if she wants to take the art with her to decorate her dorm room. The art may be propped up on a dresser or bookcase as well as displayed on the wall. Discover this and more fun art in my etsy store!

Teen Bedding shown is from Pottery Barn, PBteen.com : Add some petal power to your sleep space. This hand-quilted design features appliqu├ęs of lush blooms accented with decorative hand embroidery on a solid ground.

Pink Pig Art for girly girls!
Inspirational Art quote : Dream Love Believe

Two pink pigs go nose to nose with their piggy love. A great inspiring piece that reads dream, love, believe and has the peace symbol. This is an original signed one of a kind artwork, executed using mixed media collage techniques.

Art on Canvas does not require framing!

TITLE:  Pig Peace
SIZE:    12x12" art
dominant colors: purple lilac pink
The sides are painted pink, no framing required to display
MEDIA :  Watercolor, acrylic, piano Sheet Music,  Collage on CANVAS
copyright words do not appear on actual artwork






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Friday, October 26, 2012

Stylish and Practical Gift Ideas for her

What would you use it for?
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Practical yet Beautiful Gift Idea For Art and Music Lovers
I just got these extra large zippered pouches I designed back from the printer yesterday. I was so pleased with the quality of the printing, the roomy inner hidden pocket and the waterproof lining. There are so many people in my life that I want to give these to that I hope I have enough left over to sell! My daughter, the ultimate teenage test marketer, grabbed one right away. What are you going to use it for? Well, she said, thinking more about how cool it looked then anything else... I can fit some spiral notebooks in here, and also my cello music. Then we both thought my mother would want one because she reads poetry at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She could store her poetry in one. I thought I should probably keep one for myself, because in addition to my art making, I also love to knit and this would be a practical and pretty way to store my unfinished project along with the pattern directions. I also thought I may want to use this for a sketchbook and keep the pencils in the extra storage compartment. The 11x14" size has plenty of room for my larger sketch books. What would you use it for?

This peacock portfolio is versatile for the student, teacher or artist. Anyone who needs to carry around a sketchpad, sheet music or notebooks will appreciate this stylish waterproof case. The hidden inner compartment is great for money, a smart phone or more. This is a great idea for students to use in between classes instead of carrying their full backpack to stash some essentials. Another use for this stylish organizer is as an extra large cosmetic bag.

Zippered fabric bags make a great secret Santa gift idea for the artsy women in your life. Printed on both sides with a peacock and pink flowers with piano music, these zippered bags are designed to fit essential makeup gear, giving it maximum points for practicality when carrying around your lip gloss, and nail polish. This is also a great bag to stash an unfinished knitting project.

* Made from durable 600d polyester fabric
* Zippered closure for easy access
* Zippered hidden interior compartment (perfect for smart phone, or pencils!)
* Double sided printing
* Approx. Dimensions: 14" width x 11" height
* Can fit 500 sheets of A4 paper

If you are looking for a gift for a music teacher, student or music lover this is the perfect gift for her. The musical art on the cosmetic bag will be the secret Santa gift, Channukah gift or stocking stuffer that she will think of you every time she uses it!



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Holiday Note Card Sets For All

Prepare to Give and Receive
by Miriam Schulman

a set of Six Different Holiday Cards!
Shopping for Holiday cards? A fabulous holiday note card set featuring six different classic watercolor and mixed media paintings by artist Miriam Schulman
Add a Matching Stamp from Zazzle!
In this collector edition you will receive: red Christmas themed watercolors that really are applicable as a nondenominational holiday cards. There is an adorable camel straight from Israel, painting of marching penguins with their babies, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in its holiday splendor, a red cardinal, brighty red poinsettias and a tabby cat sitting on top of a Christmas present.

Each folded note card is printed with heavy glossy premium cardstock and comes with white envelopes.

