Enchanting Garden Portrait

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Fairy Garden Discovery in Lansing, Michigan! Quite by accident, while in Lansing Michigan last month, my husband Bruce took me to an area of Lansing around Moores River Drive to show me a beautifully crafted home that looked like it belongs in the pages of a fairy tale book (well accept for the double garage!) [caption id="attachment_2079" align="aligncenter" width="577"] The front of this Lansing home[/caption] While we were outside taking photos, thinking what a great house portrait this would make, the homeower, Rosemary, also known as the "Fairy Lady" came out to meet us.  She graciously invited us to see her extensive and magical garden behind the house and also took us into her beautiful studio where she creates the most amazing fairy homes and other fairy garden delights.  I decided that this would be the studio I…
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First House Portrait in New York State

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Newsflash!  House Portrait in NY  State makes my 18th House Portrait State [caption id="attachment_2594" align="alignleft" width="650"] Modern Ranch Style - Long Island, New York[/caption] Remember my game of doing watercolor house portraits in all 50 states? Well I just added one more. The state of New York!  Here is the house portrait. I was commissioned to do this Long Island New York home to be given as a gift to its homeowner.  I specially love the spacious porth and clearly a lot of care has gone into the colorful garden. Here's some interesting facts about Long Island.  Situated in the southeast area of New York State it has a population of around 8,000, making it the mostpopulated island in any U.S. state or territory. It is also the 17th most populous…
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House Portraits in Every State in the USA!

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Two New States Added - 17 so far and 33 to go! That's my new game! To do portraits of houses in all 50 states in the USA. I recently added North Carolina and Massachusetts.  Here are portraits from each of these states. [caption id="attachment_2058" align="aligncenter" width="300"] House Portrait in Asheville, North Carolina[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2060" align="aligncenter" width="300"] House Portrait in Pleasantpoint, Massachuetts[/caption] These are the states where I have done house portrait pantings so far:  California, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts,  Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin. I have ventured into a majority of these states thanks to house portrait commissions from homeowners. What I love is the variety and diversity of the homes I paint and seeing how the architecture varies from state to state.  This isn't surprising when…
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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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