Canoe in Mist on Lake WIP.

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Miriam’s Art is sharing her Canoe in Mist on Lake WIP pastel painting.  It soothed her troubled mind to paint this painting.  She has a special technique for the black silhouette of the canoe.  Enjoy!

The black silhouette of the canoe catches the viewers eye immediately.  The yellow of the mist is not developed yet.  The black silhouette of the trees has been established.  The reflection on the water is yet to be done.

I am in a state of anxiety about seeing a psychologist.  I know that we will cover topics that will be difficult for me and my subconscious is making me aware of these topics.  Painting helped to still my mind.

I have also felt a little bit of anxiety about my art.  Art is a reflection of your passion.  Water inspires me and I have passion for a still lake.  I had thought that waves interested me.  Although they are beautiful, I am not passionate about them.  It took a discussion with my youngest daughter who is wise beyond her years to realize that I should paint my passion.  I am also passionate about animals, water droplets, flowers and about mothers and young, human or animal.  I plan to develop my passion in these subject areas further.

A used a special Rembrandt black pastel for the silhouette of the boat.  It is much darker than the regular pastel black.  The mist is in place.  Now I have to play around with it to make it believable.  The sun spot will be a challenge to do.

I was dealing with this anxiety about the psychologist and therefore didn’t post this week.  Forgive me.  My health comes first.



Baby’s Face Portrait Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Baby Face pastel portrait.  It is with great pleasure that I paint a baby’s face.  Most of the painting was done at a time of calm.  Enjoy!

The pink of the lips of the child attract the attention immediately.  They are pouting as is often seen in a baby.  The pink contrasts well with the white highlight and the skin tones of the chin and nose.

This painting was done at a time of relative calm.  Or is it that it calms me greatly to paint a child.  I am a grandmother after all!  It was a joy!

The lips were the most challenging since they can’t be red as with lipstick.  They have to be flesh pink.  I believe I’ve got them right.  I may work on it a bit more.  The lips are proving to be difficult.

This is a 12×18″ painting framed.  The painting itself is 5.5 x 9″.  Please see my website under Shop, Portfolio and scroll down to Shop Now to purchase.  It can be found at

Mother and Child Red Pastel Painting.

Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Mother and Child Red pastel painting.  It was painted to honor her grandson.  Enjoy!

In this second Mother and Child portrait I have used different colors.  The blond hair and the red background contrast well and present a much better composition.  The teal of the shirt also contrasts well with the red background.  One is drawn first to the mother’s face and then to the child in her arms.  It is not a portrait of my grandson.  This painting came from my imagination.

This painting was done at a time of anxiety due to new obligations.  It was quickly done and as always provided relief from the stress of a new event.

I painted this painting because I wanted a new angle on another painting.  This one is a larger image and the face and child are more in focus.  And it is therefore a much more attractive painting than the first Mother and Child I did last week.  Plus the different coloring makes this a much better composition.  I am trying to study color more.  I just bought a book.  However I have to go out and buy some of the colors they have recommended in acrylic paints.  So my education in color is a work in progress.  I have also bought a book and a workbook about drawing.  I hesitate to start it though since it would take up most of my time.  We’ll see when I start doing the exercises.  So I have a lot to do with my art.

In addition I was faced with a dilemma.  Which to do?  A jaguar, a baby or a wave.  All three are interests of mine.  Some more demanding than others.  My daughter helped me out with my dilemma!  She told me to do all three!  Go figure!  Such a simple decision.  So I will do all three.  As you can see I have a lot of ideas for what to do next.  My art is always a thrill and usually a challenge.


Mother and Child Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Mother and Child pastel painting.  This painting was done at a time when I was trying to rest although I was a bit stressed.  Enjoy!

The face of the mother draws the attention of the viewer immediately.  Then the eye flows down to the face of the child.  The blue of the baby’s blanket and mother’s shirt contrasts well with the yellow background.  As does the white of the faces.  The dark brown hair of the mother contrasts well with the yellow background.

As you know, we have visitors from overseas.  It has been a joy but also stressful.  I had to go out and buy the perfect gift from a Canadian.  I decided on maple syrup.  I started this portrait in the morning while I was trying to figure out what gift to buy.  So I was a bit stressed.  I lost myself in the painting and it soothed my anxiety.  When I had finished painting for the day, I had figured out what to buy.  I finished the portrait the next day after looking at it on my easel for a while.

Most of my family is overseas in Finland although I was born in Canada.  It makes it sad when people leave.  When will I see them again?  It was a joy to see my cousins and their children.  It made me fee whole.  I gave me a new sense of purpose.  I had to keep on healing so that I could see them again and enjoy their company!  Family is so important.

The painting was inspired by my grandson Erik and my daughter.  He is a good boy and a joy to hold.  I have a strong sense of everything being right in the world when I am with him.  I already love him deeply.  What a miracle and an honor.  Grandma!

