Wednesday, February 26, 2014

how to watermark photos

Ever wonder how to transparent watermark to your photos? by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

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I was asked on my facebook page how I prevent folks from stealing my images from the internet, and although there is no foolproof method, these steps really deter people from just printing out your art and enjoying it for free or even worse, stealing it to use on other products. This tutorial is presented using Adobe Photoshop Elements (which came with my Epson printer for free, thanks Epson!). Here are some steps you follow.

Decrease the resolution

First, you should only upload low resolution files to your computer. These files will still look good on the computer when displayed only a few inches wide but will look lousy if they try to print it out at 8x10". I usually decrease the resolution to 200dpi ( full resolution is 300dpi) and make the pixel sizes no larger than 1000 on the largest side. This makes it hard for people to print out the art. 

Add a transparent watermark

Next I add a transparent watermark with a copyright symbol ( to get © you hold down the alt key and type 0-1-6-9 ) or the word write out the word "copyright." This sends a very strong message and also makes the art much harder to enjoy in this form. I like to make the watermark just barely visible so as not to interfere with enjoyment of the art but not too easy to remove either.

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Do you like sharing your art on the internet? Do you manipulate the images to prevent image theft?

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Do you love blue too?

Color of the week is Pantone's Dazzling Blue
Dazzling Blue by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Blue is the most popular favorite color

Who doesn't love blue? Overall, 40 percent of people worldwide picked blue as their favorite color. Is it your favorite color too? I've already said my favorite color is green and I'm not switching teams anytime soon but oh, I really love this color. This was the color of my prom dress-- and I don't think it was in style then. In the eighties, everyone wore pink, white or black prom dresses and I thought I was so cool in my royal blue prom dress that I bought from a Bridal store in Paramus, New Jersey. Yep, I wore a bridesmaid dress to the prom.

Introducing Dazzling Blue

However, this version of blue is really modern. Not quite navy, and not quite the royal blue of my regretfully bad taste high school days. Since over 17% of fashion designers used this color for their spring 2014 collections, Pantone named it one of the hot colors of the spring.

You will be able to enjoy this color from everything from nail polish to handbags, from shoes to wall paint. Here are some of my favorites.


Bright Blue Colors to paint your house! (Advice from Interior Decorators as published in House Beautiful)

paint color ideas
BENJAMIN MOORE PADDINGTON BLUE 791: "This is a peacock blue, a very happy, exuberant blue that would set off all the objects in a room. I'd use it in a high-gloss finish with lots of white moldings, and maybe pull in marigold or puce. Blue is one of the best colors around for crispness and contrast. After all, what looks better than a naval officer in his dress blues?" -Robin Bell
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BENJAMIN MOORE PATRIOT BLUE 2064-20: "I don't like baby blue or sky blue — I like dark, strong cobalt blue. It reminds me of Europe, in the sense of luxuriousness and the privacy it creates in a room. It shields you. I'd use it in a study or a library, and then snap it up with furniture from the '40s or '50s and a faux-zebra rug." -Roger de Cabrol
paint color ideas
C2 ELECTRIC 275: "Forget all those pale shades. What you want is an evening blue, an Yves Klein blue. Deeper than deep. You see it on Byzantine ceilings, in Jean Paul Gaultier's stripes. It's contemplative, meditative, mysterious. When I want to be enveloped, blue is the only color that will do it for me." -Whitney Stewart
blue handbags
Dazzling Blue Accessories by SchulmanArt

Shopping Guide 

  • Carvela Gun Court Shoes, Blue $150 (£90)
  • Keds Teacup CVO $44
  • SchulmanArt Tapestry Handbag $68
  • SchulmanArt Greek Flag Coin Purse $12 
  • GUESS Dazzling True Blue Denim Hi-Shine Sport Watch $185
  • MCQUEEN Watersnake wrap bracelet $250
  • Gold and Blue Colore Fuso Bib Necklace $38
  • Essie Nail Polish in Mesmerize 15ml $18 (£11)



Is blue your favorite color too? What is your favorite color? 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Do you want to learn watercolor techniques for painting portraits?

Registration now open at the Inspiration Place

Ever wonder..... to paint a portrait that really captures the essence of your subject? to create luminous skin tones that glow with life?
Do you want an instructor who will guide you every step of the way from choosing the perfect photo to adding the finishing touches??

