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San Antonio House Portrait Collection

San Antonio House Portrait Collection

House Portraits
Watercolor Paintings in San Antonio I ventured into San Antonio for the first time last year while touring Texas and was pleasantly surprised at the sheer diversity and impressive array of house portrait styles. I guess I was expecting to see many more Spanish style homes but I found that the Greater San Antonio area has it all! In studying up more, I learned that architecture in San Antonio comes from a wide variety of sources. While it is true that many of the city's homes reflect Texas' Spanish and Mexican roots; with some influence from French builders, rapid growth in the city since the mid twentieth century has led to a fairly wide variety of interesting contemporary architectural buildings as well.  San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S. and the 2nd…
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A Peak inside my House Portrait Art Journal

A Peak inside my House Portrait Art Journal

House Portraits, Journals and Diaries
Once upon a time the only way to create a portrait of one’s home was to craft an original drawing in pen or pencil and use paint to capture the color and personality of the home.  While I appreciate the modern amenities we all enjoy today, I believe that those handmade arts and drawing skills should not be lost and forgotten in this age of digital expediency. I believe that the human hand, mind and spirit adds life and vibrance to any artistic creation. In my travels across the USA, I have spent thousands of miles getting to know its wonderful homes and architecture in unique neighborhoods, towns and cities. Architecture is about people and their expression of artistic style and practicality.  That’s why I find it so fascinating. When…
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Finding a Niche Market for your Art

Finding a Niche Market for your Art

The Flourishing Artist
 Finding that perfect niche market to sell you art is not difficult as long as you are willing to do some soul searching along with thorough research.  Following that you have to be willing to actually implement actions and there is always a certain amount of trial and error involved with this.   For best results, approach finding your niche market in a professional and methodical manner and most importantly, record in writing the answers to the questions below. You can then use this information to formulate an overall plan per step 6.  1. What is your purpose? Think about what is the purpose of your artwork.  Most people need and want to make money -- obviously. But beyond that, what do you want to achieve with your art?  Do you want…
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Re-implementing my Flourishing Artist Workshops in Florida!

Re-implementing my Flourishing Artist Workshops in Florida!

The Flourishing Artist
Invitation to artists wanting to make their living from their art! Now that I am established in my new studio here in Clearwater, FL, I am re-implementing my monthly Flourishing Artist Workshops to help other artists to find success and make their living from their art. I personally don’t believe in the starving artist theory and while it is not always easy, there are solutions. I am joining forces with Jennie Peart, another professional artist in the Tampa Bay area, to offer tips, guidance and artist community networking.  There will be other professional artists speaking in the coming months who have expertise in different artistic fields. The workshops are interactive and relaxed. The artists who organize and speak at these workshops will give their time freely, with the sole purpose…
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House Portrait Historic Tour of Pinellas County, Florida

House Portrait Historic Tour of Pinellas County, Florida

House Portraits
Pinellas County's eclectic array of architecture. . . Now that I live in Pinellas county, with the help of Wikipedia, I decided to find out more about its interesting history. I have  enjoyed selecting and painting a number of original portraits that depict this region and have also completed some commissioned house portraits.  Most of the following pen and watercolor paintings are of historic homes but I have included a few mid-century or newer ones in order to show the interesting and eclectic mix of architectural styles that can be found here. The Pinellas peninsula, like all of Tampa Bay, was inhabited by the Tocobaga Indians, prior to European exploration and settlement.  They created their own town as well as a temple mound that overlooked the bay in an area which is now known as Safety…
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Home Portraits: Inside and Outside the USA. . .

Home Portraits: Inside and Outside the USA. . .

House Portraits
There is no limit to the new and interesting requests I receive for special commissioned paintings these days. They nearly all start with clients in the USA -- usually after I have completed a painting of their own home. This seems to liven up their creative juices and that's when the fun begins.  Usually they are for special gifts. In my last email, I released a newsflash that I have now completed paintings of homes and historic buildings in every state across America, however I wanted you to know that I don't just limit myself to the the USA.  I thought you might like to take a peak at some commissioned paintings that I have created of scenes that are inside of homes as well as house portraits that go beyond our US…
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House Portraits Now in Every State!

House Portraits Now in Every State!

House Portraits
Moving forward on my coffee table book. When I first relaunched my art career some years ago and decided to focus on my true passion -- architectural art -- I had what seemed like a very far-fetched and impossible goal: to create paintings of homes and historic buildings in every single state across the USA. Well I recently achieved this target when I completed a painting of a beautiful old theater in Wyoming, the last remaining bastion. Now I can move onto the next steps in putting my coffee table book together. This book is also a long time dream of mine.  It will include my paintings in every state and document my architectural journey across America -- from the eyes of an artist. I will do my best to reveal…
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