Mary Mirabal Art

"painting the colors of my soul"

Mary Mirabal Art features the abstract artwork of Tampa, FL based award winning artist, Mary Mirabal.

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Hello Spring

Hello Spring

Daisies on Parade no 1

Daisies on Parade no 1

March is almost over and today is the first day of Spring. Either 2017 is really in a hurry to be over or it's just me. I've been so busy these first three months of the year and I just want to share a little of what is going on in my life.  

After starting the year out with a solo show at the historic Rialto Theatre in January I've been painting non-stop preparing for my next show in April at Red Door Gallery no. 5 in Tampa.  I'm so lucky to be sharing this show with my good friend and artist, Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr. The show's title is Color Chemistry and it couldn't be a more perfect fit for us. If you're in town I invite you out to see us on Friday, April 7.  Please visit my Facebook page for more details.   

If you are not a regular on Facebook you may be missing out on some of my new artwork. I apologize that it's been a while since my last blog. I'll share a few of the new pieces with you. 

Small Blessings no. 2, 10" x 10" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Small Blessings no. 2, 10" x 10" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Desert Varnish, 20" x 24" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Desert Varnish, 20" x 24" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Peaceful Journey, 20" x 20" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Peaceful Journey, 20" x 20" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Oh, and did I mention I accept commissions? I'm currently starting work on two commission pieces and can't wait to see my collectors reactions when I present them with their finished pieces.

If you're on Instagram I invite you to follow me at mbmirabal.  I share daily and  love interacting with my followers.  

 

Well, I should get back to work my friends.  Thanks for visiting with me and please feel free to leave comments. I love reading them and always respond. Have a wonderful Spring and please feel free to share my site with your art loving friends. 

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.
— Sitting Bull

Blessings my friends, your artist Mary

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

Many of you know I only began painting less than three years ago.  The more I share my art the more I'm asked "how" did I get started painting and more importantly "why"?  I'll answer the why question first.  My husband and I are lifetime art lovers, especially of Native American art.  I could do another blog just on that subject. But my love of art also extends to paintings and the talented artists who create them.   

For all of my adult life I was a wife, mother, career minded professional who never thought my two hands were capable of anything other than creating a loving home for my family and juggling a professional life. It wasn't until I was downsized from corporate America that I struggled to find myself.  I no longer had a career to define me. My children were grown and successful in their own careers. I knew starting over in a new job at this stage in my life was not what I wanted.  I wanted more ....something that would make my soul happy.  That's the answer to the "WHY" question. I needed something that would fill my heart and soul with joy. 

Reflections of the Soul, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Reflections of the Soul, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Being idle isn't in my blood. I had to decide on a new path going forward. Having the luxury of time helped me truly look inside to realize what made me happy.  I'd been holding a little secret in my heart each time I enjoyed viewing a painting.  There was a little voice telling me "you can do this".  I kept pushing this voice down because surely this couldn't be true....I couldn't even draw a straight line.  So, the "HOW" question was answered by acknowledging that inner voice and making the decision to trust what it was saying.  I asked Santa for a paint set that Christmas and looked at it for several months before gathering the courage to actually put paint to canvas. It was then I realized what a beautiful gift I had been given. 

Discovering this passion has been a blessing.  Not only have I found my artistic style, but I've met so many wonderful, giving artist friends and mentors along the way.  I'm continuing to grow as an artist and push new boundaries for my art.  Last month I began teaching an abstract painting class at Old Hyde Park Art Center.  All part of expanding my wings and getting outside my comfort zone.  In this short new career I am extremely fortunate to be represented by Woodfield Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL and Clayton Gray Home in Tampa.  Thank you Jim and Wendy for believing in me.

Shadow Dance, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Shadow Dance, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

It is my hope my art will bring beauty and joy to our world.  And, to also be a reminder that it's NEVER to late to follow your heart. I was 55 when I began painting.  Every day I spend in my small studio is a true blessing and a way to allow my soul to sing. 

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement friends.  It means the world to me. For those collectors of my art, please know a little piece of my soul is part of each painting.  I paint the colors of my soul.

Blessings my friends, your artist Mary

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,
— Confucius

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Is In The Air

Autumn Is In The Air

Autumn's Splendor, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Autumn's Splendor, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

My favorite time of year is fast approaching, at least according the the calendar.  Fall officially arrives on September 22; however, for those of us in Florida we have to make our own type of fall as our temps won't stop dropping until December or January if we're lucky.  And, to enjoy the fall foliage we travel up north or drool over the many photos on Pinterest and other websites.  

I grew up in southern Maryland and go through withdrawals this time every year.  It doesn't matter that I've lived in Florida for 41 years.  Once the fall season is in your blood you never outgrow it.  

One of the ways I get into the fall spirit is to paint.  "Autumn Splendor" is just one of several fall themed paintings in my studio.  This painting symbolizes all the wonderful beauty of the season: The cool, crisp air and the vibrantly colored leaves.  

Last week was an exciting week for me with my first SOLO SHOW!!!  It was held at a quaint, cafe called The Bunker in Ybor City (historic part of Tampa).  So many of my friends were there I was overjoyed.  And, I sold three paintings that night.  Here's a few photos from the evening.

 

I'm now looking forward to preparing for my next solo show in January 2017.  It will be a larger show so I'll need to get painting.  In the meantime, I'll have a small pop up shop at Pottery Barn, Hyde Park Tampa on October 22.  Stay tuned for more info as the date gets closer.

Thanks so much for all your warm wishes and heart felt support friends. Please do share my website with your art loving friends.  

Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed Autumn season.  Blessings, Mary

When autumn dulls the summer skies,
And paler sunshine softly lies
Upon the brown and fallow lands:—
As fairy artists come in bands
To paint with brushes dipped with frost:—
They pay with gold, for verdure lost...
— V.O. Wallingford (b.1876), "The Cottonwood Trees"

 

 

Specializing in abstract painting

Tampa, FL

www.marymirabalart.com

contact me at: mary@marymirabalart.com