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This week I chose to write my paper on a painting by a local man named Doug Miller. He began his professional art career in 1981 in Leavenworth, Washington, painting the spectacular landscape of the North Cascade Mountain Range. The rugged wilderness and plentiful wildlife of the Northwest inspired many of his earlier paintings. Much of his work is displayed in his own gallery, Doug Miller Gallery, located in the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth. Doug’s paintings have been acknowledged for numerous awards in Northwest art shows that he attends, including the former Arts for the Parks competition, held annually in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Collectors often remark that his paintings are peaceful and serene; they exhibit a depth that “makes you feel like you can escape into the painting.” In this painting, there are pink carnations, with green stems and are hanging in the air or are baseless. The pink color of the flowers is bright while the foreground color is a subdued brown. The background color ranges from a smudgy yellow to a light green. The shape of the painting is asymmetrical, and the texture of the flowers, foreground, and background is rough. There is a bunch of pink carnations with green stems. The landscape of the painting is indoors because there is no source of light, and the bunch has been suspended in the air. The color of the background is light green with some elements of yellow, and it creates an illusion of a light-source. The orange and green colors are very intense. The colors of the carnations contrast with the subdued brown color that is in the foreground and is acting as a "base" to the carnations. The lines of the painting are well defined. Although the flowers are asymmetrical, the artist has tried to create an element of balance by placing them almost at the middle of the painting, and through the mixing of intense and dark colors.…...

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