This one is 3' x 2' Acrylic on Canvas.
I'm terrible with titles.... Suggestions welcome!
Everyone had work or school or better things to do yesterday, so it was just me & The Twins (Cocoa and Chloe). What to do on a cold, rainy night? Make paintings!!
This one is 3' x 2' Acrylic on Canvas.
I'm terrible with titles.... Suggestions welcome!
A tri-panel piece — 3 Canvases, each 12' x 24''.
Had a wonderful day yesterday modeling for Storyville with Tim Donnelly (of Inverted Soapbox (and Twitter) fame)! Storyville sells Tshirts designed by local artists.
We got to meet Storyville Owners Josh Harvey (also Photogextraordinaire) and Natalie Naquin Harvey. Tim and I duked it out for the title of most questions asked. We're now on Storyville's frontpage slideshow! Lol fun times, great shirts, and we even got to take a couple shirts home with us when we finished (I'm in mine right now... It's so soft I may never take it off).
Technically we got one shirt each, but I couldn't decide so I left with three. So far I've worn the '84 World's Fair Tshirt, and gotten remarkable attention for it. Tim and I went to the Marigny and Frenchman Street last night, and I got hollered at! Well, my shirt got hollered at, I guess, since what the guy said was, "Great shirt!"
To which I replied, "Thanks! I was two years old in 1984." He was an older gentleman, which is why I mentioned it. "Did you have to wait to grow into it?" he asked. I told him I used it as a baby blanket until I was big enough to fit into it.
Now that I think of it, I should have told him I got it at Storyville on Magazine Street. But I thought the visual of the baby blanket made for a better conversation. From now on, I'm pointing people straight to my new favorite Mag Street shop!!
One of my favorite books at the moment is Confederacy of Dunces. So imagine my delight—as a linguist, artist, and bibliophile—upon discovering this poster for a conference held at LSU:
Louisiana State U. Press was the first to publish the book in 1980, and it subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (The subtext of the poster reads: "A display of cover designs of translations of the book and a panel discussion about the evolution of the foreign editions".)
The conference was last May—in commemoration of the book's 30th anniversary. Too bad I missed it! But The Daily Reveille writer Ryan Buxton captured a sense of the conference with some juicy and revealing quotes:
"'We are a visual culture,' Callaway said. 'You can't judge a book by its cover, but people often do because that's what draws you in.'
The panel spotted a common theme among the cover designs — the presence of hot dogs, which the book's protagonist sells in New Orleans' French Quarter. 'There is a fixation on the hot dog in the foreign editions,' Gleason said. "
When people come to town you have to take them to Bourbon St. I always take them to Bourbon and get them Hurricanes until they are sufficiently compliant and then I take them to Royal Street and make them humor me while I walk around enjoying the galleries.
Today's big find was a print by Tanner. This image is called "Forgotten", and I got #13 in a series of 200!
Lucky #13! He had a few different paper reproductions available; I chose "Forgotten" because of the soft peach background and the bluish purple tones of the middle trees. All his paintings are beautiful, but something about this one drew me in.
I also LOVE his works with animals. I feel like the animals add the presence of a soul to his paintings. It's like the trees are no longer quiet.
Tanner was there painting when we stopped by—it was incredible to see a painting in progress. I got to ask him some about his process and technique. He said he doesn't use mediums though his paints are glossy, and suggested I might enjoy painting with "guache"—a mix of watercolor and chalk. I've never tried it but will look into it. Gallery Director Dennis Procopio was there too—what a DELIGHT to talk with! He's a smart funny and fun guy.
From Tanner's Site:
"These days Tanner can be found painting in the quiet calm of his Royal Street Gallery, a serene space where enchanting works and ambient sounds combine to recreate those eerily comforting woods. Only now, Tanner's woods are a delicately rendered archetype symbolizing the sacred inner-sanctuary we all cultivate, both individually and collectively, as respite from a world that is increasingly out of tune with our natural sensibilities." All images are from Tanner's site.
