African Kingfisher 500 pi

Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her African Kingfisher pastel painting.  This painting was done at a time of calm but my writing routine was changing so I was stressed.  Enjoy!

The light blue veins of the flower draw the eye to the kingfisher in the middle of the flower.  The blue hues of the kingfisher camouflage well with the flower.  The light green of the background contrasts well with the blue of the flower and bird.  The white chest of the kingfisher draws the eye even further.  The reflected image of the flower and the stem shimmer in the foreground adding to the painting.

As some of you may know I am a writer.  It has been part of my routine to write every morning and at least once more during the day.  Well, I finished my first book Martha and started on my second book, Abigail.  This completely disrupted my writing routine and my ability to write about my day.  Happenings in my day are reflected in my book.  Since it was a new book and a new illness, depression now instead of anxiety, I had to change my way of thinking.  This added stress to my life.  It shows how important a routine is to someone with a mental health problem.  Be sure to establish a good routine and follow it everyday.  And be prepared for stress if you change it.  I was more tired and therefore had to rest by just watching the television.  That is my safe activity when I’m tired.  Find something to do that soothes you.  It can be music, playing video games or just watching television.

I had to use a new technique for the shimmer in the water.  I used a reference photo and exaggerated the shimmer in the water.  The dark grey helped the most to establish the shimmer as did the light beige.  Pastels come easily to me.  The background was done with two different colors of green, blended together.  The blues in the background are other flowers that are not defined.

This is a 12×18″ pastel painting that can be purchased framed or unframed on my website  Just click on Shop, then choose Portfolio and scroll down to the Shop Now section.

I have changed my publishing routine.  I will be posting my art on Thursdays and My Healing Journey on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  This gives me the chance to include revelations that have come to me during my group therapy on Friday afternoons.