Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Studio Soiree

open studio of Miriam Schulman May 6, 2015 supporting Friends of Music and Art
I used to host an open studio once a year...and quite frankly I am not quite sure why I stopped. This year an alignment of events and coincidences or non-coincidences ( if you don't believe in coincidences) has spurred me back into action.

When one door closes... find a window. (tweet this)

Normally, each spring I bring seven of my finest orginal canvases to the Burr Homestead in Fairfield CT along with a portfolio rack of 30 carefully chosen matted prints. The Junior League of Fairfield County ran this successful art event for many years retaining 40% of the sales price and I found new collectors each year. Unfortunately this year, they decided not to host the art event again.

original modern abstract landscape art mixed media collate art by Miriam Schulman

Commissions for Charities not Galleries

Around the same time that I  realized the event was not happening the universe took care of me in the form of art business guru Alyson Stanfield. In her weekly newsletter, she suggested pairing with a charity and donating 50% of the sales. I am not sure if that was her exact suggestion, but that was my take away. Immediately, my wheels started spinning as I thought about organizations I could partner with that would benefit from the donations and whose members also support the arts. Although 50% sounds generous, and it is, this is the commission fees normally reserved for New York galleries

open studio of Miriam Schulman May 6, 2015 supporting Friends of Music and Art

Wednesday before Mother's Day

So right now I am busy gathering up my artworks and carting them up to my studio. The open studio will run the Wednesday before Mother's Day which is a great time for my local collectors and members of Friends of Music and Art to treat themselves or pick out a gift for someone else. IN addition to original fine art, I also use my creativity to make musical jewelry and other treasures. My cosmetic bags have been featured in New York Museum gift shops including the Hudson River Museum and The Katonah Museum of Art.
sunflower art | sunflower painting | art by Miriam Schulman
I have a lot of new art that I haven't had time to list on my website..and may never make it there if they find homes with new collectors during the open studio. If you live in the New York area, I would love to greet you in my home studio and show you around.

Door Prizes

There will be wine and cheese, of course. I am also sponsoring a free raffle of some fabulous door prizes. All you have to do is leave a card with your name and email to be entered.

open studio of Miriam Schulman May 6, 2015 supporting Friends of Music and Art
So what do you say? Come and celebrate spring with me on May 6th. My studio is at 26 Claremont Road in Scarsdale and is conveniently located at exit 18 off the Bronx River Parkway northbound. The public is invited from 7-10pm with a wine and cheese reception.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How a Frame transforms the art

how to frame art
I found over the years that in spite of what your framer or some other know it all has told you, the best way to sell art is unframed. Now this may be contrary to every book you have picked up that say the art finishes the piece and shows it off-- and although that is true, I can not predict the decorating tastes of my art collectors. See how framing the art in four different ways can lend itself to four completely different decorating styles...and the variations are endless!
Take this owl as a case study. I displayed the art in four different frames and then asked my facebook fans which framing style they liked best.  ( you can see the results on this post) The answers varied widely and some wisely noted that it all depends on the room. So I took up the challenge of showing how I would display this art framed in four different styles. Which style do you like the best?
Adding art to a boy's room? No problem. This owl reminds you of camping, nature, the outdoors and hopefully to do your homework too. The graphic white and black frame adds modernity to the piece keeping it in line with the other masculine touches. Furniture and decor by Pottery Barn.
(→collect the owl art here)

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Glinting metallic accents bring a fresh, glamorous aesthetic to this traditional living room. Luxury touches such as the velvet upholstery add formality and comfort. Here the owl stares over the Chinoiserie vases and a grand piano. Do you see how framing the owl in gold lends itself to conservative decor? (→collect the owl art here)
Look how framing the owl in creamy white makes the frame part of the architecture. In this Pottery Barn-esque living room the owl adds a rustic touch and personality to the space. The golden eyes coordinate with the natural linen shades and other textures in the room. (→collect the owl art here)
The clean lines of this frame lends itself to a hip side bar that mixes both urban and rustic elements to showcase the owl art. By the way, if you prefer to collect your art framed in any of the styles shown, you can. All four of these styles are offered as framed prints in my imagekind shop.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Celebrate the color of life ( or why I became an artist)

miriam schulman's artist statement: celebrate the color of life ( or why I became an artist)

There is only one fact you need to know about me in order to explain why I became an artist. My father passed away when I was five years old.

female figure art
Embrace by Miriam Schulman, fine art print

nurture vs. nature: my creative DNA

I tell you this not so you will feel sorry for me, for I have rarely felt sorry for myself. This fact has become so deeply ingrained in my nature that I can no longer separate the aftermath of growing up fatherless from other facts about me such as my birth order or my gender.

I say this without cynicism nor with the religious attitude that "everything happens for a reason" for I do not believe in that either.

Events can make their own reasons. Perhaps, I would have still become an artist even if I did not know death. However, one thing I do know-- is that I would have become a different kind of artist had I become an artist at all.


Celebrate the color of life

I am an artist that paints and celebrates the color of life. I do not seek to recreate death in my paintings-- I know that too well. At five, I stared into a black room filled with sad people I knew. Everyone in my life was there... except for my father. His absence was answered by an explanation I was not yet ready to understand.

I have been running from black ever since.
male figure art
"Hope in Sadness" by Miriam Schulman

Hope in sadness

My paintings are filled with the colors of joy and harmony. I create art to lift me up and share my lust for life with others in a way that heals the soul. Although color is my subject, I choose to paint landscapes, figures and animals and each serves its purpose. Whether I paint people or peacocks, its personality that moves my paintbrush. Sometimes, their sadness does make its way into my art but I aim to show you that there is something beautiful and hopeful in that sadness as well

Personality of a place

When I travel, I will sketch with my camera capturing ideas and then create a landscape that will show others what I want them to see. Rarely do I choose the typical tourist postcard scenes. Rather, I focus on the ordinary experience of being on the street with the people and colors. I bring life to the personality of a place. The painting creates a two dimensional escape window to a calmer time and space.

Do I know you?

raccoon by miriam schulman
All living things have souls. 
Raccoon Art by Miriam Schulman. "Do I know you", 7x10" original watercolor

Figures and animals- anything with "eyes" -has always been natural for me. I was always the kind of student who might be caught drawing my teachers instead of taking notes. I may have sketched my female teachers, but it is the drawings of my male teachers that I remember the most. I studied their faces so carefully, perhaps looking for the father I never knew. Perhaps his is the soul I seek when I paint animals.
watercolor landscape by Miriam Schulman
Dark Horse by Miriam Schulman

Non-toxic materials only

You can even link my choice of materials to my father's death. I paint with water based medium such as watercolors or acrylics because I have found them to be the least toxic of all the artist mediums. My mind at ease that I am working with non-toxic materials, I can focus on my art instead of my safety.

The artist statement

So when I was asked to write this artist statement to answer not the what but the why. I find it impossible to separate my reasons from my biography. When I paint, I feel alive as I watch the colors mix and flow on the paper or canvas to recreate a more beautiful world filled with color, love and tranquility.

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