Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dot Update

Here are two more new paintings. I only have five more left to finish painting in this batch. Also, I’m making progress on the batch that will follow this one.

Two more of the small ones sold just before Mardi Gras weekend. The same buyer bought one of my 20” x 20” dot paintings as well. Hopefully that bodes well for the rest of
this year.


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"


acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Friday, February 22, 2008


October 7, 2005 was the day I arrived back in the New Orleans area. The next day I drove around with a checklist of businesses and restaurants I frequented prior to the storm. Many places, that were not damaged, were up and running. With some of the places on list closed, I was forced to try
new places.

In creating this batch of paintings, I decided to stick to imagery that I encountered after the storm. King Buffet was a place I had never eaten prior to the storm. I like the fact that it had a nice selection of fresh fruit besides a vast assortment of other food choices. This image is an interpretation of one of the crystal chandeliers that is located in the recess of the ceiling. A blue light illuminates the area within the recess. The crystals capture a rainbow of colors across the chandelier.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Monday, February 18, 2008


The fleur de lis is nothing new or unusual in New Orleans, but after Hurricane Katrina residents adopted it as a symbol for the city. Businesses went out of their way to include it in their logo or put it in ads. It became a popular symbol used on everything imaginable.

One banner I first noticed, at an art market, said “Louisiana Recover Rebuild Rebirth.” It had a yellow fleur de lis, white lettering and a blue background. But the color blue I picked for this painting came from the blue tarps that people had on their houses after the storm. I inquired about a blue tarp for mine, but I was advised that I did not need it and that adding it would probably create more damage. Fortunately for me I had very minor damage.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Shortly after creating this painting, I learned that blue and yellow together was a very French combination. I was with my family at restaurant called Château du Lac. The interior had blue and yellow décor and table settings. Blue and yellow dominated the restaurant.

Some artists I know started pumping out fleur de lys in their artwork, one after the other. I was determined not to do that. It’s not something I want to be stuck doing over and over again. Whereas I do plan to make a few more, each one has specific reason for being. This is one of two in this batch of dot paintings. So here’s the first painting from the “o” series New Orleans.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"o" Series New Orleans Slide Show

This group of paintings covers a much longer span of time, October 7, 2005 through June 30, 2006. I decided this would be a companion group to the first one. The titles were reversed placing “o” first in the names. That does give me a second “oo” piece, which points out the flaw in my naming system.
Well, that’s the way it goes.

From August 9, 2006 through March 11, 2007, I worked on this series that concerns my return to New Orleans. Rather than wallow in images of flood and hurricane destruction, I stuck to mostly positive imagery. As I adapted to the new normal in this area I tried to highlight events and places that stood out in my memory. And so, here is a slide show of the “o” Series New Orleans.

A Dot Art Update

It’s already a month and a half into the new year. I have yet
to finish the last ten of the current dot paintings. The designs for these paintings are much more difficult for me to complete. Several of them have dark background colors – and those
don’t appeal to people as much. I’m not totally sure how I
want to resolve them either. My habit is to work on the hardest ones last.

In the meantime I did sell a few more of the 5” x 5” s. But the biggest news is that I sold one of my 20” x 20” s. I guess I’ll have to complete the three from that group. Anyway, I’ll talk about the “o” Series New Orleans for now.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


The last painting in this group has to do with an annual festival that takes place in old Memphis during the month of September. It is known as the Cooper-Young Festival. Along both sides of two intersecting narrow roads, artists and charitable organizations set up their tents and tables. When I went that Saturday, it was crowded. Anyway, the 2005 festival poster lead me to this stained glass sun design. The painting didn’t go according to plan, but it captured the event for me.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


On my first day in Memphis, August 28, 2005, I visited the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. That happened to be the last day of a show called, “Patrick Kelly: A Retrospective.” His clothes, made in the 80s, were known for their use of decorative buttons. Kelly was an African American who was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In 1979, he moved to New York to study at Parsons School of Design. In 1985 he showed his first collection. He died in 1990 of complications from AIDS at the age of thirty-five. The bright colors of the buttons I saw in the show lead to make this painting.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Perkin’s Restaurant and Barkery is a chain of restaurants I discovered while I was in Memphis. I ate breakfast at one of the locations most mornings. You pay as you leave the restaurant. While standing in line for the register, there is a display of bakery items in a display case. This painting is representative of a display of muffins.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"