Textures Podcast #7

I am over the moon to be featured in the seventh installment of Valerie Legras’ new podcast Textures!

Valerie and I met to talk about my process, history and what being a creative means to me. I talk about the time I was expelled from college and the importance of being resilient. Puff, my paper mache dragon even gets a mention. Although he was definitely not 6ft tall! I was out of my element being interviewed and well… sometimes the fish gets bigger as the years go on, right?

Thank you for listening! Let me know what you think!

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Ochsner Baptist Permanent Collection

You can now find three paintings of mine in the
permanent collection at Ochnser Baptist in New Orleans.
The paintings are on display along with the work of several other artists.

Thank you, Where Y’art for this opportunity!

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You can view these works at the
Ochsner Baptist Phyllis M. & Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium.

Femaissance: Gemini

I created this painting,
“Devour the Moon”
for Femaissance Gemini
and was so happy to have it displayed
at Magazine Merchant House for the Month of May.

Available through the studio. Devour the Moon 24x48in oil on canvas. Contact to purchase.

Available through the studio. Devour the Moon 24x48in oil on canvas. Contact to purchase.

FEMAISSANCE IS A FEMINIST MOVEMENT OF ARTISTRY AND ACTIVISM, REPRESENTING 50+ LOCAL WOMXN ARTISTS OUT OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.

Founded in the Fall of 2017, Femaissance urges that patronage is persistence, producing semi-annual "exhibitions and community spaces” that connect consumers to womxn makers. Fueled by the power of female collaboration, Femaissance seeks to empower its community members to view themselves as both individuals and citizens capable of growth and making a difference.

CREATED BY AND FOR THE WOMXN OF NEW ORLEANS

The Campbell Collective

I could not be happier to announce representation by The Campbell Collective, an online artist collective.

Styled by Amanda Louise Interiors & The Campbell Collective

Styled by Amanda Louise Interiors & The Campbell Collective

I’ve noticed art becoming more accessible to young collectors over the years thanks to social media. I really enjoyed the direct connection instagram and facebook have allowed me to have with my collectors and Interior Designers. What started as a simple “Hello” on Instagram has blossomed into a fun collaborative relationship with Amanda Louise Interiors.

They approached me several months ago with their idea for a new artist collective. I agreed not knowing how I would even create pieces that would fit into their model. The process was challenging to say the least. I spent about a month wondering how I would even produce the works.I generally find it quite difficult to work on a smaller scale. My energetic and bold brush strokes usually turn into overthought and stale expressions when I restrict the scale of my work (at least in my opinion). After trying and failing at a few smaller works, my process for this collection was born.

I took “failed” paintings hidden from view around my studio, cut them to scale and used them as the foundation for these small works. What did I have to lose at this point? These works were literally hidden from view so I wouldn’t have to be reminded of their existence. They didn’t have any other purpose at this point. I had already tried to paint on a smaller scale with it not working out at all. I bought a nice pair of scissors and began destroying. They had possibility again. Sometimes this sort of destruction is necessary in my studio practice. Things become stale when I treat them as precious or formulaic. Cutting them up felt like a form of rebellion. Freedom. I layered more paint, cut leafy silhouettes and began to assemble the pieces like a puzzle.

I am so happy with the result and also can’t wait to create more for this collection. I know the process will keep evolving and growing.

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The Campbell Collective is an online marketplace of original art brought to you by Amanda Louise Campbell and Marquin Campbell. The collective begins with works on paper from seven different artists, created in standard frame sizes to provide an array of artwork for your home. New artists will be introduced each month, adding to an already diverse collection of works. Amanda Louise and Marquin share immense passion for supporting local artists and intend for this collection to spread that same passion to the walls of your home in a bright and colorful way.

Femaissance Auction

I am extremely proud to be included in this community of artists and activists. In the fall of 2018, I participated in Femaissance: Proserpina at the lighthouse on Camp Street. It was unlike any other show I’d previously participated in. The energy behind it was to engage and uplift the community. Thats something I can 100% get behind.

Femaissance has launched a Paddle 8 auction to discover timely works from the emerging womxn artists of New Orleans in support of Femaissance's mission to shine a spotlight on diverse female talent.

Femaissance is a feminist movement of artistry and activism, representing 50+ local artists out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in the Fall of 2017, Femaissance urges that patronage is persistence, producing semi-annual "exhibitions and community spaces” that connect consumers to womxn makers.

