New Orleans

11/22/18 – Thursday Happy Thanksgiving!!

Avenue Plaza (WorldMark condo), New Orleans, Louisiana

I miss our boys and grandchildren. Sigh. We had a wonderful breakfast here at our condo-eggs, yogurt and blue berries for me, egg, bread and peanut butter for John. Relaxed with TV and books. We left at 2pm for a walking tour of the Garden District. Such lovely homes. From our walking tour pamphlet: The French Quarter was initially established by Creoles during the French and Spanish colonial periods, and the Garden District was created by Americans after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Antebellum New Orleans’ lucrative combination of Mississippi River commerce, regional abundance of cash crops, slave trade, and national banks fueled the local economy, resulting in a remarkable building boom that extended for several square miles through Uptown….friction arose between the Creoles and Americans due to mutual snobbery, language barriers, religious division and competition over burgeoning commerce….With inferior business experience, education, and organizational skills, the Creoles worried that les Americains would work them out of business. Americans were thus barred from the already overcrowded French Quarter. The snubbed Americans moved upriver and created a residential district of astounding opulence; the Garden District.


Toby’s Corner, built 1838, is the oldest home in the Garden District, in Greek Revival style.


Braddish Johnson House & Louise S McGehee School built 1872 – a visual indication of the effect that one generation of outrageous fortune had on Garden District architecture.


Archie Manning House (also the childhood home of his sons: Peyton and Eli)


Anne Rice’s home


Jefferson Davis died here, in the home of his friend Judge Charles Fenner. The sky blue of the ceiling of the gallery is believed to keep winged insects from nesting there and to ward off evil spirits. Many local homes adhere to this tradition. (They do in Galveston, TX as well)


John Goodman’s home, previously owned by Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor.


Sandra Bullock and her adopted child (a native New Orleanian) moved here in 2010.
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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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