Watercolor Portraits Registration

Have you always wanted to paint watercolor portraits but been afraid to try?

There are emotions we can convey in a portrait painting that a thousand words cannot describe, and I want to teach you to tap into that incredible language. Portraits tell a story about you and about the person you are painting. It's an incredible gift to be able to paint a picture of your loved ones: your children, your grandchildren and to create a bit of immortality for yourself and others.

Are you afraid to even make a start because you're afraid of failing and making a mess of it? Are you holding yourself to such a high level of perfectionism that you're denying yourself the opportunity to try? (scroll down for more details)

If that sounds familiar, I can help!

About Miriam Schulman

Hi, I’m Miriam, founder of The Inspiration Place. I teach people just like you how to reconnect with their creativity! Whether you're an old pro or haven't picked up a paintbrsh since college, I’m here to help you LET GO while learning the techniques to create your own expressive beauty.

I live my creative life with gratitude in New York's backyard. After witnessing the devastation of 911, I abandoned my hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Rejecting the starving artist myth, my watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines & home decor books and collected worldwide. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art have carried my artistic accessories in their gift shops. My art has been seen in Art of Man, Art Journaling Magazine by Stampington, Professional Artist Magazine and The New York Times.

"I hesitated before taking Watercolor Portraits, because I really didn't know how to even begin much less how to set up a palette. I have always wanted to try watercolor. I loved this class, and I was amazed at how my painting turned out. Now, I feel like I can do it!" 

~Marcia Snyder

Take a Peek Inside

Build confidence to finally paint your loved ones

Learning new art techniques is a lot of work. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut to success. In this Watercolor Portraits class, I share secrets with you that have taken me years to learn so you can master techniques to paint skin tones, complementary backgrounds, for fresh and lively portraits that capture the essence of the person. You'll discover the skills you need to gain more confidence.  

Don’t waste time watching endless YouTube videos or trying to figure this out on your own. Let's make 2017 the year that you get a clear strategy to paint portraits whether you've always wanted to do this or simply need a new focus after experiencing heartache. Portraying the wonderful diversity of beauty in fellow human beings will keep you positive.

"I've always enjoyed drawing people, but my biggest problem was making time to do it. I was unsure about how successful my results would be, but In Watercolor Portraits, Miriam does a fine job of explaining her processes. I would recommend this class to a friend. It's a great class.

~Victoria Freeman

When you say YES to Watercolor Portraits, you'll get access to :

Lifetime Access to Videos Lessons with downloadable tip lists to teach you step-by-step how to paint water color portraits with ease


Weekly emails sent by me to help you stay inspired and motivated to keep painting


Access to our wonderful community of painters where you can post your work, ask your questions, and connect with other creatives! (Truly, you will never meet nicer women in any other Facebook group... absolutely zero drama)


In the supplies module, we’ll do a deep dive into all the supplies you need. Throughout the course you’ll get color mixing guides for a range of flesh tones and hair colors.


Taking photos could be a course all onto itself but to take a photo for a portrait, you need only to learn the essentials. You’ll discover what camera I use, but don’t worry, you do not need a fancy camera as well as how to light your subject and the best time of day to take your pictures. You’ll learn how to explain to children to give you a “Mona Lisa Smile” in order to get the effect you want. We’ll explore a repertoire of poses to use as well as how to arrange more than one child; what to do when there are pets involved; how to handle grumpy teenagers, and so much more. Plus you’ll even discover the best clothing to make stunning portraits.


Discover exactly how to scale your photo without a projector. Using a home personal printer, you’ll learn how to blow up any photo and transfer it to your watercolor paper. You’ll also learn how I fix mistakes, and freehand drawing techniques that give the drawing the touches it needs.. It's really about what details to include and how to add details after you've put down your basic landmarks. You’ll also learn how to stretch your watercolor paper.


In order to truly master techniques, peek over my shoulder during a complete watercolor demonstration of a young woman. You’ll get up close ( unlike in a live group demo) while you watch me lay down initial washes. You’ll learn how to make a harmonious background that accentuates the beauty of the people that you're painting. All this is going to help you conquer skin tones and color blending and color mixing while you capture light and shadow. You're also going to learn how to bring it all together and how to add the finishing touches, so you won't overwork your painting and you'll know when to stop.


