Mixed Medias: A Special Series on Board

In the past, I wrote extensively about George Rodrigue’s mixed medias.  Usually he tacks large-scale silkscreen images of simple dogs onto the wall of our garage, painting, even doodling, on the heavy paper prints with unblended colors straight from the can or tube.  He uses large brushes and works quickly, often painting a dozen piecesContinue reading “Mixed Medias: A Special Series on Board”

Happy Birthday, Tennessee

“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at – Elysian Fields!” –Blanche DuBois, T.W. I cannot remember a time that I existed unaware of Tennessee Williams. And yet, the truth is that I discovered him like a déjà vu onlyContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Tennessee”

Green Dog

I asked George Rodrigue earlier this week, “Any thoughts on the color green?” “Trees,” he said. A bit disappointed in my creative artist, I followed up……. “Okay, how about thoughts on the Irish?” “Emer,” he said, referencing our Irish friend from New York. Turns out that George does not remember hearing of St. Patrick’s DayContinue reading “Green Dog”

Swamp Women (An Encore Presentation)

Celebrating my birthday and the Ides of March with an encore presentation of……. Swamp Women “Oh, this stinkin’ swamp water stinks!” –from the movie Swamp Women, 1955 Early on the morning of October 31st I met George Rodrigue in the garage for the two-hour drive to Lafayette, Louisiana, where we were to meet some friendsContinue reading “Swamp Women (An Encore Presentation)”

Butterflies Are Free

When I asked George Rodrigue this week for the title of his newest silkscreen print, he said, “Did we have one called ‘Butterflies Are Free’?” Not only do we have one, I reminded him, (it was his first piece with butterflies, featured later in this post), but also he suggests that same title for everyContinue reading “Butterflies Are Free”

Museums and Critics, an Early History

“I’m a survivor.” George Rodrigue, 2011 In 1969 the Art Center of Southwest Louisiana held George Rodrigue’s first solo museum exhibition. Located in Lafayette at the University of Southwest Louisiana, the museum, also known as the Pink Palace, existed within a Mississippi River-style plantation, surrounded by huge columns and designed by architect A. Hays Town.Continue reading “Museums and Critics, an Early History”