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).