|Monhegan Moonrise, oil on linen, 36 x 24, 2009|
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
|Arrangement for Ukulele, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches, 2011|
Friday, April 22, 2011
|Portland Delivery, oil & pencil on linen, 9 x 12, 2009|
I had been showing at a gallery in Portland Maine (Susan Maasch Fine Art) and was dropping off some work one late afternoon when I saw this bicycle delivery guy sailing slowly past on his red bike. There was something about the light and the balanced motion of the scene that caught at my heart. I happened to have my camera in hand and click: almost unbelieveably I managed to catch the moment. I don't usually work from photos, depict action, work from tracing or even do any drawing at all before painting, but I did this time and was somewhat pleased with the result. Something to revisit in future perhaps.
I felt later, looking at the scene that it had a faint whiff of Christen Købke about it, which must have unconsciously caused the initial attraction. I have had a postcard of this painting on my studio wall for years.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
|Green and Yellow, oil on gessoed ragboard, 8 x 10 inches, 2011|
Nancy Bea Miller: recent work
Artists' House Galley
May 6, 5 - 8:30pm
May 8, 1 - 4pm
May 6, 5 - 8:30pm
May 8, 1 - 4pm
Friday, April 1, 2011
|Joined, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, 2011|
DUET is this week's prompt at Illustration Friday. This is a painting I completed about a month ago and I think it fits the bill. I am in the Philly area and we sure do love our soft pretzels here! I am originally from NYC and we loved our pretzels there too, but the NYC pretzels are an entirely different configuration. In any shape, soft pretzels are best bought from a street vendor on a cold day, eaten warm with a zigzag of mustard. If you get a blob of mustard on your cheek and someone kisses it off...all the better!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
|Oliver on the Floor, oil on canvas, 20 x 42 inches, 1992-3|
The model for this painting was a young man I was friendly with at art school. He was immensely talented, but unfocused. I knew he needed money and so I was happy to pay him to pose now and then. He had long thick blonde hair and a Jesus beard, till one day he showed up completely shaven! We were in the middle of a painting too. Resigned, I put that one away and started this one, which seemed to better suit both our moods. Unfortunately, the shaving seemed to be indicative of some "casting off" process, and after only a couple of sessions he disappeared. Later I heard he'd headed to California.
The painting never got finished, but there is something about it I like, despite its rough, unfinished, state.
Friday, January 14, 2011
|Free Range, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2009|
This week the theme over at Illustration Friday is Chicken. At the risk of being a literalist, this painting from about a year ago sprang to mind. I painted this at the 2009 Plein Air at Beaver Farm event. It's a beautiful biodynamic working farm but it's a real farm too, nothing boutique about it. Nature red in tooth and claw and all that. I was surprised when several people who first saw it said "Awww, sweet!" and "Isn't that cute?" While painting I had been thinking about these chickens, happily roaming the range and killing bugs and even small animals (apparently they love to eat field mice, baby snakes and voles!) as fast as their greedy beaks would allow, and how they would eventually be food themselves. Just cycle of life thoughts, nothing tragic, but certainly far removed from sweet or cute. I was thrilled when the person who bought it actually shivered and said "Ooh, this one is a bit creepy! Makes you think, doesn't it?" YES! Makes me think it certainly found the right home, this painting. ;-)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
|Pears and a Pot, 11 x 14, oil on linen, 2008|
Not really sure what to put in for Illustration Friday this week. The theme is Déjà Vu, the feeling that you have already experienced a moment which is currently happening. Who hasn't felt this, but it seems a tough concept to handle visually. This comes close, I think, to expressing that feeling that creeps up on you... a concealed memory projected onto the present moment. A little unnerving!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
|Hazel and Katie, oil on canvas 28 x 44, 2007|
This painting from a few years back seems apt for the Resolutions theme. It was recently featured on the fantastically interesting blog Women Painting Women. I was thrilled, surprised and grateful that it caught the eye of the WPW folks.
Resolutions or no resolutions, Happy New Year everyone!