Monday, July 30, 2012

A Happy Maryite!

Deanna Proctor was a recent winner of one of my print giveaways on Artisan Karen La Beau's Art & Jewelry (FB Buisness page) . In addition to the print she won, Ms. Proctor purchased a "Sisterhood" print for her daughter.

Her daughter, a graduate from my Alma Mater ( St. Mary's Academy) was thrilled to get her print! It's moments like this, that make me strive to continue to paint from my heart! Stay tuned, SMA graduates....The Deb Ball is coming soon!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Happy Customer's Means Happy Artist!

A few weeks ago, The Harkey's stopped by my booth at the Farmer's Market. They always stop by with Mr. Harkey's wonderful sister and chat for a minute. They have been great customer's for about three or four years.

This particular Saturday, my Farmer's Market print, frame in wood from a barn, made it's debut. The wood from the barn is from the 1800's. So, naturally it seemed like a perfect fit for this print. Needless to say, the Harkey's thought so as well.

They ended up buying three prints from me that weekend. Imagine how tickled I was when they sent me pictures of the art hanging in their home! How rewarding for an artist!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Bond Never Broken

When I began this piece, it was just starting off to be a background for another idea. I solicited comments as to what people thought it was going to be. LaShaonda Anderson said she saw women in the abstract painting. And you know what? So did I. I decided to abandon my original thought for this painting and bring out the women. Featured in this painting are women all shades, joined together by their hands. It represents sisterhood, women of power and life long friendships. The original and the prints are now posted on

Friday, July 13, 2012

Uncle Lionel Batiste

A few weeks ago, it was in the news that Uncle Lionel Batiste was very ill. Instantly, I felt the compulsion to capture his image on canvas for my own therapy. Working through the fact of life that we all have to deal with death. Working through the thought that one more person that makes New Orleans a special place would soon be gone.

So many great musicians have hailed from New Orleans. So many have contributed to the history of this countries musical foundation. Mr. Batiste was one of them.

Well, on July 8, 2012, Uncle Lionel finally laid his mallets down for his brass drum and made that last second line walk to glory. An old classmate of mine contacted me and said he was actually her uncle. She wanted to know if I had thought about painting him. Yes! And now it was time for me to express my thoughts with paint. My only hope was that the final painting would reek of his spirit. I shared the painting with his niece first. She was please. So, here it is for your review.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A friend of mine recently shared pictures with me of her daughter dancing. When I looked at the form that this young lady had in the pictures, I was blown away. Truely, "art in motion!" I felt compelled to capture it in paint. I chose to paint this on a piece of two inch block of wood.

Introducing, DeVaughn Gilchrist! I am at a lost for the name of this piece. Praise Him comes to mind. Humm, I will give the title a bit more thought.

Maybe, YOU can help me name this piece. What does it say to you? If you have a suggested title, you can comment on here. You can also comment on Artisan Karen La Beau Art & Jewerly business page on Face Book! Might be a free gift involved if I pick your title!!

After I have a named and had the prints processed, the original and the prints will be for purchase. It will be on site.