March 26, 2017

Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Art of Bread Pudding, Simplified: Blue Magnolia

Blue Magnolia Bread Pudding Ingredients, TroysArt photo

Bread Pudding is one of those desserts known by a myriad of cultures around the world—Creole cuisine not excluded. Considered to be of plebeian origins it is now featured on the tables of the most upscale restaurants. The history is traced back to the 11th Century as a way to use stale bread. Years back while exhibiting paintings at the Louisiana State Ducks Unlimited Convention, one of the vendors I got to know over the weekend was Desiree Guillory, an entrepreneur from Lafayette, Louisiana—the creator of Blue Magnolia. She proudly offered the passersby a taste of bread pudding. I traded a …continue reading

Magnolia Mound Plantation

Magnolia Mound, a TroysArt photo

If you expect a plantation house tour to conjure visions of Scarlett O’Hara descending a sweeping stair, try Nottoway or Madewood; but for the true culture and architecture enthusiast, Magnolia Mound is a gem. Built in 1781, it is the oldest wooden structure in Baton Rouge. Sitting on a high ridge facing the Mississippi River and once the center of a 900-acre indigo and sugar farm, it is a rare example of the architectural vernacular adopted by the earliest Louisiana settlers. The other day I toured Magnolia Mound for the second time—the first time being approximately 25 years ago. The house is …continue reading

The Art of Escape: Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez, a TroysArt photo

Galveston is a short drive from Houston—in less than an hour a city weary soul can be transported to another realm. Sadly, because of its brown water and toothless underbelly, not many people I know share my enthusiasm for the convenient island retreat. A few days back I made one of my regular trips. When I stepped out of my car at the Galvez’s valet stand a pungent stench affronted my nostrils—like being slapped in the face with a spoiled trout. One look at the beaches and the reason is obvious. Galveston is experiencing one of the worst red seaweed …continue reading

Mihail Simeonov: Pleasant Surprises

Sunday Morning Series by Simeonov

I admit it; I hit the art racks at resale shops when I get a chance. Remember the guy in 2003 who bought a painting of workers in a field at a flea market that turned out to be by Vincent van Gogh, it sold for $3.6 million? What about the woman last year in West Virginia who launched a firestorm of controversy when she found a Pierre-Auguste Renoir at a flea market for $7? Last week I stumbled across a small piece at Goodwill signed “Mihail”.   The pastel on paper was in a cheap looking frame but I could …continue reading

The Art of Balanced Environment: Feng Shui

Sketch by Troy Broussard

I recently had an Asian client who rebuffed the notion of a mirror in the bedroom. When pressed on the issue he cited Feng Shui. What ever happened to the Feng Shui craze? I can’t tell you how many presentations I did in the 1990’s followed by a question like, “But is it Feng Shui?” Even into the 2000’s I recall taking a couple continuing education classes on Feng Shui for my design license. At some point around 2005 I showed some paintings at the Feng Shui Gallery—I hardly remember the gallery, I guess it didn’t make it… Feng Shui …continue reading

Vitra Museum Miniatures

Vitra Museum Miniature Chair by Breuer; TroysArt photo

I stop into thrift shops often, usually looking for frames or hidden treasures. The other day I spotted what looked like a nice little box on a shelf. But when I picked it up I saw a circular hole in the top of the box and I knew right away that I’d found a Vitra Design Museum miniature. The Vitra Design Museum, housed in a Frank Gehry masterpiece, is an internationally renowned museum in Germany. Twenty years ago they began reproducing items from their collection in 1/6 size scale. The miniatures precisely replicate the exact detail of the originals, down …continue reading

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

If you can tour only one antebellum plantation, make it Oak Alley. I’ve seen almost every Louisiana plantation that is open to the public and Oak Alley is definitely the queen of them all! The mansion itself is magnificent but it’s the alley of trees that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. Established as a sugarcane plantation in 1830 by crazy rich Valcour Aime, the land was traded to his brother-in-law Jacques Roman who in 1839 built a house impressive enough to lure his sweetie from New Orleans to the country. For more history, take the tour… Most house …continue reading

TroysArt: A New Beginning

TroysArt: A New Beginning

I’m always surprised when I run into someone in public and I’m asked, “Whatever happened to TroysArt?” In the not too distant past I was a regular at art openings and museum parties. And I’d often invite friends to join me. Unfortunately the request was usually met with insecurity. And I didn’t understand how anyone could object to free drinks and a hip new crowd. Eventually I came to realize that even though there was no quiz at the end, people were insecure in a fine art environment. That is how TroysArt was born. I wanted to convey that the …continue reading