Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Decorating Ideas that are traditional but never boring

 traditinal peacock home decor | decorating ideas that are never traditional | read more >> http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/04/decorating-ideas-that-are-traditional.html

decorating ideas for the living room with peacock decor
An Atlanta home decorated by Miles Redd reimagined with peacock art by Miriam Schulman. Discover both original peacock art and also peacock prints
This living room is the Rollins family home in Atlanta Georgia-- one of of those big ole houses that have a name, like Tara. This one is called boxwood and the owner chose modern interior decorator Miles Redd to add some spunk to it.

Atlanta Home by Designer Miles Redd


Take the living room. Using traditional Brunschwig &Fills silk-- but as wall upholstery. The chairs are covered in caramel calfskin leather and a traditional yet fabulous Oushuk rug grounds the mix of orange and blue. No, Redd and Rollins did not use my artwork for the actual living room ( I digitally added it...) but doesn't it look fabulous among these transitional furnishings?
peacock art
Peacock Paparazzi Collage, 3x3' canvas by Schulman SOLD - collect the canvas print



Miriam Schulman embraces her creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. Schulman studied art history at Dartmouth College and abandoned a hedge fund career to work on her art full time. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines and home decor books. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art carry her artistic accessories in their gift shops. She has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man and most recently in Somerset Studio. Explore her art at www.SchulmanArt.com or take a class at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Watercolor Workshop-- the online art class to learn or refresh the basics!

Announcing my new Online Watercolor Class: Watercolor Basics! by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

How to paint with watercolors
How to paint with watercolors
Want to learn how to paint with watercolors but haven't found the time to take a class? You can learn my watercolor secrets right from your computer whenever you have the time and take this online video workshop at your own pace. This means YOU decide when to watch the videos and you can re-watch them as many times as you need to!

Whether you are a beginner or just want a firm grounding on the basics, this watercolor class is for you. In this four week video class experience you will cover best materials for professional results from paint to paper, mixing grays, mixing greens and color triads. The workshop includes high definition videos that you can watch as many times as you want whenever you want, a list of materials I recommend for the beginning through the advanced student and a discussion forum where you can share your art get feedback from me and other students and be part of an art community.

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Whether you are a beginner or just want a firm grounding on the basics, this watercolor class is for you. In this four class series you will cover best materials for professional results from paint to paper, mixing grays, mixing greens and color triads.

Benefits of taking the class:
  • Discover the best paper to use and why
  • explore paint pigments to start with and my favorite brands
  • learn how to choose a good paint brush
  • get more advice on picking the best materials so you don;t waste money on the wrong supplies and get the best results.
  • find out my secrets for mixing gray
  • secret recipes for green
  • learn how to paint with triads
  • complete video demonstrations for three watercolor projects
  • access to all videos and instruction for 12 months from the day you sign up

For the watercolor demonstrations you will be given reference materials and watch a painting from start to finish with thorough verbal instructions. Even in my in person art classes I rarely have the chance to complete the watercolor for my students so that I can give them time to paint. In the video instructions I give you thorough instructions to do a watercolor painting projects yourself.

Look at the art supplies I found while searching on etsy today!!! 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Transforming your dining room with simple summer decor

Decor ideas for dining rooms | transforming your dining room with simple summer decor | read more >> http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/04/transforming-your-dining-room-with.html

Decorating Idea- a few changes will transform your dining room 
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
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Tree Art by Schulman in family room decorated by James Radin
This family room, designed by James Radin, is a natural extension of the kitchen, incorporating contrasting and complementary colors. Striped fabric on the breakfast chairs is Buoy in bluebird by Delany & Long.  Benjamin Moore's Dove White sets off the owners' collection of 19th-century American spongeware. An easy chair, one of a pair, is covered in Morelia in Robins Egg from Raoul. Most of the upholstered furniture in the house was designed by James Radin. (artwork was added to photo via simulation to give you a sense how the tree art will enhance your home)

Want to get this look at home?

start with original artwork:
family room ideas | http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/04/transforming-your-dining-room-with.html
Tree Art by Schulman

add orange placemats:
family room ideas | http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/04/transforming-your-dining-room-with.html
vintage orange placemats from auntemilie

need a basket of white hydrangeas:
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Basket of white dried hydrangeas from donnahubbard

some vintage blue and white china:
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Blue & white china from Swedish Gals Attic
and finally some blue and white striped pillows to put on your chairs:
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striped navy blue & white pillows by WhitlockandCo
mentioned in this blog post:
@Benjamin_Moore @DonnaJ52 @auntemilie


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Decor ideas for dining rooms | transforming your dining room with simple summer decor | read more >> http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/04/transforming-your-dining-room-with.htmlMiriam Schulman embraces her creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. Schulman studied art history at Dartmouth College and abandoned a hedge fund career to work on her art full time. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines and home decor books. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art carry her artistic accessories in their gift shops. She has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man and most recently in Somerset Studio. Explore her art at www.SchulmanArt.com or take a class at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three not to miss art shows in nyc this spring!

