Monday, August 22, 2016

"Camden" (working title) - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - Name and Win!

Camden (working title) - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
I couldn't think of a suitable name for this painting so I'm asking for help.  I will give away one of my petite paintings to the person who comes up with the winning name.  To win, you must be a subscriber to my mailing list.  You can sign up here: http://www.lauriegmiller.com/contact.html and then send your name suggestion to: Laurie@LaurieGMiller.com  

I will announce the winner on September 13.

I can't wait to hear the names everyone comes up with!

You never know when inspiration will strike.  The reference photo I used to create this painting was posted on Facebook by Kelli Costa who is the owner of Gallery Seven in Maynard, MA.  I contacted Kelli and asked permission to use her photo.  She only had one request -- send her a photo of the completed painting..done!


I pulled out the palette knife for this one since there is so much detail in a harbor scene and I wanted to keep it loose and fresh.  In the early stages of this painting, I stayed true to the reference.  By the end, I had changed some colors and details to make the composition more pleasing and balanced. 


"Camden (name TBD)" is a 12 inch square oil on canvas painting presented in a wood floater frame (see additional photos below).  It is available directly from me at www.LaurieGMiller.com 







Sunday, August 14, 2016

Red Pear - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Red Pear" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD


I actually painted this pear back in April and realized that I never posted it.  I've always loved painting pears as they seem human-like with their lovely curves.  I started this painting with a bright green background to add some luminosity to the reddish pear.  

In other news, I'm doing a "Doodle a Day" challenge with a group of friends.  This started when a friend mentioned to me that she wanted to get back into the swing of painting and doing something creative on a regular basis.  I said that she should keep it low key to start, no pressure, and just do a quick pencil sketch or doodle.  She loved the idea and thought it would be fun to open it up to "The 6-Pack" which is what my friends call our little group.  So, the "6-Pack" has taken on the challenge for the month of August.  I'll post some of my doodles in September when the challenge ends.   






Monday, August 8, 2016

"Pretty in Pink" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Pretty in Pink" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas, framed

I can never go for too long without painting a donut!  They are a fun, happy food and make me smile :)

"Pretty in Pink" is a 6 inch square oil on canvas painting presented in a wood floater frame (see additional photos below).  It is available directly from me at www.LaurieGMiller.com 




Monday, August 1, 2016

"Brookline Ave" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Brookline Ave" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD
Last summer I stayed at a hotel on Brookline Avenue in Boston.  The hotel looked into Fenway park and also had a great view of my beloved Citgo sign (which I have painted several times before). 

I almost always start my paintings with a solid background color.  This time, I blocked in areas using complementary colors instead of the final color I would use.  For example, the main building was blocked in using a blue color and if you look at the final painting, the building is primarily orange.  When applying the the orange paint, I allowed some of the blue under painting to show through to give a nice little pop of color.




This painting was completed using a palette knife so the paint application is thick and textural and creates a fairly abstract image.  Some close ups are below:



 Additional images are below.












Monday, July 25, 2016

"If I Fell" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"If I Fell" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
You might not believe that I try to limit (unsuccessfully) sugar in my diet which is probably why I'm always wanting to paint sweet stuff!  If I can't eat it, I might as well paint it.  And then eat it.  Sigh.

If you follow my posts, you may remember that I use Beatles songs if I'm having trouble coming up with a title for a painting.  So, I thought "If I Fell" was a good name for this petite painting.

"If I Fell" is a 4x4 inches oil on canvas painting presented in a wood floater frame (see additional photos below).  




Monday, July 18, 2016

"Oreos" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Oreos" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
Oreo cookies and a glass of milk.  I've certainly eaten my share over the course of my lifetime.  I had some recently and they did not disappoint!

The small sliver of white creme between the two dark wafers - that was my entire motivation for painting this little vignette.  I painted the chocolate wafers first and left a small gap on the canvas and then filled in the white creme with the final brush strokes.    

Oreos is a 6x6 inches oil on canvas painting presented in a wood floater frame (see additional photos below).  It is available at www.LaurieGMiller.com.






Sunday, July 10, 2016

"The Dark Side" - 4 x 4 inches - oil on canvas

"The Dark Side" - 4 x 4 inches - oil on canvas
My "Hershey Kiss" phase continues with a dark chocolate kiss.  I wanted the challenge of a colored wrapper (even though you only see an occasional peek of the outside of the purple wrapper).  When working with my sweet subject, I open the wrapper and crinkle it around until I'm happy with the resulting shape for my composition.  I will sometimes spend more time designing my composition than actually executing the painting.  From experience I know that a bad composition can never be overcome by technically well executed brush strokes.  More photos of "The Dark Side" and purchase info is below.

In other news, I taught a painting class to 4 girls from ages 8 to 14.  Since I recently painted an ice cream cone, I thought they might enjoy doing one as well.  We talked a lot about form, shadows, highlights and textures.  They each decided which flavor ice cream to paint and I think they turned out super cute. 



"The Dark Side" is framed in a wood floater frame (see photos below) and can either be purchased at The Whiffle Tree in Billerica, MA, or, directly from me by clicking here.




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Stolen Peonies" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Stolen Peonies" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD
Today's painting has a story behind it.  I stopped by my friend's house for an afternoon visit.  As we were chatting, I noticed a vase filled with peonies.  They caught my attention and my eyes kept wandering back to them.  We said our goodbyes and I went on with my day.  That evening, I just kept thinking about those flowers and knew I had to paint them.

