Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Intoxicated by van Gogh

Poison Poppies
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt.
Butterflies and Poppies, 1890 Vincent van Gogh
part of Philadelphia Art Museum exhibition
Butterflies and Poppies is currently part of the exhibition Van Gogh up Close at the Philadelphia Museum of Art but I had been familiar with the painting through reproductions in my art books. Several years ago, I made a study of poppies in this van gogh style. Later, as this style matured and became my own, you can see the lessons I learned from van Gogh and the Japanese influences.

(sold) Copy van Gogh Style as an Exercise
Between them, Vincent and Theo had a considerable collection of Japanese prints. Butterflies and Poppies, demonstrated that the lessons Vincent drew from his study of Japanese prints remained with him. The influences of Japanese art are clearly visible in this decorative floral piece. The close-up of the flowers and insects is typically Japanese, as are the asymmetric composition and the lack of depth.

Red poppy Art, part of a triptych for sale
Amidst a confusion of green foliage, Van Gogh created butterflies with a few dabs of paint – a counterpoint to the two flowers at the top of the painting. The vegetative profusion at lower right contrasts with the emptiness at left, where whole areas of canvas remain unpainted.

Abstract Red Poppies on a blue color field
The vivid red poppies and the pale yellow butterflies float on the surface of twisting dark stems and nodding buds, all against a yellow-gold background. Although composed of natural motifs, van Gogh's layering of pattern in Butterflies and Poppies suggests a decorative quality like that of a textile or a screen.

Mixed Media Collage as a cubist element
My poppies also float on a background, often an abstract color field. In my poppy collage series, the background has been broken up in cubist colors using torn piano sheet music. These poppy paintings are available as originals and there are also poppy prints for sale as well.

Can you see the Japanese influence on all the depictions of poppies by these other etsy artists?

mentioned in this article @philamuseum
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Focusing your Mind on the Easel

Interview with Color Addict Renie Britenbucher
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt.
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SchulmanArt: How do you get your ideas? 
RENIE I am definitely a color addict, the deeper, the better. I tend to respond to art emotionally. If it doesn't ring a certain bell in me, I don't have a pull to it. I love deep color and deep contrast, so feel pulled to any work like that. My favorite genre is, what I call, modern, whimsical folk art. It's folk art, but not the more primitive type. This style just sort of evolved for me, since selling online. I've always been into folk art, it just went the whimsical direction, kind of on it's own! Oh, another thing I remember is, from being in some online art groups, early on, I would get so much support and so many ideas about what to paint. I am still close with some of those people now.

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What has been your most exciting moment as an artist? 
RENIE: This may not mean much to some people, but to me, it was just a gift. I do a series of winter paintings, scenes of kids ice skating, sledding, cozy little houses. Sometimes they have more of a Christmas theme with trees with lights and greenery with red bows. I call them "Tribute to Vince Guaraldi", and it's been an on going series for probably about 8 years. I tribute them to Guaraldi because I love his soft jazz and particularly the "Charlie Brown Christmas" score that he did. He wrote the song, "Christmastime is Here" and I always hear that song in my head when I paint the little skating scenes and snow scenes. I love the music and how it makes me feel. His son, David, saw my work and purchased one of the tribute paintings. For me, it just meant so much, because the music means a lot to me.

Another moment that I was really happy and grateful for was being selected to be in a book about artists in the county I live in. They had a book launch party and a gallery showing and it was such an honor and also great fun!

Find out more about Renie on her website!
What is your studio space like?
I moved from my home of 28 years, about a year and a half ago. Big adjustment! I currently live in a 2 bedroom duplex with a full basement. It started out that I was going to use the basement for my studio space, but I couldn't stand not seeing out windows and being more in the light. So, I now use the 2nd bedroom mostly, along with the living room. I don't know how structured I am, but I basically am focusing on creating or any of the other aspects that go with selling work online. I have a few online stores, which require attention, email to answer, and also use social media the best I can to promote the work.

