last month, my husband and i were fortunate enough to travel to new orleans, louisiana and stay in the french quarter. though my experience walking once down bourbon street was enough to never have to do that again, i will say the the rest of the vieux carre was delightful and incredibly inspiring during the day!
the above photo was taken from the vantage point of william faulkner's favorite spot to sit and write, and is actually the exact spot where he wrote his first novel in 1925, Soldier's Pay. it was weird....i took the photo because i was struck by the beauty of the vantage point. only later did i figure out i was not the first to admire the view....!
i took hundreds of pictures, and saw incredible works of art. my favorite gallery by far was getting ready for an exhibit by Royo, and had we been there 3 more days, i actually could have MET him. i can't tell you the emotion that was in this room as i stood there surrounded by his art. it was so moving...my heart was racing, my breath was caught in my throat, my eyes were unblinking, and i think my hands and feet were not connected to my body for awhile....i was awestruck. i love that about art; that it can do that to one's soul. that it can transcend terrestrial parameters and just strike you down like that.
this one in particular was my favorite. it is huge. the picture does not do it justice. i stood there, frozen, and realized i was crying. if i had about 11K, i would have dropped it on the spot for this bad boy. LOL. but in the meantime, i'll just have to get by with the vivid memory of it's beauty. and the photo i snagged from the street....
okay....that's all for now, but more on my nola inspiration later. i have so much to share!
also....more on the awesome new printer i've been playing with lately for my christmas projects and digital printing....this thing is rad!