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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

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.

Puffin Talk Giclee Prints–People Go Crazy Over Them!

People go crazy for my puffin art! They are such whimsical and charming sea birds. I love them and they have appeared in several of my animal art giclee prints.

Puffin Talk was created as a gouache (opaque watercolor) painting in a realistic manner. These whimsical puffin sea birds look like they are having a funny conversation. This charming work of art reproduced as high quality giclee prints is ready to be printed and framed. Choose from several different media to have your art printed on such as, museum quality art paper or canvas. The original has been sold but can be purchased as a giclee print. Other bird art I offer for sale are flamingos, gouldian finches and tropical birds.

Other fine art for sale as giclee prints are my wildlife gouache paintings (zebras and elephants) available at (All purchases are secure – all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted).

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To see this painting and my other bird art, please click on one of the following links: flamingos, lovebirds, toucans. All work is available as a secure purchase for giclee prints and/or originals at