The next day, I went back to her house with the intention of taking the peonies.  We chatted for a bit and then her phone rang.  It sounded like it wasn't going to be a quick conversation so I got up, picked up the peony vase and motioned that I was taking them.  She gave me a look that said, "What are you doing?!?!?"  I chose to interpret that look to mean, "Please, take my peonies."  So, off I went with my stolen prize in hand.  

In my mind, this was an impressionistic painting and I didn't want to get bogged down in the details - I just wanted it to be loose and fresh.  I kept the background fairly abstract as I pulled complementary colors into the tabletop to give a nice pop of color.  I was really pleased with the final result.

I've been working on a new website, www.LaurieGMiller.com  Please check it out by clicking here.  Let me know what you think and I'd appreciate if you'd share it with your art-loving friends!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Black Raspberry" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas


"Black Raspberry" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

To me, ice cream is an iconic symbol of summertime.  Since summer was approaching and the weather was turning warmer, I knew I wanted to paint an ice cream cone a bit larger than life.

I started by coating my canvas with a bright pink acrylic paint.  I first painted the background and chose a light teal color and let the pink undercoat shine through.  I tried to stay loose with the cone and again let the pink shine through to complement the yellow/orange tones.  I finally tackled the ice cream and used a range of blues, purples and pinks as well as some orange to tie it all together.  This painting makes me happy!

I was recently thinking about why I paint and share my art with others.  My walls are covered with art -- some of my own work and as well as other  pieces that I have collected.  Art makes me stop, reflect, and often smile.  I decided that my motto should be, "Spreading Happiness One Painting at a Time."  So, my wish is that my work will bring some happiness into your life and make you smile.

"Black Raspberry" is 20x20 inches, oil on canvas.  The sides are painted a teal color to complement the painting (see photos below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Whiffle Tree Candle Co. in Billerica, MA.






Monday, June 13, 2016

"Blueberry Sunbath" - 6 x 8 inches - oil on linen

"Blueberry Sunbath" - 6 x 8 inches - oil on linen
I bought a carton of blueberries last week and ate the entire carton in one day!  They were delicious!  I've often said that eating blueberries is like playing 'Russian Roulette' in that you never know when you're going to hit a sour one.  With this batch, each one was sweet and delicious so I forged ahead with abandon!

Blueberries make great subjects to paint.  They vary in color from a dusty light blue to deep blues, purples and reds.  To direct your eye into the painting, I included a tilted one on the left and one with a stem on the right.  Purchase info is below.

The Whiffle Tree is having a grand opening this coming weekend for their new Artisan's Marketplace.  I'm honored to be a part of it.  I will be there Friday evening so if you live in the area, stop by and say hello!  Details are below.

"Blueberry Sunbath" is 6x8 inches, oil on linen and is framed in a wood floating frame (see photos below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Whiffle Tree Candle Co. in Billerica, MA.











Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy B-Day" - 6x6 inches - oil on canvas


"Happy B-Day" - 6x6 inches - oil on canvas

I usually don't go for too long without painting either a cupcake or a donut.  This particular cupcake was piled high with pink frosting so I decided to add a candle and turn it into a mini birthday celebration.

I started this painting with a bright green acrylic wash over my entire canvas.  In the end, I pretty much covered the green but you can see a bit of it peeking through in the candle, in the tabletop, and also in my signature.  (To sign most of my paintings, I use a rubber tip to scrape away the paint.  This only works if the paint is still wet enough so I always try to remember to sign my paintings right away).  

I tried hard to stay loose and not get too caught up in the folds of the paper in the base.  I was pleased with how the candle turned out and purposely picked a dark background so that the bright flame had a strong contrast to help it stand out.

"Happy B-Day" is a 6 inch square painting.  This painting is framed in a wood floating frame (see photo below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Whiffle Tree Candle Co. in Billerica, MA.





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Retro - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

Retro - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
This funky orange rotary phone was the inspiration for this week's painting.  My parents bought this phone many years ago and I remember using it as a kid and having a sore finger from dialing.  The phone is solid as a rock and probably weighs at least 5 pounds. 

This painting has a harmonious feel as I chose to paint it on a mustard yellow surface with a dark brown background so that all the colors are analogous.  I threw in a few pops of green here and there just to add some interest.  

"Retro" is a 12x12 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see additional photos below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.








Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fujis - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

"Fujis" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on cavnas
I love apples.  There is something very basic, comforting and wholesome about apples.  Lately, I've been buying Fuji apples and I really like the crisp, sweet taste.  I hadn't painted apples in a while so it was time.  I worked slowly and deliberately and really paid attention to the shifts in value and color to create the rounded forms.  In the past I've struggled with multi-colored apples but this one came together pretty easily -- a nice bonus!  Purchase info is below.


In other news, I'm now showing my work at the Whiffle Tree Candle Co.   This shop has been around for many years and is really charming.  The grand opening for the new Artisans' Market is the weekend of June 18 but they unofficially opened last week.  There are paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodcrafts, etc. -- a really nice selection of handmade items.  If you live anywhere near Billerica, MA, check it out.






"Fujis
" is a 12x12 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see photos below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.