Old Man Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Old Man watercolour painting.  It was done at a time of extreme anxiety.  Slowly I heal.

The blue stare and its reflections draw the viewers eyes immediately.  The dark brown hair and beard contrast well against the beige skin.

This was done at a time of extreme anxiety due to the delusions in my mind.

Painting a face is easier than I had imagined.  I didn’t have the time to put on the finishing touches.  I painted the eye without frisket and am quite pleased with it.

Enjoy!

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Yellow Rose Watercolour Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Yellow Rose watercolour painting.  It was painted at a time of joy and reflection.  Slowly I heal.

The white of the edges of the yellow rose petals immediately attracts the viewer’s eye.  Then the yellow petals move the gaze down to the darker orange petals.  This gives the rose depth.  A beautiful yellow-orange rose.

This painting was done at a time of joy.  My inner fantasies have children in them, many of them mine.  Children are a source of joy and a wonderful part of life.  They are also a great responsibility.  It tires me sometimes to worry for so many.  My own children are travelling today.  Safe travels my loved ones!  Slowly I heal.

This is my second recent attempt at a rose.  The petals are difficult but the more I do the better I get at it.  This is a half decent attempt.  I will do a poppy soon.  I have decided that watercolour is the best for a flower with a crisp thin edged petal.  But I’ll still try it with pastels and see how it works!

Enjoy!

Critique of Watercolor Brush Pens.

 

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to critique Watercolor Brush Pens.  They’re like watercolour markers.  Enjoy!

I went to the post office today and this was my surprise!  I ordered these a while back and forgot about it.  So I tried them today.  Here’s the resulting painting.

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The Watercolor Brush Pens were not good in doing a wash as you can see with the blue and the grey.  However, the dark green for the trees was perfect.  So my final critique is that they are like watercolour markers.  Good for precise and small work.  Not good for laying down a background.  In fact, you would use them up quite quickly.

I also ordered watercolour pens with a water reservoir.  I’ll use these when I do watercolour painting in the field.  I now have more than one size so that I can add detail or do washes.

Have a good week.  Remember, never stop fighting!

Nursing Mother Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Nursing Mother watercolor painting.  This painting was inspired by my daughter who is a new mother.  It was painted at a time of relative calm although I was stressing subconsciously.  It was a challenge to paint and therefore not as soothing.  Enjoy!

This is my first portrait in watercolor!  The paleness of the skin contrasted to the blue of the blanket and pillow draws the viewers eye immediately.  The facial features makes me think of a Spanish woman.  Although that wasn’t the intent.  The orange background contrasts well with the blue.  The eyes are not as striking as one would imagine.  This is a very intimate painting.

My anxiety is more subconscious now.  At times I get anxious and I don’t know why.  I try to stay calm and analyse myself and my surroundings to try and figure out what’s causing anxiety.  My psychiatrist didn’t see the need to talk about it.  Is this a Canadian thing?  What are psychiatrists like in the USA?  It seems that any talk of what is bothering me is left for my counselor.  She was busy but will be calling me next week.  Slowly I heal.

The skin tones of the painting were a challenge as well as the proportions of the body.  I chose orange since it’s a complimentary color of blue.  I think that they contrast well.  The hair also contrasts well with the orange background.  It is my first portrait in watercolor!  I think that I did rather well!  I like the painting.  It was done with the help of just a sketch.

This painting was inspired by my daughter who is a new mother.  Yes!  I am a grandmother and what a miracle that is.  My grandson’s name is Erik.

This watercolor painting is available on my website http://www.miriamsart.com under Shop and Portfolio.  Scroll down to the Shop Now button and look for Watercolor Painting.  You can purchase it framed or unframed.

Enjoy!

Autumn Leaves and Girl Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Autumn Leaves and Girl watercolor painting.  It soothed her mind and soul to paint.  Enjoy!

The silhouette of the girl in shadows catches the viewers eye as does the white of the girl’s eyes in the darkness.  It adds a hint of mystery and mystic.  The dark reddish purple of the background contrasts well with the face and the leaves.  What is the girl thinking?

This painting was done during the Christmas rush.  It was a time of increased anxiety because I had more things to do.  More interactions with people brought added stress.  The painting helped but it wasn’t for very long because with watercolor you have to wait for the paint to dry.  So it wasn’t as soothing as pastel but I had been inspired to do watercolor and autumn leaves.  I am now doing a Nursing Mother watercolor painting.  The watercolor lends itself well to painting faces and skin.

The face was a challenge in this painting.  Getting the shades just right was important.  I went from light to dark as you can see with the WIP painting below.

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At times it was hard waiting for the paint to dry.  I could have used a hair dryer but that was too much and would have taken away from the joy of painting.  I could have added more detail but thought that it was just right.  What do you think?  Your opinion is greatly valued.

This painting is available on my website http://www.miriamsart.com under the Shop button, then Portfolio and scroll down to the Go To Shop button.  It is listed as Watercolor (unframed) or Watercolor.

I am now painting a Nursing Mother watercolor.  Again the skin tones of the face and body will be interesting.  It’s because I am a grandmother now.  My daughter wouldn’t let me take pictures of her nursing so I sketched it and now am doing a watercolor.  The hands and arm will be a challenge too.  Then I’ll get back to the pastel painting I think.

Happy 2018!  May the year be good to you.  Courage my friend courage.  Remember even just a little half step forward is good.  And you may take two steps back until you take another step forward but the idea is to move forward in your healing.  To get better moment by moment and step by step!

Enjoy!

Seagulls Watercolor Painting.

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Miriam’s Art shows her Seagulls watercolor painting once again.  She is trying a new technique and hasn’t finished the painting yet.  Here is one you have seen before.

I am trying a new technique to paint clouds and seagulls.  It’s new and the first attempt didn’t work out too well.  So I am redoing it.  Waves are just as hard as clouds to paint.  It takes a special skill.

I am calmer now.  Able to do things like pay bills.  I bought some pastel pencils for myself.  One of my daughters pitched in for my birthday.  They were expensive but I need them for my art.  I still have to read the chapter about believing that it happened to you.  I might do that today.  I am resisting.  I get so tired and emotional that I have to pick the right moment.

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!

Winner of Canada Geese in Sunset watercolor painting – Summer Solstice Contest!

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The winner of the Summer Solstice Contest was UnboltMe (www.unbolt.me) on my wordpress.com blog:  Miriam’s Art Blog.  They were one of the participants.  I will frame the picture with a matte this weekend and UPS them the parcel once they give me their address!  Congratulations UnboltMe!  You’re a winner!  Yahoo!

I didn’t want to loose the wordpress.com community so I still have a blog with them.  I have included Facebook, Twitter, wordpress.com and miriamsart.com in the competition.  I just realized that I could have included Instagram and Pinterest.  So much to do!  I’ll include them next time.

A big thank you to all that participated!  It warms my heart that you found the time to like or subscribe.  Thank you!

Last day to like or subscribe! Win Canada Geese and Sunset painting!

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Win the watercolor painting above on June 21 by liking, commenting or subscribing to my email list on Miriam’s Art Blog or www.miriamsart.com.  Enter now!  The winner will get the framed and matted Canada Geese and Sunset watercolor painting with free delivery.  Delivery by UPS.  Enter now!

Win Canada Geese and Sunset painting!

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Miriam’s Art is pleased to announce that you have voted for the Canada Geese and Sunset watercolor painting!  Win it on June 21 by liking, commenting or subscribing to my email list on Miriam’s Art Blog or www.miriamsart.com.  Enter now!  The winner will get the framed and matted Canada Geese and Sunset watercolor painting with free delivery.  Delivery by UPS.  Enter now!