Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Chickens

acrylic on canvas   38" x 40"   Our neighbor has 2 hens.  They were the inspiration for this painting.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

China Vase

acrylic on canvas  44" x 50"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grand's Poppy Fan

acrylic on canvas  38" x 40"  Started last summer, just finished.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

show review

                                         Thoughts About

                                 The Art of Janvier Miller


      There's something about the art of Janvier Miller
       Walk up to one of her paintings in a gallery on a gloomy day and pay attention
to how your mood subtly elevates.  It's not a matter of clever manipulation by an 
artist toying with our emotions.  It has much more to do with her ability to infuse
her subjects with a sense of her own tranquility and joy.  It's very hard not to intuit 
those sensibilities in her work.
      The joy is there in the way she handles color and paint.  She can imbue her 
pictures with a kind of breezy nonchalance that captivates and is distinctly upbeat.  
At the opposite end of her spectrum(with acrylic) seems to be a tone of oriental 
elegance, of unruffled calm.
      Her paintings often have an all-over quality, with a jumble of ideas and objects 
covering the surface as if situated by an I Ching chance operation or, more likely, an
act of nature.  But she sidesteps what could easily become a slide into chaos by 
anchoring the work with a series of carefully placed everyday objects or creatures.
      Or, as in her show at the Center for Spiritual Care, she may focus on a large
image that covers almost the entirety of the canvas.
      For example, in the very successful Pond-Fan our attention is drawn to the 
placid, light-dappled fish pond.  It is only on closer inspection that we realize the 
image is not simply a pond but a rendering of a pond emblazoned on another object:
a painting of a painting.
      At a certain point in her career, Miller worked almost exclusively in silk screens.
She wanted her art to be affordable and available to viewers from all walks, and 
this reproducible medium allowed for that.  Yet the attention she paid to nuance and
the refinement of these pieces differs not in the least from the way she approaches
her more ambitious acrylics.
      In the silk screens shown here, note the finesse with which she blends colors, one 
shading into the next with almost indiscernible grace.  It is this kind of care, 
balanced by her willingness to throw caution to the winds, that distinguishes her work.
      Her mastery of ceramics also deserves mention.  She produces pots that have a 
tactile integrity.  These she finishes with images as notable for their simplicity as their
wit and sophistication.  Their unconsciously Japanese flavor once encouraged an 
admirer to muse that in a former life Miller surely was the abbess of a Zen convent.

                    Omedito gozaimasu, Miller-san.

                                                                                   Warren Obluck

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Palm and Cardinal

acrylic on panel painted at EcoFest at the Environmental Learning Center this past week end.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fishbowl and Begonia

acrylic on panel   20" x 24"    Last painting ready for hanging show tomorrow.  The 2 rooms are small so I've focused on smaller pieces.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Patio

acrylic on canvas    44" x 50"      This will be the largest painting in the show.  Mangos on the table.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fishbowl-Late

acrylic on canvas  36" x 36"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pond Fan

Acrylic on canvas    36" x 36"
This will be in my show next month at the Center for Spiritual Care.
I find square canvases harder to resolve.  This is part of a series of fan subject paintings
 that follow a series of vessel paintings I've been doing.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Art by the Sea

Annual show by the Vero Beach Art Club.  My painting sold.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

casserole


catching up

Kite Flying  acrylic on canvas  38" x 40"    I painted this when we first got back to Florida.