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Denise Landis Exhibits Ocotillo at SunDust Gallery

“Wild and Scenic” Juried Art Exhibit

Opening Friday August 13              Reception  6:30 – 9pm

Free to Public         Live Music by Carol Pacey

48 West Main Street    Mesa, AZ 85201


The Wild and Scenic juried exhibit is on display for thirty days showcasing the art of twenty-nine Arizona artists. But come to our opening reception and enjoy all the activity happening just outside the gallery on Main Street such as live music and local artist booths.  Dress is casual.  Join us!

Denise Landis Art

The personal technique of Denise Landis is called Modified Pointillism.  Denise uses the basic color theory of classical pointillism but focuses most on complimentary colors vs. superimposed color mixing to create new colors. Opposing complimentary colors are interspersed for either subtle or vibrant intensification. One color is painted over the complete canvas and allowed to dry prior to adding another color; thus allowing equal color representation throughout the canvas surface.  She paints over the whole canvas many, many times prior to completion. Strokes are rectangular shaped dabs of acrylic paints.  Denise incorporates specific musical rhythms to maintain similarly shaped dabs for the painting’s rhythm.

"Ocotillo" 36h x 24w x 1.5"d 1300.00

Ocotillo Description

The ocotillo is a favorite desert cactus. It’s oddly shaped body of “arms” shoot upward to the sun.  Denise Landis’ painting reflects this unique plant from her modified pointillism perspective.  Background colors of yellows, lavenders, reds, teals, and greens are ever-present in the southwestern desert during Arizona’s Wild and Scenic “blooming” springtime.  This ocotillo plant itself is black with deep red tips for blooms.  Music by INXS was used to create this painting’s rhythm.

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!

"Elvis II" by Eric Dee

The winner of the “Elvis Presley Portrait Portrait Contest” on Fine Art America is Eric Dee of Broomfield, Colorado.  The First Place portrait is titled “Elvis II”. Eric willingly and candidly participated in an interview with me following his win yesterday.  Our interview regarding Elvis and art follows.

Eric:   Thanks Denise. I am quite surprised that I won! I feel others deserved to get many more votes.

Denise:   There were a lot of great pieces but yours is pretty incredible!  A winner for sure!   Describe your style and art medium on the “Winning Elvis Portrait”.

Eric:   I don’t know, Realism with a twist of swing / impressionism lite?  I painted that piece on stretched canvas using acrylic paint and gin martinis.

Denise:  I agree, martinis can enhance the painting experience.  I’ve never heard the expression “impressionism lite”.  I like that!  Creative!   When did you first hear or see Elvis and what was your reaction to his public persona?

Eric:  I was in my Mother’s womb. I kicked because that was pretty much all I knew how to do.   Of course the memories are a little vague.

Denise:  Doing some dance moves in embryo?  Interesting.  Did you ever see Elvis in person?

Eric:   No, and funny thing about that, to the best of my knowledge, he never met me either!

Denise:  Have you ever impersonated Elvis professionally, non-professionally, or just for fun?

Eric:  Yes. There’s that martini thing again.  I do play some guitar/music and sing along with my brothers and a few friends and, well you know what happens to your leg when you’re doing ‘Blue Suede Shoes”..

Denise:  When did you decide to create a portrait of Elvis?  Is this “winner” your first Elvis portrait?  How many Elvis portraits have you created?

Eric:  No the first Elvis I did for my Mother in oil and in color back in the late 70’s. Hence, my naming this one Elvis 2. So I guess that makes 4 total. No five. I did a fat Elvis for a friend that mentioned one day that no one ever painted Elvis when he was fat. I painted that for his wedding present in 1989 +/- and it still hangs in his office to this day. So I guess Elvis 2 should have been titled Elvis 3! – pre-PB and Nanner Sandwiches.

[Denise “aside”:  I don’t think this guy can count but he is entertaining!   It’s probably the martinis.]

Denise:  Did one particular facial component give you a challenge? What intrigued you while creating this Elvis likeness?

Eric:  Not Really, maybe the eyes, they are usually most challenging for me because most of the mood and character’s feelings are there.  (…intrigued by) his youthful confidence, it was posed but he was looking right at you. I never liked the looking into the distance pose as much as direct eye contact.

Denise:  You really did capture his eyes and I love the bent tip of his nose.  I plan to study his face a bit more having seen your work.  Where do you display and sell your portraits other than Fine Art America?

Eric:  There are 2 Dazbog Coffee Shops; one in Ft. Collins and one in Loveland here in Colorado where several of my originals are hanging.  I also have a dozen or so hanging in a pretty upscale bar and grill in Loveland (CO) called the PourHouse.

Denise:  Do you plan to do more Elvis art?

Eric:  I don’t have any plans to do another one. That could change.

[Denise “aside”:  I’m hoping this will change!]

Denise:  Have you ever exhibited in an Elvis Art Show? Have you, or would you submit your Elvis art to Graceland’s yearly art contest during “Elvis Week” in Memphis?

Eric:  No. Didn’t know they existed. I didn’t know about the Graceland thing either.

