Artist Spotlight : Lynne Millar

One of the first blogs I ever stumbled across was called Sugar City Journal, where two sisters-in-law shared sewing, craft and art projects that they were doing on opposite sides of the country. It was such a sweet and soulful and inspiring read for me. Since then, I’ve loved following one of the sisters, Lynne Millar’s career as an artist. Her work reminds me of one of my very favorite artists, Mary Cassatt. Lynne paints beautiful florals and the sweetest portraits.

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Right after I had Margot, Lynne stopped by the house and took some photos of my big girls holding their brand new baby sister. A few weeks later this sweetest treasure of a painting arrived at my front door. Every time I walk past the painting in my entry hallway I get all the feels. I LOVE IT and I love remembering all those tender feelings we had at the special time for our family.

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I just want my whole house to be covered in Lynne’s artwork. :) We put one of her florals in my mom’s kitchen and it’s the perfect little hit of color and texture!

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Lynne shares snippets of her beautiful work and lovely home on her Instagram feed and has so kindly let us share more photos here. Her spaces are well-curated but completely real. Seeing these photos was a breath of fresh air for me and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

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Lynne lives in central California with her husband and four kids. She says “I have spent most of my life chasing beauty creatively – exploring, in one way or another, how best to express and process my life experiences. When my kids were younger, I had a major design/sewing phase and spent a few years blogging with my dear sister-in-law on our extinct blog, Sugar City Journal. Now that my children are old enough to reliably not eat solvent and oil paints, I’m back to painting, which feels just right.”

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Lynne wants her home to feel like a storybook. Organic, warm, curious, and happy are all words she used to describe her art and home and I think she totally nailed it! Her spaces feel playful, but still grown up.

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Many of her walls are decorated with her own original art (if I was that talented I do the same!) but she has a few special original pieces from other artists sprinkled throughout. One of her favorite places to buy art is through Four Square Art. Lynne looks for pieces that evoke emotion. She collects drawings and oil sketches (which tend to be a bit more affordable!). Her favorite hashtag for finding new artists she loves is #doitfortheprocess – a beautiful feed to get lost in!

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Lynne’s favorite books on her shelves are Jane Eyre and Crossing to Safety. She inherited/permanently borrowed many books from her mom and they are marked up with notes in the margins and are some of Lynne’s greatest treasures.

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The night sky, the red butterfly, and the floral pen and ink drawing are all masterpieces of the Millar kids and are Lynne’s favorite pieces in the room. She says “I love how straightforward it is for kids to create. Their pieces always stay up because I think they reflect exactly how I want our house to feel.”

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Lynne says she wants her home be a safe and inspiring landing place for her family- while still being able to stand up to a bit of chaos. She gravitates towards things that are natural, floral patterns, wood, books, and the color blue.

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Lynne uses mostly oil and acrylic paints and she says her favorite part of the process is working to achieve specific, vivid color through layering.  Lynne says “I’ve painted, created, and taken art classes since I was a child, but was the kind of artist who did not often show my work to others until several years ago, when I made a decision to be brave (sharing something so personal as my art is terrifying for me) and to take myself seriously as an artist. Without a doubt, being a parent hugely influenced that choice. I want my children to develop themselves to their fullest, and find joy in who they are – so attempting to set an example doing that for myself helped me overcome some of my personal shyness and lack of confidence. I think it’s important for them to see how hard I’m working to achieve my artistic goals, and also, to see that I often fail, but I can put my head down and keep working.”

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I love Lynne’s beautiful advice! It has been such a treat to sit in the (social media) audience as Lynne is finding her success! She is now teaching flower painting classes for Anthropologie events and her work is being sold on Minted and soon through Caitlin Wilson’s shop. She deserves every ounce of her successes and more!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and home with us, Lynne!

See Lynne’s work here. Buy Lynne’s work here.

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P.S. Artist Beth Allen’s home and art buying tips.

  1. Aidel.K

    Loved reading about Lynne. I’ve been following her on IG since you posted your mother’s kitchen. I’m hopeful someday to purchase…Great advice here and a beautiful home!

  2. Zoe

    Simply lovely. I’m also always amazed at how artists talent extends to their interiors. Her home is as cozy (yet chic) as her paintings.

  3. Sarah

    All of her work is so beautiful and I have the same design goals for my house. And I love what she said about being more confident and less shy for her daughters. Thanks for always sharing the people and things that inspire you Jenny!

    • Jenny

      I totally agree Sarah! Lynne’s words really struck a chord for me. It’s SO important for our children to see us working hard and (occasionally) having some professional/creative wins! :)

  4. emily

    It’s great to see you feature Lynn’s work! She’s amazing and inspirational!

  5. Julie

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  6. Kayla

    I bought a couple of her nativity prints last year as gifts and love her new ones even more. Such a special reminder of what it’s all about!

  7. Mila

    Yes! I know Lynne’s work and I love it, too!. What a great feature.

  8. How beautiful!! Makes me want to try to paint too.

  9. Niki

    So beautiful and inspirational! Lynne has just the perfect mix of playful prActical and gorgeous! I wish I had that kind of talent!

  10. Sarah

    Stunning! Thank you for sharing. I love them ALL.

  11. Lisa

    Very inspiring post – thanks of sharing!

  12. Jane

    Lynne’a art captures emotions in a way that connects with me. She is so talented!

  13. kathy

    very beautiful! this is belated, but so glad you are back to blogging. you are so creative and talented. i love to hear about the work you are doing! request – can you do a holiday gift guide?

    • Jenny

      Thank you! And the gift guide is coming soon!! xo

  14. Holly

    Loved this post Jenny, so glad you are back to blogging!

  15. Nelda

    Altra cosa…Vorrei dubitare che la foto sia stata scattata in Canada e mi piacerebbe sapere la fonte seria e affidabile. Potrebbe essere scattata anche in U.S.A. o magari al paese di mia nonna nel sud Italia negli anni '50. Ho l'impressione che Paolo abbia volutamente messo questi dettagli1) fonte autorevole2) scattata in canadaassieme ad alcune paroline chiave tipo "non ritoccata", &qtqi;chuaramente&ouot;, "seria e affidabile" in modo da depistare…Paolo fammi sapere se ci ho azzeccato, la mail la trovi nel mio profilo.

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