Richardson house artwork for real estate closing gift

My latest real estate closing gift – house portrait.

real estate agent closing gift - house portriat

Jack Halliburton needed a unique real estate closing gift for his clients, who I am told were moving from their home after residing there for 40 years. He got in touch with me with a quick turn around in mind and we were able to complete this as a gift for his client last week. This was a challenge because I had to imagine what the trees look like with their summer leaves. Its really cold, dry and brown in North Texas right now so I wanted to do a spring or summer scene instead. The fun part was that this house is in my Canyon Creek neighborhood here in Richardson, TX so I was able to take plenty of reference images for the likeness. Long story short I was able to get this out in time for closing and help with an awesome closing gift for Jack and his clients.

I am told they really loved their gift, I was happy to help with the artwork for their house!

I took a few pictures to illustrate what a 3/4 inch canvas wrap option for what a house portrait as a real estate agent closing gift looks like up close and personal.

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By the way, Jack is a great guy and he really knows the market. Ive been on the corporate seller side and in my experience he is top notch. Click right here to learn more about Jack. Full disclosure he is in our craft beer club and I drink beers with him which is why I know he is a great guy.

Learn more about my custom house portraits as real estate closing gifts here.

And, sidebar – if you are local and like cool people our beer club can be found here!



House Portrait – Austin Area Home

Here is my latest House Portrait – luckily I got to play around with shadows and strong light again this time.  I really enjoy how these turn out when the trees get to shade a pretty good portion of the house portraits paintings.  I did this one as another realtor closing gift in my marathon painting sessions in December.

House Portrait in Austin Area.

Its a bit slow right now so I am working on a few things, mainly a house portrait of my own home (wife’s request) and a series on the historical homes in Plano Texas.  I took a walkabout last summer and have some great reference photographs to do some house portraits of these awesome looking historical homes.

The realtor closing gifts are turning out great and I am having a lot of fun doing these house portraits.  Of course they make great closing gifts, but I wonder if an ambitious realtor could use them as an eye catching way to attract visitors in the print advertising?  I for one would stop and take a second look at if in a direct mailer or online.  I think its an idea worth pursuing but I will need to talk to some more real estate agent friends to see what they think.

So, what say you, would you use a custom painted house portrait in print advertising for a house for sale?  Feel free to comment below.  I am always floating new ideas and I would love to hear from you.


Closing Gift – North Texas Home

I finished and shipped this closing gift of a North Texas home last week. This was a fun one because I had to sort of wing it and “see through” the boat to create a nice clean painting without the boat in the driveway. I have been busy in the studio so I haven’t been posting some of the latest closing gift paintings I have completed so stay tuned for a few more posts this week.

North Texas house portrait

Reference photo used for the painting

I have also included one of the reference photos to illustrate the before and after in the process. I don’t really need anything fancy or professional, mobile phone pictures or quick snaps can give me most of what I need to complete a custom home portrait. You can read more about the process over here at my closing gifts for real estate agents FAQ.

Thanks to Jeff Gideon for hiring me to create a special closing gift for his client.  I used to work for him back in my REO days, now he is an agent on the west side of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex – if you or someone you know is looking for a home out that way I absolutely recommend using him.  Thanks again Jeff!


Painting of Hill Country Home

I finished this painting of a Texas Hill Country home late last week, but then went out of town to visit family in South Texas. I am back at home today and working on finishing a landscape painting which I hope to post tomorrow. I haven’t done many homes with the tile roofs so this was quite the challenge. It is a really pretty home, really happy with how this one turned out. It was printed on a 7 X 11 canvas – I might have this one printed larger and hang it in the studio.


The week looks really busy ahead but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Im trying to provide at least a work in progress or new painting each day for y’all to look at. Stay tuned and thanks for coming by!


Creative real estate closing gift – a house portrait

A house portrait for a creative real estate closing gift

I love helping agents with creative real estate closing gift ideas and I am happy to have completed a new house portrait for just such an occasion. This home in Austin has a ton of trees and landscaping which made the painting really fun to do.

Creative real estate closing gift - a house portrait

Realtor, Nikki Tate hired me to complete a painting for the sellers to take with them after they sold their home. She was really great to work with and she tells me the sellers were in her words “thrilled” with the unique and memorable closing gift they received from her.

