House Portrait Selection in Bloomfield Hills Michigan

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Art Inspiring homes in Bloomfield Hills Over the weekend while we were in the Bloomfield area (which is about 20 miles northwest of Downtown Detroit) to deliver some commissioned house portraits (see earlier post) Bruce and I decided it was time to go exploring!  The entire area is very lush and green with rolling terrain, woodlands, streams and lakes and lots of wonderful unique homes.  We found the area of of Bloomfield Hills, a separate city in Oakland County that is nestled within the Bloomfield area. Upon my discovery I decided I will have do a Bloomfield Hills House Portrait Series. This then meant it was time for a "Bloomfield Hills House Portrait walkabout" to select an array of homes -- covering the many architectural styles -- which (in my humble…
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Commissioned House Portraits of Bloomfield Michigan Home

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Large House Portraits for a Large Colorful Home During our time in Michigan we met a wonderful person who first got in contact with me when we were in California in June. She was interested in commissioning me to depict her lovely home in Bloomfield Michigan (which is northwest of downtown Detroit.) My new client had found out about my work through a guest who travelled from Alexandria Virginia to attend a wedding. The reception was held at her home and the Alexandria guest sent her a thank you note using a note card (which I design for house portrait clients as a gift) of the house portrait I created of his craftman home in Del Ray Alexandria. Ironically we were due to arrive in Michigan the following week and…
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House Portraits in Traverse City, Michigan

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Discovering Beautiful Victorians in Traverse City, Michigan Traverse City is about 15 minutes from Lake Arbutus. It's an artsy community-spirited city with an abundance of interesting cafes and restaurants as well as unique boutiques, specality stores and art galleries.  It also hosts a popular film festival annunally which we enjoyed.  Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay, which the city heads. The bay earned its name from 18th century French voyagers who made la grande traverse or "the long crossing" across the mouth of the Grand Traverse Bay. There are lots of beautiful historic homes in Traverse City, especially elegant and well cared for Victorians from smal to very large.  I did my usual "house portrait walk-about" and selected what I think are some of the most art inspiring homes.  It…
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Michigan Lakes and Artistic Inspiration

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I decided it was time to take a break from artwork and instead devote some time strictly to relaxation and inspirational pursuits. Bruce had I just spent a glorious few days with family in Northern Michigan. Travelling in Michigan reminds me of my homeland of New Zealand (except for the missing mountains) as the countryside is lush and green and there is plenty of water at every turn. Well what do you expect in a state with 9,700 lakes!  Our destination point was beautiful Lake Arbutus where we stayed in this little cabin. You can see the sleeping porch where Bruce and I slept. It was just as good as camping in the great outdoors but you still had all the basic home amenities. Absolutely perfect! Here are some shots…
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Craftsman, Victorian and Cottage House Portraits in Grand Rapids, MI

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Expanding my Grand Rapids Home Portrait Series As always I like to tackle a variety of styles with my home paintings.  I last featured one of my favorite subjects in Grand Rapids, a Dutch Colonial Revival home, but thought I should display some of my other house paintings as well. As you can see from this selection there is a rich heritage of Craftsman homes, both the classic Foursquare Craftsman (note the beautiful garden) as well as bungalows. You will also see one of my Victorian subjects and an attractive mid-century cottage to add to the electic mix!  There are many beautiful large Victorians in the Grand Rapids Historic Heritage area that are also quite stunning. Many of the homes are now starting to be restored in order to return them…
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House Portrait Watercolors of Lansing Westside Neighborhod

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Craftsman, Victorian and Tudor House Portrait Orginals Spending the last weeks in Michigan has enabled me to add to my Lansing series. Here are some of my favorite, including a Foursquare Craftsman, a simple Craftsman Bungalow in a nice shade of blue, a stately yellow Victorian-Queen Anne home and a classic Tudor which the Lansing Westside Neighborhood is famous for.  All thee homes are close to 100 years old. What I find sad is that despite the fact that Lansing and East Lansing has a huge numberof historic homes around this same era, only a few buildings are historically protected, unlike other Michigan cities such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids which have also historically played a major role in the hsitory of the state. Until next time.  Leisa  …
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Home Portraits of Grand Rapids, Michigan

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My Grand Rapids House Portrait Series is taking shape! I was in Grand Rapids again today and have now painted a number of Grand Rapids home portraits which has been most enjoyable. This cute Dutch Colonial Revival home in East Grand Rapids which was built in the 1920's would have to be the one I had most fun with. Love the color of the home and the flowers really compliment it.  The owner and I sat on that little porch -- which is as bright and cheerful as the house -- when I showed her the painting.  It is now proudly hanging in her home. We have had a great time in Grand Rapids. What an interesting city. Comparatively, the homes and historic architecture is quite well preserved. Here's a little about the city.  It is located on…
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My Favorite Home Portraits of East Lansing, Michigan

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I  am writing this post from the Lansing, Michigan, the city from which my husband, Bruce, hails and has family.  I have been busy expanding my Lansing House Portrait series but now have a growing collection of pen an watercolor paintings of East Lansing homes as well.  East Lansing has an array of interesting homes that cover a broad spectrum of architectural styles, including Craftsman homes and bungalows, Tudors and Colonial Revival.  A  majority of these homes were built around the beginning of the 20th century to the early 1930’s.  Here are some of my favorite East Lansing house portraits I have now created. East Lansing is located directly east of Lansing, Michigan, the state's capital.  It is best known as the home of Michigan State University which was founded in 1855. For the first four…
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Sierra Madre California Home Portraits

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I discovered Seirra Madre for the first time recently and fell in love with this community. Besides there being a beautiful array of house portrait watercolor subjects, the area has a laid back relaxed feel about it. When sitting outside the local coffee house in the center of Sierra Madre, it felt as if we were in a holiday resort town, miles away from civilization!  We found an number of elegant Craftsman homes -- small and large -- as well as some interesting Victorians.  Here are some samples.  Each of the pen and watercolor Sierra Madre house portraits below are now being displayed by their respective homewoners. The homeowners of the lovely home directly above are very active participants in the famous Sierra Madre Halloween celebration that has now become a major tourist attraction in the area. This…
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Tudor House Portraits in Pasadena California

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Like many cities in the US, Pasadena has a wide array of Tudor style homes, which make for great house portraits. Here are three examples, and each of these homes are close to 100 years old. Inside they have wonderful original woodwork, tile and stained glass features. I painted these homes while in California recently and in each case their owners have taken loving care of them to ensure their uniqueness is preserved. Tudors are a very interesting architectural style. They are easily recognized by steeply pitched roofs and exterior timber frame walls.  Tudor revival homes often resemble a medieval castle, yet exude the old world charm of an English country cottage. Originating in England, the style gained popularity in America in the 1920s and 30s with homes constructed in prominent communities…
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