Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Working on the business again --- you can see I added a box where you can join my email list for messages regarding upcoming shows and events.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Doing what I can

Busy days... it is exciting to have a new studio and to think of all the things you want to do in your new space. At least that is what occupies alot of my thoughts lately. Working on Business Cards, brochures to showcase my art, update the website with more art, take off the art that has been sold, explain more about my art and my process, get the items lined up for the artist reception, shows and work on this year's business plan. So many things to do.

Just need to remember to breathe, take it all in, and spend a little time creating.

I was inspired last night while watching the academy awards by the winning of the documentary "The Inconvenient Truth" and those that accepts awards and how moved they were by the passion and voice that Al Gore gave to this message.

If you can ignite the passion in yourself, it will start a fire in others.


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Studio, Sunset, Faces & Friends

This is a piece that I created recently. It is all digital. In creating it, I was reminded of the process. The creative process.

Another creative process happened this weekend, with friends, Tim & Rob. Tim and Rob are accomplished workers. They are amazing when it comes to building things.

They spent the weekend visiting and taking my art studio to the next level. They helped design and build a storage area for my paintings and canvases and a work area complete with a lighttable.

A view of the studio with the large worktable, storage shelves from Jim in the background (Thanks Jim, they work great), a dropcloth that I used to paint in public on hanging on the wall.

Another vew showing off easels, the worktable and more storage.

And this shows the opposite side, with the window and large fan (this will be needed come summer time), the lighttable is under the work table.

This is Tim & Rob as they are preparing to leave with all their tools. They did such a great job of turning my studio from an empty room to a real studio - now I just need to make it messy with painting some art. Thank you guys! You're the best carpenters.

This is a picture of a sunset that happened the last day at sea during my vacation and I thought it was a great way to end this blog.

By the way, I learned I ate fried pickles two nights in a row.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Under The Sea

It is important to get out of your comfort zone and do something you do not ordinarily do. For me that was snorkeling. It was a wonderful experience, you have only your vision and the sound of your breathing through the tube this me underwater (the guide used my disposable underwater camera). This was in the waters off Buck Island in St. Thomas. I saw Manta Rays, Large Turtles, lots of tropical fish, sea fans and coral.

Made progress on the studio, friends - Tim & Rob are coming this weekend to help build some shelving for the art storage, and a large flat working table for painting and varnishing - I am sure we will also spend sometime showing them some Houston hospitality.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Playing Catch Up

I am back in Houston, and running crazy trying to get caught up. Lots of items to take care of between now and the end of March when I will participate in the IAC Artist's Studio Tour in Houston. Also have to prepare for the artist's reception in Dallas mid March, and visiting with friends for a fund raiser called the No Tie Dinner at Karen's home then as well. But deadlines do drive me, and so it will be a busy week getting back up to speed. As well as going through the memories of the cruise and sharing pictures in the coming days.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Family & Friends

Today we stopped in Barbados and we visited with Iris & Mac who have a place that they stay at each year. Also visiting was my Uncle Don & Aunt Tiny and friends of theirs from Binghamton, NY. We were brought to their place on the south side of the island by our cabbie - Nigel. After a great visit we ate some at the local cafe. Wonder if Aunt Tiny ever got through the airport with all the liquor she bought. Tonight the internet is still free so this will most likely be my last blog until I am back home on dry land. We are heading to St. Kitts where tomorrow I will be snorkling and then on Friday to St. Thomas for some Sailing & Snorkeling before two more days at sea before getting back. I have taken over 500 photos and still have more to take. Lots of interesting shots to organize on a site for everyone to see. Happy Birthday, Robert. Nice Picture on PaFred's blog. Jim glad to see you are finishing Burt's painting can not wait to see pictures. Bye for now.... Make a splash or duck!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Blog from Sea

Just a quick hello to the fellow blogreaders... we are at sea somewhere between St. Marten and St. Lucia. Had a few days at sea, getting used to all this rocking. Met nice people at our nightly dinner table - they are from Montreal Quebec - Celine, Jacquiline, and Guston. We spent today touring the island of St. Marten and met 5 of the artists who reside there. It was great fun, and interesting to see how they lived and worked. It taught me one thing, my art is selling way too low! Been eating strange things that I have never had. Why? Jim said so. I am taking a ton of pictures so it will be fun to share them when I return home.

Bye for now!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

My Secret Love

Well if you watched Oprah, then you know about the "Secret". My studio is ready for me to move in once I get back from my cruise. It is so exciting.

I remember a year ago, not knowing where my life was going, but I knew what I wanted and I wrote it down. I found it today and it said " I envision my own studio, attached to a gallery, and a classroom area. I am making enough to pay all my bills with ease.... " The secret works.... here are some other pictures from inside the new studio space. My first studio tour will be the March 31st part of the IAC (www.innerartcorridor.com) artists studio tour, with over 100 artists participating.
I won't be blogging now for the next two weeks, so here is my Valentine to all of you with a little bit of spring!

I am grateful to have the love that you all bring to my life.

Copyright 2007 William H Miller All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Whim Designs Studios

Today, after a number of months on a waiting list, I got an artist studio. It is part of the Winter Street Studios. Another capture of Whim begins.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Busy Weekend

It was a very busy weekend, lots more boxes unpacked and put away. A car filled to capacity with items being donated to the Salvation army. A call from Winter Street Studios of a possible artist studio available. A haircut, a massage, and shopping. This was a busy weekend, but I did take time out for a Saturday afternoon nap and it was great to do that. Worked some on Sunday, rooted for the Bears, but that seemed to be only for the first 10 minutes of the game. Ate Pasta both nights. Did Laundry. Packed for the cruise. Went through all the clothes and either put them away, hung them up or gave them away. Amazing that you can get rid of of 100 pieces of clothes, and still have a full closet. I am blessed.

I am blessed.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Birthday Mark

Well, the goal was reached this AM, to be the in 250s by what would have been my brother Mark's 43rd Birthday.
When I started last Octber 1st, I said that I would donate $10 for every pound lost when I got to the birthday, to my brother's scholarship fund.
So 295-259=36x10=$360
For anyone else that wants to contribute:
The Mark Miller Scholarship Fund
c/o Niagara County Community College Foundation
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Happy Birthday, Mark - Thanks for sending an early spring, and miss you.
Love, Billy

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I opened another box

This time it was the creative box. I created boxes and unemptied my mind.

Now that I have set up my larger format printer, and it works with no problems, it will be time to start creating some canvases. Only 7 days until my first cruise. (on a boat at least!)

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