Monday, October 16, 2017

Gravitation

Introducing my new completed quilt, "Gravitation".  This piece began with one of my hand dyes, which I then pieced, appliqued and hand embroidered.


Here is a detail which shows some of the hand work.  (It was a bit of a challenge to get the stitching to show up.)



And what are you working on?



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It's Been a While

Yes, I realize it has been a while since my last post.  I have been absorbed with ongoing extensive hand stitching on this current piece..

work in progress

During hours of the handwork I have interspersed quiet time with some listening to the excellent audio book (Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz- an enthralling mystery within a mystery) and watching the powerful Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War PBS series, which was heartbreaking and enlightening.  Do not miss it!

Quilt exhibits of note:  Extreme Quilters of Southern California seventh annual show runs 10/3 - 10/15. with the reception this Sunday, 10/8, from 3 - 5pm at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, 91320.  This talented group of 27 fiber artists always bring out their best.  I can highly recommend it!


Monday, September 11, 2017

SAQA Auction 2017

The SAQA Auction 2017 begins September 15th and runs through October 8th.  This is a great opportunity to add to your collection while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach programs.

Here is my collection of "Blues"...


SAQA Auction


SAQA Auction


SAQA Auction


SAQA Auction


SAQA Auction



And enjoy this video sneak peek of more available quilts: 

video











Thursday, September 7, 2017

Returning




Everybody gets so much information all day long 
that they lose their common sense.

~Gertrude Stein


Work in progress

Here is a detail of the latest work in progress.  More lines appliqued.  Now the hand stitching begins...

It has been an interesting few weeks.  As you may remember,  I stepped back from social media, taking some personal retreat time at home.  I  also limited the time spent with email and on the computer in general.  (I admit there were occasions where I found myself getting hooked back into the computer.  So easy to go down the rabbit hole!)  Whatever activity I engaged in I aimed to focus on doing one thing at a time.  At the midpoint of this retreat time, I went to a community meditation day at the Shambhala center I attend.  

What did I discover from this time away?  I feel clearer, less distracted and more settled.  This approach may not be for everyone, but it suited me well.  As I look to my priorities now, I  am considering spending less time with social media on an ongoing basis. There is so much else that can be done in life when not glued to the screen.

I leave you with this quote by Sara Genn (from The Painter's Keys newsletters):

A studio is an artist’s default fantasy, but a short-term residency, road trip, walk in the woods or desk under the stairs are each also a committed, created place for silence. Allow yourself to be undisturbed, then breathe deeply and focus on 
your own imagination — be delighted.















Monday, August 21, 2017

Work in Process


I am beginning to play around with some of the newly dyed fabrics.  Stay tuned for more...

From my garden- I have been able to pick ripe figs for the first time in years!  Here is how I saved figs from the wildlife...
covered figs

... by covering the branches with cloth bags.  The tree does not produce a very large crop, so this idea has worked successfully to allow me to enjoy some sweet figs, while leaving a few for the critters.



figs

In fact, I had some overripe ones, so I made a jar of lemon fig honey jam.  Yummy!

figs


Something new- I have picked and processed some of my grape leaves by blanching in briefly in hot water, then storing in the freezer to make dolmas in the future.

grape leaves

For the next 2 weeks I will be taking some personal retreat time... I will be off social media and this blog until September 2nd.  I have been spending more time online (especially Facebook), feeling increasingly distracted, getting less done and often distressed.  It is time for some renewal with quiet away from social media.  It will be interesting to see what discoveries arise. I will let you know how it goes.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, dear readers!

Leaving you with this:
... each one of us counts to do this peacemaking work with our own hearts and minds, because if one person does, it influences the people around them ... Peacemaking is as contagious as violence.
~ Pema Chodron 





Monday, August 14, 2017

Out of the Dye Pot

dyeing fabric


I was going through things on the porch, and found my selection of Procion dyes.  Considering passing them on since I had not touched them for many years, then figured why not dye one last batch.  It ended up being a  fun summer project experimenting with not only cotton, but brocades and other fabrics.  And now I have a selection of interesting pieces to work with... 

dyeing fabric


The baggie contained pieces above bake in the sun to intensify colors.


dyeing fabric


Another selection....

dyeing fabric

Still considering passing on the remaining dyes.  For one thing, the process uses a lot of water, not good for our drought sensitive area.

And from the garden...  I planted this ginger root that began to sprout in the kitchen, and it is growing..

ginger sprout








Monday, July 31, 2017

Synchronicity



Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller


I finished "Synchronicity".  It is created from a hand dye that I bought at a quilt show.  Since it had been sitting in my stash, feeling it "too precious" to use... so used it by cutting it up and piecing it!  I added much embroidery to the piece.  Very satisfying work.


Synchronicity © 2017 Linda A. Miller


And, an interesting exhibit to report on... Sabrina Gschwandtner's "Hands at Work" at Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station through August 26th.  Looks like a quilt doesn't it?  The artist sewed vintage 16mm film strips for her quilts.  The quilts are hung over a light box frames on the wall, so the film imagery can be seen when up close.  There was also a video of hands at work knitting, stitching, etc.  Striking work!

Sabrina Gschwandtner
Sabrina Gschwandtner







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: www.lindaamiller.com.

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

WIP


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...


WIP
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.


gardening


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


gardening


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. 

garden

 
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.




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