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New Zealand Landscape Painting Inspirations

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Trail Bike Riding in Rotorua Forest Have now arrived in Middle-earth -- New Zealand that is -- for a painting tour and to see family. We got right into the true spirit of New Zealand and went trail bike riding the next morning. The air is SO fresh, the water SO clear. It's nice to be home and it always inspires me to get out my paintbrush and canvas and create new landscape paintings! Here we all are below, from left to right, Simone (sister),  Bruce (husband), Kurt (nephew), me, Monique (sister) and Dave (brother-in-law).  What fun!!! This area in Rotorua is called the Whakarewarewa Forest. I have done a number of paintings of the forest but there is no end to its beauty.   It has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in…
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Log Cabin House Portrait Boulder, Colorado

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Colorado Log Cabin in the Snow I have always loved log cabins and after spending time in Colorado a few years ago, I realized that they fit perfectly with the harsh winters and alpine setting of this state. The ever-present mountains remind me of my New Zealand homeland and I saw the most beautiful sunsets while there. I found that log cabins in Colorado can range from a modest cottage (as I have depicted in this house portrait below) to very large and elaborately crafted log homes. [caption id="attachment_2209" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Log Cabin House Portrait in Boulder, CO[/caption] The origin of the log cabin dates back to around 1638, where the first log cabins were built in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. Most were constructed by settlers from either Sweden or…
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New Mexico Adobe House Portrait

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Taos, New Mexico Pueblo Revival Home Since living in the United States for the last 25 years, I have traveled extensively and have been lucky enough to enjoy not only the amazing natural beauty of this country but also the interesting and varied architectural styles that can be found in each state. More than often, I would not have time to complete a painting of scenes or homes I saw, so instead I snapped a few shots or did some rough sketches. This was the case in New Mexico some years ago. Adobe buildings really fascinate me and this one below is what is called a pueblo adobe revival. I love the way the pueblo building seem to “grow” out of the earth like beautiful rock formations and then blend…
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Watercolor Home Portraits in Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington - An Architectural Heaven! For anyone who loves architecture, Arlington Virginia is a great experience. There is such an interesting and eclectic array of homes and architectural styles. I try to select a broad range of styles for my series. Here are some of my recent house portraits subjects. As you can see they range from classic Craftsman and Bungalow homes to Colonial Revivals and some elegant Tudors such as the one below. [caption id="attachment_2192" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Colonial on N. Lincoln St. Arlington[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2193" align="aligncenter" width="300"] House Portrait of Craftsman home on N. Edgewood St.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Classic Bungalow on N. Daniel Street, Arlington[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2194" align="aligncenter" width="300"] N. Highland St. Tudor House Portrait[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2195" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Colorful Colonial Revival on 21st St. S…
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Mississippi River House Portrait in Wisconsin

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Lovely Riverside Home - A Fun Project! Recently, I had the good fortune of being commissioned to paint a home that is situated in a very interesting place -- right on the banks of the good ol’ Mississippi River in the mid-west state of Wisconsin. A client in Old Town Alexandria, who purchased the painting I did of their historic home, wanted this painting as a surprise gift for her friends.   The project sparked my interest in the area and I felt compelled to find out more about Mississippi River itself as well the architectural styles that can be found along its banks. I thought you might be interested in this too. The Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America. It flows entirely in the United…
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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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