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On March 25th, I will be demonstrating my pointillism painting style to the Phoenix Artists Guild as their guest artist. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.  They are such a talented group.  I plan to include a few artist members to dab on canvas via various rhythmic musical styles.

Should be fun.

Dead Elvis

This year Denise Landis, Pointillism artist,  donated a Day of the Dead Elvis portrait for the Mesa Art Center 10 x 10 Benefit Sale.   Join Denise at the second annual sale!  All paintings are only $100 (the best deals you can get with original paintings).

Exhibition & Preview Dates:     Oct 5 – 10

Reception & Sale:     Sunday, Oct 10

Hours:   2 – 4:30pm

First come, first pick! Doors open at 2pm sharp! All proceeds benefit Mesa Contemporary Arts exhibitions and educational programs.

$10 at the door

MCA Members (+1 guest) get in free and 10% off their entire purchase*

Catering by Creative Hands of Mesa

Musical Entertainment by Keith Johnson

Cash Bar

* Become a MAC Member today!  Call Tiffany at 480.644.6562

Mesa Contemporary Arts
One East Main Street, Downtown Mesa, Arizona 85211

For all you Michael Jackson fans, check out this pointillism artist’s project.  You can be a “dot” on this Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait!

I think this is a great concept and could be used by other pointillism artists with special interests.  Comments?  Ideas?

Max Eberle, professional artist from Dover, Ohio,  won First Place with his portrait in pointillism titled Teresa In Prayer.  The portrait competition was sponsored by Fine Art America and focused on portraits of famous people in pointillism, a unique style of art which requires painting or drawing with dots or dabs.  The competition included forty-one portraits from fourteen pointillists.   Max Eberle’s portrait of Mother Teresa stood out as a winning piece.

Teresa In Prayer by Max Eberle

Denise Landis, also a pointillism artist, was the competition administrator and has interviewed the artist to gain a fascinating perspective of Max Eberle’s creative mind and process (c. June 2010).

Denise:  Tell me a little about your artistic life and art.  Why pointillism?  When were you introduced to pointillism?

Max:   Luckily I was drawn to art and encouraged by my parents at a tender age.  I know I started to draw at age 3 and remember sitting in the dining room drawing when I was 4.  My mom sent me to an after school private art teacher when I was 5 and from there things progressed into winning poster contests in elementary school and other art contests in high school.  For some reason, even at 4, I felt I had to draw details such as every blade of grass in front of a house and enjoyed how they worked together to create a lawn.   Junior High art class in Arlington, VA is where I learned pointillism.  I took to it right away and created many of my favorite works, yet would not take it up again until years later when a friend of mine who owned an art gallery in Arlington saw my portfolio from those Jr. High days.  Upon seeing one of my pen and ink pieces with dots, he liked it and exclaimed “You should do this on canvas!” My eyes lit up and I said “Yeah!” He then invited me to participate in his upcoming Good and Evil Exhibition with 8 artists all making one piece to represent good and one for evil.  I do have a background in technical drafting and rendering as well from my high school days, so precision work is a nice fit for me, yet I like to combine that with an artistic sensibility and expression.

Denise:   Describe your specific pointillism method.  Has your method changed through the years?

Max:    I would call my method slow and deliberate.  All the pieces submitted in this show are acrylic on canvas, and all are pretty large in scale.  Most of them took over a month to complete and up to 4 months on the Michael Jordan and Madonna pieces.  Mother Teresa took a month and a half. I’m very careful about where to put each dot, especially when there is a lower concentration of dots because a small change in placement will affect the accuracy and feel of the finished piece.  You’ve got to have a feel for the size of the dots you are using and how that affects the contrast you are going for, and you must do your best to keep it consistent throughout the whole piece so it works as a piece, even though the different sections may be weeks or months apart in working time.  My method has evolved as I’ve added or decided at time to use different size dots within the same painting.  Actually I decided to use all the same size dots in the Mother Teresa piece which creates it’s own challenges in dot placement.

Denise:   What do you “get” out of creating in pointillism?

Max:    I get anticipation fulfilled as a piece slowly comes to life.  I get the opportunity to really focus on something creative while the rest of the world slips away, the subject of my piece even slips away while I’m so focused on the details of the dots, yet as the person emerges, I get excited and motivated to complete the piece, yet to rush it is impossible as the quality must persist to the last dot.  I also get the chance to listen to motivational or educational audio programs for extended time periods while I work.  I get to enjoy expressing hand eye co-ordination and the fine motor skill it takes to make a small dot of a certain size with a wet paintbrush.

Denise:   Are you inspired by other pointillists or artists?  If so, who?