How do you maintain a community so that you don’t feel isolated?
I rarely feel isolated. I am sort of a loner and like it that way, for the most part. I even like dark, dreary days because it's easier for me to focus on painting. When it's nice out, it's tough. I have 2 dogs, Poppy, a "Walt Disney" type dog that we rescued, and Saetia (SaySha), a Cairn Terrier. They're a huge part of my life. I also have 2 daughters, 29 and 26, both are artists in their own expressions.
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What’s on your easel now?
My mind is pretty much focused on what is on my easel and what will next be on the easel, all the time. On my easel at this moment is a painting which is an order, of an interior room and still life, in yellows. I am starting some John Lennon themed paintings, two of them. I also am working on some sketches which will be paintings, for illustrating a book.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Under the Influence of van Gogh

Tree Paintings
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanart.

Undergrowth with Two Figures, van Gogh
Long before the Philadelphia's recent van Gogh show opened, I had been familiar with many of the artworks in the exhibition through reproductions. One piece in the exhibition which I have always loved is "Undergrowth with Two Figures" Of course, the reproductions in my books can not compare to the brilliance and genius of paintings in real life.

Forget me Notes, 24x24" Tree Painting ©Miriam Schulman
In Undergrowth with Two Figures, which is borrowed from the Cincinnati Art Museum, two lone figures appear as tree trunks in a wooded forest. Van Gogh asserted that this painting represented companionship and that people are not complete without a partner. However, the faceless figures appear trapped by these trees with no clear path for a way out of the forest. The central "figure" in this painting is the large tree trunk.

Mixed Media Tree Art, Knotty Notes, © Miriam Schulman
In my series of tree paintings, I eliminated the figures entirely. In my paintings, the trees are the companions. I borrowed from van Gogh the use of a high horizon line and the very simple tree shapes. For my trunks I use piano sheet music which I have torn and tinted with watercolor. The backgrounds in my series are all brilliant whether I am using acrylic or watercolor paint. The high horizon line is a technique
Forest Haze, 26x40" Watercolor Painting © Miriam Schulman
van Gogh had picked up from the Japanese prints he so admired.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

GOing to van Gogh

van Gogh at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt 

Rain, van Gogh
Why you must GO:
Van Gogh Up Close  at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May 6, 2012 focuses solely on the works produced in response to his relationship with nature from 1886 until his death in 1890. Photographing artwork is one of the hardest things to do even for museum professionals. The photographs you have seen in coffee table books can't even come close to the brilliance and complexity of colors in the actual paintings. The exhibition includes a wonderful audio tour that is thorough as well as entertaining. The silky narrations include excerpts from van Gogh's letters as well as curatorial comments. Philadelphia will be the only US stop for this show-- next it travels to Canada. There are many pieces in this show borrowed from museums across the country and others from elsewhere that have never been exhibited in America before. Besides, this is van Gogh, so no other reason really necessary.

Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky, van Gogh
Where to stay:
We stayed at the Rittenhouse which had a great van Gogh package that included priority untimed tickets. The hotel staff was amazing and booked us for three consecutive nights of dinners. We loved the sky-lit hotel indoor pool, the fully equipped hotel gym and spacious rooms. The only thing in the hotel we did not like was the "truthful" bathroom scale and that there was no coffee pot in the room. However, each night we were treated to Lacroix chocolates with the turn down service and the first night a plate of freshly baked cookies and milk. This is a very kid friendly hotel and I understand your pets are welcomed there.

Butterflies and Poppies, van Gogh
Where to eat in Philly: 
We loved the following restaurants and so will you:

Tinto a few blocks from our hotel, this small plates restaurant and wine bar had the best of both. We loved the artful presentation of the food and the mushrooms were divine as were the desserts. 

Barbuzzo is also within walking distance of our hotel. don't show up to this popular restaurant without a reservation. On a Sunday night, walk-ins were told there was a two hour wait. Another small plates type of restaurant, the food does not disappoint. The brussel sprouts were our favorite.

Estia This Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant is across from the theatre and caters to that crowd with a specially priced Prix fixe menu that we thought was the best deal. We loved the fruit plate with Greek style yogurt for dessert and the complimentary cookies we grabbed on our way out the door.

mentioned in this article: @philamuseum, @TheRittenhouse,  @EstiaRestaurant, @barbuzzo, @GarcesGroup

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Unusual Perspectives Define the Photography of Valentin Stoev

Interview with self-taught Bulgarian Photographer
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt 
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SchulmanArt: How long have you been a photographer?
Valentin Stoev: I have been taking pictures for the past 10 years now. I do not consider myself a professional photographer; however,  I love doing that at every moment I have spare. I have taken on shooting two weddings previously for friends, but selling something professionally I have only started about two months ago.

