Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Art is your Legacy (5 benefits of collecting art)

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Have you ever gotten a message from beyond the grave?

Shortly after Mother’s Day, I got a phone call from a stranger. 

He had received one of the postcards I had sent out to art collectors to celebrate spring had arrived at his home. I addressed the postcard to his wife who had purchased some of my original artwork.

My heart sank when he told me she had passed away.

“I’m so sorry. I will take her name off my list,” I apologized, feeling horrible that I had unknowingly caused him pain.

But to my surprise, he thanked me for sending the postcard. He explained that receiving the postcard brightened his day and it almost felt like it was a gift from his late wife. He asked to remain on my mailing list, so he could continue to receive my postcards and said he may consider collecting more art from me in the future. You can see the art she collected in the picture below.

living room decorating idea with Spring blossoms. collect the canvas prints http://www.imagekind.com/artists/schulmanart/Trees/fine-art-prints
"Spring Blossoms" by Miriam Schulman (art collected by the late Elizabeth Deaux)→ canvas prints are available HERE

You see, his wife was an avid collector of original art during her lifetime and all the art decorating their home comforted her husband after she had passed. She had collected a triptych of three oil paintings, called Spring Blossoms. Although the original is now part of their private collection, canvas prints are available HERE.

Art is part of her legacy.

A Grandmother’s Art is her Legacy


My husband’s grandmother was also an artist.

When she passed the adult grandchildren divided up their favorite paintings. Each one held special meaning to them  that stoked a warm memory of when their grandmother painted it. Although she wasn’t a professional artist, her art played an important role in the family’s memories of her and the farm that she painted. If she ever thought she wasn’t good enough to paint, her family would beg to differ based simply on the memories she gave them and the place of honor they bestowed to her artwork in their homes.

My husband chose a gentle watercolor of children looking out a window at a flock of birds. The children are painted very loosely, not in a formal portrait manner. But each time he looks at the painting, which now hangs in our bedroom, he is brought back to his childhood memories on the farm.

Art is part of her legacy.

5 Benefits of Collecting Art


Whether you collect the artwork of others, create your own or a bit of both, art becomes a piece of you and your family’s personal history. It’s a part of your life here and now, and it becomes a legacy when you’re gone.
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collect Sunflower Art

1. Art is your legacy


It helps piece together what you love. Your personality. What you value. Your footprint on this earth.

Here are some of the others reasons to collect art...

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2. Art makes us feel good


There’s no doubt that one of my favorite reasons to collect art is how it makes you feel. From delight to excitement, nostalgia to love and relaxation to pride, the important thing about the artwork you surround yourself with is your interaction with it—how it makes you feel. 
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Original watercolor of owl art
 

3. Art reflects your values


Pieces of art resonate differently for each of us. The art you purchase and decorate your home with forms a tapestry of your personal style and tastes. It can help people understand what you value.

4. Be a patron of the arts


You don’t have to spend millions on a Picasso to be a patron of the arts. The art you invest in today becomes your family's cultural legacy tomorrow. You make a real difference when you support the arts, because you make future paintings possible.


5. Join the art community


You build connections among like-minded people when you take art classes, follow artists and visit galleries. Your art tribe becomes a welcome place for social interaction between fellow art-lovers and collectors. I witness this every day as I watch the nourishing and supportive interaction in our Facebook groups among those enrolled in my art classes at The Inspiration Place.

Art is powerful. Whether you create original works or surround yourself with the work of others...art is part of your legacy.

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PS would you like to be on the list to get one of my
 free postcards in the mail?  

All you have to do is sign up for my email list to get one next 
time they go out.

What do you think? 


Do you have art that brings you back to a special person, time or place?



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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

5 Surprising Tricks for Inspirational Breakthroughs (based on science)

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I know what it’s like to be starved creatively. Although art is now integrated into every aspect of my life, it hasn’t been that long since my life looked very different. In 2000, I worked at a high-powered hedge fund job that required long hours, and with a toddler at home and one on the way I barely had time to take a shower, much less any time to devote to art.

