Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior by elle3b
The Woman Warrior, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Creating a backdrop or scene to support the character and story I am telling was the challenge of this pose. Many artists work easily from their imagination to create wonderful scenes for their viewers. I am not that type of artist. I have spent so many years representing or interpreting what is within my view, I find this type of fabrication very difficult, but I am wanting to bring more into my work and the scenes I create. 

The model sat for us and my imagination transformed her and this simple interior into her personal court. Here is where she finds a moment to lessen her guard yet never her grip. A barrier to her vulnerability.


Invention was my challenge yesterday, and though the painting may or may not be the best I can do, I still find the expansion to my creative process worthwhile and the push to do more satisfying.
18" x 24" Life Study
Oil on Panel

Friday, March 07, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Favorite!

New Favorite! by elle3b
New Favorite!, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Was lucky enough to paint over the holidays with some exceptionally talented painters. This was one is a series of several that I feel came out pretty well. I was trying to get some nice color into her skin tones and work on some more finishing techniques with the bit of extra time I had.

16" x 20" Life Study
Oil on Panel

Friday, January 03, 2014

Big John

Big John by elle3b
Big John, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Working next to some mighty fine painters, hoping that some of their MOJO wears off on me !

Big John

16" x 20" Life Study in Oils

Friday, December 06, 2013

With Child

With Child by elle3b
With Child, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
A young woman on the precipice of childbirth.
The fullness of her body and innocence to the road ahead.
Am witness to her anticipation and joy, while experiencing a knowingness of my own. A road traveled long ago but never forgotten.

12" x 16" Life Study
Oils on Panel

Sunday, December 01, 2013

"Sentrees" of Central Park

"Sentrees" by elle3b
"Sentrees", a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
One of my favorite times of the day is in the mornings when I go for a walk with Warren and my dogs Sandy and Bella. It is peaceful and beautiful on the trails in Central Park.

I was walking along a typical route when I "re" noticed these great trees. I kept thinking, I have to paints these and finally yesterday I did. I snuck away in the middle of a whole lot of things to do, and painted with my painting buddy Ernie.

I enjoyed showing him around the park. I see some other obvious scenes that call to be painted. I know I will be back with my brush in hand.

11" x14" Plein Air Painting

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mary's Gift

Mary's Gift by elle3b
Mary's Gift, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
I will forever be intrigued by this beautiful imagery of the Mother and Child. The intimacy of this relationship cannot be described. The closeness felt as a mother to this new life is as strong as any thread found in the universe. We protect and ultimately sacrifice our child to the world. I wondered as I painted this scene what Mary might have thought while holding her very special son. I have never lost my love of the the Madonna and all the love she represents.

12" x 16" Oil on Panel

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Life Study of Maya

Life Study of Maya by elle3b
Life Study of Maya, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Nice working monochromatically. Always great to study values and practice drawing.

I tell my students, be patient with yourself and practice whenever you can. Learning to painting takes time and commitment.
I find it my life's obsession.

16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas Board

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Rock Study, Elesmere Canyon

Rock Study, Elesmere Canyon by elle3b
Rock Study, Elesmere Canyon, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Went out with my painting pals to Elesmere Canyon to paint for a few hours on Friday. We went later in the day so we could work on capturing the late in the day lighting.
I focused in on a grouping of rocks on the mountain.

Need a lot more practice as it is quite a challenge to simplify all the details of the formations.

I scrambled around a bit but finally found my way. Glad my friend Ernie gave me a thumbs up, as it did give me some much needed encouragement. This painting was almost scrapped, but I did not give up on it.

9" x 12" Plein Air Study
Oil on Panel

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Time with Marjorie
By Lorelle A. Miller

I want to take a moment to remember a recent encounter with a woman named Marjorie, an eloquent 94 years old who attended several of my art classes at Summerhill Villa.

Marjorie came to my class with the intention of getting back to art, which she had been away from for years. She was unsure as to whether she would be able to
do the work she once loved.

We had an immediate rapport. I realized that this was a very special gift to have her in my class and witness her process as she made her way back to painting. Marjorie did not let her physical restrictions hinder her desire, she worked with an oxygen tube attached to her nose, a patch over her left eye, which was going blind, headaches, and only wheel chair access, none of this stopped her.

