Category Archives: animal art

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.

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:

The Truth About Unique ZenDalas Is About To Be Revealed…

Art speaks where words are unable to explain. Unknown

ZenDala Art

In this collection are my intuitive ZenDala paintings. This name came to me as I was meditating, bringing meditation and Mandala circle art together. I combine my love of organic scribbling within the ZenDala design. 

Since the ZenDalas are hand-painted there will always be some imperfections, as in life…I prefer to draw organic shapes and free-flowing forms, which are not always symmetrical.

Guided by intuition, every ZenDala is one-of-a-kind. I paint ZenDalas with vivid colors, symbols, dragonflies, butterflies, animals or flowers from nature, which is a true reflection of my artistic mind and spirit.

To learn more about how to commission a meaningful, heart-felt and personal LifeExpressions painting, go to the custom order  page.

10 Reasons Why People Love My Animal Art Collection So Much!

Animal Art Giclee Prints

Fanciful Birds, Vibrant Fish, Enchanting Wildlife

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

People have always loved my animal art and are able to purchase from the animal art collection many lovely and whimsical animals. You may do this directly from my fine art gallery website/store. All purchases are secure!

The 10 reasons why people love my animal art:

  • Animals bring happiness and relieve stress even if the animal is just an image.
  • They are painted in a stylized realistic manner.
  • They are beautiful and lovely images to look at.
  • Animal art lights up any room decor.
  • This collection is also great art for kids.
  • The paintings are colorful and have a whimsical flair.
  • There are many fanciful birds to choose from.
  • Zebras and elephants are some of my best sellers.
  • The enchanting themes are visually appealing.
  • The animals are fun and appealing to many people.

This collection showcases wildlife art such as elephants and zebras. Fanciful birds include flamingos, toucans, lovebirds and other tropical birds along with puffin sea birds. This animal art collection also offers vibrant clownfish, soothing tropical fish swimming in silky waters and playful dolphins gliding through the ocean.

All of my art is reproduced from original paintings or drawings as fine art giclee prints. Mediums used in these artworks include archival ink, acrylic ink, alcohol ink, gouache, color pencil, pen&ink and/or watercolor. All of my art is reproduced from original paintings or drawings as fine art giclee prints.