Missing my creative side


No doubt I was missing my creative side, and it had been years since I had touched my art supplies. I remember the thrill mixed with fear when I first started painting again in a corner of my kitchen table. I had the desire to get going but struggled to shed my corporate life to unleash my creativity.

Struggle for Fresh Inspiration


Even now, I sometimes struggle to find inspiration even though art is now my life’s work. In fact, sometimes it is even harder to come up with fresh inspiration when you create art on a more regular basis.

To help you overcome creative blocks, let’s take a look at the science of inspiration and the top ways I use it to get inspired.


The Science of Inspiration



Although In the past I have written about the magic of finding your creative muse, (see the magic of getting started or Invoking the Muse) scientists have shown that inspiration isn’t entirely spiritual or the result of being “breathed upon by God” as ancient civilizations thought. We can use this brain research to help us be more creative. Scientists identified the following times when our brains are poised for inspiration:
  • Memory triggers: When memories or thoughts are triggered in your mind spontaneously
  • Shake things ups: When you break beyond your usual way of thinking or viewing something, and see it in a new way
  • Motivation: When you are motivated to express an idea

Inspiration not only motivates you, but makes you feel good about what you’re doing. Since no one is counting on you to make a painting, it can sometimes be hard to get motivated to take the first step. (There will always be something that seems “more important” to get done.) But just like exercise, you know how good you feel doing it… your brain needs art to help you relax so here are some ideas to help you get inspired in unlikely places.


Inspirational Breakthroughs


When I’m in an inspiration funk or taking just too long to actually start a painting, here are some ways I break through.

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Reconnect with your Inner Child

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"Yasgur's Farm" watercolor by Miriam Schulman
>> collect prints

My father-in-law was a chicken farmer in the Catskills, just down the road a few miles from where the Woodstock Music Festival took place in 1969. Our family visits regularly, and my teenage son loves to spend time there helping Grandpa cut up wood or plant vegetables. When I visit the farm, I love fantasizing about my favorite children’s books and fairy tales.

The farm was actually my inspiration for my watercolor class Farm Animal Spirits, where we paint the animals in class that you see on my father-in-law’s farm and we will be painting the fuzzy yellow baby chicks that he raised, the cows that lived down the road, pigs like Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web and sweet baby lambs.

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Daydream

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sneak peek at a lesson inside of Farm Animal Spirits


When you’re trying to squeeze more errands in your day, get your work done or help your kids with their math homework, you must be laser focused. But when it comes to inspiration it is actually more productive to daydream.

So next time you are bored, resist the temptation to keep yourself busy checking status updates on Facebook and use that time to space out and dream.

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Wash the Dishes

Just like daydreaming, your mind is more open to inspiring thoughts when you are not working. Computer work or bill paying should be focused on during your optimal hours (whatever that time is for you), but inspirational and ah-moments hit you most while doing repetitive tasks, like washing the dishes. I get the best sparks when I am taking a walk or a boring exercise class when my mind has wandered away from the downward dog.
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Change It Up



When I spend too much time in my studio, I find my inspiration actually suffers. So to get inspired, you have to change up your routine. For me, a trip to New York City will usually fix that and the day off from my work means I come back re-energized and even more inspired.

Take what you usually do and change it, so that your brain is primed to be inspired. If you can’t take a whole day off to yourself just spend a few minutes to walk around the block or call a friend. (Just having a good old fashioned conversation can sometimes get those creative juices flowing.)
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Just Do It!

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"Cows in the Meadow" watercolor by Miriam Schulman,
 prints available

Inspiration can strike after the first stroke, so just get painting.

If I paint something that doesn’t work in my art journal, I just keep layering until I like what I see.

The only failure is never starting, so just do it. (tweet this)




Farm Animal Spirit Watercolor Class

To see how inspiration from visiting my father-in-law’s farm turned into an online art class, I hope you register for my Farm Animal Spirit watercolor class. This class is perfect for those who want to capture the personality and spirit of farm animals and to learn easy techniques to paint them so they look realistic, but not rigid or “cartoonish.”
Learn more about my new class Farm Animal Spirits



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What are ways that you get inspired?

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