Monday, March 8, 2021

BORED LLAMAS no energy to create (From graphite pencil to outline silhouette to digital creation).



 Driving yourself to create something by inspiration may seem a simple task but to continuing creating every day is a self-discipline that needs to be acquired. Every day  is a new day and a new opportunity to try something new, to explore and experiment on those giving talents and learned skills you are honing, and while you dare … have fun in the process.

 This video will walk you through my experience in not feeling the creative bug nor energy to work on my multiple pending projects laying on my art studio; the solution: To grabs my sketchbook and force myself to do few llama sketches on pencil and then outlined with micron pen ink, finally to scanned them and play with the outlined sketches digitally in photoshop. Hope you like the results.

Real time artist sketching llamas.

https://youtu.be/JKyPFhAkrAQ




Sketch book. 

Eraser brand used: Vanish - Four in One Eraser. 

Pencil drawing: Blick’s studio2B

Pigma Micron 08 archival ink.


www.inesmiller.com



Llamas Peruvian

 llamas alpacas

 standing llamas, 

laying down portrait llama

Llama tail 

 behind bud llama.

Ines Miller llama paintings

Inspiration llama drawing

Artist blockage sketch book magic

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Chinese Crested Dogs: Chinese Crested Dog dotted notebook - Chinese Crested Dog gift - Organizer - Journal Diary - (Mindfulness pocket notebook Log Book Gift few minutes a day diary).

 




Chinese Crested Dogs- Journal Diary sneak peek sample.





Amazon link to purchase Notebook journal Chinese Crested book:



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08X6C6Y9T


SIZE: 6 X 9
PAGES: 120 Pages (60 Sheets Front/Back)
PAPER SOFT COVER

• Five different whimsical Chinese crested dog inside designs on dotted interior pages

• Journal interior is an alternated combination of dotted and decorated pages.
Hairless Chinese Chrested Dog notebook journal design by Ines Miller.
• Soft cover binding; flexible and easy to carry in your purse, luggage or back pack.
• Generous space for creative self-expression, mindfulness journaling and reflective writing.
• Ines Miller is the publisher and designer of creative, artistic and unique journals.; perfect notebooks for taking notes, jotting lists, doodling, brainstorming, prayer and meditation journaling, writing in as a diary, to-do/shopping list or gift giving.

 

About the Author:
Ines Miller

Accomplished Professional visual artist, published fine artist and Painter.
Born in Acapulco — Mexico and residing in California since 1990.

She is an active member and supporter of local Art Associations in her area.
Ines Miller actively serves her local community and teaches art at local school to the youth sharing her love and basic principles of art.

Ines Miller is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums as oils, acrylics, graphite, color pencil, pen & ink & digital art painting. She has done many commissioned art work painting pet portraits.
Many of her art pieces had been prized with honors and awards, her art work is collected national and international, as far as Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

Ines’ art is inspired by her visions and dreams.
In more than many occasions, she has been referred to as a “surreal artist”, her art has been featured in children’s books, journals and an array of collectable notebooks.

Feel free to contact the author- artist Ines Miller with any questions.


Copyright © 2021 Ines Miller

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher.


Hairless Chinese chested dog

Notebooks Dog lover gift

Chinese crested book gifts journals

Animal lover dog lover 

crested mom’mindfulness  journals

Cute notebook dogs chins crested 

Kids journals children and teen journals 

Pocket diary chinese crested dog lover stationary

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Swimming Pig Ocean pig swimmer mini painting wall decor - Ines Miller art






My inspirations behind this whimsical painting of a pink pig swimming came from The natural place in The Bahamas, an inhabited Island  known as the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’ where feral pigs enjoy their every day swimming session. 
Tourists to this beautiful islands with turquoise waters are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, this place which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called through the times now and known as “Pig Beach”. 

 You can follow a long, I am providing a courtesy free sketch for you to try your own painting; You can enjoy the full creation creating this painting in my YouTube channel at: 


 Original art painting. 





Title: “Swimming Pig”
 Size: 5”5” X 1.5 thick wrapped canvas 
Cost: $55.00 
Shipping$ $7.50




Pig swimming, ocean swimming piggy 

Playful pig art

Pink piggy on water 

Swimmer pig

Playful swimming pig on ocean

Beach piggy swimmer

Curly tail pig swimmer

Ines Miller art

Pig art wall art

Pig swine swimming

Bahamas inspired pig swimming painting

Pig swimming Island painting

Mini painting pig swimmer

Pig swimming in ocean

Not so much Peppa pig swimming 

Painting tutorial for beginners

Free partners free printable  


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Walking with big sister rural country side original painting Home / wall decor - Ines Miller art



 Title: “Walking with big sister”




Acrylic painting on canvas - ORIGINAL  PAINTING


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Size 9”X12”

Price $150

Shipping $11.50






Charming country walk with two little sister on a dirt path rural road painting, where living a simple life is the joy of every day. Original painting creating in acrylics by artist  Ines Miller.



