Pen & Ink History

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Pen and ink drawing is one of the most visually varied art practices in history. Dating back to ancient Egypt, ink drawing has been used over the centuries for many different types of art, from calligraphy to tattooing to art sketches and formal drawings. In modern times, ink drawings have been used largely for illustration, whether for advertisements, editorial cartoons, or inking comics.

Memories Past Pen & Ink

A Transition From Paint To Pen

David described how deeply his love for art in Pen & Ink was as he stated:

'I love painting & drawing and for 30 yrs. I taught High School Art. Because I like realistic art that's how I worked & taught. I want my work to capture a moment in time that the viewer can imagine what comes after. I like to envision the story as a place, a culture, a person or an event.

I still paint, but I've slowed up with working on canvas and have added a new love. I still paint, but for 20-25 years I have found another outlet for my art. Pen & Ink images have given me a new outlet for realism. In the 1990's I worked at Zachary High School and one teacher on the faculty was the sister of Floyd Sonnier, a Cajun artist. His work and style pushed my realism button. Because of this connection I was able to meet Floyd and his style and realism has inspired my interest."

"Thank you Floyd"

Antioch Baptist Church Shreveport

Antioch Baptist Church is a historic church located in Shreveport, Louisiana . On April 23, 1866, two leaders of the First Baptist Church honorably dismissed 73 black members of its church so they could begin construction of a new black, Baptist church. This church came to be known as the First Colored Baptist Church of Shreveport.

First Baptist Bossier

History of First Baptist Church on East Texas Street in Bossier City, which began in 1903 and was originally known as the Ardis Memorial Baptist Church and renamed in 1939.

Minden Presbyterian Church

Minden Presbyterian Church is a member of Pines Presbytery, Synod of the Sun, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Presbyterian Church was organized in the Fall of 1851 by Rev. J. Franklin Ford. Since Presbyterians had no church building, they met for worship in the Methodist Church when that congregation had no service of their own. 

St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans Looking Up

Located in the center of the Vieux Carre, St. Louis Cathedral is one of the most well-known landmarks in the city of New Orleans. Its history reflects the ups and downs of the city. Since New Orleans was established by French explorers, Catholicism has been part of the city’s fabric since the very beginning.

Classic New Orleans Home Algiers I, II, III

These houses are raised enough above street-level that there is sometime a garage or work area on the ground level. They feature porches that stretch all the way across the front with columns. Greek Revival and Italianate Center Hall Cottages are most common in New Orleans, but Queen Anne/Eastlake and other Victorian styles can also be found here.

Classic I

Classic II

North Louisiana Old Home

Fleur de Lis FBNO & Familiar Scenes

The fleur-de-lis has been used by French royalty ever since the Franks united under a single ruler, King Clovis I. When Clovis was crowned, an ampulla with a fleur-de-lis insignia was used to anoint him as king. As time went on, the symbol came to represent the French monarch's divine right to rule.

Natchez Steamboat Side View

Founded more than 200 years ago in 1817, it is one of the oldest passenger cruise lines in the world. Keep in mind the first steamboat, the New Orleans, launched just six years earlier in 1811.

Steamboats proved a popular method of commercial and passenger transportation along the Mississippi River and other inland U.S. rivers in the 19th century. Their relative speed and ability to travel against the current reduced the time and expense of shipping.

Natchez Steamboat Stern View

The paddlewheel, often with a weight of some tons, makes a steamboat move. The most important advantage of a paddlewheel-powered boat is the low draught, so the boats could go far up the rivers, even when the water level was very low.

By making travel via river easier, steamboats were able to strengthen links between the West and the South, thus increasing the commerce and trade between the two.

New Orleans Home Present Day

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The Creole Cottage is the earliest remaining local housing type in the City of New Orleans. It is a vernacular type – typically designed and built by the owners and builders to fit local needs – and heavily influenced by both French and Spanish construction methods and the local climate.

There aren't really any basements in New Orleans. Because parts of the city are below sea-level, NOLA houses typically don't have true basements. A "basement" is what one might call the ground floor for the many raised homes that have second floor entrances.