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Alligators have dreams, too.

Hi all y’all,

I hope you are enjoying the first days of summer. I know it isn’t really summer, but the kids are getting out of school around here and we are starting to get the air heating up followed by the afternoon thunder storms.

Some people have mentioned that I am painting more or faster now. The paintings are just smaller. They are smaller for the same reason I sell prints of my art. If someone likes my work, I want them to be able to afford something. These next two paintings go together (or not). They are 11 x 14 on canvas (smallish). I will sell them for $120 each or both for $225. I like a larger painting because it tells a bigger story. It took a little adjustment in my thoughts to go smaller.

Ballerina Gator
Ballerina Gator

I painted the canvas dark reddish-pink. Then I scraped gesso over the walls with a plastic motel key. Lastly, I “aged” the walls with some Titan Buff paint. I wanted the walls to look like old plaster.

The alligator has always had a dream of performing in a ballet. It looks like it was a huge success.

When I was growing up, I had two small paintings in my bedroom of young ballerinas. I am sure this influenced me.

This is the girl who made the gator’s dreams come true. Sometimes it is nice to share the stage.


May has been very busy. My youngest daughter moved back to New Orleans. My niece from California  visited for a week. My oldest daughter graduated from Tulane Law. Maggie turned 7. Now Maggie and Raffi are both between school and summer camp. My sweet darlin’ is basically absent from home because it is the end of his school year.

If you are visiting New Orleans, I think you should make time to go on one of the tours that Christine Miller of Two Chicks Walking Tours offers. My favorite is Drop Dead Sexy. It meets at the visitor center… Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis #1… and hits a bit of Storyville. She will also designs any tour that suits your fancy.  Christine is both entertaining and knowledgeable.


Until next time,

Gator Girl


I paint to heal the world. If I fall short of that, I would like to make you smile. Gator Girl

4 thoughts on “Alligators have dreams, too.

  1. Wow! LOVE LOVE both paintings and the story…and the PROCESS. YOU are amazing!!!!!

    The ballerinas! The roses! the gesso!

    Awesome again, Gator Girl!!!🐊

    Sent from my 💚


  2. I always enjoy your thoughts and process that you share about your work. Love the paintings as well.

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