Warm Thoughts of NOLA

Creating "Royal Street II", Lilibeth Andre

Creating “Royal Street II”, Lilibeth Andre, oil on canvas board

In these cooler days of fall I think about the warm days in NOLA. New Orleans, and the French Quarter in particular, have always offered warm experiences. From the French and Spanish architectural influence to the food and the people-geared environment with magnolia trees, music, and walkability. It has a flavor that reminds me of home.

The days in the French Quarter are slow. Tourists ramble and vendors go about their business. The aroma of food is a pleasant surprise here and there. And it seems that as a legacy to Jean Lafitte, everyone must have at least one tattoo.

The nights are jovial, fun and entertaining for all the senses. Time is suspended and the party continues on end. Daiquiris, other large and colorful drinks and shots are available at every turn. The mood is of light leisure and decadence.

Creating "Pirates Alley", Lilibeth Andre, oil on canvas board.

Creating “Pirates Alley”, Lilibeth Andre, oil on canvas board.

The early mornings are cleanup time. The sweepers wash and scrub the streets and few people step out at that hour. That is when I’d step out packed with my easel and paint box traversing on freshly washed streets to find the colors of the French Quarter.

After an early jog, I stopped at St. Louis Cathedral for a moment of cooling meditation, pick up my gear and hit the streets, inviting at every turn. The warm palette captured the flavor and for me, the moment and soon to be memories of Royal Street, St. Louis Cathedral, Pirate’s Alley, Decatur, St. Peter Street, Balcony I, and Courtyard Bananas. While I enjoyed the humor of the early birds posing for the canvas on their way to work or the shade of the banana trees in the interior courtyard of an old home, I relished on the flavor of the Quarter. The flavor of ages in an ageless area of New Orleans.

With a stash of canvas mementos carefully packed, I boarded my plane and watched from the window. The city between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River grew smaller and I bid it good-bye, until my next visit. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • December 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Nov   Jan »
    1234567
    891011121314
    15161718192021
    22232425262728
    293031  
  • Lilibeth André

  • Receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,195 other followers

  • The Top Five

  • Copyright Notice

    © Lilibeth André and Art by Lilibeth André, 2009-2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this text, images or content without express and written permission Lilibeth André is strictly prohibited. For permission to license, exhibit or purchase any of the artwork, email info@lilibethandre.com. Links to this site may be made with full and clear accreditation to Lilibeth André and Art by Lilibeth André.