Long-time Sawdust Art Festival artist and exhibitor, Douglas Miller created his 10,000th original acrylic painting this year, which is currently on display at the 42nd annual summer show. The six-by-eight-inch canvas, entitled “In My Studio, the Water Jar in Pot, Shells, and a Painting,” which accurately describes the art piece, represents Miller’s growth and development as a veteran Laguna Beach artist.
Following Picasso’s prolific spirit, Miller has produced 10,158 paintings, and has reached this extraordinary number by dedicating a portion of each day – since December of 1994 – to his painting. Miller, whether sick or on vacation, said this has helped him become not only a better artist but a painter with great insight.
“I gain more fluidity by painting so many. I am faster at what I do. I know what colors to use and often know what the painting will look like before it’s done.” Comparing his first painting to his 10,000th, Miller acknowledges his artwork has become more colorful, alive and detailed during that time.