Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beets with Wine Bottle Original Oil Painting

Beets with Wine Bottle

"Beets with Wine Bottle", 5 x 5", oil on linen/available ©VP Miller
I set up a triangular composition of three beets, their greens and a wine bottle. My intention was to make the leftmost beet the center of interest, followed closely by the wine bottle highlight. The greens would boomerang your eye around, effectively keeping your eye from leaving the painting. 

I'm still learning and focusing on the concept of massing - keeping darks together or whites together to form continuity. The darkest dark on the beet is next to the lightest light. That is mirrored in the wine bottle. The greens are mid-values. Their focal point is color, although nothing to light in hue that would rival the highlights. I learned a great deal about paint handling into wet dark values.

Tonight, I'm enjoying roasted beets with olive oil and salt (for the first time), and having the sauteed beet greens on the side.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Still Life "Grapes with Pear" Original Oil Painting

Grapes with Pear

"Grapes with Pear", 5 x 5", oil on linen, ©VP Miller
This painting is about studying massing and edges. Massing is keeping your darks together and your lights together. The grapes, their shadows, the pear's shadow and it's darkest area are all connected. By edges, I mean I am working on found (sharp) and lost (soft) edges within a painting. The sides of the pears are almost completely lost in the background, yet you still feel it's mass. The edge of the grape stem that connects with the center of the pear (and it's lightest part) is also a hard edge, which should lead your eye there.

 It's also a just a pretty good representation of grapes and a pear. I am channeling David Leffel, of course. I'm not really channeling him (he's alive, thankfully). I am learning from him in an old book called "Oil Painting Secrets from a Master". Hopefully as I progress through his lessons and apply what I've learned, you will see a progression in ability too.

You should know, this was terribly fun to paint.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Never Forget" Yellow Rose with American Flag Original Oil Painting

Never Forget

This is a tribute to the military, fire fighters, police, EMTs and other first responders of 9/11. May we never forget how we came together as a nation after tragedy. The yellow rose is a nod to the military tradition of tying a yellow ribbon around a tree to remember and support those who are far away in service. The American Flag is a symbol of unity and strength. 

God Bless the USA!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Strawberry Pastry" Original Oil Painting

Strawberry Pastry

"Strawberry Pastry", 5 x 5 in., oil on linen, ©Victoria Page Miller

Is your mouth watering? Mine is! Light, flaky buttery pastry with bright, juicy strawberries anchored by a custard center. 

 Victoria Miller Original Oil Painting Pastry Strawberries Food Art Framed 


Victoria Miller Strawberry Pastry Original Oil Painting


 food art pastry painting

Monday, September 8, 2014

Commission: embellished wedding invitations

Happy client with customized wedding invites

I love meeting and working with people over projects. This is Kathie, who wanted to have her wedding invitations hand painted with watercolor flowers. Kathie actually called the florists while sleuthing, so the design would incorporate each bride's choice of color and flowers. She plans on matting and framing them and giving them as gifts to the bride. What a thoughtful gift. She was a true delight to meet and talk with. I just love my job! Thanks, Kathie!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The Gift" Original Oil Painting

The Gift

"The Gift", 5 x 5 in., oil on linen, ©Victoria Page Miller/ SOLD

This was a gift to my family from friends that we made in Germany this summer. Freshly, homemade Himbeermarmalade (raspberry jelly). Thoughtfully and beautifully wrapped, I had to share the gift with you. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

 Victoria Miller Original Oil Painting The Gift Art Memento Framed Food 


Victoria Miller summer jam jelly Original Oil Painting


 food art painting

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Bird of Paradise" Original Oil Painting

  Victoria Miller Original Oil Painting Bird of Paradise Exotic Flower Framed

Bird of Paradise

"Bird of Paradise", 5 by 5 in., oil on linen, ©Victoria Page Miller

Do you dream of visiting an exotic locale? You may have seen the fabulous Bird of Paradise. It's colors are designer envious and it is shaped like a bird in flight. That's why it's is also known as the Crane flower. It is finally flourishing in my Florida garden. It is a true symbol of tropical paradise. You can almost hear the waves crashing on the distant shore.

 Victoria Miller Original Oil Painting Bird of Paradise Exotic Flower Framed 


Victoria Miller Original Oil Painting Bird of Paradise Exotic Flower


 exotic flower painting