Friday, November 30, 2012

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


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


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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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


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

Monday, November 26, 2012

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


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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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


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

Thank you for visiting my site
and I love when comments are given.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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


6" x 8," Oil on Panel, $125

To purchase this painting please contact me at

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!

Friday, November 23, 2012

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


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


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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Coastal Joy, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


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


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU



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.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Choppy Waters, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


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

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.

Friday, November 16, 2012

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


12" x 12," Oil on Stretched Canvas, $65

Day 19 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE
To purchase this painting please contact me at

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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Painting Days



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.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Basset Pooch, Dog Portraits by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8" x 10," Acrylic, Custom Framed, $65
Day 17 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE

To purchase this little guy please contact me at

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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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


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


Friday, November 9, 2012

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


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.


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!!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cold Weather Beach, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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


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 authors
have in my life.  I certainly hope something significant.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beautiful Ocean, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


Day 12 of 20-Day CHRISTMAS SALE
Acrylic on Heavy Watercolor Paper, Deckled Edges, $65

To purchase this little gem, please contact me at

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.

As Thanksgiving approaches,
I can hardly count the blessings.