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MIGGINS STUDIO ARTS- Discover the Art of Brendan Miggins
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Moved in!
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Pink Floyd on (internet) Radio Paradise
Topic: My Life
Well... I have moved in. Now I just have to get settled. I got the computer up and running today... happy to be connected again.

More and better entries to come. Glad to be back.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 1:34 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:48 AM EST
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Saturday, November 13, 2004
Sketchbook page
Now Playing: silence
Topic: My Art

Sketchbook page showing ideas for several pieces, Brendan Miggins, 1996.

Still in the process of moving. It's slow going. I may be down for a while, as I make the transition to the internet connections at my new address. In the meantime, I've always loved this sketchbook entry, capturing several ideas at once. Thought that I'd share it with you all.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:11 PM EST
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Sunday, November 7, 2004
Long lost sketches from Rome
Now Playing: good old fashioned silence
Topic: My Art
Recently, I came across a long lost sketchbook from the year I spent in Rome (September 1984 through July of 1985). In them were some rather unfinished sketches, not my best, but nonethelsss have a nice quality to them. Just fresh, raw documentation. They were in a small spiral bound sketchbook that I bought one saturday when I was walking around the city. All the sketches were from this single day-long walk, stopping at points to document and spend time in various plazas and spaces. It was such a pleasure to see them again. They brought up long forgotten memories of that wonderful time I spent during my Junior year abroad.


Piazza del Pantheon, Brendan Miggins, 1985.



San Ivo, Brendan Miggins, 1985.



Roman Church and Piazza (I forgot!), Brendan Miggins, 1985.



The River Tiber looking toward the Vatican, Brendan Miggins, 1985.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, November 7, 2004 4:07 PM EST
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Thursday, November 4, 2004
Moving
Now Playing: Pulse radio out of London... link on the right side
Topic: My Life
I'm in the process of moving, so I will not be updating the blog for several days until I get to my new digs.

Be back soon.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 5:40 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:51 AM EST
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Tuesday, November 2, 2004
My friend Kim
Topic: My Life
I came across these sketches I made, of my friend Kim, during a trip to New Mexico. Kim... if you are out there I miss you! Be well!


Kim, Brendan Miggins, 1988.



Kim, Brendan Miggins, 1988.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:51 AM EST
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Flag Landscape No. 1
Topic: My Art
Today I came across this, my first official Flag Landscape. Over the years, I have developed this idea with countless variations. Nice to see where it all began. Incidentally, this is an abstracted New Mexico landscape.


Flag Landscape No. 1, Brendan Miggins, 1991.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:21 AM EST
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Monday, November 1, 2004
A special thank you to Lorna!
Topic: My Art
I want to extend special thanks to Lorna, one of my best clients. Lorna has purchased several of my works, and has been a great champion for me on eBay and other auction sites. She's offered me important advice on how to make it in the online auction world. I appreciate it very much. Thank you Lorna!

Here is a link to Lorna's wonderfully unique auction business, Chanel Gals.


I Am Becoming, Brendan Miggins, 2004.



Fasciculus No. 2, Brendan Miggins, 2004

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:16 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, November 4, 2004 5:50 PM EST
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Celebration of Democracy
Topic: My Art
This was the very first flag image that I ever painted. Loosely inspired from Jasper Johns, it was painted very quickly; created intuitively in the moment as many of my works are. Incidentally, this was my very first use of acrylic paints.

Over the years this image has become one of my favorites. I am posting it here today in celebration of our most American of traditions and rights. The right to vote. Everyone, please get out there tomorrow and vote with an informed mind.


Flag No. 1, Brendan Miggins, 1988.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 11:39 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 9:16 PM EST
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Blog update!
Topic: News & Information
Well, so far, I am very please with my blog.

I have been steadily collecting information to post over the last few weeks. It took me some time to get the layout right. I like where it's at now; and will look to tweak it in the future.

Yesterday, to christen the blog, I posted numerous entries that I had been compiling. There are more in the queue, waiting to go. As I said at the beginning, my intention is to post something daily, keeping this blog fresh, alive and dynamic.

My posts for the time being will be varied, covering a range of my work in art, design, and writing both current and past. I am an eclectic at heart, and the range and variety of my work reflects that.

PLEASE SEND ME FEEDBACK
I would like you to help add life to this blog. I appreciate any feedback, discussion, comments that you would like to share. Please, feel free to chime in whenever you like. Let's make this blog a dynamic and interesting place to discuss ideas, creativity, visions for the future and strategies to get there.

Join in the discusson!

Sincerely,
Brendan

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 10:30 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 9:20 PM EST
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In honor of Georgia
Topic: My Art
The artist Georgia O'Keefe has been a great influence in my life. Her unique art inspired new directions in mine, and continues to inspire me today. Her choice in making New Mexico her home influenced my own move there in 1990. Even though I moved back to my home state (Connecticut) in 1996, I still carry many of my New Mexican sensibilites with me to this day.

Georgia lived a great big life on those New Mexican plains. My life there was also very big, and so I miss New Mexico tremendously. Perhaps I will return one day to the Land of Enchantment. Time will tell.


Georgia, from a photograph, Brendan Miggins, 1990.



Self-portrait, Brendan Miggins, 1990.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 3:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:42 AM EST
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Knots
Topic: My Art
Recently, I have begun making studies of knots, in various shapes, patterns and combinations. Whenever I do these there is a sense of my being compelled to do them which I have found curious. Then I realized that, given my own ancestry, this makes perfect sense as an artistic subject. Namely that Celtic art had historically a fascination with the complex patterns and shapes of knots. Perhaps one of my own Irish ancestors had been one of those Celtic artists intricately illuminating those now unmistakable manuscripts?


