Artist Profile: A. Leslie Ross (1910 — 1989)

“Some 15,000 years ago people drew on cave walls. They invented ways of expressing themselves. With a strong desire to express what they felt, they drew without hesitation. Their work carried the conviction of positive thought in expressing a sensation. Their drawing are great because of their delicate sensitiveness and the assurance that reveals how they felt. They are not realistic or abstract, but are pure expressions. If these people were able to create great art, surely you can. The only barrier you have is your mind. You must feel sure of yourself and work with the conviction that you are starting something truthful. Creative work needs a starting point. Not unlike the foundation necessary for a fit life. The same commitments are demanded for both the artist’s picture and the artist’s life. The picture without structure is superficial and empty.”

Art with Understanding (1960) by Arthur Leslie Ross

Below are just a few of the many covers that A. Leslie Ross panted over the course of his long career.  Born in New Jersey and educated at the New York School of Fine Art, Ross opened his own freelance art studio in 1936 and established himself as a talented and in-demand illustrator.  He eventually opened his own private art school and helped to teach a new generation of artists.

Music Video of the Day: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 (1987, directed by Barry Devlin)

Filmed over the course of one night on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, the music video for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For accomplished two things.  First, it showcased the members of U2 at their most approachable and likable.  Secondly, it did wonders to improve the image of Las Vegas as a city.  Instead of focusing on people gambling away their life savings, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For portrayed Vegas as a friendly and diverse city where, if you go out on the right night, you might even run into one of the biggest bands in the world.  According to civic leader Pat Christensen in a 2002 interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, “”The whole perception of Vegas changed with that video.  Now all the big names come here, some of them five, six times a year.”

As usual, in this video, the focus is on Bono and the Edge.  Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton are both present but it would be easy to mistake them for being a part of the crowd that gathers to watch The Edge play his guitar.  Perhaps that is why, at the end of the video, Adam appears to just wander away from the shoot and get in a waiting taxi cab.