Blue Crab on the Dock

Crabby Blue

Crabby Blue

Original – SOLD

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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!

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New Orleans Jazz in Exchange Alley

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.

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Boiled Crabs from Lake Pontchartrain

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!

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Seafood Gumbo

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.

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The Camp in the Swamp

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!!

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Preservation Hall – New Orleans Jazz

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.

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Louisiana State Wildflower – Louisiana Iris

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.

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St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans French Quarter

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.

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Great Egret of Louisiana

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.

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Cafe du Monde Waitresses

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’.

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French Quarter Horse and Buggy

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.

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Cafe du Monde, Jackson Square

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.

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Shrimp Boat, Gulf of Mexico

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.

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Pere Antoine Alley at St. Louis Cathedral

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.

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Boiled Crawfish Platter

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.

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New Orleans Courtyard – Brulatour

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.

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French Quarter – St. Ann at Jackson Square

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.

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Louisiana Blue Crab on the Gulf Coast

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.

Also – Available as Fine Art Reproduction

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.

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Half Dozen Raw Oysters

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!

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Swamp Painting with Cabin on the Bayou

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.

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