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Detroit: The beauty of crumbling architecture …

Detroit: The beauty of crumbling architecture …

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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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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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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!

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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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From Vintage photo to Family Home Portrait

From Vintage photo to Family Home Portrait

House Portraits, Uncategorized
Turning a battered old photo into a work of art! Here is a small gallery of mainly commissioned subjects and the single and often ancient photo I worked from to bring the family home and all its memories to life with my pen and paintbrush. [caption id="attachment_7162" align="aligncenter" width="241"] Photo of family home in Saratoga Springs, NY[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7163" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Watercolor painting of Saratoga Springs,  NY family home[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7164" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of family home Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7161" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Painting of family home Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7168" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Old photo of historic home in Kent County, Delaware[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7165" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of historic home in Kent County, Delaware[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7166" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of old home High…
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My San Jose House Portrait Collection

My San Jose House Portrait Collection

House Portraits
Matching 1935 home and car  - my latest house portrait commission! The reason I love painting homes is because homes are about people. That’s what makes them fascinating.  Just as we are all uniquely different, homes reflect the personalities of their owners, they have their own character and are imbued with family memories and stories. I receive a lot of fun and unique commission requests but this one is a first!  A color coordinated home and car that were both born in 1935! [caption id="attachment_6930" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Matching home and car in San Jose, CA[/caption]   So here is a little story about the owners of these twins, my delightful clients Mike and Debi Hugill.  Now both retired, Mike spent 38 years in sales and most recently as VP Sales…
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Beach Home Portraits in Watercolor

Beach Home Portraits in Watercolor

House Portraits
A story about a beach cabin in New Zealand When I think of summer, my thoughts drift back to my homeland of New Zealand. Sparkling beaches, a family cabin and lots of sunshine and fun! This is a little story about summer in New Zealand. Unfortunately this particular story doesn't have a happy ending but the message is important for all of us. Every year our family would head off to a beach for our summer vacation.  My three sisters and I loved waking up to the sound of waves on Christmas day and like all kids we excitedly unwrapped our presents and would then dash down to the beach in our new swimsuits, try out our beach balls etc. (Remember summer is in December down under!)  One year when…
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Watercolor House Portraits in Summer

Watercolor House Portraits in Summer

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Announcing my Annual Mid-Summer House Portrait Sale! It's that time of year again and before we know it, summer will be coming to a close and the cooler days and golden hues of fall will be engulfing us. Before that happens . . . I am launching my traditional mid-summer sale where I offer a 20% discount on all commissioned house portraits. This is a saving of close to $100. Summer is a wonderful time to capture the vibrance of homes and gardens with my watercolors. For my clients, you may want to think about a second painting of your home in a matching season, to make a lovely pair. Or perhaps you would like to commission me to create a one of a kind painting of the home of a…
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Stunning House Portrait Subjects: 12 points that make a home art inspiring!

Stunning House Portrait Subjects: 12 points that make a home art inspiring!

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How many art inspiring points does your home have? I am lucky enough to receive new commission requests for house portraits every week, however I like to chose my own subjects as well and create collections of portraits that architecturally depict specific geographic areas.  From time to time the owners of these selected homes have asked how I came to choose their house.  I started thinking about this recently. I figured there’d be about a handful of art inspiring elements, but once I got into it I came up with 12!   I have listed these below along with examples some of my favorite portraits from around the country that I feel reflect particularly well one of the 12 individual points. (Click on any of the portraits below to make them larger.) The…
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