RAW SQUARES- LEWIS STYLE
I JUST RETURNED FROM VIEWING JERRY LEWIS' GALLERY AT THE MARJORIE BARRIC AUDITORIUM. HIS WORK SHAMED ME. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT BECAUSE IT WAS BETTER THAN MINE, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS RAW. EVEN BEFORE I STARTED COMPUTER EDITING, I WAS TAKING MY BEAUTIFUL STREAKS AND TRYING TO "CLEAN THEM UP" FOR THE PEOPLE THAT SAID, "THEY'RE BLURRY!" JERRY AND ME SEE SOMETHING ELEGANT, GHOSTLY BEAUTIFUL AND HIDDEN, IN AS JERRY SAYS, "PAINTING WITH THE CAMERA."
HOMAGE TO JERRY LEWIS (Xmas trees)
Greetings and Salutations Mr. Jerry Lewis:
I just returned from your gallery at the Marjorie Barrack Auditorium.
Before I comment on your painted pictures, I want to tell you about my past with you.
It started in the back of a 1953 Mercury at a drive-in some place in Southern California. Don't worry, you are not my father. I was with my mom and dad. I am sure that I was wearing pajamas. Of course, I loved the childlike clown on the screen. He was very kid friendly.
Even as a youngster, I really liked it when your character would morph into a handsome, suave and sophisticated man with slicked up hair and even a cigarette.
As a teenager, I regularly went to Date Night at Disneyland where I listened to Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
Now about your Painted Pictures; I truly get it! I see the depth and beauty in the ethereal, ghost-like images. Most people just glance and think that the camera must be broken. I know this because I have been Streaking photographs for a few years myself.
Because of a learning disability I was not able to read and understand the manual that came with the camera. I experimented with the different settings and began to see the beauty that few could see, because they don't really look. It is not because they are insensitive but because we are all inundated with so much information. The Internet, books, television and silly letters such as this.
Your work made me regret that I changed my Raw images via computer enhancement in order to get others to look at it. However, I was taking care of my bedridden parents and it was hard to get out of the house to take pictures. As a result, I stayed home and learned to computer enhance the Raw pictures that I had already taken. Some of the tweaking from Raw Streaks to enhanced pictures is pretty nice. I will show you some examples.
You have given my early work credibility. I should not have strayed from making the images that captivated only the few people that took the time to look deep. Sadly, I deleted some of what I now know was my best work, because few people understood it. You made me realize that I should have been true to my art so to speak.
I was granted a 2 month Clark County Library Gallery showing last year. It was a big thing for me, having no past artistic accomplishments.
I just want you to know that I understand your Painted Pictures and I can still remember about five that still stand out in my mind.
If you have a couple of minutes to look at my website, it would mean a lot to me. My dream would be to collaborate with you by enhancing a couple of your Painted Pictures.
Thank You Jerry Lewis.
Craig Morgan Butelo
STRATO "STREAK" SIMILAR TO MR. LEWIS' PAINTED PICTURES.
VIEWERS RARELY TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK DEEP. HAVE YOU NOTICED THE THREE CROSSES AND THE EIFFEL TOWER?
RAW- A TRUE STREAK- NO EDITING
THE BLUE WHITE LINE IS ALWAYS THE BRIGHT LIGHT OF THE ARIA HOTEL. NEXT TO THE RIGHT HAND BORDER YOU CAN SEE THE PARIS HOTEL'S EIFFEL TOWER.
ALL OF THIS WAS CAPTURED ON SITE WITHOUT ANY COMPUTER EDITS OR ENHANCEMENTS.
FROM NOW ON, I WILL CALL THEM . . . RAW. (LEWIS STYLE)
AFTER A COUPLE OF BUS RIDES WITH MY BICYCLE, I GOT TO BALLY'S. IT WAS A VERY COLD NIGHT AND I HAD NO MONEY, BUT I BROUGHT ALONG A COUPLE OF HOT DOGS AND ATE THEM IN THE PARKING GARAGE.
THIS LOCATION HAS A GREAT POTENTIAL; ESPECIALLY IN THE VALET AREA.
BALLY'S COOKED, WELL DONE
COMPARE THIS TO THE PREVIOUS PICTURE, BALLY'S RAW.
RAW- A GENTEL EASY STREAK
HERE, YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE/WHITE ARIA STRIPE. THE SILKY GOLD IS THE PARIS. THIS ONE SHARES A CLOSER RESEMBLANCE TO ONE OF MR. LEWIS' "PAINTED PICTURES." IT TAKES A LOT OF DISCIPLINE TO PAINT THIS SLOW.
(THE NEXT PICTURE IS A CHEAT! I JUST PUT A SWIRL INTO THIS PICTURE.)
