Crouching Leopard Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Crouching Leopard pastel painting.  It was a joy to paint this magnificent creature.  Enjoy!

The stare of the leopard immediately catches the attention of the viewer.  The golden fur interlaced with black dots is magnificent.  The white of the mussel contrasts well with the golden fur.  The value on the muscles creates depth.  The light golden high lighted areas of the leopard contrast well with the shadows.  The shadows creates a three dimensional illusion of form.  The pale yellow background contrasts well with the golden hue of the leopard and the dark hue of the branch that it is sitting on.

I painted the crouching leopard with a feeling of joy.  Here was something that I understood well.  The muscles of a big cat.

The dark corners of the background is a new technique for me and works quite well.  It gives the two dimensional painting an illusion of depth.  I painted the leopard by sections so that the amount of black dots didn’t overwhelm me.

This is an approximately 12×18″ painting.  It is available for sale on my website http://www.miriamsart.com under the Shop button.  Then click on Portfolio.  It can be bought unframed or framed.  Delivery charges are additional.  Enjoy!

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Crouching Leopard WIP and my healing journey.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to show her Crouching Leopard WIP pastel painting.  She is also doing so much more recently and has not had time to post.  Slowly she heals but has to take a day to rest.

The stare of the crouching cougar draws you immediately to the painting.  You can see the way I do the background…it isn’t blended in smoothly yet.  And you can see that I am doing the crouching leopard in sections.  The black dots would have been too much but if I do it section by section it is easier.

Lately I have been doing too much.  Usually I either walk or run an errand in one day.  Never both.  Recently I have done doing both.  And I have been walking for five days this week.  So I’ve either done too much or the physical exercise is affecting my medication.  I was very tired yesterday and got overly anxious.  And I had taken my medication as prescribed.  So today I am not walking.  And I won’t see my friend next week probably.  Although I do have Thanksgiving supper planned.  Hopefully that won’t be too stressful.  So I have forgotten to nurture me.  Today I take a day off.  I might go out for a mocha latte.  That is how I treat myself.  Or I just might have hot tea with milk!  I am even too tired to go out.  This has taught me that I have to do things slowly and not too much in a week.  Slowly I heal.

I have tried to paint more this week.  And not just read.  Reading tires me more than painting does.  Painting is soothing to the soul.  This painting should be done by the end of next week.  I love the look in the leopard’s eyes.  And I love the color of the leopard.  Enjoy!

Blue Water Droplet Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Blue Water Droplet pastel painting.  It was a relief to paint such a simple thing.  Slowly she heals.

The reflected white of the water droplet immediately attracts the viewer’s eye.  The dark blue and black of the water droplet contrast well with the reflected white.  The white and black tufts of the plant bring a further dimension to the painting.  The blue and dark blue background contrast well with the water droplet itself.

After the detailed painting of the clouds, this water droplet was a joy to paint.  It was quickly and simply done. Painting it brought all the healing that my painting had previously given me.  It was a joy.

Water droplets intrigue me.  That is why I have started painting them.  Painting the reflected surface is always a challenge.  I think I did well.  The white reflection defines the water droplet.

This is a 12×18″ painting.  It is available for sale.  Pricing can be found under the Shop Now option on my website under Portfolio (at the top of the page).  http://www.miriamsart.com

Enjoy!

Cougar WIP Pastel Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to show her Cougar WIP pastel painting.  She took the time to paint today.  It’s a much better way of calming down than reading.  Slowly she heals.

The cougar is resting on a branch sloping downwards.  The powerful musculature of the cat is evident in the painting.  It is a majestic animal.  The grey branches support the cougar.

I have been avoiding painting because I have been too stressed and tired.  Now that I am walking almost every day the calm of the morning is no longer used for painting.  Then I read when I get home and I have been neglecting my painting.  The painting soothes my nerves a lot better than reading and it’s not as tiring.

