Monday, February 02, 2009


For a number of years now the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans has been hosting artist discussion panels called “ArtSpeak.” The three artists that make up a panel are each allowed 20 minutes to make a presentation. Some artists talk about a specific series while others talk about different groupings of work. A moderator introduces each artist and keeps the time. After the three artists have talked, the moderator initially poses discussion questions and then opens up the panel to questions from the audience.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

In the spring of 2007 I attended one panel in particular that inspired me to paint this work. One of the artists used dots plotted on charts in her art imagery. Another artist used bright colors in his art imagery. This painting is generated from what I saw that night: the dot plots and the bright colors.


  1. Interesting!
    So can anyone be on that panel, or is it an invitation only deal, do you know?

  2. Lana:

    Usually the artists that appear on the panel are high profile locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally. However, there was one night when the format was open to any artist who wanted to make a presetation in 5 minutes with slides.


  3. I love the bright jewel colors on this one, Mo. The red is interesting. Looks like drops of blood. Is there a significance to why you added the red the way you did? Just curious. :D

  4. Daisy:

    One of the artist panelists used bright red dots in her artwork. So, I'm imitating her red dots. The background colors come from the palette of one of the other artist panelists.

    Mo : )