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Fun Art! Mardi Gras Noah’s Ark Giclee Prints-Charming!

I was commissioned to paint Noah’s Ark in my whimsical animal art style as a poster for the 2006 New Orleans Mardi Gras. The client 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:

dee van houten, noah's ark poster
Noah’s Ark Poster

I have since made Noah’s Ark into a high resolution giclee fine art print which you can securely purchase from my art gallery/store website. See image below.

Noah's Ark Mardi Gras giclee print at devaart.com

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.

Fun and Whimsical Rockhopper Penguins Giclee Print. Own One!

Rockhoppers penguin montype reproduced as giclee art prints

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci

Rockhoppers giclee print was reproduced from an original monotype painting. This charming work of art is characterized by a visually appealing theme creating a whimsical feeling that penguins seem to have.

In printmaking, monotypes are creative techniques that usually give only one good impression of the image when the paper (substrate) is pulled from each plate (glass, gellie, plastic or smooth metal) that was drawn on with (usually) acrylic paint, printer’s ink or oil paint. I’ve also created monotypes in watercolor which is more challenging but can be done. A second ‘ghost’ image may be pulled but will be lighter in color. I love making monotypes because of their special textural qualities.

“Connection” With Mini Mandalas is a Bright, Enchanting Print

soulworks spiritual paintings by Dee Van Houten

Painting is silent poetry. Plutarch

Connection is an original alcohol ink painting. It portrays enchanting mini-mandalas in a garden-like setting. The visual experience is a colorful scene that connects all of the mini-mandalas together. The mood of this colorful and whimsical painting is very uplifting and fun. The medium is alcohol ink and this is a one-of-a-kind original painting.

Alcohol inks are acid-free, highly pigmented and permanent. This medium is used on non-porous substrates such as glass, tile, plastics, metals and glossy papers and the colors appear to just float on top since this type of substrate does not absorb the ink.

All of my alcohol ink paintings are created on a cradled wood birch panel (the width on the sides of the cradle may vary from 3/4″ to 2″). The panel is painted on all sides and back with a color that compliments the painting. I put framers wire on the back and hanging hardware so it will be ready to hang when you receive it. I spray the finished piece with a clear protective coating that will not disturb the alcohol ink and you will not need glass. I then use a thin layer of acrylic UV polymer varnish for a final layer of protection. 

This original alcohol ink painting was created at DevaArt Studio in the USA. Please contact me with any questions about this painting! I offer for free shipping for originals within the United States.

Orb Dancer Alcohol Ink Giclee Prints-Peaceful And Magical..

What I need most of all is color, always, always. Claude Monet

Orb Dancer is an original alcohol ink painting. Alcohol ink is a very fluid medium that creates lyrical impressionistic movements in this lovely painting. It gives an ethereal feeling as the orbs intermingle around a beautiful butterfly-type being shown dancing among many colorful flowers in a garden setting.

Alcohol inks are acid-free, highly pigmented and permanent. This medium is used on non-porous substrates such as glass, tile, plastics, metals and glossy papers and the colors appear to just float on top since this type of substrate does not absorb the ink.

All of my alcohol ink paintings are created on a cradled wood birch panel (the width on the sides of the cradle may vary from 3/4″ to 2″). The panel is painted on all sides and back with a color that compliments the painting. I put framers wire on the back and hanging hardware so it will be ready to hang when you receive it. I spray the finished piece with a clear protective coating that will not disturb the alcohol ink and you will not need glass. I then use a thin layer of acrylic UV polymer varnish for a final layer of protection. 

This original alcohol ink painting was created at DevaArt Studio in the USA. Please contact me with any questions about this painting! I offer free shipping for originals within the United States.

SoulWorks Collection

Awesome “Toucan Love” Giclee Prints-Terrific, Uplifting Art!

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci

Toucan birds are such whimsical and spectacular looking birds and I love to paint them! Toucan Love was originally created in gouache (opaque watercolor). The image is only part of the art. There is another toucan at the other end!

The artwork shows two very colorful toucans looking at each other while sitting on a branch. Offered as giclee fine art prints. The original has sold.

My other toucan giclee prints: