A plethora of orchids in my bathroom window inspired this latest of my Lyrical Abstract series. Using a technique learned from John Salminen, I traced several drawings of the flowers into one design, planned the light and dark, and dived in. I loved giving the eye a treat by following the twists and turns of the flowers and leaves, placing the colors bit by bit, and creating the in and out rhythm with the structure of the window.
Having come back to my original love, watercolor, after some detours among alcohol inks and acrylics, I am enjoying the vibrant color, the transparency, the importance of drawing, and the remembrance of some kind of mastery I had learned in the past.
I am now downsized and have moved to the Richmond, Virginia area from New Orleans. My new home has a large downstairs studio and with the Covid isolation, I have been able (after some years of family upheaval) to devote myself to painting time. I sell my work in person and online from my website, LouJordanFineArt.com. I love creating abstract acrylics, collage, and learning as many new techniques in w/c as I can. Color is my thing, composition is vital, and each of my paintings vibrates with a transcendent love of life.
Navy Junior and art major at Smith College. Began painting again at age 50 after the family raising years. Watercolor classes at the Torpedo Factory after falling in love with Sargeant and Winslow Homer's works.
Remarried and moved to New Orleans, took every class I could at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Discovered workshops and learned with Milford Zornes, Jeanne Dobie, Stephen Quiller, Skip Lawrence, Judy Betts, Sondra Freckelton, and John Salminen. Part of the Intensive Studies Seminar in Taos, NM in 2005.
Became a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society in four years in 2000 and its President in 1998. Paintings shown in the Mazor Museum of Art, the Orr Museum in Biloxi, MS; twice in the International Signature Exhibit in Fallbrook, CA.
Had a two-year hiatus after Katrina damaged our home in New Orleans, and then my art took a different direction, mostly going abstract. Returned to Virginia in 2019 and now live outside of Richmond in Glen Allen.