This is my first portrait in pastels.  It’s a much easier and more forgiving medium than watercolor paints.  I am happy with the result.  The contour of the faces was easy to do.  I chose a yellow background since it contrasts well with blue.

If you have anxiety or depression, try coloring.  You can buy adult coloring books from Amazon or Chapters.  Pencil crayons are easy to find.  Buy a coloring book and let yourself go!  It will calm you!  Or you can start sketching.  A sketching pad and sketching pencil are relatively cheap and such a joy.  The more you do the better you will become.  Start with your favorite animal or scene.  Enjoy!

Lioness and Cub Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Lioness and Cub pastel painting.  It was painted at a time of joy but also of sorrow.  Enjoy!

The tawny brown eyes of the lion cub immediately draw the eye of the viewer.  He sits below his mother’s face.  The brownish gold of the lion cub contrasts well with the light gold of the mother’s face as well as the darker brown.  The mother stares into the distance perhaps watching for dangers to her young.  The green grey background contrasts well with the lioness and the cub.

This painting was done with joy.  Joy in the fact that I am a grandmother.  Celebrating the joy of birth.  However as you know it is finishes at a time of sorrow.  My cat Echo is no more.  He was too sick.  The joy has fizzled.  Although a picture of my grandson helped ease my sorrow.  Life is precious.  Enjoy it and those around you while you can!

The background was a challenge.  I mixed three colors:  dark green, grey and beige.  The result is interesting.  I bemoan the fact that I still don’t have the proper brown for a lion or for a bird for that matter.  However the medium brown of the cub comes close.  I should have used that for the mother!  I didn’t get it out until the end of the painting.

I plan to do more mother and child painting in the future.  Some of it human.  Enjoy!

Lioness and Cub WIP pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to show her Lioness and cub WIP pastel painting.  She is taking a day off today.  Enjoy!

Here you can see a bit of how a pastel painting is done.  Pastels are like a chalk.  You can layer more than one color at a time as in the background.  Or you can use sticks or pencils to make actual lines as in the lioness’ face.  You can also change the color of the paper however I tend to use grey.  It’s not often that I’ll buy a different color.  The eyes are the most important part when painting an animal.  They draw the viewer in.

I am taking a break today.  I’m reading a romance and taking care of my cat Echo.  He is sick.  I even had to help him use the litter today.  But he’s complaining today.  And he ate yesterday and had water today.  So I think that he’s slowly getting better.  I hope so!  I love the Old Man!  I should be reading one of my two healing books but it’s been a bit much lately.  Going to the drop-in sessions is hard.  It makes me think.  Plus I have to overcome my anxiety to get there so it’s very tiring.  My mind is tired.  I’ll see if I go this week.  So I’m reading a romance.  I love romances.  I can hold Echo as I read.

It’s recommended that you listen to your body when you are depressed or have anxiety.  It’s alright to take a day off every once in a while.  I try to take Sunday’s off to relax.  But today I did some errands and then I just got tired.  So I listened to my body and relaxed while reading.  I am tired and recognize the fact so I am taking steps to relax.

The reason that I am painting a lioness with her cub is that I am a grandmother now!  Hallelujah!  And what a miracle it is.  So I am inspired to paint mothers with children.  I might do another watercolor of a human mother and child next.  I have to sketch it first though.  The painting soothes my tattered soul.  Slowly I heal…never stop fighting!

Wave Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Wave pastel painting.  It was painted at a time when I was battling my inner demons but turned out well I think.  Enjoy!

The blue green of the lower part of the wave contrasts well with the blue and white of the upper part of the wave.  The blue sky above contrasts well with the darkness of the top of the wave.  Movement is indicated by the blue and black contrast.

I was battling my inner demons and at first thought that this was too dark, reflecting my mood.  But I made it darker yet in some parts and blue on the top of the wave.  I am more aware of what happened to me as a child and that makes it forefront in my mind.  I now think of it often.  Hence the inner demons.  When will I heal completely is the question.  Will I ever heal completely?

I tried to make the wave seem glassy using black contrasting on white in the prominent part of the wave.  It worked to a certain degree so the contrast between the white and the black is needed.  Unfortunately it is difficult to get that glossy white with pastels.

I had planned to do some reading and continuing on my healing journey today.  Technical difficulties with my computer made my afternoon a wash…I spent most of the time talking with a computer IT guy!

This is a 12 x 18″ original pastel painting and can be found on my website under Shop then Portfolio and then scroll down to Go To Shop.  Enjoy!

African Kingfisher Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her African Kingfisher pastel painting.  This painting was done at a time of calm but my writing routine was changing so I was stressed.  Enjoy!

