If you have been to Las Vegas, and haven’t been to Fremont Street, you haven’t experienced Vegas. Last year, Ari Lankin and yours truly set-up on the street to paint the El Cortez Hotel. This year, thanks to Lisa Robinson, we had the VIP Fremont Experience in front of the storied Four Queens Hotel and Casino.
Here is the entire Four Queens Las Vegas painting experience in just over ninety seconds.
And here we go. After the jump… a classic Vegas experience… Fremont style.
Ari Lankin getting his flow down.
Zepeda ripping it up on the Four Queens.
This is more like the final light, but, of course, your eyes are more reliable than that of the lens while on-location…
Laid out… redrawing in the “N” and “S”.
Gonzo painting in Vegas.
Supposed to be a wink, but it looks like I got stung by a bee.
Getting in there with a fine brush while Bon Jovi rips overhead.
This is the type of photo you see in an art book, entitled “Vegas” that longs to elicit, “I should really think this is hot for some reason”.
The Fremont Experience at night can be disruptive during the light shows, but I didn’t let it sway the flow.
Making some serious moves…
It’s all about posture when you are hitting up the easel for eight hours at a time.
I’m always focusing pretty hard.
Throw-up four. For the Queens. The Four Queens.
Wait for it… watch the dude in the middle…
Homeboy is beastin’! Sir, we are in public.
Reflecting on three days of heavy work on Fremont Street… that’s definitely a creeping smile. Nice snap Ari.
That isn’t blood on Ari’s finger, but there is blood a little further up. Kids, be careful, palette knives are still knives.
When you roll hard in Vegas, you stay at the Excalibur.
Will they ever be together again? Probably not. It’s all “good bye’s” and “no doubts”…
Four Queens… my interpretation of this luscious slice of Vegas. First, a huge thank you to Lisa Robinson at Four Queens… not only did she arrange for us to have barricades, Lisa had the lights turned on at 1PM for us each day we painted. And, of course, a huge thank you to JP Carmona and his lovely wife Carole… as well as the talented young ones…
And The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign Redux.
Dig the beats? Both Vegas video soundtracks were created by my boys Nelson R. Downend, Jr. and Ahmed Mahmoud.