Lighthouses Remembered Tuesday, Mar 28 2006 

 West End Lighthouse

Hurricane Katrina damaged many buildings in the Greater New Orleans Area of those were the many famous lighthouses. I remember growing up at West End seeing the old lighthouse overlook Lake Pontchartrain in calm and stormy weather, now it lays toppled over. I do have many pictures of the light as I use photographs to paint from but I would love to know if the Historic West End Lighthouse will be repaired. I have other lighthouses on my paintings page linked below.

CAmp St. Light

Camp Street Lighthouse

Manchac Light

Manchac Lighthouse

A Lot Of T-Shirts Saturday, Mar 25 2006 

    T-Shirts have become not only something to wear but a platform to make a statement. A well worn T-Shirt can make a bold declaration, a patriotic comment, a silly remark, even help move an issue or gain a friend. T-Shirts celebrate births, deaths, occasions like weddings or a party, even a political march or charity event. They help raise money for worthy causes and cause controversy. Not just in America but around the world. I design silly and serious t-shirts and sell them over the web. Here is a partial list of shirts available from the company I work with. Stop in and see what I mean, a t-shirt is more than apparel it is a cultural icon.

 New Orleans

Jazz Fest


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Fame ! Monday, Mar 20 2006 

JK Schwehm A friend once said when some media outlet reviews your art you will become famous. I assumed that he meant my art was good but lately it seems people just need someone else to tell them that a certain art work is good or worthy of attention. Take the little Christmas Tree Ornament I made this year for my yearly collection. Without my studio I just used some computer graphics and a little creativity to come up with a colorful statement to return and rebuild New Orleans after the storm. It ended up in the newspaper and I sold a few hundred. Generally I like to paint a new New Orleans landmark and add it to the yearly Christmas Ornament collection. A way of introducing people to my paintings using a nice ceramic gift item. I always felt the more people saw my paintings the more I would become a recognized artist. Recognition is my goal, fame may be too dangerous. None of my paintings on ornaments ever got as much recognition as that little ornament after the storm, but because of it I have more people looking at my art. Even sold a few of those, I assume to people who do not need their art validated by a newspaper article. So take some time and look at my art and see if it merits your recognition? Fig Street Studio