We spent two weeks in McCarthy earlier this month, and while at a great BBQ on the West side, I invited myself over to my neighbor Jason Lobo’s place to paint one of his many interesting vehicles. Although we live in the same subdivision, his lot is about a mile away. I walked, as I felt it would be easier to pack the painting home walking than biking. Also, the road is a mud swamp due to spring meltdown, so driving was less than desirable. I arrived to find Jason working in his yard. After a few minutes he gave me a tour of his new water truck, which is a F-750 Ford. Parked right next to it was this beauty, a vintage Dodge Power Wagon. A great truck, and it still runs! I love how it has not been restored, but has all the scars and patina of a working machine. I guess the fuel pump is out, because Jason has connected a gravity fed fuel tank. I had a great time painting this cool old McCarthy truck, stopping every hour, or so, to chat with Lobo. He was working in the garden planting onions, garlic, and potatoes. I walked home in the afternoon to have a late lunch, and then got some of my own yard work done. Overall, a pretty productive day. By the way, this isn’t the first time I’ve painted one of Jason’s trucks. Check out the painting of his red Ford.
Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing this original oil painting ($245, framed), or a limited-edition print ($25 – $55).
When Sam, Jerry and I were road tripping across the USA, on the way to Sam’s son’s wedding, we stopped briefly at an amazing beer store in St. Louis, MO. I loaded up with a case of unique beers including a six-pack of Incarnation IPA by 4 Hands Brewing Co. This beer was fresh and loaded with Mosaic hop goodness! I had a hard time keeping one for Maria to try, but I was successful in getting it home to Alaska despite its delicious nature. Since the beer is dry hopped with Mosaic, I made a hop mosaic for the backdrop of this composition. There are about three types of hops I like the most for a great IPA: Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra. I think that if you have one, or a combination of the three you have a recipe for success! Incarnation IPA is not the only great beer from St. Louis. The town is known for beer (ahem, Budweiser). I feel lucky to have gotten to sample some great St. Louis offerings despite the fact that I am in a completely different distribution zone. Cheers to the Incarnation IPA, may your beer be enlightening!
During the Year of Beer Paintings (2014), I posted Pacifico Clara as the beer painting of the day for Cinco De Mayo. Oy, happy 5th of May! Pacifico got me thinking of surfing. As I sat with an Icy Bay IPA in my hands, I realized I hadn’t painted it in the can. I also realized that Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. has become a go-to beverage for me when I want a reasonably priced IPA. I was going to buy a half rack of PBR, but when I saw for 3 bucks more I could bring home the green cans, I just couldn’t buy PBR. Not to mention that Icy Bay IPA is definitely tastier than PBR (even-though I do have a soft spot for the hipster red, white and blue can).
For an Alaskan beach party Icy Bay IPA from Juneau, Alaska is a perfect choice, just watch your intake as a 6.2% IPA is not that sessionable. Consider having your beer after riding the waves, as nothing is a worse buzz kill than getting the US Coast Guard to save you. Keep your head as clear as the crisp refreshing taste of this IPA when you are rocking the icy waves on your longboard! Cheers to an Alaskan May 5th! Get out and celebrate the end of winter, by hitting the beach with a cooler full!