Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Do You Consider Yourself Creative?

I know many of you who read my blog describe yourselves as creative persons...but if not, would you reconsider that notion?  I am talking about being a truly creative person in daily life, not only a painter, musician or dancer.  Here is a wonderful podcast from an On Being interview with innovative thinker, Seth Godin.  Let it inspire your thinking about how you are in the world and making change.  (If you enjoyed that interview you can subscribe to the podcasts...the interviews by Krista Tippett are consistently remarkable.)

Listening to this interview was timely for my participation in the art marketing workshop with Alyson Stanfield.  I am confronting my mindset and facing my resistances to marketing by being as open to the journey as I can.  Isn't it a relief to know that I do not have to "sell", but rather to share my art to those open to hearing my story ( and not the whole world)?  I am learning a lot of practical advice thus far in the course.   I am compiling a list of potential venues to show my work.  Where would you like to see my work?  For that matter, where would you like to share your work?

And as promised here are some links from last week's post about Road to California exhibits.  Sheila Frampton-Cooper has posted the visual tour of "Perspectives".  Sherry Kleinman shown below with her work.

Sherry Davis Kleinman with her work at Road to California

Friday, January 25, 2013

Road to CA

Happily, I had the opportunity to spend part of yesterday with friends at the quilt conference extravaganza, Road To California.  Road had been held at the Ontario Convention Center in January for many, many years.  For those who are unfamiliar with the event, called the Best in the West, there are Quilt exhibits to see, vendors to buy from, and classes to take.

There were some exhibits of note... I was excited by "Perspectives: Fantasy and Reality" curated by Sheila Frampton Cooper.  The quilts were wonderful explorations of the theme, with work by Hollis Chatelain, Sherry Kleinman, Sandra Lauterbach and many more.  Sheila promises to post a video tour of the quilts on her blog at a later date, and I will pass the link on to you.

Quilts on the Wall debuted  the 2012 fall collection "Magnified View".  I enjoyed "Main Street USA - Route 66" curated by Patt Blair and Kelly Gallagher-Abbott, with the 50 quilts being displayed with a 66 foot quilted map of the historic route.

There were many wonderful individual quilts as well.  Road has less focus on art quilts as compared with the IQF.  I must say, it is always a bit overwhelming to try to take in all that is on offer at these venues....  I really don't try to see it all.  I did not have any of my own work there this year.  Sorry, but I did not get photos from the exhibits. I will post links to photos as I find them.  However here is another shot facing the San Bernardino Mountains during a respite from the rain.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Positive Changes

 You may notice some changes to my blog design...I am in process with linking my website and blog, plus adding a fresh look for 2013.  Hopefully this will give you a more simplified way to stay in touch with my projects.  Let me know what you think and...stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I had the opportunity to see Vincent van Gogh's "Self-Portrait" 1889, which is on loan from the National Gallery, now showing at the Norton Simon Museum through March 4.  It is a spectacular piece, which I had not seen in person before.  The blues vibrate on the canvas, and move attention to compelling outward gaze of Vincent.  I was drawn in.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890)
Self-Portrait, 1889
Oil on canvas
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Across the gallery are earlier works by van Gogh with a color palette that is completely the opposite to the "Self-Portrait".  Whether seeing the works for the first time, or for the tenth time, there is such power in the strokes and in his use of color.  It was as if he was set free by the light of the south of France.

Also on view was a letter from Vincent to a friend and former landlady that was so beautifully written and articulated...never giving light to the inner suffering.  Many years ago I had read "Dear Theo", a compilation of letters to his brother...perhaps is time to revisit the book.  Such a fine exhibit.  Thanks to the exchange program between the two museums, we can appreciate in person works from opposite ends of the country.

And here are some of my photos from the garden and Rodin's sculptures...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Embracing Gratitude

© 2013 Linda A. Miller

I received a reminder of the gratitude practice...which is simply reflecting on and writing down on a daily basis what I am grateful for.  I had forgotten how this routine can create a shift and open the heart.

How did this reminder surface?  It is included in a workshop I am taking: Alyson Stanfield's (ArtBiz Coach) online No Excuse Art Marketing Bootcamp.  A formidable name, yes...12 weeks packed with tools and information to apply.  I have read Alyson's informative newsletters, and have worked with her helpful resource book, "I'd Rather Be In the Studio".  Yet I found I kept losing momentum, hitting walls with marketing and my attitude towards it (a key point).  I am open to facing this conundrum with fresh eyes.  I am moving forward ready to embark on a new journey.  I will take you along ....or perhaps you want to join in as well.  The workshop just started...follow the links above to see more.

© 2013 Linda A. Miller

Friday, January 11, 2013

Revealing Projects

Embrace the sky  © 2013 Linda A. Miller

 More from embrace, my 2013 word...

Embrace  © 2013 Linda A. Miller

As I did not get around to showing you full pictures from some of my holiday projects,  here they are before it gets too far behind us.  Two pairs of alpaca slipper socks for my Mom and sister...pattern thanks to The Yarn Maven   (I altered the heels, keeping them the same color as the body of the sock).  I love my own pair of these cozy super-fast-to-knit socks that I made last year...hope the family will enjoy theirs, too!

My nephew, Conor, liked his scarf...which should help to keep him warm on those cold east coast days.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Poway Center of the Performing Arts

"Elevate" and "Articulated" installed

Thought I would share some photos with you (thanks to Mary Tabar) from the SAQA Regional "Creative Inspiration" exhibit which opened last week at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  The exhibit runs through January 29th.

I was unable to attend Saturday's reception, but I heard that it was well attended and the venue was wonderful.  SAQA friend Judy Warner, visiting from the east coast, mentioned the show and my work in her blog post.  Many thanks, Judy!  I will catch the exhibit soon.

Works by Sally Wright 

Works by Sandra Lauterbach

Works by Sandra Hankins  (left), Sherry Kleinman (right)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Embracing the New Year

I am emerging from the whirlwind of the holidays. Though wonderful, they tapped my already low energy reserves from a post Thanksgiving cold.  Taking things slower was the remedy.  Very timely, then, is this practice I have adopted of choosing a word to contemplate and explore through the year.  A friend of mine calls it dancing with a word...don't you love the interconnection that evokes?   After time spent in process before the holidays began, Embrace choose me during a walk along the bluffs above the ocean several days ago. Yes!  It feels right to embrace what the moment brings.  I am ready for the journey.

The true condition of mind is like the sky, like space: without center, without edge, without goal.
- Shabkahr Rinpoche

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reflecting on Opening

Very slowly coming back from holiday doings...taking more time for quiet.  However, I wanted to share these photos of the opening with you...including a few you have seen already.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
 -- John O'Donohue -  excerpt of  "A Morning Offering" from To Bless the Space Between Us

Happy New Year!


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