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More Georgetown DC House Portraits

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My Georgetown Series is Expanding! I have been very busy in Georgetown of late and my historic series has grown substantially. And so has the number of architectural styles. Here are a few examples. I’ll start with the most historic. Below is a delightful Federal style cottage on 30th Street NW, right by the Georgetown Canal and another classic Federal on O St NW. [caption id="attachment_2164" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Federal Cottage on 30th Street, NW in Georgetown[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2165" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Federal Style Home on O Street NW, Georgetown[/caption] The next two were built in the 19th Century. I love the bold colors of the home below on Q St NW with its Georgian details. I was commissioned to paint the cute carriage house below this that is tucked away…
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Washington DC House Portrait Series

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Here are Some of my First House Portraits! I have started work on my Washington DC Historic Homes Series and wanted to share a couple with you. I found these homes in a really interesting neighborhood on Belmont Road and 20th Street, NW. They are majorly row homes that were built at the beginning of the 20th century, described at the time as a “new sub-division” of Washington, DC. Compared to today's standards regarding newly constructed town houses, these stand out for their individual uniqueness and for the attractive Spanish Revival elements that were incorporated into the architectural designs. [caption id="attachment_2173" align="aligncenter" width="225"] House Portrait on 20th St., NW DC[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2174" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Home on Belmont Rd. NW, DC[/caption] As Washington DC is home to 618,000, I decided…
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Historic House Portraits in Annapolis, Maryland

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Beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Annapolis, Maryland, makes Great House Portrait Subject! I am continuing to add to my Annapolis Maryland historic house portrait series and this classic Dutch Colonial Revival caught my eye.  Well it would be hard to miss it!  Situated just one block from the famous Annapolis City Dock and the Naval Academy, the Academy Bed & Breakfast  is right in the heart of the Annapolis Downtown Historic District.  Just a few years ago the building was run down and delapidated.   The current owners lovingly restored the building -- both inside and out  -- to its former glory.    I take my hat of to them. Doing a pen and watercolor painting of their lovely creation was the easy part! [caption id="attachment_2134" align="aligncenter" width="468"] My house portrait of the Academy Bed & Breakfast in Annapolis, Maryland[/caption] I…
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Historic House Portraits in Georgetown D.C.

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My Lastest House Portrait Series -- Georgetown, Washington D.C. Only a few miles from my studio in Old Town Alexandria is another area that is also steeped in history and packed with fanastic house portrait subjects! Here are a few of my first pen and watercolor paintings of Georgetown houses.  Note that many of the homes are large elegant Victorian townhouses that were mostly built around the turn of the 20th century. Tucked in among them are many older and equally as charming Federal-style homes, more like the smaller wooden one I have included below. [caption id="attachment_2094" align="aligncenter" width="361"] House Portrait on 31st St NW Georgetown D.C.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2095" align="aligncenter" width="311"] House Portrait on 35th St NW Georgetown D.C.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2097" align="aligncenter" width="289"] House Portrait on Q St NW, Georgetown D.C.[/caption]…
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Enchanting Garden Portrait

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Fairy Garden Discovery in Lansing, Michigan! Quite by accident, while in Lansing Michigan last month, my husband Bruce took me to an area of Lansing around Moores River Drive to show me a beautifully crafted home that looked like it belongs in the pages of a fairy tale book (well accept for the double garage!) [caption id="attachment_2079" align="aligncenter" width="577"] The front of this Lansing home[/caption] While we were outside taking photos, thinking what a great house portrait this would make, the homeower, Rosemary, also known as the "Fairy Lady" came out to meet us.  She graciously invited us to see her extensive and magical garden behind the house and also took us into her beautiful studio where she creates the most amazing fairy homes and other fairy garden delights.  I decided that this would be the studio I…
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First House Portrait in New York State

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Newsflash!  House Portrait in NY  State makes my 18th House Portrait State [caption id="attachment_2594" align="alignleft" width="650"] Modern Ranch Style - Long Island, New York[/caption] Remember my game of doing watercolor house portraits in all 50 states? Well I just added one more. The state of New York!  Here is the house portrait. I was commissioned to do this Long Island New York home to be given as a gift to its homeowner.  I specially love the spacious porth and clearly a lot of care has gone into the colorful garden. Here's some interesting facts about Long Island.  Situated in the southeast area of New York State it has a population of around 8,000, making it the mostpopulated island in any U.S. state or territory. It is also the 17th most populous…
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House Portraits in Every State in the USA!

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Two New States Added - 17 so far and 33 to go! That's my new game! To do portraits of houses in all 50 states in the USA. I recently added North Carolina and Massachusetts.  Here are portraits from each of these states. [caption id="attachment_2058" align="aligncenter" width="300"] House Portrait in Asheville, North Carolina[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2060" align="aligncenter" width="300"] House Portrait in Pleasantpoint, Massachuetts[/caption] These are the states where I have done house portrait pantings so far:  California, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts,  Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin. I have ventured into a majority of these states thanks to house portrait commissions from homeowners. What I love is the variety and diversity of the homes I paint and seeing how the architecture varies from state to state.  This isn't surprising when…
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House Portrait Selection in Bloomfield Hills Michigan

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Art Inspiring homes in Bloomfield Hills Over the weekend while we were in the Bloomfield area (which is about 20 miles northwest of Downtown Detroit) to deliver some commissioned house portraits (see earlier post) Bruce and I decided it was time to go exploring!  The entire area is very lush and green with rolling terrain, woodlands, streams and lakes and lots of wonderful unique homes.  We found the area of of Bloomfield Hills, a separate city in Oakland County that is nestled within the Bloomfield area. Upon my discovery I decided I will have do a Bloomfield Hills House Portrait Series. This then meant it was time for a "Bloomfield Hills House Portrait walkabout" to select an array of homes -- covering the many architectural styles -- which (in my humble…
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Commissioned House Portraits of Bloomfield Michigan Home

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Large House Portraits for a Large Colorful Home During our time in Michigan we met a wonderful person who first got in contact with me when we were in California in June. She was interested in commissioning me to depict her lovely home in Bloomfield Michigan (which is northwest of downtown Detroit.) My new client had found out about my work through a guest who travelled from Alexandria Virginia to attend a wedding. The reception was held at her home and the Alexandria guest sent her a thank you note using a note card (which I design for house portrait clients as a gift) of the house portrait I created of his craftman home in Del Ray Alexandria. Ironically we were due to arrive in Michigan the following week and…
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House Portraits in Traverse City, Michigan

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Discovering Beautiful Victorians in Traverse City, Michigan Traverse City is about 15 minutes from Lake Arbutus. It's an artsy community-spirited city with an abundance of interesting cafes and restaurants as well as unique boutiques, specality stores and art galleries.  It also hosts a popular film festival annunally which we enjoyed.  Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay, which the city heads. The bay earned its name from 18th century French voyagers who made la grande traverse or "the long crossing" across the mouth of the Grand Traverse Bay. There are lots of beautiful historic homes in Traverse City, especially elegant and well cared for Victorians from smal to very large.  I did my usual "house portrait walk-about" and selected what I think are some of the most art inspiring homes.  It…
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