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SchulmanArt: Where did you study photography?
Valentin Stoev: Ever since I got my Minolta 35mm film camera about 10 years ago I have been planning on taking courses and studying photography but never have I done so. I started learning off the internet and different photography books but mostly experimenting. My style has evolved since and I catch myself that I keep changing it and things I like about photography in general.

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SchulmanArt: What are your inspirations?
Valentin Stoev: My inspiration is traveling! I love exploring the world and nature, so I don’t miss a chance to just leave my town whenever I have some spare time, even if that is just going to the forest a few minutes out.

Photographer on the other side of the camera in Barcelona
SchulmanArt: Tell us how you get these fantastic photos?
Valentin Stoev: I do like to travel a lot and most of my wildlife photographs I take in the mountains here in Bulgaria. I like going camping and staying out of any civilization once in a while and stay close to the nature. All I need is a tent, a lovely spot right by a mountain spring, my friends and camera and that all powers my for better pictures.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Art for Autistic Adolescent

NBC Show Parenthood Focuses on Asperger's Syndrome
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Parents embrace their son's obsession by decorating room with bug art
This year I became involved with the television show Parenthood after they purchased an original artwork for their permanent set.  I wasn't told when the episode would air that included my art nor which set the mosquito painting was destined for. Week after week I watched the show, wondering which character would like the art. Would the brothers who opened and renovated a music studio use my green and gold artwork in their olive green studios? Would the young woman who got a new apartment hang it on her walls? Perhaps the artist grandmother would "paint" my picture. 

As the episodes wore on. I learned that one of the most fascinating characters on the show, Max, had Aspergers. This is very unusual for a "sitcom" to focus on a child with bad social skills. Usually they focus on the popular students doing regular mainstream activities. I really enjoyed this aspect of the show and when I learned his obsession was with insects I felt my art was destined for his room. Still, I had not found my piece and was left wondering if perhaps they did not use my art after all. Since they had purchased the art last July and I had been watching since September I had nearly given up but was still enjoying the plot and realistic characters that the show focuses on. 

Mosquito Deity was part of a series of insect art
In an episode that aired February 14th, Max is picked last for a basketball game in gym. I remember that feeling of being picked last or close to last during recess in elementary school. I was surprised these popularity contests still go on in schools-- and yet pleased that NBC writers did not sugarcoat an all to familiar situation. The gym coach does nothing to alleviate this "acceptable" form of bullying. Then when Max goes to the sidelines, we learn that another disabled kid's needs are also neglected. Could the gym teacher have handled this differently? Why was the boy in the wheelchair not engaged during gym? Could he have been used as a referee or score keeper?

Mosquito deity, 16x20" collected by NBC for Parenthood set design
Later, in Max's room we learn that the gym teacher will let Max skip class if the parents provide a  note. This is pure laziness on the school's part to not want to deal with a bullying issue or make accommodations for children with special needs.  Watch the episode and let me know what you think! And while the father talks to his son, you can look at my art which I spotted just over the actor's shoulder.

You can purchase a print of this Mosquito Deity for your own child. 

Kids with special needs or autism need understanding, not "fixing".
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Five Not to Miss Art Shows in NYC Spring 2012

Best New Art Opening this Month Around Town
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting 
now through May 13, 2012
Just because Valentine's Day is over you can still romance your sweetie with a trip to the Frick Collection. Nestled along fifth avenue, this former residence of Golden Age billionaire Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Collection possesses some of the world's best masterpieces from masters ranging from Rembrandt to Monet. This exhibition, inspired by Renoir's La Promenade of 1875–76, a significant Impressionist work in the Frick's permanent collection, brings together nine full-length vertical grand-scale canvases from around the world and includes the romantic couples dressed in the finest fashions of Renoir's Paris.

Rembrandt's World: Dutch Drawings
now through April 29, 2012
Looking for more springtime romance in New York? Go to the Morgan Library Museum. Morgan spared no expense when collecting books and art and creating a showcase for them. you and your lover will have plenty of privacy while looking at the great exhibits here. The one I want to see is the collection of masterwork drawings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries.

