Architectural paintings of Historic Brooklyn, NY

Architectural paintings of Historic Brooklyn, NY

House Portraits
Some of the first of my Brooklyn Home Portrait Watercolor Series Over the years I have spent a lot of time in New York City and there is nothing more enjoyable than strolling through beautiful Brooklyn.  It's tree-lined streets are steeped in history and  interesting architectural treasures can be found around every corner.   Hicks Street is a favorite of mine.  I thought it was time to share some of my Brooklyn home paintings with you. [caption id="attachment_6539" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Pure architectural elegance on the corner of Grace Court and Hicks Street, Brooklyn, New York[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6541" align="aligncenter" width="419"] Fourth Street, Brooklyn[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6540" align="aligncenter" width="426"] Classic row house on Hicks Street, Brooklyn with a Carriage House to the right .[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6542" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Argle Rd, Brooklyn[/caption] You can…
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Architectural paintings of homes – Before & After

Architectural paintings of homes – Before & After

House Portraits
Some of my most challenging watercolor house portraits . . . I'm making a plug for all artists who like me, make their living from ORIGINAL hand-crafted one of a kind art.  Yes I am talking about the "old-school" way of doing things where only ONE painting was created of a subject, brought about by the skilled hands of artists and crafts-people alike. People today often talk about simply "photo-shopping" things away, or creating "digitally-modified" art.  My view is that while this is the "easy" way to do things, there is too much reliance on this route. Here one good reason why.  Have a look at this stunning Queen Anne home in Alameda CA which I recently completed. It was built in the 1870's and has been in the family…
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My First Canadian House Portrait Commission!

My First Canadian House Portrait Commission!

House Portraits
Victorian Farm House on Prince Edward Island, Canada You can imagine my delight when one of my clients from Monrovia, California, asked if I would create a painting of the family farm situated on Prince Edward Island where she grew up.  She told me that she planned to hang it alongside her own lovely Craftsman family home  where in turn she and her husband raised their children. This was the one photo I had to work from but it gave me the detail I needed. [caption id="attachment_6519" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Victorian Family Home on Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption] And here is the final pen and watercolor painting of this lovely family home. [caption id="attachment_6520" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Pen and watercolor of family home on Prince Edward Island, Canada[/caption] Despite the difference in…
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Summer Garden Tour Across the USA

Summer Garden Tour Across the USA

House Portraits
Sizzling summer garden color to beautify your home. . . There is nothing more wonderful than summer. The heat, vacations, the plant growth and most of all the COLOR! I make a point of including all the color and warmth I see when I create my portraits of homes.  I thought you might enjoy a tour of some of my summer homes across the USA.  No matter the architectural style, whether the home is old or new or historic or modern, garden color adds so much life and vibrance! Take a look and see for yourself!  I'm starting on the west coast and travelling east. [caption id="attachment_6290" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Burbank, CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6294" align="aligncenter" width="600"] La Jolla, CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6295" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Monrovia, CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6297" align="aligncenter" width="600"] San Marino, CA[/caption]…
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Constructing Art Inspiring Homes!

Constructing Art Inspiring Homes!

House Portraits
MCR Construction – the dream builders . . . I was lucky enough to meet Mark and Lori Rolph, the owners of this amazing and creative design and construction company through  -- you guessed it – their home!  Situated on a quiet residential street in Burbank, CA, I was lured by its uniqueness and charm – a mix between a French chateau and a fairyland gingerbread house that one might expect to find in the middle of the Black Forest.  I immediately decided to add this to my Burbank House Portrait series. [caption id="attachment_6277" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Verdugo Ave, Burbank[/caption] Shortly after its completion Mark and Lori came to my studio and then invited me for a tour of their home.  They also shared its history and some before and after…
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San Francisco House Portrait Series

San Francisco House Portrait Series

House Portraits
My San Francisco architectural series debut! Over the years I have always enjoyed my time in San Francisco. What an architectural feast!  For one thing it is a Sister City to my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, so that's a big plus.  Like Auckland a bridge spans across the city and harbor views, glistening water and flaming sunsets abound.  Both cities are very hilly which makes for interesting architecture, with tall elegant Victorian homes jutting out from narrow sloping streets. As always, I have chosen an eclectic mix of homes, and not only historic. SF's modern architecture is also very interesting. I am in progress on many more subjects but wanted to share some of my first homes with you. [caption id="attachment_6272" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Steiner St, San Francisco[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6255"…
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House Portraits — Front and Back!

House Portraits — Front and Back!

House Portraits
We see homes from the front all the time . . . but what do they look like from the back? The owners of these house portrait subjects are clients of mine who commissioned me to create pen and waters that depict both the front and back views of their homes so they are able to represent their home as a pair rather than just one lonely painting. This first one is in Arcadia, California. It was an nondescript one story ranch home when the owners purchased it a couple of decades ago. [caption id="attachment_6111" align="aligncenter" width="738"] South Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6112" align="aligncenter" width="738"] The back of the home with large open windows and doors.[/caption] This elegant colonial home is in Los Angeles. [caption id="attachment_6110" align="aligncenter" width="755"]…
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A dog rescued from death’s door, a forever home and a house portrait…

A dog rescued from death’s door, a forever home and a house portrait…

House Portraits
Once upon a time,  just a few months ago, I spotted a beautiful Spanish home on Bel Aire Drive in Glendale, California. . . I decided it had to be Glendale House Portrait series. When the painting was close to completion,  as is always my policy, I left a note for the owner of the home and asked if she would like to view the original painting.  Little did I know who lived in this home or their touching rags to riches story. [caption id="attachment_6081" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Toni Bua's home on Bel Aire Dr, Glendale, CA[/caption] Homeowner, Toni Bua, answered with a resounding, "YES!"  She told me how much she loved "Casa Bua", her forever home, and how she recently became the proud "Mom" of Miley,  a white Husky who was found…
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Spring Vibrance and Recent House Portraits

Spring Vibrance and Recent House Portraits

House Portraits
Spring has truly arrived! Look at these gorgeous colorful watercolor home paintings.  Spring has to be my favorite season. Lots of new life and growth.  Here are two examples in Kensington, Maryland. [caption id="attachment_5995" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Elegant home in Kensington MD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5996" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Another Kensington Beauty. This time a Victorian[/caption] Another home in Maryland, tucked away in lush tree-filled Bethesda. [caption id="attachment_5997" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bethesda Maryland home[/caption] In the residential areas in DC I have found some true treasures. This is one of them.  A English style cottage that I estimate was built in the 1930's.  Look for the bird in this one. [caption id="attachment_5998" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Cute Cottage in Washington DC[/caption] Moving over to the west coast, there is a different kind of Spring growth. A California…
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Most Art Inspiring House Portrait Contest – We have a WINNER!!!!!!

Most Art Inspiring House Portrait Contest – We have a WINNER!!!!!!

House Portraits
My first Most Art Inspiring House Portrait Contest and there will be more! It is my way of giving back to home owners who put so much time, money and love into making theirs homes beautiful.  They make my job so enjoyable!  The joy of doing original art is that every home is totally unique and therefore every final Leisa Collins Art portrait is also one of its kind. And the winner of the May 2015 Most Art Inspiring House Portrait Contest is . . . Jorie and Charley Vandenberg and their beautiful home in Ada, Michigan! [caption id="attachment_5945" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The winning home in Ada, Michigan![/caption] Thank you to the contestants. here are some of them below. The final voting results were very close See the other entries on…
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