Greetings from Las Vegas Photos

In case you missed “Greetings from Las Vegas” at Gateway early December 2013. I posting some images of my room. I made bedsheets out of recycled plastic bags that I ironed the bags together and painted love letters on them. The television had hand-drawn animation playing on the old television.

Paintings on the Walls and Handmade bed sheet with love notes on them

Paintings on the Walls and Handmade bed sheet with love notes on them

Photo credit Checko Salgado Photo credit Checko Salgado

Watercolor, Wine and Charcoal and Graphite on watercolor paper

Watercolor, Wine and Charcoal and Graphite on watercolor paper

Watercolor, wine, ink, charcoal on bond paper

Watercolor, wine, ink, charcoal on bond paper

Charcoal and Graphite Dust and Dye on Paper

Charcoal and Graphite Dust and Dye on Paper

Made of recycled plastic bags

Made of recycled plastic bags

Greeting from Las Vegas Project

Greetings from Las Vegas

I’m working on a project for Gateway Motel’s “Greetings from Las Vegas”. My project is creating a new set of drawings and video animation themes of love room/ horror room. I don’t want to reveal too much. I want it to be a surprise for the event next weekend. Hope to see you all there!

Drawing Paint and Dye on recycled paper

Drawing Paint and Dye on recycled paper

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Rough Animation test

 

Drawing. 2013

Drawing. 2013

This Sunday: Circus Couture

This Sunday is a great fundraiser to help raise money for The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, Circus Couture.

Circus Couture 2011 will take place at

 The Joint

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

June 26th, 2011

The theme of this year’s Circus Couture event is REVOLUTION 

 All proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world’s largest volunteer driven fundraising organization for childhood cancer research.  Money raised at the event will be granted to The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada- Nevada’s only childhood cancer center where children can receive medical care regardless of their parent’s ability to pay for services.

You can order tickets in advance online for 35 dollars or purchase tickets at the door for 45 dollars

You can check out Fox 5 segment on Circus Couture here

Below is a beautiful drawing I did, for donation.

The piece, “Drawing of Woman in Pink”, shows a very simple abstracted female, with confused pinks marks hinting at the color movement in her form, informing of the raw emotion of the feminine, with pink showing as the cultural awareness symbol of Breast Cancer. ” -Cristina Natsuko Paulos

This is the second year I donated a piece for the event.  I believe in the cause and the people who run the event.
You can help by purchasing tickets and biding on artwork. You can view the auction online :here:

What is great about fundraisers they help communities as well as change the world.  I have met some of the nicest and supportive people here.  I root of Las Vegas.

I think, Las Vegas is sort of everyone’s city whether you live here or not.

Draw, Draw, Draw and “Fighting”

Above: Photo by Becky Bosshart

I spent my Friday at Emergency Arts. It’s a fun place to visit, friendly Baristas and you get to catch some cool galleries and workspaces for some artists. I met some awesome folks and drew two people. My first subject was Mr. Jerry Misko. Jerry’s a Las Vegas native, born and raised. His father was imported to Las Vegas for work, he was a Pitboss at a Casino.
Jerry is a painter. He’s very personable and a very hardwork artist. I have to admit it took me sometime to capture him.

Above: My pile of drawings were stacking up!

I was able to produce two drawings which I think came out interesting. My favorite drawing of him:

My favorite drawing of Jerry, he looks like a samurai warrior here. "Jerry Misko, FIGHTING!"


 

My second subject for portrait is of Ms. Becky Bosshart. Becky’s awesome! She grew up as a Military Brat, traveling often. She was brought to Las Vegas for writing. She is a graduate student at UNLV where she is studying journalism.

Becky in peaceful muted grey, and burst of high contast of Oranges!

My pile of Becky’s of drawings.

Drawing of Becky reading the LV SUN.


Becky has a very beautiful neck line. She was reading while I was drawing her.

Insert Coins, Art Group Show “Back in the Day…”

Insert Coins, is a new fun bar/arcade opening on the Downtown Las Vegas area. Owner Chris is bringing the nostalgia of our favorite arcade games to the bar setting, in the exciting downtown area. Insert coins will host there first art show curated by Keri, “Back in the Day…”

Keri ask some of Las Vegas’ artists to play tribute to there favorite classic video games and memories. INSERT COIN(S) will host its opening reception for “Back in the Day…” on Tuesday April 19th from 6pm to 10pm.  INSERT COIN(S) asked over 20 invited artists one question to reminisce upon: “What was your favorite game or toy as a child?” The artists were then free to interpret their subject of choice in their preferred mediums. The resulting exhibition is a nostalgic, creative reinterpretation of classic games and toys. Featured artwork will celebrate classic games, commemorate forgotten toys, and re-purpose lost playthings. The exhibition will invite viewers and artists alike to participate in a collection of memories; sharing smiles, stories, experience points and cheat codes.

