I am super stoked to have my shipment of cushions ready for sale in Australia. They are beautifully soft and comfy and of course colourful! They are all available for sale via my online shop or from my new Diana Miller store at the Newrybar Merchants collaborative space in Newrybar.
This little dream of my husband’s has become a relatively fast reality, though that’s nothing new in the Miller household. Everything we do seems to be at breakneck speed! The idea was born in the minds of 2 men at the same time, both with a vision to bring a multifaceted retail space to the tiny town of Newrybar. When my hubby Todd met Zane Grier of Driftlab, Newrybar a few months ago, the 2 realised they were working towards a similar goal. After a few conversations they decided to join forces to create “Newrybar Merchants”. The cooperative store is located within the old Antique store home, opposite Harvest Café in Newrybar. Housing products by some well established big names the space will house items by Sibella Court of Society Inc, Jai Vasicek, Patterson and Steele, Shannon Fricke Heart & Home, TigmiTrading morrocan rugs, Fate and Fortune stationery, handmade bespoke leather goods by Wolf & Maiden from Cape Town, and some beautiful clothing from a few handpicked exclusive sources which Todd and I will stock under the Miller Trading Group umbrella. So all very exciting!
I am really stoked to have been invited to be part of the RAW Artist Showcase to be held in Brisbane on Thursday 23 July at the .MET! This involves a collective of 40 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and makeup for a one-night creative explosion!
A BIT ABOUT RAW
RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. We focus on spotlighting independent talent to the public. Every second month we hand-select and showcase approximately 40 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and makeup for a one-night creative explosion!
RAW was founded in the United States in 2009. The showcases currently run in over 60 locations across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the UK! RAW's mission is to provide artists with tools and resources to further their creative careers. We want artists to fight the good fight and promote themselves independent of a gallery or agency.
Tickets are $20 and I need to bring along at least 20 people as my contribution to the night. To see who's participating and to book your ticket visit http://www.rawartists.org/brisbane/glimpse
Be sure to select my name from the drop down menu when making your purchase.
I would LOVE to see you there!
The countdown is on to my new solo show from 19–23 August at the Percolator Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane. Opening night is Friday 21 August. I would love as many people to be there as possible. This is my title image for the show "Moments in Spontaneum", which explores the outcome of paintings that are painted during moments of spontaneous action where the paint is applied in a very quick, loose and unplanned way. If my work is starting to look laboured or too "thought about" I like to step back, get back in the zone and then 'attack' the work again, in a freer state of mind! Most of the time I am far happier with the outcome :)
My last year's opening night was great fun with lots of people attending.
My first year of entering the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award and I got in! Am super stoked that I will be part of this small scale exhibition! Opening night Sat 13 June at the Lethbridge Gallery in Paddington...
You can view the finalists here. My entry is on the fourth row down in the centre.
This painting I completed in April 2015. It went through many stages and many changes, but now that it is resolved, it is my current favourite.
I have entered it into the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Fingers crossed I get somewhere!
This painting has many layers, some hidden and some revealed. The piece represents the metaphorical treasures that I use in my painting – the brushstrokes, the colour, line and emotion that I draw on to create my work. I paint from a very intuitive and emotional place, referencing my mood and what is going on in my life. My art is my purest expression and this manifests in the strokes, colour and compositions I create in my work.
This piece is in a white float frame, is for sale and can be viewed on my website
On Sunday 26 April I held an art afternoon at my studio on Yeerongpilly. About 100 people turned up over the afternoon to enjoy live music by local musician Dave Power, art by myself and also a live oil painting demo by good friend Julie Christensen. Place Graceville kindly ran the auction of one of my large paintings which sold on the day for $1600. Coupled with a donation from my brother in law the day raised $3000 to send to the Ujamaa Children's Home in Tanzania. Local Paleo cafe Goodness Gracious supplied the delicious gluten and dairy free cakes for the afternoon and plenty of bubbles and good company made for a delightful afternoon.
About 2 years ago I printed a bunch of bookmarks to hand out as freebies at events. Its a great way to stay in people's minds`when your art is between the pages of the book your audience or ideal customer is reading! This the new range I have in mind for my next run! You'll have to click on the images to enlarge I think!
This is my latest artwork. 1.5m x 1.2m in size. I have completed 6 paintings since the beginning of the year. This one was probably my most enjoyable and fun. I love painting from my inside, painting from memories and emotion. This one takes me back to my childhood, building sandcastles with my bucket and spade, digging and playing in the sand with my siblings. And then watching the forms melt and distort as the rain comes down... This painting reminds me to keep that element of play in my life. To spend more time with my kids in the dirt and the sand, playing...
Back in November 2014 the shipping container house that my husband built in Graceville was published in the Grand Designs magazine. View the 7 page article here.
One of my paintings is featured on the "Get the Look" page.
1. Shock the Monkey – to Lauren in Sydney
2. Express Yourself – to Lease in Sydney
3. Coming in from the Cold – to Maria in Sydney
When Doves Cry – to Krisztina in Perth
Well its been a busy week! 3 painting have been shipped to Sydney and one will leave for Perth next week. Quite a few commissions lining up too and the response from the show has been incredible! Now the challenge will be keeping my stock levels up!
Oh my gosh, its less than a week till the show airs!! My husband Todd and I embarked on one of the biggest challenges of our lives at the end of December 2012 when we demolished our cute little 3 bedroom single level brick home in Graceville, Brisbane and took on the task of building an enormous 3 level home out of 31 shipping containers. We have not been allowed to share photos or talk about our experience until after the show airs so I am looking forward to posting lots of progress photos once the episode has aired. We are house number 1 of Series 5 of Grand Designs Australia, hosted by Peter Maddison. I have to say it was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I have always hated being in front of any camera and Todd and I were nervous wrecks the first day they came to shoot. But the crew and Peter soon put us at ease and from there it just became one big lot of fun!
We are of course nervous about watching the show with the rest of Australia, not knowing how we will come across or how the house will look, but we know we are extremely proud of what we have achieved and are looking forward to reliving the experience on telly!