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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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 historic architectural treasure on the Potomac!  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…
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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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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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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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Original painting of Summer Portch

Original painting of Summer Portch

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Front Porch Contest Winner! Over the summer I partnered with my good friends Mary and Dave Morris of Front Porch Ideas and More and provided the winner of their Pleasant Summer Porch Contest with an original painting of their porch. This winning home is located in Waxhaw NC in a lovely rural setting.  I love the colorful flowering plants and greenery decorating this porch.   The porch, which extends along the full width of the house was  adorned with 4th of July color.     This is the photo I selected to use for the portrait. I made a few slight changes so it looked even more welcoming and vibrant.     And here is the completed painting! Don't you feel like sinking down into one of those chairs and having…
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Painting of Georgetown University, Washington DC

Painting of Georgetown University, Washington DC

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Georgetown's Healy Hall in Pen and Watercolor Not so long ago I was commissioned to create a painting of this beautiful historic landmark. [caption id="attachment_6590" align="aligncenter" width="606"] Healy Hall, Georgetown University[/caption] I thought you might like to know more about the history of Healy Hall and Georgetown University.  I found the  Washington DC National Register of Historic Places  website to be very informative and much of the information below is from this source. Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic University in America. It has been administered by the Society of Jesus since 1805.  The first buildings were built around the "old quadrangle," including Healy Hall, which was constructed between 1877--1909. It was designed by Smithmeyer and Pelz.  Rev. Patrick S. Healy took on the Healy Hall project and…
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An original hand-crafted House Portrait – the perfect gift!

An original hand-crafted House Portrait – the perfect gift!

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It's not too late for you to place an order for Christmas! There is no more personal gift than a hand-crafted one of a kind original house portrait that captures your "labor of love" and its treasured family memories. I find joy in tackling every architectural type and season and over the years I have created portraits of homes and historic buildings in 43 states across the USA.   You can view a further array of architectural styles in my website portrait galleries. Prices vary depending on size and framing.  CONTACT ME NOW FOR DETAILS Cheers, Leisa
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Atwater Village Featured House Portrait!

Atwater Village Featured House Portrait!

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Atwater Village is a funky eclectic and artsy LA neighborhood and it was fun living there. Here is a write-up featured on the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council FB page with one of my Atwater Village paintings featured in their header. Check out what's happening in the Village! They have great restaurants, specialty stores and boutique art stores there. https://www.facebook.com/Atwater-Village-Neighborhood-Council-126009230754867/ Cheers, Leisa
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