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Jersey Boys

Winning is effortless. Anybody can win. Not just anybody proves to be capable of sustaining a heavy loss. Famous gamblers die with nothing left to their names but fame. The story has been repeated so many times as to be an accepted rule of the game. Am I getting across the idea that there is…

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Strip Swagger

This guy in the picture has a winning payout slip in his hip pocket and he’s on top of the world. Why not? He earned it. When they say, “That’s how we roll,” it’s like the Wheel of Fortune everyday. One day you’re up, the next day, well, let’s enjoy our good luck while it…

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Tough Luck

You must admit shady characters are interesting. Don’t wear leather unless you mean it, was once a saying, and because that excludes me it makes me wonder what it’s like. While leather wear can be costly, as a status symbol it denotes a less-than-respectable adventurer, a tough guy. Ironically, it won’t secure a good table…

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Hey, deuce.

Advantage play eventually catches up to a player. For example, staring at the cards is a well-known tell that the player is counting. The concentration is that obvious. While peoplewatching in Las Vegas, the first tell that can be recognized is the look of concern on a gambler’s face -even while he’s not playing. The…

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The Bomb

The featured ‘phone camera snapshot shows a view of the recent Palms Casino make-over which (to my knowledge) has never before been seen in the mainstream press. That’s understandable. It would send the wrong message in the Travel Section. Every vacation resort destination in the world has its off-the-beaten path areas where travelers should not…

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View from the Top

I am about to paint-over this small abstract painting. It is a momentous event (for me), because I have kept it all these years as a memento of New York City. As a youthful artist I had an attraction for New York. Everyone should see New York. I stayed for ten years. It was never…

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Second Chance

It started out as an uneventful gaming table scene. When I returned to it after a heated argument with a certain somebody it went South. I can’t say I don’t like the result. The art of painting is about painting, after all, not incidental scenes. Those accidental effects caused by the artist’s loss of control…

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Alfresco with Oil

To paint as often as possible, in other words, to practice, it is necessary to paint on paper. It’s more economical than working on canvas or panel. A painter can try a lot of new ideas on paper without concern about success or failure. If it fails little is lost, and nothing tried is ever…

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Crouching Tiger

It was a delight to realize that Asians are an essential feature of the gaming casino landscape and, for my purpose, subject matter for art. Saving face is of paramount importance to Asians. That fact makes painting portraits of them challenging. It is said nobody likes one’s own portrait; perhaps the opposite will prove true…

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I should have stood.

Looking at the history of human civilization, and for those purposes the art of mankind, one subject stands above all, and that is Man himself. An exception is the cave so-called art of Neanderthals. The subject of animals dominates that scene, hunting being the main occupation of prehistoric man, not non-essentials such as art (as…

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