Offa’s Dyke Painting Auction, #30paintingsin30daysAuction

Offa’s Dyke Painting Auction, #30paintingsin30daysAuction

Beginning in October, the 18 paintings I completed in the September #30paintingsin30days! will be up for auction to the highest bidder.

The paintings were inspired by a recent trip along Offa’s Dyke path following the borders of Wales and England from the south coast to the northern coast of Wales.

This means there’s a great opportunity for collectors to either add to their collection, or perhaps get started collecting. I’m offering these small painting on an art auction website, www.dailypaintworks.com  it easy to bid and easy to pay through PayPal .

#11 #30in30paintingchallenge! purple-mtn-cliff-walk

 

Radiant Daze

Radiant Daze

Coyotes

Ever wonder why coyotes howl at the moon? Or why they get such a bad rap?
Or do you look at them and wish you could go up and hug their neck, like a puppy? Do you say ˈkīˌōt or kīˈōdē?

Radiant Daze LeslieMillerFineArt

Radiant Daze Oil on cradled Panel 36×36 $1800

A look at the folklore passed down for generations gives us a peek into the mysterious life of a coyote.
Legendarily the coyote is the bringer of fire. Take a look at some of the stories.

Hated by ranchers, feared by small pet owners and admired by naturalists the coyote has proven to be a survivor. Coyotes symbolize the freedom and the can-do, pioneering spirit that settled this country.

The coyote in the photo reference for this painting projects a feeling of confidence and bliss, knowing his place on the earth. It reminds me of that feeling when the sun is shining on your back, filling you with warmth and peace.

Reference Photos

I use reference photos and I’m not ashamed to tell you. I have a passion for animals, but it’s hard to get those suckers to sit still. I enjoy taking my own photos whenever I can. I also save time by searching out royalty free photos that inspire me via the internet. Some of my favorites sights include dollar photo club, Flickr- the commons, unsplash.

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5 qualities to look for in reference photos

Top 5 qualities I look for in a reference photo

1. Color, Composition, Clarity:
I know this seems obvious, but why struggle with a poor quality photo when there are so many problems to address when painting?
2. Sentience: Am I able to feel an emotion that resonates within me when I look at it the subject.
3.Create: Does it ignites a passion in me to go paint
4. Captivating: Would I enjoy looking at it every day?
5.The Light! (As an artist the essence of the light is at the crux of my mission.)
(I am drawn to light and how it interacts with the subject)

Some of the Coyote reference photos in my files.

Some of the Coyote reference photos in my files.

Anthony Douglas Williams quote.

September Update

September Update

September

I can’t believe it is already September. This has been a very full year and the time is racing by, is that just a side effect of getting older?

In the past year, I have become a Grandmommy to the most adorable child ever placed on this earth. I am not even joking!!!! I feel that way.

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most adorable baby ever!

Maya's Foc

Maya’s Fox

Art de Avian

I have entered a national juried exhibit and SOLD that painting on opening night.

Baby Hummingbirds- Leslie Miller

Baby Hummingbirds- Leslie Miller

Baby Hummingbirds featured on Art de Avian brochure

Baby Hummingbirds featured on Art de Avian brochure

Walk, Walk, Walk

I’ve been on another walking trip, this time in Italy. I have many new reference photos to inspire countless paintings

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Changes

We’ve sold our house in Sequim, Wa, in order to see that adorable child more often. And I have been painting, just not posting. So here is an update on WIP (Works in Progress) and FO (Finished Objects).

Cactus Wren_SOLD

Cactus Wren_SOLD

palette knife painting of Longhorn

palette knife painting of Longhorn

underpainting of longhorn steer

underpainting of longhorn steer

evening run for this Conemarra pony

evening run for this Conemarra pony

Cactus wren

Cactus wren

It’s been too long since posting so this will be continued…

Throwback Tursday-C2C series

Throwback Tursday-C2C series

scaled value drawings for C2C series

scaled value drawings for C2C series

mountains to climb

mountains to climb

We recently went on the most amazing journey. Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk from the Irish Sea to the North Sea through the Lakes District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors. 192 miles of artist’s fodder. Problem being I was hiking not stopping to draw and paint, so i have reference photos albeit iPhone photos in order to paint from.

I set out to chose 1 photo of the 1000+ images to represent each day of the journey as a series. it was hard to chose some days were more picturesque than others. some dryer and others down right soaking wet and grey. Instead I have 9 scenes I have chosen. I then began value and scaled up drawings of the trip.

I painted one. A curious cow we were greeted by as we approached***. The valley below was like a beautiful patchwork pieced by talented hands.

fields and fields to cross

fields and fields to cross

sheep on the moors, shades of heather

sheep on the moors, shades of heather

hills and dales

hills and dales

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cattle guards

cattle guards

Like most grandiose ideas I quickly abandoned that series notion for a new idea, I’d share but I’ve already moved on to another one or two ideas. There are some great sketches waiting on the sideline I still would like to paint. If only there were more hours in each day!

Striving for Excellence

Striving for Excellence

fox with moxie WIP

fox with moxie WIP

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”
― Vince Lombardi

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”
― John Wooden

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”
― Booker T. Washington

My art mentor had charged me to “Strive for Excellence”. I’ve been thinking about what that means to me and to my art.

Painting Mostly Everyday

Painting Mostly Everyday

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Beauty and Grace

Well I am finally back to painting mostly everyday. Daily painting is a practice I whole heartedly believe in for growth and development as an artist. It been a challenge to buckle down and get organized after the move.

Our New Home- Tubac,AZ

The building of the house here in Tubac was completed last November, the hardscape and landscaping was not. We have been concentration on that since our return. Tubac is a very small but friendly and active village south of Tucson. When we are outside working many neighbors and visitors to the resort pass by on the walking trail behind our house. I get easily distracted chatting to our many new found friends.

Then there is the village of Tubac, just a ½ mile away, filled with art galleries and unique shops and more interesting and friendly people.The weather is so marvelous and the views incredible I want to be outside all the time!

Cultural Happenings

Since our return there have been numerous events to keep me from painting, luckliy they have been very inspiring. A gallery opening, an art festival, Anza Days a historical reenactment, and Día de Muertos.

I have been painting though here are some of the results, some still in progress.

betatakin ruins

all-dressed-up-&-no-where-to-go-Leslie Miller Fine Art

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go-Leslie Miller-SOLD

the Chaos

the Chaos

The Chaos of living in two places! IMG_4139

Since my workshop with Dawn Emerson (which I promise to blog about) we have been packing, cleaning and purging the contents of our Sequim home. Loaded it into our SUV, made a cubbie for Sadie and hit the road, we drove to Tubac in two nights. Then we began unloading, unpacking, cleaning cobwebs and dust, purging the furniture that just doesn’t fit since we downsized and trying to find things! It is downright chaotic! I haven’t had a moment to draw or paint, much less sit down when I wasn’t brain dead and blog about anything creative. I had a lot of time to think through where I want my art to go, style wise, and content wise. I had a million ideas for blog posts, now I need to just sit down and gather my thoughts into a comprehendible flow.

At the moment my art supplies and creative space is still packed and hard to get to, but I have a class with Lou Maestas today and hopefully that will begin the process of getting back into the creative flow.