Monday, September 12, 2011

Moon the Sun at Café Du Monde - SOLD

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet
Available through DPW gallery/auction 

This month the VPO goes to New Orleans, one of my all time favorite cities. I have been fortunate to have visited the city many times in the past, and I wanted to paint something that spoke about the city, not the destruction that Katrina did (and she did do a lot of destruction). One place that stuck in my mind was the Cafe Du Monde which is down in the French Quarter right near the Mississippi River. The original Google link for this can be seen here.

Known for their Chicory Coffee and Beignets (fried dough sprinkled with confectioner's sugar), Cafe Du Monde has been on Decauter street since 1862 and is a frequent stop for tourists and locals alike. It touts itself as the Original Coffee Stand - you can read about it's coffee here and about the beignets here.

When you look at the original google map for this location, you will see the people I've painted milling around. However, I had a "hole" on the left that was empty and vacant and just needed something to anchor the spot. So I thought to add the little dog - who grew into a larger dog. A happy little dog that is just raring to play. Have you ever seen a dog get down on it's front legs, hind quarters up in the air as he gets read to romp in play? Well, this little dog is doing just that - only after I finished I realized he seemed to be mooning in the general direction of the sun - and so, hence, the name of this piece. Just a little bit of humor to add to the scene.

4 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful job shadowing beneath the tent, Nancie! Love the little dog too! Thank you also for the bit of history on Cafe du Monde. I've never heard of it so was intrigued. Never been to New Orleans but would love to see the historical aspects of this city (no desire to do the Mardi Gras thing). The cemeteries here also intrigue me quite a bit!

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

Nan, your painting is so interesting, but your write-up makes it even more so. My dad, who was from the south, used to drink chicory coffee - never could develop a taste for it myself. Your painting brought back this memory. Good paintings do that kind of thing. Yours is a good painting.

martinealison said...

Une très belle composition...
gros bisous

jill polsby said...

Great work my friend....and fun that you explained the how and the why of the painting. Love the saucy little dog, defending its spot in the sun.

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