Hiring me to do a special gift is easy. Go over to my contact form and let me know you are interested. I will ask for a few reference pictures and some an rough idea on how large you want the custom painted house portrait and we can go from there. Don’t know what size? I can help out with that too.  Shoot me a line, I would love to hear from you!


New painting of home in Austin for real estate agent closing gift

digital painting of home in Austin

I got this one in last week as a rush, Austin real estate agent Chris Templeton hired me to do digital painting of his clients new home. I have done some work with him in the past and was happy to take this on as a rush. Below are a few reference photos sent to me.

reference photos of austin home

The references had different angles of the home and it was my job to piece it together to get the whole home in for the new owners. After a lot of drawing and studies I ended up with a pretty good angle and went for it.

I am happy with how this one turned out. The final result was printed on 11 x 14 fine art paper and framed by Chris. I like this presentation a lot, but I also really like printing on canvas as well. Both look really awesome and make a great closing gift.

Interested in hiring me to create a one of a kind painting as a closing gift or just for fun? Please fill out the contact section and I will get back to you quickly.


Walking tour of Plano Texas Historic Homes – Aldridge, Forman, Wall-Robbins, and More!

Today I went for a little hike around Plano Texas to get some photos of old historic homes for future painting reference.  I have been doing digital paintings of Texas houses lately and I wanted to get some more references for some historic home sites.  Its going to be 102 today so no Plein Air painting today for me!  The first part of the tour had me at the park, which I have been to before.  Pretty nice park, I take Ada to the playground there from time to time – they have an old railroad train car hanging out as you walk in from the west.I got a little side tracked off the map after that, I ended up a bit further north and around a Super 8 hotel which wasn’t exactly the architecture shoot I was looking for.  Back on track I headed east and got to view some really cool homes from the original downtown Plano.

Aldridge Home

Aldridge  house, Plano Texas - photo: Eric VanSingel Aldridge house, Plano Texas – photo: Eric VanSingel

Once back on track I checked out the Aldridge house built in 1907.  This Prairie style building was the home to Charles Aldridge – an important figure in Plano and Texas history.  My child will be attending Aldridge Elementary in the fall – which is the namesake of this gentleman.  He served on the student council, was a banker, land owner, and developed a cotton seed that became very popular for growing in the southwest climate.

Wall Robbins Home

Wall-Robbins Home Plano, Texas - photo: Eric VanSingel Wall-Robbins Home Plano, Texas – photo: Eric VanSingel

After a cool drink of water at the local filling station, I wandered north to the The Wall-Robins house built in 1898.  This is a great example of the Victorian style – one I am very used to seeing up north but rarely here in Texas.  Everything here is so “new”  its refreshing to see a few of these home’s still around.  I wasn’t able to go inside but it is my understanding that it as been renovated in the interior and functions as a wedding and event reception center.

Forman Home

Forman Home, Plano Texas  - photo: Eric VanSingel Forman Home, Plano Texas – photo: Eric VanSingel

My favorites were toward the end and includes the Forman house – built in 1867.  I can’t pin down if this is the oldest standing home in Plano or not, but considering our location 1867 is pretty old.  Best I can tell it is the oldest standing home in Plano but don’t quote me on that.  This Greek Revival style home was originally built on 2,000 acres by Joe and Elizabeth Forman.  Mr. Forman went on to be Mayor of Plano.  It is now a Scandinavian gift shop and cultural center, you can find out more about this home by visiting the history page at the Wooden Spoon.

Roller Home

Roller Home Plano, Texas -photo: Eric VanSingel Roller Home Plano, Texas -photo: Eric VanSingel

It was definitely starting to get hot but when I happened across this home I thought the whole walk was worth it.  The Roller home is a Queen Anne style – built in 1901.  The sun was hitting the yellow paint in a very Edward Hopper sort of way and it really stood out!  The home was built by a lumber dealer A.G. McAdams, and was sold not much later on to Plano Civic leader E.J. Roller.  If you can imagine this, it was sold because the 5 hour buggy ride to Dallas was too long, and too far from town.  Today it takes 20 minutes on 75 or about 40 minutes on the DART rail to get from Downtown Plano to Downtown Dallas.  I think this will be the first one I do for my digital painting of historic Plano Texas homes series.

If you are interested in taking this walking tour yourself, I found this guide on the website.  I used this, the Plano Conservancy website, and the Wells Homeplace website for research regarding historical information in this article.

THANKS FOR READING!  Tell me in comments, what is your favorite historical home where you live?