The Southern hospitality never ceases to amaze me! I just got back from a wonderful lunch with Jacques Rodrigue and Mallory Page. Jacques is the son of artist George Rodrigue and Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Mallory is an artist with a gallery on Julia Street. We went to Herbsaint on St. Charles and had a blast.
The George Rodrigue Foundation does a lot of great work with education and schools, and if you ever want to feel happy and inspired just take a look at Blue Dog-based children's art!!
That picture is by Sophia Hallstein from Los Gatos, California, and is from the foundation's Web site. SO CUTE!
Jacques also took Mallory and me on a tour of the NEW, STILL-UNDER-CONSTRUCTION Foundation Headquarters! The new space is on Julia Street, and it is breathtaking. At the moment it is in the painting stages — white, clean, beautiful — and the first thing you see when you walk in (for now, anyway) is a stained glass transom of — who else? — the Blue Dog. I wanted to take a picture but was so wrapped up in the excitement of construction and new spaces that I never did.
Jacques relayed that there will be video screens for slideshows and Rodrigue art on the walls, and ultimately the Foundation offices will serve as a museum and activity center. Rodrigue's Royal Street gallery gets a lot of school field trips, so when this space opens up the school kids will go the Foundation offices instead.
I couldn't resist adding just one more student artwork. This one is by Beth Walter from Austin, Texas, and is also from the Foundation's Student Art Gallery.
Had the first (of four!) stained glass classes at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio this evening.
I made a stained glass woodpecker!
Instructor: Sarah Segovia
Stained Glass Artist
I LOVE her Gothic work in particular:
This is a gargoyle she made, but it reminds me of the Bat Tile by Derby Pottery. She also has a bat on her site that is stunning.
This week we chose whatever project we wanted, and we get to do the same for next week. Recommendations welcome!!
Another painting slipped in under the radar over the weekend, being completed just before midnight on Sunday.
"Chloe in the Marigny" 36'' x 12'' Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
It shows this little thingy (see left) as a shadow out on the town.
Here she is next to Cocoa. She always comes out on camera as just a silhouette, so that's how she is painted in her debut, feature canvas.
Things were either very productive in the household this weekend, or very unproductive, depending on how you look at it. My dad always said the second I had anything else that needed to get done, "The paints come out!". It's so true. Sooo here we go!
"Crawfish Over the Mississippi" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
36'' x 28''
This is the second piece (after Audubon Giraffes) that I worked on using earth tones for. It is the Mississippi River with the Natchez steamboat and crawfish in the air.
I'm also working on a night-time street car painting. This one is 12'' x 28''.
The final piece of this weekend is in a more impressionist style than I've been using lately. I think I like it this way, however, and may just call it done!
It is 36'' x 28'', Acrylic on Canvas.
Every morning walk is an adventure around here.
First, Cocoa and I ran into Rebecca Worley of Crescent City Collars! Cocoa LOVED Maggie's bling and said he HAD to have one. I think he's gonna go for the skull & crossbones design!!
It would help his image as the Neighborhood Enforcer.
In addition to running into Rebecca, we also had an extra special treat of finding artist Phil Sandusky in his natural habitat (painting outdoors)!! Phil has a black lab named — wait for it — ALLY!!!
He is super nice, and was very cool to see him mid-painting!
My aunt & uncle have commissioned a painting for their front room, with the stipulations that it must be a) Classy, and b) in semi-muted earth tones, with red accent. At first I wanted to be like, "Have you seen my art?", but I really wanted to do it and am happy for the challenge. I tried my best, and this morning I finished:
At first I tried to stay away from the blues & greens (and purples), but they were calling to me. So I put them in. I may go in with a little more beige, tweak a few things, etc, but overall I think at this point the best thing would be to see how it looks in the room.
They have two other spaces in the same room that may need filling, so it looks like I'll have plenty of practice in earth-tones and muted colors in the next few paintings!
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