With Watercolor Secrets for Painting Portraits, I share everything I know about creating portrait paintings that reflect the personality and likeness of your subject. The course is inspiring, and fully loaded with detailed and narrated video lessons that will guide you every step of the way .

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Registration is now open!


Announcing my new online class!

I will share everything I know about creating watercolor portraits and take you through the process step by step from choosing a photo that leads to a successful portrait to adding the finishing touches. This inspiring ecourse is fully loaded with narrated video lessons and more. Whether you just want to create meaningful paintings of your loved ones or take your watercolor art to a higher level of professionalism, you are guaranteed to love this class.

 The class is self-paced, you can join at any time, and a supply list is already waiting for you so you can begin experimenting and gathering the best tools proven for success.

What you will learn:

  • Learn how to take the best photos for portraits
  • Discover tips on choosing photos that will lead to a successful painting
  • Best drawing tips specific to portrait painting in watercolor
  • Explore easy techniques for creating skin tones
  • Master how to lay initial watercolor washes
  • Tricks for details such as glints in eyes
  • Create convincing hair color
  • Integrate the figure with the background
  • Advice on taking on commissions
registration now open at the Inspiration Place
Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time?

The whole course is entirely self paced, meaning you don’t have to be anywhere at any given time to make it to the class. There are no specific times that you need to log in. You can log in whenever you want and have access to all lessons that have been posted. You can log in everyday or every other day or once a week. Either way, the content (and the community) will be ready to greet you! New content is posted during non-holiday weekdays but you can come and watch and read the content at anytime. I found it best to spread out content in manageable chucks which allows me to answer your questions! (one of the most useful aspects of my courses is being able to ASK me) Also, you can start the class at ANYTIME!!!!

Can I watch it on my ipad? Do I need highspeed internet access? Can I download lessons?

You watch the videos right in the classroom, even if you are using an iPad or other mobile device!

What kinds of supplies will I need?

Supplies are the most important aspect of learning my watercolor techniques. I will go over every supply you need and in fact a pdf file with a complete shopping list is already in the course waiting for you! I will say that you will not get success using the pan watercolors or your granddaughter's crayola set...I recommend only artist grade tube watercolors. You may need to invest up to $100 in art supplies if you are starting from scratch, but watercolors last a long time, much longer than acrylics since they reconstitute with water... (oh wait, save all that for the class!)

Will I like the class? Is it worth it?

These are the questions you are asking yourself, I know. I take online classes too and whether I spend $15 or $250 I want to be sure that the class is worth my time and money! My promise to you is that I always under promise and over deliver. Here are just a few comments made by real students just like you in my other courses:

Yay!  I'm really glad I signed up for this class. ~Jill B.
Thanks for your detailed comments Miriam - it really helps...Great advice! Maria M.
I enjoyed painting this and really enjoy your teaching style.~ Marcia R.
Enjoyed this, because I have never really understood how so very important the kind of paper you used is.~Veronica B.
You also make in all look so easy, it is amazing to watch you create. I'm enjoying your class very much, thanks for sharing.~Diana R.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Do you observe with your eyes or your ears?

watercolor print of Yo Yo Ma for sale on 
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YO YO Ma at Carnegie Hall by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Today was one of those special days that I know I will remember for many years. My sixteen year old daughter plays the cello and hopes to train to be a professional cello teacher someday. So, when I found out that cellist Yo-Yo Ma would be playing in New York's Carnegie Hall, I knew we had to get tickets.

Now, that alone would have been enough, but we decided to head into the city a bit early and get lunch. I remember when I was sixteen my mother had taken me to the Russian Tea Room and I thought this was the perfect time to share the same experience with my daughter.

Watercolor print of Yo Yo Ma for sale on imagekind
The tea room is decorated with red leather booths and there is original art on the walls from the chair rail all the way to the ceiling. We enjoyed Russian food like borscht and tea, of course.

After we both took turns going to the ladies room I asked her if she noticed the beautiful watercolors in the bathroom. "No mom, but I did notice that the music changed from a quintet to Spanish music, did you?" We both had a chuckle and thought that was hilarious. I notice all the visual details while she is busy listening to the music!

