Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inside and Out

Completing some new 12" works in my minimalized brushwork style ...

Embryo © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Embryo © 2014 Linda A. Miller

For "Engage" and "Embark" I cut out smaller selections from earlier ink drawings on cloth.  I aimed for the interesting "bits".   Thoughts?


Engage © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Engage © 2014 Linda A. Miller



Embark © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Embark © 2014 Linda A. Miller


Leaving you with some views from my spring garden where I delightfully spend time....

blueberries
Laden with blueberries


Spring and all its flowers now joyously break their vow of silence.  
 It is time for celebration not for lying low.
-Hafiz


bee and rose
Bee and rose





clivia
Blooming Clivia




And from a friend's garden...glorious iris!

ireses
Easter Iris



Linking to Off the Wall Fridays, where you can see more artists' work.


 























Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Creating...

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


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

Stitching

"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!










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