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Sierra Madre California Home Portraits

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I discovered Seirra Madre for the first time recently and fell in love with this community. Besides there being a beautiful array of house portrait watercolor subjects, the area has a laid back relaxed feel about it. When sitting outside the local coffee house in the center of Sierra Madre, it felt as if we were in a holiday resort town, miles away from civilization!  We found an number of elegant Craftsman homes -- small and large -- as well as some interesting Victorians.  Here are some samples.  Each of the pen and watercolor Sierra Madre house portraits below are now being displayed by their respective homewoners. The homeowners of the lovely home directly above are very active participants in the famous Sierra Madre Halloween celebration that has now become a major tourist attraction in the area. This…
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Tudor House Portraits in Pasadena California

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Like many cities in the US, Pasadena has a wide array of Tudor style homes, which make for great house portraits. Here are three examples, and each of these homes are close to 100 years old. Inside they have wonderful original woodwork, tile and stained glass features. I painted these homes while in California recently and in each case their owners have taken loving care of them to ensure their uniqueness is preserved. Tudors are a very interesting architectural style. They are easily recognized by steeply pitched roofs and exterior timber frame walls.  Tudor revival homes often resemble a medieval castle, yet exude the old world charm of an English country cottage. Originating in England, the style gained popularity in America in the 1920s and 30s with homes constructed in prominent communities…
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House Portraits with San Gabriel Mountain Backdrop

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Craftsman Homes and Mountains -- A Perfect Combination! One of the greatest things about staying in Pasadena and the surrounding area is that you are able to enjoy the changing colors and moods of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. They provide  such a wonderful backdrop to any house portrait painting. As you can see here I especially love to capture the mountains around sunset when they turn shades of soft blue and green. It  makes the darker, natural tones of the craftsman homes in Pasadena stand out. Located in northern Los Angeles County and the western San Bernardino County, the San Gabriels also have wonderful walking trials and I never failed to find pockets of interesting house portrait subjects nestled into the hills. Architectual styles mainly included Craftsmen houses and bungalows, Spanish Revival…
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House Portrait of a Victorian Beauty

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My Artist Loft Studio in Pasadena, California When staying in Pasadena California we found the perfect place to live and work. Here is it.  When the  owner asked me to do this house portrait commission for him and I couldn’t have been happier.  The loft studio  is up there in the roof and it was quite a treat to also have our own private turret!   Here’s what it's like inside!           Only ten minutes from the heart of Old Town Pasadena, we found the loft on Airbnb, which is an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals  with private people who have rooms in their home to rent. This is the link that we clicked on and it also has more photos inside the house.  http ://www.airbnb.com/rooms/411493 The…
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