After weeks of minimal painting activity (during which I welcomed the birth of a son and experienced a busy Christmas season), my New Orleans-inspired canvas is nearing completion. I have entitled it “Ready-made Victims in Search of the Palace of Pleasure”, based on a couple of phrases from Eudora Welty’s short story “The Purple Hat”, which is a ghost story set in New Orleans. Using highly economical means, she captures a certain essence, a kind of fascinating seediness, associated with the city. I would like to do the same with this painting. It’s not about the supernatural, specifically, but I do hope a sense of the mystery of the place is portrayed, through the use of such devices as darkened doorways, imposing buildings, and unnatural juxtapositions of color.