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Light on the Seas, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6"x 8," Acrylic, $150
During the past flurry of Christmas activities and family birthdays and anniversary celebration and working at the art gallery and having our favorite houseguest.... somehow I managed to paint this little scene of refuge and reflection. This is what balances me during busy or tough times; a gift from God for sure!
If you would love to have this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Christmas Palm, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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12" x 12," Acrylic, $175
This looks like a Christmas palm with the color combination. I was experimenting with acrylic application techniques here and just having fun making pink and red fronds.
I actually painted on Christmas Eve day, finishing a very large ocean scene for a gift for one of my children,  and starting and finishing a very small ocean scene just for me.
I heard of a fellow artist who has stopped painting altogether. This makes me sad, as it seemed that she stopped because she wasn't making any money. Well, I'm glad I make art because I have to, I just love doing it, there seems no end to the exploration with all the painting media that exists, and the infinite possibilities of making images. Plus I really enjoy breaking the rules of painting just to see what will happen. It's all a joy and I hope to keep it that way forever.
Blessings to everyone during this holy season of celebration.

2012 Wreath, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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10" x 10" x 1.5," Oil, $95
It's been a wonderful, chock-full schedule around here lately, with all the kids and grand-daughter Elinor and Mark's dad here, and shopping, and cooking, and wrapping gifts, and writing cards, and meeting up with friends, and even a little painting! Today my morning painting students did so well on their artwork, I just sat and marvelled at their talent.  What a perfect job I have!  Love it.
This square canvas is available for you and would make a great holiday decoration every year. Or even all year long.
Let me know if you want this one: amy.whitehouse@me.com
Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tree 2012, Contemporary Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8"x10," Acrylic on Panel, $95
BUSY BUSY BUSY Every year I hope to simplify Christmas. Any suggestions?
If you would love to have this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
I will pay for the shipping as my gift to you, dear patron of the arts!
This painting has lots of texture and it was so much fun to create it. Thanks for visiting my site!

Bethlehem Night, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 12," Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas, $150
Before I started this painting I googled "Bethlehem" to check out the shape of the hills there. These look a lot like our AZ hills don't they? Anyway, I used gift wrap, acrylic paints, iridescent paints, and assorted hand-made papers.
Ahh...Christmas.
amy.whitehouse@me.com

Tulip, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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20" x 20" x 1.5," Oil
Ready to hang as is without frame (or may be framed as you wish) - this painting just came home from an art show near Cave Creek, AZ.
If you would like this statement piece for your home or office, just let me know. Priced at $500, I will pay the shipping between now and Christmas, or deliver it to your home if you are in the Phoenix metro area.
amy.whitehouse@me.com
Thank you for visiting my site, and thank you for your comments; I love getting your responses to my artwork.

Pink Pineapples, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Acrylic, $85
These little studies look great in a white frame;  make great house warming gifts - since pineapples represent hospitality; add cheer to kitchens. If interested in having this painting, please contact me: amy.whitehouse@me.com
Though I didn't get to MAKE art today, I did get to spend time with my oldest daughter, do a teensy bit of Christmas shopping, and have a taste of the joy of being a young mother again:

Maggie is spending a few days with us, and WOWWWW am I tired. But she is the best baby I've ever taken care of, loving, sweet, great sleeper!

Dahlia, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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18" x 24" x1.5," Oil, $500
This painting took a couple of weeks of work; but I am finally happy with the results. It's still wet, but in this very dry weather we've been experiencing, it should be dry in about 10 days.
If you love this painting  and would like to display it in your home, or if you are looking for a most special life-long gift, please get in touch with me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Aspen Stand, Contemporary Landscape by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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24" x 30," Mixed Media, $200
To purchase this painting,  please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
I think it would make a great gift. Maybe for yourself!