She wanted to do a painting of her great grandson, and so we got to work. I helped get her started on the drawing, which she took to right away. She scrutinized every angle of her drawing as well as developed answers to certain compositional challenges. Her mind was sharp and her goal clear. Once I worried as I saw her doze off for a bit, unsure myself as to what might be happening. I discreetly went to find some help, only to find her awake and drawing again by the time I had returned.

Marjorie finished the drawing and was ready to start painting. She was a bit hesitant, saying that she did not know if she could do this anymore. I reassured her once more that I would be there and help her; I told her “we can do this!”,  she smiled.

 I helped her with her paint mixtures and she dove in. Painting intently for 2 hours at a time. She told me by the end of the last session we were together that she had started out with a headache and by the time the class was over and her great grandson’s painting was beginning to emerge, her headache was gone. “It just shows me that it is emotional” she exclaimed. She had made amazing progress; I could detect her skill coming through. I helped her pack up and carefully put away her painting for the next session. We said our goodbyes and she graciously thanked me.

I just remembered that Marjorie had been wheeled into my class at the very first time when I was lecturing about some very complicated color concepts.  Her care-taker said she wanted to hear the lecture and she found it very interesting. As I think back I remember being sort of caught off guard by the very elderly woman seated so close to me so she could hear and see what I was talking about. 

Marjorie missed class one day and I wondered. I noticed her absence the next class and then her daughter came in.  Her mother had died the night before. Her daughter Pam was there to tell me how much she appreciated me working with her mom, and that this class had made a big difference in her stay at Summerhill.  I knew our time together was special from the first time we worked together.

It is not every day that you get a journey like this one at the end of someone’s life. I was so touched by all this I wanted to write about it so I never forget these precious hours.

I remember telling Marjorie that with any luck I will live as long as she had and still be able to do my work, the work I have loved from the very beginning. To me this great lady stood as a symbol of hope for all of us in the class, that art can live with us and help us up to our last breath. We can continue to express, communicate and enjoy our process as long as we desire.


Thank you Marjorie for the time we shared and for the gifts we exchanged. It was a short, but remarkable journey.



www.lorellemiller.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Norwegian Splendor and Sheep

Norwegian Splendor and Sheep by elle3b
Norwegian Splendor and Sheep, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Last night I finished my painting of Norway, and today my son sets foot in this beautiful country for the first time to meet my family that lives there. My brother David (now deceased) would be smiling to know our sons will be together.

My hope is to return there myself one day soon and take in more of the natural beauty that exists everywhere you look.

This country along my wonderful sister-in-law Liv have graced my life from very early on.

30" x 40" Oil on Panel

Friday, June 28, 2013

Persian Beauty

Persian Beauty by elle3b
Persian Beauty, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

A lovely model, and certain push in my mind to seek out the best I could do. An appreciation for the moment and an enhanced understanding that this is a special privilege to mark down this impression of a human being and bring life to her image.

12" x 16" Life Study, Oil on Panel

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Courbet Self Portrait, by Lorelle


Today I finished the portrait of Courbet which was started as a demo for the San Fernando Valley art club last week.

I am mystified by what comes over me as I step into the shoes of these master artists. I feel as though I am dancing with them, getting to know them as I work and follow their footsteps. Their voices echo in the chambers of my mind with my own paintings. I want so badly to reach these very special heights with my art.

My husband asks me what I want from my art. The only answer I can give is that I want to be the very best artist I can be while I have the breath to do so.

18" x 24" Pastel on Panel

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude by elle3b
Reclining Nude, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

How fortunate I was to get a choice spot in my class to paint this classic example of the human form. I studied carefully the subtle skin tones and anatomy. I want more.

I would love to spend a week doing nothing but painting the figure, having full access to models, paint, and a room of master artists to discuss the work. I dream this dream.

18" x 24" Oil on Panel

Friday, May 03, 2013

Classical Reproduction in Wine

Classical Reproduction in Wine by elle3b
Classical Reproduction in Wine, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Wine painting is something I have always wanted to try doing, so when the City of Santa Clarita put out a call to artists to paint with something red, like wine or catsup etc... I jumped in.

I did this as a demo for the Red Slam event. Had a lot of fun doing it. May work at some wine events now, painting with wine : )

12" x 18" Wine on Watercolor Paper

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mountain Splendor - Bridgeport

Mountain Splendor - Bridgeport by elle3b
Mountain Splendor - Bridgeport, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Another perfect day during this spring in Bridgeport. I found a stunning view of my favorite mountain which sat very nicely in my composition.

