Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vegas Signtseeing Excursions

Day After A Holiday
While soiled clothes agitated in the washing machine and in between folding loads, I began processing the 114 photos I took with my Nikon.  It's taking me longer than I thought--but then I do love to play. In this one, it's cool how RO is visible on Ellis Jockeys. No, he doesn't have them monogrammed, he buys them at NordstROms and they just folded that way. 

Hoover Dam in Black Rock Canyon
 Once called Boulder Dam, Hoover Dam, built during the great depression and completed in 1935, is awesome, an over used adjective I know, but the size of it, the setting, knocked me down to size and took my breath away.  Bing's images are better than this tourist's, however no tourist with a camera would ever consider not clicking away as they walked and climb and searched for a bit of shade at this monument to American engineering.  Read the history of this massive structure here.

Hoover Dam, The Colorado River.

Hoover Dam, the channel to Lake Mead where the water level is down 14%.



Nevada topography between the  JW Marriott oasis in Summerlin and the retirement community in Henderson, NV
Sorry for the glare on the window, but how bleak and desolate can one get? Radically different from Michigan.
Turn left at the next light.  The school bus was the only bit of saturated color.
The Community Center at Sun City Anthem, Henderson.  The houses are small with no basements, so people who paint drive to the center, one of five in the 8000 house settlement, to the Crafts Room. Others hang out in Computers, Ceramics, Sewing, Cards, the Fitness area or on the Golf course. All are located off this corridor. We ate lunch at the Golf Club, down the road a piece, where the shrimp cocktail was a bargain compared to the prices of the homes.

Back to civilization. a glimpse of .the Bellagio, a grand hotel on the strip"
where  we first  met up with our kids several visits ago.

While most people gravitate to the Las Vegas strip for the lights, the gambling, spectacular dining and entertainment, we had done that in previous years. This trip, we wanted to distance ourselves from the heavy traffic and hoop-la. The JW Marriott, located off the strip in Summerlin on fifty some odd acres that included a golf course, was a good choice. If you go, stay in the Palm Tower. Closest to the pool and restaurants, it offers less walking than the Spa Tower. (Both towers at the JW are short, only six floors high. Peanuts compared to the skyscrapers on the strip), nevertheless take your Pumas and leave the stilettos.

I Love My Pumas, watercolor, 8 x 8, 2015



 

12 comments:

  1. Dear Linda is always nice to be part of your adventures...painting, travel or ...laundry after holidays.
    I really love your Puma outstanding watercolor!!!So unique!

    I wait for your new daily adventures in art and life, here & on FB!

    A loving thought for you and your precious supporter, Ellis.

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    1. Thanks Rita.. My Pumas are in my "Paint What You Love" Series. We all should.

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  2. You saved the best for last!
    I Love My Pumas is simply great. I mean it.
    I am always awed by the whole Hoover Dam experience and was excited when saw the new bridge nearly finished.
    I live in "high dessert" so we have more vegetation here. Not quite as barren as your pics here.
    Thanks for the interesting post, Linda.

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    1. When you get out of town and away from the gaudy lights of the strip, you see what a really desolate piece of land the Mojave is. While the houses we looked at were charmingly landscaped with stones and interesting cactus plants, The views are parched and dry, not the glorious woods and the lake beyond that we have out back. The excursion made me appreciate where I live.

      The Pumas were fun to paint. I originally painted it 2010 and have been buying that style ever since that first pair. I thought of it as I was writing this piece and pulled it from my file. The original composition was not pleasing, so I cropped it. This time zeroing in on the Puma logo instead of the pair of shoes. It looks much better. The distance of time is valuable. That's why I never throw anything away.

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  3. Great photos, Linda, it's like taking the trip with you. Love the Pumas!

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    1. Some people hate Las Vegas. Others think it's the greatest. We like it because it's close to our youngest son and the flying is non stop and relatively inexpensive. The hotels used to be too, but that has changed over the years.

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  4. Now I love your Puma's too, painted in a very original way !

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    1. Jane, these shoes are the greatest--good foot support, Velcro closings, traction soles. I've bought three pair over the years. Where they were once in the women's collection, you can now find them online in men's shoes. Weird.

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  5. Love your off kilter view of the world. I love My Pumas is fabulous. You have brilliant ideas and dash them off with such panache! Love Ellis' pants too, made me giggle, hope Ellis doesn't mind.

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    1. What's off kilter? Odd word to choose. I have been called weird before; I like to think of me as eccentric if that's what you mean? All artists are eccentric or should be. I'd like to be more so. The older you get, the more staid you become. Disgusting!

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  6. I left my stilettos a long time ago. haha. Great post. What an interesting area! It all has a certain beauty, despite the lack of greenery. Beautiful little watercolor

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    1. I now get my dress shoes at The Walking Company. Those were the ones I wore for "dress-up". I haven't painted those yet. I haven't painted anything; I brought a cold with a hacking cough back. It's whacking me out.

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