What about you? Do you pay attention more with your eyes or your ears?
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yo-yo ma and emanuel ax
Yo Yo Ma and Emanual Ax take a bow at Carnegie Hall

Fantastic Art in the ladies room of the Tea Room

art in the Russian Tea Room
The main dining room of the Tea Room is
filled with art from chair rail to the ceiling a la salon style.
My daughter's favorite painting was of this "cello-man".






art in the Russian Tea Room
more watercolors in the Tea Room's downstairs powder room



Here I am at the Russian Tea Room enjoying the
essentials of a passionate life (music, good food, art)










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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thirteen Essentials for Living a Passionate Life

Make a list for yourself!

A list from my art journal by Miriam Schulman @schulmanArt

For this weekly list, I am listing my essentials but as I started brainstorming I realized I wanted to make it a list of essentials for living a passionate life. Here is my list and I would love for you to share yours!
  1. Art Making: I absolutely cannot image my life without art making. Everyone needs art in your life. Perhaps you don't create is with your own two hands but you are making art in your life with every decision you make from getting dressed in the morning to how you arrange your home. Think of all your daily tasks from cooking to setting the table as an art project.
  2. Love Making is not just sex. Let's face it, you are making "love" in your life when you have lunch with a friend, call someone, spend time with family or just by doing charitable work for others.
  3. Flowers: Can you imagine a world without flowers? Beauty is mandatory and so are flowers. Plant them, pick them or paint them.
  4. Color: I love color in all that I do from my colorful purses to my Planner ( which is now an art journal)
  5. A page from my Art Journal
    Music is mandatory. In the car, while I paint, when I exercise. The quickest way to feel better is to put on some music for a little company.
  6. Kisses: Kiss your cat, kiss a baby - kisses are wonderful. Kiss on both cheeks even if you leave a lipstick stain. They are as fun to get as receive.
  7. Wine: I am not sure if wine is essential-- but it certainly doesn't hurt, does it?
  8. Coffee: My husband got made at me for adding this to my list of essentials since I have only  been a coffee drinker for a few months now. (previously I drank tea) Ah yes, but now that I drink it I can't imagine my day without a cup or two of coffee. ( with milk, no sugar please)
  9. Hugs
  10. Health
  11. Dancing: I guess I am getting older, but I prefer watching ballet or dance than doing it... still an essential. 
  12. Chocolate: Yes, this is an essential. Dark please. Or chocolate lava cake...

So...what did I leave off the list that you consider essential? Feel free to add a link to your list!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Five Reasons to Love the Color Purple

color Obsession: Violet Tulip

Shopping Guide: From Top going clockwise Snugglepuss by 
Benjamin Moore, Faded Lilac by California Paints, Violet Tulip

The color of the year may be radiant orchid, but this shade of lavender called Violet Tulip was used by more that 16% of the fashion designers for the Spring 2014.There are so many reasons to love this are five of them. 

Reason #1: Lavender is the color of the first flowers of spring

As interior designer Amanda Nisbet says of the paint color Snugglepuss by Benjamin Moore, "It's the color of a spring crocus. Bold, but not too sweet. That little bit of black in it keeps it from being too Easter egg-y. I'd love to see this in a bedroom or a library with a light Christian Dior gray on the trim. The gray makes it more sophisticated, and grounds it, so we don't go off into airy-fairy land."

paint an interior in faded lilac for tranquility

Reason #2: A Color to Lull You to Sleep

Interior designer Kim Gilhool says that interior paint Califoria Paints says "I've always loved lavender. To me, it's such a comfort color, particularly in a bedroom. It sort of lulls you to sleep. This has a little gray in it, which keeps it calm. If I wanted to mix it up, I'd throw in some navy or olive green. Because this shade is so subdued, it works well with just about any printed fabric." she also gives us

Reason #3:  "It's also a great backdrop for art." 

Reason #4: Flatters plenty of skin tones

Reason #5: Lilac can act as a neutral.  

A grayed shade of purple-blue this subdued color can act as a neutral.

Do you like this color and how would you use it in your home or wear it as a fashion accessory?

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

What makes you feel healthy: mind body and soul?

art journal prompt
art journal prompt
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A page from my art journal...

I've really been getting into this list making as a means of self-exploration this year. Today's list is about what makes me feel healthy: mind, body and soul. I  thought for sure that exercise would be on the list, but there is a finny thing about list making. The list can sometimes surprise you. You find yourself adding items to the list you may not have expected and not putting others on the list that don't ring true. You make a list until you know the truth about yourself. I like exercise, but the part of exercise that I enjoy the best is the stretching. I have always been flexible and I love the feeling of coaxing my body into languorous cat-like stretches.

