with host artist Miriam Schulman
One very large conundrum is encouraging originality when teaching art. You want your students to come up with their own ideas and create their own style, but in the beginning, they don’t have the skills to do so, nor have they likely figured out their own style.
As an online art teacher, I struggle with this paradox a lot. I give my students the skills they need, but I don’t want them to copy me. This is a crutch for them that can be a problem in the long run. Although, I understand that in the beginning, copying a little to get a feel for their art so they can discover and learn their own style is normal. But it’s a difficult balancing act.
Today, I’ve invited artist Flora Bowley on to The Inspiration Place Podcast to discuss this! We talk about how we feel when our students copy us and how to balance teaching the necessary skills to our students while still encouraging originality. We also share how Flora is selling and promoting her original art so you can get some good tips for how to do so with your original art.
In this podcast, you will discover…
- How do you feel about your art students copying you?
- How to balance teaching skills and encouraging originality.
- How Flora is currently selling and promoting her original art, and some tips and strategies for you.
- Mentoring for guiding your career.
About Flora Bowley
Flora Bowley is a painter, creative pioneer, gentle guide and author of two top-selling books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.
Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong seeker, Flora believes creative expression is both a birthright and crucial part of holistic well-being.
Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world — inspiring thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush, often for the first time.
Flora lives in Portland, OR. Find out more about Flora and her offerings at www.florabowley.com.
About the host, Miriam Schulman
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at art.SchulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Listener shout out of the week!
“Bravo Miriam! I am an emerging artist (@tracyallegro) and I eagerly await the next episode of her podcast each week! I learn so much about the art world and strategies to market and sell art as well as overcoming typical fears artists have and more. Most weeks she has a delightful guest who I then have to look into and when it’s just her solo the show is still wonderful and packed with inspiring things and great books and ideas. Miriam’s tone is sincere, casual and I feel like I’m sitting there having coffee with her. Well done! I’m totally hooked!”
~ Tracy Allegro, @tracyallegro
Every time you look at a portrait, do you think “I wish I could paint something like that"?
When I first started drawing portraits, I too struggled to use traditional academic drawing methods. But then I stumbled upon a simple “Taboo Technique” that easily captures people’s likeness and discovered it’s the dirty secret behind most professional portrait artists. They use this “forbidden” technique but don’t want you to know what it is.
After completing dozens of commissioned portraits that make my clients “ooh and ah” I’ve folded this technique and other short cuts into my “5 P” Portrait Painting Process and taught this process to hundreds of my students so that they could create portraits they could be proud of.
Want to learn what it is?
Tune in for the live masterclass ENCORE: "Discover the “5 P’s” of the Portrait Painting Process to Create Art of Your Loved Ones that You Can Be Proud of…" on Wednesday, September 18th at 3pm ET
In this masterclass you’ll..
☑️ Explore the 5 P's of the Schulman Portrait Painting Process (the third "P" is a total game changer)
☑️ Discover "the Watercolor Advantage" - this allows you to use the special “shortcut” that I teach that makes the whole process much easier
☑️ Uncover the "Taboo Technique" most portrait artists don't want you to know -(this one technique will allow you to get past your doubt)