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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Everyone Has a First Something or Other.

Everyone has a first of many things in their lives. For me for the purpose of this post, it is the first Art Series that I ever painted. Up until this point I had just painted one-offs, some good, mind you, but I felt the time had come to make a bigger statement. "Chain Drive" is the name of this series, and it is loosely based on Industrialization and the effects that it has had on the world. Some of those effects are just know coming home to roost in a big way, like global warming. I narrowed the compositions down to machinery, which in my paintings were round forms with teeth-like- looking things on them. And the round forms with teeth were then surrounded by various objects which fed the narration. As the first painting in this series, I named the above simply, "Chain Drive". I liked the sense of movement in them. And many people commented that they liked the effect, too. So I kept painting them. This one is in Space with the main round and red form with teeth on it running an operation that was building structures, or maybe communities. That is my interpretation - you may not see that and that is perfectly fine. This was painted in 2014 and since it was the first one, the concept was still evolving. It took me 4 months to paint. I hit a level of sheer frustration by not being able to complete it, and then I suddenly completed it. I think when that happens with an artist, which it does quite a bit, something shifts, because the energy level changes and maybe emotionally intensifies. This is actually part of the joy of being an artist for me - though it took me a long time to realize it.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

The finished painting (left) and Leonardo's hidden sketches shown on the canvas (right).

CNN has published what are sketches by the artist Leonardo da Vinci underneath his painting "The Virgin of the Rocks", which he painted somewhere between 1495 and 1508. The sketches were revealed by imaging data.

Link: Leonardo da Vinci

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

In this interview with Voyage LA Magazine, I discuss how I developed my current art series, Urban Summer/Urban Winter. It was basically an accident while I was painting another series. It does seem to be a truism that the best things in one's life come about when we are not looking, when we least expect it. This does not diminish the importance of setting goals and working towards them.

Voyage LA.com Interview - meet Gill Miller of Gill Miller Art

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Urban Summer 2

OK. Hear me out on this one. An artist's relationship with their art is sometimes complicated, or at the very least, personal. Their art is like their baby. So, by the time I had painted this beauty, I had already painted five paintings before it in this Series. Now, only no. 1 of the first five were very good, but the jury was still out on no. 1. I had a vision for what I wanted, but translating that to canvas can often be trial and tribulation. That's what makes us grow as artists, right? So along comes this one, no. 6, and I knew I had created something worthwhile, at the very least, I thought. So, paintings 2-5 I discarded, or painted over, and re-named this Urban Summer 2. About a year later, after painting 20 or so paintings, I painted over no. 1. By that time I had named and published all of these and I couldn't rename them all, so I kept this as no. 2. There is no no. 1. It is a reminder of the birthing of this series and the process that it took.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Urban Summer 9

I start with Urban Summer 9, which I painted in 2017, as the 9th 
painting in my series, Urban Summer/Urban Winter. This is my 
best selling art print sold through art publishers from this series. 
I mention this for the reason that this is not my favorite painting 
from the series. As the guy who conceptualized and painted the 
series, you'd think that I would know what people should like best 
in my art. 

I don't lament this loss of control; I never had it in the first place. 
And I kinda like the surprise. 

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