Another item on my list that caught me off-guard, but I knew this to be true, is swimming. This caught me by surprise, because I don't go swimming at a local YMCA-- and I am not even sure that is what I have in mind when I put this on the list... I am not sure that lap swimming really fillfills my needs mind, body and soul. When I added swimming to my list I was filled with the memory of swimming in the fresh water pond at Cape Cod almost two years ago. The clean water and the clean air when I could take long uninterrupted swims was such a luxury. I have always dreamed of flying and swimming is the closest you can get to that feeling of utter weightlessness. Floating in the water...feeling my mind, body and soul clean and healthy.

What makes you feel healthy? Mind, body and soul?

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snow Days are great, but I want my secret life back

Shoveling Snow after a blizzard
So far we have had four snow know, a day when kids get to stay home. Now, I actually love when school is cancelled because that also means that I don't have to carpool my kids to their over scheduled after school life. The day off also takes the pressure off of me to "Tiger Mother" them with their homework and let us all slow down the hectic pace of our busy lives.

my daughter helps out...
However, we have had a LOT of snow. The only way to keep snow shoveling from being a chore is to I keep reminding myself that snow shoveling burns 400 calories per hour. The snow has gotten a bit ridiculous though. I love pushing fluffy snow down to the bottom of my driveway, but slinging shovels full of wet snow over my head is a pain, literally.

On Thursday, the first of the two snow days, when I came in from snow shoveling I thought nothing wrong with lying on the couch the rest of the afternoon and catching up with the Winter Olympics on demand. My daughter thought differently and kept pestering me to get off the couch ( and pay attention to her) That is when I started missing my secret life. Not that I normally lie on the couch and watch television, but after break backing snow shoveling, I thought I was entitled.

Snow banks over my head!
Yesterday morning, the second of  two snow days in a row,  I went out bright and early to help my husband shovel. This time I had a different hidden agenda. I was determined to get out of my house to go to my exercise class and I wanted my husband to go to work too. The kids had another snow day on Valentines Day and I was beginning to miss my secret life. I kept saying to my husband, "You're going to work today, right?" ( Please note our mayor had called a state of emergency and the streets were not completely safe yet) I also wanted to make sure the driveway was completely shoveled so that our Valentines Day lunch date would go on as planned.

So although snow days are great, I want my secret life back...

What about you, do you like snow days? 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spring Trend Forecast: Mint Green

Shopping Guide: (clockwise from color chip)

1. Hemlock Ovo Table Lamp $100
2. ALEXANDER WANG Rocco cross-body bag $925
3. Mint Candy Apple nail polish by
4. Steve Madden Twynkle - Mint Green $100
5. No Limits Tank $64
6. Tableware Adams Singapore Bird $33 (£20)
7. Benjamin Moore "Palladian Blue"
decorating with green | hemlock green
A look at my living room with my 20 year old
sea foam green couch, always classic!
I absolutely love this shade of green... and I always have. I bought my first living room couch in the nineties in the then popular shade of sea foam green and although I have replaced everything around the sofa, the original upholstered couch remains. You can see my actual living room in this photo. I used to have my walls painted "Colony Green" which is a fairly close facsimile to the Hemlock Green that is in vogue now. I repainted my walls a few years ago to a more neutral shade of ivory just to balance my ever rotating collection of art that graces the walls. You see, I usually hang my favorite paintings over the sofa until they sell and then replace them and I don't always paint to complement green. ( by the way, you may also like my blog post : Decorating with Cockatoo that shows more decorating ideas with this minty green color and why Colony Green is great for your home)

Sunflower Friends, is a 12x12" mixed media collage 
on canvas with lots of mint green
So in addition to Colony Green, another great color you may want to try is Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue. As interior designer Lisa Erdmann  says, "This is a soft blue with a bit of green and gray in it, which makes it very serene. To me, it's a neutral with personality, more interesting than beige. So many colors work beautifully with it--raspberry, caramel, mocha, chocolate, green. Give it a classic Robert Adam look with crisp white moldings." I am thinking of repainting my bedroom with this color... what do you think?

