Monday, March 31, 2014

Flowers of Instagram

The Fab Five by Miriam Schulman @schulmanArt

We have had a heck of a even snowed this morning here in New York! (seriously) Sometime in early March, I decided I had it with winter and I would start spring anyway. Regardless of the day on my calendar and the temperature outside I would start posting a flower painting daily to my instagram account. In addition to my daily flower postings, I started wearing spring colors and lighter clothes under my winter coat, and wearing brighter nail polish.

So on this gray day, I thought I would share with you the top 5 most popular flower art paintings posted to my instagram feed based on "likes" from followers there.
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Red Poppy Art

So the most popular flower painting was a happy bright red poppy collage. In this painting I ripped up a vintage piano book and added watercolor to the pieces and then rearranged the puzzle pieces to form this poppy painting. Music lovers have fun noticing musical notes in the petals, leaves and background. You can collect the original red poppy painting from etsy. { you may like my decorating blog post: Color your world with bright red poppy art}

Purple Watercolor Rose

Next in popularity was this romantic watercolor rose painting. Recognizing that my watercolors and mixed media are equally popular always adds to my confusion whether  I should stick to watercolor or mixed media. Then again, Picasso was never concerned about working in one media-- he worked in a diverse array of styles and materials. So what's good enough for Picasso is good enough for me. This watercolor is in a private collection, but rose prints are available from etsy

Sunflower Painting

Now, let me point out that "popularity" may also be due to when I posted a picture, what tags I used, whether I spent time that day commenting on other folks' pictures and more.. So  how "popular" an instagram post is the sum of many things that may have nothing to do with the quality of the art. Anyway, I was not surprised that this mixed media sunflower garnered a lot of likes. Although this particular collage is in a private collection, there are three more sunflower paintings in this series...for sale on etsy, of course. I love the combination of purple, yellow and light mint green in this harmonious composition. You can read more about the color mint green for fashion and decorating in this blog post: Spring Trend Forecast: Mint Green}

More Watercolor Roses

Switching back to watercolor is this rose painting I did in a workshop when I was studying under Charles Reid. The rose print may be collected on etsy. { You may also like my blog post: What Mom really wants for mother's day}

Floral Mixed Media Collage Art

And back again to mixed media is this joyous tulip collage. This design you will remember from my Hope bag that I featured on Friday. You can enjoy this design on home decor and accessories and also as a print from etsy.
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So that rounds out the top five floral artworks posted on instagram this March. What's blooming in your garden?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Where do you want to go?

Art Journal Idea by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

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A page from my Art Journal

Art Journal Prompt

This art journal prompt is once again from the List Yourself book that asks "Where do you want to go?" In order to my list not to seem like a page out of a travel agency ad, I started first with places I want to go and plan to go soon, followed by places I want to go later this year and ending with my ultimate travel bucket list.


Places to go to grow as an artist

  • Gauguin exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art
  • Surtex (got my ticket already! For those that don't know- this is where I can connect with agents and manufacturers and do research on getting a licensing deal--a must do art goal I made for myself for 2014


Places to go with my family

  • Someplace exotic and warm in December ( any ideas??)
  • Annual Wellfleet pilgrimage with my family in August - a wonderful artsy town in Cape Cod near Provincetown
  • Visit my kids at Interlochen (daughter's music camp) and Adirondacks (son's Grateful Dead style overpriced summer camp)



Ultimate travel bucket list

Cost Rica * Giverny * Tuscany * Egypt * India * St Petersberg * Moscow * Portland * Venice * Greece * Mexico * Buenos Aires * Vienna * Prague * Chicago * Amsterdam


Techniques used:

1) gesso the page
2) add washi tape
3) tore two pieces from Stampington's "art to borrow" artist paper ( from magazine subscription
4) Add paint to "seams" of torn paper to integrate them with the page.
5) Add single layer of patterned napkin on top using matte medium to adhere.
6) put a layer of clear acrylic gesso on top of washi tape to facilitate writing and doodling
7) Add bubble letters and fill in with white Pitt pen
8) List yourself!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Top Ten Picks for Red House Paint!

best red paint color for your housePerfect Red for Painting a Room by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Thinking of painting a room red? Here are some great shades of red to try from top interior designers. Red is a great way to add energy to your home decor.

As interior designer Anthony Baratta says in House Beautiful, "Nothing makes me happier than a red lacquered room. Think of candy apples and firecrackers on the Fourth of July. We've done many rooms in red, and they're exciting and cozy at the same time. A red room always keeps the blues away!"