Knot. No. 1, Brendan Miggins, 2004.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 2:33 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 9:10 PM EST
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Ethereal
Topic: My Art
Recently, I have been enjoying the process of rediscovering many of my early images, from the late 1980's and early 1990's.

The image below is a monotype print of a single rose. I did three different monotype images of that same rose in single afternoon. Each image had a slightly different interpretation of the subject, which subtly varied the compositions. Together the three, combined with the effect of the monotype printing process, had an ethereal quality; hence the name.

Two of these images sold. One remains in my possession. The image below is the very first one that I did, and sold in 1994. I will photograph the one I still have, and update this entry to include it. Unfortunately though, I do not have a photograph of the third one (now sold)....Shame on me!


Ethereal No. 1, Brendan Miggins, 1988.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 1:42 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, November 4, 2004 7:53 PM EST
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Sketch for bronze relief cast
Topic: My Art

Idea for a bronze relief cast, Brendan Miggins, 2004.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:34 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 2:37 AM EST
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Sunday, October 31, 2004
Old sketchbook entries
Topic: My Design
I was going through old sketchbooks today, ones from my years in New Mexico, and found some designs that I did for a line of silver bowls. These shapes kept appearing to me in my dreams and in my waking imagination. I had always wished to have these forged in silver and perhaps develop them into a full line, marketed in the manner that Elsa Peretti did for Tiffany's.

For now, they remain here in sketch form.


Silver Bowls, Brendan Miggins, 1991.



Silver Bowls, Brendan Miggins, 1991.



Silver Bowls, Brendan Miggins, 1991.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 9:10 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:22 AM EST
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Jib Jab
Topic: News & Information
In case you haven't already seen this, check out Jib Jab. It brings a little much needed lightness to the current political season.


CLICK HERE for Jib Jab


Posted by jazz/miggsart at 6:45 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:23 AM EST
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ARTIST STATEMENT
Topic: My Art
ARTIST STATEMENT

I have been an actively producing artist for over twenty years, during which time I have been exhibited and collected internationally. I am a largely self-taught artist. My professional education and training was in architectural design, for which I had an intensive interest since I was a young child. Born a natural explorer, I have always actively self-taught myself many disciplines that I was naturally drawn to including: art, architecture, interior design, graphic design, music composition and music production among others.

I create my images spontaneously and intuitively, oftentimes through meditation and prayer. My art is as much a spiritual practice as well as a livelihood. The sources of my imagery vary and come from both the inner and the outer worlds. My inward focused images occur as emotional, psychological and spiritual 'scapes. Those with a more outward focus occur as studies of natural phenomenon like lightning & the moment when lightning strikes, light reflections on the surface of water, the flickering of candlelight, etc.. I feel, I'm sure as many artists do, that I observe what others do not see. I believe my imagery strives to make the 'Unseen' seen, make the 'Invisible' visible.

Formally within my imagery, I enjoy studying the vibration of color and light, as well as the fluctuations of scale. Often my images appear both very, very large, and very, very small at the same time; occurring as simultaneous macrocosms and microcosms.

I use a variety of mediums including oil & acrylic paintings, watercolor, soft and oil pastels, monoprints, pencil charcoal, sculpture, and digital art. Currently I am working on several series of small works on paper in oil pastel and watercolor.

Thank you for your interest in my work.


Brendan T. Miggins


Awakening, Brendan Miggins, 1991.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 6:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, October 31, 2004 8:34 PM EDT
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THE WINDHOVER
Topic: My Life
I love this poem, its imagery, and the pure sound of it. Thanks Karen for sharing it with me.


THE WINDHOVER

I caught this morning morning?s minion, king-
dom of daylight?s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn falcon, in his riding.
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! Then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate?s heel sweep smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous. O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

-Gerard Manley Hopkins

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 6:24 PM EDT
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A Squibble
Mood:  happy
Topic: My Art
I came across this cute little drawing that I did about 14 years ago. It's the first of my 'Squibbles' as I call them... cute, little, drawings that are bright and cheerful. Enjoy!


Squibble No. 1- Good Morning
Brendan Miggins, 1990.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 6:08 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:25 AM EST
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The Collinsville Chalkwalk
Mood:  bright
Topic: My Life
This is a photograph of the entry that my friend, Sue Bradley, and I did for our town's newest event, the First Annual Collinsville Chalkwalk. My town, Collinsville, is a very cool little artist community, nestled in Connecticut's picturesque Farmington River Valley. I've lived here for over four years now, and am having to leave for various reasons. Needless to say, I'm not that happy about moving, but I'm convinced that good things will happen for me out of doing so.

In the midst of my packing and moving, I came across this image reminding me of happy times here, and wanted to share it with you.

... Sue, if you see this, you are in my thoughts and my prayers always. Wishing you a speedy recovery.


Collinsville Chalkwalk Entry, Sue Bradley and Brendan Miggins, 2004.


Posted by jazz/miggsart at 5:55 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:28 AM EST
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Special thanks to my Mom & Dad...
Topic: My Life
... whom I love dearly. I want to thank them for all the support they have given me through my life, and particularly in the last few months.

Mom & Dad you are my heroes!


Portrait of John & Helen, Brendan Miggins, 2004.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 4:54 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:29 AM EST
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