SAME AS THE PREVIOUS PICTURE BUT WITH A COMPUTER ENHANCED (CHEAT) SWIRL PUT IN. NOT MUCH SKILL IS INVOLVED.
I DO LOVE THE SILKY FEEL.
SPRINGS PRESERVE BEES-RAW
A TRUE PAINTED PICTURE. RAW.
XMAS AT THE SPRINGS PRESERVE.
I THINK THIS PICTURE BRINGS TO MIND A SWARM OF HONEY BEES. NO COMPUTER TRICKS AT ALL.
BEES WITH A SWIRIL-SLIGHTLY COOKED!
CHEATER, CHEATER, CHEATER !
I KNOW, I KNOW, I JUST FLIPPED A SWITCH AND TURNED MY RAW BEES INTO A SWIRL. IT'S OKAY. NO ONE CARES ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.
THIS IS SIMILAR TO ONE OF JERRY LEWIS' PAINTED PICTURES.
IT WAS TAKEN VERY EARLY IN MY CAREER WHEN I WAS STUCK AT HOME TAKING CARE OF MY AILING PARENTS. IT IS SIMPLY AN IMAGE OF THE STREET LIGHTS IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE.
IN THE FAR BACKGROUND ARE THE CLOUDY LIGHTS OF NORTH LAS VEGAS.
A STREAK OR A LEWIS PAINTED PICTURE?
I HOPE THAT JERRY LIKES THIS RAW, UN-RETOUCHED PICTURE. THIS APPEARS TO BE THE PURE TYPE OF CAMERA PAINTING THAT WE BOTH ENJOY. THE EMPTY SPACE MAKES THE LIGHTS FLOAT. THIS PICTURE CONSISTS OF MERELY THE STREET AND CAR LIGHTS.
STRATO WHIPPET (GOOD)
MR. LEWIS, THIS IS WHERE I LOST THE PURITY OF MY STREAKING OR PAINTING. IT IS FUN TO LOOK AT, BUT IT DOESN'T PULL ME INTO THE IMAGE AS YOUR PAINTED PICTURES DO.
THE VARIEGATED SHADES ARE FROM DIFFERENT DENSITIES OF SMOKE LEFT IN THE AIR FROM THE FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS. IF YOU TURN THE PAGE TO STRATO BLUE DRAGON, YOU WILL SEE THE SAME "NEGATIVE" BUT IT IS COOKED DIFFERENTLY.
STRATO DRAGON-REALLY RAW
THIS IS THE FIRST OF MAY VARIATIONS. IT WAS DONE ONLY WITH CAMERA MANIPULATIONS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DUPLICATE IT. THIS "MOTHER PICTURE" OR WHAT WE OLD TIMERS CALLED A NEGATATIVE HAS BEEN USED TO CREATE SEVERAL VARIATIONS.
STRATO DRAGON BLUE
THIS IS PART OF MY DRAGON SERIES. THE SKY IS SEEDED WITH DIRT (ASK ME LATER). THIS IS THE SISTER PICTURE OF STRATO DRAGON.
I WANT MY PICTURES TO MOVE. TO WALK RIGHT OFF THE PAGE
DONE IN LEWIS' PAINTED PICTURE TECHNIQUE. NO COOKING NO B.S.
STRATO CANDLE RED REALLY COOKED
I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO STRATO CANDLE.
COLORING IT CAN TAKE UP TO AN HOUR. I ADDED THE RED TONES TO THE ORIGINAL. PLEASE NOTICE THE TEXTURE AND GRAINY BACKGROUND. THE CURVE OF STRATO CANDLE AND THE BASKET WEAVE WINDOWS BLOW MY MIND.
THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, 2012 ON COMMERCE STREET, HOLLERING DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE ARTS FACTORY.
I DODGED SEVERAL BEER BOTTLES LAUNCHED AT ME BY OVERZEALOUS PATRIOTS IN THE "LUXURY APARTMENTS" NEAR BY.
THE COSMOPOLITAN'S UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE MAKES IT A PERFECT MATCH FOR THE IMPRESSIONISTIC PARIS STREET SCENE.
I PERSONALLY LIKE THE SUGGESTION OF PEOPLE BUSTLING ALONG THE STRIP.
THE VERY BRIGHT FULL MOON HAD TO BE MASKED OUT.
STRATO H2O MELON
IS IT A PAINTING OR A PHOTOGRAPH?
