12x12" oil on raised panel $400
Tried something similar to Free Bird but with a slight change to the arms.  Smaller size too, ready to hang


How to make a lantern, a plant lantern, garden art, Debbie Miller
 - I found this old lantern at a consignment shop.  It just screamed "garden" to me.  Originally, I was thinking of hanging it from a tree but when I got it home, it was just perfect for the " garden wall"
vintage lantern turn into a planter, garden art, debbie miller

I cut some coir matting for the base - the stuff used to line  those hanging planters - I happened to have one in the shed so I re-purposed it.
then I filled it with some potting soil and some plants and hung it up - how easy is that!?
vintage lantern recycled into a planter, garden art, Debbie miller
vintage lantern recycled into a planter, garden art, debbbie miller
Isn't it cool?  At night, I pop a solar light in it too because why not right? It is a lantern after all.

Studio Peek - what is on the easel

What has she been doing?  Well this is it - I'm working on 3 large beach scenes - 24x36.  This is one of them.  A work-in-progress but it's close!

my new thing to do is use paper plates as palettes!  so portable!!
paint spatter in the tea...I have to remember to keep my drinks BEHIND me!!
and my view tonight...

The Garden Wall Project

 I love gardening.  In fact if I wasn't a painter I would be a garden designer ( I actually worked as one for a summer).  Color theory, creating compositions and solving problems are all skills an artist hones while creating a painting and a garden becomes a giant expression of the gardener/artist.
In my little suburban, zone 6b garden, my plan is to create garden rooms.  My garden philosophy is that a garden should have surprises. A successful garden is one that does not reveal itself all at once but offers a new experience as you move throughout it.  Which brings us to this years project : the garden trellis wall.

I am trying to divide our yard into 3 distinct "rooms" - the deck/dining area, the firepit garden and the shed garden.  To achieve this we needed to create a wall between the deck and the "shed garden".  Also this blocks the view of a neighbors house - making for a very private deck area and the perfect support for vines.
I figured out exactly what I wanted, drew up a plan and recruited my husband and his handy friend to do build it.

I won't go into the step by steps here - you can google 'how to build a trellis' or similar for all the how - to's you will ever need. (Or get someone with the know - how to do it like I did!)
The guys did a great job, but you know I couldn't leave it natural right?
 No, I like black as a back drop for plants.  When the clematis grows up this, the flowers will really POP!

you can see I tried out different fountains... more on these next week.

Studio Peek

I'm having a hard time getting back into the blogging grove! 
Easing back in with a little peek into my (currently very messy) studio.  Working on 3[  24x36 beach scenes.  One is for a commission, the others will be available soon - more soon.
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