Friday, August 31, 2012

Purple Flower, Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


36" x 36" x 2.5" Oil, $1100

I have been working on this painting for the last week.
There is a little more green - a leaf - at the top, as well as more of the leaves
in the lower left corner.  It's a little hard to photograph as it is a BIG square.
I'm really happy with the outcome, though I couldn't seem to adequately capture it
with my camera.
The background is a light buttery yellow, 2.5" edges painted the same 
so it hangs easily and with contemporary flair with no frame.

Making art is such a gift, gratifying, exciting - 
I never know exactly what I'll end up with and enjoy the surprises.
I understand why Vincent VanGogh went without food -
and nearly everything else - in order to buy paint.

I have several paintings in my head.  
And I'm looking forward to seeing how they play out.
Stay tuned, won't you?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Roses Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


11" x 14", Oil on Canvas, $50

This is an older painting that needs a home.
Please contact me if you're interested:

On The Edge gallery opens Saturday!
7050 E. 5th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Grand opening TBA - sometime in October.
Come see all the beautiful art; open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Labradoodle Dog Portrait Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4"x 4" x 1.5",  Acrylic on Canvas, $85

This is the view of our labradoodle from the floor.
He would like life to be a little more exciting, can you tell?
I love painting dogs.  If you would like a portrait of your dog(s),
please let me know.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Keep Calm & Live at the Beach Contemporary Animal Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x12"x2" Oil Painting, $150

I'm already missing the beach.  During my time at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island,
I would take a late afternoon walk north towards Georgia and almost make it to my birth state.
There was water between me and The Peach State, but I was close.
Anyway around 6 p.m. hundreds and hundreds of sea gulls 
congregated near this area.  
They are beautifully designed creatures and I enjoyed trying to capture them  
with my camera.
Lots of attitude in these guys.
LMK if you want this one:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Afternoon Treat Mixed Media Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x16" Mixed Media on Canvas, $295
To purchase this painting please contact me at
I finished this painting last year, I think;
this week has been filled with other kinds of creativity!

After getting the teenagers home from school, it was time for our afternoon swim.
Taking care of Maggie this week has brought lots of smiles
and special hugs.  How does a baby have so much love to give?
Anyway we're grateful to have a 1 yr. old pattering around our home.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunflowers in Asian Vase Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


16" x 20" Limited Edition of Prints, $50 + Shipping

To purchase a print of this painting, please contact me at

Today I picked up my beautiful prints of this painting
from Phoenix Photo Lab,
the same Lab that Phoenix Art Museum uses for its prints.
I highly recommend this quality Photo Lab;
several of my artist friends are using this same establishment.
The paper I chose is heavy, creamy, lovely.
I have signed and numbered each print.
VERY VERY HAPPY with this new product.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Red Flowers Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


20" x 24" Oil on Canvas, $700

Today a few of us painted the inside of the new art gallery
On The Edge
which will open September 1 in Old Town Scottsdale.
SO EXCITING!
It is located in a very popular area with fantastic
restaurants all around.
I'm so looking forward to hanging my art and getting to know the other artists.
More details to follow.
If interested in purchasing this painting - hot off the easel -
please contact me at

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cactus Blooms Southwest Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


24" x 36" Oil on Canvas, $250

 Feeling a little schizophrenic (in the common use of the term):
I'm reading  a book on Francis of Assisi and trying to take away something
I can use in my life.
It begins with exploring his journey to radically simplify his life,
really know the voice of God,
and commit to poverty.
Okay...
in the midst of texting, voice mails, e-mails, driving teenagers to different charter schools,
making orthodontic/dental cleaning/haircut/pediatrician/ appointments,
changing said appointments because of conflicts with OTHER commitments,
grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, teaching piano lessons,
teaching painting lessons,
beginning a new co-op art gallery,
exercising to increase my energy,
returning phone calls,
posting artwork online to several online galleries,
MAKING ART,
letting the dogs in and out 25 times a day,
sending out birthday cards,
mailing paintings that have sold (thank You, Lord),
reading/praying/journaling...
where do I begin to simplify...
and "poverty"?  I don't think so...
what about the orthodontist/music teacher/birthday gifts,
not to mention electricity, gasoline, FOOD...
Well...when I paint, all of these concerns and "ought to's" disappear
and I am one mentally healthy camper. 
Comments?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Arizona Sunset Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12" x 16" Oil on Canvas, $450

To purchase this painting please contact me at

Beach Retreat, Photograph from Fernandina Beach, FL


Recently our family spent a couple of weeks in Florida,
visiting family, friends, and playing in the ocean.
Towards the end of our stay, my husband had to return with the girls ahead of me,
 because they were starting school.
So, that meant I had 3 days alone to paint.
I took a lot of pictures for reference material from which to paint
back in Arizona. 
This was one of my favorite photographs of the lot.
It shows the path to the beach and ocean from the beach house
generously provided by old friends, Rosanne and Nina.
Now, forgive me if the following analogy sounds trite, but, hey,
I'm trying.
This path looks like the way to beach nirvana, right?
And is was, being near a state park and kind of out in the middle of nowhere,
the beach was always empty of people or nearly so.
The views were spectacular, the sound and sight of the waves so comforting.
BUT,
one of the afternoons as I was making my way along this sandy way,
suddenly a large (medium?) snake crossed the path about 10 inches in front of me.
O.K. so where's the analogy?
Life this side of heaven is never nirvana.  It is always a mix of 
COMFORT, LOVE, DELIGHT, FUN, BEAUTY,
and
DANGER, FEAR, FRUSTRATION, HURTS, UGLINESS.
This week has brought blessings and disappointments,
affirmations and discouragements.
I'm so glad God is sovereign and I have the choice to rest in Him.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Red Peony Contemporary Flower Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


30" x 40" Oil on Canvas, $1200
To purchase please contact me at

Hot off the easel, the background and 1.5" edges are painted in
Brilliant White which has a touch of yellow in it.
Makes for a warm background for a striking composition.
Loved painting this one.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Landscape Reflection Abstract Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8" x 16" Oil on Canvas, $175

To purchase this painting please contact me at

Home from the beach with lots of reference photos
and tons of inspiration to paint.
Exploring new directions,
styles, and subjects.
Keepin' it real.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Watchin' the Storm Roll In, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8" x 10" Oil Painting, $175

My husband relaxing as the storm comes...our favorite time of the day
at the beach.
We are back home in Phoenix where it was 118 degrees yesterday.
It cooled down to 115 today. Yippee.

Why did we leave the beach to come home to this weather?
The kids' schools started August 1st.
Yeah...I know.

If you would like to have this beach scene in your home,
please contact me at
amy.whitehouse@me.com

Thank you for visiting.  I do appreciate it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beach Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8"x10" Oil on Canvas, $200

To purchase please contact me at

Just home from Florida beaches. Lots of painting, some plein aire, but mostly inside
away from the sand getting into everything, flies, heat & major humidity.
Despite 111 degrees in Phoenix, it's great to be home.
I love my home.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yellow Knife Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


9" x 12" Oil on Panel, $95
To purchase this painting please contact me at

Two more days at Fernandina Beach, FL, which is at the upper NE
tip of FL, where the St. Mary's River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
I have been working on a few ocean/beach paintings these past
several days,
and plan to PHOTOGRAPH them tomorrow.
Working several hours a day attempting to
complete a few 18" x 24" sizes.
Results are coming - hope you like!
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