Monday, June 18, 2018

Work in Progress


A WIP that had been sitting for some time is finally completed.  "With Kindness", 12" square quilt, is made with hand dyed cotton, pieced and fusible applique applied.  The word Kindness is heavily machine stitched on thread cuttings between sheets of soluble stabilizer (much like my thread bowls), then appliqued once rinsed and dried.  I hand embroidered all over the surface.

With Kindness by Linda A. Miller 2018

All the stitch meditation work no doubt inspired finishing this piece.  I will be sharing more about how the theme of Kindness has figured in my recent work in the future.

And here is another stitch meditation-

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Stitch Discoveries

Some of my recent thread sketches or stitch meditations.  I continue to enjoy the explorations with embroidery and cloth, using small bits recycled from previous projects and limiting the type of stitches I use.  The quiet time refreshes.  I encourage you to try the process for yourself.


















And... here is an article about artist Amanda J. Clayton, who takes her textile artwork in unique directions.


Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Spring Gardens


If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness
 in the ruthless furnace of this world.

~Jack Gilbert, from “A Brief for the Defense”
 


 Gardens, gardens, gardens.  Spring is a great time to visit all my favorites.  Enjoy!



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And one more from the Getty Center-

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rembrandt and Hockney

getty gardens

There are some interesting exhibitions on view around town.  At the Getty Center through June 24th is Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India including a series of the artist's drawings of Mughal portraits and places.  The small detailed depictions are paired with Mughal paintings and European prints.  Fascinating to see where Rembrandt drew his inspiration from.




I always enjoy time spent up at the Getty.  It is an uplifting place to be, regardless of what exhibits are on show.  Some views from my day.  White abounded with all the travertine!

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getty center




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An impressive exhibit is David Hockney's 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life showing through July 29th at LACMA.  I have long been a fan of and inspired by Hockney and his work.  Apparently he created the vibrant series in order to visit with people, as he doesn't get out much any more.  Hockney invited family, friends, and staff to sit for him in his studio.  Each portrait was made over a period of 2-4 days for what Hockney termed  a "20 hour exposure".  What a great way to create community while making art!  He remains a prolific artist in his 80's.


David Hockney exhibition photo
David Hockney, Barry Humphries, 26th, 27th, 28th March 2015
 from 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life,
2015 © David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt
















Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Circular

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. 
Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.
~ Mary Oliver



I am continuing to play with circles in form of mandalas and more as Creative Strength Training continues.  Where will it all lead?  The goal is less important at this point than the actual process of the moment.  

Part of the process always includes writing.  This month we are noting down our history.  It has been helpful to see patterns, ebbs and flows.  Reflection and re-evaluation are powerful tools as I look at where I have been and what direction to move in.   

Here is what I have been up to:

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Mandala




stitch meditation



Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Follow the link to see what other artists are up to.






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