Here, you will learn how to do natural looking hair in all different colors without fussing around, and that will help you escape your need for perfectionism. You do not have to paint every single hair in its place.

Everytime you see a portrait do you think "I wish I could do that"?

If you have been afraid to try portraits—or if you have no idea where to start—now is your time to challenge yourself. It’s time to discover the joy that art can add back to your life. 

You'll learn a process that comes from who you are and doesn't try to force anything or copy anyone else. You're your own artist. Develop honesty in your art and learn what works for you to express your style . 

Don't waste energy trying to achieve perfection that isn't your perfection. You can do this. You can and you will and this is your year to become a conscious creator of that creativity.

What You'll Learn:

Between all the technical books, online videos, and everything else, you just don’t know what to do next...and you're overwhelmed... and maybe even a little bit frustrated...or afraid to start. 

The good news? The content inside Watercolor Portraits will simplify your next steps by showing you:

  • How to make faces that look realistic- like real people - without being photographic or stiff or cartoonish
  • Develop an understanding of how to use vibrant colors to make your portraits come alive and glow with life
  • Explore soft backgrounds that accentuate the beauty of people
  • Discover how to loosen up and take risks with your watercolor paintings
  • Create natural looking hair without fussing around and escape your need for perfectionism ( hint: you don't have to paint every hair in its place!)
  • Conquer skin tones, proportions and color blending
  • Capture light and shadow and the essence of your subject
  • Breathe life into your portraits with the magic of watercolor
  • Learn how to not "overwork" your painting.. know when to stop.

"Learning with you has opened up a new world for me. I like YOUR classes the BEST...period. I stopped investing in any others because there is no comparison." ~Georgy Rock

No more confusion. No more feeling overwhelmed. Just more inspiration and skills to make your creative dreams real. 

Plus, you’ll be surrounded by other artists cheering you on, all sharing insights from their experience.

Get support from people who understand you.

If you want to get better at something, you have to be around people who are good at it, too. 

To turbo charge your success, you need a community of fellow people who are as dedicated and passionate as you are. That community is waiting for you right now. 

Whether in the forum or through the facebook mastermind group, you’ll find encouragement, real advice, and powerful connections with new friends who understand you.

Is this class right for you?

Who this class is for...

  •  You want to paint your children and grandchildren


  • You need a new focus or challenge in your life to increase your happiness


  • You're afraid of getting started or that you "Aren't good enough" You'll conquer the emotional side of painting.
  • You already paint portraits in another medium but want to try watercolor
  • You enjoy drawing "fantasy" faces but now want to create a painting that looks like a real person



Who this class is not for...

  • You already know all this stuff


  • You only want free techniques and rather not invest in your creativity.


  • You prefer to take more time to learn everything yourself by trial and error and don't mind being frustrated
  • You do not like the way watercolor looks

Workshop Feedback

"Even though I have taken a few courses with at The Inspiration PLace, this course is stunningly filled with so much info and technique that it is totally top drawer. I also enjoyed watching Miriam "fix" different areas of the painting. Makes it a much more realistic lesson by a human teacher. And it shows that you can fix a watercolor painting as well. I had never tried to do a portrait prior to this course and I’m very pleased with the outcome!" 

~Carole Jurack


"Miriam, I have watched all the videos and I am very impressed! Great tips for photographing and posing subjects. Thanks." 

~Doreen Backway


"After years of searching for a course that resembled the style I desire to paint in, I am excited to find the Inspiration Place. Before taking this class, I struggled with flesh colors, and I wanted to improve my skills in portrait painting. Now, they have greatly improved. I think the main thing I liked about the class is that I painted!! I took what I learned and applied it to my portraits. I think Miriam covered everything very well and the course was easy to follow." 

~Debbie Myers


"I must say that you have exceeded my expections for online courses or for that matter the courses I have taken at my local college. You explained how to scale the photograph better than any of my past instructors. While each hit on the topic no one put the package together. I loved the way you show us how to paint loosely." 

~Phyllis Green 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How many instructional videos are included? A: There are 25 instructional videos plus a few more welcome videos. All instructional videos show me working on different techniques just as if you were standing next to me looking over my shoulder and I was explaining my process to you.  

Q: Does my access expire? A: No, you will have access to the course for the lifetime of the site.  