Rembrandt & Degas Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Rembrandt lovers have plenty to choose from this year ( see also blog article: Rembrandt Road Trips ) and Degas lovers too! (see blog article: Degas Day Trips) Well here is the show that offers both. So if your sweetheart is an old master lover and you are an impressionist aficionado-- you can see both hand in hand. This exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes a look at how Degas was influenced by Rembrandt

The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde 
February 28–June 3, 2012
Personally, I can only take in one exhibit per visit-- but if you don't suffer from sensory overload, perhaps you might want to squeeze in one more exhibition from the Met-- or save it for the next visit. The Steins Collect are sure to include crowd pleasing favorites. Come see what these taste makers chose for their own personal collections from modern Parisian avant-garde. This exhibition unites 200 works from their collection. Patron of the arts as well as personal friends of Picasso and Matisse-- this show tops my list of must see art this spring.

Cindy Sherman 
February 26–June 11, 2012
Finally- I am really looking forward to the Cindy Sherman photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman has captured herself in a range of guises and personas which questions stereotypical female prototypes in the media.A must see for anyone interested in gender studies and/or an interest in modern portrait photography. Bringing together more than 170 photographs, this retrospective survey traces the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present.

What would you want to see in New York?
mentioned in this article: @metmuseum, @frickcollection, @MuseumModernArt, @MorganLibrary
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Black history is American history

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart
by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman 

Morning Spirit, 24x24" Abstract Art
I have been infatuated with the highly stylized and abstracted forms from Africa, be it sculptures, masks or reliefs. This video is a glimpse of some of the art I have been creating inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Africa. For each piece I used an actual museum artifact as the starting point for an original artwork. Click HERE to see all African Art for sale.

What do you love about African art and its influence on modern art and design?
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Looking at African Art during Black History Month

The Chic Style Influence of African Artby Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
make a dramatic statement with an African Painting
This African tribal paintings was created from studying original African art sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tribal wall art has a wonderful abstract quality giving it a modern sophistication. The African artifact for this painting was a commemorative sculpture of a priestess and was part of a special exhibition titled “Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures.” which took a look at sculptural traditions from West and Central Africa created between the twelfth and early twentieth centuries.

Musee Dapper, photographed by Hughes Dubois
Commemorative Sculpture of Priestess
High Priestess, 20x20" Watercolor on Canvas, African Art
The artifact which inspired this work was a sculpture of a high-ranking priestess with close ties to a Bangwa chief in the Cameroon Grassfields. Alisa LaGamma, Curator, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, of The Metropolitan Museum of Art describes the art in this way: Simply standing before this dynamic female sculpture that pulsates with life is electrifying. She is captured with her head thrown back at an angle, mouth open, knees and elbows bent in an active stance with her weight shifted to the right side. Both the rattle grasped in her right hand and animated facial expression suggests that percussive sound and song animating her frenzied movement. The forces of gravity are evident through the downward pull on the prominent conical volumes of her breasts. Across the entire wood surface the carver’s adze marks further contribute to the immediacy of the sculpture’s raw expressive power. To view this artistic landmark as a centerpiece of this exhibition allows us to appreciate what is truly singular about it.While artists who immortalized leaders through sculptural monuments in Africa as elsewhere often favored idealizing them in a timeless manner as static figures with serene and reflexive demeanors, in this instance the subject is energy personified poised to spring into motion.
Detail of African Art
The dominant colors in these artworks are red, earth tones, stone gray, black and white.
I made seven drawings from the African Art collection during a visit and painted them with watercolors later in my studio. These abstract interpretations would look great in your house and complement your modern global home decor.

Tribal art detail
Title: High Priestess
inspiration: African Hero Series at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Size: 20x20" Watercolor on CANVAS
Media: archival watercolor technique with varnish, allows this art to be displayed without a frame.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Artistic Achievements of African Artisans Inspired Modern Art

A Colorful Black History Month
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Africa Art: Rain King, 20x20" watercolor on canvas
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Detail of Tribal Artwork
I recently had the privilege of visiting an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Heroic Africans" which highlighted artistic achievements of African artisans. I spent time in the galleries sketching original artifacts. From these sketches I created a series of artworks.

