♥Original Custom Pen/Ink and Watercolor House Portraits

Madison, New York · 799 Sales


♥Original Custom Pen/Ink and Watercolor House Portraits

Madison, New York 799 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
Patty Fleckenstein

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Patty Fleckenstein

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5 out of 5 stars
Paul Serignese

Paul Serignese on Jul 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful portrait of my town home in Boston. Patty was very responsive and worked with some difficult pictures I sent (with cars in front of the house, etc.). I had a deadline of a little earlier than the standard time and I'm so grateful Patty worked within it and was able to deliver! I bought this as a 1 year anniversary gift for my wife and she loved it! Thank you Patty!


dbrydon on Jun 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

When we retired and downsized, our daughter and son-in-law found Patty through Etsy who created a beautiful water colour painting of the home we raised our family in. Such a special gift and what an amazing piece of artwork! We had it framed and enjoy it so much, we asked the artist to also create a painting of my parent's home. Both pieces are truly priceless! Thank you, Patty!

Barb St. Amant

Barb St. Amant on May 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely perfect for my client! Beautifully painted and looks just like the photo--maybe even better! Patty is a super artist!

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Charming hand-rendered and painted Original Custom House Portraits

I first started creating House Portraits about 25 years ago , as I sketched a pen and ink portrait of my family home for my parents .
My House Portraits are done in a finely detailed and realistic illustrative style, hand rendered and painted in pen and ink and watercolor, using your photos as reference. Technically accurate, I try to stay true to the reference photos, while incorporating my own artistic interpretation, and your own particular vision. My House Portraits are richly detailed (one of my favorite parts of the process!) and careful attention is devoted to each picture.

THE HOW~~~ I create your artwork from photo(s) and notes/instructions that you submit to me via Etsy messaging.
Your photo doesn't have to be perfect, but should be clear and detailed . Most important is that it shows the whole house and the angle that you prefer. I can put photos together but please keep the size and perspective uniform.
Random shots of details are helpful too>>Doors, windows, flowers, landscaping, ornaments, special architectural elements, house numbers, plaques,and etc.
Extra things like cars, telephone poles, road signs, will be deleted in the finished portrait.
[There are more photo tips in my Shop Policies section]
Other things like flowers,trees,landscaping, can be deleted, added, or enhanced.
If you would like your pet included he will be stylized and small in scale.You can send either a photo or just a description of him.

THE WHAT~~~My House Portraits are created with archival fade-proof (black) ink, using Micron fine point pens, and professional-grade artists' watercolor paints, both transparent and opaque. I have been using Canson watercolor paper, 140 LB. cold press acid free.
You will be able to view your finished House Portrait as a digital image before it is shipped. Occasionally there are minor adjustments or changes to make to the finished piece.

COMPLETION/ LEAD TIME~~~Completion time varies, from about 4 weeks to 2 months from when I receive your photos and payment.
It depends on my current number of commissions scheduled, and also the date that you want the artwork completed & delivered. Order your Christmas paintings as early as possible . It's never too soon.
You can request an approximate completion date, or a definite date if you need it for a gift.
Sometimes a client needs a House Portrait done quickly,and I will try to accomodate you when possible..
I recommend giving one of my Gift Certificates if you need a rush order. I can mail you or your recipient a Gift Certificate within 2 days.
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All of the House Portraits that you see in my shop listings are for display purposes. Of course your House portrait will show your house from your own photos. If you want a custom size or custom request please contact me.
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A House Portrait makes a unique and personal gift for any occasion ~~~
** Birthdays
** Holidays
** Mothers Day
** Anniversary
** Wedding
** Retirement
** House-Warming or Moving
** Real Estate Closing gift

Other Ideas for "House Portraits"~~~~
**Shops and Strorefronts
**Office Buildings
**Public Buildings
**Historical Buildings
**Vacation Homes
**Farms and Barns
**Boats & Cars & Airplanes too!

THANK YOU for your interest in my House Portraits !

You can see more of my art work at my other 2 Etsy Shops: WildWeedStudio and ArtNowShop and my web site

OH ONE MORE THING!!~~~ I'm very proud of my feedback from my happy buyers! Check it out!

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  • Patty Fleckenstein

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Artist ~~ Ilustrator

    As far back as I can remember I have been drawing & painting. I am a Central New York native , attended schools near Syracuse N.Y. , Pratt Institute in NYC, freelance art and business classes, mostly self taught.....

Shop policies

Last updated on September 10, 2016
WELCOME to my Custom House Portrait Shop!

