207: Are Artists Born or Made?

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with host artist Miriam Schulman


In this podcast, you will discover…

Finding Your Artist Spark 

Harvey Dinnerstein, Proudly Realistic Painter, passed away at 94. He documented the early days of the civil rights movement in evocative drawings. Later, his paintings examined details of the everyday life around him. Hear how current events prompted him to use art to chronicle the people in the civil rights movement.  

He had to stop teaching when the pandemic hit, but he never stopped creating. Hear his philosophy on finding the artists spark in the absence of inspiration.  

Looking for some inspiration? Listen to episode 123, Restore Your Artists Heart here 

How to Evoke Emotion with Your Descriptions of Your Artwork  

Many lingerie brands use descriptive words that connote romance, seduction, and sex to describe their products. The Natori brand went in a completely different direction, appealing to modern women who want to feel sophisticated. Their marketing copy is crafted accordingly.  

Successful brands use feeling words to describe their product. Instead of being perceived as a commodity, Natori counts on us feeling good about ourselves when we wear their brand.  

People will pay more for a product that makes them feel good and gives them pleasure. This is one of the things I break down in a chapter of my upcoming book.  

Order your copy of the book and get the bonuses now! 

Is it Worth it?  

I recently moved to a two-bedroom apartment in NYC. I love our life here, but I find myself dreaming of more windows and natural light.  While preparing to move in, I found out there was an extra window that had been intentionally covered by sheet rock for a specific design aesthetic that the previous owner wanted. Is it worth knocking down a wall for the extra light?  

Is it worth it is a question I hear in my artist community. Is it worth it to create a website for my art? Is it worth it to continue painting if I’m not selling much work? Is a show in the city worth it?  

Is there a window hidden behind the wall in your life? I believe it’s always worth it.  

For support to be the artist you are meant to be check out the resources ready and waiting for you in the Artist Incubator. 

Are We Born Artists?  

Arnold Skolnick designed the iconic poster for the famed festival in 1969. He actually did it in a weekend after the first design was rejected by the local merchants. He was paid $12,000, a hefty sum in 1969 to be sure.  

Skolnick is also known for his belief that “you don’t become an artist, you either are or are not.” I’d love to know what you think. I’ve shared this on Instagram and would love your insights.  

Let me know what you think on Instagram. 

Keeping Up With What’s Working Now

When I was getting ready to sell my suburban home, I had a rude awakening. I was told that my brown furniture was out of style and I was even asked to remove some of it. Then I decided if brown wasn’t working then I’ll paint it all white.  

A friend asked me how I knew what to do. Honestly, I didn’t. I asked at the hardware store and with some painful trial and error, I figured out a method that worked for me.  

I’ve had 25 years of trial and error making a living as an artist. My incubator is where you can get the short cuts and insights and the benefit of the lessons I learned along the way.  

Here’s a great example of keeping up with what’s working or, like my brown furniture, what’s not working. Check out What’s Wrong with Your Instagram (and how to make it better) here.  

Links Mentioned

Listen to episode 123, Restore Your Artists Heart here 

Order your copy of Miriam’s upcoming book and get the bonuses now! 

For support to be the artist you are meant to be check out the resources ready and waiting for you in the Artist Incubator.

Let me know what you think on Instagram. 

Check out What’s Wrong with Your Instagram (and how to make it better) here.  

About the host, Miriam Schulman

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.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, 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. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

I am now a big fan!
I found Miriam’s podcast a couple of months ago and was hooked right away. I’ve been binge-listening since the first one (2018) and they have real gems. I am an artist and art instructor and Miriam’s content has helped in many ways. I love all the practical advice and how she puts me in the right mindset. She also makes me laugh with her funny stories and cheerful personality. Big big fan!

~ @patriosart

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2 thoughts on “207: Are Artists Born or Made?”

  1. The artist made. To be an artist must have a list this ingredients: the most important is THE PASSION for the art. With this
    This start to develop your hability. Every one born with this, the thing is every one HAVE THE POSIBILITY to encourage the hability (economic social, cultural bases?) The second is you have to practice every time you have. The third thing is to focus one at the time, then follow to the next step. Mostly the people can do this, BUT if you don’t have the passion….. you will never will be a a good Artist.

  2. Definitly the artist MADE. I can tell you by my own experience. I never study in the art school or university, but I dedicate more than 50 year to the drawing and painting. An also have with me some art from the begining. I can tell how I get the improve my art. Only you have to have: 1) the passion for the art, is the fundamental . 2) Constancy, every time you have …you practice. 3) Focus in the matter, that meaning lernenig one thing at the time. If you can’t see the progress after the time….. you didn’t have the passion, because you never ever can progress you HABILITY. important every mortal came with this the problem No every one have the possibility to do that
    (Social. Economical and cultural situacion)


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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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