My St Louis, Missouri, House Portrait Series …

My St Louis, Missouri, House Portrait Series …

House Portraits
Homes in St Louis... beginning my collection We have made our home in St Louis for a few weeks now ... and we like it! There is definitely no shortage of architectural charm and character in this grand old city.  It's a really good thing I like brick though, because historic St Louis is all about brick. I did a little historical research and found that several factors led to the predominance of red brick in St. Louis. First and foremost was the ready availability: St. Louis was underlain by dozens of large clay deposits. As a result several St. Louis neighborhoods such as Dogtown and the Hill were shaped by immigrant groups who moved there to work the clay mines. By 1839, the brickyards of St. Louis were turning out…
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My Coffee Table Book… only four more states to go!

My Coffee Table Book… only four more states to go!

House Portraits
Homes in 46 states have now been turned into architectural works of art! I am excited to update you about my upcoming architectural coffee table book.  Entitled Art Inspiring Homes Across the USA, the book will showcase homes I have painted in every state across America, and celebrate their diversity, elegance and individual style from state to state. While my artistic inspiration is the vast and captivating array of architecture one finds in every corner of this land, my fascination also lies with the individuals and families who with their hands, skill or artistic design, brought each and every one of these architectural forms into being, creating both a footprint and legacy that we enjoy today. Since my last update I have created portraits in four new states. The first…
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Spring and the love of a mother . . .

Spring and the love of a mother . . .

House Portraits, Uncategorized
Mom: The glue that holds the home together . . .  It suddenly occurred to me today that perhaps it's no mistake that Mother's Day is celebrated in the Spring, that wonderful season of love, hope, youth and growth. Did you know that the earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses?  More recently, mothers were celebrated in the 1600s in England. The day was called Mothering Sunday where children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their mother.  On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and in other nations have observed similar days.…
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Introducing my. . . How to Paint a House Portrait Video!

House Portraits
Not surprisingly, this video is about “How to Paint a House Portrait”.  And the best part about it is that all the hours that went into this portrait have been distilled down to just 1 ½ minutes!  And yet it still contains all the basic steps.  Boy, I wish it were this easy! These days I am doing commissioned portraits all over the USA, so it was nice to get the chance to go on site and capture this charming Craftsman home just down the road from me. AN IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT THIS VIDEO. . . The portrait of this home was a commissioned painting for MOTHER”S DAY!  You might think this occasion is a long way off, but in the world of original art it is not.  Celebrate your…
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The Six Steps I take to Create a House Portrait

The Six Steps I take to Create a House Portrait

House Portraits
Transforming a photo into an architectural work of art By popular demand, I have put together a more detailed series of steps showing how I create house portraits.  Of course it doesn't mean it is the only way to do it, but it's a way that I have found to be successful. Here we go... Step 1: First I start with a good set of photos. Then it is a matter of going through them and selecting the best one to use as the main photo. I use all the photos of course but having the right main photo is vital. It should be at an angle that compliments the house and shows it’s architectural features. It also helps that it is free from obstacles and blockages. But this is…
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What story do these house portraits tell about their owners?   

What story do these house portraits tell about their owners?   

House Portraits
What does the color of your house reveal about you? Conventional wisdom says there are three common sense rules that should guide you to making the right color choice for your house. What's your architectural style? Do you live in a Spanish Colonial, an old Victorian or a Craftsman?  That can really dictate your color scheme.  For example, a Victorian lends itself to pastels like pink, mint green or baby blue. Those colors wouldn't work for a Craftsman or a Spanish Colonial, which are typically in more muted and neutral tones. What are the prominent colors in your neighborhood? There's often a consistent color scheme running throughout. Look for complementary colors and intensities that will blend right in. Color evokes moods Think about the overall impact that you're hoping to create. Do…
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My Portland House Portrait Series

My Portland House Portrait Series

House Portraits
Portland Craftsman, Victorians, Tudors and more... I really loved our visit to Portland earlier last year where I discovered a feast of architectural styles and well preserved and maintained homes. Beautiful tree-lined streets and colorful gardens added to the vibrance of some of Portland's historic residential areas, such as Laurelhurst, Sellwood and Eastmoreland .  I am well into my series now and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. In finding out more about the history of Portland, not surprisingly I learned  that it’s roots can be traced to its neighborhoods and surrounding communities. As each settlement or town was established, a Post Office would be built and most of these towns grew up along the streetcar and rail lines. [caption id="attachment_7339" align="aligncenter" width="600"] NE Flanders St, Laurelhurst…
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From Vintage photo to Family Home Portrait

From Vintage photo to Family Home Portrait

House Portraits, Uncategorized
Turning a battered old photo into a work of art! Here is a small gallery of mainly commissioned subjects and the single and often ancient photo I worked from to bring the family home and all its memories to life with my pen and paintbrush. [caption id="attachment_7162" align="aligncenter" width="241"] Photo of family home in Saratoga Springs, NY[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7163" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Watercolor painting of Saratoga Springs,  NY family home[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7164" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of family home Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7161" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Painting of family home Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7168" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Old photo of historic home in Kent County, Delaware[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7165" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo of historic home in Kent County, Delaware[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7166" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of old home High…
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My San Jose House Portrait Collection

My San Jose House Portrait Collection

House Portraits
Matching 1935 home and car  - my latest house portrait commission! The reason I love painting homes is because homes are about people. That’s what makes them fascinating.  Just as we are all uniquely different, homes reflect the personalities of their owners, they have their own character and are imbued with family memories and stories. I receive a lot of fun and unique commission requests but this one is a first!  A color coordinated home and car that were both born in 1935! [caption id="attachment_6930" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Matching home and car in San Jose, CA[/caption]   So here is a little story about the owners of these twins, my delightful clients Mike and Debi Hugill.  Now both retired, Mike spent 38 years in sales and most recently as VP Sales…
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Beach Home Portraits in Watercolor

Beach Home Portraits in Watercolor

House Portraits
A story about a beach cabin in New Zealand When I think of summer, my thoughts drift back to my homeland of New Zealand. Sparkling beaches, a family cabin and lots of sunshine and fun! This is a little story about summer in New Zealand. Unfortunately this particular story doesn't have a happy ending but the message is important for all of us. Every year our family would head off to a beach for our summer vacation.  My three sisters and I loved waking up to the sound of waves on Christmas day and like all kids we excitedly unwrapped our presents and would then dash down to the beach in our new swimsuits, try out our beach balls etc. (Remember summer is in December down under!)  One year when…
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