Thy Word...Is A Lamp Unto My Path, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10," Oil on Panel, $50
One of my students inspired this painting today! I'm always itching to get to my brushes after my classes are finished on Saturdays. I feel so very fortunate to get to  teach painting students. They are the best.
If you would love to have this oil painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Rebecca's Christmas Tree, Contemporary Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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This painting is a collaboration with my oh-so-talented and lovely artist friend Rebecca whose art I admire greatly. I hope to paint more paintings  WITH Rebecca in the future. Come back from China, Rebecca, would you please?
Anyway this joyful and fun piece measures 10"x10" and is on stretched canvas. It looks great as a backdrop to  Christmas decorations or on an easel by itself. $90 + shipping LMK:  amy.whitehouse@me. com

This year we have a full mantle of stockings (10!!!) thanks to having all my kids back in Arizona, a new granddaughter, and Mark's dad Lowell coming to visit.
My son-in-law Nathan made me a beautiful garland of fresh Noble fir which I haven't photographed yet.
Rachel and I baked lots of cookies today, baked 2 loaves of bread, visited with Rachel & Elinor Whitehouse, and I got a little painting time in.
and I did a little painting

Holiday Pineapple, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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9" x 12," Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, $125
Holiday activities have me busy; loved painting yesterday and hope to post that new piece tomorrow; today I started baking and did a little shopping.
I'm trying to get ahead so that I can relax during the actual week of Christmas. I always  try to do this, we'll see if this year I can  ACHIEVE my goal.
If you would love this painting  for you or someone you really care about, (think distinctive lasting gift of art) please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Mexican Poppy, Contemporary Floral Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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16" x 20" x 1.5," Oil,  $500
Worked at On The Edge Gallery today. Gorgeous Scottsdale weather brought lots of visitors in to see the art.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

In The Beginning God, Abstract Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Acrylic on Panel, $95
This little abstract painting has lots of gels and texture, as well as some gold iridescent parts. It is inspired by Genesis 1:1 where God creates earth and heavens from nothing, and brings beauty and life for everyone.
If interested in purchasing this painting for yourself or a loved one, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Thank you for visiting my site and I love when comments are given.

Art Supplies, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Oil on Panel, $125
To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Today my painting classes were great, the students are gaining confidence and their personalities show in their expression of their artwork. I love my work!

Baby Flowering Cactus, Southwest Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 8" x 1.5," Oil on Stretched Canvas, $175
Loving the life in Arizona at this time of year; and still fascinated with the blooming cacti even after 18+ years here.
If you would love to have this painting, or are looking for the gift most special, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Thanksgiving 2012 was the best ever. Here are all my kids.

Coastal Joy, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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10" x 10" Oil on Stretched Canvas, $200
The holiday season is up and running and my schedule has been chock-full. Somehow I have to make time for my art in the midst of raising teenage daughters, school/church/social events, more dental appointments, teaching painting, teaching piano, everyday household duties, beginning Christmas gift shopping... you get it, I'm sure.
Blessings abundant, my friends.
To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU

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Happy Thanksgiving  to all my followers; you encourage me to keep painting and posting and helping others make art. Your comments are a high point of my days and weeks, I am deeply thankful for each of you.

Choppy Waters, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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Day 20 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE 3.5"x5," Acrylic, $45
This little painting is framed in a 10" x 12" white frame with a white mat. It would be very easy to change the mat and/or the frame. If you would just love to have this painting, or want to give it as a gift to someone who loves the sea, just let me know at amy.whitehouse@me.com
It was a great day with truly wonderful art students this morning, and happy dinnertime with a few friends. The more I list on my mental "thankfulness" page, the more I realize how greatly God blesses me.

Have I mentioned that I am a brand new grandmother? Is this baby gorgeous?  I know. Happy 2 week birthday, Elinor Grace.

Pumpkin Beauty, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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12" x 12," Oil on Stretched Canvas, $65
Day 19 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Over the years I have seen many photos of  beautiful art studios: huge windows within high ceiling-ed rooms, sofas (for customers? models?), lovely brick walls, massive wooden easels, rolling storage carts, and of course magnificent paintings.
Well, I finally couldn't take the looks of my studio anymore, so today I  attacked. I haven't finished yet, there's lots more to do, but I'm feeling calmer as more space appears within the room. I'm working towards a more lovely studio so that I am not distracted by the disarray and clutter.
My afternoon students noticed a slight change, but I am FEELING the difference already. And that's progress.