ONE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY "STREAKS" AND MR. LEWIS' PAINTED PICTURES IS THAT I AM USING A DIGITAL CAMERA, WHICH MAKES IT EASY TO SEE WHAT I HAVE CAPTURED. THEN I CAN MAKE A CORRECTION, THEN SHOOT IT AGAIN. I CAN BARELY IMAGINE TRYING TO STREAK/PAINT WITH 35 MM FILM, WHICH I ASSUME HE USED ON SOME OF HIS EARLIER WORK. YOU MIGHT NOTICE THAT I DID NOT COLOR IN THE ENTIRE PICTURE BUT LEFT SOME RAW SPACES TO ADD DEPTH.
A TRULY RAW, MOTHER PICTURE
I PERSONALLY LOVE THIS PIC. I HAVE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO DUPLICATE IT. THIS RAW PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON THE STREET WITH CAMERA ONLY. SCORES OF “MY CHILDREN" WERE CLONED FROM IT. THE FOLLOWING PICS ARE EXAMPLES THAT I HOPE YOU ENJOY.
THIS IS ONE OF MANY CHILDREN FROM A "MOTHER" PICTURE (SEE SISTER PICTURE NEXT, STRATO RED MOON).
I FEAR THAT MR. LEWIS WILL DISDAIN THE FACT THAT I RESORTED TO COMPUTER ENHANCEMENT. I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO LEARN HOW TO ENHANCE MY STREAKS, BUT IT WAS EASIER TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE COMPUTER THAN IT WAS TO READ THE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO WORK THE DAMNED CAMERA. I GUESS THAT IN TODAY’S AGE OF THE TECHNOLOGY, A CAMERA IS JUST A COMPUTER AFTER ALL.
STRATO RED MOON
THIS IS THE SAME PICTURE AS STRATO BIRDS. ONE "NEGATIVE" CAN HAVE AN INFINITE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT LOOKS.
MY INSPIRATION. THE VERY LOVELY HYUNDAI VELOSTER AUTOMOBILE. OH YEAH, THE EXTRA LOVELY MS. KELLI KYLE.
LOU RUVO ALMOST RAW
MR. JERRY LEWIS,
DO YOU THINK THAT MICHELE C. QUINN WOULD APPRECIATE THIS PICTURE? I KNOW THAT SHE HAS EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE LOU RUVO FOUNDATION.
A RESPITE WORKER CAME TO WATCH MY FOLKS ONE NIGHT. MY BED RIDDEN DAD SAW ME DRESSING TO GO OUT. I TOLD HIM THAT I WAS GOING TO HIS LOU RUVO CLINIC TO "STRAIGHTEN OUT" THE BUILDING.
THIS PIC IS ALL ON SITE CAMERA MANIPULATION EXCEPT FOR ONE HOT SPOT: A STUPID LIGHT BULB WAS ON IN THE BUILDING. I HAD TO CORRECT IT.
IF YOU DRIVE ON THE 15 FWY AT 65 MILES PER HOUR WITH THE CAMERA OUT THE WINDOW, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. OKAY, I CONFESS. I’M JUST TRYING TO SPICE THINGS UP BY ADDING A LITTLE TWIST.
MR. LEWIS IF YOU GOT THIS FAR, THANK YOU. THERE ARE MORE PICTURES IN THE GALLERY SECTION UNDER YOUR NAME IF YOU LIKE.
I NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS, THAT YOU WOULD BE THE ONE TO UNDERSTAND MY VEGAS STREAKS.
ONE OF SEVERAL TREATMENTS.
COMPARE THIS PICTURE WITH THE NEXT ONE WHERE I HAVE COLORED IN THE BALLONS.
STRATO BALLONS- PAINTED
IF YOU LOOK CLOSE YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE POINT OR HORN ON THE TOP OF THE CENTER BUBBLE. THAT IS THE AIRCRAFT WARNING LIGHT.
FROM THE PARKING GARAGE ROOF AT THE RIO, YOU CAN LOOK ACROSS THE 15 FWY TO THE STRIP. I BROUGHT A PIC-NIC DINNER AND KELLI ATE WHILE I FIDDLED WITH THE CAMERA.
A COUPLE OF REAL ARTIST FROM THE LAS VEGAS ART GUILD PICKED THIS AS THEIR FAVORITE. GO FIGURE.
AFTER GETTING REMOVED FROM HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA, I WAS SENT TO ART CLASS. THE TEACHER SAID THAT WE WERE TO USE CONSTRUCTION PAPER TO CREATE SOMETHING. WE HAD TWO WEEKS. WHILE I GOOFED AROUND TRYING TO BE CREATIVE. THE GUY ACROSS FROM ME KEPT ROLLING HIS PAPER INTO DIFFERENT SIZE TUBES OR STRAWS. SOME WERE BIG, SOME WERE DELICATE. AFTER 2 WEEKS, I HAD NOTHING.
