August 17, 2016

#BatonRouge #LouisianaFlood I Love ALL Things Louisiane

So I have not written anything personal on my blog in years. This blog began as an 'Ode to Katrina' directly after the flood My maternal grandmother was born in New Orleans and instilled a deep love for it in all of her grandchildren. She passed away in 1993 and did not see Katrina take her city away, but those who loved her watched knowing it would have killed her. I immediately devoted this blog to all things New Orleans. I have made lasting relationship from those days and my passion for New Orleans developed into a passion for the entire state.

2005 was a time when the internet was young. The people on there were real and we all learned so much about each other. 2016 internet is filled with fake, hacking, advertisement hungry, capitalism, but it is still possible to find compassion and to get stories told.

Once again, Louisiana is under water. I prayed many a night for my son to develop a love for Louisiana as I did and my prayers were answered. In the summer of 2014, I packed him up and drove him to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he would attend Louisiana State University ( LSU ). I fell in love with 'the BR' or as he called it 'Da Boot'. Much different then New Orleans, BR is a sleepy, gorgeous, delicious, juicy, green, delectable town. I fell in love with Purple and Gold, Mike the Tiger, Louie's, ACME's, BOTH Walmarts, downtown BR, BLINK, TJ Ribs and so much more! My heart breaks for them, and so, as I did before, I am devoting this blog to bring BR, Gonzales, Donaldson, all of Livingston Parish, Lutcher and anywhere that needs attention, help, love and support.

Here are some of my favorite Baton Rouge moments:

Tiger Stadium

Acadian Thruway

Acadian Thruway

ACME étoufée

Dalrymple Drive between the lakes

Louisiane, I am with you until the bitter end! Bury me there and give me a Second Line no one will forget...

May 3, 2016


In honor of the Purple love of my life ~ 

Thank you Sheryl Crow for sharing this with us xxxooo

April 10, 2016

Ted Talks Art

Yes, I am still 'NOLA-obsessed'. 

Meet the wildly talented Ted Ellis. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and now residing in Houston, Texas, Ted's art is so very gorgeous. Visit his website and purchase some wonderful art!


House - As our wonderful President, Barack Obama, exits the Oval Office, describe how awesome it was to have your piece presented in honor of the 2009 Inauguration? How did it come about?

Ted - I wanted to create a powerful image of the potentially first African-American  President that spoke to the embodiment of America. When I completed  it, it was on exhibit in Houston and the local media got wind of it, NPR radio, several news stations. I was eventually invited by the  (NNPA) and the (NBCC)  gala in Washington, DC held at the French Embassy.

House - What was it like growing up in a musical house? Did it inspire you?

Ted - Growing up in a musical household and a culturally rich city provided a platform for creative spontaneity and expression, it was a big influencer on my artistic development. 

House - Describe New Orleans to someone who has never visited. What pieces reflect the essence of NO?

Ted - New Orleans, is a friendly city with great charm. It brings the old with the new. A mergence of cultural, culinary and artistic wealth. The music has uniqueness all its own. It is present throughout each ward in every community. I can smell the coffee, hear the music and watch the second line and Indians. Eat some good jambalaya, redbeans and rice with fried chicken. That's part of Naw'lins. 

'Midnight Stroll', 'Congo Square' and my 'Bourbon Street' paintings provide inspiration  and remind me so much of home.

House - Tell us about the 'Katrina Collection'?

Ted - My Katrina series of paintings were to focus on the hope and healing of my birthplace, New Orleans. I began the paintings 3 weeks after the tradegy struck. We were caregivers to family and friends who came to Texas for shelter. "Life Begins Anew" is a very powerful image that illustrates this point.

©T Ellis Fine Art

House - How has serving our country influenced your work?

TedService to country, in the U.S. military provided a focus and discipline to pursue my passion in a constructive way, uplifting and enlightening humanity though art.

House - What led you to become an environmental chemist?

Ted - I did well academically in school and thought that the sciences provided me the greatest challenge, I've always had an inquisitive mind. A creative mind. A mind to seek solutions.

House - What is upcoming for you?

Ted - Planning of my traveling art tour and lecture series about the importance  of art and its influences on society.


Thank you, Ted!

You can find Ted Ellis:

+Ted Ellis 







*image used with permission