Time to Refuel the Creative Well

A day in the city to recharge creative batteries….
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Grand Central Station in its Holiday glory
Every once in a while I make a point of going breaking with my regular routine and going into the city to refuel my creative well. Today was a misty rainy day but that doesn’t stop me. I find rain, especially unseasonable warm December rain, refreshing and with a big umbrella an a huge pair of boots I don’t mind.
Dick Blick in the Village
My first stop after Grand Central was a quick subway ride down to the Village to Dick Blick art store. Now, I normally buy from this retailer because they have the best online prices anywhere. Unfortunately, their tiny print on the website says that” prices on the website may differ” from  in store prices, so of course that meant that New York store was more expensive. Still, a fully stocked art supply store to an artist is like a candy store with cool supplies beckoning. When preparing this blog I noticed that there is an in store coupon that I could’ve used. Ah well, next time.
Drawings from the Louvre
Next on the list was the Morgan Library Museum on 36 and Madison. Unfortunately I somehow missed the Ingres exhibit, but there is still a wonderful drawing exhibit with dozens of works drawn by French masters from the Louvre. These drawings are beautifully executed, framed and presented. I particularly was intrigued by the back story behind a portrait by Prud’hon. A brief blurb next to the drawing hinted that the subject was his lover. In the catalog available for reading in the glorious marble room next door, I learned that Prud’hon had an intimate partnership with another artist Constance who eventually committed suicide when he coldly told her he wouldn’t marry again. After her death he wouldn’t look at her portrait again.
Public House on 41st and Lex
My final stop was lunch with an old high school friend at the Public House. This is a really cool restaurant/bar that must of once been a bank with its double vaulted atrium space. We sat up in the balcony section. Full of food and loaded with an arm full of art supplies I made my way back to Grand Central to catch a train back home
How do you recharge?


0 thoughts on “Time to Refuel the Creative Well”

  1. I am so flattered that you have featured my Linen & Room Spray – thank you! A trip to the Met (it's been too long) would be glorious, soft music, a book, candles and watching the birds at the feeder are all relaxing and great for recharging as well. This blog is especially lovely and I really enjoyed the "trip" to NYC!

  2. I love bubble baths too!

    And Joanm ditto on how art fairs refuel me. I really grow from getting feedback on pieces from collectors. I also love when people stop by who have bought pieces from me in the past and say how much they enjoys my art.

  3. Lovely blog! We're headed to NYC in the spring and this just piques my excitement for the trip! To recharge, I like to hike up then run down the mountain. It's exhilarating to be "Wudy de Wabbit", bounding over and around rocks along the way down. Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my treasury! It is such an honor 🙂 I am thrilled to be able to interact with such talented artists as yourself and everyone featured within the treasury I created.

  5. I go to a fabric store, touching, looking at the fabric will give me ideas. Going shopping on line for fabric is a close second.

  6. Carrie- How brave of you to put in a little nude self-portrait! I did a similar bath painting of my manicured toes in a bubble bath with my cat but no reflections on the chrome.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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