Monday, April 20, 2015

My Weekend in New Orleans for the LWS Show

It has been a busy time for me the past two weeks traveling to California and New Orleans 
for long weekends.  But, of course, there's no place like home. 
 I am very happy to be home and back at my table.  Before we left for New Orleans I had a bright sunny day out on my patio photographing a new still life set up that I am very excited to start.  
So today I will be going through my options, editing and beginning the drawing.  
I don't mind telling you that I feel a bit rusty after such a long break so it could be a slow start.

As you may know we were in New Orleans for the Louisianna Watercolor Society Exhibit.
I am so excited to have one of my paintings in this beautiful show!

While at the show I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with two artists who were my inspiration when I began to work seriously in watercolor five years ago.
Marsha Chandler (center) and juror Chris Krupinski are still life painters of masterful works and they continue to awe and inspire me in my own work.
Chris even gave me a critique of my painting and reasons why she choose it for the show.

I also met many other impressive artists and wish I had taken more pictures!
But at the time I was more interested in taking in the experience.
It was some effort to plan and travel to New Orleans for the show but I am so glad I did.

And all the credit for getting me there goes to my sweetheart of a husband, Larry.
He's always so supportive and the first to make travel plans when I learn I am lucky 
enough to get into a show across the country.
I am also a bit timid about walking into a room of strangers and talking about my work.
Having him there is wonderful to share the experience with and a confidence builder.

Our nephew Brian and his wife Amelia, who live in the New Orleans area,
 stopped in for the show.  And after took us to a great little local restaurant for dinner.
So nice to spend time with them.

Brian and Amelia also took us by the Edgar Degas House on our way back to the Quarter.

A stunning house that can be toured and used as a special event venue. 
There was a wedding reception happening while we were there. Can you imagine that!?

We stayed in the French Quarter while there and here are a few of our experiences.

We walked the entire French Quarter our first morning there.
Stopped in a jazz bar on Bourbon Street for a couple of hours.
Visited Jackson Square

We cruised the Mississippi on a steam paddle boat.

I just loved these old live oaks!

There was so much more than I can share here but safe to say we packed as much of 
New Orleans in three days as possible!

Sunday live jazz brunch at The Court of the Two sisters and then off to the airport.

Our next trip will be the Baltimore Watercolor Society Show where my "Daydreamer"
will be exhibited.  We know Baltimore very well, as it's close to Philly, and our son attended undergrad there.  So we are looking forward to a return in June.

I hope I didn't go on too long!
It was all really great but now back to work on my new project.

Thank you so much for stopping by.


  1. What a whirlwind weekend you had....thanks for sharing your beautiful painting and your tour of New Orleans....I love The Big Easy.

    1. Thank you Mollie and congratulations to you too!

  2. Thanks for sharing your great experience visiting New Orleans and attending the LWS Opening. Give you credit for making the trip to attend exhibitions you are in...wishing you many more!

    1. Thank you Johanna. The LWS show was my 4th watercolor society show and I've only missed one opening so far. We go when we can and want a weekend trip someplace interesting. We had been in New Orleans for just a day a couple of years ago and always wanted to go back. Btw I'd like to follow you and your work but couldnt figure out how to do it (no like button or friend request on your fb page) Thanks again!

  3. An incredible experience Carmella! I really enjoy the photos from the event and of New Orleans. I especially love the one of you with your painting!


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