Mary Mirabal Art

"painting the colors of my soul"

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and all women who are blessed to be a role model in a child's life a very happy Mother's Day. You do make a difference in the lives you touch.

I am so happy to announce my association with VIDA & Co.  I have signed on with VIDA to design custom fashion and accessories with my artwork. VIDA is a global partnership of co-creators, from a designer in Paris, to a producer in Karachi, and a consumer in San Francisco.  I am so proud to be one of their newest designers. I hope you'll take a look at my collection, and please feel free to share this friends. I'm adding new designs with each new painting, so please check back often.

VIDA is offering a special Mother's Day Event that last through midnight May 14 PST. Please take $20 off your order with code: LOVEMYMOM  Simply click the photo below to visit my VIDA shop collection.

In my collection you'll find sheer wraps, tops, handbags and scarves. All are custom made to order with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  

Just a sampling of the fashion accessories available with my artwork.

Just a sampling of the fashion accessories available with my artwork.

Thank you for visiting and for your support friends. I hope you'll take a moment to visit my new VIDA shop. And, don't forgot to take advantage of the Mother's Day $20 credit. You won't be disappointed!!

Wishing you all the best till next time, your artist friend Mary

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.
— Erma Bombeck

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Show Season

It's Show Season

My artist friend, Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr and I hosted a joint show at Tampa's Red Door no. 5 gallery on April 7. What a beautiful show it is with the combination of Elizabeth's expressionistic landscapes and my abstract art. And, the title "Color Chemistry" couldn't be more perfect as we are both paint with bright, bold colors.  I thought I'd share a few photos from the evening because we are so proud of this exhibit.

If you're in the area and would like to see the show, please contact me and I'd be happy to arrange a visit at your convenience. Photos do not do this show justice.

The weekend of this show I was a very busy artist. The next day I had a popup shop at our local Pottery Barn in Hyde Park and then on Sunday I attended and volunteered at the Las Damas de Artes annual Sunday in the Arts fundraiser where one of my paintings sold. An exhausting but wonderful art filled weekend.

I'm searching for new venues to show my art friends. I'll keep you posted on where I'll be. In the meantime, please visit my website for new works added weekly and daily posts on my Facebook page. 

Thank you so much for continued friendship and support. It means the world to me! Wishing you a beautiful weekend to come wherever you are.

Your artist friend, Mary

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
— Maya Angelou, author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializing in abstract painting

Tampa, FL

www.marymirabalart.com

contact me at: mary@marymirabalart.com