Beautiful Mini Pumpkin, Contemporary Still Life by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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Day 18 of 20-Day  CHRISTMAS SALE
6" x 6," Oil on Stretched Canvas, $65
To purchase this mini, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Painting Days

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Yesterday was a fantastic painting day with my beautiful artist friend Rebecca. I felt so much better having painted - I'd been too busy with everything but doing artwork. Anyway, check out Rebecca's work: lively, color-saturated, light-filled. She has a spontaneous style that evokes such life.

Basset Pooch, Dog Portraits by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10," Acrylic, Custom Framed, $65 Day 17 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE
To purchase this little guy please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Busy day at the art gallery, met lots of visitors from  out-of-state and out-of-country,  perhaps 70 or 80 people came to see the art today at On The Edge Gallery  in Old Town Scottsdale.
Tomorrow is a  PAINTING DAY.
Putting together a SMALL adult beginners weekly painting class. LMK if interested. 4-5 Maximum
Thank you for reading my blog; please let me know if YOU have a blog that I can visit.

Summer's End Sunflower Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 6," Oil on Stretched Canvas, $65
Day 16 of  20 Day CHRISTMAS SALE
Finally the high temps have subsided and we get to put on  SWEATERS!!!  WHOO HOO!
Thanksgiving is in 12 days; so to counteract my natural complaining, I will choose one thing to FOCUS on being thankful for, for the next 10 days.  Guess what will be first?????
If you would love to have this little painting - it looks great on a  small tabletop easel - please LMK at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Simple Lunch, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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DAY 15 of CHRISTMAS SALE 6" x 8 " Oil on Panel, $65
I love painting.  And this week I haven't been able to paint, but I have been able to  DO SOMETHING BETTER. (See previous post.)
Today was full with shopping for Katie's new ballet slippers, shoes for school, some bright pink skinny jeans and a trendy top. Then....baking sourdough loaves, setting the table to have all the kids over plus our brand-new granddaughter, Elinor Grace Whitehouse, cleaning up after a couple of dog misbehaviors, throwing the clean laundry in the clean bathtub to fold LATER. Mark made grilled shrimp/pineapple skewers  and homemade chocolate ice cream. Rachel made batches of home-made applesauce which Mark then canned. We are a very imperfect family, but tonight we did pretty well.
So...I hope to paint tomorrow! Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll tune in tomorrow.

Grandmotherhood - THE. BEST.

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Wow.  Being a grandmother is all I've ever heard it would be but even better than I could have imagined. I haven't been able to find words to express the joy. Just had to share!!!!

Cold Weather Beach, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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5"x7," Acrylic, $45
I really love artwork where the artist has used a minimum of brushstrokes to say what he wants to express. This is one of those attempts. I admire excellent watercolor artwork because the artist HAS TO KNOW what she's doing. It's a good practice to only put down the stroke that you know is the right one and then leave it alone.
This is Day 14 of my CHRISTMAS SALE 6 more days to go
If interested in purchasing this little painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Roses for Elinor, Still Life Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Oil, $65
DAY 13  of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE
To purchase this little painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
I've been a little distracted - happily - by my first grandchild's birth, so haven't been painting or posting since Saturday.
BTW what are YOU reading these days? I am deep into two interesting books: Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - an extremely intelligent young man of integrity - was part of the plot to kill Hitler which led to his own death. This account moves me to examine the motives and purposes of my life, as well as the depth of my beliefs. I had the great privilege of hearing the author speak a few months ago and understand he has an interesting web site.
Rubin's book is obviously lighter, but focuses on goals, efficiency of work, kindness and generosity to others, and many other topics.
We'll see what real and lasting effects these 2 aut…