The cards are packaged in a sleek plastic box, gift ready or will keep your arty note cards safe for you to enjoy! Keep some on hand for Secret Santa gifts, to send as thank you notes or to add as a stocking stuffer.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stock up on Stocking Stuffers and Secret Santa Gifts for Art and Music Lovers

An Idea for Artsy Folks, 
by Miriam Schulman @schulmanArt
Cosmetic Bag with Musical Art!
Cosmetic bags make a great secret Santa gift idea for the artsy women in your life. Printed on both sides with a lively red poppies on a bright yellow background with piano music, these zippered bags are designed to fit essential makeup gear, giving it maximum points for practicality when carrying around your lip gloss, and nail polish. You can also use it to keep all those frequent shopper cards organized in your purse.

* Made from durable 600d polyester fabric
* Zippered closure for easy access
* Zippered hidden interior compartment (perfect for coins!)
* Double sided printing
* Approx. Dimensions: 8" width x 5" height

If you are looking for a gift for a music teacher or music lover this is the perfect gift for her. The musical art on the cosmetic bag will be the secret santa gift or stocking stuffer that she will think of you every time she uses it!


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Art does not have to match the Sofa

The Forest is my Home 
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt


decorating Inspiration using Mixed Media Collage art
Proving that art does not have to match the sofa, look how sophisticated the orange tree art looks over a blue sofa. The cool blue colors of the room decorated by Ashley Whittaker contrast with the bright artwork. This artwork was digitally added to the room view to give you inspiration for how this art would look in your home. The original photo appeared in the September 2012 issue of House Beautiful.

The walls in this room are lacquered a cool gray. you can get the "Stonington Gray" paint for your home from Benjamin Moore. The sparkly surfaces add glamour to the room - notice the metallic accents of the silver lamps. I also found silver mosaic tile lamps on etsy by ledgan1.


Statement art that makes a conversation piece!
Title: The Forest is my Home
Size: 24x30" gallery wrapped canvas, Deep 1-1/2 inch sides painted black
The gallery wrapped canvas will save you money on framing since it is wired and ready to hang right on your wall.


Sides painted to match front, no framing required! art pops off walls!
This original tree painting is a textured tapestry of tangerine tango- a reddish orange, chartreuse green and violet purple. The landscape mixed media collage is hand crafted with piano sheet music art papers and paint. The yellow and orange forest floor contrasts with the solid vertical shapes of the trees. This tree wall art has painted deep gallery wrapped sides and is wired and ready to hang without a frame. The artwork will pop off the walls with the contemporary canvas, You will get enjoyment every time you look at this abstract tree art as it completes your home decor and raises the mood of everyone in the room. Evoking the deep forests where native oak trees lived before time began, this timeless art fits both into modern and contemporary decor. When choosing the best artwork for your space, you will find that these bright and happy hues are easy to incorporate with your existing interior design. Whether you are a musician or a tree hugger you will love this playful mixed media collage tree art on canvas.

DECORATING RESOURCES:
Designer: Ashley Whittaker; Ashley Whittaker Design; 212-650-0024; ashleywhittakerdesign.com. Architect: Judith Larson, Gardiner & Larson Homes; 203-972-1409; gardinerlarsonhomes.com.  Sofa, Toulouse Curved Back Sofa—Donghia (T); donghia.comSofa fabric, The Metro Collection in Steel Blue by Juan Montoya—Holland & Sherry (T); hollandandsherry.comGimp on sofa, Kaleidoscope in Wine Berry by Jim Thompson; sofa pillow fabric, Fanfara by Dedar—Jerry Pair (T); jerrypair.comSofa pillow fabric, Marianne—Groves Brothers (T); grovesbros.comArmchairs by sofa, Hanna—Oly (M); olystudio.comArmchair fabric, Cartouche in Tay—Mark Alexander (T); markalexander.comFabric on back of armchairs,Tapa in Sulphur Green on White—Fortuny (T); fortuny.comChaise; bone inlay coffee table, custom by designer.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Colorful Park Avenue Apartment