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Tulip Red: "I prefer the warm, vibrant reds to the historic reds, which are beautiful but sedate. This is a daring red, a real fire engine red. It has a playfulness that reminds me of a little red schoolhouse." -Ruthie Sommers Pictured, Fine Paints of Europe
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Tuscon Red: "This is a very bricky red. I prefer the warmth of earth tones to the bluer reds, which are trickier — some make me think of nail polish. I'm fine with bluer reds on my toes, but not necessarily on my walls." -Alexa Hampton Pictured, Benjamin Moore
red house paint
Salsa: "Red is the color of excitement, and I tend to go for corally orange reds. With red, you know you've arrived and you glance in the mirror and realize how great you look and breeze right in." -Keith Irvine, Benjamin Moore
red home decor
Ruby Red: "Red is a neutral for me. Like red nail polish, it's classic. It goes with everything. I actually had that Coco Chanel red lacquer nail polish matched, and I painted the floors of my living and dining rooms with it. They're the most fun floors I've ever had." -Alison Spear  Benjamin Moore
red interior paint
Red: "All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said "I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple" — they have no idea what I'm talking about." -Diana Vreeland  Benjamin Moore
best red wall paint
Moroccan Red: Benjamin Moore recommended by designer Paula Perlini.
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Million Dollar Red: "It's a true, deep red. I like the temperature of it: it's a bit cooler. But a little red goes a long way. It's good in areas where you don't spend much time or in boring areas that need a strong burst of color." -Roderick Shade  Benjamin Moore
red paint
Lattice Red: "Red never goes out of style. It's full of life — always fresh, always fun to wake up to. We go for reds with less blue in them and more orange because they're happier to live with." -William Diamond and Anthony Baratta  Ralph Lauren Paint
red paint
Chili Pepper: "This is a really deep coral, kind of like a cheerful Chinese red. Pinks and reds to me are synonymous with frozen drinks and relaxing." -Richard Mishaan  Benjamin Moore
red house paint
Red is a great color to paint a foyer!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Looking for another bedroom decorating idea?

Inspirational Words as Art by Miriam Schulman. @schulmanArt

bedroom decorating idea | bird art
Remind yourself of your best intentions when you first awake in the morning with inspirational art. Place inspirational quote art on either side of your dresser mirror to motivate yourself each day!

This art pictures  birds surrounded by the harmony of their song. The musical notes in this mixed media collage art mixes watercolor painting with the inspirational word "FLY" and also the word "HARMONY" The art is trimmed with the international airmail strips reminiscent of a love letter. Surround yourself with beauty and life's gifts for a happier and more harmonious home

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Music I listen to when I paint...

Whistle while you work... by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Make a list of YOUR favorite music!
A great art journal idea is to make a list of your favorite music or the music you listen to when you paint! 


My favorite albums

I listen to lots of different music. However, there are just a handful of CDs that really makes me happy and that I reach for again and again when I paint. The best ones for me to put me in the happy painting blissful mood are my best of Beethoven two CD set, anything recorded by Joshua Bell (celebrity crush violin player), Broadway Musicals such as Rent or Wicked (yep, I am an Idina Menzel fan) and a little known music CD where musician Michael Gordon put Van Gogh's letters to music in a sort of operetta. (no Mom, that does not mean I like opera now.) 

Sometimes the radio...

When not listening to that, I will turn to an indie rock band station known as the Peak ( you can stream it on

Other CD's I like...

I also am a sucker for the "themed" CD's they sell at art shows. For example, I have bought "Music in the time of Cezanne" and that sort of thing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What do you like to listen to when you work? 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

What is the secret to a great portrait like the Mona Lisa?

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No Teeth! by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt


Smiles are a beautiful thing, and everyone looks better when wearing a smile-- but a genuine subtle smile, like the Mona Lisa, makes for the most beautiful expression for a portrait painting. Whenever I take photos of my kids, and also my portrait clients, I always advise them to give me a "Mona Lisa smile."

In this wonderful video, one female art portrait morphs into the next. You will notice that in all of them the women wear either a faint closed mouth smile or an slight smirk with slightly parted lips. There are no big toothy smiles in any of these portraits.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Art Journal Prompt: Word Collage

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A great art journal exercise is to cut out words and phrases from magazine and arrange them in your art journal.

