Artist

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.

If you want to read more about me click here.


Live Painting Demo

Cruise into Pontiac tonight and tomorrow for a live painting demo.

As a participant in Pontiac’s Art on Wheels Festival, and on the heels of winning first place in Canvas Pontiac’s Art Competition, I will be fabricating a new landscape, painting live and open to the public inside the Alley Cat Cafe, located on the corner of N. Saginaw and W. Lawrence St., in downtown Pontiac, MI.

I will begin the painting Friday night (8/17/18) from 6-9pm, and hopefully complete the work tomorrow (8/18/18) during the busy Dream Cruise afternoon.

During the live art demo, limited edition prints of “Trail Dreams” will be available for $300, credit cards accepted. Also, I have six recent artworks you may enjoy exploring throughout the cafe.

I believe there will be lots of activity with street musicians, multiple artists and craftspeople, and food trucks serving the public, so it should be very interesting to see what that environment inspires in my work. Hope to see you there.
For all of you unable to make the event, I’ll try to post some of the action on my facebook page or instagram Acct. So like or follow me if you haven’t already, to stay in touch, and, Thanks.

Here’s a writeup about the Festival in the Oakland Press.


En Plein Air – Lake Michigan

Last week, I made a painting while visiting Douglas Beach on Lake Michigan with my family and friends.

I had a blast working en plein air, under shade, while everyone else played in the sand and water.

Studying the changing light and reflecting surfaces of the water was mesmerizing, but I had to work quickly laying in compositional and color choices before my acrylics dried or the light changed too drastically.

The finished painting took approximately 2.5 hours on site, and a couple more hours in my studio.

Here is my FB Post about painting  “A Day at Douglas Beach”.

To comment, and stay informed, Like Steve Miller – visual artist  on Facebook. Or, follow me on Instagram at SteveMillerArt

Visit the portfolio entry for “A Day at Douglas Beach”.


Canvas Pontiac – 1st Place

As an independent artist, I am very grateful to have received a first place award from the Canvas Pontiac art competition for my painting Trail Dreams.

The judges responded by saying, “from weaving paths through the forrest, with trees that change in and out of focus, a river that leans diagonally to the left, it’s perfectly positioned in the pocket part, and really captures your imagination.”

With this recognition, and prize money, I will continue painting large scale imaginary landscapes that give viewers new places to explore and enjoy.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to have this painting seen by so many people through this program. My 8’x10′ banner will continue to hang on the side of the building located at 35 N. Saginaw, downtown Pontiac, MI., for a full year.

Thank you for your interest and support. Buy one of 25 limited edition prints in my studio shop.

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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.

 


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