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“Beautiful Illusion” a new painting by Camille Engel

"Beautiful Illusion" by Camille Engel

Every artist dreams of the collector whose commission is to “paint anything you like” — This was my commission for which I was handsomely paid… “Paint anything you like as long as it depicts stage magic.”

Of course, my mind was filled with the possibilities as if someone said to me, “Here’s the world, choose something!”  Since I am known for my bird paintings, my first thought was to paint a magician’s hands releasing a white dove.  Or, I love to play games, perhaps a magician’s hands showing a reveal from a hand of playing cards. The more I thought of it, the more the ideas flowed.

Then it hit me… I’ve always wanted to take the time to begin painting the human figure. This is the perfect commission to paint a figure and the Levitation Illusion had all the mystery and beauty my heart was trying to capture for this collector.  So here is the final result of my “Magic Commission” titled: “Beautiful Illusion” a 20 x 30-inch oil painting on canvas.  I truly enjoyed the commission and am grateful he trusted my creative dreams.

Thank you for reading.  I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.

3 New Paintings for ART HOUSTON • Sat, July 12, 2014

These are my three newest bird paintings for ART HOUSTON – this Saturday, July 12, 2014. If you are in the area, please swing by the Dean Day Gallery on Colquit to see the show!

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website: http://Camille-Engel.com

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Title: “Handsome Redhead”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel
Descrip: A Northern Cardinal male from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings.
International Copyright (C) reserved


Title: “Well, Hello There!”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel

Descrip: A Red-Bellied Woodpecker from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings. International Copyright (C) reserved


Title: “Woodland Friend”
Artist: Camille Engel, http://camille-engel.com/
Size: 12 x 12 inches
Medium: Oil on Panel

Descrip: A Dark-Eyed Junco from the “Welcomed Trespasser” series of bird paintings. International Copyright (C) reserved

Located in Houston’s prestigious Museum district, Dean Day gallery has been representing Camille Engel paintings in Houston, Texas since September 2006.

This album displays the DDG inventory of paintings… even the ones that have sold.

If you will be in or around the Houston area, please stop by and introduce yourself. Tell them you are a member of Camille’s Facebook page and take your photo in front of her paintings in the gallery & post it on our FB wall – we’ll send you a free box of notecards to say “Thank you!”

Dean Day Gallery
2639 Colquitt
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520.102
Cathy Albright, Owner

“FLOCK” Art Show Opens in Santa Fe This Weekend

“FLOCK” Friday, May 23 – Sunday, June 8, 2014.

I am honored that my Santa Fe art gallery representation, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM, asked me to participate in a two-woman show… Camille Engel realism bird paintings hang with watercolorist, Mary Alayne Thomas in “FLOCK”.

Birds are an integral part of my life and work. Surrounding my woodland Tennessee home are several birdbaths and bird feeders that attract a menagerie of wildlife. We live near the lake, so our feeders are also visited by unique flocks during migration and we take lots of photos. With my oil paintings, I typically paint a single bird and hone in on its intricate colors, features and personality. While Thomas creates whimsical paintings. Our two styles of bird paintings compliment each other as you can see in these photos posted by the gallery.

If you are in Santa Fe, NM, please drop by the gallery: http://www.giacobbefritz.com

To see more oil paintings from Camille Engel, visit her website: http://camille-engel.com

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