Monday, 29 October 2018

A large painting in oils off Hest Bank Morecambe Bay lancashire

Hest Bank oil on canvas 90x100cm aprox
It certainly seems ages since I began this work last Autumn in 2017. It's spent most of its time lounging around the studio at the back under a pile of acrylics as other work took priority. I'm glad  it went that way. A second trip to Hest bank in early summer produced some nice en plein air paintings and a lasting visual memory of the kind of sparkle day that can only be seen when limestone meets the sea, sky and sun in the shape of Silverdale in the mid distance. Once Id had that reminder the rest went fairly quickly.

I think I'm liking the use of repeated washes here, I know that they can be seen as somewhat different from some of my work which focuses on brush marks.

Friday, 19 October 2018


Rob Miller Fine Art: WATER STREET GALLERY TODMORDEN: Rob Miller Seascapes at the Water Street Gallery Todmorden The seaside moves to Todmorden. From next week people in Todmorden can che...


Rob Miller Seascapes at the Water Street Gallery Todmorden

The seaside moves to Todmorden. From next week people in Todmorden can check out Rob Millers seaside inspired affordable art at the aptly named Water Street Gallery. Todmorden They are a part of the Rare Things and Small Paintings exhibition. Four works painted at Blackpool North Sands, Bispham, Heysham and Humphries Head. Winter at Water Street is always a success.

Bispham oil on Board  30x30cm

Blackpool North Sands Oil on Boards 30 x 30 cm

Heysham Oil on Board 20 x 40cm

Humphries Head Oil on Board 20 x 40 cm

Thursday, 4 October 2018


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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Old Lancashire Hawthorne Turton and darwen Landscapes

High above Bolton and Blackburn or should I really say Turton and Darwen near Owshow Clough  is an old pit tramway that leads past a decaying and overgrown coal yard. The tram way goes in a straight line past a couple of pit heads and up parallel to a track. Alongside the track a group of 8 Hawthornes string in a line bent and twisted with age and the effect of wind.

According to an internet wicca site the Hawthorn, Crataegus oxyacantha, is the The May Tree Sixth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, May 13th June 9 Sixth consonant of the Ogham alphabet uath Huathe (Hoo-ah) - H  This Ogham symbol is used in Celtic Reiki and its essence represents the energy of cleansing and preparation. It clears the mind of negative thoughts and mental confusion, offering clarity. It gives patience and offers stillness. Hawthorn is burned to purify, and draw faery to your eye. The Hawthorne is a family favourite we always look forward to its show of creamy white flowers that dominant the landscape in May around our Pennine home. Here's the beginning of an acrylic painting that Im working on. Its a sort of joyful experiment which started by chance when I went on a high moorland walk u above Turton Lancashire.

For me they are a return to an old subject and a narrative of survival. The small drawings below are from my Lancashire Walks Sketch book. Today I've started on some larger acrylics and hope to post them. If anyone  has access to music on the hawthorn tree it would be great if you could share. I was drawn to the shapes of the trees, the way they followed the lads dip and the way that their dark shadows divided and dominated the expanse of moor. Rob

more coming soon