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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

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


Visit an artist studio!

Fall is the season of artists’ Studio Tours. It gives each artist an opportunity to show his/her artistic productivity for the first three quarters of the year.  (Yes, some artists do have quarterly action plans!)  This is your opportunity to see them in their own creative environment where “the action” happens.    Studio Tours are a special event for both the artists and their visitors!

There are a few things you, as a potential customer, need to know before starting out.  Here’s my twenty tips for approaching (and enjoying) an Artist Studio Tour:

1)  Ask a friend or partner (if they like art) to join you.  NEVER ask someone to go with you that doesn’t enjoy or appreciate art.  You’ll end up back home before you know it and you won’t enjoy yourself.  Make it a special event with a kindred spirit.

2) Usually Studio Tours have maps printed so that you can pick and choose the studios that peak your curiosity.  Review the list and choose those that reflect your interest. Try to visit as many of these as possible.

3) Don’t limit yourself from the full experience.  If it’s a two day affair, try to go both days.  If a studio has an art medium you are not familiar with, check it out!  You will learn something!

4) Start in the morning, break for lunch at a local restaurant to get a feel of the “local color”.  Try to imagine being an artist in this area.  What would be the artist’s local inspiration?  After lunch, keep going.  Visit more studios.

5) Most studio stops will have some sort of beverage to keep you hydrated but it’s a good idea to bring water and a snack item.

6)  Some private art studios have bathrooms but don’t count on them being available to the public.  When in need, it’s best to ask the artist where the nearest “public” restroom is and they will either offer you their private bathroom or direct you to a nearby public location.

7) Wear layered clothes so you can be comfortable if the weather changes quickly.  However, do not lay down purses or clothing in the studios.  The artists will not be responsible for the theft of your personal belongings.

8) Studio Tours are designed for adults. Responsible teens are welcome but parents “beware”!  Teens like to buy! Bring extra  funds.

9) Toddlers are an artist’ worst nightmare when they want to “touch everything”!  Art and creative products take many hours to make and are typically not designed for children.  So, if you plan to bring a child, keep “the little ones” in a stroller or under your strict control.  The artists will thank you.

10) Stay in the central area of the studio.  Don’t wander around looking inside other rooms or walking around the artist’s property.  If they are comfortable with you, they may ask to take you on a tour of other areas.  Be aware that some art studios are a part of the artist’s actual home.  It’s their private space or sanctuary.  Don’t invade their privacy.

11)  Bring cash for impulse shopping but be aware that most artists accept credit cards as well for more expensive items.  However, they may ask for your name, address, telephone number, etc. to complete the transaction.  Don’t expect debit card sales.  Do ask, “Do you accept credit cards?”

12)  Don’t rush in and out.  Ask each artist to describe their art-making process.  Don’t feel like you will be offending them by questioning their process.  Ask how they got started making art and their motivations.  Most artists love to demonstrate and talk about their art.

13) If you like the artist’s work, get his/her business card and any literature for potential later commission work.  Artists make most of their money from commissions of private works.  Don’t be afraid to ask.

14)  If you love a piece of art but think it’s a bit too pricey, ask if the artist will reduce the asking price by 10%.  Requesting more of a discount typically is an awkward situation.  Most artists have already reduced their prices since there is no overhead when they are selling the item themselves and in their own studio.  Further reductions could be interpreted as an insult.  It’s not cool.  Just don’t do it.

15)  Ask if the artist has a “lay-a-way plan”.  Some artists will allow a buyer to make monthly payments with a limited term and contract.  However, should the buyer not be able to meet the deadline, all prior payments are lost.  Remember, artists make their money by having their works available for sale.  Lay-a-ways take the art off the market and interfere with potential sales and gallery or exhibit events.

16)  Expect to pay taxes on all sales (cash, personal checks, and credit cards).  Sales taxes vary by city, county and state.   Some artists will forgo charging customer’s taxes.  This is your discount! But the professional artist still has to pay taxes.

