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Dee Van Houten - devaartstudio.com
Painting is a pigment of my imagination…
If I can create art, then everything will be good…

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When people ask me when I became an artist, I always say, “When I left the womb!” I’ve always been an artist. I am passionate about creating art. I love to paint or illustrate. I have used many mediums such as acrylic, oil, gouache (opaque watercolor), colored pencil, graphite, pen&ink, watercolor and glass paints. I still use these mediums, but mostly gouache and watercolor. Even though I can create art on my Mac, I always prefer the brush or pencil between my fingers…its so much more personal and well, has a human touch.

That’s me in the photos with all the brushes in my hair. Yes, somewhat quirky and having a sense of humor, I couldn’t resist sticking paint brushes in my crazy curls. There will be future posts about my art and what I create along with daily inspirational quotes, haikus (some I write), and images of my art (what I’ve created and works-in-progress) and more artsy stuff…informational/inspirational (hopefully) posts or articles I haven’t even thought of yet. I look forward to your input, thoughts and shared artwork from other artists. Even if you’re not an artist, I would like to hear from you too!

In the top menu, if you click on Home it will take you to my art website, devaart.com. If you click on Contact it will take you to my contact page on my art website. By clicking on the Gallery link you will be taken to my online gallery where you can purchase my art as giclee prints.

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Noah’s Ark Poster Commission For The New Orleans Mardi Gras

Dee Van Houten - DevaArt Stdio; animal art paintings

Email Dee: Please sign up to be placed on my email list! You will receive a bi-monthly email telling you about my latest artwork and where you can purchase it. The first time you sign up you will receive a FREE (including shipping) fine art greeting card, (suitable for framing and designed by Dee) from one of the following categories: Tropical Fish, Tropical Birds, Furry Animals, Spiritual, Floral or Landscapes. Just say which catagory you would like a greeting card from, plus the address to ship it to. You may opt-out at any time.

I was commissioned to paint Noah’s Ark in my whimsical style as a poster for the 2006 New Orleans Mardi Gras. The person who hired me for this freelance job gave me free-reign (music to my artistic ears!) to paint the animals and ark any way I wanted to as long as I used my whimsical style, which he loved. This was the most fun freelance job I’ve ever experienced!

This is what the final poster looked like:

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Noah’s Ark Poster


I have since made it into a high resolution giclee print which looks like this (no border):

Clicking on the image will take you to my online art gallery at Fine Art America where you can view a larger, more detailed version.

Noah’s Ark is a fanciful giclee print that features playful animals in pairs afloat in the ‘sea’ of the Mardi Gras parade. The delightful, whimsical and playful pairs of animals are all joining in the Mardi Gras celebration in some way; by throwing or wearing beads, playing music and even dancing among the different shapes of confetti floating through the air.

Two dressed up penguins are standing on either end of the ark throwing beads off into the sea. One of the toucans, wearing a party hat, sits steadily on top of the Bourbon Street lamp post while one of the elephants holds the post up with his trunk.

Also joining in this upbeat Mardi Gras celebration are mice, raccoons, ladybugs and puffins. There are tropical fish playfully throwing beads over to the starfish who are dancing on top of the water surrounding the ark. Two sea-horses are gently sitting atop the billowy waves, also wearing fancy beads.

The ark itself, resembles a Dutch-like design with beautiful flowers painted all across its body. Two lovely butterflies are flying around the ark amid pieces of colorful confetti floating through the sky. You will see two Westie dogs poking their inquisitive heads out through the portholes. This delightful painting would look great in a kids room or anywhere you want a colorful, fun and uplifting feeling.

If you have had a really fun commission that you thoroughly enjoyed, please share it with me!

You can purchase The Noah’s Ark from my online art gallery at Fine Art America. Here is the link to go to the following page: http://tinyurl.com/hgytn6y

Art Painting Easels – It Took Me 20 Years To Find The Best One!

Dee Van Houten - DevaArt Stdio; animal art paintings

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I always had to struggle with any easel I had ever used, whether they were portable easels or for the studio. My last easel (standard wooden) I used for over 20 years and it was pink in color (the last time I painted it). It was extremely difficult to raise and lower (yes, it was old and the metal thingy was probably rusted) so I finally got very fed up after struggling with a 3’x4′ canvas and decided to research the best and easiest easel to raise/lower. I did not throw out my  old, rusty easel since it was so nostalgic (from college days) and could still be used to hold a finished piece of artwork. (I must re-paint it in purple one day)!