Beautiful Ocean, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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Day 12 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE Acrylic on Heavy Watercolor Paper, Deckled Edges, $65
To purchase this little gem, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
The Grand Opening at On The Edge Gallery was a great success! Lots and lots of people, great music, great food, and of course great art.
I met several lovely people who came because of the newspaper article. I painted and visited and enjoyed the party.
Today was teaching day and as usual the students did a FANTASTIC job. I keep forgetting to take photos of the work that's done every Sat. and the beautiful artists.
Thanks to all who have supported me with encouraging words, physical help with set-up and take-down, driving all over the valley to show up at my events, patrons who have bought my work, and faithful friends who have prayed for me.
Hoping to get an adult painting class going; it's just so fun to help others bring out the hidden creative talent that lies within everyone. LMK if you're interested in a class.
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Limes, Contemporary Still Life by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Acrylic, $65
Day 11 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE
Today was a wonderful one. Having received some starter from a friend who bakes fabulous bread, I tried making oatmeal sourdough loaves and they turned out great! Then my beautiful, talented friend Rebecca who is a certified yoga instructor gave me a one-on-one yoga session that was wonderful. Great workout and so relaxing. THEN another friend gave me some of her amazing  shortbread treats for the Grand Opening of On The Edge Gallery tomorrow, each one wrapped in cellophane & ribbon. Phoenix locals, check out: www.lauriesfamilyfoods.com for all your baking & catering needs. AND I had the good fortune to paint for hours today! I am blessed! To God be the glory.
BTW if interested in the painting: LMK at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Pumpkin, Contemporary Still Life by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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CHRISTMAS SALE Day 10, $65
10 more days to go!
If you would love to have this painting, LMK: amy.whitehouse@me.com The 1/2" edges are painted the same background color orange so it's ready to hang or display for Thanksgiving on a tabletop easel.
Today was restful and I'm grateful for that. Tomorrow my beautiful and talented artist friend Rebecca is coming over to paint! I'm also planning to make bread - it's finally cooling down, though it was 87 degrees this afternoon. I'm ready for sweaters!

Cactus Flower, Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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Day 9 of CHRISTMAS SALE $65 Really great day at On The Edge Gallery, lots of guests, several sales, loads of fun. Was also interviewed by reporter for Arizona Republic and am anxious to see what I said when the article comes out Thurs. :)
Please LMK if you would love to have this little gem: amy.whitehouse@me.com
Because it has a glossy varnish, it reflects light when photographed; i.e., it looks way better "in person."

Pumpkins, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Acrylic, $45 Day 8 of CHRISTMAS SALE
12 more days of $45-$65 Paintings
Great hostess gift or home decor for you. To purchase any of my paintings, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Please visit my website too: AmyWhitehousePaintings.com

Elegant Evergreen, Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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Day 8 of CHRISTMAS SALE
5"x 7," Oil on Canvas Panel, $45
To order this miniature painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
I've been doing a lot of painting this past week, getting ready for being Artist of the Week and Featured Artist at the Grand Opening of On The Edge Gallery this week.
The butterflies have officially arrived.

Fairytale Pumpkin, Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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6" x 8," Acrylic and Glitter, $45
Apple cider, The Middle,  sea salt caramels, pumpkins, crisp bitty apples, sweet potato fries... these are a few of my favorite things.
Day 7 of CHRISTMAS SALE
To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
What are a few of your favorite things?

Tree Farm, Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10" Acrylic, $65 Day 6 of CHRISTMAS SALE
Lots of painting today again, as well as trying to juggle parenting and household duties. Hope you like my tree farm.
If interested in purchasing this painting for yourself or a loved one, contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Fall Trees, Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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4" x 10" Acrylic on Heavy Watercolor Paper, $45 Day 5 of 20 Day CHRISTMAS SALE
This was a great day. My artist friend and cook extraordinaire Susan B came over to paint and to make lunch for me! We painted, chatted, ate, and then painted some more. Am I a lucky girl or what?
Visit Susan's blog for amazing food!
hearthealthylifestyle.blogspot.com
If interested in purchasing this little painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

"Surf," Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10" Oil on Stretched Canvas, $65
Day 4 of my 20 DAY CHRISTMAS SALE
You can take the girl from the beach, but... I will probably never tire of trying to capture the feeling of breaking waves and serene beaches. If you would love to have this painting in your home, contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Please also visit my website at AmyWhitehousePaintings.com
Stay tuned for the next 16 days of paintings priced $45 - $65 to help you get your Christmas shopping accomplished.

