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Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

I want to tell what the forests were like.







Story in a Forgotten Language 

14 x 14 

Leslie Avon Miller


I want to tell what the forests
were like.
I will have to speak
in a forgotten language.


~W.S. Merwin




Close some doors.
Not because of pride,
but because that no longer fits your life.

~Paolo Coelho

I keep trying to change what I do all because of too much thinking, 
instead of letting it happen. 

What I do keeps on insisting to be here the way it wants to be. 
For that I am grateful.



You can’t help but be true to who you are; 
nobody can tell you how to be a good artist. 
Your soul is going to be in there anyway, if it exists at all.
 It can’t be some programmatic, rigid, 
ideological thing that’s outside of your own experience.

~Ellen Phelan

The only way you have anything to 
offer as an artist is to please yourself. 



 I am still telling stories in the studio, and dancing in the process.

Story to be continued.

32 comments:

  1. I am going to try to photograph this painting again...it doesn't have any yellow. Its grey and black and grey/tan/warm tone. Photography is such a challenge when it comes to art!
    For now it's time for a glass of something and a little supper. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The image looks better now. You can click on it and see it larger if you like.

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  3. The image shows no yellow...photography is sometimes challenging!
    You are telling your stories in your own beautiful way...powerful!

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    1. Thank you Mary Ann. We can only really work in our own way, as I keep proving to myself!

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  4. I think you've hit on a great composition here! And a great collection of quotes to offer us food for digging deeper into our art. (I typed heart by mistake first. Maybe that's what I meant?)

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    1. Digging deeper into our heart/art...I like that!

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  5. dancing
    to the music
    of a forgotten language
    each
    and every day

    yes,yes...

    xox - eb.

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    1. I think we all know forgotten languages on some level...

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    1. Thank you Stefanie. I love your story drawings!

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  7. j'aime cette peinture, mais malheureusement je ne comprends pas les mots l'accompagnant...

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    1. Merci. J'utilise Google translate à comprendre des mots dans une autre langue. Merci pour s'arrêter par mon blog!


      One quote says - Une citation dit

      Je veux dire à ce que les forêts
      étaient comme.
      Je vais avoir à parler
      dans une langue oubliée.

      Le titre de ma peinture est une histoire dans un langage oublié.

      Xo
      ~leslie

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  8. sighhhhh ....
    swooooon....
    Almost at a loss for words.
    LOVE your painting and this post. Beautiful quotes to soothe.
    "I keep trying to change what I do all because of too much thinking,
    instead of letting it happen" ..... I know the feeling. Glad the good stuff keeps insisting.

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    1. There is an insistence in the studio stronger than mine! Yesterday I noticed that when "I" surprise myself and feel the wonder, that's when the real painting begins!

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    2. what you two are saying is so true and right it moves me.

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  9. enjoy your painting. and the quotes are marvelous. i think of you in your new studio, processing...

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  10. love this piece and the quotes - and love the image of you dancing in your studio . . .

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  11. Such a beautiful new piece, keep dancing.

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  12. food for eyes, thoughts and soul. thank you

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  13. great new piece and wonderful thoughts

    and let`s dance. always good to be in motion

    many greetings ;)

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  14. wonderful painting, Leslie . . I like the Steve Aimone quote. Once I started doing that, painting started becoming easier.

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  15. "stories in forgotten languages"
    how I love that!

    Your work always appears to be so bold, confident, self assured.
    I am surprised to hear that you struggle,,,,or even would TRY to change what you do. Or why.

    Then I re-read the 'Standing On Fishes' in your sidebar:
    "I feel closer to what language can't reach"
    and I understand. It's universal, isn't it?

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  16. ahh

    the last quote.
    That's it for me. And that you dance -

    thankyou.

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  17. my soul is so soothed
    and nourished
    by this powerful share.
    glad thanks,
    Jennifer

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  18. Your painting is definitely 'dancing' towards your inner voice. Can't wait for the continuing story.

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  19. What a gorgeous painting. It looks so rich and deep. And as an artist I can really connect with the statement "You can’t help but be true to who you are"

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  20. Powerful image and soul searching words. Quite a combination. Thanks for "holding nothing back".

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  21. The world has almost won its program of beating me into submission. But I don't want to be a camera. Slamming that door with gusto is becoming attractive. I come here for rest and encouragement. Thank you for this blog and the poetics.

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