Sunday, December 11, 2011

Formal Portrait, Dr. Thompson's Grandparents

Final size of painting is 18 X 24, oil

Here is the photo of Dr. T's Grandfather I had for reference

Here's the photo of Dr. T's grandmother that I started with...

I composed the painting like a traditional Japanese portrait. I added a body on Grandfather, sat Grandmother on a chair, chose a different kimono (silky texture, peach for the color, with hand-painted flowers). I also reasearched traditional hairstyles, and chose a simple, but more elegant upsweep.
I researched the samari outfit for the Grandfather.
I painted this in black and white first, then added color as I developed the painting.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

5 Miniature paintings accepted into the 36th Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida)

I am pleased to announce that five of my miniature oil paintings were accepted into the 36th Annual International Miniature Art Show hosted by MASF (Miniature Art Society of Florida). This show is the largest and most prestigious show in the US for contemporary miniature artists. Accepted were:
 "Warmth of a Buffalo Robe" (above)
2" X 3" oil

"Sweet Surprise"
2" x 3" oil

"The Little Gardner"
3" x 5" oil

"Lace Curtains & Yellow Roses"
3" x 5" oil

"Serenity - Lowlands Gorilla"
4" x 5" oil

The show runs - January 15th - February 5th, 2012
at: the Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL

 For more information about the show & traditional miniature art:

All of my accepted paintings will be for sale at the show....For more information about any of the paintings listed above, contact me: (Luann Houser):

Have a great Thanksgiving! Luann

Monday, May 30, 2011

"Prairie Bonnet" wins Best Oil Painting at Seaside Miniature Art Show

I am pleased to announce that "Prairie Bonnet" won Best Oil Painting at he Seaside Miniature Art Show. I am pleased to say, this is the second award this painting has recieved. She also SOLD at the Seaside Miniature Art Show. Many thanks to the Judge, Nar Steel (see statement below), and to the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. Many hours and hard work go into putting on a show this size, and the contributions of the gallery often go forgotten and unnoticed. Thanks again to all that made this show so successful!...this was an outstanding show with over 300 entries!

Here is Nar Steel's judges statement below, and a link to the gallery.
We are pleased to announce the winners for our 20th International Miniature Art Show and a statement from the judge:

Seaside Art Gallery phone: 800-828-2444

You can see the entire show at
20th International Miniature Art Show

It was such a joy to see these magnificent miniatures, but with the joy came the difficult task of selecting the winners.  As anyone who views miniature paintings knows, each painting is the result of painstaking effort and diligence

It was a delight to see Leung's study of his characters in Visitors at the museum.  Each image is so clearly defined and is a complete painting of its own.   Richard Haynes details in the tablecloth were amazing, plus the shadows were an integral part of the  Eggplants painting.  Judy Lalingo's HOUND is waiting patiently for his  next assignment. His eyes are so determined.  In Tracy Hall's miniature, you feel the softness of the dove's feathers as she attempts to hide in the contrasting light green leaves.  The young girl in Luann Houser's   painting faces the future with hope and faith.  Looking at the flowers in her dress speaks volumes to the artist's ability to capture every petal.  Thomas Lee's mixed media design allows the person to view the theme of few colors and then delights the eye with a splash of red immediately evokes  an emotional response.  The pencil drawing of Debi Davis called Half Pass is a superb use of  shadows. The eyes of the horse are carefully looking at each step he takes.  The shadows beneath the reins are so  skillfully drawn, plus the head and neck are perfectly balanced.   Mac , the sculpture by Karryl is a dog  ready to sit at your feet or lap.  The sculptor has textured the ears and face so well. We can see she has a great understanding of her subject.   The whimsical sculpture of  Sharon Dee Schaughnessy was a delight to see.  Only after viewing it under a magnifier could you appreciate the smiling mermaid looking at the Man in the Moon and resting her tail on his chin.  You can almost hear her singing a lovely piece, ageless and beautiful.

Every artist deserves a very loud applause.
Here is a link to Narissa's website and gallery:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Work In Progress for Lace Curtains and Roses, miniature painting

This is a mini-movie of a miniature painting, showing my working process for painting on Ampersand Gesso board, from start to finish. Finished painting size: 4" X 6".

Monday, May 2, 2011

Two Miniature Paintings accepted into the Parklane Gallery Miniature Show. See the Show on-line...

I found out this morning that two of my miniature paintings were accepted into the Parklane Gallery Miniature show in Kirkland, Washington. Accepted were "Lace Curtains and Roses", and "A Moment's Paws". Below, from the website, with the listing in the show:

To see the whole show, click here:

To see a nice video presentation, click here:

"A Moment's Paws" is at 01:01

Thank you to the Parklane Gallery for a beautiful presentation!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Three of My Miniature Paintings Are Currently Hanging at the Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC-You Can Visit the Show On-Line!

I currently have three paintings in the 20th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC. You can view the entire show on line! To see the show, visit:

Artists are listed alphabetically, my three pieces are "Serenity" (Lowlands Gorilla), "White Lace and Lillies", and "Prairie Bonnet".

