Miriam now speaks of her day. A day of healing.
I went out with a good friend today…I can say my best friend now. We haven’t seen each other since before Christmas. It took all my courage to face my anxiety and fears and just do it! It was a gift to myself. I was sort of numb inside but I did it. And nothing bad happened! We were alright and spent an enjoyable lunch together.
I had been painting for my daughters and thought of her often because I had promised to paint a portrait of her dog. She had four paintings/drawings to choose from and chose two pastels. One was with the old technique I use and one was with a new paper and therefore a new technique. I was surprised she liked the new technique but she said it had a softer quality to it. It was done with U-art paper. So thinking of her I finished all the portraits and invited her out for lunch. She treated me too but that’s another story.
The important thing is that I faced another fear today with courage. I am slowly digging deep and realizing that yes I do have courage. My counselor told me to make a paper mache mask of a warrior. Which I am doing now. It had to dry. Now I’m ready to paint it. I’ll paint gems on it too!
Until next time…
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Running Cheetah pastel painting. It was a challenge to paint. Painting helped soothe her anxiety. Enjoy!
The power of the cheetah is seen in the bunched muscles of this lesser cat. The challenge was to know where the muscles were. The yellow brown of the cheetah contrasts well with the beige of the background. Pieces of stone thrown up in the air give this painting more depth.
The cheetah is the fastest animal in the world. It can reach speeds of 70 mph (110 km/h) which is the speed of a car. It takes a cheetah just three seconds to reach it’s maximum speed. I painted this painting because of the sheer power of the cat that it portrays. I am in awe of the cheetah’s power. Cheetah’s are dangerously close to extinction as can be seen in this post.
Painting soothes my anxiety. I loose myself in the painting. While you are painting the subconscious works on what is bothering you and helps you deal with it.
Painting the cat was difficult because of the spots and the muscle layers. I will be doing a graphite drawing next of a cheetah and will really concentrate on the different muscle groups. The beige in the background was easy to lay down. The pebbles were a bit tricky as was the dark of the dirt that’s been pushed up off the ground.
This is an approximately 12×18″ painting. Please see the shop now option and click on portfolio if you are interested in purchasing it! Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Pet Portrait pastel painting. I painted this portrait at a time of mixed feelings. Art can be very therapeutic. Slowly I heal.
The eyes of the great dane draw the attention of the viewer. The light and dark grey hues of this magnificent dog contrast well with the blue background. The white of the muzzle contrasts well with the black of the nose. The muscular body shows the size of the dog.
I had mixed feelings while painting this portrait. Joy and fear. I was dealing with one of my fears. I felt joy thinking of the friend that I painted this portrait for. I am looking forward to seeing her. Painting helps to soothe anxiety and can bring joy at the same time.
The blue reflection in the eye drew the attention of the viewer as did the white reflections. The background was a lot of work. I lightened it to the right as you would in a proper portrait. The shades of grey were difficult to do properly. Yet I had to go back over it and make the darker greys more prominent. The slight blue hue on the dog is appealing to the eye and brings harmony to the portrait.
This item is a gift for a friend. I do paint pet portraits if you are interested. Dog, cat, horse, lizard or rat. This is a 12×18″ original pastel painting. It would be more expensive framed. However I matte the picture when I frame it. Internationally it would be better to ship the unframed painting.
Miriam’s Art is pleased to exhibit her Elephant watercolor painting. It is World Watercolor Month! She painted this elephant at a time of moderate stress. It soothed her anxious mind.
The glint on the dark grey elephant’s eye immediately draws the viewers attention. The eye contrasts well with the different hues of grey of the elephants face, ear and partial trunk. The dark ridges of the elephants skin contrast well with the surrounding grays. The stark white of the elephant’s tusk contrasts well with the surrounding grays. The gray elephants ear in the the background and the white tusk is in the foreground. The overall grey of the elephant is very attractive.
I painted at a time when I was facing my fear of going for a walk. I saw a suspicious man who made me fear. The thought that they aren’t after me soothed that fear. Painting helped my subconscious deal with that fear. It also prepared me for painting my best friend’s dog’s portrait. As I painted for my daughter’s I thought of my friend. The fear of seeing my friend and perhaps identifying her as my friend to bad people is the next fear I’ll have to deal with as my next painting will be her dog’s portrait. I painted this painting for my daughter. If you paint for one daughter you have to paint for them all! LOL. Now they will all have some of my work framed and on their wall!
I used an initial gray wash for this painting. It worked well except for the ear. I had to work a lot around the ear to get that large light gray area. The frisket helped to keep the glint in the eye and the tusk white. The wrinkles in the trunk were relatively easy to paint dark over the lighter gray.
This painting is not for sale. It’s for my daughter who loves elephants! Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Snow Leopard Face pastel painting. It was painted while facing a couple of fears. Slowly I heal. I tried a new technique for this painting.
The blue gold of the snow leopard’s eyes attracts your attention immediately. They are well contrasted by the white fur that surrounds the eye. The grey fur helps to define the eye as well as the nose and cheeks. The pink of the nose contrasts well with the white fur that lines the nose. The black circles in the fur contrast well with the background grey.
The first fear that I was facing was about my medication. An increased dose made me dizzy and nauseous so I decreased the dose and called my doctor. The second fear was going to see a loved one. I was scared bad people would follow me and find her. This is a reoccurring fear that I have to work on. But I did go see my mother and the trip went well. I am slowly forcing myself to face my fears. I couldn’t paint for a day though! Slowly I heal.
