contemporary collage paintings
the process
Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.

Jean De Muzio

Sunday, July 31, 2011

An Overdose of Satisfaction

There are some days when I think I'm going to die 
from an overdose of satisfaction. 
~Salvador Dali

There is something about creating collage on paper that I find very satisfying, more than any other substrate. Paper is friendly, tactile and receptive. It’s easy to manipulate during the process of creating a painting or collage. Paper has it’s own language.

Since I am the creator of the painting 
and the first real 'viewer' – 
when I feel satisfied, 
I put the brushes down and hope 
that someone else will feel satisfied too. 
~David Lussier

Presentation of art is important to me. I feel my work is enhanced by a simple, clean surrounding that allows the viewers eye to make the journey through the piece in a leisurely manner. 

Each piece is unique and takes its own time to be realized. 
I am not concerned with the quantity, but only that they
communicate my understanding of life and my craft at that particular time. 
~Sharon Knettell

When we started building the studio/wood working shop building, about 5 years ago, I was certain I needed a mat cutter so I could frame my works on paper. A local frame shop was going out of business, and I had been gifted a coupon from Kurt for a mat cutter once we decided which one to get. As luck would have it, the mat cutter was available when we got to the shop. We also obtained the wall mounted cutter for cutting glass and making straight cuts on anything from large paper to mat board. I use it often. 

The only person you have to please, 
with your art, is yourself. 
~Don Getz

For a time while the building project continued the cutters were stored where they would fit; awaiting the day they could be moved to the studio and put into use. We moved the cutters to the studio awhile ago, but this weekend we began to cut mats. 

You learn the essential skills, 
how to manipulate the brush and how to handle paint, 
and you study the works of artists you admire. After a while, though, 
you have to be yourself. 
That's scary, but satisfying. 
~T. M. Nicholas

I thought I would cut the mats, but Kurt, wood worker that he is, could not resist trying out the new equipment. My turn will come. We thought we would start framing up a few things for ourselves as practice. We laughingly set out to challenge ourselves to find out how many ways there are to make mat cutting errors. And we have found several!

The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. 
That is the whole secret of art. 
~Pablo Picasso

I have a real sense of satisfaction seeing the works set off by nice clean mats. We have some frames on order and once they arrive, we will compete the presentation. 

I love an art which allows me to 
document my place in this mix... 
This is my past and my future. 
It has its own logic and finally, 
its own sense of fulfillment. 
~Burton Silverman

I hope you all found satisfaction this weekend too. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

And you may tell yourself this is not my beautiful painting

Take me to the river
Drop me in the water
Art is an ocean
I don’t know why I love you like I do
All the trouble you put me through

Some days things are a little rough in the studio.

We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Maybe you wonder where you are
And its alright baby, it’s alright

When things become a bit surreal, I may as well go with it.

And you may tell yourself this is not my beautiful painting
And you may ask yourself how did I get here
You may ask yourself, how do I work this
You may ask yourself, where is that beautiful painting

 Seems all my work goes through phases.

I’m checking them out
I’m checking them out
I got it figured out
It’s only the river; it’s only the river 

 It's just part of the process, part of the flow of it all.

And in all fairness to these paintings,
none of them were involved in today's 
long deep breath/sigh in the studio.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The River of Silence

Becoming Visible

Silence helps me see, hear and feel. Silence helps me create.

Stillness puts me in touch with what is mine; the authentic, the quirky, the gift from the deep well from which we all draw up our creative water droplets.   I enjoy discovering the surprises that surface when I work in connection with stillness.

Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you sing.
~Kahlil Gibran

Yet to Become

Never talk away the magic. 
Danish Saying 

Silence is not the absence of sound. The birds still sing, the fan softly whirs, the stream continues to rush to the sea. 

Silence is the absence of chatter, of distracting noise and loudness. 
Silence allows me to respond to what is happening on the surface as I work. 

Silence is a conversation without words between the work and and me.


I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, 
learning a new language or rather the same language 
in a different dialect. 
So still were the big woods where I sat, 
sound might not yet have been born.
~Emily Carr

Silence is the space between the coming and going of my own thoughts. Quietude is the midwife of my work.

Shut up and play your guitar.
~Frank Zappa