The very first thing I knew I wanted in an easel was total ease of use. Meaning: very easy to raise/lower with the canvas on it (whatever size) and to be able to roll it around my studio. The easel had to be very easy to adjust without breaking my fingers, straining any other muscle or cussing up a storm (which I don’t normally do), but the old easel just put me in that state of mind and I was losing precious painting time to boot!

After a couple of days of searching for my ‘perfect’ easel, I came across one that looked like it was just what I wanted. This easel was designed by David Sorg called “The Super 8 Easel.” I was beside myself! It had everything I needed/wanted; ease of use, would last a lifetime, sturdy and actually, beautiful to look at (yes, I think easels have their own beauty). It was an easel like I had never seen before with a pulley-type system with weights that made it easy to raise and lower. Anyway, I called David, and he answered all of my questions. He is very nice to talk to! You can contact him and order directly, which I did. Yes, the price is high but it’s definitely worth the money and will last a lifetime. Go to his website and read the short article about this fabulous easel! Oh, and make sure to measure your ceiling to floor distance because this is a tall easel. One more thing, the Super 8 is great for people who deal with hand or shoulder pain because you won’t have to struggle with the raising/lowering and moving the easel around part!

Here is a picture of the Super 8 Easel. There is a place where you can put the paper towel holder, but I opted not to.

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DevaArt Studio :: My Work Space

Dee Van Houten - DevaArt Studio; animal art paintings

Email Dee: Please sign up to be placed on my email list! You will receive a bi-monthly email telling you about my latest artwork and where you can purchase it. The first time you sign up you will receive a FREE (including shipping) fine art greeting card, (suitable for framing and designed by Dee) from one of the following categories: Tropical Fish, Tropical Birds, Furry Animals, Spiritual, Floral or Landscapes. Just say which catagory you would like a greeting card from, plus the address to ship it to. You may opt-out at any time.

This was one of my first logos that I used awhile ago.

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DevaArt Logo

It was a blessing in disguise when I was laid-off from my job in ‘corporate world’ where I worked for 5 years as a graphic designer. It gave me the chance to start my freelance art business called DevaArt Studio. Yes, it was scary but I love working for myself. I never looked back either…bye, bye ‘corporate world’… was music to my ears.

This is the largest studio I’ve ever had. When I moved here, I had the unfinished basement made into my art studio. Purple is my favorite color so the walls are very light purple and the floors are purple/light gray squares and the more paint spills, the better! I always love seeing other artists’ studios and how they are set up and the lovely ‘messes’ we all can make with our mediums! Following are some pictures I took of my studio and the various work areas I use. I cleaned up a bit for the pictures…

This picture shows an area where I paint large canvases in acrylic. It’s definitely neater than what it usually is! Its right next to the door that lets in lots of light.

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Painting Table

Here is another picture that shows some more painting tables that I use for the large canvas area.

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More Painting Tables

This is an area where I paint my stained glass paintings on a large light box.

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Stained glass painting table

This is my large art file that I’ve had for 20 years. It holds my illustration boards, work I’ve completed and some not completed plus drawers of other much needed art ‘stuff’! The paintings are of my dad (done by another artist) and a watercolor I did of my mom.

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Dee’s Antique Art File

This photo shows my work area where I put together anything that needs it. Mostly framing for my stained glass paintings.

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This picture is the neatest and most relaxing part of my studio. The purple phone is retro and my favorite color. I also love dragonflies and the table was my grandmothers, full of art books and magazines.

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My Relaxing Sofa

And finally…This is a picture of my dog, Ozzie, a Westie. He is always with me in the studio. He’s lying on top of his stuffed toy and is in need of a haircut!

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Ozzie

If any of you readers who are artists’ have some pics of your art studio please show them when you comment… Thanks!

Dragonfly Spiritual Art – Giclee Prints

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If you click on the dragonfly, it will take you to my piece titled, Spiritual Moon. The moon was one of my tattoo creations. I re-created it by adding a textural background and a quote that I thought fit the artwork.

I created this dragonfly as a tattoo for my goddaughter. She wanted something spiritual, so I suggested a dragonfly in the shape of a cross using our favorite color, purple. This artwork was painted in gouache (opaque watercolor).

About 3 years ago, I was hired to create small tattoos (my client loved my whimsical style that he saw in my art) and wanted me to create them like that. So, I created stars, moons, flowers, hearts and other spiritual symbols. I am in the process of re-creating these designs with spiritual quotes and backgrounds added. The spiritual art designs can be bought at my fine art gallery website. Here is the blue moon design (I did not use the stars in the new design) that I used as part of my re-created design and reproduced as a giclee print.

Dee Van Houten - spiritual art