Thursday, December 31, 2015

3 Most popular art blog posts of 2015

3 most popular art blog posts of 2015 http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2016/01/3-most-popular-art-blog-posts-of-2015.html
As the new year dawns, I am starting to plan my blogging strategy for 2016. Part of the way I plan future blog posts is I take a look at the blog posts that were the most popular and look towards writing more blog posts on those topics. 

Not surprising, the most popular with my audience were on watercolor techniques, art journal ideas and color trends. Which was your favorite? What would you like to see from me in 2016?

 
http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/are-you-making-these-3-mistakes-with.html
Do you know the most common misconceptions
 about watercolor painting with red paint and are
 you guilty or innocent? Find out!
Are You Making These Three Mistakes in Your Watercolor Paintings?

http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-gesso-proceso.html
Everyone loves a good art demonstration, especially video, 
That's why Bob Ross was so popular. →Watch me create
Black Gesso Proceso

http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/02/whats-new-with-color-trends.html
Do you know how they predict which colors will be popular?
→ Find out
What's New with Color Trends 



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    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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

     

    Now I want to hear from you... what would you like me to write about on this blog in 2016?

    (leave a comment or email me at miriam@schulmanArt.com)
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    Saturday, December 26, 2015

    3 Most popular art pins of 2015

    3 Most popular art pins of 2015 @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/3-most-popular-art-pins-of-2015.html
    Here is a round up of the three most popular art pins for 2015. Can you guess what the themes were?  I'll give you a hint... they are on art journaling, color trends and mixed media art. Come see what pinners are sharing from my boards in this blog post.

    1. Art Journal Pins



     

    2. Colors trends and paint picks



     

    3. Beloved Mixed Media Art


     

     

    In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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


     

    Are you on pinterest? What do you like to pin?

    (follow me on pinterest! See what I like to pin!)


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    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    the time between the years

    mixed media trumpet painting by @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-time-between-years.html
    A German friend recently told me that her country calls this time "between the years." I like that idea. After the grandiose Hanukkah and Christmas, we have some days before New Years where we can reflect on the retrospective of the last year and the promise of a new one. It is that build up of time that is considered "between the years."

    Resolutions, Threats, Promises


    Since Hanukkah came early this year, those of us celebrating it have a longer time between our holiday and the New Year. Unless you just go by your children's school calendar... that forced week off at the end of the year. When you don't have to make your kids do homework but you dream up all kinds of bribes to incentivize them to perform for the rest of the year. Well, at least that is what I do so I can align my hopes for my children along with their material fantasies in hopes for a better future.Wouldn't it be great if we could write New Years resolutions for other people?

    mixed media trumpet painting by @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-time-between-years.html

    An Artistic Challenge


    For this period "between the years", I have dreamed up an artistic challenge for myself as well. I have set out to complete 10 new paintings by December 30th and list them all at once on my website. All of them will be musical instruments, like the painting featured above called "Trumpet Trust." I have begun to post pictures of them on a dedicated page on my website HERE.
    mixed media trumpet painting by @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-time-between-years.html
    So this painting is a trumpet- but it is also more than just a trumpet. I will let you in on a few of its secrets. There is an elephant hidden in the background, a most trustworthy animal who has a trumpet of his own. The blue gray of the elephant forms the background colors allowing the golden brass trumpet to shine above. In the original painting, you will see the metallic glints on the instrument. 

    Hidden Words

     

    Look more closely and you will see words embedded in the artwork. What else do you notice? The original art will come to you matted in a white 16x20" mat ready to slip into a ready made frame without the cost of custom framing. I have offered one framing suggestion above.  

    Print Options


    If you prefer the more economical option of a fine art print, you can collect those here. The prints also come with your choice of framing.
    living room decorating ideas blue and white mixed media trumpet painting by @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-time-between-years.html

    DECORATING IDEA


    For the room view, I conjured up this fantasy of an all white living room with a large bouquet of blue hydrangeas in the front to complement the painting. I don't know anyone who lives like that except in the catalogs of Ethan Allen. However, I am sure you can find a home for this trumpet painting anywhere... where would you display it?

    http://tinyurl.com/free-music-postcard

    POSTCARD GIVEAWAY


    To kick off the series, I decided to do a postcard giveaway. Now this is not your typical giveaway where there is only one or two winners. Everyone wins! All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter ( I also need your address so I know where to mail the postcard to!) I will be mailing this postcard out to active current subscribers in February 2016 (like the painting on this postcard? You can see it and the rest of the series on my website)
    http://tinyurl.com/free-music-postcard

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    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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


      

    What do you do during the "time between the years"?

