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Photo of visual artist Steve Miller from 2012

Yep, I’m Steve Miller, but not that Steve Miller. I'm an independent visual artist, freelance graphic designer, amateur musician, and family man living and working in Royal Oak, Michigan. Thanks for looking at my paintings and while you're here scroll down and look at my blog.

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Rocky Climb

It’s hot, humid, very bright. Keep moving. Almost to the top. There’s an offshoot with shade. If only these damn horseflies would leave me alone.

This is one narrative I consider when thinking about my latest acrylic landscape painting titled, “Rocky Climb.”

Rocky Climb, like a lot of my paintings, is not based on a real place. It’s a fabricated daydream I explored for fun, through trial and error, and months of pushing paint around.
I enjoy painting imaginary landscapes because it reveals more about me than if I were to paint what’s in front of me. On the surface, Rocky Climb expresses the beauty I find in organic forms, and rugged environments. However, when looking a little deeper, this painting suggests that I have more hill to climb before I feel accomplished or satisfied. Therefore, this painting says a lot about my inability to appreciate where I am at the moment. I guess I should work on that.

Thanks to Larry and Tim at Fine Art Printing in Ferndale for capturing the image, and making my prints, which will be available through my Studio Shop soon.

To see progress shots and details of my painting process, follow me on instagram @SteveMillerArt.

See Portfolio Page of Rocky Climb.


Trail Painting Progress Gif

Just finished this big trail painting today.

I took several pictures, so I could make this little animated gif and look back at the work in progress.

Trail Dreams, 60 x 40, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2017

This painting was inspired by mountain biking in SE Michigan, but is not an actual place. It’s just a daydream built on good memories of getting out there and contending with the trail. Feeling the exhilaration of moving through the trees, and finding all these great things to look at, if only for a moment.


Painting The Trails

Small landscape painting of a wooded trail.
8 x 8, acrylic on canvas, 11/28/17

Just completed these two imaginary trail paintings, part of a new series inspired by mountain biking in Michigan.

Painting imaginary trails is just as fun as riding real ones.

Small landscape painting of a dirt trail.
8 x 8, acrylic on canvas, 11/28/17


Portraits of my girls

Painted these portraits of my little ladies the other day. Magenta highlights and smiles.

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Finishing a Portrait of Tiff

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.


Art Opening Today

Grosse Pointe Art Assoc. 79th Members Show. The opening is today from 2-4pm at the War Memorial. Hope to see you there, although I’ll be late, coming from my daughters gymnastics meet. Happy Sunday, stay dry.

Unexpected Expedition hanging in the 79th GPAA members show at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe.

 


Grosse Pointe Peepers!

THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON!

Come to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The 79th GPAA Members Show. 2-4pm.

GPAA SHOW POSTCARD

I’m lucky to have two pieces in this show. Thank you GPAA.

An acrylic landscape painting by Steve Miller of a floating island with bigtop stripes, a catfish dragon swimming, clouds floating, a bird peeking, and a volcano popping.
Unexpected Expedition, 60 x 40, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2017
Acrylic landscape painting by Steve Miller of a bluff overlooking a beach, a plateau, a ball, and a small building on a hill.
Just Bluffing, 36″x24″, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2017
Unexpected Expedition hanging in the 79th GPAA members show at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe.


GPAA 79th Annual Members’ Show

 

6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 11, Art Studio, The War Memorial

TECHNOLOGY in ART with Steve Miller and Ned Devine
Their theme for the evening: Digital technology is as much a part of contemporary art as it is a part of our daily lives. It affects the way we see and interact with the world, as well as how artists respond to it. The influence is so broad that we are now in a post analogue art world. Not to say that painting, sculpture, and photography are dead; on the contrary, they are augmented, just like our reality. Technology interacts with the arts in so many ways. Artists use digital components in research, creation, dispersion, cooperation and collaboration, just to name a few. Digital technologies in the arts have shrunken our physical world while expanding our conceptual capabilities, creating new conversations and expressions about how we view and create art.

 

There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Please register to let us know you are coming:

http://grossepointeartcenter.org/events/events-schedule/#!event-list


Technology in Art

Grosse Pointe Artist Association has asked me to lead a discussion about technology in art with it’s members. I’m not sure I’m completely qualified to lead this discussion, but what the hell, so I’ve asked my friend and fellow artist, and high school art teacher Ned Devine to join me in the presentation and discussion. Here’s our concept:

Digital technology is as much a part of contemporary art as it is a part of our daily lives. It affects the way we see and interact with the world, as well as how artists respond to it. The influence is so broad that we are now in a post analogue art world. Not to say that painting, sculpture, and photography are dead; on the contrary, they are augmented, just like our reality. Technology interacts with the arts in so many ways. Artists use digital components in research, creation, dispersion, cooperation and collaboration, just to name a few. Digital technologies in the arts have shrunken our physical world while expanding our conceptual capabilities, creating new conversations and expressions about how we view and create art.

 

The presentation and discussion will take place Thursday, May 11, in the Art Studio, at The War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this discussion.


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