Cutting and Pasting by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

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(if you like this idea, why don't you pin it?)

I made a 2014 art goal to start an art journal. This "resolution" has been made easier since my daughter has discovered she loves to do it too and is always asking me if we can make time to journal ( rather than watching reruns of Dance Moms)

Art journal relieves anxiety

Art Journaling is a great project to do with your family. Keeping an art journal has helped my daughter relieve stress during her Junior year. This particular art journal session we did the night before her SAT's. I knew she was nervous about the test but as we cut and pasted I could see her tension visibly melt away. (my own projected anxiety as well)

Choosing only empowering words

The idea for this art journal prompt came from the One Little Word class I am taking through Ali Edwards, but I did mine in an art journal. The idea is to flip through magazines and cut out words that "speak" to you. A twist I added was after I cut out my pile of words, I limited myself to one page which forced me to make choices. For example, would I rather have the word "chocolate" or "Family?" I was surprised that "trips", "getaways" and "chocolate" did not make the cut.

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Mother-daughter time in the art studio while we both work on our art journals...

Avoid Women's Magazines

For the exercise, both my daughter and I used the same magazines. We used a Vogue knitting, Men's Health, Art News and a few others...but no Women's magazines which may have had too many "weight loss" or "beauty" words in it. 

I love the result and I also love looking for meanings in the word arrangements that were both conscious as well as subconscious choices. For example, I purposefully put "art" on the top, "happy"  in the middle and "children" paired with "family" at the base. I noticed the the word "passion" had been paired with "art" rather than "sex" and so forth.

art journal
All the tension leaves her body where she crafts for fun.
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Hey, I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives. 

My art has been published by Somerset StudioArt of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at or join the fun at I will be offering a mixed media class in the fall of 2015. join the wait list


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You don't want to miss this peacock painting demonstration!

peacock painting demonstration
Peacock Art by Schulman - watch the demonstration video!
I love painting peacocks and thank goodness my collectors love them too. 

Color Story

The colors in this painting were inspired by the colors that were strutting down the  runways. From yellow Freesia ( see blog post Yellow Freesia) to Radiant orchid (Color Obsession: Radiant Orchid) to violet (Five Reasons to Love the Color Purple) to dazzling blue (Do you love blue too?), and Hemlock green (Spring Trend Forecast: Mint Green) this peacock has most of those glorious colors.

Come into my studio!

I thought it would be fun to invite you into my studio so you can watch me paint this peacock from start to finish. This is a fast motion video... you might notice that I painted this peacock over several days, changing my outfits. My tuxedo cat also makes a cameo halfway through. She jumps into an open window, interferes with my paint a bit and then returns to guarding the house from other cats. 

I have listed this art for sale as a print on imagekind and also available as home decor and other accents on cafepress.
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Watch me paint the peacock!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Want to peek at my art to-do list?

Otherwise known as the unfinished project list by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Miriam Schulman in her art studio
I always have a lot going on in my art world and I thought today I would share with you my art to-do list. I always get asked "Do you still paint?" or "Do you paint everyday?" and although I don't get to make art everyday, I work on my art business everyday. Here is a partial list of everything written down in my planner...

1. Write this blog post and come up with photography and pretty pinable text to match the post
2. Start a new watercolor commission of a restaurant interior and a bed&breakfast where a couple had their first date and got engaged. ( note to self-- do I want to film myself painting this to share on youtube?)
3. Finish correspondence with etsy client who wants two nude watercolors commissioned
4. Finish peacock painting (on easel) finish latest tree collage (leaning against the wall) and also make AND start (and finish!) two more canvases so I have seven original artworks as promised for the Fairfield Junior League show at the end of the month. (and I started filming the peacock, so I guess I need to finish filming that, edit that video and post to youtube)
5. Oh yeah, put the Junior League event on facebook and my website and schedule tweets about them...
6. Finish printing and matting 30 prints for same Junior League art show event.
7. Write the ecourse on Watercolor Portraits and figure out what photo I will use as demonstration...because, yes, I haven't even started filming yet and the course is to go live in April.
8. Make a "tree art" portfolio to show for potential licensing deals
tree art
Unfinished tree do you know when it is done? (you just do.)