The light blue veins of the flower draw the eye to the kingfisher in the middle of the flower.  The blue hues of the kingfisher camouflage well with the flower.  The light green of the background contrasts well with the blue of the flower and bird.  The white chest of the kingfisher draws the eye even further.  The reflected image of the flower and the stem shimmer in the foreground adding to the painting.

As some of you may know I am a writer.  It has been part of my routine to write every morning and at least once more during the day.  Well, I finished my first book Martha and started on my second book, Abigail.  This completely disrupted my writing routine and my ability to write about my day.  Happenings in my day are reflected in my book.  Since it was a new book and a new illness, depression now instead of anxiety, I had to change my way of thinking.  This added stress to my life.  It shows how important a routine is to someone with a mental health problem.  Be sure to establish a good routine and follow it everyday.  And be prepared for stress if you change it.  I was more tired and therefore had to rest by just watching the television.  That is my safe activity when I’m tired.  Find something to do that soothes you.  It can be music, playing video games or just watching television.

I had to use a new technique for the shimmer in the water.  I used a reference photo and exaggerated the shimmer in the water.  The dark grey helped the most to establish the shimmer as did the light beige.  Pastels come easily to me.  The background was done with two different colors of green, blended together.  The blues in the background are other flowers that are not defined.

This is a 12×18″ pastel painting that can be purchased framed or unframed on my website  Just click on Shop, then choose Portfolio and scroll down to the Shop Now section.

I have changed my publishing routine.  I will be posting my art on Thursdays and My Healing Journey on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  This gives me the chance to include revelations that have come to me during my group therapy on Friday afternoons.


Nursing Mother Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Nursing Mother watercolor painting.  This painting was inspired by my daughter who is a new mother.  It was painted at a time of relative calm although I was stressing subconsciously.  It was a challenge to paint and therefore not as soothing.  Enjoy!

This is my first portrait in watercolor!  The paleness of the skin contrasted to the blue of the blanket and pillow draws the viewers eye immediately.  The facial features makes me think of a Spanish woman.  Although that wasn’t the intent.  The orange background contrasts well with the blue.  The eyes are not as striking as one would imagine.  This is a very intimate painting.

My anxiety is more subconscious now.  At times I get anxious and I don’t know why.  I try to stay calm and analyse myself and my surroundings to try and figure out what’s causing anxiety.  My psychiatrist didn’t see the need to talk about it.  Is this a Canadian thing?  What are psychiatrists like in the USA?  It seems that any talk of what is bothering me is left for my counselor.  She was busy but will be calling me next week.  Slowly I heal.

The skin tones of the painting were a challenge as well as the proportions of the body.  I chose orange since it’s a complimentary color of blue.  I think that they contrast well.  The hair also contrasts well with the orange background.  It is my first portrait in watercolor!  I think that I did rather well!  I like the painting.  It was done with the help of just a sketch.

This painting was inspired by my daughter who is a new mother.  Yes!  I am a grandmother and what a miracle that is.  My grandson’s name is Erik.

This watercolor painting is available on my website under Shop and Portfolio.  Scroll down to the Shop Now button and look for Watercolor Painting.  You can purchase it framed or unframed.


Autumn Leaves and Girl Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Autumn Leaves and Girl watercolor painting.  It soothed her mind and soul to paint.  Enjoy!

The silhouette of the girl in shadows catches the viewers eye as does the white of the girl’s eyes in the darkness.  It adds a hint of mystery and mystic.  The dark reddish purple of the background contrasts well with the face and the leaves.  What is the girl thinking?

This painting was done during the Christmas rush.  It was a time of increased anxiety because I had more things to do.  More interactions with people brought added stress.  The painting helped but it wasn’t for very long because with watercolor you have to wait for the paint to dry.  So it wasn’t as soothing as pastel but I had been inspired to do watercolor and autumn leaves.  I am now doing a Nursing Mother watercolor painting.  The watercolor lends itself well to painting faces and skin.

The face was a challenge in this painting.  Getting the shades just right was important.  I went from light to dark as you can see with the WIP painting below.

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At times it was hard waiting for the paint to dry.  I could have used a hair dryer but that was too much and would have taken away from the joy of painting.  I could have added more detail but thought that it was just right.  What do you think?  Your opinion is greatly valued.

This painting is available on my website under the Shop button, then Portfolio and scroll down to the Go To Shop button.  It is listed as Watercolor (unframed) or Watercolor.

I am now painting a Nursing Mother watercolor.  Again the skin tones of the face and body will be interesting.  It’s because I am a grandmother now.  My daughter wouldn’t let me take pictures of her nursing so I sketched it and now am doing a watercolor.  The hands and arm will be a challenge too.  Then I’ll get back to the pastel painting I think.

Happy 2018!  May the year be good to you.  Courage my friend courage.  Remember even just a little half step forward is good.  And you may take two steps back until you take another step forward but the idea is to move forward in your healing.  To get better moment by moment and step by step!