Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spring at the Huntington

I find inspiration at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, and enjoy visiting often.  ( I am 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










Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Caves, Photos and More

Getty Walkway
Getty Walkway



I've had a lovely birthday week that included adventures with friends.  We went to the Getty Center, a favorite birthday haunt.  Some tremendous exhibits now on, including the fascinating Cave Temples of Dunhuang which is open through September 4, 2016. 






On the edge of the Gobi Desert, near the ancient town of Dunhuang, China, hundreds of cave temples were carved into a cliff face and decorated with Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures from the 4th through 14th century.


Cave Temples of Dunhuang
Cave temple detail

Besides the gallery exhibition, there is a 3-D immersive film experience, and  a 1:1 replica of 3 caves (wonderful way to get a sense of the caves).  All excellent filled with rich visuals and information.  This exhibit highlights over 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to protect and conserve the UNESCO World Heritage Site.




Worlds apart from Buddhist caves are these extensive current photo exhibits-  Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium  and The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection open until July 31, 2016.  Mapplethorpe's work is sometimes controversial, however there is no doubt in my mind that he had an impeccable eye for light, tension and composition.  Loved his flower photos!  If you want an education in the history of photography, see the Wagstaff collection.  Each exhibit needs time properly absorb it!  I aim to visit all these exhibits again before they close.

Another adventure this week was a long overdue visit to the Griffith Park Observatory.  Enjoy the photos.


Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory entrance





Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory




Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory roof detail

















Friday, May 6, 2016

Quiet

Unsung aloneness is where your process is permitted to take root and grow, unfettered by outside influences. Let your skill, style and work develop over time in the company of your cold, hard grit.
~ Sara Genn


Sonata 12  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata 12


Sonata series continues.  Yet lately I am distracting myself away from digging deeper in the process.  One moment I am with the work, the next I find myself on a different project, checking email, or making a snack.  Sound familiar?  There is more to explore here if I stay with it.

An interesting Painters Keys post from Sara Genn this week on the subject of introverts.  I am one, and can relate especially with this line:  "I need to be quiet to be creative".  Love my solitude.. all in balance of course.  How about you?

Sharing some photos from a recent contemplative Creativity Lab... my favorite ongoing gatherings which link meditation and creative process.  Not focused on product, each month's class explores a different medium within meditative process.  Gestural calligraphy was the vehicle this time.  Obviously the ink painting has influenced my own creative work....

Creativity Lab
Creativity Lab






Creativity Lab
3 person gesture drawing





Creativity Lab
My gesture drawing





 Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Enjoy the offerings.... 



















Monday, May 2, 2016

Open in Taiwan

Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016


Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016 is now open with quilts from 21 countries under the theme "Protect the Earth’s Environment".  TIQE 2016 is being held at the National Tainan Living Arts Center, Tainan City, Taiwan  through May 29th. 


Molten 2014 by Linda A. Miller
Molten 2014 by Linda A. Miller

I am honored to have "Molten" included in this fine show.

Enjoy these shots from the exhibition venue, with thanks to curator, Lin Hsin-Chen.  (Note: if you are a friend of Lin Hsin-Chen on Facebook, you can see photos of the exhibit in her album).


TIQE 2016 Tainan Living Arts Center
Tainan Living Arts Center



TIQE 2016 Opening Day


Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016


I will post more through the month, so stay tuned!







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