Monday, 30 December 2013

In Rob Millers Art Studio at Falcon Mill, Bolton Lancashire New Year 2014

A couple of images of work underway or completed 
in the studio New Years Eve. Its been a creative year
new work new media, new clients and Galleries.
Happy New Year from the studio.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Greetings from Rob Miller

Many thanks everyone for your constant support over 2013.
May I wish you a peace full Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Open Studio Falcon Mill

Handel Street Bolton BL1 8BL
9th November 2013
10am - 2 pm 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Pochade days above Marsden

The paint was still very wet when I snapped this shot so the full colour quality isn't what it really is. I'll take another snap shot in a weeks time when its dried

Monday, 19 August 2013

Rossall Beach Lancashire UK Painting Rob Miller

En plain air oil painting of Rossall Beach Lancashire by Rob Miller RSA

Rossall and Cleveleys is a great place to paint en plein air with excellent views and a wonderful habitat for wildlife. God cafes and easy parking I vastly prefer the natural elements of this place to the resort part of Blackpool but each to their tastes.

The sand and shingle beach beyond the new sea defences at Cleveleys is known as Rossall Beach

Rossall Beach is a wilder, more natural landscape, where the top section of beach is shingle and there's always a dry section against the wall - on all but the roughest of stormy days.

Natural Sea Defence

These natural sea defences are considered to be the most stable of the Wyre coastline. The natural high sandy, shingle beach is the best possible form of sea defence and dissipates the energy of the sea beautifully. 
As the coastline gently curves inwards, the very high top sections of the beach stay dry at high tide in all but the worst of the high tides.
The beach material is naturally graded by the sea with the biggest of the pebbles in the higher reaches of beach, filtering down to smaller ones as you approach the golden sand that lays beyond.
At a glance it looks like quite an inhospitable environment, but it's actually a rich resource for wildlife, and supports many sea birds all through the year - indeed many seabirds use this beach to refuel when they stop off on their migratory flight paths around the world.
Interesting Wildlife
As a testament to how clean the water is, seals are often seen, their black heads bobbing along, but binoculars are usually needed to pick them out them from a swimming gull, and you need to be quick! Occassionally an odd one ends up on the beach too. 
Particularly at the northern end of the beach, around the Rossall Promenade car parking area and heading further north to Fleetwood, you’ll find many interesting things on the strandline (the highest point where the tide turns).
It’s a rich environment for wild life with the invertebrates that are found on the beach providing an ideal menu for sea birds.
Sanderlings, Turnstones and Knot can often be seen in large numbers, along with flocks of Oystercatchers with their distinctive long bright orange beaks and legs.
Don’t forget the resident population of gulls, who stand facing into the wind, peeping with their plaintive cries and waiting for anyone to feed them!

Looking after the Beach

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group look after this area of beach. 
They hold monthly community beach cleans for members and the general public to join in with. There are full details on their website - anyone is welcome to join the group and join in.
The Waterfront Rangers at Wyre Council have worked with this group to Adopt the Beach through the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Part of the MCS work is to monitor what is washed up by the tide, and petition utility companies and manufacturers to change their practices and stop the rubbish getting into the sea in the first place. 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Vineyards Sante Margarida Alentege Painting by Rob Miller

Watercolor painting ein plein aire Portugal

Nice to be painting outside in the cool, I know, sounds funny but Lancashire UK  was warmer last week than Portugal was today. This was my first real day out painting in Portugal and I was determined to paint some vineyards;  So we checked out the Google satellite map and located a couple of interesting fields near an old river. Manuel's local knowledge identified the place as a wonderful 11Centuray Chapel, Santa Margarida (d is a pronounced t in Portuguese)  and we drove along some dust roads to the spot. Glorious, organic vine fields with all kinds of wild flowers and trees. Even better, the sun started shining at the end of our session. Tomorrow is looking good, can't wait, up early at 6am, can't wait to get the canvas boards out of the case and the acrylic paints. On the down side I really wanted to bring Pochade along;   today I was a bit lost without that French guy and Julian from Paris would have loved this place; But, airplanes and luggage and paints and easels don't really mix as I discovered when stopped and questioned at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, glad I packed water based  acrylics I could have lost £80 worth of paint, all I could think of saying to security was " All I am saying is give paints a chance!" but I didn't, thankfully.

Friday, 7 June 2013

White Corel Beach, West coast of Skye. A Painting by Rob Miller FRSA

Corel Beach, West coast of Skye.  50x50cm Oil on canvas

Corel Beach, West Coast of Skye.  50x50cm Oil on canvas

Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday, 19 April 2013

Western Isles Winter Painting by Rob Miller RSA

Across the sound Isle of Harris Winter Oil on Canvas 70 x 70 cm
A gap in the rains, Cumulus cloud illuminated by the sun drifting over a silver sea  New work in oils studio photograph so the colours are slightly darker than the original oil painting.