Getting the Look for Less!  
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
photo credit: johnny valiant for House Beautifu, with peacock artwork by Schulman
Interior designer Christina Murphy created a bright and modern living room in a Park Avenue apartment. To keep this classic prewar apartment in New York from feeling frumpy, designer Christina Murphy chose a vibrant, modern color palette. "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging," she says. To keep the room from getting too crazy, the sofa, and book shelves are all white. A herringbone pattern hand-painted by Christopher Rollinson gives the living room its "wow" factor." You can get this look yourself by using chevron printed fabric and a staple gun. I found chevron fabric on etsy available by the yard. (check out the treasury below for all etsy resources mentioned in this blog post) As the designer says, "In an important room like your living room, shelves should be a little more styled.The Park avenue apartment has a love seat by Lee Industries but I found a faux leather love seat by metrosofa that is long on style. 

Peacock, 36x36"
Above the sofa hangs a painting by Miriam Schulman which has been digitally added to this room inspiration to show you how this artwork would look in your home. The wall lamps here are from Circa Lighting. On etsy, I liked a few versions: GoodlookinVintage  has a very modern retro look - but I think they only have one since it is vintage. If you need a pair, go to IndustrialRewind  who has custom lighting. You would sopend a fortune for the antique English chair in Clarence House Fleuret Jasper pictured above. To get the same cozy seating area with a bright pop of color ModTiques has a mid-century chair in chartreuse green. To complete the coziness, add a white fringe blanket by CricketsHome and ikat pillows by BerdelHome.


Beguiling Begonias, watercolor by Miriam Schulman
An orange floor pillow completes the scene-- so many to choose from but I liked the floor cushion by itsonetwothree for its scale. When investing in art, why not show off the art with picture lighting? This vintage picture light by 3sisterstreasures is chartreuse green- perfect to complement the peacock art. In an upscale apartment you expect fresh flowers on the table, to enjoy flowers all year round, perhaps an original watercolor painting of begonias?



Now for the art: Looking for dramatic peacock decor in modern bright chartreuse and teal blue? This extra large artwork is created on a square oversized canvas that measures 3x3' (36x36"). If you are looking for a large painting to make a dramatic statement over the mantelpiece, the sofa or in a foyer, this peacock art will enhance your home decor. Another great decorating idea is to put this huge painting in a dining room over the banquet or over a bed. Wherever you decide to display the peacock art the artwork will give you pleasure throughout the years.

Title: Peacock Pootinella
Size: 36x36" Three by Three FEET gallery wrapped Canvas, 3/4" profile
Colors: bright chartreuse yellow green gold, teal blue, sapphire, yellow, orange
Media: Gallery Wrapped Canvas-no glass required for framing, comes pre-stretched and ships flat


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Mixing Bright Painting with Earth Tones

Potted Peacock
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

earth tone decorating ideas
Schulman's peacock artwork in a Kathryn M. Ireland decorated room, sofas and chairs by George Smith
You can marry bright colors in artwork with a room grounded with earth tones. In this Kathryn M. Ireland decorated room, plump seating in white and terracotta with earthen tiles form the rustic backdrop. The peacock painting works in this room because of the terracotta clay pots in the painting pulls the oranges together. The bright blues, reds and pink harmonize with the other colors with a southwestern vibe. This painting is as big as it looks in the photo as it is three feet wide and tall. This will make a truly dramatic focal point for any room you choose to hang it in.

More Notes on Peacock Artwork:
Looking for dramatic peacock wall decor in modern bright chartreuse, orange and teal blue? This extra large artwork is created on a square oversized canvas that measures 3x3' (36x36"). This peacock struts in front of three terracotta planters with bright orange-red and pink flowers.