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    Friday, December 18, 2015

    Art Inspired by Music

    Last weekend, I drove up to see my college daughter perform in her orchestra. Now for those of you who have negative flashbacks to elemetary school orchestra and band concerts where you couldn't tell the difference between the music and the tuning... this was nothing of that sort. My daughter goes to a music conservatory where students are training to perform at the highest level. 

    Inspiration to my artistic soul


    As I sat in the orchestra I observed the different instruments. I find it fascinating how musical instrument makers have figured out how to twitch brass and carve wood into the music making pieces. I knew that my next art collection must be based on a series of the instruments and I couldn't wait to get home to my art studio so I could start working on them

    Since  my daughter is a cellist, of course the series needed to include a cello painting. This mixed media artwork has already been sold, so you can't buy the original. However, I am making prints available here. Click here to see the musical art series as I list them.

    My son is a clarinetist. He is not planning to pursue music at the conservatory level, but it is part of his heart and soul nonetheless. I love watching him play as he transforms from a badass wrestler into a boho street musician. 

    We did have a conversation about why my art is so "feminine." I pointed out to him that Monet's art is fairly feminine too with lots of pink. Not all the art in my series is quite as pink as this one. I actually did not have my son in mind when I created it but rather my daughter's friend who is studying the clarinet at her music conservatory.

    Authenticity in Art


    We also talked about mixed media in general. he told me when he thinks of mixed media he thinks of "glitter." which is interesting because although a lot of mixed media artists use glitter, the only glitter in my art in on my holiday ornaments. I told him about other artists I know whose art is more masculine, like Seth Apter. I also told him that if I purposefully tried to force my art to be more appealing to men-- ie worry about commercialism- I may lose my authentic voice in my art. So yes, most of the time, my art has a lot of feminine attributes, like flowers and butterflies and pink. (see the emerging musical art series)

    Butterfly Music


    I really liked the idea of butterflies and notes coming out of the clarinet. I also added grungy wording on top.  The idea is that the music of an orchestra or jazz band is rich and creates a cacophony of sounds yet it calms the soul anyway.

    (the original art pictured above is sold...but fine art prints of instrument art are available)

    The third instrument is one that I played in high school. I had begged for lessons for years but I didn't start playing until I was in the seventh grade and my family could finally afford a piano. We didn't have a Steinway, but I decided to create that art anyway as it represents the luxury of pianos. Did you play piano too? You can see this art plus more of the musical series on my website.

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    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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

     

     

    Now I want to hear from you... how does music inspire you?

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    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    5 Most loved instagram posts 2015

    5 most popular instagram posts by @schulmanArt http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/5-most-loved-instagram-posts-2015.html
    One of my favorite social media time wasters is instagram. Being a visual person, I love all the eye candy that people post throughout the day. In this post, I share with you my top five loved instagram posts in 2015.

    All but one is of my animal art, which shouldn't really surprise me. Do you do instagram?

    1.

    fox art | fox print by Miriam schulman @schulmanArt | learn more http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/5-most-loved-instagram-posts-2015.html
    This fox painting is now sold! You can collect a print in your choice of canvas or framed  HERE.

    2.

    A photo posted by Miriam Schulman (@schulmanart) on
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchulmanArts/search?search_query=sunflower&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
    As of this writing, you can collect this sunflower painting... a true statement piece for over the mantel or a headboard.

    3.

    chicken art by Miriam schulman @schulmanArt learn more http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/5-most-loved-instagram-posts-2015.html
    Whether for the nursery or a country kitchen, Charming Chicks always delight. Collect it here.

    4.

    http://www.imagekind.com/Peaceful-Pasture-Sheep-Print_art?imid=59ce8ef7-88ad-46d8-b267-eb6ea09806cd

    you can collect a print of this "Peaceful Pasture" HERE

    5.


    http://www.imagekind.com/Duck-Darling-mixed-media-collage-art_art?imid=f227fb29-7026-4880-937c-adbe543c8124

    you can collect the duck print  of "Duck Darling" framed here


    A postcard giveaway

    http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/11/another-free-postcard-for-you.html
    free pig postcards for all "schulmanArt" newsletter subscribers
    If you love my animal art, then you will love this FREE pig postcard. Be sure you sign up to get one... this is not a contest, everyone wins!!

    I will be sending physical postcards to everyone who signs up (and stays) on my mailing list. If you would like to receive one of these postcards, you can sign up here!

     

    http://instagram.com/schulmanart#
    click here to follow me...

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    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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, December 16, 2015

    Crash Course in Marketing Your Creativity (12 best books for entrepreneurs)

    12 best books in marketing your creativity for entrepreneurs http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2015/12/crash-course-in-marketing-your.html
    Okay, we have reached the last post in the series of books I enjoyed during 2015. Have you added any to your reading wish list? If you run any kind of online business, then these books were awesome. They really appealed to the nerdier left side of my brain. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this series!

