contemporary collage paintings
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Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.

Jean De Muzio

Monday, April 30, 2012

It’s a Party!

Seth Apter’s book launch tour is coming to the northwest, and going International to boot.
Vancouver, British Columbia is my favorite city. I take every opportunity to visit when ever I can.

The Vancouver party is happening at Le Marché St. George, 4393 St. George at the corner of 28th in Vancouver.

The event is this Thursday, May 3rd at 7 p.m.  I look forward to meeting Seth, Patricia Larsen, Lelainia Lloyd and perhaps you! 

You are invited to bring your book and join the get together. Art, friends and good times. What more can you ask?

I know Seth is bringing his self portrait as will I, so you can see these works in person. As much as I love the internet for the expanded opportunities to see art, seeing work up close and in person is irreplaceable.

A few marks currently happening in my studio. 

Work in Progress
by Leslie Avon Miller

Then the book tour moves to Bellevue, Washington, just outside of Seattle. We will be gathering at Bellevue Art and Frame on Saturday, May 5th from noon until 2 p.m. Bellevue Art and Frame is giving 20% off all books purchased during the signing event and Door Prizes! The location is 13131 North 20th Street.

Seth, DonnaWatson and myself will be discussing art, answering your questions and providing short demos. If you follow Donna's blog you will know her avenue to art is founded in a zen approach emphasizing personal meaning in artistic expression.  Donna is a master artist who is very knowledgeable about design and composition. I look forward to hearing what she has to tell us, and seeing what she brings to share.

Path to Harmony

Some of my mark making tools. 

The large piece of charcoal came from a forest in the high desert of Oregon.
Kurt hiked out to get some for me. Its one of my favorite tools.

I will bring a few paintings that incorporate marks to share with you. 

Serendipity is invited as a partner to my own art work. 

At the Bellevue event I will tell you some of the ways I create opportunity for marks to present themselves in my work. 

In this excerpt from the Pulse of Mixed Media, I explain a bit about how I work.

Artist Statement 
Leslie Avon Miller


Fling paint, make marks, rip and tear.
Use sticks, palette knife, brush, and tools.  
Rags, papers, and spray move paint around.
Explore, experiment, and discover.

Build layers of dark and light.
Scratch, scrub, and sand to reveal.
Contemplate, integrate, design, and adjust.
Express, connect, communicate, be content.

And begin again.

Seth Apter in his studio.
After the Q and A there will be a book signing with Seth, Donna and myself, as well as with Alicia Caudel, Robert Stockton, Lisa JonesMoore, and Delorse Lovelady -- all of whom will be in attendance and are contributors to the book.

I’ve been anticipating these artful gatherings for months, and it’s finally almost here!


  1. LAM - this collaboration has been a brilliant effort; and so wonderful to see so many great artists participating and getting recognition. It would be a real buzz to join you all but sadly we will still be at home on the mountain. But at least we can send you all positive congratulatory vibes. Go well. B

  2. Oh Leslie - how I wish we could be there! We are in Portland OR in near yet so far. I hope you all have a fab time (how could you not?) and I must say I love those images of works in progress - I would love to make muted marks like maybe I'll follow the set of instructions you included, and by the looks of it, buy myself a glove!

  3. Sighhhhh .... I really wish I could be there. Wishing you a wonderful get-together... or two. Enjoy every minute! Loving your works in progress!

  4. Hello Leslie, looking forward to meeting you too. See you in TWO days! :)

  5. So very excited to finally meet you in person. We have been planning this for so long and now it is but days/hours away. I look forward to sharing thoughts and sharing art. Soon.....

  6. what an exciting time! hope you find all these travels and meetings enchanting, refreshing, and utterly fun.

    i am marked by the images of your your work in progress and the poetics of your process. 'be content. begin again.' thank you for allowing us to peer over your shoulder in the studio. mesmerized.

    the lump of coal is pure love.

  7. have a wonderful time!
    hugs all around
    wish I could tag along...

    love your poem
    of mark making
    and your tools
    I will jump in
    and follow your lead...

    xox - eb.

  8. I too wish I could be there! Artists meeting and sharing . . such a delight for an artist.

    Wonderful mark making! Congratulations for being included in Seth's book.

  9. Have a wonderful time Leslie! I was fortunate enough to meet Seth in DC a few weeks ago at a similar type event and it was quite an inspirational blast!

  10. wish I knew how to be in two places at once! I am so close to Vancouver but have an action packed weekend in Victoria which includes a poetry reading by David Whyte. Do have great fun. Your venue looks fab and I'm sure the company will be amazing! hope to catch up with you some day!

  11. What absolute fun...I'm smiling just thinking of the joy of meeting and talking and laughing! Photos please!

  12. I promise I will take a lot of images and do a blog post about both events. I wish you all could be joining us!

  13. Wish you a wonderful time and nice peoples and great talks.
    i would love to have this book.

  14. I agree, you can never replace viewing works in the flesh, for the feeling and vibe of the piece, but the internet is fab. Enjoy the event sounds exciting.

  15. Have a great time! I had ordered the book over the Internet and its just arrived :) Di

  16. And what a party it will be!
    I loved reading your:
    "begin,,,,begin again"
    It's all the stuff that goes on in-between
    that makes your work so enchanting.

    Have a completely wonderful time!
    (I want to grab that hunk of charcoal)

  17. I know everyone will have a great time Leslie. Wish I could be there to see your mark making up close.
    Thanks for your comment at Cinnamon. I'm still trying to figure out how to post some photos of the book signing on the side bar. LOL!

  18. Can't wait to hear all about it! Thanks for this detailed post of the festivities. Wish I could have been there! xo

  19. I have been so busy getting ready for the book signing event and for your visit along with Seth Apter to my home... that I am late..after the event with leaving a comment here...but did want to say that you wrote a wonderful post leading up to the event.


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