Max:   Actually seeing Seurat’s (Georges Seurat, Father of Pointillism 1859 – 1891) work on Sesame Street as a child always fascinated me.  I became a fan of Chuck Close only after I started making my own large scale pointillist portraits, I’ve been accused of being too similar to his work yet I did not even know about his work…I’d say they are pretty different if you examine them anyway.  Of course now that I’m part of this group (Fine Art America’s Pointillism Art Group I’ve really enjoyed the work here including yours Denise.

Denise:  Thanks Max!  The group does include some incredible artists and it’s amazing to see the diversity of styles.   I’m curious, what was your motivation for “Teresa in Prayer”?   When was it created?  Do you have other portraits of Mother Teresa?

Max:   Mother Teresa was my choice to represent “Good” in my friend’s Good and Evil Art Exhibition.  He asked if I would paint Hitler for “Evil” and so I chose to paint his baby portrait, which took 3 months to complete.  Mother Teresa was the person who I figured best represented “Good,” as her life of loving and giving of herself is the stuff of legend…so that’s how this piece came about in the year 2000.  This is my only piece of her and was first printed in a limited run of 200 which have all since sold.

Denise:  I’m not surprised with your sales success.   It’s obviously a piece that many people are attracted to on several levels.   What intrigued you about her face as you were creating her likeness?  Were there challenges in this portrait?

Max:   I was excited to do this piece as soon as I found the photo which was on the cover of a children’s book I found in the library.  Her expression, wrinkles, hands, and feeling just had that right mixture, plus the light/dark contrast was perfect.  I’ll look through hundreds of photos before I pick the right one to use, then I’ll spend lots of time deciding on my crop to capture the essence of my subject.  The challenging part to this piece was that my dots were all pretty big so I had to figure out how to convey detail without having small dots.  This was actually good practice for my MLK piece which had even larger dots.  So you have to figure out how to do more with less at times.

Denise:   Did you discover any nuances of pointillism portraiture while creating this piece?

Max:   I discovered that you can create a different effect depending on whether you use black dots on white background or white dots on a black background.  Of course adding color would create a whole new set of variables.  There is a little blue in the piece up in her headband that I wanted as a subtle indicator of who she was if a person could not figure it out and also as a reminder of spirit, which is often represented by blue.

Denise:   Is the original art piece available for purchase?  And if it is, where?

Max:  The original could be for sale if the offer was right.  I’ve been offered 2K yet refused.  If it went somewhere where it would be on display for lots of people such as a busy museum I’d be more inclined to sell it or lend it, otherwise I’ll probably keep it for a while yet and just sell prints.

Denise:  Have you ever seen Mother Teresa in person?

Max:   I never did see her in person.

Denise:   You entered several pieces of artwork in the FAA contest, of which all received great numbers of votes.  Is this a typical reaction to your artwork?   Were you surprised by your win?

Max:   I’m thankful to say that in person, the response to my work is usually sincere appreciation or at least it feels like that to me.  The originals are up to 6 feet by 7 feet and glowing under a black light and it is a big response or reaction that I’m going for.  I’ve often been alone and just stared at my own pieces for long periods and it feels great to have the work touch other people in the same way.  What I tend to go for in creating a large work is to have someone enter the room and have the painting grab their eyes and attention to where they will not want to look away for some time.  This is part of the job of the artist, to create a visually sticky piece, to capture the viewer’s eye, then the subject and meaning of the piece will have a much better chance to be communicated or felt.  I am surprised that all the pieces would do that well especially with all the great work by other artists, and considering that they are much reduced in size when compared to seeing the large originals.  All I can say is thanks to everyone who voted for them.

Denise:   You obviously enjoy portraiture?  Is that your main focus with pointillism or do you do other subjects, themes, etc?

Max:   I enjoy highlighting people who have inspired me and others, and find that pointillism is a great way to do express that.  Certain people and their ideas/accomplishments should be remembered and revered more than others.  For instance, I am a fan of people who create or who live with real courage and I am a distinct non fan of those who hate and destroy, especially on a large scale. So those who love on a large scale, if appreciated more, can inspire and remind us all of what it means to be a true champion in life.  I have some new ways to use pointillism in my mind so we’ll just have to see…

Denise:   Where do you display and/or sell your art other than Fine Art America?

Max:   I’ve had showings at coffee shops, night clubs, pool tournaments, book stores, and even the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Right now 4 of my big works are on display at the Vanguard Nightclub in Hollywood, CA.  I’m currently looking for a nice venue for the next big show or permanent exhibition.  I’ll be putting my stuff up on my site as well at

Denise:  Nice!  Very impressive!  What’s next for your artwork?  Do you have any upcoming events or competitions?

