|St Elizabeth's Asylum|
8.5 x 3.5 inches
(please click to enlarge)
I am so very pleased and excited to announce that Imaginary Trips Made Real, LLC is a reality and will be hosting:
An Artist's Painting Holiday
November 6 -11, 2011
All of the info is in the itinerary here. Just click to download a copy.
I hope that you'll join me in the wild adventure!
Please let me know of any questions I can answer.
The angel in this post is one of two angels that stands outside of St. Elizabeth's Asylum in New Orleans. It has been a girls' school as well as an orphanage. It has a ballroom and a chapel with the original stained glass windows.
It was also the home of Ann Rice, author of the famed Interview With The Vampire and The Vampire Lestat novels. The home had an unusual designation of being one of the largest private homes in the United States at just under 50,000 square feet.
Ms. Rice sold the property after her husband passed away and it has recently been converted to luxury condos.
I took quite a few artistic liberties with this image. The glass window behind the angel is not as large nor low as I have it shown and there is a huge column that seems to have disappeared from the image as well.
I lost track of the time it took to create this image as I started it several months ago. I was sidetracked with other projects and would occasionally come across it, paint a little and then set it aside again.
When I was in NOLA, I visited the location twice. There was a strong sense of peace emanating from the building. Did the angels have anything to do with it? I'm not really sure. I just know there was a serenity to the place that I wanted to capture in my image.
I do hope you'll come and join me on the return trip—it's going to be a blast!!