Cocoa worked so hard yesterday. He met tons of friends and admirers and fellow vegan dogs! It's time to rest up and play -- perfect excuse for a day-after-VegFest boat ride!
Giraffes have attacked my bedroom, in a good way! I've been working on a series of large-giraffe paintings, some of which are commissions and some of which will be placed in the gallery to find their forever homes. There's one in particular I'm really excited about, as it will be adopted soon by a wonderful little baby who also happens to be one of Cocoa's good friends. While I don't support zoos, I have always associated giraffes with New Orleans, since the five giraffes at the zoo here can be seen peeking over the fence if you stand on the river side of Audubon Park.
I've been painting furiously, as there are a couple events on the horizon that mean travel and most likely time in front of a sketchbook as opposed to my usual large canvases. First is a trip to the D.C. VegFest!!!! I'll be in the Nation's Capital next week for the festival on Saturday, September 20, at Yards Park from 11-6pm. Anyone close by should come out! I'll have Wish Dogs (and plenty of Wish Friends) and of course vegan-themed tanks, tees, and prints from my clothing line Cocoally. My sisters Evie and Tory will be with me, and we're looking forward to not only networking at the fest but also enjoying the vegan businesses around DC — a new Native Foods at 1150 Connecticut Ave (opens Sept 30th, Evie's bday!) and Sticky Fingers Bakery (one of my all-time favorites).
After that, it's down to Costa Rica!! I'll be visiting the Sloth Sanctuary, taking pictures, and gathering artistic inspiration from the local flora & fauna. In line with my vegan ethics and passion for environmental caretaking, I'm excited to be staying in a local eco-lodge with Gondwana Ecotours ! I've recruited my sister Juliette to come along, which means we'll spend October getting sweaty in the jungle on yoga mats, playing with sloths, eating vegan food, staying up late sketching and watching sunsets, and possibly designing a full-sleeve tattoo based on my art work (to be sported by Juliette). The last one makes me uneasy since it's so permanent. Maybe I can convince her to settle for a custom-designed Cocoally long-sleeve shirt instead.
Here's to sisters, sloths, sunsets, shirts, sustainability, etc!
Gallery Burguieres lands #1 spot on GoAbroad's "Top Ten Places for an Authentic Experience in the Crescent City"!
Halloween is over and that officially means it's time for candy canes, gingerbread, and hot chocolate!! We still have Thanksgiving to look forward to, but signs of December holidays and cheer are everywhere. I just finished a HUGE mural for a special project in San Francisco with United Airlines! (See mural above.) Can't wait to deliver it to SF and to take part in the wonderful United Airlines Fantasy Flight. My sister Tory is coming as well. We're thrilled to join the amazing kids, crew, elves, and others who make the Fantasy Flight such an amazing event!! It's taking place Dec. 6th, and we'll be sure to update with pics!
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.
Do you know about Tidbits??!!! It's one of our fave sources of local insider info. They cover all different cities (including the our beloved New Orleans) — find your city and discover exactly what's going on about town. And now they've done a feature on my work and French Quarter gallery :)
“AB + JG = Tru Luv Always”
Although your seventh grade bubble letter art was truly profound, we found a gal who has taken notebook prose to talented heights. Cutie artist Ally Burguieres of Gallery Burguieres, whose career exploits include projects for National Geographic, has created a series of endearing animal prints that have made many a passer-by press a face to the glass of her French Quarter gallery. From kitschy fish to sweet rubber duckies, you’ve never seen wide-ruled done so well.
These are the kind of notes you can pass without failing.
<3 xoxoxo :)
GUESS WHAT!! We got a new car for the gallery :D Mom is in town this week, and I surprised her with a new (old) 1971 Original VW Superbeetle. A green machine, with original paint, a sunroof, and tons of swagger. In honor of mama (Jan Burguieres), whose first car was a yellow '72 bug. She and my dad have five daughters, and all seven of us would squeeze in for family car rides — lots of family memories. ♥
New Orleans knows how to party!! Not just at Mardi Gras, but around the traditional winter holidays, too. Elves, reindeer, wreaths, lights everywhere.
In the spirit of the season, I have some fun and classy gifts!! There are lots in the gallery, but if you are not in New Orleans you can see some of them online. Art is always a good choice.
In addition to the small gifts, I have also been working on some new original paintings. Most notably, "The Girl in the Library". This one is oil and acrylic on canvas, and has a story to go with that paisley dress and strappy shoes.
In 2009 I lived in Manhattan with two of my best friends. They are the artsy inspiring type who encouraged my work, and I painted like a mad woman for about 5 months.
I also traveled a lot, so I spent a lot of time in the famous Penn Station, waiting on the Amtrak train. I love soft pretzels and oversized fountain sodas, so Penn Station is a sort of heaven.
No one could have predicted, however, that my love of 600-calorie bread knots and 7-lbs drinks would have got in the way of my career as an artist. But one evening, enchanted by the promise of salt on piping hot dough, I set down an original painting I was carrying with me and completely forgot to pick it back up. It did not occur to me until I arrived home in Harlem that I had left the painting in the middle of Penn Station.
The painting was an unfinished version of the one above. I had some details to finish, and when I realized it was gone I was devastated. I have not found it to this day!! I did, however, have a low-resolution picture of it, and from that I finally, two years later, decided to sit down and (re)paint it. Now I finally have the finished original, and it is hanging proudly in the gallery.
So that story has nothing much to do with Christmas or Chanukah or Kwanzaa or any family winter festivities, except for that sometimes I imagine my paintings as little children of mine, and in a way I feel as if this one has found her way home for the holidays!!!
There's no denying that deer busts are hot right now. Inspired by the influx of antler-oriented home decor, I've started my own Deer Series of stags on stretched canvas. I look at it as a way to explore the trend and also attempt to capture the timeless beauty of these majestic beings. Also, 'tis the season of Reindeer, and with magazines featuring busts and xmas cards full of Rudolphs, it's hard not to be horny for antlers.
The First of my Deer Series on Canvas
Here's a little preview:
If the trend is news to you, here's a little recap, courtesy of one of my favorite blogs (hellolittlebirdie!, aka hlb):
The team behind hlb
is amazingly adept at delivering just the right balance of inspiration and information. This is the roundup blogger Katrina offers on the head trend.
I have to say, I agree with her on the mounted-head creep factor. Personally, I think game trophies are morbid and callous. Animal art, on the other hand, is a great way to appreciate nature and animals while also celebrating their right to life. You know, just saying...
Anyway, while deer busts are trendy at the moment, there have clearly been those who liked them before home stores like Anthropologie and West Elm brought them to design-discerning masses. For example, the Czechs apparently loved them; who knew? They used them to decorate the facade of the fabulous Hluboka Castle (above), a stunning Neo-Gothic behemoth situated on an ancient deer park. History says the residents used to hunt the deer, but let's not think about that. Thankfully, the decor was done in animal- and age-friendlly materials, making the busts animal art that is still lovable today.
What do you think of this trend? Love it? Hate it? Stay tuned for more stag art, because no matter how polarizing, I am committed to the Deer Series!
Hi, my name is Ally Burguieres. When I'm done painting I update this blog with new paintings, events, and news!