    Invisible Selling Machine by Ryan Deiss

    “if I had to boil it down to the one thing that makes the most difference it would be having a systematic way of getting sales.” ― Ryan Deiss

    “This is what most marketers get wrong. They focus all their efforts on building email lists, and almost no effort on how they’re going to make money from that list once they have it.” ― Ryan Deiss 
    takeaway: lots of good email swipe copy in this book

    Launch by Jeff Walker


    “If you want to make your business and your marketing memorable, then your marketing needs to tell a story.” ― Jeff Walker
    “Your most scarce resource is focus.” ― Jeff Walker
    note: out of all the books on the list this one was my least favorite... at times it felt more like a sales letter for his very expensive online course.
     

    Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich David Garfinkel

     “The more your copy sounds like a real conversation, the more engaging it will be.” ― David Garfinkel
    takeaway: use this book as a reference
    I'd Rather Be in the Studio book from Art Biz Coach

    I'd Rather Be in the Studio! Alyson B. Stanfield

    "Clutter in your studio and office leads to clutter in your mind... it is always there to remind you of things you haven't done." ― Alyson B. Stanfield

    "When you have set yourself a specific routine, all of the pieces of your life fit together to make you a better artist." ― Alyson B. Stanfield

    "Your art has never spoken for itself... you might find what others say about your art is to your liking, but more than likely you will wish you had found the words for yourself..."― Alyson B. Stanfield 
    notes: excellent book. Unfortunately, this is only available as an ebook, but it is an excellent bargain as it contains pretty much everything you will find in one of her online courses. I printed a chapter a day and read the hard copy.

    Influence Robert B. Cialdini

    “people seem to be more motivated by the thought of losing something than by the thought of gaining something of equal value.” ― Robert B. Cialdini

    “we all fool ourselves from time to time in order to keep our thoughts and beliefs consistent with what we have already done or decided”― Robert B. Cialdini
    notes: I listened to the audio version after I couldn't get through the copy I checked out of the library. It's a fun read as it helps us understand ourselves and how we get influenced.

    Youtility Jay Baer

     “Social Media is About People, Not Logos” ― Jay Baer
    “stop trying to be amazing and start being useful.”―Jay Baer 
    notes: a fun book- interesting message for corporations to make more sponsored content.

    Platform Michael Hyatt

    “Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.” ― Michael Hyatt
    "The goal is to communicate, not to impress readers with your vocabulary.” ― Michael Hyatt
    “Don’t underestimate the importance of great design. When it comes to selling your product, it can make you or break you.” ― Michael Hyatt
    note: this is another bargain as the book contains much of what Hyatt offers in his online courses.

    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

     “It took thirty-eight years before 50 million people gained access to radios. It took television thirteen years to earn an audience that size. It took Instagram a year and a half.” ― Gary Vaynerchuk


    takeaway: uses visual case studies to show how to use each social media platform differently.

    “No Heroics. If you need a hero to get things done, you have a problem. Heroic effort should be viewed as a failure of planning.” ― Jeff Sutherland
    “Multitasking Makes You Stupid. Doing more than one thing at a time makes you slower and worse at both tasks. Don’t do it. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, you’re wrong—it does.” ― Jeff Sutherland
    “That absolute alignment of purpose and trust is something that creates greatness.” ― Jeff Sutherland
    note: This book is for serious readers only. I was pretty serious, and read it.

    Good to Great Jim Collins

    “The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.” ― James C. Collins
     “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”― James C. Collins
     “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” ― James C. Collins 
    note: Again, this is a very academic book more suitable for business school wannabes but it appealed to my nerdier side of my brain.

    Rework Jason Fried

    “What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.” ― Jason Fried
     “Plus, if you’re a copycat, you can never keep up. You’re always in a passive position. You never lead; you always follow. You give birth to something that’s already behind the times—just a knockoff, an inferior version of the original. That’s no way to live.” ― Jason Fried 
     “Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way”― Jason Fried 
    note: If Good to Great and Scrum are too serious for you then this is a lighter version of the same philosophies plus lots of cursing....actually, I am not sure of there was actual cursing... You can also read their blog for the same content, but I don't read blogs.

    Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got Jay Abraham

    “As soon as you open your mind to doing things differently, the doors of opportunity practically fly off their hinges.” ― Jay Abraham
    note: This book contains lots of gems for entrepreneurs. Very actionable.

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    In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

    artist Miriam Schulman in her  art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! 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


     Now I want to hear from you... have you read any of these books? Which would you love to read next?

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