Monday, August 11, 2008

More of NOMA

An ornate lamp standard that seems, to me, very 19th century, though OCICBW.

Some nice framing of the entrance

Looking toward the second floor mezzanine

I frequently play with exposure, contrast, brightness, and saturation to make detail clearer. These are untretouched.

The Cities of the Dead - so very New Orleans!

The quantity and variety of wildlife in this painting are simply overwhelming. One can get quite lost in the details.

Now here's an homage to the swamps and bayous and their people.

Was this young man really all that pious? Opinions?

Whether the preceding chap was pious, I have no doubt this chap was wealthy.

And this Jesus, in a Coronation of the Virgin painting, looks like a young German hippie to me - rather charming, eccentric, and very unworldly.

Rather a grand old chap here.

I will look for more later.

Another party tomorrow. The work crew is being dined in the Vieux Carré by the agency. [Rolls eyes. Business and social lives are not to be confused according to Miss Manners, and she is quite right.]

Not much sunshine to be seen today - lowering clouds from early in the morning onward, some pelting rain midafternoon. The sun is supposed to peek in on us day after tomorrow.

And that's the news from Bienville's burg.
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Was this young man really all that pious? Opinions?

But for the halo, I would not have said he was pious at all, simply thoughtful.

As for the office party, go for the food, but be nice to the people. No snarling, now.

Jane R said...

Love the photos. Loooove the comments. And Miss Manners is my role model. (One of 'em, anyway.)

The young man looks naughty, in an innocent sort of way.

I'm with Mimi. Go for the food, self-disclose as little as possible, be polite, then leave.

rick allen said...

I was glad to see your featuring one of David Bates' paintings--David and his wife lived three houses down when my wife and I were first married and in our first house--my wife knew them both from graduate school. They then were renting, and kept a perfect suburban facade--it wasn't till entering that you found yourself in a riot of tarps, brushes, turpentine and sixty-four square foot canvasses. I'm glad to see he's represented in NOMA, and apparently caught your eye.

Paul said...

Rick, he did indeed. I apologize to all that I did not take notes of who painted what or what the titles were when we did our whirlwind tour - I felt rather like a philistine shooting photos but they do provide memories for me.

Thanks for naming David Bates. Here is a link to some more on his work for those who might be interested.

Jane and Mimi, much as I dread work dinners 99% of the time, the food tonight was wonderful. I sat at "the kids' table" where some of the naughtier and thus more fun folk hung out. So we had silliness, taunting, etc. In the course of this I also got to talk about my immediate future with one of the co-owners of the agency I work through. Details as they are confirmed, but looking positive for employment.

Paul said...

PS: Contessa, I don't self-disclosed so much around here that ain't much to hide. Which does make for more fun and less anxiety.

gerry said...

actually the Lamp Stand looks later than 19th C. maybe early 20th C. Edwardian or Fascist Revival from the 1930s ...

Love the paintings, especially the contmeporary stuff!

The haloed young man doesn't look particulary pious, but then Renaissance painters tended to find thier models in Taverns or under thier patrons bedcovers...