During the Wizard World convention, we asked a number of New Orleans' residents about their favorite restaurant. Irene's (539 St. Philip Street) was mentioned a number of times so on our last evening, we decided to check it out - a 5 out of 5, a 10 out of 10!
We ate in the small, casual main dining room. Doug ordered the house specialty - lasagna; I ordered pompano. Both entrees were delicious!!! Wait staff was very friendly.
A back room "overflow" dining room.
After dinner we walked down St. Philip Street toward the French Market, passing by Joanie on the Pony, a copy of an 1899 statue in Paris by Emmanuel Fremiet.
This is the final pencil rough (artwork size: 7 1/2 x 10) for the September 1991, p. 101 Playboy cartoon, which was also reproduced on p. 56 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.
The 248-page hardcover book featured 270 of Doug's published Playboy cartoons; his first full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1964 issue.
The Art of Doug Sneyd softcover art book is now available for pre-order at $19.99 (scheduled delivery July 12, 2016) through:
The 5-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, in City Park adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art, holds more than 60 sculptures valued at $25 million dollars.
The weather was perfect for our visit to the Sculpture Garden; works were nestled along foot paths, reflecting lagoons and 200-year-old lives oaks.
After entering, visitors see a lovely reflecting lagoon; the New Orleans Museum of Art is in the distance.
The first sculpture welcoming visitors is Heroic Man, Gaston Lachaise.
Following a foot path to the left, Rebus 3D-89, Ida Kohlmeyer.
On the right, Untitled, Anish Kapoor. The Indian-born British artist is probably most famous for Cloud Gate, also known as the "bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park.
Further along the foot path, Corridor Pin, Blue, Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg. Behind (on the right), Untitled, Joel Shapiro.
Overflow, Jaume Plensa.
Spider, Louise Bourgeois.
LOVE, Robert Indiana. (NOMA in the background)
We Stand Together, George Rodrigue. The Louisiana-born artist took the legend of a Cajun werewolf and created his famous series of Blue Dog paintings.
Of all of the sculptures Doug and I saw that afternoon in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Blue Dog was my favorite. In fact, the next day we stopped by the late artist's gallery/studio (730 Royal Street, behind the St. Louis Cathedral) to see more of his work.
Monkeys, Rona Pondick.
Bench Series: 3 People on 4 Park Benches, George Segal.
The tradition of the Mardi Gras King Cake was also explained.
Elaborate Mardi Gras ball costumes.
Although New Orleans and Bourbon Street Mardi Gras festivities may get most of the TV coverage, the exhibit at The Presbytere also showcased the Courir de Mardi Gras, a traditional Mardi Gras event held in many Cajun communities of rural south Louisiana on Fat Tuesday.
(Fat Tuesday, always the day before Ash Wednesday, will be February 28, 2017.)
Doug donated this 11 x 17 original to the fifth annual C2E2 charity auction to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The auction will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 - location: S402.
The Poison Ivy original is rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes - the same as all of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons published since the September 1964 issue.
Steve Borock, president of CBCS (Comic Book Certification Service), will be the auctioneer.
Doug has been a cartoonist for Playboy magazine since 1964.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60's, his "Doug Sneyd" and "Scoops" news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America. Sneyd's talent has also led him into cinema: in 1993, he wrote, produced and directed "Black-eyed Susan," an educational movie-drama about spousal abuse, for the Ontario government. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators and has been a member of the National Cartoonists' Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Thirty of his full-page color Playboy cartoons are among the 235 Sneyd works included in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
Sneyd was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but spent much of his professional career in Toronto. In 1969 he moved his family north to Orillia made famous as the mythical "Mariposa" by humorist Stephen Leacock. He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.