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Leisa Collins, artistWelcome to my website and gallery. My artistic inspiration goes beyond the studio and gallery walls. It is about getting across a message, an emotion and envisioning a brighter tomorrow.

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Leisa Collins Latest Art News

These homeowners added on to the side and back rather than destroy the character of their bungalow

Adding Space to your Bungalow without Killing its Character

A Home Design Tip to Keep your Historic Bungalow Art Inspiring! Having met many bungalow homeowners, and painted dozens and dozens of gorgeous Craftsman Bungalows around the country, I am aware of the agony faced by homeowners in needing more space  -- but at the same time not wanting to deface the charm and simplicity of their historic bungalow. I am really lucky to be able to see INSIDE many of the homes I paint, so I decided to start collecting examples of the homeowners who do it right. I thought it could be inspirational for others and give design ideas at the same time.   So below … Read More...

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My Most Art Inspiring June Home Portraits!

Watercolor Paintings of Summer Homes Summer is a busy time for us all. There's summer break for the kids, visits from family, finally a chance to do those needed repairs to the home and garden, not to mention that well earned summer vacation! Despite all that is going on, I invite you to take a moment and enjoy my Most Art Inspiring Homes picks for June. They include a rich array of color and vibrance that is the very essence of summer.  Being that I am not able to include everything on my website, I started this monthly summary of some of my favorite … Read More...

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My Arts & Crafts Style Show — You’re Invited!

Arts & Crafts Style Opening Reception right here in my loft -- Saturday July 19th.  5 - 9.00 pm. See the information on the postcard below. I am excited to be joined by three talented artists. It is going to be a fun show. For all my friends here in the Greater Los Angeles area, come along and bring your family and friends. It's always great to see you! Leisa   … Read More...

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New Architectural Paintings – Places I love

Two of my Favorite Architectural Icons It is no secret that I love painting architecture. Being that I receive new requests every week to paint homes and historic buildings around the country, I am always so busy focusing on getting these done.  I felt it was time to put everything else aside and tackle some much bigger architectural subjects. It was fun doing these canvases in acrylic, which is my medium of choice when creating larger landscape paintings. We see so many renderings of these famous icons, so I tried to create more "moody" and "reflective" renditions.   When I saw each … Read More...

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Italianate home in San Marino, CA

House Portraits in San Marino

Watercolor Home Portraits in San Marino, California Architecturally, San Marino is a very interested area. I think it can be best described as eclectically elegant with lush green lawns and manicured colorful gardens.  From small bungalows to elegant Italianate homes, to impressive Spanish, to interesting Tudors, San Marino has it all! Interesting info re San Marino:  The city in located in the San Rafael Hill and was incorporated in 1913. It was designed by its founders to be uniquely residential, with expansive properties surrounded by beautiful gardens, … Read More...

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Arts and Crafts Watercolor Paintings

Historic Arts and Crafts Buildings in the USA Three of the "founding fathers" of the Arts and Crafts movement in America, whose impact is still widely felt today are the Greene and Green Brothers in California,  Elbert Hubbard and Gustav Stickley. Over the last year or so my husband and I have visited three famous historic locations and here are my first paintings depicting them! Anyone who lives in the Pasadena area will recognize this famous structure, the Gamble House, which was a closely supervised project of the  architect brothers, Charles and Henry Greene. Elbert … Read More...

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South Pasadena Historic Street Scenes

South Pasadena Historic District - Capturing the Magic in Pen and Watercolor! I love living and having my studio in South Pasadena!  It's got that wonderful small town charm while being right in the heart of Greater Los Angeles.  South Pasadena was incorporated as it's own city in 1888.  With it boutique stores and interesting restaurants and cafes, the historic district of South Pasadena is a big draw for visitors and locals alike.  I have tried to capture that special So Pas feel in this series of paintings. (For those interested in history, below the paintings is a write up about this, … Read More...

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Opening of Art Exhibit for Emerging Artists

Art Show Opening Held in Conjunction with South Pasadena Arts Crawl The opening was a great success!  SPARC (South Pasadena Art Council) and Leisa Collins Art teamed up to hold this juied exhibition.  The work of 15 talented artists in now on display in my studio.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy. Look out for news regarding the show closing event in a week or two. Until next time. Leisa … Read More...