Original New Orleans Art by Debbie Ainsworth

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 Slidell over on Robert. So, I go to my printer and get a test print, then I drive over to the library to compare it to the original, then I drive back home to my computer and tweak it some more.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I became a member of the Slidell Art League (SAL), which meets the second Tuesday of every month, at a church that is kind enough to let us use the space.  Usually, the meetings feature an artist or craftsperson, who talks about their art and how they created it, what inspired it, etc. Personally, I LOVE hearing artists talk about their work. This month, because it’s November, we had a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner. It was a wonderful time spent among good companions. Sometimes it’s just nice to hang out with other artists for a while.

In addition to three shows a year, SAL often has a booth at local festivals and street fairs, so artists can sell their work. I plan to take advantage of that as soon as I can, to see if my prints will sell. If it all goes well, I might invest in my own display supplies so I can become a vendor at other events. Somehow, I feel that if I can just get my work in front of people they’ll buy it. Or they won’t. And if they won’t, then maybe I’ll give up the prints and just focus on my original paintings, but at least I can say I tried everything possible.

Oh, at the SAL meetings, we have a monthly art contest. There are two divisions (master and apprentice), and the top three picks of each category are displayed in the Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center for the month. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few of my paintings on display. Below is an awful picture of me with Maison de Memere.

I’m also working on two new projects. One is a painting that will be an abstract couple portrait. That one suffered a setback, because I bought some new paint, which was labeled acrylic, but turned out to be oil. For non artists out there, oil will paint over acrylic with no problem. Acrylic, however, will not paint over oil. Oh, it’ll act like it will, but the acrylic paint will eventually separate, bubble, and peel right off. Fortunately, I was alerted by the stench (oil paint has an odor, and this one was way worse than most) before I’d gotten too far in. Just the corner was affected, which I’ve since gessoed over to start again. That gold color in the corner is the oil paint. Hoping that the smell was just some kind of weird bonding agent, I wiped off as much of the paint as I could, and then tried some brown acrylic paint on top of it. You can see at the bottom that the brown easily covered the yellow acrylic paint, but it’s just a hot mess over that gold. Oh well.

My other new project is a Christmas Stocking. I’m hand painting a stylized angel onto a red felt Christmas Stocking. I love doing holiday projects, but these take a bit more time than most. First, the felt sucks up the paint, so it takes a lot more of it. I insert wax paper inside the stocking to keep the paint from bleeding through. Because it does suck up so much paint, the first few layers take forever to dry. While I normally like to paint on top of previous colors, with the Christmas Stockings, it’s just not possible in the beginning. I’m forced to paint around previously painted areas and then wait a full 24 hours for it to dry before I can start again. Still, it’s a project of love. Below is a picture of my progress.

That’s all I have for this week. Come back next Thursday for another riveting article in Debbie’s Blog. Or, you can sign up for the ArtByDArt Newsletter, which in addition to alerting you to all the latest goings on, will also garner you a coupon for 20% off of your next purchase! See y’all next week. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on FaceBook and Instagram.