…to miss New Orleans? I do! I have just returned from a much needed trip to visit close family in New Orleans, LA. I painted again for the first time since my husband passed away in December of 2013. I had not been able to pick up a brush or even go into my art room. I began to wonder if painting was just something that God had let me have during his illness to get me through and if it would ever come back. But while I was in the Crescent City, I felt the strong urge to run get a huge canvas! Fortunately, I had my wonderful Golden acrylics with me just on the off chance that I might feel inspired. And inspired I was!!!!
I was there during the season of Mardi Gras and after and there was so much eye candy (and none of it obscene!) that I just had to paint!!!! I had taken an art class from Flora Bowley online last fall while my husband was on hospice but I had not ever tried her technique out on canvas. So I just plunged in and ended up with a painting that I am rather pleased with!
Mardi Gras 2014
But honestly, the painting is not the best of my trip. Seeing my family… being with my cousins, aunt and uncle and my little smaller cousins, who call me Aunt Susan out of respect, was the best thing in the world! I had not been down to see them since Hurricane Katrina due to nursing school, getting my nursing career off the ground and then my husband’s illness. I needed to see them!
I needed that time snuggling on the couch with Patricia!
Me and my snuggle bunny, Patricia!
I needed the time being “schooled” in current music by Katie Beth!
My music educator, Katie Beth!
I needed to see the “blackrobats” with Amelie and Charles the 4th!
Me, Charles IV and Amelie at Jackson Square!
I needed to see my uncle, who I had not seen since my cousin Charles’ wedding! Charles is “my person” who I look to for guidance and I have always felt a special bond with him since he was born.
Me and my person, Charles
I needed “sister” time with my cousins Jennifer and Amy!
Jennifer and me!
My beautiful cousin, Amy!
I needed to spend some good quality time with my Aunt “Dorty”.
And I didn’t know it, but I needed to go to a Mardi Gras ball! But that is all secret society information and I cannot tell you anything about it!
Krewe of Comus parade!
My aunt’s apartment sits right on St. Charles at the corner of Washington and I spent many hours watching parades go by from her awesome sun porch.
Beads literally came in the window! The parades were especially gorgeous at night! On Fat Tuesday, we were downtown at a secret club experiencing the coldest Mardi Gras on record but it didn’t damper the fun! Cold and rainy weather didn’t bother me one bit! And it was great to have on my Old Gringo boots instead of my heels that I wore to the ball!
I can’t begin to express how good it feels to be “back” as far as painting goes. But it feels even better to begin to feel ALIVE again! I am going right back to New Orleans at the end of April for Jazzfest and I cannot wait! Carlos Santana, Robert Plant and Eric Clapton are the headliners the weekend I will be there, along with a plethora of other music genres and bands, not to mention the cuisine!
Yeah, I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of hippies and the like, but I’ll fit right in. I love music as an art form as much as I love painting, so I’ll be right in my element.
As always, if you are interested in a painting, feel free to email me at email@example.com and we can talk. I’m working on several commissions right now and I’m finally happy again, while I’m painting.
I know I have a long way to go in the grieving process, but art is therapy. The best therapy for me. It heals me as I do it and I feel like I’m honoring my precious husband by doing what he loved seeing me do (because it made me happy..). Thats the kind of person he was.
Blessings to you all this spring!