Terry Miura • Studio Notes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Holton Frames

Here are more paintings from the upcoming Holton Show. 

Not only do Tim Holton's beautiful frames really enhance my paintings, I'm also truly appreciating the term "custom framing" 

You see, in crafting these frames, every decision along the process - from selecting the type of wood, the grain, texture, color... everything! – is made specifically for each painting. If you look at the above frame, for example, and notice how the grain pattern on the bottom seem to echo and continue the waterway's path in my painting, that's not an accident. That piece of wood was selected specifically for that purpose.

The lighter finish and the carved texture on this one echoes the colors and the paint stroke quality in the painting. That's not an accident either. Tim didn't just pick a moulding off a shelf, he carved it in response to the painting. That's custom framing.

I love how the textured double row on the inside part of the frame echoes the two eucalypti, surrounded by the smooth sky. Coincidence? No, it's design.

If you'll look at each of the pieces in my previous post, you'll notice the decisions Tim made for each painting. Sometimes they're about color, sometimes they're about patterns, and sometimes they're about texture. Sometimes, it's about things that I, as the painter, don't even know to think about, but the frame maker considers with great care and attention. Often it's readily visible. Other times, the effect is much subtler. But it all adds up to a beautiful and thoughtful presentation of each painting as a unique piece of art.

I can't wait to see what Tim did to Erik's paintings!

Terry Miura & Erik Tiemens
New California Landscapes

5515 Doyle Street, Emerymille, CA

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 4 - 6pm

See you at the opening!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holton Show - This SATURDAY!

My exhibition with Erik Tiemens opens this Saturday at the Holton Studio Gallery in Emeryville!

I thought I'd share shots of some of the paintings in Tim Holton's awesome frames - they really make my paintings look grown up, don't they?

Come to the opening!!

Terry Miura & Erik Tiemens:
New California Landscapes

The Holton Studio Gallery
5515 Doyle Street, Emeryville CA

Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 1st, 4 - 6pm

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Some New Figures

Nuances, 24 x 20, oil on linen

Today I want to share with you some of my recent figure paintings. I have been playing with dark backgrounds lately, and these are a few of the successful ones. 

The one up top is a larger canvas – 24 x 20 inches. Most of my figure paintings are around 12 x 16 right now, but as I become more comfortable with the current process, it is starting to get bigger. 

I did struggle with this one, however. I've painted it over several times in the past six months or so. Each time I ended up wiping and scraping a part or all of it, in frustration. A few of the incarnations had very light backgrounds, a few had more color, more anatomical definition, and a few had a very much darker feel over all. 

I finally ended up with something I'm happy with. Often we marvel at precision and apparent ease of execution exhibited by skilled painters, realistic or expressive. I appreciate those too, but with my own work I'm drawn to signs of struggle. I want to see on my canvas how I pushed and pulled, worked it to death, and brought it back to life. I want to see, as it were, the footsteps of the journey.

Because for me, the story of the journey is always more interesting than what was achieved in the end. 

Still, 12 x 9, oil on panel

Still was painted from a model, as opposed to Nuances, which was painted using a 2-minute drawing as reference. The drawing was done from a model some years ago. Notice the dynamic pose in Nuances– a model could never hold a pose like that for 20 minutes!

Typically, when I'm working from a model, the first couple of hours produce a very traditional looking painting, more conservative and representational handling of colors, values, drawing, etc.  Not so much abstraction and certainly not as much expression.

And then, once all the information is in, I begin to deconstruct, losing edges, re-drawing, cutting loose with strokes that have no relevance to what I'm actually seeing. At the end of a three hour session, my paintings are usually just beginning to suggest what the end product might look like.

And then I put in a few more hours (or days, or weeks...it's not a cut and dry process) in the studio, away from the model.

Don't Be Afraid–It's Just Bill, 20 x 16, oil on linen

This one is what I call an accidental portrait. I worked with a model, as is my M.O., I didn't bother to give it recognizable facial features.  When I finished, it reminded me of someone I knew, but I couldn't put a finger on it. Bugged me for weeks!  And then recently My friend Bill Wray posted on Facebook something to the effect of being startled by a thug appearing in the doorway of his studio, but it turned out to be  his own reflection in the mirror, and it hit me; my painting looks like Bill!

Nuances and Still will be going to Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston. If you're interested in adding these to your collection, please contact the gallery.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Terry Miura and Erik Tiemens: New California Landscapes

I am happy to announce a very special exhibition, Terry Miura and Erik Tiemens - New California Landscapes, opening December 1st at The Holton Studio Gallery in Emeryville!

If you are a fan of landscape painting, you are probably already familiar with the work of my good friend, the phenomenally talented Erik Tiemens. If you're not, you should be. Go check it out on his website; Watersketch.com.

Erik and I were classmates at Art Center College of Design way back in the late eighties. Since school, he went on to work in the movie industry, and I worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines and book publishers.

Here we are, more than twenty years later, painting California landscapes, and showing together. I'm really excited about this show because my respect for his extraordinary talent goes way back. Having him as a classmate always made me try harder, and goddamnit, he's still doing that to me. But joking aside, it's an honor to be showing with Erik, and I can't wait to see them all framed and hung!

Speaking of frames, every single one of the paintings in the show will be framed by Tim Holton's beautiful hand-crafted frames. They show off our tonalist, historically-flavored landscapes beautifully. It really is a three-person show~!

The exhibition opens Saturday, December 1st, at The Holton Studio Gallery in Emeryville. You're all invited to the reception - I hope you can make it!

The Holton Studio Gallery
5510 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA

Reception: Saturday December 1st, 4 - 6pm