Original HOUSE PORTRAITS by artist Patty Fleckenstein (that's me♥)

A custom "House Portrait" is a great way to help preserve cherished memories of home . Show off your home or special building in a charming original art work . Commission a richly-detailed pen & ink or watercolor portrait for yourself or a unique personalized gift !
First contact me and send a photo via Etsy messaging before ordering.
The most important thing is a photo that shows the whole building, to be used as the primary photo.
You will want it to be in the view or angle that you prefer. I use the main photo for the angle,structure and perspective.
Try to have it as clear as possible, although it doesn't have to be a sunny day (sometimes that can be too contrast-y and I need to be able to see the details) or any particular season.( I can add sunshine and the season!!.) If your photo doesn't show detail well I will need additional close-up shots.
You can see the current turnaround time in my Shop's announcement on the first page under the heading. (Usually 4-8 weeks)
The turnaround time depends on my current schedule of commissions. Before your order is confirmed I can quote you a completion date. If you need a last minute gift or a tight deadline there are gift certificates available in my shop. I don't like to rush the artwork and I really try to devote time and attention to each individual commission.
PLEASE READ !! ~~~~♥♥♥
♥You can indicate things you would like added, enhanced , or deleted.
♥Send along a photo or description of your Pet if you'd like "himmer" in the portrait
♥ A caption such as an address etc. can be included
♥ The portraits aren't matted or framed, but they are in standard sizes so it's easy to get nice affordable store-bought frames.
♥ I use archival fade-proof ink, transparent and opaque watercolors, acid-free 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper, or heavyweight Bristol paper .
♥ A scan of the finished portrait is sent for your approval before shipping.
♥ This is a sample of one of my past commissions. I have included a lot of samples in my shop for you to get a good idea of my style and because I love to show off my artwork! You can order from any listing for a House Portrait.

READ IF YOU WANT TO!! ~~~~~♥♥♥
I have been drawing and painting all my life. I love a range of subject matter and artists' media. Creating original custom HOUSE PORTRAITS is my specialty. I have done over 500 commissions here in my Etsy shop and hundreds more over the years. I attended the Pratt Institute in NYC, and am self -taught. I work from my home studio in pretty picturesque Central New York State.
♥Check out all my wonderful testimonials and reviews!!♥

A House Portrait makes a treasured and memorable Gift for all occasions~~~~Anniversary * Birthday * Wedding * Mothers Day * Holiday * House-warming or Moving * Retirement *Paper Anniversary * Christmas
Get in touch and have me create a beautiful original custom House Portrait!

THANK YOU for your interest in my artwork!
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Purchase through pay pal, or Direct Check out with a credit card. If you don't have pay pal and wish to send a check or money order, that is acceptable.. I will schedule the artwork for you when payment is received.
I ship USPS Priority mail with tracking information.
House Portraits are shipped flat in secure cardboard packages.
Refunds and Exchanges
You will be able to view your finished House Portrait as a digital image before it is shipped. Occasionally there are minor adjustments or changes to make to the finished piece, and I am always agreeable to this to the best of my ability.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are wondering if your photo(s) are suitable you can send them to me now to see if they're okay to work from........
If you don't already have photos you may find the following information helpful:

( 1 ) Decide on your favorite view or angle of the building.

( 2 ) See if you can get the whole building in the frame. If not, stand in one spot and take a consecutive sequence of shots. The individual photos can then be taped together by me. Don't leave out any areas of the scene.

( 3 ) Take photos of close-ups of doors and windows, flowers and landscaping, porch ornaments, special architectural elements, etc.
Now take as many photos showing details and close-ups as you want . (I'm a stickler for details!) Even random shots are helpful......

( 4 ) Extra things like cars, telephone poles, road signs, (the neighbor's shed!) etc. will be deleted in the finished portrait.

( 6 ) It isn't necesary to take photos on a sunny day. It might be easier to see more detail without strong shadows. The painting will still show a sunny day.

( 7 ) You can specify a particular season that you want your painting to show. Even photos that are taken in winter can still show a green summery season. (You would include notes). The House Portrait will show a green season unless you specify otherwise.

(8) Include a photo of your pet if you'd like "himmer" included........

♥Can several PHOTOS be used to make one painting?
Maybe. I don't use photos showing different angles & perspectives that need to be re-arranged into one painting. I will need a photo or consecutive photos that show the whole structure in the view or angle that you prefer. (I am "copying" the angle,basic structure, and perspective.) If you can't get the whole building in one frame, please make sure the perspective lines up as much as possible if you need multiple photos.