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!

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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!

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!