Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Serenity, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x16" Oil, $195

Tending to my youngest (14) as she tries to
recover from Influenza B.
I did work on the 8' x 3' canvas for 
Scottsdale Bible Church today,
no small task as that is nearly bigger than my whole studio!
I also played with my R & F pigment sticks
which are just the funnest thing ever.
Is "funnest" a word?  Guess not...
If you would like to have this painting in your home or office,
please contact me at

Monday, January 28, 2013

Peonies in Red Vase, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12" x 16" Oil, $300

I'm starting a new adult painting class next week,
so trying to narrow down what to teach -
too many ideas!!!
In the meantime, I'm working on an 8' by 3' canvas
which doesn't fit too well in my studio.
Tricky, but a challenge is always good.
If you would love to have this painting in your home,
please let me know at
And thank you for visiting!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Arizona Sunset, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12" x 16" Oil, $400

It's been rainy here in the Phoenix area; so unusual, so of course we needed it.
Even though it was pouring much of yesterday, we had a good crowd in to the gallery 
in Old Town.
I feel very blessed indeed to have sold 2 paintings at the gallery this week,
as well as one from online marketing.

If you are interested in purchasing the painting above,
please let me know at
And thank you for visiting my blog ~ I do appreciate it!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Miami Heat, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


30" x 30" x 1.5" Acrylic & Oil, $350

Great day at On The Edge Gallery today, around 70 visitors,
lots of superlative comments about our space.
Come visit if you haven't yet!
One of my patrons from California came by today - 
thanks, Sandy!

To purchase this painting, please contact me at:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kitchen Hospitality, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


18" x 24" Oil, $125

This would make a great focal point for any eating area.
I love the pineapple as a painting subject; it has a lot of similarity
with the palm tree for painting textures and spiky-ness.
And for being dramatic.
Let me know if you are interested:


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cosmos, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


18" x 24" Oil on Stretched Canvas,  $300

Lots of fun activity at the Art Gallery today - energy, excitement, meeting new people, artists bringing in new work, Wyatt playing guitar - and I sold a painting today, which makes it a really good day.  Anyway, we have some new artists with great work on display, I have new work up on my wall, and I would love to show you around the 40+ artists' areas so you can enjoy the beauty.
I will be working from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.  Come on down! 7050 E. 5th Ave., between Goldwater and Scottsdale Rd.  On The Edge
Gallery in on the north side of 5th Ave. in Old Town.

To purchase this painting, please let me know right away,
as it is now hanging in the gallery and may go fast.
(At least that's what my fellow artists say will happen!)
Contact me at
And to see portfolios of my work -
landscapes, animals, still life, seascapes....
please visit:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sea Oats, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


12"x 12" Oil on Canvas, $225

I worked on this one off and on for a couple of weeks
and am pleased with the final result.
Does this look like Florida?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Go Wild, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


My painting students did some amazing work today;
I really ought to have an art show...

I revisited this painting and added some more bright color
and am happier with it now.
It is 20"x20", Oil,
priced at $220.
The edges are painted so it doesn't need a frame.
LMK if you are interested:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Poppies, Contemporary Floral Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4"x 6" Acrylic, $95

To purchase this little canvas
contact me at

Today was great: painting with my hilarious artist friends,
selling a painting and catching up with a lovely Southern belle,
watching my favorite comedies this evening,
and knowing the weather is going from 20's to 70's
just like it's supposed to be in Phoenix in January.
Life is good.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ponte Vedra Beach, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


9"x12" Oil on Canvas, $225

My favorite teacher I had in high school was
Karen Kelly Becker,
and she is the one who shared an image 
from which I painted this one.
Karen (still more comfortable calling her "Miss Kelly") 
actually gets to LIVE in this gorgeous place.
Anyway I've been thinking I should revisit
some of  William Faulkner's work.
It's been awhile...

If you would love to have this oil painting
in your home,
please contact me at

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's A Beautiful Tree 2, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8"x10" Mixed Media, $150

This painting has several layers of various
hand-made papers, paints and varnish.
I do love trees; they provide endless possibilities for artwork.

This past weekend I had the good fortune
to visit a new artist friend's studio
and was duly inspired.
Lenni is an abstract artist
whose paintings simply glow and soothe.
So...yes, I started an abstract painting today...
we'll see how that goes.
As I've said before,
abstract work can look so simple;
but good abstract art is challenging,
at least to me.

If you would love to have
"It's A Beautiful Tree"
in your home,
please contact me at:

The first "It's A Beautiful Tree"
is showing at Village Coffee Roastery,
NW corner of Hayden and Via de Ventura.
They have the best coffee in town; beans too!
8120 N. Hayden Rd. #104 - Scottsdale

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hibiscus, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


6"x 8," Oil, $45

I am planning on posting several small paintings
at low prices 
over the next few weeks;
I'm hoping to fund a major
art supplies shopping expedition.

