Sunthing Special, works of art by Cari Miller

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Erin Leslie, owner of the Paper Mill Studio in West Akron, also used my blimp logo on acrylic ornaments and a mug. Perfe...
12/10/2019

Erin Leslie, owner of the Paper Mill Studio in West Akron, also used my blimp logo on acrylic ornaments and a mug. Perfect for Akron lovers, past and present!

My blimp art on drinkware ... exclusively from the Paper Mill Studio in Akron. Makes a perfect gift!
12/10/2019

My blimp art on drinkware ... exclusively from the Paper Mill Studio in Akron. Makes a perfect gift!

Another great workshop last night at Akron ArtWorks in the Merriman Valley -- this time, alcohol inks. We experimented o...
12/08/2019

Another great workshop last night at Akron ArtWorks in the Merriman Valley -- this time, alcohol inks. We experimented on a special kind of paper, then were able to make four tiles. The results are kind of cool, but, like watercolors, I have very little control over what happens. As a *kind of* control freak, this was VERY frustrating for me.

Pepper's take on the Akron Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival
12/01/2019

Pepper's take on the Akron Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival

Today is Small Business Saturday. Coincidentally, I'm a small business! And I have practically one of everything. Seriou...
11/30/2019

Today is Small Business Saturday. Coincidentally, I'm a small business! And I have practically one of everything. Seriously! Paintings of subjects ranging from coffee mugs to creatures and suns? I've got it. Christmas tree art? Got that too. Photos of skies and skylines? Check. Handmade holiday cards? Of course. Akron snowflake ornaments? Absolutely. And SO. MUCH. MORE. Most of my items are on this very site -- just look at the photo albums. :) If something piques your interest, just let me know. :)

11/30/2019
Akron Winterfest Fireworks

Akron put on a great fireworks show after the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Lock 3 -- here's a snippet! Also got free hot chocolate and cookies! :)

Sunthing Special, works of art by Cari Miller's cover photo
11/29/2019

Sunthing Special, works of art by Cari Miller's cover photo

Caution: Photo will probably make you sickA couple weeks ago my son opened up a can of Bumble Bee sardines and found a w...
11/28/2019

Caution: Photo will probably make you sick

A couple weeks ago my son opened up a can of Bumble Bee sardines and found a worm inside, which was of course disgusting. My son threw the whole can in the trash but my husband fished it out. I figured I'd contact the company and see how I might be "compensated" as dollar signs filled my eyes. ;) I took some photos and sent a message to the company.

The next day I got a response via email telling me that I would have to send in the worm for them to investigate. I responded that I'd be happy to do that, and wondered what my "compensation" might be. I got a call the next day from the Consumer Affairs Correspondent who told me they offer coupons to people "even if they don't find a worm" (reassuring!). I told her coupons weren't necessary as I wasn't interested in eating any Bumble Bee products ever again and that just the thought of the worm made me nauseated. She told me again that after they received the worm and did their investigation I would get a response in writing. Wow, I thought. If it comes in writing it's got to be huge, right?

Bumble Bee sent me a letter with a little baggie for the worm, which I quickly sent to them (after checking with her that I really could send a worm through the mail). Then I waited in anticipation for the big paycheck I believed would set me up comfortably for the rest of my life (okay, I would have been happy with a check for $10). My hopes were temporarily dashed when Google told me that unless your worm caused you medical problems, a coupon for the replacement is about all you can expect.

But I didn't let that get me down. I eagerly checked the mail every day for my written response. But just like that Bumble Bee suddenly filed for bankruptcy. Just my luck ...

Ohio.com had a story about non-profit radio station 91.3 moving its location to Ellet High School. I saw this photo and ...
11/28/2019

Ohio.com had a story about non-profit radio station 91.3 moving its location to Ellet High School. I saw this photo and recognized the logo on the far right (circled). When the radio station moved "up the dial" to 91.3 in 1994 I created this logo (not all of it is shown) with former program director Bill Gruber (shown in the mural as well). I wrote the "91.3" with White-out. :) But how could that possibly be 25 years ago?! I remember it like it was yesterday ...

