Saturday, December 1, 2012

"A Woman's Touch" Wins MASF Best of Show Award

I am excited to share the big news that my miniature oil painting,
"A Woman's Touch"
was awarded
Best of Show
at the 2013 Miniature Art Society of Florida
annual Miniature Art Show!

This painting was also selected to be added to the permanent collection of art owned and exhibited by the Miniature Art Society of Florida. This means it will be a permanent part of a select few paintings chosen to represent the best in contemporary miniature art. For a more comprehensive explaination of what miniature art is, please visit the MASF website (below).

The Florida MASF show is the largest juried show of traditional miniature art in the United States, with over 700 paintings from the best miniature artists in the world participating. This is a major milestone in my career as an artist!

For more information about the upcoming exhibit, visit the website for MASF:

I also am pleased to announce that three other paintings were accepted into the show:

"Uninvited" 3 X 5 oil
"Grandmother's Hands" 3 X 4 oil

"Catch Me If You Can" 2 X 3 oil

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Serenity wins award at MPSGS Miniature Art Show

I'm pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting,
Serenity - Lowlands Gorilla,
won an award at the The Miniature Painters, Sculptors &
Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.

The opening reception will be  Nov. 18, 2012 from 2-4 pm
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
"Serenity, lowlands gorilla" will be for sale at the show. For more information and to see this and other award-winning art, please visit:
"Serenity, lowlands gorilla" is a miniature oil painting by Luann Houser ©2012 Luann Houser. All rights reserved 

Monday, May 28, 2012

"Kindred Spirits" Wins Best Oil at Seaside Art Gallery Show

I'm very pleased to announce that my painting, "Kindred Spirits" won the Best Oil/Acrylic award at Seaside Art Gallery Minature Art Show, Nags Head, NC. There are many beautiful paintings in the show.

You can visit the gallery and see the show on-line at:

View the paintings in the show at:

Many thanks to Melanie and her staff for a wonderful show! The show will remain up until June 2, so there's still time to visit!

Many thanks, also, to Bev Abbott, the judge of the show and an accomplished miniature artist! It's always such a great feeling when an artist whom you admire selects a piece for special recognition. I loved this piece, and it was hard to part with. Below is Bev's Judge's statement about "Kindred Spirits":

"The show has been a joy to judge. There are many wonderful pieces to exclaim over. When judging a miniature painting or sculpture, besides the usual qualities of composition, etc., I look for detail and a refinement of technique and emotion. The piece should be able to be enlarged and still hold its quality.

Best Oil/Acrylic:

"Kindred Spirits", oil by Luann Houser

This is a sensitive oil with excellent attention to detail, highlights and shadows. The color balance is harmonious. The reflected light on the man from his horse’s nose is smoothly painted to blend his expressive face into a wonderful whole. The emotion in tis painting is overwhelming and rarely portrayed this well." (Bev Abbott)

Here is a complete list of the winners...Congratulations to all!!:
 First Place
 Carol Alleman,
 bronze, 6 x 3 inches.

 Second Place
Rachelle Siegrist, TN
 "Fine Art In Little"
Opaque watercolor is 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"; frame: 5" x 6"
Third Place
 Linda Rossin, NJ
"A Woman's Touch"
 Acrylic painting is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"; frame: 5" x 5".
Best Of...
Best Watercolor:
"Resting Prince" by Rebecca Latham, MN

Best Oil / Acrylic:
"Kindred Spirits" by Luann Houser, IN

Best Graphic:
"Reef Fish" by Viviane DeKosinsky, VA

 Best Drawing:
"Pair O' Jacks" by Pamela Wildermuth, CA

Best Sculpture, Metal:
"Island Horses, Good Grass" by Cathy Kuzma, MT

 Best Sculpture, Other:
"Free at Last" by Nancy Lucks, VA
 Best Mixed Media:
"Sailing the Sun Down" by Patricia McCandless, FL
 Best Pastel Media:
"Window Seat" by Cheryl Hufnagel, WA

People's Choice Award:
"Woman with Pigeons" by Johannes Landman, Canada

I'm off to work horses before the heat of the day sets in, when I'll be behind my easel!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Distant Dreams" wins 1st Place

I am pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting, "Distant Dreams" is the 1st place winner at the Parklane Gallery Miniature Art Show in Kirkland, Washington. Follow this link to see this and other paintings at the show:

"Distant Dreams"is a 2" X 3" miniature oil painting.

Thanks to the gallery for all of their hard work in putting together this lovely show. Congratulations to all of the winners, and special thanks to the judge of this year's show, Donna Leavitt.

As you can imagine, I'm still on cloud nine!

Also accepted into the show, my painting, "Serenity" (lowlands gorilla).

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show Entries

Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show, 2012

I am pleased to announce that two of my miniature paintings were accepted into the Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show in Nags Head, NC. The show is now open for on-line viewing. The show hangs through the month of May. The Seaside Miniature Art Show is a very lovely show, with many outstanding entries. Below is my painting, "Kindred Spirits."

(This painting has already SOLD at the show!) In a later post, I plan to do a tutorial of "Kindred Spirits", to let you see my process, from reference gathering to final painting. Watch for updates!
"Kindred Spirits" is a 4" X 4" oil painting. "Kindred Spirits" will remain on display at Seaside Art Gallery April 28, 2012 through June 2, 2012. Please visit the website for more detailed information: and see the show on-line at this link:

Yesterday I got the great news from my fellow artist traveler, Pat Getha, that my other painting in this show also SOLD! Many, many thanks to Melanie at Seaside Art Gallery!

"Lace Curtains and Yellow Roses"
3" X 5" oil miniature - SOLD
I will MISS my little paintings!

Today I looked up Nags Head, NC...wouldn't that be a wonderful road trip! What a beautiful area, such a lovely place for a weekend vacation. I hope that Melanie continues to have a great show...I'm off to my easel on a cool, blustery day, perfect for painting!
Regards! Luann

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Portrait of Katie - 3" X 4" Miniature oil

Fresh off the easel!

An oil portrait head study of Katie,
 my black filly (born this year).
She was one day old in this painting, all soft fuzz and curious.
(Elegant Jazz, TB X Smooth Jazz Harmony, APHA)....

Painting size, 3" X 4", on ampersand Gesso Board...
The penny is for size comparison.