Monday, December 30, 2013

Around Town

Friends and I went to see the terrific exhibit Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.  It is an excellent retrospective of his work and was the first time I had seen such a comprehensive collection of his work in one place.  Francis began to paint, using it as a healing process during a serious illness as a young man.  Even during his final illness in the 1990's, he was a prolific painter.  He traveled much and  maintained studios in France, Switzerland, Japan and California.  The work is a joy to see.  Color, form and space within the pieces invite contemplation.  I was not surprised to learn he was influenced by Zen Buddhism. Don't miss this if you are in the Los Angeles area... it closes on January 5th.

Traveling the Silk Road is one of the current special exhibits at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.  It is a fun hands on exhibit to explore. Exhibit runs through April 13, 2014.  While there we visited the Rose Garden, still rich with blooms, and basked in the warm summerlike weather.  This is December???!

Happy New Year to you!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Welcome Winter

Red Striations (Detail) by Linda A. Miller 2013
Red Striations (Detail) by Linda A. Miller 2013

Let us thank the Earth
That offers ground for home
And holds our feet firm
To walk in space open
To infinite galaxies.

- John O'Donohue, from "In Praise of the Earth" (To Bless the Space Between Us)

Warm wishes to you and your family for a peaceful Winter Solstice and Holiday season!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Clock is ticking...

Christmas cactus in bloom
Christmas cactus in bloom

Some baking done, tree is up yet to be decorated...  Still working on some holiday projects...cannot post pictures now, maybe later.  There must be something about a deadline that motivates me...the holiday comes at the same time each year, but I don't begin until late, and even come up with new ideas.  Sigh.

Rosie and her bow

In the meantime, I wanted to share some links with you.  Here are thoughts to inspire especially when things are not going so well...  read David Limrite's blog about Having fun while not having fun!  Thoughtful advice (and you can subscribe to David's e-newsletters from his website).

Here are several local exhibits I plan on seeing.  Now on at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections which runs until January 5, 2014.  Opening December 20th through March 2, 2014 right around the corner at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan.  Both exhibits look interesting...  more to be posted when once I see them.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Appreciating the Day

With Pacifying Passion

It was a gorgeous, warm day as I headed south by train to attend the SAQA Fiber Reactions exhibit reception last Saturday, 12/14.  Even Union Station was decked out for the season.

I met my sister and Mom in Solana Beach, and we then drove to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

The views below are of the lower lobby of the theater, which is light and airy.  The exhibit is hanging both in the lower area and upstairs ( I only took pictures of the work and not the upper space itself).  There was a good crowd in attendance.

Here are a some selected quilts:

California Dreaming: Asilomar by Sally Gould Wright

Winter Solstice by Trish Charity

Turning a New Page by Kathy Piper

Nostalgia by Paulette G. Landers

Red Fractals by LeeAnna Yater

Cosumel Musings by Linda Friedman

Gardeners Life By Desiree Habicht

I was appreciative to have family and friends there. Thanks to L.A. friends who braved the traffic to come down for the day.  Sharing the experience and the work makes it all worthwhile.  It is good to catch up with colleagues, too.  Thanks to Mary Tabar for curating the exhibit... it looked great!  My small group went out for a delicious early dinner at a local Thai restaurant.  It was a long,yet satisfying day.  

I invite you to go see the exhibit, which runs until December 31.

PCPA: 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
Dates:  December 3 - 31, 2013  
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00 pm; 

Saturday  10:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays.

In case you do miss it... here is a Smilebox slide show.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The way things go...

 Pacifying Passion   © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Pacifying Passion  
© 2013 Linda A. Miller

One last reminder about the reception this Saturday, 12/14 from 1-3pm, for the exhibit  "Fiber Reactions" at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts at 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064.

A friend ordered a set of blank prayer flags.  She is organizing a fundraiser to help pay for medical costs for a friend who is ill.  Both she and her friend were past participants in my Bhavana Project.  I am happy to see the healing offshoots from the project that connects community.

For the better part of a week I tried to keep a virus at bay, but finally had to surrender to it.  Rest seemed to be what I needed as I now regain energy.  Difficult to stop "doing" during a season with seemingly endless projects to complete.  Keep it simple is what I tell myself each year...not always listening! 

While resting, I watched a Craft in America marathon over the weekend.  Wonderful to see these episodes again and be inspired!  Such amazing artists...  FYI, there is a new episode coming up on December 20th on PBS stations.  We are fortunate here in Los Angeles to have a Craft in America Center to see work and exhibits in person.

Glad I had finished this gift quilt before Thanksgiving.  Here is a detail shot, not to give too much away in case someone related reads this.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Looking back...

I am not keeping up... and the busy season is only just beginning.  So, allow me backtrack to revisit the last SAQA regional meeting and holiday extravaganza on November 16th.  The event was hosted by two of our regional reps, Deborah Stanley and Teresa Shippy.  They do a wonderful job, ensuring each is meeting interesting and fun.