17) The artist may have a visitor/customer sign-in sheet.  If you feel comfortable with the artist and their environment, don’t hesitate to share your address and email.  Most artists use this information strictly for the future marketing of their own art and private sales/gallery events.  If you like their art, sign up!  By doing this, you may also get significant future discounts. (On the other hand, if you do not feel comfortable with the artist, don’t hesitate to say “I don’t share my personal information” and walk away.)

18)  Think holiday-shopping!!!  Buy now for Christmas and Hannukah!  Art makes great presents. It allows the receiving person to reflect on the piece and see it through their own eyes.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving too.  Compliments are forever.

19)  If you get home after visiting several studios and you can’t stop thinking about a specific artist or item that you bypassed because you wanted to “hit” other studios before buying, give the artist a call to request a private sale or “re-look”.  Typically, the artist will be happy to invite you back.  However, it’s usually not cool to “drop in” at an artist’s private studio unless they have regular business hours.

20) Most importantly, have fun!  Take your time.  And tell your friends about the sale if it’s a two-day event!  Encourage them to visit the tour too.

FYI: This weekend, November 7 & 8th from 9am-4pm each day,  the Artists of the Superstitions (a mountain range located near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, Arizona) is hosting their Annual Studio Tour.  I’d love to see you at my Landisworks Studio.  My studio is typically a disaster with art & jewelry supplies everywhere!  I’m a messy  abstract painter & jeweler.  However, I do clean it at least twice a year for open studio sales!!!!  Come for a visit.  For a detailed map of our Studio Tour go to

Studio Tour

Denise Landis/Studio Tour 2008

This weekend will be filled with excitement as the Artists of the Superstitions, a group  of artists inspired daily by the beauty of a huge mountain range in central Arizona, USA.  We will gather together at twenty-one artist studios in the small communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon located east of the Phoenix metro areas.  There are forty+ artists displaying items in multiple mediums ranging from the fine arts, functional arts, to creative crafts, and jewelry.    Studio doors open at 9am and remain so till 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Each studio is different, as are the artists’ personalities and individual art pieces.   I will be selling my handmade beaded jewelry and large Pointillism paintings as well as demonstrating my unique style of painting with “dots”.   Also at my studio is Cheryl Fecht, an oil painter, specializing in intricate interpretations of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and more Arizona & New Mexico locations;  Lori Berry will have beautiful fused glass jewelry and art for sale; and Sandra Wilderman will have even more attractive paintings for customers to choose from as they shop for their holiday gifts.

Yes, the holidays will soon be here.  Why not buy original art and jewelry this year?  They make “the best” gifts.  For more information about this year’s Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour and to obtain a map of each studio location, go to

Pointillism Modern Cowboy

Pointillism Modern Cowboy

Denise Landis has been practicing the unique art of pointillism painting for many years.  Now, she is sharing the “secrets of pointillism” with students who live in the Phoenix Arizona metro area.

Pointillism was first developed in the 1800’s by French painter George Seurat. While most people seem to think the Pointillism painting technique is simply “painting with dots”, it is based on a specific color theory never before practiced prior to Seurat and takes a visual ability that can be learned by anyone. “Once you start seeing art through the eyes of a pointillist, a whole new world can open up for all styles of painting”.

Courses are designed for adults who are either beginning painters or advanced level artists.  Beginning painters will learn about acrylic paint & brushes as well as understanding the artist’s “Color Wheel”.   The class is also appropriate for those more experienced artists wanting to “stretch” and gain new painting perspectives and skills.  Denise includes musical rhythms to serve as an easy approach to stay on task.  All students learn how pointillism can serve as a personal meditation.  “It’s an escape from everyday reality!”

Students will learn:
• The history of pointillism
• Art materials
• Techniques
• Color Theory
• Meditation skills

Course includes ten 2 ½ hour structured classes provided in the private Landisworks Studio located in the rural mountains north of Apache Junction, Arizona.

Fee: $50.00 per class
10 class series $500.00

Note: Class fee includes all painting materials & refreshments.  There is a 6 class minimum requirement via written contract. Fees are collected prior to each class or paid in full in advance.  Pay for the whole 10 class series & get 1 extra class free.  Imagine, eleven intensive pointillism classes for $500.00!

Where: Landisworks Art Studio

Hours:  Arranged privately

Interested students should reply via Blog Comment or private email:

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