This particular artwork draws inspiration from a sculpture of a king. This beard is braided and the sculpture may have contained his actual hair.

Scanned details of African Painting
Title: Rain King
inspiration: African Hero Series at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Size: 20x20" Watercolor on CANVAS
Media: archival watercolor technique with varnish, allows this art to be displayed without a frame.
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Interior Design by Libby Cameron, photo credit Jonny Valiant, artwork by Miriam Schulman
In a room decorated Sister Parish protégée Libby Cameron combines chocolate browns, silvery grays, acid yellow and a touch of turquoise. This designer knows that a room shouldn't be too perfect -- it should always hold a surprise or two. African art adds the perfect touch that complements the colors and adds global flair.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

African Love: Decorating with International Eclecticism

My African Valentine
by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman

Modern Interpretation of African Art
This African tribal paintings was created from studying original African art sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tribal wall art  has a wonderful abstract quality giving it a modern sophistication.

The dominant colors in these artworks are red, earth tones, yellow, green and cerulean blue.
I made seven drawings from the African Art collection during a visit and painted them with watercolors later in my studio. The African artifact for this painting was sculpture of an anonymous African woman, possibly the girlfriend of the artist.  For this piece I used my watercolor as a study for the canvas. These abstract interpretations would look great in your house and complement your modern global home decor.
Intricate Details and Colors in Original African Painting

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.

African Art enhances Global Home Decor

From Africa to Australia, the decor in this home is a happy collision of international cultures. Designer Thomas Hamel mixed global finds like mid century-modern Italian lighting with Afghan carpets and a Georgian English bookcase with an inlaid trunk from India. In this traditional and sophisticated study, bamboo shades in windows frame the African artwork. A vintage blue leather armchair is an unexpected touch in the study. Leather ottomans by Michael Berman from Profiles add to a relaxed atmosphere. This home office decorated by Thomas Hamel appeared in House Beautiful January 2011. This sunny office in a Florida home has a cool feel because of the blues in the chair, the rug and the artwork.

Show Love for Africa with a Modern Painting
Buy Africa Art online right now!

Title: African Valentine
inspiration: African Hero Series at Metropolitan Museum of Art, part of a special exhibition titled "Heroic Africans" which took a look at sculptural traditions from West and Central Africa created between the twelfth and early twentieth centuries.
Size: 20x20" Watercolor on CANVAS
Media:  archival watercolor technique with varnish, allows this art to be displayed without a frame.
copyright words do NOT appear on actual painting and are on the internet to deter image theft

mentioned in this article @metmuseum

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Passionate Purple Peacock Painting

I want to see your Peacock!
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Amethyst Peacock, 20x20" watercolor on canvas © Miriam Schulman
Be proud as a peacock with a beautiful original canvas artwork of a jewel toned peacock as part of your modern decor. His head is a bright cobalt peacock blue and his glorious feathers are violet, aqua and mauve purple. This art would be at home in modern or traditional decors. This art will look fantastic framed, but since the sides are painted black you can just hang it right on your wall without one.

Detail from Peacock Art
Title: Amethyst Peacock
Size: 20x20"
Media: Watercolor on Canvas
sides: painted black
varnished, archival, original and signed! 
Close up Detail from Peacock Painting

A room decorated by Cindy Rinfret gets a boost from Peacock Artwork
In this Greenwich, CT plum sitting room decorated by Cindy Rinfret with ultra-feminine colors of plum and fuchsia, the walls get a boost with original art. The art has been added virtually to this room to help you visualize it in your own home. With the mix of colors in the peacock, this artwork will complement many different color schemes. The art is shown with a simple gold frame, but you may hang it directly on your wall without a frame for a more contemporary look.

mentioned in this article @rinfretblogger

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daring to be Different

Interview with Artist Blenda Tyvoll
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
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SchulmanArt: How long have you been an artist?
One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor coloring surrounded by a box of spilled crayons and a color book. I’ve never stopped creating and making things. Since 2005, I've been actively involved with selling my art online. It all started when my friend convinced me to list a watercolor painting at auction on Ebay. Someone bought it----I was hooked. Presently I sell through my website shop and on Etsy. Now, I can't wait to go to work everyday because I’m living my dream.

