Posts Tagged ‘Denise Landis’

The Shaman 18 x 24 850.00

My pointillism painting “The Shaman” was accepted into the juried art exhibit “Past Feelings” at SunDust Gallery in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The opening reception is Friday night (3/12) at 6pm. The exhibit will remain up till mid April.

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!

Kivi Moments In Time Fine Art Gallery

The new Kivi Moments In Time Fine Art Gallery in Oldtown Scottsdale Arts District is now representing both my paintings and jewelry.   I am very pleased to exhibit my Pointillism landscapes at this exciting location.  The gallery owners also have a boutique next door.  Both owners, Vida Craddock and Ky Leverson, have been in the fashion design industry for years.   A recent move to Arizona from their affluent Rodeo Drive boutique location has prompted them to also take advantage of their new “arts district” location and  open their new art gallery.  The gallery consists of two large rooms full of contemporary art from Arizona artists.  Both 2D and 3D works are on display and for sale.

You are invited to the Grand Opening Event on Saturday, February 13th from 11:00am till 4:00pm.  We would love for you to come meet the artists and owners.  The gallery is located at 4168 N. Marshall Way (between 3rd & 5th Avenues) in Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Contemporary Pointillism

If you like Pointillism, consider joining the new Pointillism Art group on Facebook.  I just started this group and am anxious for new members.  The group is open to artists (pointillists or otherwise),  art galleries & museums that currently exhibit Pointillism (both contemporary and classical styles), art collectors, and fans.  Join me as I explore the current world of Pointillism!

Portrait of a Boy

Occasionally, it will take me quite a while to complete a portrait.  Therefore, the photograph used for reference is “old” before the painting is started.  And the portrait captures the age of of the subject at the time of the photograph.  My new portrait of a little boy already shows it’s age.  He doesn’t use a “sippy cup” any more.  I’ve captured his toddler years; now, long gone.  He’s four years old going on “young man”.  I’m hoping this young man won’t mind looking at his “Sippy Cup Portrait” for the rest of his life.  It’s a time capsule.

Top Ten Winner

My acrylic painting titled Cowgirl #2 was one of the top ten portraits in the Guests Gallery First International Portrait Competition.   Guests Gallery, based in Georgia, USA, is a nonprofit internet virtual art gallery and offers exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and established artists with the intention to show the talent and diversity of artists from around the world.  Selection was by general votes online.

I wish to thank all those who voted for me.  It means a lot!


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: