Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Home Sweet Hope," Contemporary Mixed Media Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


9"x 12" Mixed Media Painting on Canvas, $95

I have been giving a lot of thought lately to the concept of hope.
It begins at home.
I started this series of Home Sweet Hope paintings
with the idea of adopted kids.
But adopted or home-grown, we all need hope every day of our lives.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Festive Cupcake, Contemporary Mixed Media Still Life by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4"x 4" x 5/8" Mixed Media on Canvas, $45

I have made 61 cupcakes from scratch in less than
1 week.  They have been delicious, especially 
the "wedding cake" frosting.
Our daughter had a birthday, two parties,
lots of hoopla and more than enough 
cupcakes.

This little piece was created with acrylic paints,
assorted specialty papers, and charcoal.
It would look great on a small easel in the kitchen
or in a nursery.

If you want this little delight,
please let me know at

And thank you for visiting my site - I really appreciate it.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Home Is Where The Food Is, Food Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8"x 16" Acrylic on Canvas, $150

Our family loves to cook and loves to eat.
We just finished having Faith's birthday dinner with all 6 kids
and the new puppy over for a few hours.
We didn't eat anything represented in this painting,
but I have eaten about 6 whole watermelons
so far this summer.
Impressive, right?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Poppies


4"x 6" Oil on canvas Panel, $85

This little painting was begun in Maine
during my Art Retreat,
and finished at home.

If you would like to purchase this small piece of artwork
please contact me at

Growing Up Too Fast


Our beautiful second daughter, third child,
is about to be 15.
This is what it feels like - it's been a blur...
of activity, achievements, arguments,
amazing cello music, original - I mean ORIGINAL - artwork,
tears, heart-stopping smiles,  growth,
driving here and there, insight (on her part, not mine),
creativity, off the wall humor.

It's gone too fast, and I can't hold on...
Happy Birthday, Faith

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Moondance


3-3/4"x5" Mixed Media
$40

As I get older I am more & more drawn to...
(gasp!)
...abstract art.
Can't help it - just is a fact.

Sometimes abstract art can speak to me when nothing else does.
Sometimes abstract art can be there when the concrete world
is not making sense, and that can be comforting.
Sometimes abstract art is just peaceful to look at,
and doesn't carry any specific representations
that might have negative triggers.
It can hold my attention, or be a place of refuge,
depending on the day or the hour.

Some of my art friends are disparaging of abstract art.
I have found it can be extremely challenging to create.
And lovely to observe.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Exuberance, Contemporary Mixed Media Painting


20"x20"x1" Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas, $175
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Started my day with a latte from
VILLAGE COFFEE
thanks to A.G.!!!
(She's a spy so I can't use her real name.)
Bought sunflowers for set-up for painting class.
Taught painting class.
Had dog groomed.
Shopped for special cupcake supplies.
Went swimming.
Had gluten-free pizza and salad.
Made yummy lemon cupcakes with amazing frosting -
all from scratch.
Ate cupcake.
Played cards with Asian Daughter #1.
Going to bed.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Grass Withers, Contemporary Still Life Mixed Media Paintings


18"x24" Mixed Media on Canvas Panel, $125

Peonies and thoughts of the eternal,
this painting went through several phases
before I was satisfied with it.
Acrylic paints, hand-made papers, and stamping with acrylic paint.

Today I had the privilege of teaching a new painting student
as well as two of my high school students.
It is thrilling to see them soar.

Thank you for visiting my site;
I would really love to hear what YOU are doing 
creativity-wise this summer.
Are you keeping a journal?  Writing old-fashioned snail mail letters?
Learning a musical instrument?  Training dogs?  Teaching kids?
Playing with bits of paper and glue?  Photographing your surroundings?
Starting a blog?  BE BRAVE!!
(And LMK about it.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ocean, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x24"x1.5" Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas, $150

Scattered, busy, driving around in 110 degree heat,
errands, house cleaning, hospitality (read Mark cooking up a storm), 
selling paintings,
exploring new opportunities, painting whenever I can,
teaching lessons, laundry.

Thankful for family, art, great meals prepared by Mark,
iced tea, laughing at the new puppy,
fresh sheets on the bed, students, watermelon,
air conditioning, loving friends.

To purchase this painting (painted edges, ready to hang with pushpin),
please contact me at

Monday, June 18, 2012

Just For Fun Trees #3


6"x12"x1/2" Acrylic on Canvas, $75

This is one of those "negative painting" pieces
that are so much fun to create.
I am looking forward to doing this technique with my
Thursday art students this week.

The edges are painted in same background colors, 
so it's ready to hang with a long push pin.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting,
please contact me at

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beach Scene Oil Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


24"x48" Oil on Canvas, $600
To purchase this painting please contact me at
amy.whitehouse@me.com

This painting was finished a couple of days ago.  I seem to be intent on
beach scenes; guess it's about time for our yearly trip to the coast.

This evening I finished one of the best books I've ever read:
Unbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand.
Seriously, read it.

Thank you for visiting my site,
and please leave your comments.
I love to get honest feedback,
as well as to know someone is looking!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Autumn Thoughts Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


22"x28" Oil on Canvas, $500
With the temperature hovering around 110 degrees,
thoughts of autumn feel good.
This is a fairly large canvas with lots of color and life to it.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting
please contact me at 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cactus Bloom 3 Contemporary Southwest Art Paintings


Oil on Canvas, 11"x 14", $149

This week I've taught some painting classes,  
babysat a 1 yr. old for a couple of days,
welcomed my daughter's new puppy into the fold,
and worked on some collage and painting around all the activity.
With the girls out of school, I had envisioned lots of
"free time," reading on the couch, watching a movie here and there,
napping....?
Not so much, but life is great, and I love helping others find their 
creativity, and I love pushing paint around on canvas.
Thanks for looking at my art!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

"Hatchlings," Contemporary Abstract Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


6"x12" Mixed Media on Canvas, $125

Lately I'm drawn to mixed media
and experimentation.

If interested in purchasing this painting,
please contact me at

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Time Out Figurative Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4"x6" Oil on Panel, $75
Summer brings vacation, swimming pools, time to read,
lemonade, cook-outs, and often, 
cranky kids!
Sometimes Mom needs the time-out.
If interested in this painting, 
please contact me at


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Walk on the Beach Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x16," Oil on Linen Panel, $60
DAY 60 of CHALLENGE 60
I made it!  
Thank you to all who have supported this fundraiser.
Many paintings have been sold, our friends have been helped
with medical bills, and I am greatly encouraged.

If you would like to purchase this painting,
please contact me at


Friday, June 8, 2012

Calm Ocean Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8"x10," Oil on Canvas, $60
Day 59 of CHALLENGE 60
One more day to go!  
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Russian Rhapsody Mixed Media Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


9"x12" Mixed Media on Canvas, $95
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I am in a collage/mixed media frame of mind these days,
but have tomorrow scheduled for oil painting with friends.
I love going back and forth,
trying new ideas, laying out hundreds of paper choices,
painting around, on top, underneath (not in that order).
Paper, scissors, glue - it's kindergarten all over again.  YAY!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Miami Beach Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


Day 56 of CHALLENGE 60
20"x20"x1.5" Acrylic on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
$60 + S&H

Thanks to all who have participated in CHALLENGE 60 
by purchasing artwork:  you've encouraged me
and the financial help to our friends will certainly encourage them as well.

If interested in this painting please get in touch with me at

Several paintings have sold this past week
and I have been happily packaging and mailing.
Also painting and doing more collage, redecorating,
seeing the dentist more than I'd like, reading "Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrand,
and trying to stay out of the triple digit weather.
This is a great time to MAKE TIME to read, think, write, play music, make art.
Please share.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Carmel Meditation Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


6"x12," Oil on Canvas, $195

We had a memorable vacation in Carmel several years ago,
and I have been saving photographs of that trip.
Finally got around to actually painting from that collection this past week,
and I can hardly wait to go back there.  It's like the perfect Euro/Pacific Coast combo.

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