-text from press RELEASE

Opening reception will be held on April 19th, 2011 for “Back in the Day…, a themed group art exhibition inspired by classic video games and vintage toys at Insert Coin(s).  Proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to tsunami relief in Japan.

INSERT COIN(S) is located at 512 East Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Participating artists include: Jerry Misko, KD Matheson, Dasha Biggs, Mike Biggs, Mark T. Zeilman, Jesse Smigel, Cristina Paulos, Ruckus, Ryan Tino, Keri Schroeder, Scream, Ashley Beatty, Caesar Garcia, Albert Montoya, Roxy B Montoya, Juan Muniz, Ainjil Bragg, Daniel Bennett, Camille Bohannon, Shan Michael Evans, Jose Hernandez, Michelle Irish, Nico Holmes-Gull, May Nomura, and Warren Wucinich.

Insert Coins, will promise to bring back our 80’s nostogia, of missed our favorite arcade sounds,quarter play and pinball ringing, minus the sugar-y aromas of the donut shop.

I worked on two pieces in celebration of my favorite fighting video characters from Dark-stalkers and Samurai Showdown!

"Beat 'em ALL up", Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers (by Capcom)

"Beat em ALL up", Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers (by Capcom)

Video Game Nudity! is OK! lol (well, not really, the violence get an acceptable rating, and well nudity…red light)

About the two pieces:

The pieces are focusing on the two popular fighting games, “Samurai Shodown” and “Darkstalkers”. These two games have some of the most recognizable female characters.  I also thought there is a “silliness” and “strangeness”, and a little “wetness” to how Virtual Video-game Female characters Scream Sexuality, while the audience is mostly a group of teenagers mostly that of young boys.  

 

 

Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Iroha, Samurai Shodown VI, NEW)Medium:_dye,watercolour,ink,acrylic paint,charcoal and graphite on Arches Acid Free Watercolour paper

Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Iroha, Samurai Shodown VI, NEW) Medium: dye,watercolour,ink,acrylic paint,charcoal and graphite on Arches Acid Free Watercolour paper

This piece above is of Videogame character, Iroha, Samurai Shodown VI. The title of the piece, is named after the Smith’s song Classic “Some Girls are Bigger than Others”. It’s my silly drawings of the virtual fighting video game female characters that seem to be just that. “Back in the day…” we played these videogames when we were “Growing up” and just started to discovering things…

I needed to explain it, because people where asking me what the pieces for the show where all about. -lol

Painting, Detail of Iroha

One of my first jobs in high school was working at the mall Arcade. I was the clusy change girl in a black vest suite, with a bad blond hair dye job (similar to late 90’s, Gwen Stefani hair duo).  I can still hear the distant sounds of the theme song to Daytona USA, race car game in a distance of my head.

-Cristina


The Divine Performers and Individuals

Drawings from Portrait Sessions, March 2011

I’m continuing to work on more and more portrait for my project, “Localize Anonymity”. Early March, I drew a few people from Cirque du Soleil: Brien, Mateo and Wassa.  All beautiful, strong, and energetic.  They perform 10 shows a week for Cirque, yet still have time to go to school, teach, travel, and have time to pursue their dreams and independent Artistic and Charity projects.  Amazing!  Truly shows just what humans can be capable of!

My favorite drawing of Mateo!

Mateo is the head clown from Criss Angel’s “Believe”. He was amazing to draw.  He moved to Vegas from Spain, where he and his brother worked as clown street performances. Mateo is an artist himself. He is unique and thoughtful!

Wassa and Mateo, photograph by Gina

Wassa, is a dancer, fashion designer, writer, director and soon to be filmmaker. She is amazing and stunning, beautiful, intelligent and creative. She creates beautiful clothing from her line, WASSA WEAR. She also directed and wrote The Art of Prostitution: play/dance performance about the sex trade industry.

A drawing of Brien. He performers for Le Reve. Brien’s a MOVER. He helps put out the Charity event Circus Couture. Cirque Couture is a Charity Event to help raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and The Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases of Las Vegas. He speak Spanish, and I’m sure he will pick up more languages later. He goes to school, travels and teaches. He has an amazing outlook on life and experiences. I’m sure there is nothing Brien can’t do.

Thanks so much for letting me draw all of you amazing folks!
Cristina