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MIGGINS STUDIO ARTS- Discover the Art of Brendan Miggins
Monday, March 21, 2005
My New Rendering Business
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: silence
Topic: My Art
For a while now, I have been entertaining the idea of starting a home rendering business, but never knew quite how to approach it. Very recently, I had the idea of marketing this service directly to realtors, who may offer home renderings as gifts to their clients at home closings. As I see it there could potentially be a very high demand for good quality renderings in his kind of market, and even national sales ability if I use the internet as a sales tool. Over the weekend I spoke to my neighbor Ann King, who is a top-notch realtor with Prestige Properties. She was very encouraging of this idea.

Currently, I am developing a group of rendering types and a price structure. I will offer both watercolor and pen & ink renderings. Perhaps other types in the future. I am in the process of developing samples of the watercolor renderings, but recently I came across this pen which will serve as my model (at least technically) for my pen & ink home renderings.

My plan is to market to realtors, have a web presence marketing through Craiglist, and maybe Ebay, Overstock, or other art auction sites. Hopefully, I will be able to get a secondary market as well, of referrals from the realtor's clients who received the renderings.

I will be creating a website with samples, prices, and a way for people to order. Until then, you can Contact me to discuss.




P.S. This style of drawing comes directly from my training as an architect. I realize that it's quite a different style of drawing from my chosen style of expressive artwork. But, as Andy Warhol would say, an artist doesn't have to be just one thing. Picasso could draw in a very detailed "tradtional" style. But it's not what his soul was crying out for ultimately.

I actually enjoy both styles of drawings. For me they each provide very different personal benefits that the other does not. So I think I can have the best of both worlds this way. In the meantime, it would be really nice to get paid to do it.

Image Copyright 1982 Brendan Miggins. All Rights Reserved.




Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:34 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:25 PM EDT
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Lightning Studies
Topic: My Art
This is one of the earliest images in my Lightning Studies series. To date none of the images in this series have been available for public sale. I will begin offering this and other images for sale shortly. Keep an eye out for the link to my gallery pages (currently under construciton) in the next few weeks.


Lightning No. 1, Brendan Miggins, 1996.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 8:14 PM EST
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Friday, March 4, 2005
My Brother Jay & 50 Cent, My Neighbor
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: WONK Radio: http://www.soundclick.com/stations/stations.cfm?id=155620
Topic: News & Information
My brother Jay works for Uni records. Recently he organized an in-store appearance (in Boston) for rapper 50 Cent. Jay said he was quite impressed with him as a person. Apparently at the store he gave a very compelling talk about his life and experiences. Both Jay's experience and my seeing an interview that 50 Cent gave recently (again very impressive) makes me question the validity of reports I hear about his current involvement with gangs, guns, and shootings.

50 cent also happens to be my neighbor. He lives in Mike Tyson's old house up on the mountain here in my town, Farmington, CT. Okay, I call him my neighbor even though I have never actually met him. ('Neighbor' is really about locale anyway, not relationship. And I'm sure there are many neighbors that you've never met either... so stop snickering.) Now since 50 Cent doesn't even know me, I, of course, was not invited to the huge party that he recently threw at his house on the hill. Celebrities and artists alike came to celebrate the debut of his new album. Reports said that Missy Elliot attended, who I think is a brilliant artist and producer. MTV was there as well to film the festivities, which will be featured on an upcoming special about his new album.

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50 Cent with my brother Jay
recently in Boston.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 11:54 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2005 9:15 AM EST
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Listen to our music online
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: the hum of the computer
Topic: My Music
Here is some music that my brother Terry and I have been working on. Give it a listen.

Posted by jazz/miggsart at 9:10 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:49 AM EST
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Recent Image from the Waterlight Series
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: My Art
A recent image from my Waterlight Series. This one was inspired regular walks along the Farmington River.


Riverlight No. 2, Brendan Miggins, 2004


Posted by jazz/miggsart at 11:01 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:47 AM EST
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
An Instant Classic
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Dance Me to the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux
Topic: My Life
In case you all haven't heard of her yet, I just wanted to recommend the latest CD by Madeleine Peyroux... my latest favorite and an instant classic. You don't often find albums in which every track is is brilliant. Her voice is a beautiful combination of Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald with a little bit of Josephine Baker thrown in. You can listen to portions of the tracks on her website here.

Here is a link to an interview on NPR's weekend edition. You can listen to 3 full length songs from links from that page in addtion to the interview itself.

Watch out Norah Jones... you have some swift competition!





Posted by jazz/miggsart at 6:21 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, December 8, 2004 8:14 AM EST
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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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