Gratitude for Paintings sold in 2016

For 2017, I am choosing to focus on “gratitude.” So as part of this gratitude practice I am going to begin by expressing gratitude for all the art that was collected during 2016. In this blog post, I am documenting all the art that was collected and expressing my thanks to the universe for uniting my art with collectors.
Each artwork collected has a story… why they fell in love. Why they couldn’t live without it. Often, the art was chosen as a gift for a loved one who had a special connection to the subject matter. Others collected art for themselves to celebrate beauty in their lives.
The artwork collected came from four new collections created in 2016 as well as a few miscellaneous whimsical pieces that I created in years prior.

Animal Poetry


I have always felt a strong connection with animal spirits and built a collection of artwork around these soulful animals. Here are four original paintings chosen by collectors this year.
The pigs were collected by a music teacher who spotted the art the annual boutique that I do in conjunction with a her music school. She purchased the painting for her niece who loves pigs. This was a big investment piece but this collector wanted to be the kind of Aunt who gives original artwork and her niece will grow to appreciate its value over time.


fox painting by miriam schulman |
pig painting by miriam schulman | penguin art by miriam schulman |


Musical Memories

I also create a collection of musical artwork based on instruments and musicians.


  • a professional composer and trumpeter couldn’t resist the trumpet and collected it the day it hit my webste
  •  a tubist married to a retired elementary music teacher snatched up the tuba painting
  • The Harp painting went to a seventeen year old daughter who is studying the harp for her birthday present
  • the piano painting, a gift to a granddaughter.

 click here to see more from the musical art collection

trumpet painting by miriam schulman |
word art | harp painting | musician art | inspirational painting by miriam schulman | piano painting by miriam schulman |

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is it about flowers that draws me to them again and again? I think it is the challenge to paint them in new and unconventional ways.

Like these floral collages. From a distance they look like conventional flower paintings. It is only when you draw near that you see they are made of bits of magazines, piano music and empherma.


  • The sunflowers were purchased by a mother as a Veterinarian school graduation gift to her daughter.
  • The pink peonies will adorn a music room.
  • a friend, who just sold her company, chose the red poppies to grace her new executive office.
  • Repeat collectors who also own my fruit collage of lemons and limes added the sunflower bouquet to their art collection

Discover flower art that speaks to you

sunflower painting by miriam schulman | flower painting | peony painting by miriam schulman |
flower painting | poppy painting by miriam schulman | sunflower painting by miriam schulman |

My Muse made me do it

These whimsical creations were also part of collections, most of which have already gone on to other homes. There are more Day of the dead art, and flag art to be found on my website.

american flag art by miriam schulman |

chipmunk painting by miriam schulman | http://www.schulmanart.comFinally, this watercolor chipmunk crawled into the heart of a collector and she had to bring him home. I love woodland creatures, don’t you?


About the Artist (Miriam Schulman)

Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at

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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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