Miller IDS’ Featured May Artist

barton 002 country house adj_200This is the perfect month to feature the work of Greg Barton, as the Austinite’s artwork will appear in the West Austin Studio Tour May 14/15 & 21/22, which Miller IDS is proud to sponsor.

Greg’s unique style of using his fingers – as well as the occasional rag – to apply paint produces almost Impressionistic images which strongly evoke a sense of place. Most of his work is of landscapes, either his beloved Texas or Cape Cod scenes, all of which draw the viewer in by sharing the colors and light of the scene effectively. The image featured here, entitled “Gray Day 2” was inspired by summer visits to the Cape marshes and their timeless salt-weathered houses.

For more of Greg’s work, please come by to meet him and view his work up close at the Linc Collective Artist Group during the West Austin Studio Tour, or visit his website.

2nd Date added for Miller IDS Fine Art Reproduction Seminar

iStock_000040430134LargeDue to popular demand, we’re adding a second date for the Fine Art Reproduction Seminar!

Join us on Saturday, March 26th or April 2nd from 1pm-3pm and learn helpful tips and important details that can make an impact on your artwork, making reproductions cost effective and color accurate.

There are still a few seats available for March 26th if interested, and 10 seats available for April 2nd.

Whether you want to sell prints of your work, give prints to friends and family, or archive a quality scan before you sell your original masterpiece, Dana Burton of Miller IDS can help you navigate the decisions – and explain the relative benefits of those decisions.   Register today!

Thanks for the Stars!

David Bowie Aladdin SaneOlivia Rains, an Austin-based artist, wanted to reproduce her Bowie-inspired artwork for the recent David Bowie Tribute Art Show at Jerry’s Artorama. Olivia tells us “I wanted prints that would look exactly like my paintings and wanted to find a local art reproduction business with great quality. I have tons of artist friends in town and almost all recommended Miller. I was floored and ecstatic when I picked up the prints; they were perfect and with the fastest turnaround ever and a great price for the quality. The people at Miller are very professional and very helpful, translating what I’m looking for into print terms. The first run sold out and I ordered more, plus ordered stickers. Can I give you six stars?”

Miller IDS’ Featured March Artist

Miller courtney holder broken spokeThis month, our Featured Artist is Courtney Holder.  Courtney began oil painting at age 9, and it’s still her favorite medium, especially for personal pieces like our featured “Broken Spoke”. She believes “oils deliver a spectrum and depth of color and flexibility that’s hard to beat and that punch of color that really resonates with the neon colors and swirl of movement that permeate the music and dancing that takes center stage at places like the Broken Spoke”.

Courtney wants her paintings to tell a story – and this painting beautifully tells a story about a nostalgic place encrusted with emotions and memories that mean so much to generations of Austinites. The Spoke is one of the first places Courtney heard live music as a kid, and it’s where she later went boot scoot’n with her now husband. In her own words, “you may recognize some of the regulars in the painting; while the city grows with the new wave of hipsters and progressives, some Austin mainstays dig in their heels and refuse to change. When I drive by the Spoke on my way home, with all its character hanging out all over the place, and surrounded by shiny new towering apartments and lofts, all that rusted metal, dirt and neon glow the Spoke gives off just makes me smile. It’s good to see, that some stories never change.” You can enjoy more of Courtney’s artwork on her website.

Miller IDS’ February Featured Artist

Poppy Fields ForeverMiller IDS’s Featured Artist this month is Lynn Kessel. As a child, Lynn played with art extensively, encouraged by her artist father. However, college and a business career took her time and attention and it was twenty years later before she heard the call and took up a brush again.

Also changing career paths, Lynn returned to school for her Master’s degree and is now a Counselor working with at-risk youth in Williamson County, and has been instrumental in successfully infusing art into the program.

Lynn prefers watercolors and acrylics, primarily painting the flora and fauna she finds near her Georgetown home or on her travels. Her bright colors and tight focus bring the natural beauty of her subject directly to the observer. Her images appear on multiple gift items and her paintings are sold through the Artisans Connect Gallery in Georgetown and she exhibits her work annually at the Georgetown Red Poppy Festival in April.  Her website is www.lynnkesselart.com.

Miller IDS’ Featured Artist January 2016

Miller don collins noah cox house 600This month, we are especially proud to highlight the work of Don Collins, whose beautiful artwork has graced our annual calendar for each of the past 38 years! This decades-long process of calendar design began over coffee when Robert Lambie Miller expressed dissatisfaction with the commercial calendars then available, and suggested that Don do something on a more local level. The result was well received, hence the 38-year tradition. You may recognize the featured work “Noah Cox House, Roma, Texas” from the cover of our 2016 calendar.

Don has traveled the back roads and long-deserted main streets of Texas for years, searching for unique images reflecting a Texas that existed in the past. His inspired drawings and paintings breathe life back into the old homes, courthouses, shanties and industrial sites he finds.

Raised in rural Parker County, Don attended NTAC and Texas Tech before army service during the Korean conflict, completing his final year at UT Austin. Settling in Austin, Don was an active commercial/easel artist for 52 years, serving a broad array of clients, including architects, builders, NASA contractors, publishers, state agencies, and many others.  As a painter, he participated in scores of venues throughout the Southwest, initially depicting wildlife, and later broadening into character studies, landscapes, and historic/vernacular architecture.  Still active at a somewhat more relaxed pace, he welcomes commission work, and is at the board daily, doing art for the sheer pleasure of it.  Don has also co-authored the popular book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was. Don has produced more than 300 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion for our state with our customers.  Additional work and contact information are available on his website.

Brandon Lack Exhibiting in East Austin Studio Tour

"Tiny Bubbles" by Brandon Lack
“Tiny Bubbles” by Brandon Lack

Excited to see our Miller ISD September Featured Artist, Brandon Lack, exhibiting in this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour at 1319 Rosewood! @eaststudiotour

We are proud support the tour and encourage you all to pick up a catalog of artists and a map to all exhibit spaces at any Austin public library – see you on the tour!

Calling All Artists: Reproducing Fine Art Affordably

FineArtReproductionAre you looking for a way to make accurate, beautiful, full-color reproductions (or Giclee prints) of artwork that you’ve created? We can recreate your artwork relatively quickly and affordably thanks to a combination of high-quality large-format scanners and digital inkjet printers.

At Miller, we use a large-format graphics scanner that can safely scan artwork up to 36”x48”, then send that digital data to a graphic arts inkjet printer, using twelve colors of ink, to create a near-perfect reproduction. To date the largest single piece of art Miller has handled was 52” wide, and while the other dimension is not restricted, this art piece was 72” long.

The look and feel of the finished piece is greatly influenced by the choice of media. We can print on canvas, for example, so the resulting image closely resembles your original. We can also print on photo-grade paper, creating exact reproductions of photographs and a textured art paper resembling water color paper.

Many artists, in fact, create sets of inkjet-printed works of art the way an earlier generation of artists used more traditional methods, such as lithography, to create limited edition sets. This has opened the world of selling high-quality reproductions, rather than just the originals, to a much wider community of artists. Miller can scan and maintain a library of your artwork so you can order additional prints as you request or need them.

Contact Miller today for details on how we can make your original artwork into a limited edition set.

Contact Dana Burton at 512.381.5277or fineart@MillerIDS.com