Archive for the ‘Landcapes’ Category

Scarecrow Doxie

I have finally completed my last painting for this weekend’s  Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour.   Tomorrow, I am taking all my latest works of art (which I have been keeping under wraps all summer/fall, etc.) to the beautiful studio of potter, KimmBerly Ioane. I think her vivid art pots and my pointillism paintings really compliment each other and it is our hope that others will buy both to enhance their home decor.

Speaking of homes, her’s is very hip, of avante garde industrial-design, and in a primitive area next to the base of the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction., Arizona.  I’m so happy she asked me to exhibit at her place this year (vs. Having to organize my own studio!  Ha!  We artists tend to be a bit messy!)

My modern pointillism paintings exhibited are my Happily Working Dachshund Series of six pieces.  Each work depicts a doxie doing some sort of human or object related job to make their owners happy.  My own doxie is, of course, my muse of many colors!   I have chosen to add some contrast to this series by also including some flat hard-edge areas.  Depicted here is Scarecrow Doxie.  You must come & tell me what you think about each one!

Studio Tour maps are at  for printing!   Visit us at Studio #3 and then check out other studios nearby.  I think you will enjoy the group’s diversity and talent.

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

You’re invited to the first dance party in 2011 for Dance FX Studios! They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary!   Dance to LIVE MUSIC by Come Back Buddy,  a local Swing and Blues Band specializing in music from the 1950s!  Enjoy a fully catered dinner.   Meet new people and celebrate the most romantic month of the year with Dance FX Studios!

You can also expect special dance performances, a raffle of many prizes including artist Denise Landis’ Ocotillo Print on Aluminum,  an incredible catered dinner, and many more fun surprises!

Tickets are going fast and $25 per person.  The Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley will receive 100% of all profits from this event.  Reservations required and space is limited.  So, act fast and purchase your lucky tickets now!

Where:  Dance FX Studio, 1859 West Guadalupe Road #105, Mesa

Date:      Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time:      7 – 10pm


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.

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!

Dunes II 2575.00

“Ready For Soho“ is a group of talented Arizona artists who are also women.  They include:  Sharon Seiben, Bernadette Franklin, Danis Garman, Denise Landis, Kathleen Maley,  Kathy McClure, Loralee Stickel Harris, Sandy Tracey, and DJ Berard.  The exhibit includes paintings, photography, mixed media, and sculpture and will be available for viewing during scheduled stage performances & forums for the month of March on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

The following ASU Gammage Performing Arts Center events in March include:

Friday March 05, 2010
ASU Symphony Orchestra & Wind Bands present CSI: The Symphony

Saturday March 06, 2010
Karl Rove and Howard Dean Debate

Sunday March 07, 2010
ASU Sinfonietta and Wind Bands present Undone

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
AVENUE Q is performed;  a Broadway smash-hit, Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see” by Entertainment Weekly, AVENUE Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart,risqué and downright entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it “subversive and uproarious!”

Saturday, March 27, 2010
I LAND is Keo Woolford’s hilarious and poignant search for the meaning of his cultural heritage. From his high school days as a football player and discovery of a “Hula God” to his tour in a famous boy band, Woolford’s story will keep you enthralled. Combining elements of traditional Hawaiian hula, hip-hop, Hawaiian talk story and spoken word, I LAND tells a funny, unforgettable tale where worlds separated by geography and culture collide.

Ocotillo 1300.00

Please visit the exhibit as you enjoy these performances.

Bikini Top

Crafthaus  is proud to present the “Sitting Pretty” exhibit by an international community of artists.  Show curators were Glen and Marie Guarino.  The show will be highlighted online from March 1, 2010 – April 1, 2010. The exhibit will remain on site permanently.  Denise Landis’  “Bikini Top” beach chair acrylic painting was selected for the exhibit and was the only painting in the exhibit!  All other art selected were sculpture. See this exciting exhibit at


"Blooming Prickley" On Sale

Purchase my art from Fine Art America!     This successful art sales gallery specializes in “Prints On Demand”.  See several of my original pointillism paintings, then simply choose a Denise Landis image, determine if you prefer a Giclee’ print on canvas or paper and the specific size desired.  Payment is via credit card or PayPal.  Greeting cards are also available individually or in bulks of ten or twenty-five packages at reduced rates.

Denise Landis and "Desert Sunrise" 36w x 48h 2575.00

Today I am recovering from Scottsdales’ newest gallery’s Grand Opening (Kivi Moments In Time Fine Art Gallery).  The gallery showcased one of my four paintings from my “Atmospheric Impressions” Series of Pointillism.  I spent the day on Saturday greeting old friends and potential new customers.  It was a blast except for my poor feet which rarely wear heels all day…. Sob!  I met so many fellow artsits who are also represented by Vida Craddock and Gwen Leverson, the gallery’s owners.  There are several artists I am proud to include as new friends.

I suggest that you visit the gallery at 4168 North Marshall Way in the Arts District of Scottsdale, Arizona.    It’s one block W of Scottsdale Rd (off Indian School) and two blocks N on Marshall Way.  Come with open pocketbooks as prices are very reasonable and the art is fabulous!