[Denise “aside”:  Check out for an upcoming “Call To Artists” for the Elvis Week Exhibit in Memphis and there’s an ongoing online gallery exhibition at ]

Denise:  Have you ever visited Graceland?

Eric:  Never have. It’s on my ‘to do’ list however. I think that I could spend an entire day there once I ever make it though.

Denise:  What is your “pay off” for creating Elvis art? What do you get out of it?

Eric:  Like most of my art I enjoy painting people I admire like John Prine, Tom Waits, James Dean. So essentially the paintings I really get into are a tribute to those people. I have painting requests and topical people but they are not as much fun and I have more difficulty with those.

Eric:  Thank you and everyone that voted for me!!

Eric Dee, Elvis Art Winner

To see and purchase the incredible art of Eric Dee:




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.

Mark your calendars for this upcoming event, Friday – Sunday April 16 – 18th

Sounds like fun!  Several of my pointillism paintings are in the Miami Art Works Gallery located right in the middle of the action.

The information written below are the words of Ken Boe of Miami Art Works.

Boomtown Spree 2010 Miami, AZ    April 16, 17 & 18    “Copper Creates Community”

Once again the annual “Boomtown Spree” is upon us in Miami, Arizona! What is the Boomtown Spree? It is a festival, a street fair, a mining contest, a dance party, an art walk, a poetry reading — PLUS — much more! Boomtown is a full weekend of fun, food and entertainment with family activities for every taste with crafts, music, inter-active arts, face-painting, henna temporary tattoos, hoopsters, poetry readings,  dancing and Arizona artists!

The Miami Loco Soundstage will take over the parking lot next to Miami Art Works, 509 W Sullivan Street for Boomtown April 16, 17, and 18. There will be many musical acts such as a 4 piece acoustic act, as well as poets lead by Cleopache, chalk art on the pavement, and numerous surprise acts. Last year Miami Art Works thrilled the town with its flying saucer “bed” in the bed race chased by hordes of Zombies.

The Fitzpatrick-Barcon building will be open to the public with works by Scottsdale painter George Caramanna. Seventh Fish Studios in the newly remodeled Hughes Drug building with feature the paintings of Miami artist Liz Weibler. The Coppermine Picture Cafe will feature henna and acrylic paintings by Joanna23, and experimental encaustic paintings by Ken Boe, and Miami Art Works will feature their group show of numerous local and regional artists. So if anyone missed the highly successful Miami Loco Art Walk, this is another chance to see much of the work.

Weekend activities include: State Mining Championship, Men and Women competing at hand mining skills that made this country great! Youth Mining Contest Sunday. Copper Crawl Hill Run, like no other! 5K and 13K Run up the ridge, through the hills and back down! Sunday afternoon highlights include: The Red Springs Express Bed Race, presented by Copper Cities Rotary! The Keystone Stairs Climb! The Car & Motorcycle Show & Shine!

Miami Art Works creates community with arts, music and poetry plus a full stage show with Arizona artists from Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Tucson, Casa Grande, Prescott, Camp Verde, Globe and Miami. On Saturday, April 17th musical acts include:

“Mary Godfrey & The Lotus Band”
“B 4 Skin”
“Pushing Buttons”
“Cr!s!s S!sters”
“Cadillac Steak House!”
“Batting Cage”
“ElectroShock Box”

Special performances include:

Joanna 23 Henna Body Art, Belly-Dance & Fashion Designer

Brandy Lintecum, Phoenix Poet, SlamMaster & Artist

Open Mic Poetry Reading hosted Jason Davis (JAD) Poet & Artist

Special Surprise Guests!

Admission is Free!

Come Early Friday for the Parade down Sullivan Street at 6:00 PM!

Miami “Boomtown Spree” is held annually each April to commemorate this copper mining “boomtown” that was started in 1909, and became the new hometown for over 10,000 miners and their families. The first Boomtown Spree was held in 1939, interrupted by WWII, and disappeared in the 1960’s. By the 1990’s the tradition returned with vitality.

Today, Miami is now the new “Boomtown” of the arts, harnessing a new “Art West” spirit of the traditional and the contemporary, with a broad vision of community, diverse cultures, bridging the old with the new.

The Town of Miami, located 70 miles East of Phoenix on US-60, the “Old West Highway” travels through some of the most scenic landscape in Arizona. Miami is host to an emerging contemporary art scene, as well as antique stores and great Mexican food.

More information can be found at these links:

Ken Boe        MiamiArt Works       509 W. Sullivan Street        Miami, AZ  85339        928-273-7679

Flower Power 6 x 6" 250.00

April is my month to exhibit my “Flower Power'” 6 x 6 inch mini-painting at Charmingwall, a unique gallery of simply miniature art.   The art gallery is located at 191 West 4th Street, New York, NY.  All the work is original and six inches square.  Imagine!  Most of the art is for sale and will remain so after the April exhibit on the online gallery.  See  “Flower Power” was inspired by my memories of the 1960’s.  I, of course, was a mere infant at the time….. not!  But this playful painting reminds me of a simple time of peace and love when wearing patches on our jeans and flowers in our hair was the norm.  This piece is reminiscent of a patchwork quilt of youthful memories!

If you are in New York, go see it!