Wherever you are, whatever you eat, whoever you celebrate with -- hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one!
11/28/2019

Wherever you are, whatever you eat, whoever you celebrate with -- hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one!

This is called "Winter Winds" but it certainly seems appropriate for today!
11/27/2019

This is called "Winter Winds" but it certainly seems appropriate for today!

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11/26/2019

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I was able to purchase this lantern and all the supplies for less than $10! But only because I got packs and packs of li...
11/26/2019

I was able to purchase this lantern and all the supplies for less than $10! But only because I got packs and packs of little red rhinestones and white glue from Pat Catan's while they were about 25 cents each, and the lantern was reduced to $7 at Michael's. :)

I changed my mind several times while working on this. At first I was just going to have a strip of rhinestones on each panel. Then I thought the panels should be "frosted". Then I thought there should be lots of rhinestones on each panel. Glueing on the rhinestones was slow and tedious, but I would do them in 5- or 10-minute increments. I could fill up more spaces but I ran out of interest and the rhinestones are almost all gone. :)

11/26/2019
Frosted Rhinestone Lantern

Using white glue to give a "frosted" appearance and rhinestones to give it some "glitz" for a fun holiday decoration.

More from Pepper ...
11/25/2019

More from Pepper ...

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11/24/2019

Photos from Sunthing Special, works of art by Cari Miller's post

Fruit/Food/Drinks
11/16/2019

Fruit/Food/Drinks

11/16/2019
"Pineapple"

Some of the process of painting "Pineapple"

I have a mason jar problem. But you have to admit, this looks kind of cool. And you only need four items to do it -- a m...
11/13/2019

I have a mason jar problem. But you have to admit, this looks kind of cool. And you only need four items to do it -- a mason jar, white glue, a sponge and paint (I used puffy paint).

He's back ...
11/13/2019

He's back ...

I started this painting about 8 years ago to be a holiday gift for my husband. I couldn't get my son's face right so it ...
11/12/2019

I started this painting about 8 years ago to be a holiday gift for my husband. I couldn't get my son's face right so it has sat around until the last couple weeks. I think I based it on a photo but who knows anymore because when I went to finish it there was no reference. It's not perfect, of course, but for those who have met my kids I think you could pick out which is which. ;) Anyhoo, I call it "My Joys" because that's what they are. :)

"My Joys", acrylic on 11x14" canvas board, 2019
11/12/2019

"My Joys", acrylic on 11x14" canvas board, 2019

This is my first foray into the painting of fruit -- a pineapple and strawberry on 16x20" canvases. Who knows how they'l...
11/11/2019

This is my first foray into the painting of fruit -- a pineapple and strawberry on 16x20" canvases. Who knows how they'll turn out? I surely don't. Which is why it takes me soooooooooo long to finish a painting ...

It's taken more than 8 years but I finally finished a painting I did of my oldest daughter's favorite stuffed animal (at...
11/11/2019

It's taken more than 8 years but I finally finished a painting I did of my oldest daughter's favorite stuffed animal (at the time), Leo. I had done my son's and youngest daughter's ages ago (Parey and Valentine) but never finished Leo, until now. I guess I wanted to capture that part of their childhoods in paintings ...

I've taught workshops for Summit County, at Summit Artspace, for the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation and more. For adults,...
11/10/2019

I've taught workshops for Summit County, at Summit Artspace, for the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation and more. For adults, teenagers and younger children. Self-portraits, handmade cards, ornaments, community projects, painted mason jars and more. For small groups and large. If you have an idea, I can probably teach it. And I've got plenty of ideas of my own! Let me know if you're interested. Art is fun AND good for you! :)

County employees painting mason jars for the fall.
11/10/2019

County employees painting mason jars for the fall.

I love to do workshops -- pretty much anything you can think of, I can teach. Plus I've got lots of ideas of my own!

