The history and the architecture here in New Orleans piques my interest like nowhere else.
A collection of paintings and mixed media art that will take you on a journey to New Orleans. The Rainbow House Collection features the rainbow colors of the houses in New Orleans, created by Gallery Haven artists with original acrylic paintings and one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces. Each piece has its own story, but they all share in common a love for this unique city. If you're looking for a way to bring some color into your life, then our gallery is where you'll find it!
Each painting has its own story, it all started with a very interesting Red House in the Bywater, just off St Claude. From this angle you see only the side of the house, it is a mass of red as you cross the tracks. New Orleans is filled will colorful houses, but a solid color like red stands out. I just love this house and had to paint it. Colors in New Orleans always look best to me before a rain, the sky in this painting was done to emulate that moment.
The next painting was not as easy to paint. I found this little pink house in the Marigny, and it had a lot of detail from the corbels, lattice, and sweet over house vent. It's painted from an angle looking up at the front porch with its full-length shutters and thin iron fence - my favorite thing about New Orleans is that people love living here so much.
The next house is a favorite. I can't even remember where it was, but it's just this gorgeous solid green with a pink window trim on the side. It's painted again from the side. The surrounding boxwood is as green as the house. The entire house is green, corbels, shutters, and roof all green, I think this is the theme for my inspiration.
Back to the French Quarter for this painting we titled Easter House. This painting features two houses side by side, smooth plaster walls on them in contrast to the dark shutters. Subtle tones of the plaster color in buttery yellows and coral pink on the other. The gentleman’s jacket in soft mint green with a straw hat, morning sun fills the street as he briskly walks to Easter Breakfast; I imagined he would start with a milk punch.
Our next painting in the Rainbow House Collection is another very special Little Green House. It's an original mixed media painting of a home that survived Katrina. With a beautiful pink heart covering the mark they painted on the front to let everyone know it had been searched. Had fun painting the banana trees on the side, again more green. This little house is amazing to me; it survived so much and is still standing.
This series was created by Susan one of the artists of Gallery Haven to help us share with you our love of New Orleans, its amazing people, and the beauty they live in every day for everyone else to see. And if we can make your home a little more colorful while sharing this story with you that would be even better!
"There are more houses to paint. I can't wait for you to see what our next painting will be! I can tell you it is currently on the easel and it will be orange" Susan
A little about our paintings they are full of texture, we use a variety of papers, we tear, we glue, we paint washes of color over them to perfectly create the sky, the walls, the decay, and rust that makes New Orleans so wonderful. Texture comes also from heavy acrylics slathered on with palette knives. We work on our custom cradled wood gallery panels, two inches deep. A sturdy wood cradle allows for hanging without a frame. We think this is a sleek contemporary design that goes well with many interior styles. If you do prefer a frame we offer compemtery framing in house at our Uptown studio and delivery or ship to your location.
Our paintings are now on display and available in our French Quarter Gallery in New Orleans. We offer a variety of size prints as well made from our original mixed media paintings.