Breaux Bridge (pg.4 of 5): 20th cent. changes to old Cajun traditions

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Breaux Bridge series (pg.4 of 5): the search for my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors and a 19th cent sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.3 of 5): Remnants of a 19th century Cajun homestead on Bayou Teche

oak tree on Bayou Teche at dawn

Breaux Bridge (pg.3 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors and their 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.2 of 5): My grandmother’s Cajun ancestors

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Breaux Bridge series (pg.2 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors and their 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Breaux Bridge (pg.1 of 5): A 19th cent. Cajun sugarcane farm

wagons in the snow. winter '89

Breaux Bridge (pg.1 of 5): Discovering my grandmother’s Cajun ancestors on a 19th cent. sugarcane farm on Bayou Teche

Ten Years Gone

1929, Lake Charles,La.

. .   Ten years ago today, my grandmother died. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

Ping Pong Asleep – The First New Project of 2014 . . . YAY!

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  January 17, 2014 –    What you have to know first is that my grandfather did not approve of kissing cats.  “You shouldn’t kiss cats!”  This of course elicited a flurry of cat kissing.  You see, my grandmother was a cat person, my mother was a cat person, I am a cat person, but […]

Broken Violin at Sea

Granddaddy's violin

Creating a wall sculpture assemblage from my grandfather’s broken violin, his chess pieces and Mardi Gras krewe favors & his 1890s Art Nouveau brush

Irv’s Archaeological “P”: Sculpture from an Old House Excavation

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When my husband and I decided in 2008 to raise our house to a two-story, there was no little voice in my head telling me to ‘go and bring forth a sculpture from an old house excavation’.  Really, there wasn’t. Our house was built in 1892, in an area along the Mississippi River bank first […]

Tisolay in Turquoise and Black

Tisolay in Turquoise and black

Bookshelf assemblage – My grandmother was a little Cajun girl fresh out of high school, studying in the big city at the New Orleans Conservatory of Music, when she met and befriended a young woman artist named Nell Pomeroy O’Brien.  Nell was the artist who painted the many small portraits I have of Tisolay that […]

“Tisolay’s Favorite Things”

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Frame-above-shelf wall assemblage/still-life – In 1998, I began the last drawing I would ever do for Tisolay.  I knew it at the time, too.  My sweet girl was finally, at the age of 93, starting to show her age.  Ever since Granddaddy died 12 years before, I had made it a point to involve her […]