Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Abstract Painting with Form and Structure

Inner Core.  oil on canvas. 6 x 8 inches. 2014.  SOLD

Wished to talk about this painting. 

The internal form. 
A cross.
An I beam.  Building a dream. An architecture of the soul. 
An internal compass.
A freedom on self.
a release 
a spinal cord
navigation. north, south, east, west
the expansion of the body and mind
inner light, cold white winter bones.
two x three mathematics
find a home 
with no house
a bird nest has no roof
no walls 
warm embrace 
alone and centered
balance breaking out off the edges of the space
an optimistic friendship 
a portrait of a soul. 

thank you for taking the time to read this.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Moving forward... Lot for Sale

Moving Forward.
Sometimes walls present themselves. So you have to find ways to continue. 
The City of Ottawa forced me to close the gallery... In short... I had too many people coming to the gallery and failed to confine myself to the at home business rules and regulations. 

My 18 year relationship / marriage ended six months before the gallery was forced to shut.  So I was dealing with a lot.

With losing the gallery... I lost my business and source of income.  I had a 3700 square foot home... that was a big elephant.  Immediately I decided to convert my home in to a duplex.  That way I could afford to stay here and not bleed.  And it would turn this elephant into an investment property.  So later down the road I would increase my number of rental units.  Currently I have 4 rental incomes. 
I spent two plus months converting the building into a duplex.  I built a bathroom and a kitchen downstairs where the main gallery space was.. And in two and a half months I managed to rent the downstairs out. 
I took a year off to focus on life, love and art.  So I enjoyed painting. Spending time with a beautiful woman (now together for 9 months), did many paintings, and spent quality time with my daughter. I also built her a really nice play house in the back yard. 
Once I stabilized my home and heart.  It was time to push forward with my dreams.  Art Gallery... Art Space. 
Money... need money to make this dream.
The gallery property has a double lot.  If I remove a section of the house. And clear one of the two lots... I can sell the land. So it was time to demolish a large section of the property. 
See below images.

 this was not enjoyable

 All the electrical was in the old section of the building
So all the electrical panels had to be replaced and moved.   

one of the many electrical upgrades

I used a few basic tools to cut up and remove the house. 
This took two plus months.
But it save me about twenty thousand dollars to do this work myself rather than hire a company. 


If you see the large wood pile in the back of the photo
I put an add on the internet... Free Wood
14 large loads were collected by people.
They used the lumber to burn to heat their homes. 
And it saved me from taking it to the dump... and save me money.

It was a rush to get the project completed before the snow and cold settled in. 
But it all got done and done.

Once I sell the vacant lot... I will some funds to work with... and find a new location for the gallery.
If you know a developer, real estate agent, individual or family that wishes to build their dream home in Hintonburg...... As a PRIZE... I will give YOU (+ plus one guest)
FREE admission to the gallery for LIFE.
VIP membership to the gallery, all the parties, and all the events for free for life.
So please help Art. Please help me Dream. 
one of the gallery openings.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Selling your Art.... Sold Painting

Heart Beat.  oil on canvas. 48 x 72 inches.  Sold
artist - Patrick John Mills 

Sold - Painting has New home
video talks about the painting

The below are words from the owner of Heart Beat Painting

 part of an email from client .......
LOVE is a small word, but it is all I know that could approximate my connection to it...exactly the impact I was dreaming of.
Talking about dreams, parts of it are glowing in my living room in the dark...and this ain't a dream, I'd rather not sleep not to miss a Beat.


The poem was written by the owner of the painting... in her response to the painting
Titled: Heart Beats
My heart beats
eyes screaming
that's all I feel

a magic pill
skin breathing, still
mind whispering

words have no meaning
if I steal
your pain and suffering

is it real
lost souls wondering, but
what is real

time passes by
lower the bar
become substandard

and the sun rises
a hidden blue wall

poem written by Annie - 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just In Time Art Show

Untitled by Patrick John Mills

Just in time for people in the market for some tasteful art.

Held today at the Orange Hall on Rosemount Ave. in Ottawa, there was a selection to suit everyone's taste and budget. In fact, budget was not even in the mix as of the hundred-odd pieces available, most were priced under $50 and the majority, $20 to $35.

The idea to do this art sale arose from art journalist, Mike Levin, and his family.

Money made was donated to the H'Art program for developmentally delayed people in an art program at the Bronson Centre.

The Silent Auction items had reserve bids on them but there was no frenzy so it you wanted the painting above by Patrick John Mills valued at $1,800, there was a reserve bid on it of $300 so you could have been very lucky.

My GUITARABESQUE acoustic guitar case below was valued at $700 with a reserve of $200.

Here is an overview of the Hall. Above, from the Silent Auction location on the stage and to the left, from the entrance.