Canadian artist living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.This is a blog about my life, my travels and my work.....

24th April 2014

Quote with 9 notes

In art the best is good enough
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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23rd April 2014

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Dining Room, Carl’s House, Toronto, by Keith Miller
Grease pencil, 24cm by 17cm

America’s Cup, 1887
Watercolor, 75cm by 55cm

While staying at my brother’s house in Toronto I commandeered his dining room table in order to paint some watercolors. The marine art phase of my career was coming to a close as I got ready to move permanently to Mexico. In the top drawing I’ve indicated very sketchily the watercolor I was working on, shown finished below. I guess my marine art career really was coming to a close, because I still own it.

Tagged: America's Cupwatercolorwww.keithmillerart.comTorontoKeith Millermarine art

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22nd April 2014

Photoset with 37 notes

Newark Liberty Int. Airport, N.J., by Keith Miller
Graphite, 24cm by 17cm

Below: Vancouver Int. Airport, B.C., Canada
Graphite, 36cm by 13cm

Inevitably, if you travel much, you’re going to spend more time than you probably want in airports- both big and small. There’s a certain abstract quality to the big planes when seen close-cropped through departure lounge windows. And why do they call them lounges? Does anyone ‘lounge’ in those places? The jets themselves always seem to me to be really big and heavy and awkward. Do those things really fly?
I’ve got quite a big collection of airport sketches- just as I have of many hotel rooms.

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21st April 2014

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Carolyn’s Room, Toronto, by Keith Miller
Graphite over watercolor wash, 12cm by 17cm

Between trips in the 90’s, I sometimes stayed with my brother in Canada. This is one of the drawings I did in his home- his daughter’s room.

Carolyn’s Room, Toronto, by Keith Miller
Graphite over watercolor wash, 12cm by 17cm

Between trips in the 90’s, I sometimes stayed with my brother in Canada. This is one of the drawings I did in his home- his daughter’s room.

Tagged: Canadasketchbookgraphitepencil drawingKeith Miller

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20th April 2014

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Garden, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Grease pencil, collage, 12cm by 17cm

Planter Palm, Pt. Vallarta, Mexico
Oil pastel, approx. 30cm by23cm

The top drawing is a quick study done in the same sketchbook as all of these April postings. I returned to the same garden to do a more elaborate drawing of a palm (in oil pastel over a chalk pastel ground color).

Tagged: Puerto Vallartatravel sketchbookKeith Millerwww.keithmillerart.com

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19th April 2014

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Hotel Garden, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Grease pencil, collage, 12cm by 17cm

Planter Palm, Pt. Vallarta, Mexico
Chalk pastel, sepia, oil pastel, 32cm by 24cm

The top drawing is a quick sketch done on a partly collaged page of the sketchbook.
On the same trip I did the lower, larger drawing using oil pastel and sepia over a loose chalk pastel background.

Tagged: Puerto Vallarta Mexicochalk pasteltravel drawingKeith Miller

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18th April 2014

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Marina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Graphite, 17cm by 12cm

Below: The Yacht Race, Pt. Vallarta
Oil pastel over watercolor wash, 30cm by 23cm

Top sketch was done with a 6B pencil; indulging my interest in ships and the sea. Below, done on the same stay in Puerto Vallarta, another “marine” piece executed while sitting on the beach, (Playa de Oro) which is nearby the marina described in the top sketch.

Tagged: Puerto VallartayachtingyachtsKeith MillerMarine artsketchbook

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17th April 2014

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Chico’s Paradise, near Pt. Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Grease pencil over watercolor wash, 17cm by 12cm.

Below: Cafe, Playa de Oro, Pt Vallarta
Oil pastel over watercolor wash

It was on this short stay on the Mexican coast that I really started to experiment with using oil pastel and sepia over very loose watercolor washes. The washes were done the day before without regard to what subject I might find to draw the following day.
The lower drawing was done in a larger sketch pad- about 30cm by23cm. and were a logical extension of some of the work done in the smaller book, above.

Tagged: puerto VallartaMexican drawingsMexican BeachesKeith Miller

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16th April 2014

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Planter Palm, Near Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Oil pastel, colored pencil, 12cm by 17cm

Below: Bridge on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta
Graphite, 12cm by 17cm

Tagged: Los Muertos BeachPuerto VallartaMexicocarnet de voyagesketchbook

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15th April 2014

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Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Keith Miller
Watercolor, sepia, oil pastel, 12cm by 17cm

Playa de Oro, Pt. Vallarta, Mexico
Oil pastel, 12cm by 17cm

Tagged: Puerto VallartaMexico drawingsKeith Millertravel sketchoil pastel

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