In a Perfect World….

March 28th, 2011

In A Perfect World…..

Nothing would go wrong. Life would be as we plan it and live it. Days would pass and we would accomplish all we want to do and all our loved one would be safe and sound. We would be all we want to be and the same would be accomplished for everyone we love and cherish.
“We make plans and God Laughs”

This is an old saying that was told to me many years ago as I was building my photography studio business and “tree trunks” kept falling in my way and I had climb over them, brush myself off and continue on the journey that was to be my life and the roots of my professional life.

“Honesty Alert!”

I have over 5000 Facebook friends, the truth is most of them know me better than I know them. But there are many things they don’t know about me. Things I have kept private and to myself. As the years have passed I no longer feel a need to tell my “life story” to new friends who didn’t live it with me. But sitting down today to write a long overdue blog post makes me feel like sharing what has been going on and how it relates to us all and the past and the future. Todays post is not about my art or photography or what I teach or what I learn…it’s about lifes lessons we all learn the hard way.

So much happens to us and there is little we can do to change it.

Where Have I Been?

Well, the truth is that one of those things happened to me. Or rather to my best other half, Michael. In February on an ordinary night in an ordinary house, while watching ordinary tv, our lives were turned upside down with the few words of “I don’t feel good” while waving his hand over his chest. After the 911 call, the seven good looking emt guys in our living room, a fire engine, an ambulance and two unmarked cars on our small street, we started a new journey. To a triple bypass for his heart. The week before the Barbara Walters special about major heart surgery was on and I flipped the channel to something else. Now I had to live it with my loved one. The time in hospital saga is too long to go through here, but the bottom line is we are so lucky that we researched Asheville and it’s hospitals before moving here. Their heart unit is incredible.Every person we dealt with was amazing. And he survived it. And so did I. The call to 911 was made on February 10th and the surgery was the 15th and they sent him home on the 21st.

That is they sent him home to my care and feeding, plus the Care Partners that do home health. But I was living this as much as he was. After my own colon cancer surgery in December 2009 I thought we were home free. Now I saw that I had to live this with him. To get his diabetes under control, the gadzillion medications he was taking and “just us” to take care of us. So that is where I have been.

Life Lessons

I remember the first time I complained and whined and I wailed “That’s NOT Fair!” stamping my foot and was told “Life is NOT Fair”….ah, how true. But life is for living and while things get in the way, we must move on. While Michael was in the hospital for his heart surgery, my good friend tried to hide from me that her beautiful 18 year old daughter was in a life threatening car accident. She was dealing with that three hours from me and I felt helpless to help her when I needed all the help and strength I could get to deal with my own problems. Thankfully, both her daughter and Michael are on the road to recovery and both will be fine. It was like time was standing still.

Another time things didn’t seem fair was when my first baby was born in 1974 and he entered the world with all the drama that a first time mother dreads and fears. He was a beautiful baby, but born with multiple problems that changed our lives forever. After eight years we were again put into shock when he suddenly passed and was gone from our lives.

In between our lives were full of joy having another beautiful and healthy baby boy and the decision we made to take our healthy baby and run, closing down the factory and moving on with our lives.

Many, many other dramas,dreams that came true and some that didn’t. Dramas that make up life and death happened through the years. I successfully kept my private life separated from my professional life and enjoyed sharing my portrait clients lives and celebrating the big and little things in their lives and being able to document their images and create their family history was an incredible feeling.
Which Brings me To:

I truly love blogging here and sharing what I learned yesterday to pass it on to you all, but sometimes we have to disappear and regroup and clear our heads as life comes at us from the blindside. We have all been there. We have all done that. I needed a little time to get away. Clear my head, think about what I want to share with you all and gather up the links, webinars and art techniques that I can share. Thanks for understanding and listening. I enjoy all of your stories and sharing your lives on Facebook and Twitter…but now….it’s

London Here We Come SWPP

January 12th, 2011

We are finally off for London,England tomorrow to give three programs at SWPP Convention at the Novotel Hotel West. To make things easy for all three classes I thought I would blog post here all great deals and discount codes that I usually hand out in classes. This will put them in one place and we don’t need to carry paperwork with us.

Discount Codes for Software

Topaz Filters:  TOPAZ Site: CLICK HERE! DISCOUNT CODE: msholin

Alienskin Software: Save 10%
Alienskin Discount Code: MSH0901



LUCIS ARTS All Versions
Coolest software and you have so many choices with it!
Lucis Art3 ED
Lucis Art3 SE
Lucis Art Pro 6.0

Coupon Code is SAME for ALL: HIDDENIMAGE
I will post more and keep this list updated and add some other links to it but for now this gives everyone the important links and discount codes.

