Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The courage to give yourself permission. The courage to allow your work to be something you didn't expect or to take you places you did not expect to go. The courage to go there. 

I taught the Creative Circle workshop at Buster's Baskets and Flowers over the weekend.  We made prayer flags and it was a sweet time.  Here is a brief show:

prayer flags
Ready to roll ...with Bhavana Project flags on view.

There was quite a bit of experimenting with rubbings using crayons and oil pastels....

Lilacs and spring
Lilacs and spring...

Hope Believe Love
Hope Believe Love

Spring Prayer Flag

Spring, Go Gently, Wild Heart prayer flags
Spring, Go Gently, Wild Heart

It was a reflective and light hearted day.  Thanks to Buster's for hosting us once again.  Join us next time!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Contemplating Art

Contemplate: "To look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully."   

Leaves  - Linda A Miller

This Saturday, April 12th, is Slow Art Day, with informal groups gathering worldwide to view art, connect and share.  The day is coinciding with a local contemplative viewing practice at LACMA for Shambhala Art's Creativity Lab, (monthly gatherings that explore creative process and meditative space).  

As you may know, this a subject close to my heart.  Why do I enjoy viewing in this way?  Taking the time to slowly see the art enriches my experience and increases my appreciation of the art. Have you tried this approach?  Join us at LACMA to learn more... 

Or... try it for yourself.  First, take a breath and be aware of your body.  As you begin to observe the artwork first allow the senses prevail, then expand the observation and feeling.  Trust in your direct experience, then add to it with more information, perhaps from the artwork label.  Share your experience with the friends you are with.  I encourage your experimentation, whether it be on Slow Art Day, or independently.  Let me know what you discover. 

Friday, April 4, 2014


"The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair."

This beautiful evocative quote was referred to me by an online connection.  Much to appreciate in the contemplative process of needle to fabric, mostly I love the simple act of making marks with thread.  Some of my embroidery work in progress...

Linda A Miller work in progress
Detail of work in progress...

There is so much amazing work going on out there.  Thought I would share with you selections with a minimal feel from several contemporary artists.  Follow the links on their names to see more on each artist.  Let me know what you think...

Thread Sketch II by Andrea Farina
Thread Sketch II by Andrea Farina

Peak 6/Red by Ardath Davis
Peak 6/Red by Ardath Davis

To see more of my favorites visit my Stitch board on Pinterest.  Enjoy the tour!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring at the Huntington

A blustery midweek day in San Marino...yet spring was evident with blooming trees everywhere.  I don't believe I have seen these lovely early blooms at the Huntington Gardens before.  Spectacular!  The Chinese Garden has two new pavilions onsite since our visit last summer, with more expansion progressing rapidly.  This beautiful contemplative area has become my favorite to visit.  My friends and I appreciated the quiet beauty of the area.

Duck hunting for food....

flowering peach blossoms
Flowering Peach Blossoms

New Pavilions in the Chinese Garden
New Pavilions in the Chinese Garden

Crabapple Blossoms
Crabapple Blossoms

Behind the waterfall
Behind the waterfall

Pavilion entrance
Pavilion entrance

As for indoor activity, there are many galleries of art to explore.  A featured sculpture is the exquisite 18th Century marble bust of Madame de Vermenoux by Jean-Antoine Houdon.

It was a lovely day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

And Now Opening...

“Pacifying Passion” will travel with the SAQA Fiber Reactions exhibit to Quilt Fest.  This exhibit was first seen at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in 2013.

Savannah International Trade/Convention Center:  
One International Drive, Savannah, GA 31402 
Dates:  March 27 - 30, 2014 
Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00 pm;  Sunday  10:00am - 4:00pm

Pacifying Passion © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Pacifying Passion
© 2013 Linda A. Miller


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Appearances Exhibit

Last weekend's Appearances debut by Quilts on the Wall artists went well in Pasadena at the Glendale Quilt Show.   Here are some photos of the exhibit taken by Sally Wright.

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show
Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Appearances exhibit at Glendale Quilt Show

Though unable to attend the show, I did have the opportunity to see the quilts beforehand while assisting Sally in selecting the hanging arrangement.   I have a greater appreciation for the process jurors and curators encounter while choosing work for an exhibit.  Working with a set number of varied pieces (all 18" x 24", in either vertical or horizontal format), it was our challenge to create a presentation that flowed.  In the end, we felt the exhibit was unified and interesting.  Thoughts?

Friday, March 21, 2014

YES it is Spring!

Welcome Spring!  Though we did not have much of a winter in SoCal, I can still say it is wonderful to be moving toward longer lighter days.  No doubt my favorite season, a time of renewal and rising energy.  How about you?

New experiments with words on my ink painted textiles....  "Yes", 12" square, is machine pieced as with previous black and white quilts in the series.  I used echo machine quilting on the center section around the word.  The word, with all its meaning, becomes the focal point instead of abstract line.  Why that specific word you may ask?  Yes chose me.  Perhaps a new shift away from holding the world at bay with No.

 Yes   - 12" x 12" © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Yes   - 12" x 12"
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

Spring shots from the garden-

Roses, roses, roses

In bloom...

Heart Geraniums

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.

Enjoy your days!


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