Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #40

What: Design on a change room wall.

Why did this catch my eye: Loved the shapes and the patterns.  Loved that it seemed Holiday-ish and screamed New Year’s Eve to me.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #39

 

What: Paint peeling on a store change room wall.

Why did this catch my eye: My daughter and I were in a store change room this morning while I tried on some new sweaters. I saw this peeling paint. Hmm, the shape is oddly reminiscent of the shape of Iceland. Doesn’t get more inspirational than that.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Now at Harbour Grounds….

Just before the holidays I found out that one of my pieces hanging at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Newfoundland had sold!  I feel so fortunate with the support that I have received out there in 2014 and I am so very, very fortunate to have my sister on the ground in Corner Brook helping me out with sales and hanging the art!

Now my “Glynmill Inn Pond” piece is on exhibit and available for purchase.  Looking forward to a brand new year at Harbour Grounds!

 

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #38

 

What: Art that my daughter made last year in Grade One.

Why did this catch my eye: I have loved this picture since she brought it home at the end of the last school year. The other day I finally got around to hanging it on the wall in my studio. I love the colours. I love the simplicity. I love that she made it. It reminds me that art is beautiful.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #37

 

What: A winter scene.

Why did this catch my eye: Had to snap this photo a few weeks ago when we were picking out our Christmas tree. Recently I have been drawn to very abstract inspirations. This photo reminds me of the beauty to be found in a very traditional landscape scene. Still loving the effect of red in a landscape.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Inspiration Photo #36

 

What: Designs on the outside wall of the local library.

Why did this catch my eye: While standing outside the library one day, waiting for it to open so I could pick something up for my kids, I noticed this patterning on the wall. I got lost in the design- it has a lot of movement in it and keeps the eye roaming.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Sunset on the Rock

 

I recently posted on Facebook that I had dedicated the month of December to experimenting with new techniques and new ideas. I have some things that I want to try out and I feel like I am always racing to get ready for the next show and never have the time to just play around with techniques. So now was the time! Some of those experiments worked out great and have gotten my wheels spinning with where I can take them. Some of the experiments, well, didn’t go so well. But even in the failures there are lessons. I plan to do a blog post soon about the new directions that I want to take in 2015- some of my ideas are very different from what I have done to this point and it is my ultimate goal to debut a lot of these new ideas at my solo exhibit in Ottawa in August!

For the past week or so, though, having a few experiments under my belt I decided to take a break and make a few small Newfoundland pieces. Although my solo exhibit in Corner Brook isn’t until October, my logic was that I wanted a few new pieces so that I can soon make a poster and other advertising for that show. So I am pleased to present the first of my new pieces that will appear in my show at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in October, 2015! It is called “Sunset on the Rock” and is part of my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series. I really love all the yellows in the sky- it is something I have wanted to try for awhile and is not my usual colour scheme so I feel like in some way my growth as an artist is even manifesting itself in these smaller sized pieces.

I have one more thing to do to my second new piece and then I should be able to show it to you early next week. Enjoy your weekend!

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #35

 

What: My little guy’s boot print on our front step.

Why did this catch my eye: On the face of it this one seems a little lame- it is just a kind of fuzzy photo of a boot print in snow. But this photo is inspiring to me in that it reminds me to look down, especially at this time of year. All sorts of things leave prints and patterns in the snow and a failure to look down and appreciate them means they are overlooked. In addition, I adore my children so this little reminder of them making their way in the world inspires me greatly.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #34

 

What: Slushy ice on our car windshield.

Why did this catch my eye: Today was a milder, slushy, freezing rain kind of day. When I looked out the window at one point I noticed this build up of slowly melting ice on the car windshield. I loved the patterns and textures that had formed within it.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #33

 

What: Lights on our Christmas tree.

Why did this catch my eye: Every year I capture this same look- the lights on our tree slightly out of focus giving a blurry over-rounded appearance. This year I also managed to capture some of our colourful outdoor lights through the window. I like the shape and the blurriness that this kind of an effect gives to something so simple as a string of lights.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.