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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Buster’s Cafe – a favorite in South Pasadena

Buster’s Cafe – a favorite in South Pasadena

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Right in the heart of Old Town South Pasadena a few steps away from the Gold Line  is Busters Cafe. It's a funky eclectic local spot that has served the community here in So. Pas for 24 years. It is family owned and serves organic and local brews as well as a nice array of home made baked goodies.  It also has great ice-cream to match its cozy atmosphere. And here is what the train station looked like around 100 years ago.   And here is the pen and watercolor painting I did of Buster's corner. Over and out from So Pas! Leisa
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An Invitation to my greater Los Angeles Friends. . .

An Invitation to my greater Los Angeles Friends. . .

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YOU'RE INVITED! To my Open Studio and "Annual Make Room for More  ART Sale!" 50% OFF THIS SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015  5 - 9 PM  Coinciding with the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk  Studio: 812 Fremont Ave, Loft 101. So. Pasadena CA 91030      Hope you can make it.  It's always great to see you!       Cheers,      Leisa
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My Open-Studio Event

My Open-Studio Event

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We all need a chance to relax.... and enjoy ART! Everyone had a great time last Saturday. It was very laid back, a chance for people to drop by, have a wine, bring the kids and all that good stuff. A chance to talk to friends, clients and I received some good feedback on my new work. Hey, I even made a couple of sales. I'm going to have more of these....I will let you know. Leisa       
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Official Ribbon Cutting for the Opening of My New South Pasadena Studio

Official Ribbon Cutting for the Opening of My New South Pasadena Studio

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On Wednesday, the 21st of August, I had the ribbon cutting of my new studio in South Pasadena. I was privileged to have the Mayor of South Pasadena Richard Schneider in attendance and who helped to cut the ribbon.  Annika Burman, a local artisan and representative of the  South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Barb Skoog, a local artist helped out, too. Just want to mention and thank Scott Feldmann,  the president of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Glazier, the editor of the South Pasadena Review weekly newspaper, for also attending. The really nice thing is that my mother Melva Collins was in town for the event as she happens to be visiting from New Zealand.  She is an artist who did architectural art in NZ years ago…
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More Studio Photos

More Studio Photos

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Here are some further photos of my new studio in South Pasadena. I am having an official open house today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and everything.  Members of the  South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and City Council will be here to help me cut the ribbon at 6pm.   The address of my studio is 812 Fremont Ave, Loft 101, So. Pasadena. You can enjoy the slideshow below. [gallery columns="4" link="file" type="slideshow" ids="3556,3557,3558,3559,3560,3562,3563"]
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Beautiful Historic Homes in South Pasadena

Beautiful Historic Homes in South Pasadena

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We are thoroughly enjoying "Loft Life" in sunny South Pasadena. There is such an array of beautiful historic homes, from classic Craftsman bungalows to elegant Tudors, stately Colonials and small English cottages,  I hardly know where to start!  However I am continuing to build on my South Pasadena historic home series.  Here are just a few of my favorites. [caption id="attachment_3544" align="aligncenter" width="477"] Marango Ave, South Pasadena[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3543" align="aligncenter" width="453"] Glendon Way, South Pasadena[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3545" align="aligncenter" width="509"] Milan Ave, South Pasadena[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3546" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Orange Grove Ave, South Pasadena[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3548" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Milan Ave, South Pasadena[/caption] When it comes to choosing a primary location to live, my husband Bruce and I are always attracted to areas which have a real sense of community and an interesting…
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My New Studio in South Pasadena!

My New Studio in South Pasadena!

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Hello! Just wanted to let everyone know I have been busy finding and moving into my new digs the past few weeks. Bruce and I have a great new apartment/studio in South Pasadena! It is an artist's dream! South Pasadena is great because it has tremendous historical properties and is located conveniently to tour such in the greater LA area. The city website describes the area as follows: "The City of South Pasadena is a charming community, situated only six miles from downtown Los Angeles. Called the City of Trees, the area is known for its stunning homes, unique small businesses, and top quality schools. South Pasadena’s diverse population of about 25,000 occupies a mere 3.44 square miles of flatlands and hillsides on the west side of the San Gabriel…
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