This Painted piano entitled ‘Serenity’ was created for the public to play, make memories and enjoy. Visit it at its location at the Kenmore gazebo (4 Delaware Ave. Kenmore NY, in front of Spot Coffee.
The project was commissioned by D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home and sponsored by Miller Piano Service and Lamb & Lion Studios.
I had the joy of completing a figurative oil painting of a playful child on the face of the piano and repainting the rest of the piano, giving the piano a new life.
Scroll down to see a few pictures of the progression and pictures of some of the children who got to experience the painted piano.
With the Kenmore location being a family friendly place and I, being so driven to paint children, giving them a voice, I knew the perfect young girl for the painting, one with the most playful spirit who loves to sing and dance. I told her to imagine that she could portray such insight to the world if she looked as if she was dancing for and looking only at God with all the love she had for Him. She posed for me from life and for multiple reference photographs.
Amidst the process of the painting, I thought of her and many other children and family’s in the world, struggling to find joy and meaning. I can see it in her eyes, the meaning of life, not found in ourselves. A selfish pride is fleeting by a selfless love never fails. If I could offer hope to all people through the eyes of a little girl immersed in the appreciation, joy and serenity of Gods glory.
The painting progressing in my studio
Sponsors for 'Serenity' Painted Piano for Kenmore NY
I had the privilege and honor to attend the Portrait Society of America Conference for the second time. this time winning a scholarship to attend in Atlanta GA last week. A wonderful organization whose purpose is not only to enhance an understanding of the practice, techniques and applications of fine art portraiture and figurative works and making a difference in the world through painting in combination with great character, immensely talented and hard working, humble, generous, friendly people bringing others to a see the world through the eyes of faith, love and appreciation for people as they express that in their paintings as well as relationships. I am blessed to touch base with friends from out of state and meet many more fabulous people and artists with faith and purpose.
The conference was so inspiring, anyone interested in fine art painting and portraiture would benefit to attend, with master artists from all over the world doing demonstrations, sharing story's, education and insights to being an artist or a portrait painter today. Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler Michael Shane Neil, John Howard Sanden and Richard Schmit, celebrated and accomplished masters and educators in traditional painting who persevered and stayed true to their convictions of what they believed to be true of fine painting, humbly looking to masters such as John Singer Sargent and Norman Rochwell in contrast to what was popular in the art market at their time, but now reviving an appreciation for traditional portraiture a higher quality of character and purpose. Art reflects the character of our generation. Traditional painting through immense hard work, patience, humility and love comes people of that character.
Being so captivated by painting children lately, of course I took the class on a child's portrait with Michael Shane Neil, whose life changed when having a child, like myself a mother, fell in love with painting children. He did a demonstration on stage painting his daughter Lily K. As most of us couldn't imagine a child sitting still and posing from life for a painting, Michael Shane Neil has had great success with it.
This artist cares deeply for his subjects, spending time getting to know and love them is a significant part of painting their portrait. As I can relate when painting my nieces and nephews from life when I can, Is so much fun, the interaction with them in person and my love and appreciation for them is more intense then just looking at a photograph alone. I also find It to be an important part of the commission process to take the time to spend getting to know the child I am painting, playing with them, talking to them like a person with a unique personality and characteristics. The purpose of an artist is to express their subject out of love so the world can see and appreciate them in a new way.
I was also moved by Michelle Dunaway's personal story of faith in her lecture at the conference. As I could strongly relate to her as she spoke of Gods influence in her life and career as an artist. Her father had a stroke and she gave up her career and painting to take care of her father, continuing to seek God, she felt him prompting her to start painting again, specifically her painting 'Jane Seymours daughters' in which was immediately purchased on completion and won an award at the Portrait Society's international competition, bringing about many more commissions for her. Without faith in Christ, putting a love for him and others first, she would not be where she is now, successful in her career as well.
Last but not least, I want to mention my awesome and incredibly supportive husband, William came to the conference with me, sharing the same appreciation for God, art and people. He restored an adorable vintage camper that we traveled in to the conference. We met the NYS ambassador, Patricia for the PSOA and plan on working together, to enhance traditional portraiture in our state. Get in touch if you are interested in the Portrait Society.
view competition winners and get more info on the PSOA Website.
watch videos and see more pictures on their facebook page
'He has Chosen you.. and brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.' 1 Peter 2:9
I'm so honored to have been inspired by God to complete this painting for this rapidly growing, incredible ministry that I love, The CareNet Pregnancy Center in Lockport, NY. The CareNet Pregnancy Center's mission is 'To affirm the value of life by providing compassionate per council, truthful resources, practical assistance, and the hope of Christ to those experiencing pregnancy related decisions.' This nonprofit organization offers free services such as pregnancy tests, Ultrasounds and much more for those in need. They were a blessing to me when I had my son, Donny. This is a picture of William and I with the director, Cindra Enzinna with the painting at their annual banquet Oct. 6,2016 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, NY where the painting was shown for the first time. I'm humbled to be able to tell my story by the grace and presence of God in my life and have it speak to others and moved others to tears. [My story below]
A song by Jesus Culture [below] spoke to me during the process of the painting, which is part of my self portrait series. This painting 'Chosen' was the time in my life when I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant, followed by a battle for custody of my son a few years later.
