Happy Easter!

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Miriam’s Art wishes you and yours a Happy Easter and Safe Travels!  Here is my Narwhal pastel painting.  Enjoy!

Easter is here.  A time of rejoice and celebration.  God gave us his only begotten son that he may save us from our sin.  In Him we are reborn and freed.  Our redemption and salvation!  Praise be to God!

I don’t often speak of my beliefs.  But today I do.  It is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we have everlasting life.  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you God!

As is the case on holidays family is travelling to be with family.  Remember to obey the rules of the road and respect road conditions.  Always travel at a safe speed.  Be smart!  Be safe!

The narwhal is a sea mammal like the whale.  I am fascinated by it because of it’s long tusk.  It uses the long tusk for defense but also for echolocation and sensing at times.  Interesting!

I painted this painting at a time of stress.  I was anxious.  It soothed my soul to paint.  I have made an appointment with a psychologist.  I will see more than one psychologist to see which one I trust more.  My subconscious is working hard trying to make me aware of what it is that is bothering me.  A therapist will help greatly.

In my Narwhal painting, the snow was a challenge.  Painting of the narwhals was relatively easy.  Using the smudged blue for lines in the snow made it more life like.

I have taken a new turn in my business.  I have decided to take a step back.  I have my debt to pay off and therefore cannot advance my business as much.  I have never really paid much towards advertising, hoping that I could spread awareness about my business by word of mouth and using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I have stopped paying for an expensive theme for my website and have opted for the free themes from WordPress.  Therefore my website needs a bit of work.  Please forgive me.  But you can see my most recent posts.  Now I will concentrate on my art as I have always done.

I am trying something new.  A different picture for the featured image and then the Narwhal painting for the post image.  The featured image is ducklings.  The image for the post is the Narwhal.  Which one do you see?  Both?  Or just one?

I wish for you a happy and safe Easter.  It is a time for family.  If you are alone know that my thoughts are with you.  Reach out to a friend or even someone at the coffee shop.  Know that you are loved.  Take care.  xx

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Thank you for 2017!

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Miriam’s Art wishes to thank everyone for their kind words and their likes.  It gives me courage to keep on painting and writing.  Both are therapeutic.  Enjoy!

I can’t begin to say how validating it is to post about my art.  It encourages me to strive to be the best at painting and drawing that I can be.  It also motivates me to paint and draw more.  The painting and drawing soothe my tattered soul.  A soul that greatly needs healing.  You help with that by liking and following my art!  Thank you!

The writing about my healing journey is very therapeutic.  It allows me to express myself almost anonymously.  I haven’t met many of you.  It gives me a platform with which I can confess about what is bothering me as well as rejoice about my achievements.  The kind words and likes gives me courage to keep on writing and to keep on healing.  If you suffer from anxiety please consider starting your own blog about your healing journey or any hobby for example.  The writing is therapeutic!

I also write poems under a pseudonym:  Meredith Gibraltar.  You can find them at http://www.meredithgibraltar.com.  I am writing a book about romantic suspense that reflects some of the challenges I have had facing my anxiety.  Cheers!

So I take this time to reflect on 2017 and thank you all for your words and likes.  It is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

My healing journey…

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I survived Christmas with happiness and courage.  Slowly I heal.

My mother came down for Christmas.  It was great having her here.  For the first time in a long time I was the only one to take care of her.  Sure we visited others and my daughter got her room ready but I was the one to feed her, entertain her and drive her places.  I am quite proud.  I succeeded in doing everything that was needed even though I was anxious.  The worse part was the anxiety about driving.  My flee or fight mechanism has been so affected by my illness that I get anxious about everyday things now.  Before it was fear of bad people but now it is fear of driving and with winter conditions being what they are it is doubly anxious.  But I figured out that fear of little things happening is also my mother’s trait so that’s where I get it from.  We are both anxious about the same things.  That’s an improvement though.  I am no longer anxious about bad people.

It was a joy to spend time with a loved one…my mother.  We spent many a moment together.  Something that I’ll cherish forever.  I cooked for her.  I even made a new chicken and bean stew for her that she loved.  She appreciated me taking care of her!  And she recognized that I was doing better.

I have done nothing with my positive affirmations.  I took a break for Christmas.  I have to buy different colored squares of paper to do it properly.  I am going to write down positive affirmations that I have come up with now on one color of paper.  Any new positive affirmations I will write down on a different colored paper.  Then I will put them in a bowl and draw one every day for inspiration.  I may go out and buy the paper today.  It is quite cold out so I’ll wait for it to warm up.

I’ve had a good Christmas.  I am proud of myself.  I did well.  I have taken a giant step in my healing since last Christmas.  It took a lot of courage.  You use courage every day that you face your mental illness.  Courage to move forward and take positive steps in your healing!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Miriam’s Art wishes all of her followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I wish for you love and happiness at Christmas and all the best in the New Year.  I wish that all of your New Year’s Resolutions are fulfilled.  All the best :).

My mother is coming to my place for Christmas.  I am so excited to see her.  But I’m exhausted.  A lot of my anxiety is subconscious but it makes me tired.  Because of the extra shopping and picking up my mother, I am more anxious and I am exhausted.  People with mental illness find the holidays stressful for many reasons.

This poinsettia is my Christmas card for this season.  It is a watercolor painting.  The card is available as a 5×7″ card.  Printed on 24 lb paper.  You can also purchase a package of ten cards.

Enjoy!

Free Christmas Label…just copy, paste and print it out!

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to share one of her Christmas labels.  Just print the page below out on 24 lb paper that you can buy from Staples.  Enjoy!

The yellow of the candle immediately draws your attention.  It contrasts well with the green of the candle.  This is an acrylic painting I did at a community center with a group of women who meet every Thursday just for fun.  They work individually on anything they like.  I miss them.  Perhaps in the New Year I’ll go out and paint with them again.

I have included one page of these labels below since I have Photoshop and can manipulate the size of the picture on a page.  Copy and paste and then print it out.  Please tell me if you have problems.  I can help!  Enjoy!

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Remembrance Day. Lest we forget!

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Miriam’s Art remembers our fallen heroes.  Men and women who fought bravely to protect us and our way of life.  Remember the we are free because of men and women soldiers, pilots and sailors who work in the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.  Remember that the peace that we have to go on in our daily lives comes because of soldiers, pilots and sailors who have dedicated themselves to protecting us and their country.  Remember that the simple act of going out to buy a loaf of bread in safety is due to courageous men and women in the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.  Thanks you to all soldiers, pilots and sailors, men and women alike who protect us and our freedom.  We can never repay you for your dedication and service.  Thank you!

Photo by laura goodsell on Unsplash

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Miriam’s Art is wishing all mothers….Happy Mother’s Day.  It is a privilege and an honor to be a mother.  Cherish the young years and appreciate the adolescent phase.  Children are a joy as adults as well.  Enjoy!

This is my lily marker drawing.  It was done in 2014.  My first drawings on disability.  Drawing soothed my tired mind.  The real healing journey did not begin until 2017 though.  Slowly I am making progress.  Thank you for reading and liking my blog.  It warms my heart to know people are listening, reading and perhaps sharing in their own healing journey.

I may be a grandmother soon.  Such exciting news!  I pray the mother and baby are doing fine and that the mother is careful.  It is a joy.  And a responsibility!