World Wildlife Day!

It is World Wildlife Day!  Miriam’s Art is pleased to exhibit her Mountain Lion pastel painting.  This is a 12×18″ original pastel painting.  Enjoy!

Since 2013 the United Nations has set this day as World Wildlife Day.  This year it honors big cats.  The cougar, puma or mountain lion is considered a big cat because of it’s prowess as a hunter.  So, following Josh Gross’ lead in The Jaguar I have decided to exhibit my artwork of a mountain lion to commemorate this day and to raise awareness that many animal species are at the brink of extinction.  We need to address issues of climate change and deforestation to protect wildlife. While the mountain lion is not endangered it is in a vulnerable state in most of North America.

For more information and an article by The Jaguar about the Mountain Lion Foundation click here!


Running Cheetah Pastel Painting.

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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!

Gannets Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Gannets pastel painting.  She drew and painted on days of anxiety.  The painting helped her forget.

The black of the markings contrast markedly with the white beige of the gannet.  It is striking and draws the eye immediately.  The blue background contrasts well with the white and beige of the head and neck.  The grey of the bills contrasts as well.  The middle ground is the body of the two gannets.  They are embracing.

I drew at a time of anxiety.  I didn’t do as well with the proportions because of this.  The day of painting was with anxiety as well.  Luckily there were large areas that required little thought.  Today was calm enough to put the last touches to the heads and allow the contrast to stand out.  I am pleased with the painting.  I did forget for a while.  I am blocked and am therefore posting art instead of my healing journey.  I have named the abuser.  This has taken a lot out of me because I have to decide whether to file a formal complaint or not.  I will decide on Tuesday maybe.  Courage is what I need.  Courage!

The blue background was a challenge.  I could have used soft pastels but opted for my Derwent Fine Art Pencils.  They are getting short though and I will have to buy more soon!  The black markings contrasted well and I am pleased with it.  I took care to put more detail on the body.

The Gannet is one of the largest sea birds in the North Atlantic.  It was declining in numbers but is on the rebound.  It is well known for diving into water to fish for it’s food, sometimes from more than a 100′ above the water.

This is a 12×18″ pastel painting and is available unframed or framed.  Please see the Shop tab above and click on Portfolio.


Cheetah pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Cheetah pastel painting.  I painted this painting on days of extreme anxiety.  I tried positive counter thoughts to ease that anxiety.

The golden brown eyes of the cheetah draw the viewers eye to the center and middle ground of the painting.  The beige yellow fur reflects the golden brow of the eyes.  The black spots contrast markedly against the beige of the fur.  The beige of the background blends well with the beige gold of this lesser cat.

I drew at a time of extreme anxiety.  New demons and old fears.  The attention I gave to the proportion of the distance between the eyes and the length of the nose and the height of the brow absorbed me and made me forget my fears.  I was at peace.  The attention to the beige and yellow made me focus and forget my fears.  The attention to the black spots made me focus and forget my fears.  As I painted I felt the anxiety drain away.

Technically this lesser cat was a challenge.  But I am finally getting the proportions right!  The distance between the eyes compared to the length of the nose and the height of the brow are important.  My family is my greatest critic and they say this is my best lesser cat yet!

The cheetah is endangered and it’s biggest predator is man.  Also encroachment on it’s habitat by farming is putting this lesser cat at higher risk.  The cheetah is not considered a big cat because it can’t roar.  It’s missing a bone in it’s throat to do this.  It is known as the fastest feline in the world.  It has also been tamed often, sometimes as a hunting animal.  Please protect the cheetah now!

This is an approximately 12×18″ pastel painting.  It will be matted to a smaller size though.  It is available for purchase.  Please see the Shop now option on the top tool bar and choose Portfolio.

Hopefully you have appreciated this painting rather than a post about my healing journey.  I am too busy today to do  my usual healing reading.  Please accept this painting in it’s place.  Enjoy!

Leopard2 pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Leopard2 pastel painting.  This is the second one in a series.  I drew this on a day of extreme anxiety.  The next day was filled with joy.  A new idea.  The painting was finished on a day of extreme anxiety.

The blue yellow of the leopard’s eyes draw the viewers eye to the center of the painting.  The leopard is looking right at you.  What is he thinking?  He is ready to leap.  The foreground of his face doesn’t distract from the eyes and blends well with the rest of the body.  The background of his body contrasts well with the head.

I had extreme anxiety as I drew the leopard.  The eyes were done on a day of relative calm.  The rest of the head was done on a day of joy.  A new idea was born.  I could write a second book, this time non-fiction.  I will have to wait and see!  Old fears have resurfaced with new voices while I finished the painting.  But I stay calm.  I know how to be still.  Calm…  Still…

I tried to concentrate on the eyes.  They worked out well.  I love the blue, purple, and gold mix!  I spent a lot of time on the nose.  It still looks a bit crooked.  But better than before!

The Amur Leopard is critically endangered with only 35 left in the wild!

This is a 12×18″ pastel painting available framed or unframed.  Please see the Shop button under portfolio.

The Mountain Lion.

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Miriam’s Art now takes the time to write about the mountain lion.  She lists some of the facts known about the big cat and what to do if you come face to face with one!

The mountain lion is found in North and South America.  There is an isolated endangered population in Florida.  It is found all over the USA but mainly found in the west.  Other names for it are puma, cougar, deer tiger, red tiger or panther.  It is considered one of the big cats due to it’s stealth and power.

The mountain lion hides it’s prey, the “cache”, beneath leaves and soil and feeds on it for a couple of days.  It eats mainly deer but does feed on mice and rabbits too.  The mountain lion doesn’t have a good sense of smell but does have excellent sight and hearing.

The mother has a litter of two to four cubs that she raises in a den.  The cubs have spots until nine months old.  At 16 months old the eyes change from blue to yellow.  At 18 months old the young cats leave the mother.

In Canada, the mountain lion is the strongest wild cat and is endangered.  The cougar is a shy animal and rarely seen by humans.  It hunts at night.  Mountain lions are excellent swimmers and climbers and can jump 20 feet (6 metres).  The main danger to the mountain lion is human disturbance and forest clearing.  Clearing of the forests results in less deer which the mountain lion is dependent on.

It is recommended by some to flee if you encounter a mountain lion…that is if you have a clear path and sure footing.  Most people would stand still and make themselves seem larger by raising their arms.  Hitting the cougar with a stick or a gun butt might be effective.  Don’t run if you are not a fast runner.  It was also recommended that you hike in groups since mountain lions tend to attack lone prey.  Also it is recommended that you back away slowly when possible but that you don’t turn your back on the cougar because they like to attack the spine of their prey.

I would love to take a photographing trip to capture images of the mountain lion in the wild.  I would need a scout and strong hiking shoes.  Maybe one day!  Enjoy!