I was pleased to be recently accepted as artist for the Arts Council of New Orleans for their monthy art market. They occur generally on the last Saturday at Palmer Park in New Orleans, at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne. This coming Saturday, February 23 will my first chance to have a booth and offer paintings for sale. Since I arrived back in my hometown, I have been painting a variety of themes related to the city. I will offer these and some older ones.
To start here are two Mardi Gras float riders that I just finished after I first published this post. The first is 16" x 20" and the second in 20" x 20." These two and the the rest plus more will be for sale at the art market.
The first painting below shows the Phorty Phunny Phellows riding the St. Charles street car and throwing beads, which is the first event of carnival. I am working on a some others from later carnival events and hope to have some ready for the art market. I went to the send off at the street car barn near my house. As you can see, there are male and female phellows. They are a spin off from the Rex krewe. The second is a portrait of a pot of gumbo served at the Mayor's Gala in Opelousas, LA. Opelousas describes itself as a town perfectly seasoned and so was the gumbo. It was a great evening with Keith Frank's Zydeco band. Photos of the event and the rest of our trip out west for Zydeco and cajun dancing appeared yesterday on this blog. The gumbo was delicious.
The third shows the reflections in the street at the intersection of Chartres and Spain in the Marigny section of New Orleans. The fourth is a LA 31 beer sign at Mojitos, a good place for live music, also in the Marigny. LA 31 biere noire is one of my favorites and the biere pale version is wonderful also.
This fifth is a street corner in my neighborhood. New Orleans initiated corner street markers in the 1920s. They are all with blue letters on white tiles and most survive today. The sixth is a painting of water lilies in the lagoon in City Park, New Orleans, in front of the NOMA.
The seventh and eighth are paintings of ventilator caps, from a New Orleans roof. In this case it is my roof. Many homes in New Orleans have tin roofs and ventilator caps such as these two. I plan to do a serie sof thess in different light.
The ninth is another gumbo, a bowl from Patois, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The ten is corn bread and butter at the bar at Dick and Jenny’s, another favorite place. It is larger at 20" x 24."
The eleventh is a portrait of Ed Wills, of Blues4Sale, playing blues at the BMC (aka Balcony Music Club) on Decatur Street. I have seen him a number of times at his regular Wednesday night BMC gig and have his CD. Here is YouTube video of Ed Wills at BMC. The painting is in a square format. This is the 20” x 20” version. I also did an 8” x 8” version. The last one is a portrait of our cat, Duc. It is the only one not for sale but I will do portraits of other people’s animals on commission.
All are acrylic, most are 16” x 20” with a few in a square format at 20” x 20’. I am also doing a few small format at 8” x 8” and 12” x 12.” Below are a dozen of the new ones. You can click on any of them to see it enlarged. I will also show earlier paintings on a variety of topics and they can be seen at my Art and Photography Blog. You can browse the categories in the right column. Below are two paintigns I finsihed today of flambeaux carriers from a the Babylon parade in carnival. The one on the left is 12" x 12" and the one on the right is 16" x 20." I also did a 9" x12" version of the one on the right.