THE ARTIST THAT SAT ACROSS FROM ME CAME WALKING INTO CLASS HOLDING A FANTASTIC SCALE MODEL OF A LOCOMOTIVE. THE SMALL STRAWS BECAME THE SPOKES ON THE WHEELS AND THE PIPES THAT RAN DOWN THE SIDE OF THE BOILER.
I NEVER FORGOT THAT TRAIN.
STRATO-BLACK ICE DYNAMIC
THE STREAKING IS REAL.
THE COLORS ARE PAINTED.
I WANT MY IMAGES TO WALK. TO MOVE OFF OF THE PAGE.
ONE A.M. CRUSING AROUND. DISCOVERED THE PARKING GARAGE AT THE AIRPORT. BREATHTAKING.
RAW- MGM & ARIA ETC.
YOU CAN ACTUALLY IDENTIFY SEVERAL DIFFERENT CASINOS.
GREEN IS ALWAYS THE MGM
BLUE/WHITE IS THE ARIA
IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE MY PICTURES MAKE SENSE TO A BROAD AUDIANCE, I DECIDED TO MASTER SOMETHING THAT IS NOT EASILY DONE. ALTHOUGH THE PICTURE IS STREAKED, THE WORDS MGM GRAND, ARE PRETTY LEGIBLE. THIS WAS THE START OF MY COPPING OUT. BUT I LIKE IT. OF COURSE, THE EVER PRESENT ARIA IS AT THE CENTER.
I NOTICED THAT MR. LEWIS HAS DONE A FEW PICTURES WITH LEGEABLE SCRIPT.
WHEN IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE, YOU CAN TRY TAKING PICTURES OFF THE TELEVISION.
OPENING NIGHT SMITH CENTER
OENING NIGHT AT THE SMITH CENTER.
JOINING THE PARTY IS MY OLD FRIEND THE STRATOSPHERE.
LOTS OF PAINTING ON SITE AND COLORING AT HOME.
STRATOSPHERE FOR REAL
A TRUE PAINTED PICTURE. A TRUE LAS VEGAS STREAK.
RED ROCK CASINO-RAW
SECURITY ASK ME NOT TO LOITER AND ASK ME NOT TO CONTINUE TAKING SO MANY PICTURES. I WENT OVER TO THE SUN COAST AND LOST $200.00 AT THE CRAPS TABLE. YOUR LOOSE RED ROCK!
ARTSY FARTSY- WELL DONE
A LOCAL ARTIST PICKED THIS AS HER FAVORITE.
I AM SORRY. I AM IN LOVE WITH MY PAINTED PICTURES.
THEY ARE SORT OF LIKE CHILDREN YOU LOVE THEM ALL EVEN THE UGLY ONES, MAYBE EVEN MORE.
IF YOU HAVE COME THIS FAR AND WANT MORE, CLICK ON THE GALLERY.
NO SALE-WILL ART FOR FOOD
THIS IS EDWIN. HE IS HOMELESS. HE BECAME MY FRIEND A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. HE LIVES UNDER A 6 MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE, LUCKY GUY! I PASSED BY HIS "HOUSE" ON THE WAY TO MY COPING CLASSES AT LOU RUVO.
I WOULD BRING HIM HOME EVERY 10 DAYS OR SO FOR A SHOWER, DO SOME LAUNDRY AND SLEEP IN A BED. OH YES, RIBEYE STEAK TOO.
I DESIGNED A FLEXIBLE WAY TO TURN HIS SHOPPING CART INTO A KIOSK. BOLTS AND WING NUTS. I MADE HIM MY SALES MANAGER. I GOT TO BE THE THE CEO. HOW COOL IS THAT?
WE USED LANTERNS TO ILLUMINATE THE ART WORK AND SOLD TO PEOPLE AS THEY LEFT THE SMITH CENTER. DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU NEED A $200.00 PERMIT TO DO THIS? WE KNOW NOW.
EDWIN IS OK BECAUSE CHRISTIANS BRING HIM TRACTS AND BIBLES. I AM WORKING ON A WAY TO SELL THE BIBLES TO GET HIM SOME CASH. I MAY BE THE WING NUT HERE?
LOVE AND THANKS TO ALL ESPCIALLY MOM AND DAD AND JOE STONER. HE IS THE CLARK COUNTY LIBRARIAN THAT I HOUNDED TO SHOW ME COMPUTER STUFF.
AND THE BEAUTIFUL LADY KELLI KYLE. SHE HAS A MASTERS DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND WILL GLADLY CORRECT YOU WHEN YOU END A SENTENCE WITH PREPOSITION, ALL DAY LONG.