Santas downtime

6x6 oil
So - no open studio this year BUT I'm always game for "by Appt."  so send me a message if you want to stop by the studio and pick up some original art for the holidays!!

also - check out my latest portrait here:
more to come

SantaBeach and RISD sale

6x6"oil on panel

2 mths since I last posted???? shamefull!  Well you will be happy to know that I am fully recovered from my near death thumb infection.
  OK it wasnt exactly THAT bad but Man did that hurt -Seriously, child-birth hurt, not kidding.
 Thanks to a good orthopedic doc and lots of anti-biotics I have been saved. 
Let the painting commence.....
Come by and see my miraculous thumb recovery at the RISD sale tomorrow (sat. 12/8 at the convention center in Prov.)

RISD Holiday Sale

RISD holiday sale.  YAY!  I will be there!! stop by and say hi,

Green Chair - debbie miller, daily painting,santas

6x6" oil on panel $100

I know.  Sorry.  A wee bit too early for Santa, Thinking about how I'll be doing the RISD holiday show again this year and it is time to paint up a new batch of these guys.  So I'll be posting the few I have left from last year.
Last Christmas I hot glued a hook to the back of my Santa paintings and hung them all over the tree - looked so great.  Why didn't I take a picture of that? 

Fresh Start

Fresh Paint, Fresh Palette, Fresh Start.

The best piece of advice on this whole "making a living from your art" thing is that waiting for inspiration to strike is a waste of time.  Time in the studio - a commitment to go to the studio and get to work - NO MATTER WHAT is the key.

The art is not going to make itself, the art is not going to sell itself. 

So - the party is over or the party is just beginning if you are a glass half full type and I hope you are.
Back to regular studio hours and regular art making. 

BTW - this palette is from my plein air box - its just a piece of foam core to fit inside the lid with a sheet of wax paper taped over it. 

peanut butter cupcake, debbie miller, orange

6x6" oil on panel $100
 - the unofficial end of summer has come and gone (can you believe it?) but to me it's the official start of fall - my favorite time of year!!
Bring on the apples, pumpkins, brisk weather, football games and clogs.  I am ready.
Not to say I haven't TOTALLY enjoyed summer this year. In fact, if you've been wondering where the heck I've been (probably you don't give a hoot but I still feel the need to provide an explanation) well I've been in my backyard A LOT -
 gardening is my other passion and my interest wanes from time to time but this year with my painting in a slump the creative juices had to flow somewhere.  Painting,building,planting etc.  take a look here at what  I was up to ;

Searching - beach painting, debbie miller, blue,green,sand

30x30 oil on panel
 Searching the beach, searching for something.  This is on a large cradled panel. The image is from one of my older little beach studies.  Always loved the image and now its been reborn in a new way.  Below you can see how I printed the old image and tacked it up for my inspiration.  Then things just happened. Clearly influenced by a visit to my brothers studio and his new encaustic assemblages he has been doing lately.
 I am liking where things are going. 

Great Island , Wellfleet - debbie miller,beach,blue green

12 x12" oil on panel.  This was a commission and it comes with a special message from Lindsey :

"Happy Birthday to the most wonderful and loving fiance I could have asked for!  It's on Great Island that you made me the happiest person the world, and I can't wait to make memories together in the years ahead on Cape Cod and beyond."   

I have the best job. 

My Garden Shed

colorful garden shed, artist's potting shed, green, trellis, cupola, Debbie Miller
Ahh summer....  this year I decided to trick out my boring shed.  It is in a dark corner of our yard under a large maple tree - so nothing can grow!  So it needed some color to make it pop.
 Easy - I love color.

Then I added the trellis and shelf on the side for pots.
(The other side has some old windows and a bird house near the peak.)

To top it off - the weather vane and cupola.
A vintage find that was covered in black and white paint - I stripped that off and it revealed a copper roof - yay!  You can't see it in this photo but the weather vane is a dog.  Perfect.

Why have a plain jane little shed when its so easy to give her some style?!

See more of my garden:

HERE is a garden wall project
My favorite perennial:  HERE
Check out this cool garden planter made from a vintage lantern HERE


Hello Cupcakes!! painting cupcakes, pink, debbie miller

6x6 oil on canvas                                                     One.

Get ready - lots of cupcakes coming your way. Yay!
  A big batch - all on 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvases - ready to hang
cute by themselves or as a group.

here is a little preview of what is to come ---

orange bag- beach scene,debbie miller

6x6" oil on panel
My studio computer is blocking access to my blog - no idea why -
I'm working on trying to figure it out, in the mean time, I'll post from my home laptop - with some of the daily paintings I've got stored there, like this one.

fyi - I'm gearing up for a plein air series/challenge, you know how I love a challenge - so stay tuned
I'm having blog troubles. 
 What's a dreary, rainy, cold New England spring day good for you ask?  -besides trying to brighten up the place with bright yellow....
Prepping panels - and lots of them. - more 10x10s for the portraits
and some big ones. 30x30 *gasp*
 They are for my new series. 
  The daily paintings might make an appearrance or 2 - I haven't given up the practice totally, but the new series is calling and I simply must paint them. 
So - the tea kettle is on and the gesso and sandpaper awaits - back to it.
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