Lost in the Woods

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Our last day of vacation held a small adventure for me. My daughter Faith and I set out to do an easy 3 mile hike today around noon. Once we finished the route - we were close anyway - Faith was ready to return to our lodgings, and I decided to do a little more by following a sign that said ".5 mile". Some of you may not know that I am quite gifted at GETTING LOST. But I really felt that I could DO this little .5 mile "loop." So off I merrily went with my camera and water bottle. You already know the rest. A couple of hours later I found my way back. The last 1/2 hour, I expected to see Faith coming my way to SAVE ME. But nooooooo....she was happily sitting on the couch texting. And I got nearly 6 miles under my belt! Woo Hoo!!!!

Reaching Upward Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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4"x 12" x 1.25" Acrylic, $65 #4 of my CHRISTMAS SALE To purchase this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
Enjoying being in Northern AZ for a few days with  my beautiful daughter Faith. The trees are magnificent with more fall color each day. I did paint a small canvas of the Ponderosa pines today, will photograph it tomorrow and post it soon. The title of today's posting echos a quotation I discovered last night with Faith: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." -William Faulkner Though Faulkner hasn't been a favorite of mine, I'm ready to try his writing again. Any suggestions?

Adobe Home Southwest Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10" Oil, $65
CHRISTMAS SALE Day 3
For any plein aire painters, you may enjoy the story behind this painting. My friend Maryann and I had planned to paint together  at an old adobe home site where an acquaintance lives. We each packed our art supplies, snacks, coffee;  we met early morning as planned, ready to go! I unpacked my paints, my easel, my turp can, my palette, and...oh no!  where are my brushes? Yep, forgot the brushes.  However I did have a couple of paper towels, found a stick on the ground and went to work. The result is today's posting.
If interested in purchasing this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
For a portfolio look at my artwork please visit AmyWhitehousePaintings.com

Tiny Pumpkin Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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5" x 7," Acrylic, $55
Fall is here in Pinetop, AZ, and it's pretty wonderful. Lots of pumpkins everywhere, beautifully colored leaves,  smells of fireplaces burning wood, sweaters and sweatshirts. WOO HOO!
CHRISTMAS SALE Day 3 This tiny pumpkin has bold color, is framed in yellow, but would be equally comfortable in a new frame. The price is a value because this cute little frame has a slight injury near the left bottom edge.
If you would love this painting in your home, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Evergreen Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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5" x 7," Oil, $45
CHRISTMAS SALE
Day 2 of 20-Day Christmas Sale This is on stretched canvas, ready to hang, frame or display on small easel. To purchase please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Red Roses in Green Vase, Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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5" x 7," Oil, $65
CHRISTMAS SALE There are 74 days 'til Christmas. (Really?) So to help YOU out (and me), I'm offering my paintings for $45-$65 for 20 days. This is #1.
To purchase this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

Red Cosmos Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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18" x 24" x 1" Oil on Canvas, $400
My friend Cynthia gave me a book yesterday: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin which I am looking forward to getting into after I finish a couple of books I'm currently reading. Has anyone read it?  And...what's your take-away?
With regards to choosing what to paint, and how, I've been struck by a couple of simple quotations recently:
"I paint to please myself and the pleasure is contagious." Don Putnam
"You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go." Dr.  Seuss
Well, these two quotes reflect how I feel about art. Galleries want their artists to keep their art within a certain "look." I don't seem to be able to stay within any such restraints. I say, "Make the art you want to make right now."