Q: Does your class teaching go slowly thru the whole painting? Is your class completely step by step? A: This is literally a step-by-step, mix this color with that one and put it here holding your hand type of training. Nothing is left out.  

Q: Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time? A: Absolutely not. Just like the free series, you can watch the lessons when the time is right for you.

Q: Can I download the videos? A: Absolutely! Save them to your computer. They are yours to keep forever. 

Q: If I am not on facebook, can I still ask questions? A: Absolutely! There is a members only forum in every classroom at the Inspiration Place.

Q: I am hard of hearing...do you have written instructions? A: Yes! A downloadable "tip list" is available with every lesson.

Q: How will I know you processed my registration? A: You will receive an email from theinspirationplace@t.kajabimail.net with your login and your password.

Q: When does class start? A: Registrations are automatically processed and there should be no more than a 5 minute delay between when you sign up and when you get your login information. Check your spam folder for the password/login information.

Q: How long does the class last? A: You can take as much time as you need to ALL the content is waiting for you on the site

Q: How is content delivered? A: You have a personal login and a password to get access to all classes you signed for at TheInspirationPlace.net

Q: Art supplies can be expensive, what do I really need? A: Start with the basics - cadmium red, cad. yellow, cerulean blue and burnt sienna. You can add to them over time. Quality is better than quantity.

Q: Will I get feedback from you Miriam? A: I answer questions once a week.

Q: Do you offer a payment plan? A: Yes... you can pay in monthly installments.

Q: I haven't taken Watercolor Secrets, do I have to take these classes in a specific order? A: These are independent classes but I strongly recommend those with limited watercolor experience to start with Watercolor Secrets.

Q: What is the Fresh Faced Package plan? I don't get it. A: You get Watercolor Portraits AND Watercolor Secrets so you can master watercolor and save $$ by getting the bundle. (See more information about bundles here.)

Q: What about the Best Friends plan? A: You get Watercolor Portraits, AND both pet portrait classes (Crazy Cats and Dog Days). You cannot purchase the pet portrait classes separately at this time. If you want to add on Watercolor Secrets to this bundle (a $97 value) you can do so for $80 more. (See more information about bundles here.)

Q: I am on a fixed income and can't pay for it now.. can I pay for it later? A: I completely understand that not everyone can sign up for my classes when they are being offered, as much as I'd like to offer different options for every situation. Hopefully you will be able to join the next time or the next class.

Q: When will this portraits class be open again? A: Not until Summer 2018.

Q: I haven't had a chance to watch all the free videos yet- how long will they be up? A: I know it is a busy time but the videos (and registration) will be shut down on October 18th at midnight... no exceptions.

Q: If I have another question that isn’t answered here, who do I contact? A: I want you to be happy. If you have further questions that have not been addressed here, please email support@theinspirationPlace.net

Extra bonuses when you join today!

Not only will you get access to everything inside Watercolor Portraits when you join today, but I'm also throwing in these five bonuses!

Professional Advice

Discover the best insider advice for going professional and taking commissions

"Beach Play" Demonstration

I’ll walk you through painting a child playing on the beach in a 4 part video series. Many students used this lesson to create their own versions of their family on the beach

"Beach Ball" Demonstration

Hone your figure painting skills with this bonus project idea. Many students went on to paint their grandchildren in beach scenes after this demonstration and you can too.

How to Paint Hands

Learn how to paint hands - it’s not as hard you you think!

Final Critique

The opportunity to submit your art for a personal critique at the end of the semester.


"I take as many classes from Miriam as I can because I learn so much in each one. No matter what your style is you will add to it. I learned so much from the portrait class that I now take commissions that I would never have been able to do before." ~Judy Strait

100%, Money Back, Satisfaction Guarantee

Don’t even make up your mind right now. 

We want you to be delighted with all of The Inspiration Place programs. 

We know that if you watch the videos in the course(s) we offer, you’ll love it. That's why we give you a full 30 days from date of purchase to try the product. To be eligible for the refund, you must have watched a minimum of 3 videos but no more than 10 of the videos that you purchased and send your request to support@theInspirationPlace.net during the refund period. 

We hope you agree that this policy gives you enough time to figure out if the class was a good fit for you.

I think you’ll agree, that’s a pretty good offer..

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