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To paint New Orleans is to become embroiled in the warm, sultry air, sweet with magnolias and spices. Music floats from every street corner and life is to be lived! My hope is through my paintings, New Orleans embraces you and that you hear the music.


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Bayou Shrimper

Bayou Shrimper

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Bayous and swamps – southern Louisiana is full of them! Down on the bayou and at the edges of the swamps folks have built their fishing camps. These are rough but ready places for having a great weekend away while fishing, crabbing and shrimping and then, of course, boiling up all that wonderful food for dinner.

This piece was painted in oil, with nature’s colors of gold, greys, browns and greens. I tried to depict these wonderful places sitting on the water’s edge with our dark but translucent water and the mandatory boat or two docked at the wharf.

The Crawfish Boil

The Crawfish Boil

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Crawfish boils are a way of life in Louisiana and an important part of our culture. We buy a 40 lb. sack or two of live crawfish, freshly pulled from the water, and gather together in someone’s backyard. The pot is put on to boil and is filled with seafood seasonings, onion, garlic, red potatoes, ears of corn and anything else you may think of. Once it’s done, the whole pot is lifted out and the hot boiled crawfish is poured onto the picnic table. Lots of food, drinks and good times abound! This was painted right after the Saints won the Super Bowl! .

A Beignet Morning

A Beignet Morning-w

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Café du Monde! Beignets! Café au Lait! Everyone’s favorite coffee shop, meeting point, rest station, people watching, soaking up the sounds and sights of New Orleans place!

This tablescape painting includes the trilogy of hot beignets piled with powdered sugar and steaming hot Café au Lait painted in cool tones of blues and greens contrasting with the warm orange and browns of the hot beignets. I added in a corner of the Times-Picayune for a wonderful, leisurely breakfast.

Pirate’s Alley

Pirate's Alley

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Pirate’s Alley, reputed to be the hang-out of Jean Laffite, the pirate, is the most famous of New Orleans alleys. I’ve spent so many hours in and around Pirate’s Alley that I’ve painted it several times. My art school, back in the 70′s, was close by and I worked on the Square during those years. I’ve shown in the juried Pirate’s Alley Art Show during French Quarter Fest and the gallery that represents me (LeJardin/Adorn) is a half-block down Royal.
I know this alley well and never tire of walking it.

This painting was my first painting of Pirate’s Alley. It was early in 2006 and Katrina had just decimated our city but remarkably spared the French Quarter. Out on a walk, I turned the corner and there it was: Pirate’s Alley coming back to life. I captured that moment in time and I believe it’s my favorite.

Jazz’n

Jazz'n in the Alley

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Jazz music abounds in the New Orleans French Quarter! This solo player is in Exchange Alley, right off of Royal Street. All of the alleys in New Orleans are filled with color and this one is no exception. Stroll through Exchange Alley when you have a chance; it’s a nice walk after having breakfast at Brennan’s.

This painting is rich with the sounds of music and deep New Orleans colors. I used strong brights balanced with bold darks to bring out its beauty.

Oysters on the Half Shell

Half Dozen Oysters

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Gulf oysters are in season all year round and we eat them lots of different ways, but here they are simply raw on the half-shell. A N’Awlings favorite!

This plate of a half dozen oysters has been depicted in classic complementary colors of red and green. The red and white checked tablecloth provides a backdrop for the green platter that makes the oysters sing!

Afternoon on St. Ann

Afternoon on St. Ann

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Horses and buggies, small quaint hotels fronted by balconies and cobblestone streets, flags of many nations fluttering in the warm breezes – that’s New Orleans. There are so many unique and wonderfully interesting corners in the Quarter, but this one, right off of Jackson Square, is one of my favorites.

One afternoon, I was strolling by and I captured this wonderful driver with his buggy. I knew I had to paint him. I used oil for the piece and the tone of the painting was dictated by the warm tans of his horse, contrasting with the many primary colors of the flags, along with the soft rose tones of the painted homes and small hotels down the street.

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo

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There’s no dish that’s better on a chilly day than a hot bowl of seafood gumbo! New Orleanians love their gumbo! And, actually, we eat it all year long, any time of the day. Every family has their own special way of preparing this spicy bowl chocked full of local seafood. It’s the best!

I painted this piece true to color, attempting to render the sweet succulent fresh seafood and particularly striving to capture the luscious, deep brown broth made from a rich roux.