At any rate, we all could use a little calming green in our lives. You are going to see a lot of this color this spring from minty green weddings to shades of nail polish. What do you think, would you paint your fingernails green?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentines gifts for him

valentines day ideas for him
It's no secret there is only really one thing
men want for Valentines Day
Men are hard to shop for, any time of the year, but try shopping for them on a day that is really tailor made for women, and you have a real challenge, After all, get women flowers, chocolate, a card and take them out to dinner and you're done. Go all out with a piece of jewelry if you really want to, but let's face it, it's a no brainer. Sooo, what do MEN want for Valentine's Day?

If you hand a man a new pair of cufflinks they are going to wonder if they are going to get from you what they really, really want. You need me to tell you what every man wants on Valentines Day? Well, do you? If anything, it is best to hand your man ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. This day is for us. Period. So celebrate and if you don't have a boyfriend or husband go out with a girlfriend and share a piece of chocolate lava cake... with chocolate there's no need to fake it.
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What do you think? Do you agree with me that you should save the presents for his birthday or Christmas or do you have a great Valentines Day gift idea for him you want to share?

By the way, I think there is nothing wrong with getting him a card and telling him how much you appreciate him.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Creating art with both beauty and meaning.

Rose Symbolism in Elizabethan Poetry by Miriam Schulman @schulmanArt

Go Forth Lovely Rose, mixed media collage art 11x15"
This mixed media collage art started as a simply drawn and painted watercolor and layers of beauty and meaning were added as the painting metamorphosed like the butterflies floating around the girls head. The woman in the purple dress tightly clutches a rose and her beauty is obscured by the butterflies around her. I knew I wanted to add meaning to the art-- either by putting a word on the painting or creating a narrative. I posted works in progress photos on facebook and asked folks for ideas and the suggestions for a word or a phrase to suggest meaning. The butterflies suggested change and metamorphis. However, I knew that the rose she was clutching in her hand had meaning too that needed to be addressed. At first I thought that perhaps she was a rosebud that needed to bloom, but after looking at Elizabethan poetry which used the rose as life/death symbolism in their carpe diem poems, I knew that these were more fitting metaphors for what I was trying to say in my art. Carpe diem is a Latin expression that means "seize the day." Carpe diem poems have the theme of living for today.These poets use the rose as a symbol of fleeting beauty or fleeting life that must be enjoyed in the present.  The rose is a very important symbol used to describe youth and beauty, along with the death and suffering.

Gather Ye Rosebuds, mixed media collage art 11x15"
For the first painting, I settled on the title Go Forth Lovely Rose. The title alludes to the poem by Edmund Waller, Go Lovely Rose. The poem's interpretation is that the young lady wastes her time by remaining aloof. Before she realizes it, she will wither and die, like the rose. Therefore, the poem says, she should come out of hiding and reveal her beauty, like a blooming rose, in order to take advantage of what life has to offer before youth passes her by.

However, when painting this, I had spring in mind rather than romantic love. The picture is a harbinger of spring poem. There is hope for all those snowbound that spring will burtst forth from within us and externally. The picture is like a poem and a metaphor for hope. So instead of dwelling on the snow storms, think about your internal spring that will come forth like a butterfly, but only if you let it. The butterflies floating around her head was inspired by Alexander Mc Queen's Butterfly Hat, which I saw in a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ( you can read my blog article about McQueen's use of death imagery here: Symbols of Death, Birth and Renewal in the Art of Alexander McQueen which also talks about the importance of the color lilac, used in these paintings!!)
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The woman in the purple dress in the second painting is surrounded and also made of flowers. The title alludes to the Carpe Diem poem by Robert Herrick's To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, which begs readers to live life to its full potential, singing of the fleeting nature of life itself:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

You might also remember this poem as the opening in the Robin Williams movie, The Dead Poets' Society where Williams plays a charismatic teacher who inspires his charges to live passionately.

What do you think of these poems? Do they inspire you to live life to the fullest too?