I am trying a new technique with the background of this majestic big cat.  I just want to add a hint of light.  But I have to erase it more to give it a hazy look.  Light not quite in focus.  The branches that the cougar is not perched on should be hazy too so I have to work on them more.  I am going to define the musculature more in the cat.  It’s hard to see it under the skin.

This is a work in progress (WIP).  Not the finished painting.  I’ll be posting the finished painting later.  Enjoy!

Hummingbird and Water Droplets WIP Pastel.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to show you her Hummingbird and Water Droplets WIP (work in progress) pastel painting.  It was painted at times of relative calm.  Enjoy!

The different paper (U-Art 400 series) lends more to a blending of colors that I thought would best portray the luminescence of the water and the water droplets.  I haven’t painted in the smaller water droplets yet that will come later.  I love the look of the hummingbird.  I still have to work the whole painting.  The waters not quite right and I have to add some defining touches to the bird.  But I am enjoying it.  The reason I am painting this particular image is because of the luminescence on the water and the droplets.  They have always intrigued me and now I try to put that awe onto paper.  I hope that I’ll be successful.

I could have rushed to have this ready for Saturday posting but then thought better of it.  So here you have the WIP photo.  I will post the finished photo when the painting is done.  I was too busy doing my warriors mask and redesigning my sword and shield.  LOL.  But you can’t rush art.  I would have ruined the painting.

Using 400 series U-Art paper takes more pastel chalk.  It takes a lot more because the surface of the paper is rough.

Enjoy!

Running Cheetah Graphite Drawing.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Running Cheetah graphite drawing.  I have tried to pay close attention to the musculature of this lesser cat.  Enjoy!

The shading of the separate muscles of this lesser cat portrays the power behind this majestic animal.  The lesser cat is running and all of the muscles in the hind end are tensed for action.  The dark shading brings into relief the individual muscles.

This drawing was done when I had a lot going on.  It was terribly frustrating because at first no matter what I did I didn’t like the drawing.  This added frustration to a time of moderate anxiety.  I have had a very busy week and the simplest of appointments make me anxious.  At a time when  I needed the calm of drawing or painting this drawing was giving me problems!  So I read most of the time!

The musculature of an animal is difficult to draw.  I searched the internet and found one artist’s rendition of what the muscles should have been.  It didn’t jive with what I saw in photographs though so it was very frustrating.  Finally with a fresh pair of eyes, I drew what I thought made sense logically.  The result isn’t perfect but it’s better than it was.  It’s only with practice and keen observation of the cheetah that I will get better.  And I will get better believe me!

This is an approximately 12×18″ graphite drawing.  It can be found under the Shop Now button and Portfolio on my website http://www.miriamsart.com.

Enjoy!

Chesnut sided Warbler Marker Drawing.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to exhibit her 2014 Chestnut Sided Warbler marker drawing.  It was done at a time when my art really was healing me.  Marker drawing is much different from pastel painting.

The black eye of the warbler draws the attention of the viewer immediately.  The white of the belly contrasts well with the chestnut color on the side of the bird.  The draw markings around the eye and on the wings contrasts well with the general grey of the bird.  The white patch on the cheek and the yellow patch on the top of the head are distinctive.  It is the chestnut patch on the side that distinguishes this warbler from other warblers.

I drew this bird because I love birds.  I find them majestic and the smaller ones I find so fragile.  They have always inspired me to paint or draw them.

This is a drawing from 2014 when I first went on disability.  I wasn’t dealing with my anxiety in a direct way then.  I was just on medication.  It’s in 2017 that I have had counseling and am aware of my anxiety.  In 2014 I lost myself in my art but that at the same time was a healing process.  I was numb.  My mind was numb.  The art soothed my soul.

This drawing is done with markers which is much different from pastels.  Once you lay a color down with markers it is there forever.  There is also only a little blending with markers.  I used different colors for the different areas of the bird.

This is a 6×8″ drawing and is available for sale only through direct contact with me at miriamsart@outlook.com if you are interested.

Enjoy!

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!

Elephant Watercolor.

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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!