This is a very short painting progression animation of my painting Perspectiva, 48 x 36 x 1.5″, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2022
paintings that are representational
@ the Grosse Pointe Artists Association
This exhibition challenges artists to look at a world without color. From subtle shades of grays to black, we are seeking work ranging from realism to surrealism and abstraction.
The Juror, Marat Paransky is a sculptor, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist. Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1986, his family settled in Mero Detroit in 1997. He received an MFA degree in Visual Arts from the Lesley University College of Art & Design in Cambridge, MA, and undergraduate degrees in fine arts and political science. His art has been exhibited throughout Michigan, as well as in Boston, San Francisco, Fayetteville, AR, and Windsor, ON.
Marat’s work generally falls under the umbrellas of themed projects. One body of work focuses on the nuclear power/weapons industry. It combines his interest and research into the nuclear disasters, as well as its ties to his early childhood in Ukraine. Another project looks at chance and found objects/images. It takes the form of collage and assemblage, and there is often the inclusion of bits and pieces of Marat’s older artworks. Finally, there is the group of works that deals with recent political and artistic developments. The emphasis here is on text, language and symbols from everyday life, and it takes a more personal and self-reflexive approach.
Start Date: Mar 10, 2022
Reception Date: Mar 11, 2022
End Date: Apr 28, 2022
Here’s an animated .gif file of the different stages in the making of my new painting titled, Mental Fix. It was inspired by a strange happening under the viaduct on Normandy Rd next to Delemere Blvd. in Royal Oak.
Mental Fix, 16 x 20, acrylic on wood panel, started 4/2/19, completed 4/13/19, © Steve Miller 2019
Boredom leads to creativity. This small painting of my girls was made from a photo I took of them toward the end of summer 2018, after complaining about being bored.
I’ve posted some of the progress shots on my Instagram and Facebook page.
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”.
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Visit the portfolio entry for “A Day at Douglas Beach”.
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.
To see progress shots and details of my painting process, follow me on instagram @SteveMillerArt.
See Portfolio Page of Rocky Climb.
Painting The Trails
Portraits of my girls
Painted these portraits of my little ladies the other day. Magenta highlights and smiles.
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.
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.