las vegas

in remembrance

Three years ago today the horrific massacre that took place in Las Vegas shook us all. Today I am reposting my post from the following day to remember all those who lost their lives and send condolences to those who continue to grieve each and every day.

a day without color – October 2nd 2017


I think you know me well enough by now to know where my thoughts are today. Our memorable visit to family in Las Vegas in April 2015 included a visit to the magnificent Red Rock Canyon only a forty minute drive from Downtown and which I featured on Day 115 of my 365 day challenge that year. On returning home it led to a painting of the Canyon featured on Day 134 together with its accompanying colorful palette. Today’s image is that same palette in monochrome, a way for me to express without words my feelings of sorrow, heartache and sympathy for all those lost and suffering from the tragic events that have taken place in a city that is always so full of life, color and excitement.

Studio 365: Day 116

Man in Motion

Day 116 viii

Maestro Donato Cabrera conducting the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Last night we enjoyed a sublime evening of music at the Smith Centre for the Performing Arts here in Las Vegas. The added pleasure was watching Maestro Cabrera painting the music in the air with his baton, thrusting, smoothing, coaxing as he directed the Las Vegas Philharmonic in exhilarating performances of John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.

Day 116

The concert was made even more memorable by the guest soloist, the brilliant pianist Joyce Yang, winner of the Silver Medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Her exquisite performance brought us all to our feet, applauding, cheering and shouting Bravo, Bravo, adding to a night full of both motion and emotion. In the pre-concert discussion with the audience she gave away the secret to her genius: fifteen to twenty hours of practice to learn one minute of music.

After the concert was over Miss Yang greeted everyone in the foyer and graciously signed our CD’s. Two more treasures to take home tonight after ten spectacular days, as we say our farewells to family and return to Vancouver.

Studio 365: Day 115


Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas is not just about the Strip. Forty minutes away is spectacular Red Rock Canyon to add to Antelope and Bryce, making this week definately a three canyon adventure.


We have just returned from a concert in the Smith Centre for the Performing Arts, of which more tomorrow to do justice to a wonderful evening of music.

Day 115

Travel theme: Silver

…Three shots, one unique building, one camera…

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Las Vegas i


Las Vegas iii


…The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, designed by Frank Gehry…

Ailsa’s weekly travel theme