St Martinville

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I used to have occasion to travel down in South Louisiana. Sometimes I'd take a lot of pictures. I've been glaring at some of these pictures for a decade or more. Thinking that there's something there.

The ancient truck is an obvious draw. But I wanted to convey more of a sense of the people and the place.

After many permutations of compositions and strategies I came up with the truck on top with a couple of my favorite farmers, each with their own small downtown brick building background.

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Sarah Julia Schacht

March 09, 2022

As someone who has spent extensive amounts of time in New Orleans, this image compels me. From the northeast area originally, there is something about Louisiana and its characters. They blend into a tropical fairytale of life, art, movement, and feeling for me. Romanticized by the swamps and the heavenly landscapes of lush trees and variegated plant life, the eyes constantly behold the very moment. Your rendering speaks to the special quality in the people down there, the many dynamics within the cultural and social landscapes: the history of slavery and colonialism, multiculturalism and race dynamics, lush beauty and structural degradation. I could go on....but I will leave it at that. Louisiana is unlike anywhere else I've seen.

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Steve Spencer
Painting - Unframed
Acrylic, Canvas
24.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
1.40 inches deep
8.00 lbs
Little Rock, AR, US