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

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

House Portraits, News
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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My architectural coffee table book project

My architectural coffee table book project

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Announcing: Art Inspiring Homes Across the USA! Over the years I have covered thousands of miles and have accumulated a portfolio of around 1500 portraits of homes and historic buildings in 46 states.    I always find it fascinating to see the changes in architectural form as one traverses the country. The reasons for those changes are as varied as local weather conditions, cultural diversity and available building resources.   As the old saying goes, "one's home is one's castle".  Imagine the stories if those walls could talk! In recent times I have been repeatedly asked by clients when I will be putting a book together that showcases my pen and watercolor home portraits. Finally I am taking their advise to heart and have started to work on my coffee table…
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Road trip to Colorado!

Road trip to Colorado!

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Heading for the hills - to Colorado! Bruce and I decided it was time to get out of the city and enjoy some wide open spaces. So we headed for the beautiful state of Colorado. It's perfect for us being that it is somewhat of a cross between New Zealand and Michigan.    Here is some of the amazing scenery we soaked in. ARIZONA  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="686"] Bruce in Arizona[/caption] UTAH COLORADO Hope you enjoyed it... bye for now, Leisa
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