You may remember that I had been making bowls for the event... even with minimal sales, the meeting proved to be good motivation to build up stock on bowls for the future.  About 1/3 of the attendees had various items for sale from artwork to jewelry to stamps for fabric.  Show and tell was included during the meeting with the sharing of recent news/work.  We have a very productive membership that includes international exhibitors and prestigious award winners (Patt Blair and Sherry Kleinman won prizes at IQF's World of Beauty this year).

Some views from the the meeting:
Doria Goocher with her landscapes
Doria Goocher with her landscapes

bowls by Linda A Miller
Bowls, bowls, bowls!

Linda Friedman and her sculpy stamps with Carol Churchill
Linda Friedman and her sculpy stamps with Carol Churchill

Patt and members browsing
Patt and members browsing

It proved to be a wonderful gathering with yummy food potluck style.  I always learn something new at these events for which I am grateful.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

SAQA Exhibiting...

SAQA Regional Fiber Reactions is on exhibit now at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts through December 31, 2013.  Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm.  Reception Saturday, December 14th, 1-3 pm, come meet the artists!  If you can't make the reception, hope you can visit the exhibit at some point to see the wonderful artistry on show.  This exhibit was curated by Mary Tabar, one of our regional reps.

A sneak peek of some of the work you will see (photos courtesy of Mary Tabar):

art quilt by David Charity
By David Charity


art quilt by Linda Anderson
By Linda Anderson

Art quilts by Sally Gould Wright and Laura Bisagna
By Sally Gould Wright and Laura Bisagna

I am very pleased that "Pacifying Passion" will be included.

Pacifying Passion
© 2013 Linda A. Miller

Hope to see you there!

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

With Thanks

Winter (detail)  © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Winter (detail)  © 2013 Linda A. Miller

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
~ John O’Donohue ,  excerpt from
“A Morning Offering” (To Bless the Space Between Us)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, and Happy Holidays to my Jewish friends!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On the Road Again

Good news has arrived via email!  "Linear Moves" will be on exhibit once again, this time in January 2014 at Road to California.  I am pleased that this piece has been shared with a wide audience over the past few years.  Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase, called  “The Best in the West”, is to be held at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario CA January 23-26, 2014.

 Linear Moves  -  54" x 30" © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Linear Moves  -  54" x 30"
© 2012 Linda A. Miller
Cotton, painted, pieced, hand embroidered
hand & machine quilted

 In case you are unfamiliar with the background information, this piece was created for the 2012 Black and White with a Twist call for entry by Quilts on the Wall artists.  Reflecting on the theme immediately brought to mind the ink calligraphy seen in Asian art traditions.  I have had the opportunity to work with this meditative art form on paper, so capturing the essence of the brushwork on cloth became my challenge.  

I painted the central image with ink on cotton.  That section was then pieced with commercial cottons creating a scroll-like textile.  I researched the layouts of Asian scrolls to maintain simplicity in the overall presentation.   The center section was hand quilted, the borders machine quilted.  Hand embroidery was added for detail. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ink & Joy

Here are some more photos from the joyful calligraphy lesson back in October with Takeda Sounn in which I am practicing the character that translates as "Heart Mind".

Calligraphy with Takeda Sounn
Photo by Steven Saitzyk

Calligraphy with Takeda Sounn
Photo by Steven Saitzyk

Keeping the connection in mind, allow me to again share several abstract brushwork interpretations textiles from 2012.  Similar process....finding inner harmony and balance in the moment.

 Elevate   -  28.5" x 16" © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Elevate   -  28.5" x 16"
© 2012 Linda A. Miller

 Encircle   -  27.5" x 16" © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Encircle   -  27.5" x 16"
© 2012 Linda A. Miller

Between stimulus and response there is a space.  
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
- Victor Frankl

(Thanks to Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo for the quote)

Friday, November 8, 2013

December Exhibit

 Pacifying Passion © 2013 Linda A. Miller
Pacifying Passion © 2013 Linda A. Miller

“Pacifying Passion” has been accepted into the SAQA Southern California/Nevada Regional exhibit Fiber ReactionsThis is the second time SAQA artists will have work shown at the beautiful Poway Center, located in Northern San Diego County.  It looks to be a fantastic exhibit!

Reception is on Saturday, December 14, 1:00 - 3:00pm.  Stop by and say hello!

There will be two weekday docent tours - December 6 and 11, from 3:00 - 5:00pm.

 PCPA: 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
 Dates:  December 3 - December 31, 2013  
 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday  10:00am – 3:00pm; Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays.

Parking: A temporary parking pass is required when visiting the exhibit Tuesday - Friday.  Pick up a free pass from the office before you park.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays!


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