Original New Orleans Art by Debbie Ainsworth

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Familiar Faces Collection

Familiar Faces Collection

Portraits done in a variety of styles, especially featuring couple art.

Slidell Arts Evening 2018

Slidell Arts Evening 2018

ArtByDArt is participating in this year’s Arts Evening in Slidell. Come out and see Debbie Ainsworth at the Arcade Theater on Carey Street on Saturday, April 14th, from 4-9pm. She will have several Original Paintings on display, as well as Open Edition prints of her […]

Moonlight Tears Won a Blue Ribbon at SAL Monthly Contest

Moonlight Tears Won a Blue Ribbon at SAL Monthly Contest

I am thrilled to announce that Moonlight Tears got a first place ribbon in the apprentice category of the Slidell Art League’s monthly contest! It will be on display at the Slidell Memorial Cancer Center on Robert Blvd. Stop by and see it if you […]

Moonlight Tears – Original Painting

Moonlight Tears – Original Painting

I just finished a new painting. This one is called Moonlight Tears, and is my first attempt at a semi-realistic portrait. It was actually inspired by one of my digital art images, Moonlit Tears. The Original Painting is in the store now, but delivery can’t […]

Catching Up with ArtByDArt

Catching Up with ArtByDArt

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Part of that was due to reevaluating my art marketing techniques, but an even greater part was devoted to the holidays and making art. The last finished painting I blogged about was Tudor Bleu. Since then, I’ve completed […]

As One Awarded First Place in SAL Monthly Contest

As One Awarded First Place in SAL Monthly Contest

Completed in November of 2017, As One was submitted in the apprentice category of the Slidell Art League’s monthly contest and was awarded a First Place Blue Ribbon. As One will be on display at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center on Robert Blvd. Prints […]

Art Marketing – Reevaluating Marketing Techniques

Art Marketing – Reevaluating Marketing Techniques

Okay, I tried the marketing tips recommended by the podcast I’ve been listening to. I wanted to make the whole thing into a process … take pictures on one day, add the print to my store the next, write a blog post about the print, […]

Fun and Fellowship with the Slidell Art League

Fun and Fellowship with the Slidell Art League

This has been a busy week for me. I added Days Gone By to the web store, Etsy, and Ebay. I’ve also been working on the Tudor Bleu prints, but that’s hard to do, because it’s currently hanging in the St. Tammany Parish Library in […]

Days Gone By Added to Store

Days Gone By Added to Store

This week’s entry to the ArtByDArt store is a favorite, Days Gone By. This painting features a vintage clothing store in the New Orleans French Quarter. To celebrate, I’m offer 20% OFF for Three Days Only. Oh, a little bird told me that if you […]

The Digital Art Years: 2001 – 2016

The Digital Art Years: 2001 – 2016

After I graduated from college, I stopped painting. I’m not really sure why, but it might be akin to the same kind of burnout I suffered when I tried to pursue an MA in history.  One class had so much required reading that I just […]

Tudor Bleu & Sunday Smile on Display

Tudor Bleu & Sunday Smile on Display

If you happen to be near the St. Tammany Parish Library on Robert Blvd. in Slidell, stop by to see some beautiful art on display, including two paintings by Debbie Ainsworth. Though neither painting won a prize from the judge, the librarians told Debbie that […]

Art Snobbery – Part 2

Art Snobbery – Part 2

A huge difference in painting today vs my college days is the paint itself. The variety of colors today is amazing. Plus you can find paint, even tubes, in so many places today. There are three craft stores as well as two economy stores within […]

Spirit of NOLA Added to ArtByDArt Stores

Spirit of NOLA Added to ArtByDArt Stores

Halloween seems the perfect day to add the ghostly Spirit of NOLA to the ArtByDArt store! You can also find it on my ArtByDArt Etsy Shop and on my ArtByDArt Ebay store. But remember, ArtByDArt coupons only work on this website. With all the extra […]

Art Snobbery – Part 1

Art Snobbery – Part 1

The Art world is full of snobbery. Usually it manifests as artists looking down their noses at certain types of art and dismissing it as something less than what they’ll describe as “real art.” You see this kind of snobbery aimed at the work of […]


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I Got an Honorable Mention

I Got an Honorable Mention

Recently I joined the Slidell Art League and submitted four of my paintings for their Art & Bloom Show. I am thrilled to say that I got an Honorable Mention for “Green Eyes.” All four will be on display at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center until May 16th. I have to say that I miss them. My walls are so vacant without them. Here are  some pictures from the show. I am thrilled to have had one of my pieces chosen for an award. It’s been years since I’ve had work displayed in public, and I’ve never won any kind of award before.

I’m still flabbergasted by the thought that people like my work. I never expected to sell one painting much less four. And the really pathetic part is that I’m so used to failing that I can’t really enjoy my successes. I keep waiting for it all to come to an end and I don’t want to get my hopes up. But when I look back at the facts … I only started painting again in October, I’ve sold four out of my last five paintings, and I won an honorable mention in the first show I’ve submitted work to … I believe this does qualify as success.

My chief worry is that I’ve managed to sell a few paintings in a very limited niche. Namely, my Facebook friends, which consists of 77 people. Now, I have to try and compete in a larger venue, and I don’t know how to get my work in front of the people most likely to buy it.

Green Eyes and Blue Eyes
NOLA Night
Quarter Nocturne