Red Panda Eyes Pastel Painting

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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!

Cougar Eye Pastel Painting.

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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!

 

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.

Snow Leopard in Mountains pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Snow Leopard in Mountains pastel painting.  I was relatively calm when painting this one.  Although it took a long time.

This majestic animal is found in the middle ground of the painting.  The white in the eyes of the snow leopard draw the eye to the big cat.  It is majestic in it’s power and aura.  The mountains in the background depict a very mountainous terrain.  The snow leopard is perched on a ledge.  The grey and black of the snow leopard contrast well with the snow covered brown of the mountains.

This painting took a while.  I was concentrating on writing.  There were days of extreme anxiety and days of relative calm.  I am exhausted on the days of calm because the days of extreme anxiety are very tiring.  I have dealt with some everyday stresses and the feeling of impending doom has lifted slightly.  I am positive today although it is a day of anxiety.  Old demons haunt me today.  Old fears have resurfaced.  I stay calm and trust in God and good people to keep those that I care about safe!

I had to pay more attention to the form of the snow leopard with this painting.  Attention to the skeletal structure of the big cat.  I hope that I portrayed it well.  I have to learn more about big cat anatomy.

This is the first time that I am inserting a featured image into my blog post with wordpress.  Hopefully the image isn’t shown twice.  I will wait and see.  I need to have a featured image so that the picture shows up on my website.

As usual this painting is available framed or unframed.  Please see the Shop option on my website and then go to Portfolio.  The shop is found at the bottom of the Portfolio page.  This is a 12×18″ painting.

Enjoy!

Leopard…pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Leopard pastel painting.  The leopard is sad…thinking of life perhaps.  It reflects the mood of the painter.

The eyes of the leopard attract you first.  She is sad.  The painter is sad.  The yellow fur of the leopard contrasts well with the black background.  The yellow fur of the foreground fills in the space.  The leopard is yellow and different from a snow leopard.

The painter was sad because of severe anxiety.  New demons were haunting her and for the first time it is reflected in the eyes of the leopard.  Her medication is helping.  The demons are more gentle and getting better.  Her painting is helping too.

The technique of the eyes is interesting.  This time there was yellow, blue and black in the eye.  Adding a black hue in between the two colors helped.  The value of the leopard head is adding to the painting.  Not much detail was added to the foreground on purpose to draw the eye to the head of the middle ground.

This is an approximately 12×18″ pastel painting that is available unframed or framed.  I strongly recommend a framed picture because it has a matte that is unique to the painting.  Please see the “Buy Now!” button.

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Cougar…a pastel painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Cougar pastel painting.  The cougar is watching you!  She painted this painting at a time of extreme anxiety.  It soothed her soul to paint.  She forgot all around her as she painted.

The yellow beige eyes of the cougar capture your attention.  He is looking to the right but watching you at the same time!  What is he watching?  The grey brown of his coat contrasts well with the white of his snout.  A majestic animal.

The cougar, or mountain lion or puma in South America is endangered.  Encroachment on it’s habitat by farming is one of the reasons as is bounty hunting.  It is a nocturnal animal with a keen eye sight.  It’s range is from Yukon all the way down to South America.

I was painting this cat at a time of extreme anxiety.  I fear.  As I heal and explore the reasons for my fear, I am on a roller coaster of emotions.  Fear is the predominant one.  Painting distracts me completely and I loose myself in the painting.  With this painting I concentrated the longest on the eyes.  The eyes are a reflection of the soul of an animal and are very important!

I brought out my rembrandt black pastel for the black of the eyes and my white charcoal for the flecks in the eye.  It draws the eye immediately.  I am still working on fur and it is a challenge.  Do I render (blend) the color or do I show the individual strokes to represent individual hairs?  I rendered this painting.  I think it was the right thing to do.

This is an approximately 12×18″ painting framed to 12×18″ or 16×20″.  It depends on the matte that I lay down.  Please see the Buy Now! tab up on top of the homepage.

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Mourning Dove Series

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Mourning Dove pastel painting.  I love this bird.  There are two nesting on my deck.  I painted to soothe my fears.  It helped!

The grey brown and brown of the mourning dove blends well with the background which is a brick wall.  The mourning dove is in the middle ground.  There are hints of blue on her feathers.  The pink foreground on a brick wall contrasts well with the brown of the bird.  She is beautiful.  This is the beginning of my Mourning Dove series.

I sketched the painting on a day of extreme stress due to anxiety.  It soothed me to draw.  I lost myself to the sketch.  The painting of the background was also done during extreme anxiety.  The bird itself as well.  I was able to loose myself a bit into the painting.  But the anxiety won.  I am not too happy with the painting.  I could have done better.

This is an approximately 12×18″ painting framed to 16×20″.  The grey brown of the mourning dove was a challenge.  I was limited by the colors of my Derwent pastel pencils.  I would have liked a softer grey rather than a brown.  It was a challenge.

Canada Geese and Sunset Watercolor

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Canada Geese in Sunset watercolor painting.  There was anxiety when she laid down the wash but the next day she was less anxious and enjoyed painting the silhouette of the trees and the Canada geese.

The focus of this painting is the three Canada geese but then the eye is drawn to the silhouette of the trees and the sunset.  The sun draws the eye down and the rolling hills of the wash bring the eye back to the Canada geese.  The foreground is the grey rolling hills, the middle ground is the geese and the trees and the background is the yellow orange sun.

I painted the wash on a day of extreme anxiety.  It was not as much of a joy as usual.  On top of that I was working on two other paintings.  The stress of three paintings distracted from the anxiety induced by new demons.  New fears haunt me.  One is that bad people will find me and hurt me.  But with calm and by staying smart I will survive!  The next day was calmer and it was a joy to paint.  I slept well and was rested.

The technical aspect of applying a dark wash was a challenge.  It took courage and bold strokes.  Then I feared that it was too dark but it dried to a lighter shade.  The orange was dark too and the two washes merge well in the painting.  The silhouette of the trees attracts the eyes as do the geese.  Small brushes were needed.  The painting is a 16×12″ watercolor painting.