Art for Photographers in London SWPP

January 6th, 2011

Saturday January 15 2011 Four Hours

This is an exciting program I am giving at the SWPP convention in London next week. I am really looking forward to sharing at this program to help other photographers who are frustrated and stuck in a grind of high school seniors and weddings to find a way to make more money and also sell their images as fine art over and over again.

You don’t need to know much… can use many different programs and plug ins but the point is to DO IT! I think some are mistaking this four hour super class for a Corel Painter lesson and it’s not. It is much more than that! It’s about the entire journey of becoming who you want to be!

With over 25 years of experience as a studio owner and master portrait artist, I was silly to take a giant leap with my eyes closed and my mind open into the art world of painting. I still can’t draw a straight line,  do draw stick figure doodles and never had formal art training. Yet, my paintings (developed from photo reference) have hung in airports, won best of show and even  had a one woman and group shows in a very short time and are selling internationally. The finished original canvas paintings have form and texture that are all created with the simplest of acrylic paint products available worldwide.

I am going to show how easy it is to create these finished pieces of art and the magical road to selling them over and over and over creating new income flow that is pure profit. Create it once, sell it a thousand times over in multiple products and market to new collectors who then will become your studios new portrait clients also. Working it full circle will increase sales in all areas.

Sit in with me even if you never painted with a brush and never drew before. I have done all the research and created the information and details to take your studio into a new area of touchable art in simple terms and materials. This is a life changing time for photographers. This is a product that will put your studio above all others and have your clients talking about you as an artist.


You do NOT need anything but to take notes at this class. If you want to follow along in Painter or Photoshop that is fine, but it is NOT required!

Secrets to Layers in Corel Painter

December 8th, 2010

Even includes a video!

Here are the basics to layers in Corel Painter. I try to keep things simple so check out this post including the video and learn the easy way.

Painting On Layers

Corel Painter Layers

Video for Painting on Layers

More FREE Corel Painter Brushes

December 8th, 2010

Pssst…..Want to know a secret about Free Corel Painter brushes?

Here is a blog post on free corel painter brushes and how to install brushes.

Free Brushes

A few of the Free Brushes being Used


Five Alternative Art Posts to Know About

December 1st, 2010

There is so much great information on the internet it’s a wonder we find anything! Today I posted on PIXIQ about five posts on that site that I think are really wonderful. One of the posts is also, very, very funny! But if you want to learn more and about some alternative art methods,image transfers, how important it is to photograph trees, and much more then go to my site over on PIXIQ and check out Five Posts You May have Missed.

And don’t forget to read my own post on the new Topaz Infocus Plugin that is on sale for a few more days.

Also I have been loading up my Fine Art Prints store just in time for the holidays. Swing by Fine Art America and see some of the newest uploads. Be sure to leave comments on the ones you like. And as always, say nothing about the ones you don’t like!

Introducing a New Topaz InFocus Filter

November 22nd, 2010

Topaz Filters Releases New Sharpening Plugin

The new Infocus sharpening filter will help your images and digital art to new levels.

Read all about it on PIXIQ!


Artist Giclee Handbook

November 20th, 2010

New Book Review

I have posted a new book review of this wonderful book. It’s really a MUST HAVE to learn how to the printing correctly and to move away from the overused word GICLEE!


Create Your Own Greeting Cards this Season

November 17th, 2010

Fine Art Greeting Cards Yourself

Just finished a new blog post for PIXIQ. Learn all about choices for printing your own greeting cards this season.

Learn how HERE

There is a special offer for you also at that post!

marilyn sholin red river art cards

Art Cards from Red River

Counting down to Gallery Opening in Asheville

November 8th, 2010

Aah Asheville

Here we go ASHEVILLE counting down to the gallery opening of my newest Asheville,NC paintings. Hopefully you will be amazed and thrilled and you can even pick up a matted print also of your favorite place in the whole world.

We need you to come to the Opening November 27th at Ananda Studio in downtown Asheville directly across the street from Wasabi. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and you know you are going to want to be downtown!

We will have some Bruisin Ales beer and some snacks and of course all the ART you could want. Holiday Gifts is what we are thinking! We have worked really hard on getting this event off the ground and now all we need is you. There will be awesome LIVE music from Chris and you have got to check out his solo on the resonator! Come on out friends in AVL and enjoy the holiday weekend with us.

You can also check out the Facebook invite and respond there to the invite which is public. BRING FRIENDS!

(Don’t make me feel stupid sitting all alone with my family!)