My St. Louis House Portrait Series is taking shape…

My St. Louis House Portrait Series is taking shape…

House Portraits
Painting historic homes in Greater St. Louis Having made our home in St. Louis for a couple of months now, I continue to find new and fascinating house portrait subjects.  Therefore I decided to update my initial blog post to reflect my growing collection of portraits and the architectural diversity they represent. There is certainly no shortage of architectural charm and character in this grand old city.  And while it's a really good thing I like brick  -- because historic St Louis is all about brick -- I especially took the time to select some non-brick or at least painted brick homes. One I found in Clayton is a beautiful Spanish style house and another is one of the oldest Colonial homes in this city. Another Clayton treasure I discovered…
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Helping to save the historic Washington Canoe Club!

Helping to save the historic Washington Canoe Club!

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award, News
My painting of this Potomac architectural treasure! I recently had the honor of being commissioned to do a painting of the famous Washington Canoe Club. Nestled in a wooded setting on the shores of the Potomac River, the Club is part of the Georgetown neighborhood.  I thought you might be interested in seeing this painting and in learning a little about the Club’s rich history, which I just became aware of after reading the Washington Canoe Club's website. I further learned that the Club is in the midst of a historic effort to restore their boathouse, which has twice been identified by the DC Preservation League in its annual list of “Endangered Places.”   I have decided to help this vital cause. I am selling high quality prints of this original painting…
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Our St. Louis Adventure Begins!

Our St. Louis Adventure Begins!

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St Louis, a city of contrasts . . . from architectural wonderment to urban grit Well it's official!   Bruce and I have now made our home in the grand old city of St Louis, Missouri! Pretty well every time we announce that fact to anyone -- even locals in St. Louis -- their first response is, "Really?" and their next response is "Why?"  The locals usually quickly recover however and blurt out how much they love their city and all its quirks; and how happy they are to see some inbound traffic for a change. What's more, they mean it. From one who loves architecture in all states and forms, I like the natural, almost organic urban grit of St. Louis. I'd take that any day over the politically managed…
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My Coffee Table Book… only four more states to go!

My Coffee Table Book… only four more states to go!

House Portraits
Homes in 46 states have now been turned into architectural works of art! I am excited to update you about my upcoming architectural coffee table book.  Entitled Art Inspiring Homes Across the USA, the book will showcase homes I have painted in every state across America, and celebrate their diversity, elegance and individual style from state to state. While my artistic inspiration is the vast and captivating array of architecture one finds in every corner of this land, my fascination also lies with the individuals and families who with their hands, skill or artistic design, brought each and every one of these architectural forms into being, creating both a footprint and legacy that we enjoy today. Since my last update I have created portraits in four new states. The first…
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Spring and the love of a mother . . .

Spring and the love of a mother . . .

House Portraits, Uncategorized
Mom: The glue that holds the home together . . .  It suddenly occurred to me today that perhaps it's no mistake that Mother's Day is celebrated in the Spring, that wonderful season of love, hope, youth and growth. Did you know that the earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses?  More recently, mothers were celebrated in the 1600s in England. The day was called Mothering Sunday where children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their mother.  On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and in other nations have observed similar days.…
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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?

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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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