As my painting buddy Ernie always says...
It doesn't get much better than this!

11" x 14" Plein Air Study in Oil on Canvas Board

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Life Painting - Male Nude

Life Painting - Male Nude by elle3b
Life Painting - Male Nude, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Drawing with Paint in my Life Painting class after about a month break.

Good to be back at this, slide back a little bit but felt pretty good about the drawing. Have to concentrate more on colorful transitions in the skin tones. Felt like good practice though.

16" x 20" Life Study
Oil on Canvas

Sunday, April 07, 2013

www.lorellemiller.com


Norway Painting in progress I have begun a large with 30" x 40" oil painting. I do not usually show progression of my work, but thought it might be of interest. Teaching is my day job : ) I started with a value sketch to work out the design then continued with a light oil sketch on the panel to lay in my shapes.Today I did the color blockin to bracket my value structure. I like getting involved with a grander scale as it is a challenge to workout the passages with enough to entertain the eye, but leave enough for the view to imagine. This is a pastoral scene I photographed in Norway. It is an idealogical image of nature and a place very dear to my heart. 30" x 40" Oil on Panel

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Bridgeport - Hints of Spring

Bridgeport - Hints of Spring by elle3b
Bridgeport - Hints of Spring, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Another piece done yesterday at Bridgeport. Had not painted in a little while. Holidays and other things distracting me. It was so good to get out and work.

Maybe the break in routine was good and gave me fresh perspective and gratitude to be able to do what I love.

9" x 12" Plein Air Study
Oil on Panel

Friday, April 05, 2013

Bridgeport Beauty- Buttercream

Bridgeport Beauty- Buttercream by elle3b
Bridgeport Beauty- Buttercream, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.

Did this small Plein Air study in the lovely community of Bridgeport today. So many views to choose from. A beautiful little community in Santa Clarita, CA.

8" x 10" Plein Air Study
Oil on Panel

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Big Sky Elesmere Canyon

Big Sky Elesmere Canyon by elle3b
Big Sky Elesmere Canyon, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Elesmere Canyon is a spectacular new dedicated open space in Santa Clarita. I have enjoyed hiking around and exploring the area.

This is a recent Studio painting done from one of my recent trips into Elesmere Canyon. Our City is doing an exhibit to feature the area and show what exists there from an artists interpretation.

15" x 30" Oil on Panel

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Decendent

The Decendent by elle3b
The Decendent, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
This model struck me with his intense features. He seemed Eastern European, possibly Russian.

The model said he was of Scottish decent, and was actually a direct decendent from his relative who came over on the Mayflower.

The impressions we have as artists and storytellers influence the essence of the work.

12" x 16" Life Study in Oil on Panel

Friday, February 08, 2013

Light Trails Elesmere Canyon

Light Trails Elesmere Canyon by elle3b
Light Trails Elesmere Canyon, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
Breaking Ground as I push to paint larger, Thicker with better concept of color. It has been very difficult and I have learned a lot. Have to keep going with this, but am ready for a break. Have been working on this all month and found that I can change things a million times, but change is not meaningful if it is not moving the piece ahead.

24" x 30" Oil Painting on Panel

Monday, February 04, 2013

Nude with Green Chair

Nude with Green Chair by elle3b
Nude with Green Chair, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
This nude figure study was done from life during one of my head and figure painting sessions. There are times when the pose will create a sense of story with it's gesture.
A different time and place found it's way to my canvas that day as I told this story.

12" x 16" Life Study
Oil on Panel

Friday, January 04, 2013

Nature's Voice

Nature's Voice by elle3b
Nature's Voice, a photo by elle3b on Flickr.
How do I possibly represent nature’s beautiful voice? I work and lament over my failures. The beauty touches me so deeply and then once I face the act of painting I am brought my to my knees as this calls me to humble myself and question how I could ever expect to bring such exhilaration to a canvas. I have faced this conundrum so many times in my art, yet I cannot give up the need to express the beauty I see in this world. The voice that reaches into the deep chords of my heart and helps me realize this life is beautiful and precious. I may try and fail, over and over again, but I will be forever grateful for the gift of sight, of voice and all the wonderment of this miraculous world.

18" x 24" Oil on Panel