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BOHO ILLUSTRATION INSPIRATION

I collect nature items because I always try to draw illustrations from real objects not just reference photos. I have an exciting drawing project coming up (tell you about it when I’m done) where I need to come up with a bunch of new illustrations. So I decided that I wanted to have something to draw from so here’s some compositions I put together to help me with fresh ideas. My set of antlers, some feathers and fresh flowers (fave).    

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UTMC HEALTH SCIENCE CAMPUS ARTIST SHOWCASE

I was honored to be the guest speaker at the University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus Artist Showcase this past Friday.  I had a great time meeting all the artists and sharing my message of creative wellness. Check out how creative people in science are! Here’s a small sampling of the art on display at the library.  Sorry for the glare on the photos. Paul Brand, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, College of Medicine & Life Sciences Monet’s Waterlilies Revisited, Palettes &…

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THINKING OF SPRING RIVER PHOTO WALK

We’ve had a mild winter so far so life along the river has been quieter.   It makes me think of spring  a bit earlier than usual which makes me think of planning for summer.   Summer means going to Lake Michigan, exploring and being outside as much as possible. It was a clear crisp day when I went on my photo walk yesterday.  A little windy but sunny.  I really like the simple color palette in these photos…blue, black, grey, brown and white hinting at…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: CREATIVE MINDS, AUTISM & ART THERAPY

Check out this week’s “Art For Your Health” Headlines… The Secrets Behind the Most Creative Minds of All Time Art Proves Life Altering For Boy With Severe Autism Art Therapy Offers Health Through Creative Process “Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding,…

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ADD COLOR TO BLACK & WHITE ART JOURNAL PHOTOS

A great inexpensive way to use all the inspiration photos that I take (I’m sure you take a lot of photos too) is to print them in black and white on plain old copy paper. By printing them in this way I’m not using up color ink, expensive photo paper or having to get them printed.  I try to place a few on the page I print so I can get several photos at once. Because I print in greyscale, I don’t convert my photos…

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LOVE & PEACE COLORING PAGES

I’m working on coloring pages.  Some are seasonal coloring pages for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day & Easter. Here’s a couple that I’ve finished.  I need to re-stock (from the holidays) what I have in the local markets and galleries where my work is being sold.  I’m also considering them as downloads…I’ll keep you posted. The pages still need to be “senior citizen” tested by my Mom who gives me feedback.  She says the bold lines really help with “old, tired” eyes.  She is so…

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LINE WORK WITH WHITE PEN OVER WATERCOLOR WASH

These colorful bits of line work start out as simple washes of watercolors.  I follow up with my trusty Sakura Gelly Roll white pens (love them) to create simple patterns in between rows of lines. I find line work to be relaxing.  

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: COLORING BOOK APPS, COLORING AS MEDITATION & WRITING THERAPY

Check out this week’s “Art For Your Health” Headlines… 5 Adult Coloring Book Apps That Put Artistic Stress Reduction At Your Fingertips Adult Coloring:  The New Meditation? How the Ancient Art of Writing Therapy Can Help You Create a Brighter Future “Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or…

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About the Show - 2016 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase - Li

GUEST SPEAKER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO HEALTH SCIENCE CAMPUS ARTIST SHOWCASE

The University of Toledo Medical Center has given me the honor to be the guest speaker at their 2016 Health Campus Artist Showcase.   It is on Friday, January 29th from 4-6P at the Mulford Library. My lecture is called “Art & Creative Wellness” where I will talk about my “art for your health” story.  I am very excited to be part of this wonderful event. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments while viewing the art of faculty, staff and students.  I will have a few…

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ALTERED MEDICAL DICTIONARY PAGES

I recently came across a  tattered 1934 medical dictionary that had some wonderful illustrations.  As a nurse, I find these old anatomical illustrations beautiful (and informative too). I decided that I would alter the pages (the book was headed for the trash) by drawing frames around the illustration using Sakura Gelly Roll pens.  These will probably end up in my shop at sometime.  If interested in any of these just email me at lauramillerartist@gmail.com. Here are a few pages:  varicose veins, tongue, solar plexus, thigh,…

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PHOTOS USING CANON SELPHY FOR ART JOURNALING

I bought a new toy over the holiday…a Canon Selphy. I’ve been wanting to get a small photo printer that I can take with me and I’m loving it.  It was on sale for ~$80  when I bought it and the the color ink paper set is $34.  It contains enough ink and paper for 108, 4x 6 inch prints.  The prints can be printed borderless and may be used as post cards too.  Sending a postcard to grandparents might be fun! I’ve been catching…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: VETERANS, VISUALLY IMPAIRED & CHILDREN IN POVERTY

Check out this week’s “Art For Your Health” Headlines… When Words Don’t Work, Arts Program Can Help Heal Veterans Unique Teaching Technique Helps Visually Impaired Children Enjoy Art ICYMI:  How Art Therapy Is Helping Children Raised In Poverty “Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process…

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CLEAR THE CLUTTER

I love January!  The period after the rush of the holidays (Octovember) has become one of my favorite times of the year. Cleaning, organizing and overall clearing of the clutter is a ritual I look forward to.  With it comes new ideas and new possibilities.  Sometimes we don’t even realize what has accumulated around you.  “Managing” the clutter becomes such a distraction from what you are meant to do and enjoy. I’ve made great strides in cleaning my studio this past week.  I got rid of…

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FALL AS INSPIRATON

Fall is a great time of inspiration for me. Living in the great Midwest means seasons and fall is one of the best!  The changing color of the leaves and the crisp air means it’s here. In order to take advantage of this short season, I take a walk in nature nearly every day.  With my camera in hand and Tina, our black lab happily joining me we find a new spot to explore.  Tina loves the walks, sniffing and trotting along.  When she sees me…

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DIY FALL LEAF DOODLE TO PRESERVE FALL

Leaf doodle to preserve fall! I wanted a way to preserve the color and feel of fall and display it in my home so I decided to go on a leaf hunt to find the perfect leaves to doodle on. I usually gather the brightly colored leaves in orange, peach and yellow but since I was doodling in white and gold  I was challenged to find leaves that would contrast. I found deep rust and burgundy colored leaves that were perfect for this project.  The shapes…

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