More information about the show is at this link:

I am thrilled to see that "White Lace and Lillies" has already sold! My sincere thanks to the gallery for a wonderful opportunity to display my miniatures. The on-line gallery is wonderful, lots of beautiful paintings!

Now, I'm off to my easel (after chores, of course...!). Yesterday I spent the entire day in my little, (but expanding) flower beds. I have a pretty purple iris blooming this morning! I'm almost glad we're having rain today, slinging bags of mulch and placing river rock is hard work :)


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Paws and Reflect, Fresh off the easel- 4" X 5" miniature oil

Fresh off the easel! Miniature oil painting "Paws and Reflect" 4" X 5". I may change the name on this painting, I'm not sure it "fits", but it's what I came up with this morning after one cup of tea :).

Happy Easter Everyone!
Cheers, Luann H

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Prairie Bonnet" Wins Second Place at the Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show!

My miniature painting, "Prairie Bonnet" won second place at the Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show in Mobile Alabama. All three of my paintings, "Serenity-Lowlands Gorilla", "Lillies and Lace", and "Praire Bonnet" were accepted into this pretigeous show, and will hang through the month of March at the Mobile Art Council on Dauphin Street at Cathedral Square in Mobil, Alabama.

Thank you to all involved in the show, I'm honored to have been selected into the show, and winning an award was a pleasant and unexpected surprise! See this link for more information about the show:  (Serenity, Lowlands Gorilla is on the bottom left):

I wish I lived close enough to see the show, but if you live nearby, it's certain to be worth a trip to see....many talented artists, gorgeous work, a wonderful place to shop for an original miniature painting to add to your collection....


Friday, March 18, 2011

I have an art booth this weekend at the Montgomery Women's Club Art and Antiques Show, Montgomery Ohio

This weekend I will be setting up an art booth with my work at the Montgomery Women's Club Art and Antiques Show, Montgomery, OH

Location: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45242

Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20

Everyone is invited...I've heard great things about the show, and I'm looking forward to a fun weekend!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My painting "A Penny For Your Thoughts" was awarded People's Choice Award at Wings, Scales & Tails Art Show

I was in Columbus, OH Sunday for the art show, "Wings, Scales & Tails", sponsored by the Ohio Midwest Veterinary Conference.

I'm pleased to announce that my Oil Painting of a Great Dane, "A Penny For Your Thoughts" won People's Choice!

"Silver Lighting on a Frozen Pond - Black Wolf" also had numerous votes, but "Penny" was the winner.

(the paintings were shown in my previous post....)

Thank You to everyone who attended and for honoring me with your votes!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Midwest Veterinary Conference Art Show - Wings, Scales and Tails

The Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio will hold an art show in conjunction with the Veterinary conference: The art show is called, Wings, Scales and Tails. I have two paintings that were accepted into the show, and will be on display and available for sale.
The show will be held Feb 24-27, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, downtown Columbus Ohio. For more information:

My paintings in the show:

"A Penny For Your Thoughts"
18 x 24 oil painting of Penny, a rescue Great Dane

"Silver Lighting on a Frozen Pond - Black Wolf"

From the entries in the show, two pieces are selected for the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards. Jurors from Ohio art associations select the pieces for the show and also select the Best of Show winner.
All of the pieces are available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the 2011 MVC Charities in Action: the Wounded Warrior Project and the Josh Project.
The art show shares the same hours as the Registration and Customer Service areas. Please be sure to visit this year’s presentation and cast your vote for the People’s Choice award recipient.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Western Lowlands Gorilla miniature oil painting 4 X 5

Just finished!

Miniature oil painting of a Western Lowlands Gorilla
4 x 5 inches, a penny is in the corner for scale.
I just updated the scan today, more true to color than from my phone...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

new miniature oil-2x3 inches..."prairie bonnet"

Wet paint...just signed, 2 x 3 inch oil painting miniature...a penny is next to the painting to show scale (published from my Droid!)....
Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.6

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A four-part video lecture by Scott Burdick called "The Banishment of Beauty"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Finished miniature, "Lavender and Lillies" miniature painting, 3 x 5 in oil

"Lavender and Lillies"
3 X 5 oil painting
The penny at the top is added for scale

Painting tutorial for "Lavender and Lillies", miniature oil painting

This is a short movie showing the progression of a miniature oil painting "Lavender and Lillies", a 3 x 5 oil painting on gesso board. At the end, I've shown a penny to show relative scale of this miniature painting.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

White Lace and Lavender-in progress miniature painting

White Lace and Lavender, miniature oil painting in progress, shown with penny for scale. 3 x 5 inches
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

on the easel

White lace and lavendar, miniature oil painting, in progress 3 in x 5 in (that's really tiny)
Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.5
A Penny For Your Thoughts,
18 X 24 oil painting of Penny, a rescued Great Dane

My new blog...can I keep this up-to-date?

January 2, 2011

A brand new year, a brand new blog. I am starting my blog as a way to share information and insights into my paintings, my painting procedures, what is new in my world as an artist. I would like to link up to my favorite artists and pastimes, show some paintings in progress and final paintings.

I would much rather be spending my time in front of my easel, so forgive me if this is not updated with any frequency.