National Lampoonâ€™s Vacation was a must for this series based on pop cult movies. As I was painting the Family Truckster I did some research on the car and found out there have been a few painting representations made of this beautiful â€œmetallic peaâ€ beast. Figures, itâ€™s a classic, and totally iconic. Not to mention almost everything has been â€œdoneâ€ already. So from what started as just a painting of the car, turned into a little something more. I thought it needed a little Marty Moose, after all, he was the reason behind this family Vacation from hell. They were going to see him at Wally World. In a way, itâ€™s his fault. ( Clark Griswold too, of course ) And the addition of the road map of the United States helped tie everything together. I usually donâ€™t use Graphics with my paintings but I like the text heavy road map feel of this map. And Iâ€™m ok with this being a mixed media piece. I might do this more often, if it works with the piece. Which in this case I think it does.
Iâ€™m a huge â€œVacationâ€ fan. They all are awesome, not so much European but even that has its moments. And yes, I even like â€œVegas Vacationâ€. If you havenâ€™t seen it, and you love the Griswolds and Las Vegas, what are you waiting for? Now if only they can finish up the series, and end it with a â€œHawaiian Vacationâ€. Hawaii is mentioned in all 4 of these movies, as the place they wish they were really going. Come on Clark & Ellen, take Rusty & Audrey to Hawaii. Bring the whole fam. Besides, Cousin Eddie REALLY needs work.
The Buena Vista Street Christmas Tree