Working on this little portrait of my awesomely awesome wife, Tiffany. I’m just about done with it, I’ll get a solid photo soon, but first I want to paint portraits of my beautiful girls too.
THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON!
Come to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The 79th GPAA Members Show. 2-4pm.
I’m lucky to have two pieces in this show. Thank you GPAA.
60″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas, 2/10/2017
Here’s my latest mental landscape.
An acrylic landscape painting with the view of an imaginary beach… have a ball at the beach!
Just Bluffing, 36″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas, 1/11/17
This painting was a valley before it was a beach. Fabricating Daydreams!
Eleven Eleven Make A Wish is something people say when they happen to look at a clock and it’s 11:11, and then they both make a wish. I felt two things after the 2016 election, how the hell did this happen, and we’re doomed. So I made this little painting of a person digging a big hole in the dark, at sunset.
It’s humor dude, don’t get all bent outta shape.
My painting Improv Song was selected to be included in the Grosse Pointe Artists Association’s Holiday exhibition “Joy & Wonder” which opens Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
Members of the Grosse Pointe South Choir will entertain.
I am asking $900 for Improv Song. If you’re interested in purchasing it, but can’t make the opening, let me know.
Improv Song, diptych, 48″ x 23.875″ x .5″, acrylic on plywood, completed February, 2016
© Steve Miller 2016
My new painting on plywood is a diptych which builds off of the woodgrain landscape series. The woodgrain still serves as compositional parameters. However, my intent is to work more graphically pushing the work further away from representation. Instead of using earth tones to describe a landscape, I am referring back to my bolder color palette; once again playing with bright gradients, which are counter directional. Sanding off layers of color and reapplying them creates depth in a new way for me. The natural wood tones become embroidered between broken color. The intent is to create a sense of rhythm and playfulness for the viewer. For me, working within self-imposed rules, trusting in an organic genesis, and sometimes ignoring traditional modes of representing forms in space, I hope to discover something new about painting.
Invented landscape paintings by Steve Miller based on the woodgrain of a piece of birch plywood.
Although our ofrenda wasn’t selected this year to be included in the DIA’s dia de los muertos exhibition, I still would like to share with you our concept.
Thank you Alex Goecke and Al Bodrie for being awesome collaborators and artists. If anyone is interested in funding this, we can build it.
Description of our concept
“Our ofrenda to the iconic musician and New Yorker, Lou Reed, will be a monumental altar in the form of the Empire State Building, celebrating his life and work as well as his profound influence on contemporary music. Stylistically, the ofrenda will embrace a mash-up of 1960s pop art and Mexican folk art. Neon lighting will illuminate the entire piece from within, including a subterranean “Velvet Underground,” backlit graphic images in the windows and a “Viva Lou” script above the building.”
Live Painting Demo
This past Friday,
[highlight]I was one of a select number of artists nationwide hired by Blue Moon[/highlight]
(the beer owned by MillerCoors Inc.) to perform a live painting demonstration at a Sports Bar (Art and Jake’s in Shelby Township on 23 mile road) where patrons got to experience the thrill of watching yours truly recreate live a Blue Moon painting for their 20th anniversary celebration during which was a real blue moon event (the second full moon within the same month).
Thank you Joe Lafata, for choosing me as one of the select artists.
My Studio On Fire – May, 2010
Back in May 2010, a strong thunderstorm blew through my neighborhood in the morning. A lightning strike hit the power lines hanging above my art studio and I watched as it burned to the ground. The entire Royal Oak fire department helped with the emergency. However, there was little they could do until DTE came and shut the power off a hour later. I lost over 170 paintings, all my supplies, everything.
The good news is, I’ve rebuilt and I’m painting again.