|While The Morning Stars Sang, gouache and watercolor|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I was honored to be asked to design the invitation for the 130th Veiled Prophet Ball, an historic civic organization in St. Louis. In addition, this year's Ball coincides with the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. I decided to use the history of the city as my inspiration. All the different panels tell a story...
|130th Veiled Prophet Ball Invitation - INSIDE|
|130th Veiled Prophet Ball Invitation - OUTSIDE|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
|Logo for the 41st national conference of the American Harp Society|
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
|Glass Marbles & Jacks, 12x17", graphite on paper|
|Strike Up The Band, 12x17", graphite on paper|
Monday, January 6, 2014
|Roots, 15"x22", pen and ink, watercolor and metallic foil|
I have drawn the entire tree several times but never done just the root system itself. Here's my fantasy interpretation. This piece is part of a group invitational show opening this weekend at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.
|Trunks, 22"x15", graphite on paper|
I have always imagined that our live oak trees here in New Orleans look like huge elephants, with their twisted trunks and weathered, patterned bark. This drawing captures my fantasy - an elephant sniffing out one of the huge trees, asking: "Are you one of us?!" I visited City Park, where many of the trees are over 600 years old, and searched for the tree that had "elephant legs" and the Audubon Zoo to find a willing model. I love the way the elephant's trunk seems to be looking shyly but inquiringly at the tree. This drawing is a part of an invitational show at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, opening this weekend.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Live Oak, 5x7", watercolor, pen & ink|
Sunday, November 17, 2013
|Insect Music I: Madame Butterfly, 4"x4", oil on copper (music by Giacomo Puccini)|
|Insect Music II: Flight of the Bumblebee, 4"x4", oil on copper (music by Rimsky-Korsakov)|
|Insect Music III: Papillons, 4"x4", oil on copper (music by Robert Schumann)|
|Insect Music IV: El Grillo, 4"x4", oil on copper (music by Josquin de Prez)|
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|Chambord, 30x22", watercolor|
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|The Front Page: Fire, Earth, Air and Water, oil on canvas with mixed media, 12x36"|
This group exhibition explores the myriad ways our local newspaper, which recently went to a three-day a week publication schedule, has been an integral part of our daily lives and is a tribute to the talented men and women who have contributed their extraordinary skills and dedication to a daily newspaper that was without peer in the southern United States. The exhibit features photography, paintings in oil, watercolor and mixed media. To see more images from the show, you can visit www.gardendistrictgallery.com.
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Commission for Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, in honor of Dr. Neil Odenwald.|
Friday, August 3, 2012
|Bearnaise Sauce, 15x30", oil on canvas|
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|In Vino Veritas, watercolor, 20x14"|
In Vino Veritas (In Wine There is Truth) is a watercolor painting for a group show at New Orleans GlassWorks. Peinture et Verre opens this Saturday, August 4th. It's a show that pairs painters with glass artists. We were invited to choose from a huge array of GlassWork's vessels and sculptures to use in our still life paintings. For the show, the actual glass pieces will be on display in front of our paintings. The pieces I chose were challenging but interesting and great fun to paint. The grapes? I added those - the artist gets hungry after all that work...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Wally Kujala, A Life in Music, watercolor, 22x30"|
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This oil painting - 12" x 12", Marble Shake, oil on canvas - is part of a March group show at the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans. The old-fashioned sundae glass was given to me by the owner of Creole Creamery, our favorite ice cream parlor in New Orleans. I have a collection of glass marbles and love painting them. It's a perfect melding of two passions - painting glass and eating ice cream! For information on purchasing this painting, contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Mardi Gras in New Orleans - not only is it a great party for hundreds of thousands of folks but it also provides wonderful opportunities throughout the year for innumerable local artists. For example, designing, painting and building all those parade floats, creating amazing costumes for Mardi Gras Day and the formal gowns worn at the many balls that occur throughout the weeks of festivities. For me, as a calligrapher I spend weeks creating "royal scrolls" honoring kings, queens, maids, debutantes, dukes and pages; and as a painter, creating the ball invitations. These take many months of painstaking research before beginning the drawing process. Then begin the months of actual painting, all done in gouache. This is the ball invitation I created for this year's Rex Ball, the theme: The Lore of the Ancient Americas. All the panels fold in and out to create a compelling journey through iconic scenes of ancient North and South America. Hope you enjoy seeing it.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Back in September, I was given a wonderful commission - To create sixteen banners illustrating the story of Christmas to hang in the sanctuary of one of the most beautiful churches in uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Presbyterian Church. I began sketching and photographing inspirational elements of this beautiful building and finally began painting in earnest by the end of September. The paintings shown below are two-sided 8 foot banners - the painting faces the congregation and the illumination side (featuring the title of an appropriately titled Carol) toward the pulpit. The banners were hung in the sanctuary by Thanksgiving weekend! I've included captions to share the meaning and inspiration behind each banner.
The Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary was inspired by the colors of the sanctuary: deep blues, russets and golds, along with the luminous stained glass windows teaming with understated elegance and beauty.....
|The stained-glass window in the sanctuary’s narthex is found in this illumination. The window is lined with acanthus leaves, found frequently in the borders of ornamented initial letters of Medieval illuminated manuscripts. The sacred geometry of the window’s patterns speak to the eternal cycle of life. The inspiration for this scene was taken from a Raphael drawing of an angel I saw in the New York's Morgan Library.|
|The color and shapes of the leaded glass window at the State Street side entrance of the church became a perfect frame for the journey of Mary and Joseph. The textures provided contrasts: for the earth tones & the isolation of their journey.|
|Another State Street side entrance window is the background for this illumination. The patterns and symmetry of the shapes represent the Holy Trinity and eternal life.|
|The background texture of this illumination is inspired by the shimmering limestone of the sanctuary. The vesicas piscis of the painting’s frame symbolizes the sacred life that is being born in Bethlehem.|
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
|Lily, Lily, Rose: A Tribute to Mr. Sargent, oil on canvas, 24x18"|
This 24"x18" oil painting I did in tribute to John Singer Sargent's painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. (I'm not a fan of carnations so I left those out of my painting!) It was done for a flower themed invitational at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. Here is Mr. Sargent's luminous painting, a virtuostic masterpiece that has always inspired me:
|Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose John Singer Sargent|
Saturday, September 3, 2011
|Sunset, Pal's Peak, 2011|
Back to reality in New Orleans....and just in time for the Great Deluge! I guess it's just that time of year... tropical storms, new students, the orchestra and art gallery season opening...but at least now we're reinvigorated after our time in the mountains.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Today I painted a Daily Paintworks Challenge - using only adjacent rectangles of color to define the painting. It was way out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed painting this so loose. I'm calling this Rattlesnake Rock because over our twenty-two years on our mountain we have encountered twelve...yes twelve...rattlesnakes, that all seem to come from somewhere beyond these huge boulders. So, instead of hiking in these rocks, I paint them!