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march flowers | 586

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of course I'll hurt you | 585

I read this on a blog and it stuck....accepting the risk of winter. I like that.

Real relationships include the good and the bad.
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crazy adventure | 584

#illustratedtype
Have you ever been asked to go on a crazy adventure?

I just read Donald Miller's new book, Scary Close and it's about living a good story.

I'm ready for a new adventure!
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green flowers | 583

I'm loving the play between the colors of this design. I think it would be lovely as a print framed up with a white matte in a black frame.

It has a calming effect :)

I'm re-reading one of my favorite books. I never rarely read  books twice but I get something new every time I read this book.

Insider tip: Watch the movie Blue like Jazz and then read this book.

Loving this TED talk.
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purple tulip | 582

A beautiful simple design today. In 2014 I bought myself flowers every week at the farmers market.

I loved the effect it had on my home and my heart.

Hoping you will buy yourself flowers too :)
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black and white flower print | 581

hand drawn flowers
It's stormy outside today so black and white flowers seemed perfect.

I am thankful today for time spent with friends who inspire me :) Celebrate!
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Ira Glass




If you feel like giving up on your creative life or project, watch this. It's short and powerful.
This is a video by Ira glass on the creative process.
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Baubauhaus

places to submit artwork
Two guys from Romania sharing inspiring artwork. Baubauhaus.

Another great place to show your work. Look on their about me page to see how to submit your artwork.
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Congratulation | 580

hand lettering from www.janaleemiller.com
Here is the finished design from the sketch I shared.
I love Illustrator because I can keep the design rough or smooth lines out.

And I can color it different ways without redrawing the whole design.

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I'm Messy

I'm a messy when it comes to sketching.
My papers are smudged, there are mistakes and lots of erase marks.

So don't compare yourself to those that have neat and tidy work. Be yourself and draw because you love to draw.

This is why I love editing in Illustrator-I can clean it all up before I share it with you.

(This is a card I'm working on for a new college graduate :)


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love | 579

valentines day hand lettering
Today it's all about love.
Breakfast at the Beach in Laguna.
Macadamia Nut Pancakes
with Mapley Coconut syrup.
Shorts in February.
Sunshine.
Naps.
Music and good friends tonight.
Thankful.
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You Can Do It | 578

hand lettering
You can do it!
Don't give up.
Keep moving forward.
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Yellow House Art

submit your artwork
Are you familiar with art licensing? It's a cool arrangement where you lend your art to a company, to use on their wares for a specified time period.

You retain the rights to even sell it again! Yellow House art takes online submissions (there's a tab up top on their site). If you've thought about getting paid for what you do, submit some designs.

It may just pay off :)
Let me know how it goes for you.

And check this device that reads any color!
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they work | 577

This quote is from Francis Mayes. She is an American who lives in Italy.

I want to be that person that always makes time to visit. And do nice things for other people.

Are you in?

Take a look at this fun pencil case :)

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brown sugar | 576

brown sugar jana miller hand lettereing
Brown sugar is yummy. As a kid I used to sneak it and eat it plain.

As an adult I mix it with melted butter and cinnamon to make a spread for toast :)

Do you love brown sugar too?
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Clever Darling Magazine

clever darling magazine
Here's another place to show your work!

Clever Darling Magazine is looking for contributors...artist, writers, photographers.


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I only let myself | 575

jana miller art
I only let myself enjoy a little bit of the good, fearing that I don't deserve it and that it will be taken away.

Do you do this?
 I do sometimes :(
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SF Moma

sf moma logo
Wanna hear about something fun? You can submit your artwork to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to be featured on their Tumblr page!

So cool! The Museum is in the midst of a building project that will double their size!

ps-love their Instagram feed too :)
0 comments Location: California, USA Orange County, CA, USA

for each new morning | 574

drawing by jana miller
Winter has been lovely here in Southern California, sunny mornings with pink skies, warm afternoon breezes and crisp evenings.

I'm thankful today for so much. How about you?
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I'm not funny | 573

brave quote
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be ordinary | 572

hand drawn letters
Everyone is trying to stand out, to be unique.

Maybe what we've forgotten is to just be ourselves. Being ordinary is great. What is important is to be ourselves and not spend our lives trying to please other people.