Child art painting

Original art painting by Ines Miller

Children on country rural field 

french country village girls holding hands art painting

home decor wall art original art by Ines Miller

 whimsical children art painting country field

Fine art budget friendly  price art paintings children girls in the dirt path



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Child with yellow raincoat on wooden deck- ducks on lake painting Small original painting 5X7 for sale


 Small original painting  5X7 done in acrylics.

 “ Friends at the Lake” 




Morning at the lake small child on yellow raincoat greeting his two duck friends.

Friendship comes in many forms and this small painting depicts the serenity on a wold where is so much needed nowadays.


Acrylic painting 

Size 5”X7” canvas panel

Year born 2021


Cost $45.00

Shipping $4.50




Child on rain coat

Child on lake dock

Water dock child and ducks

Yellow rain coat child and ducks

Child on Raincoat and water boots on deck 

Purple mist lake river 

Swimming ducks pair child on dock

Kid on his yellow raincoat

Early misty purple morning river ducks

Odd friendship

New friends ducks couple and child

5X7 painting panel

Original painting by Ines Miller

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Entrepreneurial Journal reflection for this Semester.



Closing our semester this week, it has been an incredible journey and wide opening experience as we touch every weekly assignment, planting the seed of entrepreneurial knowledge, risk, tactics and more. If I had one final lecture to share with a group of students on what I had learned from this curse I will share the following.

Keeping the habit of documenting your life journey; adopting this practice of keeping a journal  will allow you to look into a mirror, your own reflection, your own life and growth. Mirrors don’t lie and neither does your documented thoughts and growth. Write inside that journal your goals, dreams, how you feel, anything you consider important and also the unimportant trivial thing in life.

Life is an experiment and Thomas Edison quoted “ I haven’t failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that do not work” keep moving forward  despite any failures or difficult situations and aim  to follow the path of mastery.

  • My last bit of advice to someone wanting to begin the entrepreneur journey will be to encourage him/ her to

build an honest and heart open  relationship with God as he will enlighten the path for you to continue  your journey and life calling even in the midst of stormy and dark times.

D & C 103:36 “ All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness and prayers of faith”

 Don’t let your business run your life, listen to the people around you and learn to ask questions and learn to hear the answer to your questions. 


  • Some words of advice, direction, or caution would I leave here today.

Learn to manage life with the time we have is important. Don’t put in peril your  health, emotional level and your family at risk for the persuasion of unclear ventures. Always act with caution and awareness one small investment at the time as entrepreneurial success is not a set destination but a life journey to be enjoyed. 

Set and define your moral and ethical  guard rails and have them present your entire life, as success approaches you so the temptations and lurking waters of betrayal and immorality; you will be ready to recognized them and move away as quick as possible. Don’t consider them, don’t ponder on them, don’t even make them part of your thought. Discard them immediately and seek refuge in our Heavenly Father for strength and clarity of thought and heart. 

Dream big, have fun, enjoy the journey, spread happiness, help some one of many along the way and help future generations to learn through your life experience.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

A Journey of Gratitude fills our spirit before the continuation of our life travels.

 


 

 As we are wrapping up for the semester, the  main topic of this week was A Journey of Gratitude, compile with a full feast of articles with great insights and recommendations for the beginner entrepreneur  as the seasoned and experienced on the field of business ventures.

The video clip on" Avoiding the wrong Job" by Stan Christensen had a power message of encouragement and hope, as to encourage the viewer to find out what are we passionate about and the importance of choosing a job that is fun, and we enjoy. As  a majority of percentage of young graduated students are unable to venture right away in a business entrepreneur after leaving school, and having a firm  and clear visual of what our  long term goals and were we are heading will help to narrow down on a few good selections of jobs  that can help grown on the aspect we are heading toward.

 

We all at some point had landed on the wrong job or the not so conductive atmosphere that will help us thrive, it can be a difficult description to take as there is financial responsibilities that we have to meet and letting  go of that sense of financial security at times makes us take the wrong description on staying on these types of jobs.

On the other hand Larry North  on the Entrepreneur Hero video clip.

Christensen invites searching for  good mentors and the importance to do such action; learning and absorbing from good mentors will only bring beneficial results to our own personal progress where we have to find ways to implement that knowledge and put it into good use.




