Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Flap Happy - a coloring book, Debbie Miller

Well the class I'm taking sure is kicking my ass.  Illustration is HARD!  Here is my first assignment for Lilla Roger's MATSBootcamp 2016.  Using our sketches of twenties hair styles we had to create a coloring book cover.  I went with a collage of faces because faces are my comfort zone and it sparked joy more than my first attempt :
I love the original collage! 
Totally inspired by this assignment!!  Follow me on instagram to see more or click here

Monday, March 7, 2016

Illustration Bootcamp

I was fortunate to win a free spot in Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Bootcamp!!  
So for the next 5 months I will be busy tapping into my Illustration roots. 
 I'm so excited about this because it really has been since college that I've flexed these muscles except for my sketchbooks. 
 It will be so fun to see what comes out of this class and how my style will emerge and evolve.
Our first assignment focuses on the hair styles of the 1920's  - kinda my wheelhouse so I'm diving right in

My painting is still happening - don't worry - I am painting away in the studio getting some big art ready for the summer.

follow me on instagram where I'll be posting about both projects almost daily

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Low Tide, abstract, beach painting, Debbie Miller

10x10" acrylic on panel. 

More playing with paint and the feeling of low tide on a warm summer day.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Summer. Abstract painting, Debbie Miller

Acrylic on panel 24x24"

People are my jam.  I mean I paint them and draw them ALL the time.  Can't get enough.  When I'm talking to someone I am preoccupied with how to paint them, what colors in their skin.  Painting people is my jam.

But lately in my studio I have been putting on music and painting like this.    Abstract. 
 Getting lost in the colors, the materials and the vibe.  Kinda loving it.  
Abstract summer is my new jam.

Sketchbook Peek

I am a smitten kitten over my new sketchbook. 
Isn't she cute?  It is square which I LOVE and the pages are thicker than the usual - 140 instead of 90 I think.  That means it takes paint much better - no warping!! 
and my latest drawing obsession: Dudes with Beards.
Follow me on instagram to see more
Soon I will be doing an instagram painting giveaway so don't miss out

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pssst - sale! "Pig tails" beach painting, Debbie Miller

 20x20" oil on canvas

Cleaning my studio and clearing my head to make room for some new art.  Bigger art and a more free vibe.
My studio space is not huge and longer than wider - it is only 10 ft wide!
 Space is at a premium, especially storage space for paintings. 
So over the next week or two I will be posting some here for sale ON SALE in the hopes that they will find good homes and get up on some walls to be seen!

This is the first and honestly I love this painting.  The pigtails, the color, it works.  Link to purchase is below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Day at the Beach, beach painting, Debbie Miller

                                               30x40" on panel with a 2" edge.  Acrylic

Sometimes the beach in my head spills out into a painting.   Color, people, umbrellas, waves.  There they are.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Portrait Painting - Harry, Debbie Miller

Portrait Painting OR how to keep you college kid busy for 3 hours.

Killing many birds with one stone on this night : keeping my skills up, getting to paint with a room full of talented artists,  keeping the kid busy, quality time with son and he made a few bucks!  Win,win, win.

Here is my friend Kerry's  painting of Harry

Friday, January 29, 2016

Heart Rock

Well January flew by. 

I'm at the beach a lot walking the dogs and heart rocks fill my pockets.  Resisting their charms is impossible for me.  Remember I wrote this post about collecting heart rocks?   I'm still at it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Little Beach Lanscape - 012716

6x6" oil
Painting figrues is my jam but every now and then I love to get lost in a lansdscape.  Those gorgeous beach grasses are tough to resist

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sled Dogs - 012616 - snow painting

 6x6" oil
Speaking of dogs in the snow....
One left from a little series of sled dog paintings I did a few years back

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas

Remember when snow storms were just snow storms and didn't come with names?
This is how winter storm Jonas looked at Chez Miller 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Free Birdy

still working on those big panels....
while you wait on the edge of your seats for the big reveal, check out Free Birdy and some of my other paintings available at Eisenhauer Gallery

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


nfdp  Pssst ... Valentines Day is coming up QUICK,  Time to start thinking all things hearts and love and such.
Check out some of my past heart projects HERE and HERE and some more HERE and HERE 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crayon Resist Snowflakes - teach art tuesday

Crayon resist - an old stand-by that never disappoints.  Little kids love this project every time.
These were done with my pre-K class of 4 year olds.
I had them trace a circle and after we looked at photos of snowflakes and talked about them a bit they had to draw their own.  They used light blue and gray crayons at first - this avoids the  "I can't see what I'm drawing" comments that are inevitable if you give them white. Trust me.
 When they were happy with their design we went over their lines with white crayon - rubbing down super hard.  (I find they draw so lightly and timidly sometimes. I am constantly trying to get them to make firm clear lines.  Why is that?  I blame markers.)
Next I let them loose with the water colors.  I had planned on them just using blue and purple but they had other ideas and that was fine with me. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Little Beach, beach painting, Debbie Miller, 011816

6x6" oil
Remember last weeks Studio Peek?  I'm busy painting those big panels.  Stay tuned.
 Here is a little beach painting - one of my favorites and still kicking around the studio.