Untitled, 16 x 12 inches, oil on linen
Here's a painting fresh off the easel. It's going to be included in my upcoming show Return to the City. The motel is just one of many colorful and cheap lodgings found in the town of Reno, Nevada. It's a quieter, less flashy sibling of Las Vegas, and as such, there is a lot of character in this neck of the woods, both in terms of businesses and people that occupy it.
When I saw this sign, I had to take a snapshot of it. I just knew it was going to be a painting someday, and here it is. I love the suggestion of narrative in a picture like this. Sort of Edward Hopper meets John Updike. I didn't have a story in mind when I painted it, but I like to imagine scenarios as the painting develops. It does take on a life of its own and it feels like I'm painting a scene from a story that already exists, as opposed to it being my creation. I like that I'm a spectator in the process.
Anyway, I need a title for this painting!! Any suggestions? I know you people reading this are creative people! I'd like to hear some ideas from you~ Just type it in the comment box. If I use one of your ideas, well... I don't have any prizes or anything, but I will credit you every I talk about it :-)