Monday, November 29, 2010


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

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Thursday, November 25, 2010


On my last night in Memphis I went with a friend, and a couple of her friends, to a restaurant called Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro. It was one place I had not tried yet. The colors in this painting come from the colors of the inside décor – including mosaic tile work. We had a fun that evening and I had fun painting.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Sunday, November 21, 2010


One of the first days I was in Memphis I visited the The Pink Palace Mansion, which is the headquarters for The Pink Palace Family of Museums. Before leaving I purchased a book on the mansion. When I started painting these paintings I seized upon a motif from a photo in the book. It was part of a decorative plasterwork located in one of the rooms of the house. That is the basis for the image you see in this painting. I went with pink for the color of the motif since came from the Pink House Mansion.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


My second Nashville stop was the Tennessee State Museum where I viewed the “Rau Collection: Six Centuries with the European Masters.” The show included artwork from the early Renaissance (1425) through the mid-20th century (1955). Each room, of the exhibition, had a different color to denote specific artistic schools. In my design I used the room colors for each stripe as well as the background of my painting. Beginning with the “to” and continuing with this painting, I used a color and its tints. It is an effect I sometimes use in my dot art.
acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Many of the mini malls in Memphis have a uniform look. Each business has the same red for lettered signs, the same brick color and similar foliage. Anyway this piece is a response to the mini malls. I visited several of them while shopping for necessities.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Another restaurant I visited in Memphis was Napa Café. The bright artwork on the walls hung in contrast dark red walls and dark green woodwork. I took colors that I saw there and came up with this painting. I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere when I dined there.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Friday, November 05, 2010


On one of my first days in Memphis I tracked down the Peabody Place Museum and Gallery to see a collection of Chinese art. This painting is based on a green sculpture of a lion creature featured on the museum brochure. When I searched for the museum online, I noticed the name has been changed to Belz Museum of Aisian and Judaic Art at Peabody Place. The sculpture, on this page, is similar to the one I depicted.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Monday, November 01, 2010


AAA’s Tennessee tourist guide helped me locate some interesting restaurants during my stay in Memphis. One of the restaurants listed was Rook’s Corner located at a Hilton in the German Town area. The lobby of the hotel was very modern and striking. The corridor to the restaurant was painted yellow and included contemporary works of art. When I created this dot painting, I mimicked the curvy pattern and colors of the artworks I saw.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"