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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You Are Never too Old to Dream a New Dream

You Are Never too Old to Dream a New Dream

Gosh friends, where did January go? It's like I blinked and it was suddenly February. So many wonderful things to share with you, especially if you're not a fan of social media. I'm in the news; and, I want to share the first of many new paintings to come for 2018.

Starting off 2018 I was honored to be one of Artsy Shark's featured artists. Thank you Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark and Executive Director of The Arts Business Institute for this wonderful opportunity.

And, last month Manhattan Arts International published my very own article for The Healing Power of Art & Artists. I am so thankful to Renee Phillips, Director and Curator of Manhattan Arts International for sharing my art journey.

And, here are my new paintings to share. All are 12" x 12" on canvas and come framed in beautiful gold crackled, wooden float frames. For more information on any piece, simply click the photos below.

A Higher Perspective, acrylic on canvas

A Higher Perspective, acrylic on canvas

What Lies Beyond, acrylic & oil pastel on canvas

What Lies Beyond, acrylic & oil pastel on canvas

Fire Spirits, acrylic & oil pastel on canvas

Be on the lookout for my next post friends. I'll be sharing where I am going to paint this summer. I am soooo excited about this opportunity and can't wait to share the news with you.

Thank you so much for purchasing my art and for your support and encouragement. It makes my heart smile knowing how my art touches people.

Blessings from your artist friend, Mary

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
— George Eliot
Photo credit: Carmen Mandato

Photo credit: Carmen Mandato

 

 

How Do You Know?

How Do You Know?

I was just asked this question again today, and it's a typical question most artists field whenever someone is viewing their art.... especially abstract art.  How do you know when you're finished? It really is a great question, but not one that's easy to answer. 

My paintings usually start with inspiration from a color palette or an emotion from a memory for example. In my head I revisit places I've been and recreate them on canvas as my mind sees them. Okay, are you still with me friends? It's difficult to verbalize how I paint. I primarily use my hands and just allow the paint to move around the canvas freely until forms or patterns emerge. Nothing is intentional, purely intuitive.  

This is my latest painting titled "Song of the Water". My husband and I are planning a trip back to Santa Fe next month and I've been thinking of all the places we've previously visited on past trips and remembered a particular beautiful waterfall. That memory inspired this painting.

Day 1 - applying the base layers

Day 1 - applying the base layers

Day 1 was just about applying the initial layers of paint by hand and blending them to form the base of my painting. As I blend you can see the texture of the molding paste first layer pop out to form lines and ridges. 

Day 2 - the layers continue and become refined

Day 2 - the layers continue and become refined

Day 2 was all about the layering of additional colors. In the zone and singing to the music in my studio I instinctively add colors that speak to me and apply them either with my fingers or with a palette knife. At the end of this session I'm happy with the results and start to wonder, AM I FINISHED?

But wait, what I didn't take a picture of is the always awkward "middle stage" where you look at the piece on your easel and think "THIS IS CRAP". After pushing through that stage you find what you're looking for. That, after all your efforts, it did result in a painting that reflects your emotions.

After reaching my ending point for the second day and still undecided on whether to stop or continue on this piece I decided to sleep on it and look at it again with fresh eyes in the morning. Stepping away from a painting is so important to give you new perspective.

Day 3 - adding the finishing touches

Day 3 - adding the finishing touches

The final day after reviewing where I'd stopped I knew this piece needed MORE. So of course I added more with some gold, a little turquoise and red. Somewhere I've read that every painting should include a bit of red. Well, it worked for this one. 

Song of the Water, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 

Song of the Water, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 

So, how do you know when you're finished with a painting?  For me it is when I thoughtfully review my work and determine that nothing else I could add would improve it. If you don't listen to that little voice in your head you could easily wreck a beautiful painting.

Thank you for taking the time to follow my journey friends. I can't tell you what your support means to me. Feel free to comment on this post or send me a message anytime. I always love hearing from you.

Until next time, take care and blessings from your artist friend, Mary

As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing
— John Muir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!

THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR AN AMAZING YEAR!

What an incredibly wonderful year 2016 has been!!!  Never in a million years would I have dreamed I'd be living my life as a full time artist.  I took a huge leap of faith starting in 2015 to pursue another life path, something that would speak to my soul.  I didn't even know if I could actually paint, but I'd always wanted to try and so I did.  After raising my beautiful family while working in the corporate world for 30 years I decided I needed a new "career", one that I actually look forward to each and every day.  With the blessing and support of my husband of 37 years I dove in and started painting.

This year I hosted my first solo art show; appeared on a segment of WEDU's ArtsPlus which was picked up nationally as well as an appearance on WTSP Studio 10 Live in Tampa.  And, I am so happy to be represented by Woodfield Fine Art Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL and Clayton Gray Home in Tampa, FL.  

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for all your wonderful support and encouragement.  This wouldn't be possible without you friends.  To my collectors I am humbled and honored to have my art in your homes.  

I am looking forward to 2017 and the possibilities it holds for us.  Dream big my friends.  

Wishing you much love, joy and peace this holiday season.

Blessings, Mary

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
— Charles Dickens

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializing in abstract painting

Tampa, FL

www.marymirabalart.com

contact me at: mary@marymirabalart.com