Weather forecast for tomorrow is 41 and partly sunny ... perfect for getting out and starting your holiday shopping! Ple...
11/08/2019

Weather forecast for tomorrow is 41 and partly sunny ... perfect for getting out and starting your holiday shopping! Please support local businesses and if you get a chance, stop by to see me at the Kent High School craft show from 9-3.

A reminder I'll be at Kent High School with my handmade holiday cards -- the photo shows some of my new designs. I'm sur...
11/07/2019

A reminder I'll be at Kent High School with my handmade holiday cards -- the photo shows some of my new designs. I'm sure I probably have 150 cards for sale! I'll also have some other gift items.

I think this Saturday is a good choice for a craft show. People are just starting to think about Christmas and are very calm about it -- the closer to Christmas I think the crazier a lot of people get! Hope to see you!

11/07/2019

Today's tale of woe: I was going to lead a workshop for the county. It started at 12 and I said I'd be there by 11:30. Before I left home I printed out and cut out rough templates for leaves and packed up the supplies I needed. I got the address and extension of the person I needed once I got to the Russ Pry Building..The staff told me they had all the supplies ready, which ended up being VERY fortunate.

What could go wrong, right? Well this IS me we're talking about.

First, I forgot the piece of paper with the address on it. It is 1180 Main Street, but from what I remembered it was 180 High Street. So I pulled into one of the parking decks, and headed into the Ohio Building. Of course it took a while to find a parking spot. I found my way into the building but after a while found out I was supposed to be at the Russ Pry Building, which isn't even downtown but in South Akron.

I got back to my car and went to leave the building but couldn't find my parking ticket. I ransacked my car fruitlessly, but couldn't find it. I realized I'd have to pay the $6 "lost ticket" fee, which was bad enough, but then I couldn't find my wallet anywhere. I knew I had spare "emergency" money, so I threw everything out of my glove box to search. A $20 flew in the air so at least I could leave the parking lot. I rushed (without speeding, of course), to Russ Pry Building. I got there, and ran through the rain across the parking lot to the entrance. It was 12:02.

Once I got there it should've been fine, right? Wrong. I forgot all the leaf templates at home. Luckily, Jaci Stein rushed to her office to print out some templates. I was frazzled, but SO relieved that the crowd was so chill about it. Whew.

Today I did another workshop for Summit County employees. The workshop was great -- they signed up 31 people then they s...
11/07/2019

Today I did another workshop for Summit County employees. The workshop was great -- they signed up 31 people then they started turning people away. It was the biggest "Lunch and Learn" workshop they ever put on. The participants had so much fun which was fun to see. So yay for that. But please see my next post for my tale of woe before I got there. It's very "Cari".

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, March 2015
11/06/2019

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, March 2015

11/05/2019

As a favor to an acquaintance, I will be having a table at the Kent High School craft show this Saturday. I'll have my handmade holiday cards as well as some other holiday items. Hours are 9-3 p.m.

11/01/2019
"Swagger"

The process I took of revising a complicated painting to a simpler one

The painting on the left is the one I did in about 1-1/2 hours at a recent workshop at Akron Artworks. I liked the style...
11/01/2019

The painting on the left is the one I did in about 1-1/2 hours at a recent workshop at Akron Artworks. I liked the style inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama, but I didn't like it. I felt it was way too busy and I didn't feel comfortable with the little black and white drawings. So I kept painting white over things, and more things, and more things, then made some other changes until it became the painting on the right.

"Swagger", acrylic on 9x12" stretched canvas, 2019
11/01/2019

"Swagger", acrylic on 9x12" stretched canvas, 2019

Good thing my home has a lot of wall space! I love to be surrounded with art by my artist friends ...
11/01/2019

Good thing my home has a lot of wall space! I love to be surrounded with art by my artist friends ...

Good thing my home has a lot of wall space! I love to be surrounded with art by my artist friends ...

