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the great outdoors: some ‘passing notes’

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Gaining inspiration from the great outdoors; just right. Just over the other side of the Cascade Mountains, we got outside. Fun and games, music, hiking and water sports were all included; though I still lost myself in looking and seeing and finding the ‘crux’ and letting go; study after study, one finds their way by doing the work/play.

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My tools: pen and ink, watercolor, graphite and charcoal + art graph.

Inspired once again to pick up the many instruments in studio I play and begin some musical notes and compositions.

Get out there. So much music.

Civita 2018: There is never, never enough time at this place.

Stroke: It’s simply a matter of putting the right colours in the right places and doing it well.

Touch: Touch can be tender, casual, tentative, bold, curved, straight, thick, thin, sensual, energetic, dramatic or violent.

Words: Design, pride, joy, grand, flourish, style, quality, work, play, confectionery.

Thoughts: Waiting for the right mood or inspiration is counterproductive. Inspiration comes from doing. Action is more valuable than thought.

Preparations: To take moments to scrape along the golden riffles of memory. To cruise present as well as old reference. To decide size and format. To make sure that the tools are ready to go and that supports and materials are readily at hand. To decide to pre-mix colours — or merely to squeeze. To raise or lower a daring blank canvas to its beginning height. To realize that all other artists, living and dead, are sitting right here beside me. To turn up the Mozart, to count blessings and to commit.

Regrets: There is never, never enough time at this place.

Easel Living (Robert Genn)


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after the show

A great day on Saturday; a thoughtful gallery, all day sun and great folk.

Its a funny thing spending an afternoon with your paintings all hanging in one room together. It’s a good idea to ‘stand back’.

I had some thoughts; about the abstract. I stepped back into studio the next day and after some warm up, watercolor strokes, a few more paintings appeared about the Skagit Valley; forceful, elegant and ever-changing.

A new direction, maybe. These paintings were waiting for me. I welcome them.


talking fields


Talking Fields

February 10, 2018

Listen. The fields, they are talking. The trees. The mountains. The rivers. The wind. They’re all talking.

My time in the Skagit Valley has been remarkable and memorable. I have studied, sketched and painted this sacred landscape over the past 35 years. I have documented its rural agricultural communities which often contain the complex and seemingly contradictory natures of large cities; they straddle both the pastoral—the fertile earth, and the industrial—the grain silo, the railroad siding, and the warehouse.

A single line and a limited palette require the artist to tell the story of place with a crisp economy. Color, temperature, movement, and character are evoked in a few swift strokes. For me as an artist, the drawn line evokes the honest nature of a place, expressing—literally—weight, value, and tone and creates an awareness of the strength of the Skagit but also the importance to preserve what is here.

My show is at the Perry and Carlson Gallery in Mount Vernon until March 1.

Come see.

it’s in the doing, it’s not about the applause.


‘Gathering Evidence’ as a title for my up coming show came easy for me. Being a visitor to another country this past Fall in Italy and France was such an amazing opportunity to do just that; gather. Whether on a train, catching a taxi or sitting in a wonderful cafe, one gathers and absorbs; enjoying a keen awareness of the magic around you.

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This experience is so valuable and yes, comes back ‘tenfold‘ to you in studio. Perhaps my show expresses this magic in bold ways, some subtle and personal too.


I was there and I remember.


gathering evidence, an art show


gathering evidence, a show

A remarkable travel journey of drawing + design.ArtShow_PeterMiller_f

Fall 2017 News


an award

Winning an award with the Alaska Watercolor Society recently is a great honor.

The best is that I send the ‘best of the best’; that which is from the heart.  This work of art, adagio, has an authenticity that I felt proud to exhibit.



clean slate


letting go; clearing the decks….



and a few more… + Happy Summer.