This is a narrow alley in the French Quarter called Exchange Place. It's lined with fantastic little restaurants and art galleries. We ate dinner there one night–at an amazing place called Green Goddess that seems at first glance like it might be some sort of little casual vegetarian cafe, but is actually a wonderful blend of traditional New Orleans cuisine and–well–everything else. Amazing drinks menu, too. Check it out.
Anyway, we left the restaurant, and walked down the alley, and I started taking photos and returned several times to photograph it again. I'm sure I'll do several more paintings of this alley. Funny how you can visit a big city and just photograph the same thing over and over.