Brulatour Courtyard

Brulatour Courtyard

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Bult in 1816 by a wine merchant, Brulatour (at 520 Royal Street) is probably the most well-known courtyard in all of New Orleans. In the 1930s, an artist community moved in and helped make this spot one of the most popularly photographed and painted courtyards in the Quarter. If you get a chance to visit, walk down one more block to 610-612 Royal to check out my work in the gallery of LeJardin/Adorn. It’s a fun place that I think you’ll enjoy.

I painted Brulatour in the classic manner (my art teachers would be proud) – and used one of my favorite color combinations of “Mediterranean Blue” and reddish-orange. I love the harmony.

Louisiana Saturday Night

Louisiana Saturday Night

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Louisiana seafood table any night!
Here in South Louisiana, weekends are especially great for a platter or two of hot boiled crawfish!

This painting developed from my many years of eating at a table such as this, piled high with wonderful Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain shrimp, fresh caught that morning. The scene is completely imaginary – a compilation of many memories. I began with the freshly boiled red crawfish, adding items to the table as I wanted. It’s a great testament to some really wonderful times.

The Gathering

The Gathering

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There’s a gathering going on in the camp on the swamp. Lights areablaze and dance music is drifting into the swamp and among the cypress trees. And there’s a gathering happening in the swamp – the waterfowl are curious as to the goings-on and have grouped together possibly thinking of joining the party.

I painted this oil on linen canvas with vibrant swamp colors of reds, golds, greens and browns, depicting the great time and joy that abounds. Good times naturally happen when folks get together down in this part of the country. Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

Royal at Pere Antoine Alley

Royal at Pere Antoine.

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Two unique alleys: Pirates Alley and Pere Antoine Alley run alongside St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Here, I’m standing on Royal, looking down toward Esplanade Avenue, with St. Anthony’s Garden and the artists and their paintings on the fence. This is behind St. Louis Cathedral, a New Orleans landmark.

I painted this piece in my favorite blues, red/oranges and golds with luscious street reflections.

Coming Home

Coming Home

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A shrimp boat coming home into port after a long day. He’s full with fresh Gulf shrimp which he’ll unload at the local dock for any and all to come and buy for their restaurants and homes. We make some unbelievably good food using these fresh shrimp!

The painting is done with an intermingling of sea and sky blues and greens. The old rusty boat has seen many years and its reddish-brown scared hull bears witness. Naturally, the local birds know just what is on that shrimper and are anxiously following him home – they’ll have fresh dinner, also.

Decatur Evening

Decatur Evening

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Café du Monde, Jackson Square, great food and music all converge at the Pontablas on Decatur in the French Quarter! Being at this spot, in the early evening, listening to the sounds of jazz from the street and the calliope playing on the riverboats while having a cup of hot café au lait is the essence of being in New Orleans.

I painted this piece with strong contrasts of warm and cool, bringing to life the feel of the late afternoon sun still bright in the sky while cool deep blue and violet shadows are developing along the edges.

Crabby Blue

Crabby Blue

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Our blue crabs are the sweetest! Wanna pass a good time, Louisiana style? Then boil up a big pot filled with Cajun and Creole seasonings, add your crabs fresh from the water and savor the sweetness to come! We like our crabs seasonsed from the inside out. For good food and good times, there’s no place like Louisiana!

Café Girls

Cafe Girls

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The waiters and waitresses at Café du Monde are the busiest in town! They tirelessly cart huge trays full of coffee and plates of beignets to dozens of tables – and usually with a smile. One day, I was walking through and happened upon these two ladies who had just dropped down into their chairs, taking a much-deserved break. I quickly snapped a few photos of them and couldn’t wait to begin this painting in oil on linen.

The cool greens of the café are in juxtaposition to the warm Bevelo lights, but the real stars of the painting are the ‘Café Girls’.

Royal Carriage

Royal Carriage

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See New Orleans the romantic way – with a horse and buggy! Jump in at Jackson Square and your guide will take you on a leisurely ride through the Quarter, slowing down to give you history and sometimes his personal favorite stories.

This corner is one of my favorites: Royal at St. Peter. I love the balconies here and have painted this part of Royal in quite a few different ways. This time, I gave more emphasis on those fabulous buildings, rendering the entire scene with the deep reds and golds of New Orleans.

The Surveyor

The Surveyor

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A Great Egret surveys his domain, the cypress swamp in southern Louisiana. These beauties were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.

In this painting, full of rich greens and browns of nature with cypress knees rising from the dark, translucent water, the Great Egret is truly the king of the swamp, stately and regal.

Cathedral Plaza

Cathedral Plaza

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St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square are synonymous with the New Orleans French Quarter! Facing Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral is among the tallest and most imposing structures in the French Quarter and one of the most recognizable. It has been seen in hundreds of movies, TV shows and other visual presentations and it is a local and international architectural icon.

