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Introducing my. . . How to Paint a House Portrait Video!

Introducing my. . . How to Paint a House Portrait Video!

House Portraits
Not surprisingly, this video is about “How to Paint a House Portrait”.  And the best part about it is that all the hours that went into this portrait have been distilled down to just 1 ½ minutes!  And yet it still contains all the basic steps.  Boy, I wish it were this easy! These days I am doing commissioned portraits all over the USA, so it was nice to get the chance to go on site and capture this charming Craftsman home just down the road from me. AN IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT THIS VIDEO. . . The portrait of this home was a commissioned painting for MOTHER”S DAY!  You might think this occasion is a long way off, but in the world of original art it is not.  Celebrate your…
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The Six Steps I take to Create a House Portrait

The Six Steps I take to Create a House Portrait

House Portraits
Transforming a photo into an architectural work of art By popular demand, I have put together a more detailed series of steps showing how I create house portraits.  Of course it doesn't mean it is the only way to do it, but it's a way that I have found to be successful. Here we go... Step 1: First I start with a good set of photos. Then it is a matter of going through them and selecting the best one to use as the main photo. I use all the photos of course but having the right main photo is vital. It should be at an angle that compliments the house and shows it’s architectural features. It also helps that it is free from obstacles and blockages. But this is…
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Introducing the first of my new architectural art series…

Introducing the first of my new architectural art series…

New Art
... Architectural Fusion! Since I was a child, I have always been intrigued by the fusion of old and new buildings, how they intermingle into the now, occupying the same space and time. Within their walls, their structures tell the story of the struggles and triumphs of humankind, often spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. I am proud to announce that I have now completed the first three pieces  in this series and I am in the process of creating more. The medium is my signature pen and watercolor on a heavy watercolor paper. All depict cities that I love and  where I have have spent time.  In addition to viewing the final paintings, I thought you might like a glimpse of the creative process that has gone into them.…
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What story do these house portraits tell about their owners?   

What story do these house portraits tell about their owners?   

House Portraits
What does the color of your house reveal about you? Conventional wisdom says there are three common sense rules that should guide you to making the right color choice for your house. What's your architectural style? Do you live in a Spanish Colonial, an old Victorian or a Craftsman?  That can really dictate your color scheme.  For example, a Victorian lends itself to pastels like pink, mint green or baby blue. Those colors wouldn't work for a Craftsman or a Spanish Colonial, which are typically in more muted and neutral tones. What are the prominent colors in your neighborhood? There's often a consistent color scheme running throughout. Look for complementary colors and intensities that will blend right in. Color evokes moods Think about the overall impact that you're hoping to create. Do…
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What do you plan to create in 2017?

What do you plan to create in 2017?

News
The holiday season is now well and truly over, and a brand new year lays out before us.  What will it bring? I don't usually get too philosophical with these emails, I just stick to my art. However in looking forward into 2017, I realized that there is one word that has everything to with art and also has everything to do with the very essence of life, and that word is CREATE! People tend to think that creativeness is just something that has to do with "gifted" people, the painter, songwriter or author. But when you think about it, creating is an integral part of living.  Creativeness is something that we all have, to some degree or another. The Merrian Webster dictionary tells us that CREATE means: To produce…
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Detroit: The beauty of crumbling architecture …

Detroit: The beauty of crumbling architecture …

News
No this is NOT bombed out Berlin after WWII, or images from a SiFi movie! It is truly sickening and tragic. Today I saw these abandoned forlorn mansions, churches and houses.  The good news?  A lot of folks in Detroit are  now working to do something about it and I will be joining forces with them to lend a helping hand. I am doing a Detroit painting as part of my new Architectural Fusion series. So this can officially be a "before" post with more good news to come! This is a great article in the Huffington Post about the economic and cultural revival that is now underway. Leisa
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Moving onto the next adventure…

Moving onto the next adventure…

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Starting 2017 with a road trip! On day one of 2017, even before the first light heralded in the new year, my husband Bruce and I headed due east from Los Angeles -- the city we have called home for the last few years -- to seek a less congested urban hub and life. While I continue to build my collection of house portraits in every state, work on my coffee table book and other artistic projects,  the next few months will also consist of traveling and spending quality time with family. This road trip has now landed us in Michigan (Bruce's origins) and before long we will be visiting the east coast, DC, Virginia and then head down to Florida.  A trip to my homeland of New Zealand as well as…
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Just got a great article in the Huffington Post!

Just got a great article in the Huffington Post!

News, Uncategorized
A few weeks ago, quite by chance, my husband Bruce met a wonderful free-lance journalist named Ashley Jude Collie in a Los Angeles cafe and they started chatting . . .  and this story is the result! Check it out!   CONTRIBUTOR Ashley Jude Collie Journalist/Author/Scriptwriter/Blogger Ashley is an award-winning scribe (journalist/author/scriptwriter/blogger) who has written for Playboy, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, Maclean’s and others. He’s interviewed various “artists” in their own fields, including: Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis, William Friedkin); Grammy winners (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Pete Townshend); and MVPs in the field of sports (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Kobe Bryant). He has written non-fiction books for kids, several episodic TV shows, and appeared on…
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House portraits in the snow

House portraits in the snow

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Watercolor Memories and Christmas home portraits ... There is nothing like a white Christmas, especially when you add a warm yellow glow streaming out the windows and reflecting on the snow, cheerful Christmas lights and wreaths and a sinking red sun silhouetted against the starkness of bare winter trees.  I love the way the twilight plays on the snow as the wind dies down and the world is still. Enjoy some of my 2017 Christmas home memories, all which were commissioned by clients. [caption id="attachment_7235" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Home in Chevy Chase, MD[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7236" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Crested Butte, Colorado[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7237" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Lake Tahoe home with excited grandkids at play[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7238" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Another family home in Lake Tahoe that I was asked to paint.…
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My Portland House Portrait Series

My Portland House Portrait Series

House Portraits
Portland Craftsman, Victorians, Tudors and more... I really loved our visit to Portland earlier last year where I discovered a feast of architectural styles and well preserved and maintained homes. Beautiful tree-lined streets and colorful gardens added to the vibrance of some of Portland's historic residential areas, such as Laurelhurst, Sellwood and Eastmoreland .  I am well into my series now and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. In finding out more about the history of Portland, not surprisingly I learned  that it’s roots can be traced to its neighborhoods and surrounding communities. As each settlement or town was established, a Post Office would be built and most of these towns grew up along the streetcar and rail lines. [caption id="attachment_7339" align="aligncenter" width="600"] NE Flanders St, Laurelhurst…
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