This is a view of the Catalina Casino located in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles in California. Don't get it wrong. There is no gambling at the facility. The Catalina Casino gets its name from the Italian language term casino, meaning a "gathering place."
When chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. bought the controlling stake in Catalina Island in 1919, he used this cleared site to build a dance hall he named Sugarloaf Casino. It served as a ballroom and Avalon's first high school, until it became too small for Avalon's growing population. In 1928, the Sugarloaf was razed to make room for a newer casino building.
On May 29, 1929, the new Catalina Casino was completed under the direction of Wrigley and David M. Renton, at a cost of 2 million dollars. Its design, by Sumner Spaulding and Walter Weber, is in the Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival styles. It was the first movie theatre to be designed specifically for films with sound ("talkies"). It received the Honor Award from the California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as "one of the outstanding architectural accomplishments."
Sometimes it's more interesting to paint a landmark knowing its background information, a little history of it.
You also get to appreciate it more as you go on to paint.
I'm not a historian and got this information from the Wikipedia.
Here is the link to the page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalina_Casino
The above painting was made a few years ago and now belongs to someone in New Mexico who said it reminded her of the time when she and her husband visited New York and it was raining.
It must have brought her some good old memories.
When people see paintings, it often triggers them to bring back some memories and create stories in their minds. There are some famous books and music works created from inspirations by paintings.
Hopefully when people see my paintings, it might stop them from their busy life for a moment and help them to create some nice stories of their own and share with others.
Life is made of stories anyway. Many many and many stories ...