SUN AND SHADOWS IN NEW ORLEANS
8" x 6"
oil on canvas
Off to New Orleans for a brief excursion via Google maps for the Virtual Paint out, I was drawn to these colorful shadows on Bourbon Street.
If this scene seems a bit cheery, considering all the hardship that New Orleans has suffered in the past several years, it isn't that I don't appreciate that sadness. I have to admit to looking for the sunny side of life if possible when I paint. I figure if I'm going to spend several hours painting something I might as well experience pleasure in imagining or remembering the scene depicted. Painting for me is a way to spend a few hours in solitary pursuit of a pleasant memory and trying to bring that experience to others. The one exception to that in recent years was my painting of the nursery school in Saito Japan . It was very hard to paint this as the city was completely destroyed in the tsunami.