New Art!  Biltmore Estate painting

New Art! Biltmore Estate painting

New Art, News
The latest in my Iconic America Architecture series! [caption id="attachment_28470" align="aligncenter" width="2179"] Leisa Collins painting of Biltmore Estate[/caption] The elegant Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home. This French Renaissance castle and grounds by Asheville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains is truly an architectural jewel. The French Chateau-style mansion was built as a grand retreat for George W. Vanderbilt III between 1889 and 1895. The 8,000-acre estate is home to forested trails and beautiful gardens. Visiting the Biltmore is an experience like none other. It includes the most-visited winery in the nation and there is shopping, dining as well as luxury accommodations. The home features 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces! George Vanderbilt brought in the father of American landscape architecture, Fredrick Law Olmsted, to…
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The Alamo: my latest Iconic American Architecture painting!

The Alamo: my latest Iconic American Architecture painting!

New Art, News
To those who gave their lives for freedom . . . I am honored to tell the story of the Battle of the Alamo with my pen and paint brush. My painting depicts the Alamo as it stands today, battle scarred and worn by the elements, with the Texan flag proudly flying. [caption id="attachment_27831" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as it stands today with the Texas flag proudly flying[/caption] Today the Alamo serves as a symbol of freedom and a shrine to those who gave their lives to the cause. It is also an enduring symbol of Texans resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won shortly after. The famous saying, “Remember the Alamo!” was often heard in further battles that helped shape the…
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Latest Iconic American Architecture Painting ….Brooklyn Bridge NYC!

Latest Iconic American Architecture Painting ….Brooklyn Bridge NYC!

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New work unveiling! Here's “Brooklyn Bridge, NYC”!  It’s part of my growing Iconic USA collection which includes paintings and multi-media pieces I’ve created celebrating some of my favorite examples of historic American architecture. [caption id="attachment_27805" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Brooklyn Bridge, New York City[/caption]   This new piece is pen & watercolor on paper, 9 x 11.” The original painting is available for sale and I will soon make prints and art gifts available on my website. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most recognizable marvels of American engineering and it’s an iconic sight for those in New York City. The bridge (opened in 1883) spans the distance between Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. The bridge’s suspension towers were built in the Gothic Revival style. They’re 278 feet tall…
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News Flash! My Brand New Online Art Store!

News Flash! My Brand New Online Art Store!

New Art, News
Announcing my new  LEISA COLLINS ONLINE ART STORE   STORE OPENING SPECIAL: 25% off all items   for a limited time with coupon code LCA25OFF I am very excited to "unveil" to you my new online store that includes over a hundred pieces of my art, most of which have never been viewed before. A number of the pieces available in the store are original works and ALL those on display are also available as prints in various sizes.  As you know, architectural art is my artistic passion, so not surprisingly this is the theme of the majority of the work. So please dive in and take a look at  my art store and I would love to hear your feedback. Let me know what work you liked best, as well as what you think…
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New work!  Architectural Collage Art

New work! Architectural Collage Art

House Portraits, New Art
My new series featuring Victorian paintings, English Tudor art and Craftsman style art. Over the years I have created hundreds of portraits of homes and historic buildings, so you can imagine that I have lots of favorites and in many different architectural styles, But three styles really stand out. They are each very distinctive and have stood the test of time.  They are the Victorian style, Tudor style and Craftsman style. I decided to select some all time favorites within these styles and share their beauty but in a different way. I mixed these architectural art forms with other very different art forms, namely some of my favorite fabric patterns and items that I have collected over time. Many can be found in my home.  Some are from overseas travels,…
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Introducing the first of my new architectural art series…

Introducing the first of my new architectural art series…

New Art
... Architectural Fusion! Since I was a child, I have always been intrigued by the fusion of old and new buildings, how they intermingle into the now, occupying the same space and time. Within their walls, their structures tell the story of the struggles and triumphs of humankind, often spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. I am proud to announce that I have now completed the first three pieces  in this series and I am in the process of creating more. The medium is my signature pen and watercolor on a heavy watercolor paper. All depict cities that I love and  where I have have spent time.  In addition to viewing the final paintings, I thought you might like a glimpse of the creative process that has gone into them.…
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Arts and Crafts Watercolor Paintings

Arts and Crafts Watercolor Paintings

New Art
Historic Arts and Crafts Buildings in the USA Three of the "founding fathers" of the Arts and Crafts movement in America, whose impact is still widely felt today are the Greene and Green Brothers in California,  Elbert Hubbard and Gustav Stickley. Over the last year or so my husband and I have visited three famous historic locations and here are my first paintings depicting them! Anyone who lives in the Pasadena area will recognize this famous structure, the Gamble House, which was a closely supervised project of the  architect brothers, Charles and Henry Greene. Elbert Hubbard's Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, New York The home of Gustav Stickley in New Jersey, now a historic site and museum in his honor. Here is some information about these amazing characters. Charles and…
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South Pasadena Historic Street Scenes

South Pasadena Historic Street Scenes

New Art
South Pasadena Historic District - Capturing the Magic in Pen and Watercolor! I love living and having my studio in South Pasadena!  It's got that wonderful small town charm while being right in the heart of Greater Los Angeles.  South Pasadena was incorporated as it's own city in 1888.  With it boutique stores and interesting restaurants and cafes, the historic district of South Pasadena is a big draw for visitors and locals alike.  I have tried to capture that special So Pas feel in this series of paintings. (For those interested in history, below the paintings is a write up about this, mainly taken from the South Pasadena City website.) [caption id="attachment_28115" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Meridian Iron Works in South Pasadena CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_28114" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Busters Cafe, South Pasadena CA[/caption]…
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Watercolors of Historic Buildings, Landscapes and More

New Art
Art Show at Kaldi's Cafe, South Pasadena This is where it is happening, this Sunday, February 9, between 1 - 4pm. Kaldi's Cafe is right in the heart of the historic district of South Pasadena.  The building that is now home to Kaldi's was one of the earliest banks in the area. [caption id="attachment_28112" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Kaldi Cafe in South Pasadena CA[/caption] I will have originals of my South Pasadena series and high quality (Giclee) prints on display as well as some other work. Feel free to stop by for coffee and enjoy that special Kaldi ambiance.  Plus it will be great to see you! Cheers, Leisa
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Commissioned Landscape Painting

New Art
Landscape Painting of South Pasadena Scene I was recently commissioned to paint this scene from an amazing photo that a client of mine took looking up Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. You can see the intersection of Rollin Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in the foreground.  This photo was taken a couple of years ago after a cold snap which whitened the San Gabriel Mountains that loom up in the distance. The painting was a lot of fun.  It is a large one - 30 x 40 inches - that now hangs in a beautiful enclosed patio in South Pasadena.   It was a nice change creating a big acrylic painting and I intend to do more.  As much as I love doing architectural paintings and capturing homes in pen…
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