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Confessions of a Music Mom

art journal ideas
from the pages of my art journal
I am not a soccer mom or a dance mom... but I can proudly call myself a music mom. Those who are not music moms, let me fill you in on what music moms have to do. This weekend is a typical weekend for a music mom. Friday night, I took my daughter (this is my music kid) to a concert to hear one of her teachers perform. Although this was a casual performance in a local church, these musician take themselves very seriously. I knew I was in trouble when I saw there was an intermission printed on the program and the list included multi-movement Bach and Mozart chamber pieces. Having sat through these before, I was prepared with a sharpie and uni-ball roller pen in my purse and immediately began decorating and sketching on my program. ( you can see another post of my program doodling)

Doodling in the Programs

violinist Andrea Schultz
I admit I was a little paranoid the musicians would mind-- but every time I looked up the musicians were focused on their music stands. I did have one embarrassing moment when I dropped a pen cap and it rolled down a few pews. By the end I was quite pleased with myself and even posted the drawings to instagram. The concert was two hours long, by the way, so that gave me plenty of drawing time.. I practiced my musician portraiture as well as random fonts.

cellist Michael Finckel

Birth of the "Music Mom"

On Saturday, I drove my daughter into NYC for a makeup lesson at her teacher's nyc apartment. Now, first you must realize that a trip from the suburbs to Manhattan means I have to wait around while my daughter gets her lesson. This is what music moms do. However, to make this adventure more challenging, I had to find parking in the snow covered parking spaces. The streets may be plowed but the already scarce spaces are covered with snow, I did manage to squeeze into a spot and I spent the hour long lesson digging my car out of the ice banks so that we would be able to leave without the car spinning on the rock hard ice. Don't get me wrong. I love all the beautiful snowfall the Northeast has enjoyed the last few weeks... as long as I get to enjoy its beauty without the city dogs pissing all over it. ah New York.

It was during this shoveling that I realized (proudly) I am a "music mom"

Techniques for the Art Journal Pages

mixed media technique
detail of new Art Journal technique
When I got home, I scanned in the Friday night's program and printed it on transparency paper. I wanted to add the drawings to my art journal and I wanted to be able to see through the layers. Since white does not print, only the black printed and then after I used acrylic medium to paste it into my journal. You can see the layers of paint through the transparency. I went to show my son, and he was not impressed. He told me "Art journal is like Minecraft for artists. You just like to make stuff for the fun of it but it is completely useless" (said from the mouth of a 13 year old who spent his day playing Minecraft, a computer game where users create a virtual world)

Tiger Mother or Bad Mother?

In case you are wondering if I enjoyed Sunday reading the paper, I did not. My daughter and I climbed into the car to go back to Manhattan. This time I put two shovels in the car, but I got lucky with a pre-shoveled out spot. Less lucky is having to sit through another hour long concert, this time a student concert with amateur students playing with various levels of ineptitude. I wish my daughter had taken her tone deaf father. I have a tough time lying to her at the end of the concert. I feel like Abby from dance moms admitting I noticed her mistakes...which makes me either a Tiger Mother, or a bad mother. Although in the end, we both agreed she doesn't get enough time to practice with her academic work load and that should change next year.

Working on the Art Journal in my studio

When we got home, I was inspired to work more on the art journal. After all, I love being a music mom because it means I have a music daughter. She may not play perfectly every time but us music moms love our kids even when they play wrong notes as long as she plays with 100% passion. I am proud of my daughter and her choices and I am proud to call myself a "music mom"

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Make a Gratitude List

A page from my art journal...
I am grateful for so many things but first I want to say that I am so grateful that we live in the communication age so that I can get great ideas and share my thoughts on a blog. My whole business of being an artist would not be possible, at least not the way that I do it, without a computer and all the comforts of modern living. So for all those things, I am grateful. I am grateful for my artistic talents and that I have art collectors who love my art, art students who appreciate my teaching style and blog readers like you! ( thanks for those who leave comments, I eat them up I love them so! --except for the spammers who want to leave links to their bedding and work from home plans, those I am less grateful for... I always delete them, so why do you still bother? no one wants your fake designer handbags. no one.)

I am grateful, of course, for the health of my children... that I was lucky enough to have children and then so blessed with their passionate personalities that give me such pleasure everyday! I am fortunate and grateful that I fell in love and stayed in love...I am lucky that I still have my mother, and that she is also interesting to talk to...

Print this out and use as your own journal page!
I am grateful I live in a roomy and comfortable home that I can decorate (modestly) how I wish. I am grateful I have been to Europe and live next to one of the art capitals of the world so all the art I ever want to see makes its way through my neighborhood.

I am grateful that my allergies have backed off enough that I can have a cat. Yes, I am grateful to have a cat, and I don't care who thinks I am a crazy cat lady for saying so... at least I mentioned my husband and kids before I brought up the cat.

Will you share your gratitude lists with me? 

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