Don't Miss these New York art shows, Spring 2013 by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman

If you are planning a trip to New York-- put these shows on your not to miss list!


Brooklyn Bridge Art by Miriam Schulman
  1. The Frick Collection, on fifth Avenue. The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark through June 16, 2013  . Why? Because everyone should go to the Frick and the special exhibition is a real gem. read more in this review...
  2. The Morgan Library and Museum, Drawing Surrealism through April 21, 2013. Why? Because I said so-- no really, because these drawings will make you laugh and smile... and the gift shop... oh yes, the gift shop. To learn more peek at this blog post....
  3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity through May 27, 2013. Why? A blockbuster exhibit minus the usual blockbuster crowds.. and if you love fashion and you love art then you will love this! ( yes, I blogged about this exhibit as well...)
Are you in a New York state of mind? Check out these great creations I found while searching for New York on etsy...


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Drawing Obsessed.

Naughty Notes by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

music drawings
The cellist Peter Seidenberg in concert
My daughter made me go to a faculty concert at her music school. The music was good-- I mean this being New York, the teachers are all seasoned professional musicians ...but me being me, my mind started to drift. First, like an immature school girl I began scribbling notes to my daughter about what I thought of the performers and the compositions. Then, I told her I thought the cellist looked like a cartoon character. So I had an aha moment when I realized I could take my naughty pen and draw all over the program, because drawing during a concert, unlike note writing, is socially acceptable... and I am an artist after all!

By the way-- my daughter liked the drawing because I did capture the cellist likeness but she did criticize that the bow was too high. (musicians will know what she means) I posted this on facebook and the internet being the internet meant that my daughter shared it with her friend who studies with this teacher and also happens to be *his* friend on facebook-- so the musician got tagged as well! At least he "liked" it!

I told my daughter please take me to another concert-- but this time I am bringing my sketchbook!

Check out all these inspired artworks I found on etsy today while searching for "musician art"!
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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark

Sunday Art Date by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Édouard Manet (1832–1883) At the Café, 1874
Gillotage on beige wove paper Sheet: 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.

This sheet is one of very few known impressions of Manet’s gillotage of a scene in the Café Guerbois, a Parisian establishment frequented by artists and writers. Gillotage was a new photomechanical process capable of conveying painterly effects. 
If you want to avoid the crowds at the blockbuster exhibits, there is a really cute exhibit at one of my favorite New York museums, the Frick collection. The Frick collection is the legacy of gilded age millionaire Henry Frick who built his fifth avenue mansion and collected art with an eye towards turning his home into a museum. His collection reads like a who's who in master art ranging from Titian and Rembrandt to Degas. The Frick has great relationships with other teaching institutions and borrows collections for its small downstairs gallery and upstairs room. These three rooms allow for an intimate experience. 

Right now, the Frick has a collection of nineteenth century drawings borrowed from the Clark Institute (another rich person's art collection-- but that is another story) and there are plenty of jewels to inspire. Mostly impressionists comprise these artists, but as drawing is not normally in the impressionist painter's oeurve, there are plenty of experimental surprises. Working in media ranging from wood cuts to monotypes and more you will see these artists at work without their characteristic color. Take for example this cafe scene by Manet done in dramatic black and white. There are also several woodcuts from Gauguin and a monotype by Degas. 


Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) Boulevard de Rochechouart, 1880
Pastel on beige wove paper 24 x 29 in.

Lively strokes of pastel in a multitude of colors create a transparent atmosphere that envelops figures and architecture in the flow of urban life.
No impressionist exhibit is complete however, without a colorful landscape and since pastel counts as a drawing medium, Pissarro doesn't disappoint with his Parisian cityscape executed in shades of blue and orange.

The Frick Collection is located on 70th street just off fifth avenue.  This exhibit runs through June 16, 2013. (treat yourself to a Parisian macaron at Laduree right around the corner on Madison Avenue after your exhibit!)



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