Detail of Peacock Painting
If you are looking for a large painting to make a dramatic statement over the mantelpiece, the sofa or in a foyer, this peacock art will enhance your home decor. Another great decorating idea is to put this huge painting in a dining room over the banquet or over a bed. Wherever you decide to display the peacock art the artwork will give you pleasure throughout the years.
Details of teal, sapphire blue, honey gold colors
Art reduces stress by increasing relaxation, enjoyment and inner calm. After you buy this peacock painting it will hang in your home and you will get enjoyment from it every time you look at it. This peacock art enhances any room that it is displayed in. Just knowing that this original art completes your interior design can lift the mood of the room and everyone in it.
Potted Peacock, 3x3', 36x36" peacock art
Title: Potted Peacock
Size: 36x36" Three by Three FEET gallery wrapped Canvas, 3/4" profile
Colors: bright chartreuse yellow green gold, teal blue, sapphire, orange
Media: Gallery Wrapped Canvas-no glass required for framing, comes pre-stretched and ships flat




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Friday, October 12, 2012

Soft and Restful Color Combinations for Home Decor

Tree Tapestry
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt 
 
Deep Gallery wrapped sides,
art pops off the walls & no framing required!
This original tree painting is a tapestry of periwinkle blue, chartreuse green and brown colors and textures. The landscape mixed media collage is hand crafted with piano sheet music and paint. The lime green forest floor contrasts with the soft, serene cool sky and solid vertical shapes of the trees. This tree wall art has painted deep gallery wrapped sides and is wired and ready to hang without a frame. The artwork will pop off the walls with the contemporary canvas. 

Tree Tapestry, 24x30" ORIGINAL Modern Art
You will get enjoyment every time you look at this abstract tree art as it completes your home decor and raises the mood of everyone in the room.This timeless art fits both into modern and contemporary decor. When choosing the best artwork for your space, you will find that these soft and soothing blue green hues are easy to incorporate with your existing interior design. Whether you are a musician or a tree hugger you will love this playful mixed media collage tree art on canvas.

Great art for a music lover!
Title: Tree Tapestry
Size: 24x30" gallery wrapped canvas, Deep 1-1/2 inch sides painted periwinkle so that the front wraps around the sides.
The gallery wrapped canvas will save you money on framing since it is wired and ready to hang right on your wall.

Close up Detail of Tree Collage, piano music is bark


This painting won an Honorable Mention for Mixed Media in the Old Greenwich Art Society Sidewalk Show! 








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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Embrace his Masculine Side in the Bedroom

Decorating For Him 
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt 

tree art for a masculine bedroom
Masculine Bedroom with touches of vibrant color
Decorating Notes:
Whether you are decorating a room for a bachelor or a couple it is important to keep the man happy. For a happy marriage, keep the husband happy and everything else will fall into place. Without hanging a moose head over the bed, you can still embrace masculine touches without sacrificing style.

Color Notes:
In a masculine palette you want to ground the room with black and earth tones. In this decorating scheme, the black and white striped rug anchors the room and allows for more vibrant touches and chartreuse green and orange.  The tree art pulls the whole room together in an interesting way.
Pantone Fall 2012 colors: French Roast, Honey Gold, Chartreuse, Tangerine Tango
Original Tree Art, "Funky Forest" by Miriam Schulman
Art Notes: 
Men who like the outdoors will appreciate a landscape painting or an abstract tree art. Men and boys of all ages are attracted to my collage art. They especially like the musical notes ( if they are into music, and who isn't into music?!) 
leopard prints add subtle sexiness

The leopard print adds a bit of sexiness perfect for the bedroom but equally at home in a global chic living room. This original mixed media collage tree pictures an abstract landscape with bare trees in a forest lit up by the exuberant red with a funky leopard print on the forest floor.
Piano Sheet Music Make the Bark of the trees
The collage elements are torn pieces of painted pieces of sheet music as well as watercolor papers. 

The painted piano sheet music represents the bark of birch trees. This stunning large wall art will look great with many decorating schemes. Dominant colors in this artwork are orange, red and brown with touches of chartreuse green and honey gold.
Gallery Wrapped Canvas with Deep Sides, no framing required!


Title: Funky Forest
Size: 24x30" gallery wrapped canvas - 1 7/8" sides painted black
Framing: wired and ready to hang
colors: orange red brown

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