I tried a different technique with this snow leopard. I first put down the white and then added black and then grey. At first it was all too white but adding the grey helped. I also found out that white charcoal is a lot whiter than white pastel. It helped to make the contrast more in the eyes and in the fur.
This is an approximately 12 x 18″ painting. If shipped internationally it would be better to ship the unframed painting. I would roll it up and use a mailing tube to send it. The framed painting would be a lot more expensive to ship. Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Lynx pastel painting. It was painted a time of disruption. I couldn’t paint some days. Slowly I am facing my fears!
The gold of the lynx eyes draws the eye to the center of the painting. The multi-colors of the lynx distract the eye from the main focal point. The green black of the background contrasts well with the brown grey of the lynx.
I was facing one particular fear and couldn’t write or paint. It was all to much. On top of that I was exhausted! It is tiring! But then I drew a shield of courage and I could paint again. It’s taking a lot of courage to face my fears!
The reason that I am painting a lynx is to understand the difference between a lynx and a bobcat. I think the lynx has longer black tufts on it’s ears whereas the bobcat is smaller than a lynx. Interesting! Next is a pastel painting of a barn owl for one of my daughters. July is also National Watercolor Month so I’ll be painting watercolors. However I won’t be painting one a day as some artists are doing! I have included a link for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation where donations can be given for children interested in art or music. Please consider donating!
My daughters are my best critics. They pointed out some flaws that I fixed. For a first attempt I am proud. The multi-colors were difficult to paint. I did no blending of the separate colors. I did a bit of blending around the black of the mouth and blended all of the background. I am quite pleased with the background.
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Humpback With Baby pastel painting. I painted this on days of relative calm. I am challenging some of my demons and it’s working out well!
The gentleness of the humpback is portrayed well in this painting. Even though whales are the size of a half a football field the mother is tender towards her baby. The deep black of the eyes attracts the eye to the humpback whales. The white and grey of the underbelly contrasts well with the background of deep blue ocean. The background of the water surface adds depth to the painting
I have come to the realization that my inner demons may all be in my mind. Now there is relative calm. This realization has stopped the inner demons some. I am less stressed and more aware of my surroundings. I heal slowly!
Painting the water surface was a challenge. It was the same grey as the whales themselves. Painting the deep blue of the ocean was also a challenge. It was too much of the same color. The eyes are a bit too stark but I wanted them to stand out to draw the eye to the whale. The white and grey of the underbelly was easy to paint. The top part of the humpbacks was a bit harder to paint. All in all this was a challenging painting.
I chose to paint something different this time. I have been concentrating on animal eyes and needed a change. Also the blue of the ocean attracted me as it always does! This painting will be part of my Whale Series.
This is a 12×18″ painting. This painting is larger than the animal eye paintings that I have been painting recently. Please see the “Shop” tab and then the “Portfolio” tab of my website for details (www.miriamsart.com). As always you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Kitten Eye pastel painting. This painting was done at a time of relative calm. The eye was the focus.
The blue purple of the eye with it’s reflection immediately draws the eye of the viewer. The reflection is contrasted beautifully by the dark purple of the eye. The blue of the eye contrasts well with the dark purple and the black shadow. The blue grey background is reflected in the eye as well. The fur is secondary in the painting although the cute kitten nose attracts the eye as well.
I finished this painting earlier in the week during a time of relative calm. I was beginning to realize that many of my fears were in my mind. It was my mind making them real and a threat. On Thursday however I had a difficult day but I had just finished most of this painting. It was doubly difficult because I did not have art to fall back on as a coping mechanism since I hadn’t started anything new! I was at a loss.
The technique of the eye was challenging in this painting. It even has a reflection of a cat in a window! Luckily the eye was large enough that I could get that detail in. The fur could have been done better. I have just realized that if I put down a lighter color then add the darker fur color on top then it has more depth. The shadows of the nose could have been blended more but the shadow had to be defined too. The background was too blue and I had to add grey to make it look better. This is the last of close up eyes for a while. I wanted to develop my technique. Now it’s time to move on.
As usual this painting is smaller since it is only of the eye. It would be considered a pet portrait. To order use the 8×10″ print and comment in the comments that you wish the Kitten Eye painting.
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Red Panda Eyes pastel painting. It is part of my Red Panda Series. I painted this on a day of relative calm.
The eye is drawn to the reflections in the red panda’s eyes. They dominate the painting. The black surrounding the eyes contrasts well with the reflections. The white of the nose is in the foreground. The brown and red fur of the forehead is in the background. The whiskers of the red panda contrast well with the fur and add another dimension.
I was calm when I painted. This is one of my better paintings. The old touch is back. I had lost it for a while. My inner demons are quiet.
I painted this painting on black 98 lb Canson paper for the contrast between the fur and the background. Also fo the contrast around the eyes and in the nose. It looks quite good.
This is a small 5.5 x 7″ painting that will be matted to a 12 x 18″ frame. So the pricing is the same as for an 8 x 10″ print framed. Please leave a comment that you wish to purchase the Red Panda Eyes pastel painting. Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Cougar Eye pastel painting. I painted this on days of relative calm. It was a joy!
The green of the cougar eye attracts the viewer immediately. It draws the viewers eye to it. The white fur around the eye contrasts well with the green. The brown and white fur of the cougar make up the rest of the painting.
I painted this on days of relative calm. I was free of all demons.
The eye was relatively easy to paint. The white and black line add well to the reflection in the eye. The fur was more difficult. I spent a lot of time on it. It worked out well. The contrasting color had to be laid down last. It was a lot of work.
This is a 12×18″ painting and available for purchase. Please see the Shop and Portfolio section. Enjoy!