Monday, November 30, 2015

Another free postcard for you...



I was truly overwhelmed by your enthusiastic response to my last postcard giveaway...

So, in the spirit of the holidays and giving, I am planning to do another one.

But this time...

There is a catch.


You see, I want to give these postcards to you only if you actually open my emails! (Yes, with the magic of computers, I can tell who opens my newsletters and who doesn't)

So here is what I am going to do.

You can sign up now... or any time really... but I will not send the postcards out until January 1, 2016 and will only send them out to current and active email subscribers.

Who gets the Free Postcards


At that time, I will only send out postcards to you if you meet the following criteria:

1) You sign up with this link indicating you want this new postcard
2) You are an active subscriber (in other words, you open my emails)
3) You enter a valid physical mailing address... You'd be surprised by how may people who signed up the last time left the address part blank. Also, if you don't enter a valid address... meaning there are less than 5 digits on the zip code or something like that, I can't mail you a card either.. I want to... but I can't!
Sign up to get a free Little Piggies postcard mailed directly to you... that's right, to your mailbox!

How to White-List (make sure you get the emails!)


Now, to make sure you get my emails be sure to "white-list" my email address. The emails for this postcard giveaway will be coming from miriam[at]SchulmanArt.com

You can white-list an email by...

1) Adding the email to your address book
2) Marking the emails as important or
3) Replying to one of my emails. ( I love "fan" mail!)

Gmail and yahoo are very smart, and if they see we have had a "conversation" then they know that you care about my email.
If you would like one of these postcards, just click here and I will put one in the mail for you! (postcards will be mailed to current active subscribers on January 1, 2016)



 

In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com

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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Collective Creativity

collective creativity for the sunflower painting title on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/collective-creativity.html
People tend to think of creativity as a mysterious solo act, when in reality the best ideas are usually the result of a dialog. Name any famous artist, man or woman, throughout history and you will discover that each surrounded themselves with other artist friends. Georgia O'Keeffe had the tumultuous and stimulating relationship with George Stieglitz. Frida Kahlo married the notorious Diego Rivera and had relationships with writers and political thinkers. Even the reclusive Van Gogh was an enthusiastic pen pal with his art dealer brother Theo and counted many other artists in his circle.

Creative Choices


When it came time to name this painting sitting on my easel, I thought it would be interesting to open up a dialog with my followers on facebook. That doesn't mean that I would let the popular opinion dictate my creative choices.

Creative Archaeological Dig


I treated it more like a creative archaeological dig. Where I am sifting through the ideas, not quite knowing what I would find and then finding ones that support my creative story. The process is much more exciting to me as an artist to involve the viewer in collective creativity.

Sunflower Soiree


There were beautiful and wondrous choices suggested to me, but in the end I choice Sunflower Soiree as I love alliterations in my titles and the soiree alluded to the creative process of how I titled the painting. Since I have been painting lots of sunflower paintings lately, I am sure I may use some of the other titles for my other artworks.


When Paintings will be for Sale


If you are looking to collect this painting, it is not listed on my website yet. I have decided to change the way I manage my art and list new bodies of work as completed collections a few times a year rather than list individual artworks as I complete them. If you want to know when this art is listed online, you can get on my VIP mailing list.


(*end of fb video)

Would you like to become a VIP Collector?


Whether you are just in the dreaming phases of collecting art or think you might do it sometime soon, get on my VIP art collector list so you can be the first to know when new art is added to my website. Art collecting will add happiness to your life from the moment you open the package and every time you look at the art on your walls



https://schulmanart.leadpages.co/vip-collector-for-the-holidays/
Want to be a VIP collector too? Just click on this link and I will shower you with gratitude!

In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com

Hello! 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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Who wants real mail? (free sunflower postcard prints)

free sunflower postcards http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/who-wants-real-mail-free-sunflower.html
I've been working really hard in my studio creating a new collection of original art and many people (like you) have been asking me when is it going to be listed online for sale. Well, to simplify my life I have decided that I will only list new art for sale once per month.

Sunflower Postcards


In the meanwhile, I wanted to do something for you. You see, I ordered a whole stack of postcards with one of my sunflower paintings on them and I plan to mail it out to anyone who has collected original art from me in the past.

Want one?


However, since you have to order postcards in bulk I have waaay too many. So, I thought that perhaps you might want to get a postcard from me as well?

So, if you think you would like to get some real mail from me in your mailbox (not just your inbox) Then click here and enter your mailing address. Of course, I only have a limited supply of postcards but I do hope to mail out as many as I can.
free sunflower postcards http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/who-wants-real-mail-free-sunflower.html
Here is the postcard you will receive. I will even sign the back!

https://schulmanart.leadpages.co/free-sunflower-postcard/
If you would like one of these postcards, just click here and I will put one in the mail for you! (while supplies last)

 

In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com

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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net 
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Wrapping Art with Gratitude

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the art after I sell it online? Today I wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at how I handle each artwork so that it arrives at your doorstep in beautiful condition.


Wrapped with Gratitude


Between Veteran's Day until Christmas my studio begins to resemble the gift wrapping department of Macy's. I love packaging each of my artworks for you and it is one of those tasks that I truly enjoying doing myself even though I probably should have an assistant do for me.

how to pack art http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/wrapping-art-with-gratitude.html @schulmanart

Sealed with Care


Every fine art print, cosmetic bag, calendar or artwork is wrapped up in colored tissue paper and embellished with colorful washi tape strips. As I wrap each one with love for you, I like to imagine the delight on your face. I also make sure I include free postcards with every package that has my bio on the back and my art on the front. This is especially important if you plan on giving the art as a gift to someone else who may be unfamiliar with my story.




how to pack art http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/wrapping-art-with-gratitude.html @schulmanart

Lots of bling


For each piece, I hand write a sincere note of gratitude and tuck it inside the wrappings. A seal with my peacock art is also added to each package.


 
how to pack art http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/wrapping-art-with-gratitude.html @schulmanart

Santa's Workshop (except I am Santa AND the elves)


Around this time of year, my studio resembles Santa's workshop as I scurry between creating custom portraits of pets and houses which make popular gifts and wrapping each package with care. The outside of each package is decorated with patterned washi tape and more stickers. I like the postman to know he is carrying something special and that there is valuable art in his hands.