I am looking forward to keep implementing on what was learned this semester; I already put into practice some old concepts in this curse and have seen some improvements and this has sparkle new motivation within. I had indeed acquired new skills, this semester has been mind opening to  view my entrepreneurial life with a new and fresh set of eyes, I am now aware of different opportunities and dangers to be alert,  and how to take a curse of action in case presented. The concept of pursuing passion by exploiting my own talents brings more clarity to my over all-purpose and goal in life as individual and professional. Being aware of such talents and skills learned along the path of life had been mastered planned,  offered and presented at the right time and  opportunity thanks to my Heavenly Father and for such the last decision is up to me to acceptor His gift which by accepting such I am also accepting peace and contentment while pursuing my business ventures based on my skills and talents, the financial and monetary rewards do come once the balance is established.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

What is really business for?

                                             

 

    o Based on what you read in the first two pages (pages 3 and 4), why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?
The article What’s a Business for? Written by Charles Handy strongly mentions the increase in corruption and frauds in corporations; by keeping a high standard of morality; virtue and and integrity will made a business thrive in a healthy way.  As mention on his article people are natural drawn to do what is right, conceivably the corruption and corporate personal greed has gone so far that new generations may perceived as the normal model and Charles Handy mentions “ Playing the game according to the new rules”  being this the time to pulled back and evaluate our own standards and continue in how our business is running and how can we improve by turning back to the basis of providing a true and honest service to consumers and employees, enabling the door to make responsible decisions and maintaining highly ethical behavior. 
o According to Charles Handy, what is the “real justification” for the existence of businesses?
He mentions that the purpose of a business is to make a profit so that the business can do something more or better; being the “something” the real justification for the existence of the business. 
o What are two solutions proposed by Handy that you agree with? Why?
Business needs to take the lead in areas such as environmental and social sustainability; as is our moral commitment and responsibility as stewards in the care of their planet as a collective group we need to raise conscience and we will see the rewards of natural resources and healthy air and waters reflecting  into our own health improvement; also  the possibility to begin embracing the idea that long work is not necessarily practice in the work area. As productivity has shown in the last decades is not link to long and extensive hours in the place of work. By bringing the stress level down created by long commutes and hours in the place of work the individual can drive in health, problem solving and lead to a more balance and coordinated life. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

My Attitude on Money - The hiding monster under the rug.

 


My Attitude on Money


This week as assignments we read Attitude on Money by Stephen W. Gibson. I as the author Stephen W. Gibson share the  similar scope or lenses toward money;  I don’t believe money is evil but does,  when acquired, it emphasizes what the individual already is within; my husband for the contrary his opinion on money is completely seen in a different aspect and this is why some days in our home, money turns into the hiding monster under the rug.


  • What is your attitude toward money?

MY attitude toward money is  it is an instrument to accomplish certain goals, plans, dreams. I had always seen “money” as an exchanging and moving it around. It doesn’t belong to me; as I am only the instrument to reach for it and place  where it needs to be placed for needs or assistance of some sort. 



  What I like most of the money aspect is the freedom of thinking and material worrisome  that liberates you when in the right stage of mind. I had seen productivity flow and great projects had come to fruition when the economical aspect of everyday living is not the first thing in my mind. I know this is sometimes hard to explain to people that live in a day-to-day  basis without  knowing what they will bring to the table next day. One of the programs closed to my heart from the Church is the Self Reliance; this has been some of my favorites since early age and now that I see this same principles expanding to lessons online and apps is such a blessing to the world because is accessible and everyone can benefit of such teachings; such  a blessing to families in so much need to see beyond a scope that is been set from generations past.

 I had seen miracles taking from these lessons and teachings, I had witnessed the power of the Spirit and blessings of heavenly Father when these simple principles are followed with humbleness, faith and discipline.



  • How can your view of money affect the way you live?

I am conscious that we as  family only need so much to live a comfortable life; everything else is on savings or investment; if done properly this can generate enough sustainable income to help you serve and do other things around without worry about everyday first necessities for family or home.

We have a setup budget and when that budget is surpasses, we had learned to talk about its whiteout getting upset or frustrated. This approach  had to be learned as is very difficult in couples at times. The curse of Personal finances from the church helped my husband and I to progress on this aspect as his scope of money is completely different from mine …and that has been the challenge. 

I am teaching my son the basis of managing finances with prudence, managing money does require certain discipline as I had learned throughout my years and  not because income comes in, we must spend it right away. I had created a challenge for my son  to hold on his spending money the longest he can before making a purchase; most of the time that purchase that he expressed wanted so much, that impulsive action vanishes as time passes by while he keeps his money longer; he has the joy to be saving for college and seeing his “teen checking account” get bigger little by little throughout the year as he knows and has the understanding that he can make use of those funds any time. But once spend, they are gone and better be smart on or material  “wants”, “needs” and must to haves in life.  


  • What rules are recommended for prospering?

The article in this week talks about six rules for prospering and when  they are followed, we will feel and see blessings in our life:


Rule 1. Seek the Lord and have hope in him.