9. Add my new "girl art" to imagekind.
10. Submit new "girl art" to Stampington with the hopes of getting it published.
11. Start the new commission I just got for Hoff-Barthelson Music School. (Why isn't this higher on the to-do list?) A donor is paying me to paint something spectacular for their recital room and it will be a floral triptych in my mixed media style.
12. Clean the studio for my Monday semi-private watercolor students and gather materials for the Tuesday watercolor class at the girl scout house.
13. Continue to update my site where I teach the online classes to make it prettier and easier to use.
14. Create more pretty cover photos for my pinterest boards with teaser text.
15. Pick a cosmetic bag to ship to the Katonah Museum of Art so they can see a sample of my products-- hoping they carry my art in their gift shop.
cosmetic bags
Flags of the world cosmetic bags which would
be PERFECT for the Katonah Museum's gift shop
while they have their Jasper Johns Exhibit
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16. Call the Hudson River Museum and see if they are interested in restocking on my art bags.
17. Watch the Surtex videos (that I paid for) and the other online ecourses from Kelly Rae Roberts (that I paid for)
18. See the new Gauguin exhibit at the MoMa
19. Interview summer interns.
20. Prepare a 3x5' and 4x6' butcher paper mockup for a client for our consultation at the end of the month to decide what size peacock art would be best for her apartment.
21. Get new camera lens and a remote control because running back and forth to use timer only to find out I am taking blurry photos is for the birds.

What's on YOUR to do list?!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Warm up with orange


bright sunny shades for your fingertips

Orange Nail Polish by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Why I love nail polish

Something about painting my fingernails that just feels like an art project. I love trying out new trendy shades.

Why I love orange

So sick of the polar vortex and the unrelenting snowstorms in the North, I am letting spring come early to my fingertips and am already sporting the orange hue.

Someone, save me from all this snow!!!


Four Orange Nail Polishes to Try

A few ideas for wearing orange on your nails are Nordstrom Nail Color Blood Orange,butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Jaffa, Essie Nail Polish in Meet Me At Sunset and Dior Vernis
{Which is your favorite?}

The temperature is still in the teens in New York so
I am trying to warm up my day by wearing as
much ORANGE as possible!



What about you, how do you warm yourself up ( emotionally) on these dreary winter days?

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Why twitter isn't useless.

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Are you using twitter to effectively drive traffic to your blog? I recently read an article about how to get traffic from social media and it hadn’t included one of my favorites: twitter. I learned there were a lot of bloggers who didn't understand how to use this easy trick that I have been using for years. So, I'm passing on my blogging secret about how to get insane amounts of traffic from big brands on Twitter over in a guest post at Moms Make Money today!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Draw till you drop

Yesterday, I attended an all day drawing marathon at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. They had the entire facility dedicated to the event with live figure models in every studio posing for various lengths of time. I felt like Goldilocks peeking into each studio-- this pose is too short, and this pose is too long and this pose is just right. I actually got to draw from three different models during the day, met lots of other professional artists and had a great time. I made a note that I have to abandon my family more often on a Saturday and just devote the day to drawing!
Economy of line and bold green makes a striking portrait
This model had an absolutely captivating face
I was the only one who wanted to draw the back of the model.
Last post of the day before I decided I inhaled enough pastel dust.
By the way, if you like to collect figurative nude art, I have a shop on etsy that is focused solely on that genre. Go check it out! {if you are interested in any of these drawings, please contact me since they are not listed online)

Finally here is a video that my brother had put together for me a few years ago before I learned how to make my own videos. The video is a bit pixelated, but it is still fun to watch.

What did you do this weekend?

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

List the ways you can love others

Art Journal Prompt by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman

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A great art journal prompt is to list the ways that you can show love for others. I started making this list during a long car ride. I am sure there are more ways, but since I was doing my fancy font I ran out of room but I think got some of the most essentials ones. I would love to know your ideas!


Prepare a meal

Perhaps it is because I am a Jewish mother, or a mother, but I feel the most basic way you can show love for someone else is to prepare a meal. Notice I didn't say "cook." It is just as loving to buy prepared foods from their favorite place and set the table nicely. I think the animal kingdom would agree that sharing your food is loving your family.


Tell them why they are special

You can just say "I love you" but even more loving is to tell them why they are special.



Even better than talking to people you love is to listen to them.


Pay attention

When you put down your juiced up rectangle ( y'know, that smart phone you are looking at right now) you are showing love. Give them your attention, your full attention.

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Art Journal Page

How about you? How do you show your love for others?

(PS if you like these lists, check out all my art journal pages for more journal prompts and list making ideas!)

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