I know that the postal workers take notice as once I wrapped something up for my mom this way and the mail carrier told her she had a special package waiting. I like to imagine this is the reaction of all the postal workers who carry my art and that the art collector appreciates the beautiful wrappings.


Would you like to become a VIP Collector?


Whether you are just in the dreaming phases of collecting art or think you might do it sometime soon, get on my VIP art collector list so you can be the first to know when new art is added to my website. Art collecting will add happiness to your life from the moment you open the package and every time you look at the art on your walls



https://schulmanart.leadpages.co/vip-collector-for-the-holidays/
Want to be a VIP collector too? Just click on this link and I will shower you with gratitude!

In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com

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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tis the season to remember

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Although I am Jewish, I absolutely adore creating holiday ornaments. I think this harks back to when I was a girl scout living in the suburbs of Atlanta. Each year, I looked forward to stringing popcorn and cranberries as well creating these little works of art to decorate the tree.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=ornaments&order=price_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search&page=1

 

Memorial Ornaments 


One tradition that I have discovered is creating memorial ornaments. These ornaments usually have a dragonfly or a butterfly to symbolize life after death in a spiritual way. Collectors were snatching up the dragonfly ornaments and asking to have their loved ones names added lovingly to the back.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=ornaments&order=price_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search&page=1

 

Art provides comfort


I love this tradition so much and it gives me joy to know that my little art is providing comfort to those who may be feeling loss. Families normally collect a new one each year and I also noticed that my collectors preferred to get the holiday ornaments in multiples so that is why I am offering coordinated ornaments in sets of three. There are only three sets offered this year in this style plus I also have some selected ones I made with small prints of my art and bedazzled with glitter. You can see all the ornaments HERE
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=ornaments&order=price_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search&page=1

Celebrate Your Family


Honoring your loved ones during the holidays brings the spirit of the holiday to what is most important, celebrating your family. Instead of the name, sometimes people will choose to personalize the ornament with the verse: 

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Last year, I hosted a hugely successful newsletter subscriber only black Friday "sale." I put sale in quotes because I really don't put my art on sale but I do give art collectors and loyal newsletter subscriber secret coupon codes to save on art because I really appreciate you.  (by the way, I wouldn't necessarily suggest waiting until the sale to get these 2015 ornaments since I only made ten in this style and they may even be gone before the sale. I don't usually have time to restock so once these are gone, they are gone. You can get yours now HERE )

In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com

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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net


I would love to hear from you...do you have a tradition of collecting a certain kind of ornaments in your family?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

How to paint EASY Watercolor Trees

watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html
As I look out my window, I am treated to the gorgeous colors of yellow maple trees and a blanket of multicolored carpet on the ground. I love the smell of this time of year that reminds me of a crisp juicy apple, memories of going back to school and the promise of a new school year. 


Capturing the beauty of Fall


These pleasurable feelings makes painting the colors of fall a joy. I want to share with you an easy way to capture the fall in watercolor. This is an easy technique to learn even if you are just starting out in watercolor. My students love it and so will you.


watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html

Material Tips


First, you will need to either tape a piece of watercolor paper to a board or use a watercolor block. I always use Arches 140lb watercolor paper which you can buy by the sheet or in a block. Blocks are the most convenient as the paper is already gummed on all four sides and will stay flat.


Drawing Tips


Then I draw vertical lines to represent my trees. I am creating these trees from my imagination. Notice how I vary the angles of my lines.There is not a lot of detail so this is also a great painting to do if you don't have a lot of confidence in your drawing skills.
watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html

Tone the paper


Next, I tone the paper using a thin wash of three primary colors. I used cadmium red, cobalt blue and yellow ochre...but really you can use any three you want. The yellow and blue blend seemlessly into green. Do not worry about where the colors are at this stage. Be as careless as you please and simply blot the areas that you want to make your white trees.

watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html

Mask the trunks


Next, I mask out the trunks with low tack artist tape. Masking tape might rip and ruin your paper so I do suggest you seek out the low tack artist tape-- you will find this in the drafting area of the art supply store. I ripped the tape to vary the thickness of the trunks.

watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html

Purposeful Painting


Now, you can have more fun. I kept the forest floor green and the area above the horizon line is red. You can do whatever you want. This is your landscape!

watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html

Finishing Details


Carefully remove the tape and now add details. The dark paint will help make the white stand out and give the illusion of more detail than there really is.
Here is the finished watercolor painting which is you can collect online HERE: Tree Art by Miriam Schulman


watercolor techniques | how to paint in watercolors | watercolour tips | learn how on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-paint-easy-watercolor-trees.html
You can save this step-by-step infographic to your pinterest board!


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Want to learn more techniques like these? 
In Watercolor Textures, an online video ecourse, 
you will discover the confidence to create your 
own landscape painting in your own style.

→ Learn more about this online class

 

Other watercolor tips you might like:


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In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

artist Miriam Schulman of @schulmanArt learn more at www.SchulmanArt.com


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 SchulmanArt.com or join the fun at TheInspirationPlace.net


I would love to hear from you... Have you ever tried using masking tape in your watercolor paintings? What do you think of this idea?

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