Rule2. Keep the commandments, that includes the temporal ones, tithing and fast offerings. 

Rule 3. Think about money and plan how you can become self-reliant.

 Rule 4. Take advantage of chances for learning so you will not be ignorant of these matters. Education, as President Hinckley has taught us, is the Key to Opportunity. 

Rule 5. Learn the laws upon which the blessings of wealth are predicated. 

Rule 6. Do not send away the naked, the hungry, the thirsty or the sick or those who are held captive.

Childhood dreams. Is your inner child still dreaming about what life might be?

 



    I believe Randy Pausch was able to achieve so many of his childhood dreams because he never stopped believing on them. A childhood dream is born from the heart with the sincerity and innocence of our true soul and identity. Life is harsh and full of unpredictables and if we are not careful  the connection with our childhood dreams gets broken or displaced with every passing day setting us a part from our true desires of our heart and heavenly nature. I  am one of those strange people who hasn’t burry her inner child; I talk to my inner child in a daily basis, I let it play and be silly and let her be the natural jokester she is.  I let my inner child  express her fears and urge her in overcoming her insecurities. Some might call her as part of my split personality, I call her my” inner child”. I believe in dreams and they do come true; I had more than a hand full of experiences to share but I only have 300 words  or so to use for my business class assignment

     When I was 7 years old, my mom would take me to visit my deceased dad’s mom ( My Gramma #1) as I called her, Grandma #1  had in her big Spanish court-yard a very large rounded cage with a scarlet macaw inside. During my visit  she will mark a safety parameter around the cage where I could safely enjoy this magnificent parrot and heard him sign and talk silly words. I wanted to hold him so anxiously but I was never allowed, I was comforted by sitting at the edge of the chalk rim my grandma #1 drew for me and spend long hours just admiring this magnificent bird. I want it one; as a child that young  wanted to have a parrot as beautiful as that one was. Life when on, soon teen and then a young adult I left home to another city … out of state. I found a job and a mentor that will train me in administration and accounting back then where the excel sheets where done by hand. This corporation had three divisions, float fishing, hotel and restaurant.  I was advance to human resources and I was in charge of payroll and taxes of the employees. From time to time I will go down the restaurant area and visit; they had exotic birds; yes; beautiful scarlet macaws and blue and gold and an assortment of amazon parrots. My inner child loved to visit any time we had after our office hours. The owner  noticed my affinity to the parrots and brought one of his macaws to keep me company at my office for the following two years, that beautiful parrot  was my assistant beside my desk. I left my job and city behind  when I got married and moved to USA as my husband is from California; we rented an apartment and for our weekend we will go to the movies but  we would stop by the pet store before entering the movies as it was really closed in the same shopping center. They had the most beautiful blue and gold macaw for sale. The price was exorbitant and we were just happy the owner let us mingle there until one day she was gone. The bird had a new home and I was happy for the parrot but  heart-broken.

 

    Life in the USA went as fast as we know it can get, getting busy and learning new things. My inner child  kept those parrot memories to herself and didn’t mentioned them for a decade. I had the opportunity to work in an Animal Hospital as a front and back assistant. Years into my new career a woman brought a two days old chick who had been injured and  wanted to put it to sleep. One of the older chicks had mutilated his  toe and he had some skin injuries. Eyes closed this ugly featherless chick demanded food.  We prepared a warm parrot formula and fed him while the doctor talked to the owner. The owner agreed to release the chick to the hospital and we would do our best for the chick to survive.

After the owner left the doctor called me to his office and asked me if I  wanted to take the bird home. He/she needed to be fed every 2 hours and kept warm with latex gloves filled with warm water as the little chick was too tiny for a heating pad  and uneven temperatures could kill her. He told me I could use the facility equipment to keep her int he incubator while I work without any charge. He also mentioned the very low rate for survival he / she had.

Without hesitation I accepted to adopt “ little ugly chicken” that became my precious harlequin macaw.

When my macaw got older and stronger, we  ran a DNA test and turned out  being a female now 27 years old,  she sings, is silly and a brat at times. Loves to get inside the pantry and create a big mess there is she is not caught soon enough.


    I today a total of four rescued parrots now an umbrella cockatoo, African gray, harlequin macaw and a sun conure and they will probably outlive me, I play with them every day by singing and dancing  every day. They bring such joy to my spirit and I am grateful for the opportunity given to finally hold my own large colorful parrot on my arm thanks to the living dream my inner child kept in her heart while I was busy going thru life becoming an adult.

 


 


BORED LLAMAS no energy to create (From graphite pencil to outline silhouette to digital creation).

  Driving yourself to create something by inspiration may seem a simple task but to continuing creating every day is a self-discipline that ...