Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tropical Isle, Bourbon Street

This painting not only looks a little spooky but it came to life in a spooky way too. My intention was to do a line and wash sketch of this New Orleans bar in daylight, as it was in the photograph. I truly don't know how it happened, but as the afternoon progressed, it turned into a full-blown nocturne, a style of painting I have no experience with at all! This one may become a part of my Halloween decorations.


  1. Oh I do think this is beautiful, Janell. Not spooky in the least but like night life in the city.

  2. janell!! you captured the
    feel of new orleans! I love this painting.

  3. I love the atmosphere! I don't think it is spooky. Really a great job in creating this!!

  4. Wow, thank you all so much! I've been looking at it and thinking it would be fun to paint an old Munsters type hearse gliding down the street to explain that light.

  5. Hi Janell,

    I am not sure if you are still reading these posts a year and a half later but it is worth a shot. My boyfriend and I have our 6-year anniversary coming up in a week. I wanted to get a picture of Tropical Isle because that is where he first told me he loved me (hopefully, it wasn't because of the hand grenades). :-) I would love to purchase this watercolor from you. It reminds me so much of the time we spent in Nola together while we were in AmeriCorps rebuilding after Katrina and falling for each other.

    Please email me at if you are willing to sell.

    Just lovely work.