Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

Here’s my latest painting (with apologies to the good people at Kodak, and the fabulous city of Las Vegas, Nevada).

Trent: “They’re gonna’ give daddy the Rainman suite, you dig that?”

Mike: “Do you think we’ll get there by midnight?”

Trent: “Baby, we’re going to be up five hundy by midnight!”

Mike: “Yeeeeaaaaahhhhhh!”

Trent: “Vegas baby! Vegas!”

Mike: “Vegas!”

– Vince Vaughn & Jon Favreau – Swingers

About this image: acrylic painting on 16″x16″ MDF panel – ‘faux photo frame’ built from 1/2″w x 1/16″d wood strips, textured by pressing window screen into coat of molding paste, painted & distressed with acrylic

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74 thoughts on “Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

    • How very kind of you to say, S.E… thank you so much! I don’t know… maybe with about 20-30 years more practice or so… and a great deal of luck… and if I meet someone who knows someone (or that kind of thing)…
      🙂

    • Many thanks, sir! I’ve never been to either ‘new’ or ‘old’… but it’s the kind of place that has such a history (feels a bit like I ‘know it’ even though I’ve never visited… in a way)!
      Very, very cool! I have on old Duaflex that I got (very cheap on Ebay at the time) for experimenting with TTV photography (and I used that camera as a model for the one in my painting – although I took the usual liberties with everything).
      🙂

    • Thank you so much, Amy! You are always so very kind and generous! These ‘travel snapshot’ paintings I’ve been working on have almost started to turn into a small series (and that kind of nostalgia that Vegas seems to have made it too good not to try this)!
      🙂

    • Sad, but true. I still can’t get my mind around the fact that Kodak isn’t producing film cameras anymore. I mean, I’m a huge fan of digital, too… but… still… that just seems very, very wrong to me.
      🙂

    • Sounds like a bet, Ms. C!
      And thank you so very much! I’ve gotten so used to dependent on a more muted palette I almost have to remind myself it’s a good thing to play with color sometimes!
      🙂

    • It maybe just looks a little more realistic because it’s smaller…
      it always looks a little better when it’s smaller.
      Maybe. If you squint a bit. And hop up and down on your left foot.
      🙂

    • I sincerely appreciate it, Binky, thank you very, very much! I’m so happy to hear that (I was hoping it would feel a bit like a vintage snapshot, but after staring at these things for as long as I do I worry I lose a feel for it all… I almost start to see what my mind wants to see). 🙂

  1. very cool! that camera brings back memories of a similar-looking one that was used to capture all the family photos back in the day….. a great mood here. thanks for sharing!

    • Many thanks, P&K! I used my old Duaflex as a model for this (I took some serious liberties, of course)! I had been meaning to use a TLR in a painting for a while now (I just love the look of them). Who knows… it might just show up again at some point! 🙂

  2. Ah, one of my favourite places. I don’t know why but I always feel like I have come home every time I go there. We use to go twice a year. It has been a couple of years now since. Your painting made me homesick. 😉

    • Sounds like so much fun! I’ve never been… although I’ve always had the feeling it’s one of those places everyone should visit at least once (it’s just legendary like that)! Of course, something tells me that if I were to visit I’d start feeling homesick for it as well! I can easily imagine how that could happen!
      🙂

  3. What a masterful combination SiG – you, Kodak and Vegas. I want to go back to 1964!!! Hope you get to visit Vegas one day but with your imagination, it seems you can go anywhere, anytime! 🙂

    • Aw, thanks, Patti! So very much! That’s a very nice thing about painting (to an extent) it’s easier to put things together without having them all physically assembled in the same place at the same time. Of course, I wouldn’t mind going back to ’64 and visiting Vegas with my camera, either, you know!
      🙂

    • Thank you so very much, sir! I was pretty happy with how the texture thing turned-out. One of the reasons I like painting on MDF so much (besides being relatively cheap and easy to cut to any size) is that it’s so smooth. Works really well for something like this, where I try to keep most of the painting as texture free as possible so that the border’s texture will hopefully stand out a bit more.
      🙂

    • How incredibly kind of you to say! I’m relatively new to painting… but I’m having a lot of fun with it! As I did checking out your work! So very impressive! I’m looking forward to liking more! 🙂

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