Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Dachshund Clothesline 36w x 24h x 1.5d

Finally, I am painting my dachshund series!  I have wanted to do this work for years.  These current paintings are inspired by my miniature dachshund Sable, soon turning twelve.  She is truly my muse and appears to think she is also human.  She loves to watch me work and paint. So, why not dream of dachshunds working odd jobs for us humans?

So, all you dachshund lovers take notice.  I love painting doxies.  If you have a dachshund that could best be honored with an unusual portrait, don’t hesitate to send a few photos and we will discuss a commissioned piece.  I would truly enjoy painting your precious doxie in my modern pointillism style.

Art Galleries:  The “Working Dachshund Series” of acrylic paintings on canvas will be available for exhibition this fall. 

Contact information:  landis@landisworks.com

1978 Corvette

There are lots of car lovers out there.  Right?

I find that when I ask a man to give me ideas for a portrait, they frequently respond, “Can you paint my car?”  Well, why not?  We do give our vehicles personalities!  Think about your first bike.  Did it have a name?  Remember the famously named sled, “Rosebud”, in Citizen Kane?  Boat lovers are notorious for naming their vessels.  If it moves and we ride it, then it will typically get a name.  So, if we personalize these inanimate objects with names such as “Bessie”, “Nelly”, or “The Tank” etc., why not consider them subjects for portraits?

This week I completed one such portrait as a commission.  The woman requesting the pointillism painting wanted it as a gift for her husband for Fathers Day.  She said,  “He would probably prefer a focus on his Corvette more so than himself”.   Surprise, surprise!  So, in gathering more details, I find that his shiny, red 1978 Corvette won an important trophy for a 25th Anniversary Corvette Competition.  She sent photos of this proud man standing handsomely in front of his Chevy winner.   More candid photos of the man and various angles of the car arrived shortly.

Rough Draft #1

After reviewing each,  I chose to create an image taking bits and pieces of several images.   I then sent rough sketches of potential portrait designs to the wife.

We decided on the Rough Draft #2 design that would include a closeup of the husband and his ‘Vette in the background.

Rough Draft #2

While working on the piece, I chose to add the 25th Anniversary symbol as another emphasis on the Corvette’s importance.

1978 Red Corvette Portrait

Today,  the completed portrait was shipped to arrive with plenty time for framing and gift-wrapping by his loving wife.  I hope he likes it.  She thinks he will!   Happy Fathers Day “Vette-Man”!

Now, I’m ready for another commission!   Email me directly should you know a special man, woman, boy, or girl who might enjoy a pointillism portrait of themselves and/or an adored vehicle.  Refer specific questions to landis@landisworks.com or in the COMMENTS below.

FYI:  Here’s John Grant after reciving his Landisworks Pointillism Portrait for Fathers Day 20011.

John Grant Corvette Pointillism Portrait

 

 

 

His wife writes,“John really liked the painting. I think he wants to put it at the office instead of home. If it is at the office then more people will see it.  He has pictures of the car and trophies at the office so would be a good  for conversation”.

Kissing Elvis by Denise Landis

Elvis.com is sponsoring the art contest Elvis in 1956: A Creative Celebration of Elvis’ Revolution and selected my “Kissing Elvis” pointillism portrait as one of the 56 finalists!

The winner will receive tons of prizes including a trip to 2011 Elvis Week in Memphis, tickets to Viva Elvis from Cirque Du Soliel in Vegas, and a cabin on the 2011 Elvis Cruise!

Vote for my painting!  http://www.elvis.com/revolution/gallery/landis.aspx

“Uh, thank you!  Thank you very much!”  – Elvis & me

Update 5/31/2011:  “This contest has ended.  Thanks to all who voted for my painting!”

Elvis.com Art Contest winner named: http://www.elvis.com/news/detail.aspx?id=5507

The renowned  Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale has a huge Courtyard Marriott available for their patients and visiting families.

“Ocotillo” 36h x 24w x 1.5″d 1150.00

Two of my modern pointillism paintings, Ocotillo and Scrub Junipers, in an exhibit sponsored by the Arizona Art Alliance.

“Scrub Junipers” 36w x 48h x 1.5d 2175.00

Consider taking a drive out to this beautiful desert area and visit the exhibit through August 2011.

 

Superstition Moon 48w x 24h x 1.5"d

I finished my latest painting titled Superstition Moon.  For those of you unfamiliar with my neck of the woods in Arizona;  The Superstition Mountains is a huge desert mountain range located east of Apache Junction off HWY 60.   Most people move here because of the beauty of these historic Superstitions, named after Native American beliefs of spirits remaining there.  It’s also where the tales of the “Lost Dutchman” and his missing gold originated.  Serious gold miners and novices still search for his gold everyday.

Today, I get to deliver Superstition Moon to the new owner who lives with this view as her home’s natural backdrop.   For information about commissioning a painting of your area, please email Denise Landis at landis@landisworks.com.

As many of you know, I have been competing in a very cool contest for BaoBaoBags.com The contest ended January 15th and unfortunately my Dead Icon didn’t win.  RatZ!  However, I did receive 300+ votes from Landisworks fans all over.  I am so grateful for the generous (and time consuming) voting.   Thank you!

Fifty+ of you let me know you voted.   So…I entered you in my private “Dead Icon ‘Elvis’ Mug Raffle”! The five winners of mugs are Carol McMahan, Clifton Grim,  Kristina Konen,  MaryJane Bernard, and Mirjana Mladinov.  Congratulations to my winners!

January is the month of Elvis Presley’s birth.  It is a special month for me too!  Barbara Atkinson, Director of the Superstition Mountain Museum asked me to extend my Elvis Art Exhibit in the Bridal Dressing Room of the Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel indefinitely!

 

Elvis Chapel View

The Elvis chapel is a historic site that many Elvis fans and curious guests visit every year.   Admission is free.

 

The original site of the Elvis chapel was at the Apacheland Movie Studio once located a few miles from the museum’s current location.   Many films & TV shows, including the Elvis Presley’s Charro, were filmed at the original Apacheland Movie Studio. Unfortunately, the movie studio burned down except for the barn and historic Elvis chapel in 2004. Both were carefully moved to the scenic grounds of the museum in Apache Junction, Arizona.

If old western movies and TV shows is your thing, this is the place for you.  Come on out!  http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org

 

Guitar Elvis

Lights!  Camera! Action!

Apacheland Days is all about old westerns,  movie/TV stars, and legends.   Next weekend (1/14-16) the yearly celebration hosted by the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, AZ.   Many films and even Elvis’s movie “Charro” were taped at the original Apacheland Movie Studio once located a few miles from the museum.   Unfortunately, the movie studio burned down except for the barn and Historic Elvis Chapel years ago.

The museum has asked that I display my Elvis Art in the Chapel.   I’m so excited!  If old western movies and TV shows is your thing, this is the place for you.  Come on out!   http://www.apachelanddays.com/