Max:   I’ve been focusing on my professional pool career lately yet have been getting the itch to do some more art projects; a show in China would be really cool.  I may get more political in the future; we live in an age of mass deception where those who have been trusted to act on our behalf actually do just the opposite, and find no problem in lying about it.  This bothers me and while I find art to be an outlet to create beautiful pieces, it’s also an opportunity to reveal some truth and make a statement.  I like combining elements of life and society into a collage of images, this may be where my art is headed as I’ve already created one drawing like this which I’ve yet to release as a print.

Denise:   Thanks Max for taking the time to share your creative world with me.  I wish you the best with your art.  I am certain you will achieve all your goals!  No problem.

To see more of Max Eberle’s art go to

Agua Azul 48 x 36"

My pointillism painting “Agua AZul” has been juried into the SunDust Gallery upcoming “Elements” Exhibit.  The opening reception is Friday, June 11th, 2010, 6-9pm.  SunDust  Gallery is located at 48 West Main St. #100, Mesa, AZ 85201.  The exhibit remains up for the month of June and through the “Freedom Celebration” July 4th weekend in Downtown Mesa where the crowd is expected to top 10,000.  Go see the exhibit if you can!


Once again, I have created an online art contest on Fine Art America!  This contest is for pointillism artists entering their best portraits of famous people.  Take a look at the 40+ images and vote for your favorite three.   I, of course, have entered 3 portraits:  “Kissing Elvis”, “Judy”, and “Billie”.  But, don’t feel like you need to vote for my work.  Each portrait is amazing!  Other participating artists are from all over the world and have a special talent.   There are both paintings and drawings in pointillism.

The winner will participate in an “Artist Interview” with me and will be published on this blog as well as several other sites.  Enjoy!

To vote go to: Click on the “Vote” tab and you’ll see each entry, one at a time, just click the “arrows” to see them all.  Enjoy!

Crafthaus has chosen me and my art to be one of this week’s featured members on their online website.

Crafthaus is an excellent choice for professional artists, designers & craftsmen/women to display their work, and connect with each other across all fields of interest.  A variety of art and craft media are represented on the site, such as jewelry, metals, ceramics, glass, wood, paper, polymers, fibers, plastics, painting, music….

The site was created in May 2008 to foster social interaction and a sense of community. crafthaus currently hosts over 1,700 artist members from all over the world, as well as a number of art/craft related institutions, such as SNAG, The American Craft Council, The Society of Contemporary Art & Craft (Boston), American Craft Magazine, Lark Books, various Metalsmithing and Furniture Societies, as well as galleries from across the US, such as Sienna Gallery, Velvet da Vinci, Gallery Loupe, Luke & Eloy, and many others.

All members in good standing are encouraged to post images, videos and blogs of their work. crafthaus features 7 different artists every week, and monthly changing online exhibitions curated by a member from member’s work.

There are a number of discussion topics and other resources available, such as Calls for Artists, Workshops etc.

Membership rate is $20/year or $35/2 years payable via paypal, cc or check.

Check it out!

Kivi Moments in Time Fine Art Gallery located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona presents an evening of handmade beaded jewelry and pointillism paintings by Denise Landis.

Come join us in fabulous Oldtown Scottsdale Arts District for an experience of art, jewelry, music, and exciting dialog as Denise demonstrates her modified pointillism painting technique and speaks of the meditation that evolves during her art-making process.

April 29 ~~~ during Scottsdale’s Famous Thursday Night Art Walk

Kivi Moments In Time Fine Art Gallery

4168 North Marshall Way            Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Call 480-970-1979 for more information

These three photos show a few of the initial steps as Denise begins to work.  See the completed “Cowboy Elvis” painting and witness the artist’ start of a new painting while on site.

Rough "wash" to start

Initial start of paint dabs

More colors added

Elvis Art Contest

Hey Elvis artists and painters!   Enter the new Elvis Presley Portrait Contest if you are a current artist/member of Fine Art America. Digital photo submissions will be accepted till April 24, 2010 and then the three day voting period begins!  The winner will be determined by popular vote and will be announced on April 30th.   And…the general public can vote!  That means you can solicit votes from friends and family in order to win!

The actual contest winner will be interviewed by me and will be featured on this blog as well as on the Fine Art America Famous People Portraits Group Page.  Artists will get lots of free publicity!  These contests can get lots of interest from fans, buyers, and art collectors.  So enter those Elvis paintings today.

But remember!  Artists must be current members of Fine Art America.