We've moved the Kittens & Cupcakes series into the gallery! Come check it out! We've also been painting the walls, so get ready for some soothing greens & sunny yellows :).
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival officially begins tomorrow (Friday, April 26th, 2013). In honor of Jazz Fest Eve, we are unveiling our 2013 Jazz Fest Poster!! Here it is in its natural habitat (near an authentic NOLA shotgun house).
Order it online here!
I've been working on a collection of 7 oval-shaped paintings featuring the notoriously colorful birds. More pics (and more peacocks!) coming soon, but for now here's the first almost-completed painting on a wood oval — 24"x20".
And a sneak peek of the 6 companion pieces! (Still in progress ;)
I'm so happy to announce that mom and I had car magnets printed!! It really turns our car from a vintage bug into an official company car, and personally I think the magnets look fetching! It's Wish Dog on one side and Gallery Burguieres on the other, so we can weave in and out the NOLA streets showing off both sides of our bourgeoning business. It's occurred to me, though, that I'll now have to be more conscientious when I drive. I cannot cut people off, or go around them at stop signs, mostly because it would reflect badly on the business and the magnets will tell people exactly where to find me. So here's to embarking on a new level of branding and embracing a kindler, gentler way of driving!! Wish Dogs and Gallery Burguieres are keeping me honest. Or at least keeping me from being an obnoxious driver.
I asked the printer if they needed any special care, and he said just don't go over 120mph with the magnets on. I'll try.
Yesterday mom and I took the Wish Dogs on the road (a few miles down the road, into the Bywater...) to the Piety Street Arts Market! We had almost no idea what to expect, as it was our first venture to Piety Street. We loved it!! There were tons of amazing vendors, with food, drinks, jewelry, art, clothes, books — anything and everything you could ever want. Highly recommended for local shopping and a fun Saturday outing!!
With all the Wish Dogs and Wish Beads and Super Bowl action, I've carved out some time to focus on new originals. This is an owl about to be part of the Notebook Series, and a few others are in the works! Will be posting with new pics soon.
Red Glitter Wish Dog stars in our Wish Dog Christmas Special.
If you've been keeping up with the Gallery you know our Wish Dogs are really taking off!! We're having a great time sharing them, promoting them, and hearing rave reviews from people who've discovered them at Fleurty Girl shops, picked up a handful at the Gallery, or even got them as gifts from friends. And you can get them online and even get tee shirts and postcards!
We recruited our favorite New Orleans actor, Laura Flannery, to model the new tees. Stunning!!! (Cocoa and Director of Photography Ian Campbell even joined in the fun.)
Thanks to Laura for her talent, Ian for his skills, and Cocoa, for being as cute, fluffy, and orange as ever. <3 xoxoxo
Last night, I got a sneak peek at the not-yet-open Saints & Sinners! It's the new Bourbon Street lounge co-founded by Actor Channing Tatum and his long-time friend Keith Kurtz. Please don't expect this blog post to be well written; I'm a little hungover.
First of all, the ratatouille (full menu here) was the most amazing dish I have ever had in my life! It was so good I'm mentioning it first, even before pointing out how wonderful, sweet, and charming Channing and his wife Jenna Dewan are and were that evening.
The bartenders were great, and the whole vibe was just as it should be. Envisioned as an homage to the New Orleans Storyville era of 1897 - 1917, the lounge features dark red walls, a Bourbon St. balcony, and guests of questionable actions and attire (which I'm sure will be a staple on any night). A small stage in the back hosted the fabulous NOLA jazz band Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns last night. It remains to be seen whether they will make regular appearances, but I'm sure many a memorable band will grace that stage. The video (below) of Meschiya and the band, captured at The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman Street, sums up their vibe and music perfectly.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a Bourbon Street regular.... but I might just become one now! Stay tuned, as the spot is rumored to officially open for business soon :) .
Hi, my name is Ally Burguieres. When I'm done painting I update this blog with new paintings, events, and news!