Recently I purchased some R & F oil sticks
which I must warn you are very
addictive.
They are creamy
and luscious
and fun.
Now I want more!

Thank you for visiting my site;
please send me your blog so I can get to know you too.

And if you're interested in this little painting,
please contact me at

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Whipped Cream Cupcake, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8" x 10," Oil on Canvas, $150

Today was a great day of teaching painting classes
and doing a bit of painting of my own.
I am also starting a 6-week discipline
of a drawing-a-day.
Anybody want to join me?

To purchase today's painting,
please contact me at
amy.whitehouse@me.com

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sand In My Sandals, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4.75" x 6.25" Acrylic on W/C Paper, $45

To purchase this little painting,
please contact me at

Today I took one of our daughters to her cello lesson,
washed dishes,
put away Christmas wrap,
and ordered business cards.
I had planned to do so much more.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Perfect Day At The Beach, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


3" x 5" Acrylic, $75

Currently reading three books:
Van Gogh: The Life
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
The Happiness Project

I've already mentioned the first two, and today I wanted to tell you about
The Happiness Project
anyway.

As you may have surmised from my many paintings of the sea,
I am happy at the beach.
That's a little tough sometimes since I live in the desert.
But painting the ocean
makes me happy.
So I am fortunate in that respect,
and continue to paint the waves, the coastline, the clouds over the sea, etc.

What makes you happy?
That's the first step in developing your own "Happiness Project."
Write it down and share it with someone.
Then do something about it.

Oh yes, to purchase any of my paintings, please contact me at:

And please stay tuned, because I have lots of ideas for new pages
at the top of this blog, which I hope to begin adding by tomorrow at the latest.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fruit Bowl, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


20"x 20," Oil on Canvas, $275

A bird's-eye view of an old wooden bowl laden with fresh fruit.
This oil painting is available for purchase; just contact me at

For anyone in the Phoenix metro area who is interested in a beginner's
painting classes,
I am forming an adult class to be held on a weekday morning, on a weekly basis.
Please contact me at the above e-mail address if you have questions
about this class.
I would love to hear from you.
Teaching painting is the best job ever -
I always feel so gratified that the students had a great time
and feel good about the art they have created.

Monday, January 7, 2013

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


9" x 12", Acrylic, $195

To purchase this painting please contact me at

Today I had the pleasure of lunching with a dear artist friend,
Kimberly Conrad,
a mulit-talented artist and teacher.
Please check out her site:

My head is spinning with ideas for painting
having seen so much great art in Denver these past days
as well as reading the recent biography on Vincent:
Van Gogh:  The Life
by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Please share your creative efforts/blog addresses with me.
I would love to know you better!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Florida Palm, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


4"x 5," Watercolor, $45

To purchase this painting,
please contact me at

Today I had the privilege of attending the exhibit
"Becoming Van Gogh"
at the Denver Art Museum,
and it was excellent.
The curation for this exclusive show began in 2007;
it has been so popular that the museum is having
24 hour showings during the last weekend.
I have been reading the relatively new biography,
and saw the artwork with more understanding of the misery
with which this master artist lived.
The last work, painted just 2 weeks before he was 
accidentally shot in a field (and subsequently died at 37),
evoked strong emotion.
Go if you have the opportunity.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Angel Dog, Contemporary Pet Portraits by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


This is an oil painting of my angel dog, Alfie, when he was a pup.
He is coming up on 8 years old and still guarding our home with ferocious tenacity;
when he HEARS something anyway.
This particular painting is not for sale because I can't part with it.
HOWEVER
I love to do pet commissions 
so please let me know if you'd like one done of 
YOUR special pet.

Contact me at
for details.

As I write, I am sitting in a lovely apt. in Denver, CO,
anticipating visiting the exclusive VanGogh exhibit
tomorrow at the Denver Art Museum.
I am so excited as Vincent is my favorite artist.
Recently a friend asked me why that is,
to which I responded that his work is
raw, fresh, real, and simply speaks to my soul.
It is so honest.
I will tell you all about this exhibit in my next post.
Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Treat Time, Contemporary Dog Portrait Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


10"x 10," Oil, $275

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

We had a great evening at On The Edge Gallery,
I was the featured artist, so I demonstrated painting a beach scene
(which I will photograph tomorrow)
and I think I'm happy with the result.
I'll know better in the morning when I see it with
"fresh eyes."
Anyway, I sold a painting of a dog tonight,
and since I can't find a photo of that painting in my
oh-so-organized files,
I'm attaching another one of my favorites.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cloudscape over the Atlantic, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse


8"x 10," Oil, $150

Painted from a reference photo I'd shot this past summer
when I had the good fortune to spend
TWO WEEKS
at the beach.

I'm loving painting wet-into-wet with my oils,
and skies with clouds are a great subject with which to use this method.

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