Christ reached out to me through The CareNet Pregnancy Center and brought me hope during a hopeless time. When I chose to reach out to Christ, He met me in a dream and a whisper 'trust me'. He had my baby safe in His hand.
I hope this painting will bring hope to those men, women and children in need suffering or struggling with trials surrounding unexpected pregnancies, the birth, life or loss of a child. To shine light on the heart of Christ who wants us to cast our cares on Him, find grace, forgiveness and experience His goodness. He is a God who wants to be close to the brokenhearted. As you see in the scar on His hand, He is not too far not to empathize with our weakness, pain or suffering, He experienced it himself for us on the cross so we could have a close relationship with Him and eternal life, where all things will be made right, If we put our trust in Him.
I now realize the mystery is that, though unworthy, He has chosen me, my family, my son, Donny, my husband, William and all those who cry out to Him to be part of His great plan and purpose, to live the heart of God, to love the least of these. ~Lamb & Lion Studios ~ Christine Miller
'He has Chosen you..and brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.' 1 Peter 2:9
I am so honored to both have my painting 'Beyond Waters Deep' be accepted into the Salmagundi Clubs Annual Open Painting & Sculpture Exhibit & to Win the 'Katlan Family Seascape Award'! The Salmagundi Club is an fabulous & friendly Gallery in Manhattan NY, We had an amazing time meeting so many wonderful people here! My story behind this painting is in the song to your right 'Where feet may fail'
Here I am again honored to have my horse pastel paintings 'Hope' & 'Steadfast'
at the Animal & Wildlife Exhibition, Mills Pond Gallery in Long Island NY.
So much beautiful work and beautiful people...
Here are a few pictures of other incredible work and a few of my new friends, Allison & Tim Newton.
William & I also got to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and study the masterworks.
Here we are in front of a one of the greatest images of young romance, painted by Pierre-Auguste Cot.
Find The 'Story of Springtime' written by Fred Ross, Art Renewal Center.
We had a wonderful time at the Lockport Chalk Festival this past weekend, talking and hanging out with friends and making new ones while painting my model and dear friend, Amber. My son got to work on some chalk art along side me painting which was awesome, turns out he got more customers than I did! :/ :)
This past Christmas Show was inspired through this first painting of Jesus! Raising money through the proceeds from the show to donate to the poorest children in the world through Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child.
It is truly more blessed to give then to receive!
This is just the beginning of plans to become a ministry in helping the poor & needy through paintings, & a series of work painting Jesus. Inspired by God to paint Jesus & dedicate the painting & this Christmas show back to God while dedicating my life to the mission in Matthew 26:31-40
I wrote this poem in response to this painting & what Jesus was saying in these verses. Come to future shows, there will be another one coming up at Easter time & hear more of the stories behind the work.
I'm posting a few more of my recent pastel work and demonstrations completed from my summer shows. It was a blessed time meeting such amazing people. A strong sense of familiarity, personality and emotion was expressed about my work on display. So many exciting stories, some teary eyed and moved by our conversations, my vision and the people in my portraits. I am honored by the many comments from people who saw the masters in my work. All the master's I so much admire, Sargent, Cassatt, Michelangelo and more. How amazing, I give God the glory. As I seek Him, His plan and divine moments unfold. The first pastel 'Gift from God' is also a study for a conceptual painting I will be doing this year. Stay posted for more of that story to come. God is doing great things and I couldn't be more excited as to what comes next.
I am honored to have been commissioned to paint the lovely and beautiful mother and daughter, 'Marilyn & Andy'. Then invited to show and unveil the painting at the 'Wilson Wine & Art Festival' this past weekend. As if that's not enough, I am thrilled to have won the 'Best of Show' award at the festival.
When Marilyn first commissioned me, she told me she was going on a trip to Italy with her daughter. We worked together with the furniture and colors in the painting to remember Italy. Marilyn also wore her mothers ring to make her a part of the piece reflecting her desire to celebrate their family heritage. She wanted to reflect what she was passing on to her daughter, Andrea, the strong one now taking on the world.
I still didn't know Marilyn and Andrea all that well so I pray to the one who sees the internal, hearts and minds. I pray God would work and speak through my painting so I give Him the highest praise
When Marilyn first saw her painting she said "Its breathtaking, No one could have captured the emotion and meaning that this portrait conveys, we will cherish it forever." She cryed and told me she was fascinated how when she looked at them in the painting, she could see her and her daughters' own thoughts and feelings that it blew her away. This is the power of God I say.