SchulmanArt: Where did you study art?
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Interior Design from Marylhurst University. Along the way I’ve have taken numerous artist's workshops. My favorite ah-ha moment is when I signed up for artist Skip Lawrence’s Workshop. He stressed the idea that there is no right or wrong way to painting. You can learn all the tricks and techniques but in the end it's the artist's interpretation of a subject that makes the difference. He stressed the importance of daring to be different, let your personality show in your work.

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What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
The very first time I sold a painting over the internet was pretty exciting! I just couldn't believe it that someone else out there, living on the opposite side of the country, really liked what I did enough to purchase the painting. Even still, everyday I feel so much gratitude towards my collectors and those who appreciate what I do.
This spring. I'll be one of three artists featured in an article in Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens Magazine. Look for it on newsstands beginning May 15th.

Prints and original tree art for sale on etsy
What is your studio space like?
My studio is separate from the house which for me is the best. When my studio was at home, I would have projects going on all over the house and on the kitchen table, which made it difficult to keep the house clean and organized. Now I can put on my artist hat, go to the studio to work with fewer distractions. At the end of the day leave my creative mess behind to come home to a somewhat clean house. I’m not a neat freak but when things and life becomes too cluttered it blocks my creativity.

What is the view out your studio window?
My favorite part of the studio is the view out my window. The flower garden is in the foreground right outside the door. We are on a hill so below in the distance you can see our Christmas tree fields. Then beyond that are meadows where deer graze at the edge of a band of forest with Mt Hood peeking over the treetops in the distance along the skyline.

What would be your single most important piece of advice for artists who are looking to sell their art online and in galleries?
Be an original. Sure there are plenty of paintings of pears, flowers, trees, cats, or dogs. You name it someone else has already made art about it. But the big difference is there is only one you, so let the unique you shine through in your art. Collectors will love you for it. Work towards creating a style that reflects who you are. When the world sees that you are serious about being an artist, I truly believe the others will reward you for your efforts in more ways than you can imagine. As far as selling your art online, be consistent and persistent. Know that it takes time for collectors to find you. Your top priority as an artist is to paint, every day if possible, and most of all enjoy the process along the way.

Blenda is also represented by Singer Hill Gallery in Oregon City, Oregon.

** Blenda Tyvoll will be teaching an online video class 3/2013!! (details here!)

mentioned in this article @blendastudio
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Monday, February 6, 2012

New American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Passionate Purple Painters
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Mary Cassatt, Lilacs in a Window
February is a time to fall in love-- with people but also with painters. For those with a lifelong love affair with art, don't walk but run to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to check out the newly renovated American Wing. Many paintings pulled from its permanent collections are now arranged both chronologically as well as thematically. One gallery is better than the next with the stately space, well lit rooms and reframed masterpieces. You will fall in love all over again with many of your favorite painters. One room that made my heart leap included the American Impressionists. Along with some of the finest examples of mother child paintings by Mary Cassatt, is an unusual example of a still life. A dark aubergine vase containing purple and white lilacs is presented with an angular fluency and dash characteristic of Cassatt's best work,. Cassatt, who concentrated on portraying the human figure, rarely painted pure still life.

In the same gallery, you will find two more large paintings that also have dominant colors of purples and lilacs. A striking Nude on display is a painting called Summer. The nude figure is depicted with lavender skin tones. in a glorious high key color palette next to a clothed woman. The artist,

Summer, Frederick Carl Frieseke

Frederick Carl Frieseke, was among a group of American Impressionist artists who settled in the French village of Giverny, forty miles northwest of Paris. This group, which lived in Giverny in the early 1900s, is sometimes referred to as the Giverny Luminists, was attracted to the village by the presence of the great French Impressionist Claude Monet, who had settled there in 1883. 

Fleur de Lis, Robert Reid

Another striking painting in this gallery is by Robert Lewis Reid, an American Impressionist painter and muralist.  Robert Reid was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  and at the Art Students League, and in 1885 he went to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. His early pictures were figures of French peasants.

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Purple is Perfect this time of year for present as the amethyst is February's birthstone...
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