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Serenity, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com

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

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com And thank you for visiting!

Arizona Sunset, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com And thank you for visiting my blog ~ I do appreciate it!

Miami Heat, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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: amy.whitehouse@me.com

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

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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: amy.whitehouse@me.com

Cosmos, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com And to see portfolios of my work - landscapes, animals, still life, seascapes.... please visit: AmyWhitehousePaintings.com

Hibiscus #2, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Amy Whitehouse

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So here are Hibiscus #2 and the first Hibiscus, each one at 6"x8", each one priced at $45 Which one do you like better? amy.whitehouse@me.com

Sea Oats, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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? amy.whitehouse@me.com

Go Wild, Contemporary Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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: amy.whitehouse@me.com

French Chair, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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3" x 5" Acrylic on W/C Paper, $35
This tiny study of a French chair is available for purchase: amy.whitehouse@me.com

What are you doing creatively these days?

Poppies, Contemporary Floral Floral Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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4"x 6" Acrylic, $95
To purchase this little canvas contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com

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

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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: amy.whitehouse@me.com
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

Hibiscus, Contemporary Still Life Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com

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

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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

Choppy Seas, Seascape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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8" x 10," Oil on Canvas, $95
Great day teaching and painting. Lucky girl am I.
To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com

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

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4.75" x 6.25" Acrylic on W/C Paper, $45
To purchase this little painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

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

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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: amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

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

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

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

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9" x 12", Acrylic, $195
To purchase this painting please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
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: kimberlyconradfineart.com
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!

Florida Palm, Contemporary Landscape Paintings by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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4"x 5," Watercolor, $45
To purchase this painting, please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

Angel Dog, Contemporary Pet Portraits by Arizona Artist Amy Whitehouse

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com 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.

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

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10"x 10," Oil, $275
If you would like to purchase this painting,  please contact me at amy.whitehouse@me.com
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.

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

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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 amy.whitehouse@me.com