Thursday, June 23, 2016

Of Interest

Deborah Weir's  Chroma Series
Deborah Weir talks about the Chroma Series

A small group of us had the opportunity to hear Deborah Weir's walk through of her current exhibit.  Deborah constantly pushes the boundaries of fiber and mixed media in her work. This exhibit shows the range of her expertise, including the amazing Chroma series with 8 large panels depicting meaning and qualities of each chosen color. Loved hearing about Deborah's thought process. 

Deborah Weir's  Chroma Series - Red
Deborah Weir's  Chroma Series - Red

Thank you to Deborah, who is always generous with sharing her process.  Thanks also to our regional SAQA reps, Jamie Fingal and Laura Bisagna, for organizing this talk.  The exhibit runs through June 29th in the central atrium of the Albert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow, Long Beach 90815.

Deborah Weir's  artwork

Deborah Weir's  artwork

Deborah Weir Suspension

Deborah Weir Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder

Thursday, June 16, 2016


When I think of art, I think of beauty.  Beauty is the mystery of life.   
It is not in the eye, it is in my mind.   
In our minds there is an awareness of perfection.
 ~ Agnes Martin

There are three remarkable exhibits currently on at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

I loved the Agnes Martin Retrospective, the first in the U.S. since 1992, showing the full development of her influential minimalist work.  I was enthralled by her serene paintings, many of which were new to me.  Seen from a distance they have a luminous glow, moving closer the details, often her signature pencil grids, come into focus.  Beauty and simplicity.  I happily immersed myself there, losing track of time.

I have known about Martin since my student days, however seeing the work in person sparked an affinity and an interest in learning more about the artist, her work and writings.  Martin left New York behind in 1967, just as her acclaim was growing.  She stopped working altogether and moved to a remote New Mexico location.  She began making art again in 1973, going on to create a remarkable legacy over the decades. 

Organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with LACMA, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, this exhibit is a rare experience and not to be missed!  It runs through September 11, 2016.

More exhibits from another visit (it was almost too much for one day as both are extensive).   
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium explores body of work including early drawings, collages, sculptures, Polaroid photography, portraits, still life, and figure studies.  This is the companion exhibition to one at the J. Paul Getty Museum that I had seen last month.  Intense imagery, but again I appreciated his clear artistic vision.  Runs through July 31, 2016.

Zoot suit, collection of LACMA
Zoot suit, collection of LACMA

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashion. Drawing mostly from the amazing LACMA costume collection, this exhibit is beautifully presented eye candy.  Each era also includes a modern interpretation, which are fun to see.  Note: you can download some of the clothing patterns here.  What a great resource that would have been back in the days that I made some of my own costumes!  Open through August 21, 2016.


Monday, June 6, 2016

More Brushwork

Sonata 15 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 15 by Linda A. Miller

I have moved away from 12" x 12" to a larger size ( 14" x 14.5") with the current Sonata.  A larger image naturally changes the approach.  More to come even larger.  Hmm.. where will it lead?  Stay tuned.. 

A snippet

More snippets
I am not trying to be mysterious about process, but these days I either spend time online posting, or I do artwork.  I am choosing to make art.  I know you understand!

I have been exploring the wonderful book I received as a gift- "Heart of the Brush:  The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy" by Kazuaki Tanahashi.  Beautiful presentation with history and techniques. 

And this new rectangular bowl gifted to my sister... using purple lint she gave me from her new towels.  Perfect color for her!

thread bowl by Linda A Miller
Thread bowl

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


On a family visit over the Memorial Day weekend, we saw several excellent exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art.  Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is all about color and inventive designs found in the amazing early American quilts from the collection of Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy.  The exhibit flowed well with the curator's choice of groupings:  chromatic vibrations, mixtures, gradations, harmonies, and optical illusions.  Some striking pieces are included.  I kept returning to a number of beautiful Amish designs - simplicity and rich, harmonious color.  The one below is an example (no photos allowed in the exhibit, of course).

Amish quilt from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Amish quilt from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Also on show Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai  intended to highlight the traditional technique of brush and ink painting from the 15th century to the present.  There were serene paintings on fans and scrolls.  The SDMA has a remarkable collection of Asian art.  Contemporary Chinese artist, Pan Gonkai created 6 works for the museum which are also in the exhibit.   "Noble Virtues" (50 feet long) is a stunning painting.   To see it, and read more about Pan click this link.

Both exhibits run through September 4, 2016.

A few of my own views from our day at Balboa Park-

SDMA Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

We had a lovely day.  Hope you had a good weekend as well!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring at the Huntington

I find inspiration at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, and enjoy visiting often.  ( I feel fortunate to have friends who love going as much as I do!)  You may have seen my posts and photos from this remarkable place.  I like to approach each new visit with a fresh eye.  Here is what caught my attention this week, including lots of textures.  Enjoy!

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Sonata for SAQA

The 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction will take place online from September 16 through October 9, 2016.  "Sonata 6" is on its way to the fundraiser.  Stay tuned for more.

Sonata 6 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 6

Moving on, meet the newest additions to the series-

Sonata 13 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 13

Sonata 14 by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 14

"The idea is to have an efficient growth process so you get to the joyous part. 
Joy includes having something you can call your own."

~Robert Genn, The Painter's Keys

Friday, May 20, 2016

TIQE Continues

The Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition runs through May 29th.  I just received  these photos from the organizers and thought I would share them with you.  Enjoy!

TIQE 2016
Entering the venue

 View of some of the 481 quilts on show-

TIQE 2016
Sherry Davis Kleinman's piece, center right with group of viewers in front

TIQE 2016

Molten at TIQE 2016
Molten in the exhibit

And these delightful ones from curator Lin Hsin-Chen's TAQS Facebook page.  
Viewing the SAQA Trunk Show...

TIQE 2016
SAQA Trunk Show

and taking a closer look...

 TIQE 2016


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