Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swimmers and Artists Block

Girl Power 36x36" oil
This time of year is when I get in the studio and paint A LOT.
Its the season of hunkering - and for me that means getting to hunker in the studio and work on big paintings.
This year I gave my self a deadline to finish up a bunch of "swimmers" - I've been working hard but missed my deadline - well to be clear - I didn't paint as many as I wanted to by the end of last month but I did paint several and I like them very much.

Then it happened... ARTIST BLOCK.  Ugh.  seriously, NOW?  nooooo NOW is when I need to be painting!!

SO what do you do when a block happens?
Here is what I did.....

 - I whined.  I whined to my husband, I whined to my best friend, I whined to my dogs.
- I spent a good 3 days binge watching Netflix (the Crown, Abstract, The Frontier, Broadchurch .....)
- I spent waaaaaay to much time looking at art on pinterest and instagram (which only made me more blocked and confused)
- I made chicken soup from scratch and toll house cookies TWICE.

It was NOT productive (art wise - the soup and cookies were great) BUT part of the process
Here is what else I did....

-I kept going to the studio
-I played with other mediums a bit and other subject matters
-I wrote down my feelings about my art and where I want it to go
-I cleaned and cleared my studio.  Made empty space to let new art breathe.
-I began meditating again
-I turned up the music and turned off the noise (no more looking at other peoples art)
-I kept painting

and then I painted this
24"x30" oil
and just like that I feel inspired again and have direction and clarity.
Still a swimmer but something new is happening and it excites me

Unblocked painting wise but I cannot come up with a title
OR decide what to do with this blog.
But for now I will just keep on painting...

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Girl Power -

New Swimmer (the block breaker)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Weekend


The weekend is here and I for one am very very happy about that.
(BIG game on sunday.  BIG GAME.)

This year I have really been trying to schedule in my studio time, teaching, planning time into the week - ya know, like a "real job" (insert eye roll here)
Being an artist who works for herself it was normal to me to have loose studio hours during the week and get a lot done on the weekends when my husband was home to watch the kids and dogs.

That was great BEFORE - ya know before my boys got so big that 2 out of the 3 have full beards and lives of their own and even the puppy is grown up.  *sigh*

So this year I am trying it out - leaving the house with a lunch and heading to the studio to put in the work.   Most of being a professional artist is showing up and so I'm showing up, putting in the time and so far I'm loving it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Girl Power, swimmer series, Debbie Miller

February is here and it is time to paint the swimmers!
My studio is cleaned up and organized...
Ok not totally but mostly.  The painting area is at least.

The next week is set aside to finish up about 14 pretty big paintings in my swimmer series.
This one; "Girl Power" is the first and since I painted it last month I thought that was a fitting name.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Eli, portrait painting, Debbie Miller

10x10" oil on panel

The challenge of painting a face from life never bores me.  I have started the practice up again after noticing how much I missed it.
always something to learn, always a challenge.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Low Tide, beach painting, Debbie Miller

6x6" oil
My favorite of these little beach paintings that I have available.  I am working on larger works at the moment, so I will post these until some of those are camera ready.

A new website is in the works complete with my own shop but for now I've listed this and a few more in my ETSY shop.  I am trying that out for ease of purchasing and such.

check it out HERE

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fresh Start 2017

Here's the thing - I hate New Year's Eve and those 'year in review' shows all over the news really bug me but New Year's Day, now that I love.
I love the idea of a fresh start and making resolutions and looking ahead.
I love green smoothies and recommitting to healthier living.
I love packing away the Holidays and cleaning out the fridge.
Mostly I love taking everything off my studio bulletin board and hanging a new calendar.

Yesterday I put on some good music and cleaned my space, organized and made a to-do list.
Love, love, love.

This year I've got some big painting goals but also I decided to commit to a daily practice of doing one little drawing.  Nothing fancy, just a little morning doodle to start my day.
Everyday for 365.
I post each one to my instagram account if you want to follow along.

Happy New Year!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reader Santa, debbie miller, beach

6x6" oil on panel
When I originally started painting these Santas I always thought of them reading the paper or a book, now I'm thinking Santa is sitting there with a reader, an iPad or a phone

Whichever, he looks relaxed.  Not sure what it is but I've got the itch to deck the halls early this year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Santa Time - beach painting, Debbie Miller

6x6" oil

I know, it is early.   But it's time.  Santa Time.
This is the first of 3 that I have for this year.  Not sure there will be more so snatch one up.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Update : I'm having some serious computer issues and also can't update my blog from my phone.  Hope to figure this out soon and start posting again!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rest up Santa

6x6" oil on panel SOLD
I am a firm believer in enjoying October to it's fullest fall glory so I hate to even look at a Santa BUT
that time or year is right around the corner.  This is my last little beach Santa that is still kicking around the studio.  I might paint up a few to have for sale during Warren Walkabout.
For sure there will be lots of little paintings that make great gifts though.

Rest Up Santa, busy day is coming.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October is here finally

6x6" oil on panel.

Everyone's favorite month is here!  Hooray.
October means it's time for another Warren Walkabout  - my studio will be open and I've decided to have a little sale.  My studio is not huge and I'ld really like to move some of my older paintings out to make room in the studio and in my head for more art!!
Come by and grab some art for gifts!!
This year Walkabout is on October 23.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Little Beach

6x6" oil on panel

Beach Day with the BFFs.   No, seriously - we have been friends FOR EVER and today we get to hang at the beach together just like old times.  What is better than that?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shell Seekers, and finally a blog post!

 18x18 Oil on panel
What is this, a blog post?  Yes it is.  We won't even talk about how long it's been, let's just move along.

I'm going to try and get my blogging mojo back over the next couple of weeks so bare with me.  My studio building is open next thursday (august 25) as part of the Art Walk and I am thinking about opening my studio doors and having a big clearance sale of some of my paintings that are still kicking around the studio - the smaller ones and the paintings that don't fit into my current series or where my head is currently at art wise.

It is time to clear the cobwebs!

Not sure if I will do this or not so stay tuned!!  but pssst - this one is a great deal!! and it has a frame

stay cool

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beach painting

I FINALLY got to the beach and did some plain air painting.  So nice to get out there and just paint!!  
I did a bunch of 6x6" oil on panel. I'll post a new one each day with a link to purchase

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.
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Soon I will be doing an instagram painting giveaway so don't miss out