Maybe you don't have a special hobby or talent. Be ordinary and love the people in your life. That's enough. More than enough. 
1 comments Location: California, USA Los Angeles, CA, USA

tuesday | 571

Working on some designs that mix type with hand drawn elements :)

Here's another hand lettered design from my 333 project.

I just finished
The Smartest Kids in the World. Fascinating read!
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no longer sure | 570

amercanah
Another Americanah quote.

I think it's important to be responsible for your own happiness and change your life if you don't like it.

And it's okay to be sad sometimes because sometimes life is rough. But that doesn't mean it's all bad.

And one design from before if you are new here.
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cement in her soul | 569

there was cement in his soul
There was cement in her soul.

This quote is from Americanah. It was a little too depressing so I stopped reading it.

Have you read it? Did I give up too soon?
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floral wreath | 568

Jana Miller Drawings
Drawings Jana Miller
Green or peach? I couldn't decide :)
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numbers and flowers | 567

numbers and flowers in yellow and green
This one would be cute framed up in a kitchen :)

PS-I love drawing numbers and I love yellow and  green.


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blue roses | 566

#BlueRoses

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succulent | 565

jana miller
Some pretty succulents to celebrate your Saturday :)


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in the sun | 564

drawing by jana miller
 Time for a break from all the pink :)

Have a great weekend!
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conversation | 563

always
Inspired by conversation hearts-a little modern valentine love.
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grow love | 562

#love #plants
growing some love!
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valentine flower | 561

#flower
A simple flower today :) Valentines Day will be here soon.
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letting go | 560

illustrator jana miller
I was reading somewhere online that much of what love is,  is letting go.

I have some good friends who would agree. 2014 was full of letting go.

I don't think this is ever easy.


love and letting go

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tender | 559

drawing by jana miller
Do you ever have those days when your heart is tender?
When you need your loved ones to go easy on you?

Thankful today for my man who knows how to do this for me.
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scandal | 558

drawing by jana miller
Do you watch it?

We just discovered it. I really don't like anything gorey or creepy but I love the twists and turns.

So I close my eyes sometimes.

We are trying to catch up before the new season starts.
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football | 557

drawing by jana miller
I have a love hate relationship with football.
 I love a good lazy day at home snuggling.

But I find football hard to follow. It's hard to connect with the players with the helmets on.

And the  broadcasts are loud with all the fan cheering.

So football, is a great time to draw and edit designs :) And snuggle.

I finished two more books. I'm trying to read more this year and stop wasting time on the computer :) The Naked Now was intense, deep, thought provoking written by a Franciscan Monk. (I got lost several times) and Gutbliss - One of those health motivating books.
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zipper | 556

#illustration
Sometimes I need to zip it. Stop talking and listen.

Are you with me? Less talk and more listening?
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light | 555

#janamiller
I'm not picking a word this year but...

There's a few things this year that need a bright light to shine on them.

Good things to celebrate and situations that need some clarity.

Did you choose a word?
Would you share a link to your post?


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laugh out loud | 554

#hand #lettering #illustration
When I was young I was embarrassed to laugh out loud, I was reserved, I kept it inside. Silly me.

But now (after much practice) I laugh out loud often, sometimes too loud, without realizing it.

I'm happier now.
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survival lessons | 553

hand drawn book
This was a quick read. It's written for someone going through a crisis but the lessons are good for everyone :)

I'm hoping to read 52 books this year. This is number 2.
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spikey trees | 552

#janamiller #illustration
Some abstract spikey trees for today :)
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Little Black Dress | 551

I'm looking for a new addition to my wardrobe :)  Something like this would be fun!
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without you | 550

#withoutyoubook
I read this book in two days. It's sad, hopeful, mysterious, depressing and yet I loved it.

With all the craziness with releasing The Interview, it seems that this book would be so much more dangerous to the North Koreans than that movie.

I'm starting a book list for 2015. I'm planning on reading like crazy this year :)

Are you a reader?
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sad girl | 549

#janamiller #illustration
Trying to figure out why she's sad,

she has no shoes?
she has no toes?
she doesn't like her dress?
her hair is messed up?
someone used the last of the cream for coffee?
she didn't get what she wanted for Christmas?
she has fat fingers?
she has to go back to work?



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january | 548

#illustration #janamiller
Happy January, a little rain, a little time at the beach, a few hikes.

January 2015 is shaping up quite nicely.

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