Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Railway Trestle

"Railway Trestle"
Oil on Cradled Birch Panel
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I decided to drive over the old bridge something I don't ever recall doing before now. I wanted to see what the perspective was like driving up to the northern Mississippi Bridge which is our original Mississippi Bridge. I was surprised to find this amazing railway trestle which clearly has been around longer than me. I believe it was built and opened in 1940. Yeah, longer than I've been around for sure. It was in the morning with the sun was up in the sky casting these strong shadows down from the trestle. I drove over it several times before I decided what I wanted to capture. It's an amazing structure. I've heard from an unnamed source and friend, that crossing the bridge when the sun is coming up with a low level fog in the morning, heading eastbound, is amazing, too. I've seen the pictures and he's right.

A little historical information from Wikipedia with an explanation for its beautiful orange color: 

The bridge has been repainted several times since its construction, including in the mid-1960s when the bridge was repainted orange. The bridge was originally painted blue, but dust from the Kaiser Aluminum plant on the southeast bank of the river kept coating the bridge with aluminum oxide (bauxite). Finally, the state gave up trying to keep the bridge blue, and went with the orange color of the dust. [3] [4] 

The bridge was once planned as part of an Interstate 410. The bridge is featured in a scene in the 1982 Richard Pryor film, The Toy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Do You Know Where I Am?"

"One Way"
Oil on Cradled Panel
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If you live near me, this is probably a place that you've traveled numerous times and never took the time to notice all that's going on. On this morning I happened to be traveling north and I stopped - even though it was a green light and no cars were coming - yes, I checked! I took a quick snapshot in hopes that it would make for an interesting painting. I really love how it came out. It was a little challenging for me because it's not something I normally paint. I think my favorite part was painting the red green lights.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Another Rural Highway Discovery

Cinclare Sugar Mill #1
Oil on Linen, Framed
15.5" x 22"
Nanci Charpentier © 2016
This was another one of those places that I "discovered" after years of passing it by while driving down the highway. Those rural roads and highways will lead you to interesting places if you just stop and look around.


The theme for the Brush with Burden exhibit this year is "Southern Sights". Well, this is a landmark sight for sure. Located across the river from me, this is a Historic District. Here's a link to learn more about the sugar processing plant and all the buildings that still exist out there near the Mississippi River.

AND SO, you are cordially invited to the Opening Reception and Exhibit at the Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie on March 12th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.  The awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.

If you can't make it to the reception, the exhibit will be open to the public daily from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Sundays and 10 am - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday until March 21st. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Small Town Ahead. Don't Believe a Word You Hear."

"Coteau Bayou Blue"
Oil on Cradled Panel
Nanci Charpentier © 2016

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Hah! I just saw that quote and thought how appropriate! Thanks to whomever came up with that.  I can assure you that in a small town or a small community the stories ARE better and MUCH more interesting. Coteau Bayou Blue isn't so much as a small town as a small rural area outside of a small town.  So imagine the things you will hear if you stop (at that one stoplight in town) for just a little while to listen. "Coteau" means "hill" in the traditional French translation. But, for the Cajun French (that's me), it means "ridge" or "high ground". The Cajun French version makes so much more sense considering I haven't seen any hills down in the southern parishes of our great state of Louisiana. But when you're living at or below sea level, a "coteau" is the best place to stake your claim.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Little Bit of Joy

Hwy. 90, #3
Oil on Cradled Wood Panel
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I have become somewhat addicted to my phone while traveling in the passenger seat whether it's to watch a movie on long trips, read a book, or snoop into other people's world through social media. But, lucky for me I wasn't doing any of those things the day I saw this truck and snapped this photo. It makes me happy and I hope it brings you a little bit of joy as well.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Know The World is Flat

Growing up and living in south Louisiana, I know that the world is flat. There's no question about it. Any hill is probably a levee or a man-made mound to go around an obstacle of some sort. Otherwise, there are no inclines, no declines in the landscape. So, therefore, the world is flat. And this is home for me. There's a serene beauty in that flatness because it enables us to see for miles and miles across the rural landcape unimpeded in our view. Our local marathon races proudly proclaim a "flat and fast course good for qualifying for Boston". As a runner I'm a fan of that. I may leave home from time to time and discover a change in the topography, but when the vacation is over or the trip complete, the world becomes flat once more and I know that I am home.

Hwy. 90, #2
Oil on Cradled Panel
Nanci Charpentier © 2016

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