Two of the (very) old pieces I want to finish are of my three children. I am very private about my kids, but I have used...
10/31/2019

Two of the (very) old pieces I want to finish are of my three children. I am very private about my kids, but I have used them in my art (as well as Will and me, and Pepper). Here are some of the pieces ...

I would like to go back and finish or fix the paintings that have been sitting around -- some for more than 12 YEARS. Th...
10/28/2019

I would like to go back and finish or fix the paintings that have been sitting around -- some for more than 12 YEARS. This painting bugged me -- the original is on the left and her arm seemed too short to me. I wish all "fixes" were that easy!! (There's a reason I haven't finished them in the past 12 years!)

"Running to a better place", acrylic on 8"x8" stretched canvas, 2015
10/28/2019

"Running to a better place", acrylic on 8"x8" stretched canvas, 2015

Did you know I have a 5-star rating on my Etsy site: etsy.com/shop/sunthingspecial? Some of the reviews:  "This black an...
10/28/2019

Did you know I have a 5-star rating on my Etsy site: etsy.com/shop/sunthingspecial?

Some of the reviews:
"This black and white photo reminds me of very unsettled weather during thunderstorms in Colorado, where I lived for ten years. Striking!"
"We get some beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the Pacific Northwest and this postcard reminds me of them. It is an outstanding photo!"
"I LOVE SUNFLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the primary reason I chose this set of sunflower postcards, but every one of them is outstanding!"

I love to make people happy with my art. :)

One of the things I miss about having my studio was all the discussions I would have with my visitors. Usually it was ab...
10/27/2019

One of the things I miss about having my studio was all the discussions I would have with my visitors. Usually it was about whatever was on my mind. That's why I started blogging again. I'd love for you to read what has piqued my interest lately and respond so we can keep the conversation going ... http://sunthingspecial.com/blog/

Fruit/Food/Drinks
10/25/2019

Fruit/Food/Drinks

10/25/2019
"A Sundae for Katherine"

"A Sundae for Katherine", acrylic on 11x14" stretched canvas. In memory of Katherine Sunday.

I just added "Java Magic" (far left) to my cup/mug collection. The reason "Java Magic" looks so much like "Hand with Mug...
10/25/2019

I just added "Java Magic" (far left) to my cup/mug collection. The reason "Java Magic" looks so much like "Hand with Mug" (second from left) is this: I was frustrated by how long "Hand with Mug" was taking, and told myself I could have done it so much faster with marker. So I started "Java Magic" with paint marker on canvas. But the marker did not have the same "depth" as "Mug" so I painted over the starbursts (originally just on the mug). Then I kept adding more stars/starbursts, which reminded me of magic coming out of a magician's hat. I called it "Java Magic" because when coffee wakes you up, who knows what magic can happen?

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I want my art to bring joy to people

My name is Cari Miller, artist and owner of Sunthing Special. I have been drawing and writing as long as I can remember. In my 30+ year career, I have worked as a reporter, associate editor, graphic designer, commissioned artist, professional photographer, and more. For five years (2011-1015) I had a studio/gallery in downtown Akron. Since then I have been working from my home in NW Akron.

I started painting suns in the early 2000s, and have been fortunate enough to have six of them appear on “CBS Sunday Morning” a total of 11 times. I have been in dozens of shows, and won some awards from time to time. My Akron-oriented items were sold in places like the Akron-Canton Airport and the former West Point Market. But what makes me happiest is when my art finds the right “home”, or even just brings a smile to someone’s face as he or she looks at it. My art is primarily bright and happy, because I have always felt there is more than enough sadness in the world and maybe my purpose on earth is to create art that brings joy to others.

I use a lot of different media and my mind never stops going. I like to use scraps when I can. I also like to use my art to help bring awareness to causes. I have raised a total of well over $2,000 to support causes like Save the Children, the Akron Soap Box Derby, Life is Good No Matter What and the Water Project.

My art is an extension of myself, so this Facebook account is too. :)

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