Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's Up?

work in progress

Between various house and garden repair projects I have not been keeping up with posts.  However, I have been slowly embroidering on the piece above, from a hand dye.  It is the slow work that I love to do.
Perfect for the hot days of summer.

It has also been website updating time.  I invite you to take a look at the galleries on my site:

Reporting on a few exhibits of note at the Getty Center.  "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney" includes a number of David Hockney's enigmatic self-portraits through the years, and also a series of his inventive photographs.  He is one of my favorite artists.  Show runs through November 26th.  Also on is "The Birth of Pastel" through 12/17/17.  Spent a lovely day up there this week.  Always an uplifting time, and it was not too hot either!

And finally, here is an inspirational book I have been reading:  "From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older" by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller.  This is a wonderful practical view to approaching elderhood with fresh open mind... 

Before I close, let me leave you with this from Lee Worley’s Four Foundations for Creative Process (in her book Coming from Nothing):

  • Willingness to open
  • Trusting in your experience
  • Willingness to take a chance
  • Not making anything of it

I will be taking more time offline this summer, so posting will be light until fall.  Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Projects


This is what I am thinking about... kindness keeps rising in my mind.  Playing with another version of kindness in the 12" x 11" piece below...

Kindness 2 © Linda A. Miller 2017

In the June Creativity Lab, where creative process and meditation meet, we explored drawing the space between the object.  Always good to have a fresh approach in art making!

creativity lab

In the garden, this huge staghorn fern finally grew too heavy, and came down taking the lattice with it.  It had been given to me years ago by a neighbor when he moved away, and over time it happily grew through the lattice, becoming double sided.  The supporting chains finally rotted.


It has been quite a project to trim it down, giving away staghorn fern pups to friends and family as I went.


Now all cut up,  I am considering where to hang some new fernlets in future.  And the lattice?  Not sure that it will be replaced... I rather like the open space with more sun. 


And here is the first globe carrot from the garden....  long in growing, but delicious!

And finally, did a bit of computer maintenance for overheating issues, cleaning out a wad of dust and hair (see below upper right).  Thanks to YouTube for the how to video, thankfully quite easy for my computer.  And the fan works great now! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Off to Sacred Threads

On the Wind © Linda A. Miller
On the Wind © Linda A. Miller 2016
"On the Wind" is on the road to Sacred Threads, which runs July 7 - 23 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171.  I love being a part of this exhibition of work expressing life's journeys: Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace.  "On the Wind" comes under the Inspiration theme. 

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my quilts which were shown in past Sacred Threads exhibits:

Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010
Energy © Linda A. Miller 2010

Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011
Linear Moves © Linda A. Miller 2011

Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011
Heart's Vision © Linda A. Miller 2011

Serenity © Linda A. Miller 2014
Serenity © Linda A. Miller 2014

Perhaps next time I will attend the exhibit myself!   Maybe....

Monday, June 12, 2017

Opening Reception

"Conversation" by Linda A. Miller
With "Conversation"

Yesterday's SAQA Regional "Untethered Thread" exhibit opening reception proved to be a fun afternoon.  The morning began with unexpected rain showers on the drive south with my friend Sally Wright, who also had work in the exhibit.  By lunch time we were enjoying the sunshine in my sister's garden before we all headed to the exhibit.  The Poway Center for the Performing Arts' double level lobby is a wonderful expansive light-filled environment, and makes a great venue to view art.  The reception was well attended with exhibiting artists and friends.  Always good to run into old friends and meet new ones. 

"Sonata in Blue" by Linda A. Miller
With "Sonata in Blue"

Sally Wright with "Swan Song"

"Hey Kahuna, No Trespassing" by Terry Waldron (right)

"Water Dance" by Terry Waldron

And on the upper level...

Linda Anderson

Work by Laura Bisagna, our curator

The show runs through June 24th.  PCPA- 15498 Espola Road, Poway, 92064. There will docent tours led by Mary Tabar on June 19th and 23rd at 1:00pm.  Viewing hours:  *Tuesday - Friday 9a - 5p; Saturday 10a - 3p. Come on by!

*Parking pass required Tues - Fri.  BEFORE parking stop at green curb, go into PCPA lobby Admin Office for a free parking pass.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


SAQA's Regional Untethered Thread opening reception is this Sunday, June 11th, 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway.  See you there!

Sonata in Blue by Linda A. Miller 2016

Monday, June 5, 2017

Exhibits of Note

I have seen some terrific local exhibits recently.  There are two at the Craft and Folk Art Museum running through August 20th.  Betye Saar's amazing solo show Keepin' It Clean features her potent washboard assemblages, begun in 1990's. These pieces speak to Saar's commitment to highlight social and political concerns. I found the exhibit very powerful.  The second CAFAM show, Material as Metaphor features 11 western artists using fiber as sculptural form.  I was especially taken with the subtle work of weaver Christy Matson, who uses fibers such as paper, cashmere, alpaca, linen, and cotton for her wall hangings.

Deborah Weir's Elemental exhibit at the Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester, Inglewood is showing her inventive mixed media textiles through June 16th.  The themes include earth, water, fire and wind.  I went to a demo and walk through yesterday.  It is always a pleasure to discover what new technique that Deborah is working with to create her exciting pieces. See more here.

Deborah Weir

My friend Sandra Lauterbach has a wonderful solo exhibit Color and Form Run Wild at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, 543 N. Fairfax, open through July 12th.  The show features 35 pieces, ranging in size from 12" and up.  Sandra's work is a joyous riot of color and texture not to be missed!  It always brightens my day to see her quilts.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SAQA Auction 2017

Sonata 9 by Linda A. Miller

I have donated "Sonata 9" to this year's SAQA Auction to support their exhibition and outreach programsThe online 2017 Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding. Last year's Auction raised almost $80,000.

I have been a member since 2008 and find it to be a very supportive organization for art quilt artists.  I have made friends, and learned much about navigating many facets of the art world through programs offered by SAQA.  I highly recommend joining!

Learn more about the Auction here. More about my Sonata series here


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