Pastel Mikie  by Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

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This is a portrait of my iguana, Mikie, (my tropical recused pet). I was granted permission to bring Mikie to art class, she is quite big and more than a few students were scared of her. Wimps, lol. Thus, at last, she did not get to stay in the class. I had to take her to the small empty gallery. I refused to leave her there alone so I stayed and drew this. Another student came and started to draw her too.
the drawing was done in soft chalk pastel on black paper. It took about 20- 45 min. to draw. Mikie girl sat so still, just like a poser. LOL she held her hand up like that the whole time. She was a good girl and a wonderful subject. Soon the instructor brought in another teacher to see her. They were amazed at all her bright colors. I explained that she has so much color because she is an apex lizard, and I take great care of her. Most females are not nearly as big and colorful as Mikie is!

I had given this to my good friend and Mikie’s godmother, Dana. She and her husband had moved out of state, so it kind of looks like Mikie is waveing bye-bye.

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About the Artist:
Born in Dunoon-Argyll, Scotland, Patricia Anne McCarty has studied art most of her life. Patricia is an artist of many interests and skills in both the fine arts as well as commercial art. Patricia works traditionally in Sculpture using both bronze and clay, She also is a story Writer, a Poet and Lyrical Writer, Patricia has studied and can use photography as an art, and with in her art. She specializes in Digital Airbrush Painting.

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    IRISHPIXover 5 years ago

    Beautiful talented creationPatricia.

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 5 years ago

    Fantastic rendering Patricia-wow look at these claws-very cool art-work.

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandlerover 5 years ago

    Well done! Beautiful job! xo

  • montdragon
    montdragonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful portrait of a dear friend and perhaps a confidant too…excellent.

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    Well, first, this is an awesome portrait of Mikie! Excellent work!
    And second, she’s gorgeous! She’s happy as well as healthy, I’d say.
    As to being a perfect model, I have one cat who likes to model, and all he really know about it is that his mama (me) pays a lot of attention to him. He likes seeing his pictures afterward, too, so I know he understands what he’s doing. Where the other 4 cats hide when they see my camera, he comes out and assumes a pose, and holds it like Mikie did, as long as needed. What a wonderful creature she is! (And it’s silly to be afraid of her- she looks so calm and peaceful.)
    Best to you and Mikie!

  • Thank you, what a nice thing to say. well kind of silly to be afraid, and on the other hand a bit smart at times. Iggys a grumps and not very social, they can be unpredictable too at times and for what seems no real reason to us, all of a suden bit the blank out of you. That’s how they end up loosing their homes. Most people do not understand them and don’t take the time it takes (3 years) to learn. A keeper that cares, such as myself, has to go through a lot of chomps befor an iggy will trust you and not bite. It’s usely an older one like Mikie here that is calm… So in fact, your right! For the most part, she IS a calm animal but being an Apex lizard, she is dominate and a bit wild at times, so I do have to be very careful with her around others. A person such as you would do fine with her because you have much love and no hate or fear. Others… well, let’s just say they get what they create! LOL

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • joan warburton
    joan warburtonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful drawing and that was so nice of you to give it to your friend.

  • Marty Yokawonis
    Marty Yokawonisover 5 years ago

    nice picture of Mikie Patrish

  • Pinkham
    Pinkhamover 5 years ago

    Nice work and lovely story. You have mastered pastels.

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! A beautiful picture of your friend. 07Mar2009

  • artisan-market
    artisan-marketover 5 years ago

    Hi Pat- I assume you’ll be entering this terrific pastel in the challenge. Love it and glad I saw it early on- quite memorable.

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