To be here, with the artists, musicians and street performers is being right in the heart of the Quarter. I painted this scene with lively colors, depicting the robust feeling of this special place.

Swamp Iris

Swamp Irises

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The Magnolia is the state flower; however, the state wildflower is the Louisiana Iris – often seen in the lower Mississippi River valley. Our swamps are full of these gorgeous flowers which grow alongside the huge cypress trees.

I painted this piece with an abundance of forest greens and golden browns, using the yellow-greens to interact playfully with the violet hues of the blooms.

Preservation Jazz

Preservation Jazz

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Preservation Hall has been playing wonderful jazz on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter since 1961. Its original mission was to protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz; it has done that and so much more. This extremely small venue of just a few chairs quickly became an important place to see rising young talent, as well as established names. Everyone that visits New Orleans should try to stop by for an evening full of wonderful musical treats.

“Preservation Hall. Now that’s where you’ll find all of the greats.” — Louis Armstrong

In creating this painting, a large 30″ x 30″ gallery-wrapped canvas, I used the complementary colors of blues and oranges to create vibration and resonance.

St. Charles No. 905

St Charles No 905

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The St. Charles Streetcar (1835) is a national historic landmark and, for locals and tourist alike, it is the most popular way of getting around in New Orleans. Whenever you are in New Orleans, hop on a streetcar and just ride around until you see a street that you would like to explore. Along the way, you’ll enjoy taking in the wonderful color of New Orleans as you go clickedly-clacking along.

Painted in the classic olive green that has been the standard for so many years, I surrounded the car with alternate green hues of the surrounding foliage.

Crabby Day at the Beach

Crabby Day at the Beach

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16″x16″, Acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard with 1.5″ deep sides.

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Acrylic painting of a Gulf Coast blue crab at the water’s edge on the beach.
Original painting is available.
Please contact: LeJardin/Adorn Gallery, 610 Royal Street, in the New Orleans French Quarter. They are open seven days a week and their phone number is: (504) 680-0133.

Pontchartrain Crabs

Pontchartrain Crabs

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The abundance of fresh-from-the-water seafood available here in south Louisiana is unrivaled. If we’re eating crabs tonight, chances are they were swimming this morning. We are so very fortunate. One of our beloved feasts is seasoned boiled crabs, hot out of the pot and piled on our table. We eat with friends and enjoy.

I created this acrylic painting for a man who fondly remembered his childhood with tables such as this at Fitzgerald’s on Lake Pontchartrain. I hope you’re still enjoying your crabs, Percy!

Exchange Alley

Exchange Alley

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Exchange Alley runs for just three blocks, between Royal and Chartres, beginning at Canal Street and ending at what used to be the Federal Courthouse, a stone’s throw away from Brennan’s. An abundance of New Orleans’ history lies here but today it’s great for a quiet afternoon stroll.

This painting, an acrylic on linen canvas, depicts the music of New Orleans, the soft breezes in the warm air, the many flags flying from wrought iron balconies and the feeling of abundant color that greets you throughout the Quarter. I used “New Orleans rose”, rich greens and golds to bring this scene alive.

Hurricane’s

hurricane, pat obrien, new orleans art

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Anyone who has spent any time walking down the streets in the French Quarter has seen a hurricane. Not the wind and rain kind, but the type of drink that you get from Pat O’Brien’s, called a ‘Hurricane’. It’s fun, it’s potent, and it’s guaranteed to become a memorable New Orleans favorite.

Decatur Street

Decatur Street

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Decatur Street runs through the French Quarter, alongside the Mississippi River. It passes the old Jackson Brewery, Jackson Square, Café du Monde, Central Grocery and the French Market. With its street musicians, performers and artists, it’s a great street to spend some time browsing.

A Morning at Café du Monde

A Morning at Cafe du Monde

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16″x16″, Acrylic on Canvas with 1.5″ deep sides.

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Early in the morning is my favorite time in the Quarter, as the sun is just rising. The Original Café Du Monde was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it’s one of the most visited spots in New Orleans. The dark roasted coffee with chicory, served either black or au lait (mixed half and half with hot milk), goes down quite well with the hot beignets covered with powdered sugar. With the sun rising from the west, the calliope on the river beginning its morning tunes,the street musicians sharing their sounds, and hot coffee and beignets, it’s hard to beat this beginning of your day!

Original painting is available. Please contact: LeJardin/Adorn Gallery, 610 Royal Street, in the New Orleans French Quarter. They are open seven days a week and their phone number is: (504) 680-0133.

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