Every time I go to the French Quarter in New Orleans I think about painting, composing paintings and taking pictures as I walk between countless old buildings, balconies, storefronts, windows, shutters, plants, etc. The area fascinates me, partly because I’m enthralled with old structures that were built to have their own character, and partly because I wanted to be an architect as a young girl, and partly because it is just so uniquely beautiful in the midst of it’s grittiness and grime. When I finally had the opportunity to paint en plein air in the Quarter, it was a little intimidating as there were lots of people passing by. I walked around (in the summer heat) for awhile, pulling my heavy art cart with all my supplies behind me and settled on this spot on Royal Street across from these brightly colored buildings. Then a young man set up nearby to “tap dance” (bottle caps on soles of shoes) for money, complete with his two toddler daughters (he made a killing), which made it a bit hard to concentrate. Plus the fact that everyone wants to look and when you are in the first half or so of a painting it doesn’t look like much! At any rate, this is what I came up with during my first NOLA Plein Air painting session. The original is 8x10” on canvas board and is available. It can be seen locally in Baton Rouge at Magpie Cafe through October. Prints can be ordered through www.staceyrhoadesart.com. Art brightens life! #staceyrhoadesart #frenchquarter #NOLA #pleinair #pleinairpainter #homedecor #artforsale #originalart #fineartprints #paintingsforsale #buylocalart
Wednesday August 28th at 12pm est houseofroulx will be releasing a new print of my painting “Sunflower” ( link in bio..) . There are 5 embellished prints in addition to the regular edition. If you’re in New Orleans you can find the original painting (and some others) over at redtruckgallery in the French Quarter.