Fueled by the power of female collaboration, Femaissance seeks to empower its community members to view themselves as both individuals and citizens capable of growth and making a difference.

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“Winsome” 36x36in oil on canvas is for sale in the auction!

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I painted two dark moody florals in the fall of 2018.
One hangs in Coppervine Winepub, as a part of the impeccably designed interior, and the other is up for sale!

Winsome ships from New Orleans and local pickup is available.

Amanda Louise Interiors: Art Makes the Room

Excited to be featured on Amanda Louise Interiors’ blog in their
Art Makes the Room feature!

“It’s time for AMTR Volume 4 and here we are still streaming our mantra “Art Makes The Room” across the interwebs to anyone who will read our words. We truly believe around here that a room without art is akin a cake without icing. Basically, what is even the point? So, we’ve made it our mission at ALI to support artists near and far that are doing their thing and putting work that we resonate with out into the world.

We may have baths on the brain due the good Epson salt soak I needed after all the walking we did at market in ATL last weekend sourcing some real good stuff for clients OR we may still have dreams of pampering ourselves dancing in our heads from last weeks master feature on the blog. Regardless, when we saw the beautiful botanical piece from this month’s artist Mary Singleton we immediately schemed up a spa like bath that I am personally FEELING.”

Mary Singleton’s work caught my eye on insta and I’ve been slightly obsessed ever since. Her paintings feature botanical scenes, ladies, and color studies that all catch my eye. Mary lives and works in New Orleans and you can certainly see inspiration from her surroundings in her bold use of color… and, as you know, I appreciate anyone who isn’t scared of a little color.

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This bath that we’ve created around her piece “One of Kind” features patterned tile that I’m eyeing for my laundry room remodel later this year along with color and texture galore. All playing backdrop for this piece that truly makes the space! You can make this whole space happen for you by clicking those links below… but there’s only one original “One of the Kind” so if you’re feeling it, snag it. Lastly, head over to Insta to see how you can win a print of this piece!

XO,

AL”

Thank You, Amanda Louise Interiors!

January 2019: Studio Day

After nine straight days of rain, New Orleans finally had a sunny day. Gorgeous day outside and inside the studio. Finished four 40x40in paintings. 

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"I can't look away." 40x40in oil on canvas. 2019. Available. Contact to purchase.  

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 "Amaranth Waltz." 40x40in oil on canvas. 2019. Available. Contact to purchase.

 "Feels a lot like falling." 40x40in oil on canvas. 2019. Available. Contact to purchase.

 "Feels a lot like falling." 40x40in oil on canvas. 2019. Available. Contact to purchase.

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"Slow change: I can't remember why I was scared." 40x40in oil on canvas. 2019. Available. Contact to purchase.

Copper Vine Winepub

Congratulations to Copper Vine Winepub and Studio West Designs for winning first runner up in Nola Eater's Most Gorgeous Eatery off the year. Thrilled to have a painting in a space enjoyed by so many. 

As Southern as Hydrangeas and Ice Tea. 2018.

As Southern as Hydrangeas and Ice Tea. 2018.

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Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital

Over a year ago Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge approached me with a project for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. While the hospital project is still over a year away from completion, In Register Magazine got a special peak behind the scenes.

My job was to create watercolor textures by hand to be used throughout the interior of the hospital. It was a joy to work on this project, especially knowing that something I created might brighten the halls of an organization helping sick children.

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Claire Elizabeth Gallery

You can now find my work at Claire Elizabeth Gallery in the French Quarter. Claire not only runs her gallery, but Amy’s Art Cart.

“Amy's Art Cart is a mobile art cart to serve pediatric patients at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. Since 2014, Amy's Art Cart has collected over $40,000 to benefit the art cart program at Children's Hospital. These funds have been used to purchase a specially designed, hospital safe cart as well as stock the cart with art supplies, coloring books, craft sets, board games and even a mini library to bring joy and a creative outlet to hundreds of kids. It is our hope that each child can access the cart in order to escape some of the agony and monotony of being in the hospital and undergoing treatments.

Amy's Art Cart is dedicated in the name of Amy Palmer, a local artist and art teacher who lost her fight with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012. Throughout her illness, creating works of art with her nurses, aides, and visitors gave Amy the strength and courage to fight her illness. It is the hope that "Amy's Art Cart" inspires children to use their own creativity and imagination to help heal their wounds and give them the strength to fight back.’

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