Monday, November 02, 2015

Poydras Home Art Show on Halloween

This year the Poydras Home Art Show and Sale took place on Halloween. The sky was overcast and the rain was light. Like last year, the show was only up for one day. My three new paintings hung inside in the big room. All three paintings appeared together on one board. On the following Monday I picked up my paintings.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


This very day marks the 10th anniversary of my dot art blog. It's a milestone as well as a somber moment for me. I'm reminded of my evacuation from and my return to the New Orleans area.

Last year I pursued an "X' design in three large dot paintings. This year I created three more large paintings using an "X." I also have a couple of batches, of smaller unfinished dot paintings, that are rooted in an "X" design.

As the Katrina anniversary came around, local newspapers published numerous photos of the aftermath from ten years ago. A common sight around the city was a giant "X' spray painted on the front of homes. The top quadrant marked the date a house was searched. The right quadrant included a code for what hazards lay inside. The left quadrant had the initials of the search squad. And the bottom quadrant had a body count.

For a few years now I planned to use the "X" as design structure in my dot paintings. But then this year I thought of another reason to include an "X." "X" can also be the Roman Numeral for "ten."

In last year's anniversary post, I mentioned being in an artistic rut. Well, I'm still in one, in spite of my seeking inspiration from trips to galleries and art museums in the area. I just have to work through this phase.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


To complete my trio of new paintings, I used a yellow background. An "X" pattern is part of the background. I played with contrasting values and colors, but had a rougher time doing so.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Next up, among my trio of new paintings, is this violet shaded painting. Again I maintained my "X" patterned background. As before, I played with contrasting values and colors.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Here's the first of three new paintings in my "Numeros" series. I used more pinks and magentas for my "X" patterned background. Like the previous three paintings, I played with contrasting values and colors.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Friday, September 04, 2015

Phase II, Third of Three

Finally I painted the second coat of acrylic on this one. I again used variations of purple to violet. This one is also ready for dots.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Monday, August 31, 2015

Phase II, Second of Three

Next I added a second coat of acrylic to this pinkish painting. I worked with reds to magentas. Now it is ready for dots!

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Phase II, First of Three

The second coat of acrylic has been added to this canvas. The dots will be added next. I have the other two to do too.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Phase I, Third of Three

For my third painting I used a range of blues to violets. Once again I used an "X" design. And so I've completed the first coat of acrylic paint.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Phase I, Second of Three

My second canvas included a range of pinks and magentas. Again I repeated an "X" design pattern. And so I finished the first coat of acrylic.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Phase I, First of Three

October is a couple of months away. So it is time for me begin my next three dot paintings for the Poydras Home Art Show. Today I painted the first layer of acrylic paint on three canvases. Below is the first of the three. Again, this year, I will paint using an "X" design format. Now is the time to work on these paintings.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Monday, July 06, 2015

Alpha Omega

In completing the last image in the "Alpha Series" I chose a blue background and repeated a design used at the midpoint. Only this time I went with non-earth tone colors. I believe it makes a good ending to this group of paintings.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Alpha Psi

Once again I painted dots over a purple background. Sure, I changed up the design a bit to keep things interesting. There's an inner glow that I like in this painting.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"