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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Pet Portrait pastel painting. I painted this portrait at a time of mixed feelings. Art can be very therapeutic. Slowly I heal.
The eyes of the great dane draw the attention of the viewer. The light and dark grey hues of this magnificent dog contrast well with the blue background. The white of the muzzle contrasts well with the black of the nose. The muscular body shows the size of the dog.
I had mixed feelings while painting this portrait. Joy and fear. I was dealing with one of my fears. I felt joy thinking of the friend that I painted this portrait for. I am looking forward to seeing her. Painting helps to soothe anxiety and can bring joy at the same time.
The blue reflection in the eye drew the attention of the viewer as did the white reflections. The background was a lot of work. I lightened it to the right as you would in a proper portrait. The shades of grey were difficult to do properly. Yet I had to go back over it and make the darker greys more prominent. The slight blue hue on the dog is appealing to the eye and brings harmony to the portrait.
This item is a gift for a friend. I do paint pet portraits if you are interested. Dog, cat, horse, lizard or rat. This is a 12×18″ original pastel painting. It would be more expensive framed. However I matte the picture when I frame it. Internationally it would be better to ship the unframed painting.
Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Snow Leopard Face pastel painting. It was painted while facing a couple of fears. Slowly I heal. I tried a new technique for this painting.
The blue gold of the snow leopard’s eyes attracts your attention immediately. They are well contrasted by the white fur that surrounds the eye. The grey fur helps to define the eye as well as the nose and cheeks. The pink of the nose contrasts well with the white fur that lines the nose. The black circles in the fur contrast well with the background grey.
The first fear that I was facing was about my medication. An increased dose made me dizzy and nauseous so I decreased the dose and called my doctor. The second fear was going to see a loved one. I was scared bad people would follow me and find her. This is a reoccurring fear that I have to work on. But I did go see my mother and the trip went well. I am slowly forcing myself to face my fears. I couldn’t paint for a day though! Slowly I heal.
I tried a different technique with this snow leopard. I first put down the white and then added black and then grey. At first it was all too white but adding the grey helped. I also found out that white charcoal is a lot whiter than white pastel. It helped to make the contrast more in the eyes and in the fur.
This is an approximately 12 x 18″ painting. If shipped internationally it would be better to ship the unframed painting. I would roll it up and use a mailing tube to send it. The framed painting would be a lot more expensive to ship. Enjoy!
Miriam’s Art is pleased to show her Barn Owl WIP pastel painting. It is a gift for my daughter. Enjoy!
I usually post my art on Saturdays. I post this WIP (work in progress) painting because it is almost done but rather than spend my day on it I have decided to work on facing my fears. So to decrease the stress about posting today I decided to show you the WIP. I may finish it tomorrow. I’m not sure.
Today I am going to draw my sword that goes along with my shield of courage that I need to face my fears. It takes a lot of courage to do what I am doing. Thinking about the story that I am going to write about myself helped to calm my fears. First I chose the heroine that I would be using as a model. I chose Eowyn of Lord of the Rings because she is a warrior. Therefore my sword will use a Rohan sword as a model. And I will draw a costume for my warrior as well. All this is preparing me for writing the story about myself. Which I avoid even now! I fear it somehow. It is an exercise recommended to me by my counselor.
Therefore enjoy my art! I’ll post the finished barn owl when it’s done. And I’ll post about my healing progress on Tuesday. I don’t know if you are interested in my art. I have stopped posting about environmental issues. If you comment that you’d still like to read about environmental issues, then I’ll start again. I think that there is interest in my healing journey. I write for you my reader and I post my art hoping that you find that interesting as well. Enjoy!