Monthly Archives: February 2018
Fur Rondy and Iditarod Open Studio Events
In less than a week, our favorite events begin just in time to help us get through the toughest part of winter — Fur Rondezvous winter festival and Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Fur Rondezvous has been an annual tradition in Anchorage since the mid 1930s when the town started organizing fun activities to coincide with the miners and trappers coming to town with their yield. Iditarod is the most famous sled dog race in the world, attracting mushers and spectators from around the globe. Downtown Anchorage will be transformed into a playground with a carnival, contests, snow sculptures, and a sled dog trail running down 4th Avenue. Our studio happens to be on 4th Avenue, and we will be open during the busiest times of the festivities. There will also be a craft fair inside our building — the 4th Avenue Market Place. Stop by and check out the view of the carnival (hopefully Denali will be visible as well), to see the newest oil paintings and prints, and to have some home-baked cookies while you warm up between events. We are located in Suite 4 of the 4th Avenue Market Place, which is in the NW corner inside the building.
When: February 24-25, Saturday and Sunday, 11-6pm AND March 3, Saturday, 10-5pm.
Where: 4th Avenue Market Place, 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4. Inside the building in the NW corner.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #126. Melt Down Stout by Root Down Brewing Co.
The original oil painting sold. 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Custom Beer Label Design
One of my goals is to do more beer label designs, because seeing my art on cans, or bottles that are filled with delicious beer, and distributed to thousands of people around the country, and possibly the world, is the most amazing thing for a beer artist. The hurdle is being selected as the label artist by a brewery out of many other artists who happen to also want the honor. So far I’ve designed several home-brew labels, and one commercial label for Midnight Sun Brewing. Check out my blog post about that awesome project!
At my Etsy shop I have a listing for a Custom Beer Label Design, and a few months ago, a couple who are in the process of starting a new brewery in New Mexico bought the label design package, which includes a design for your label, and an oil painting of that design. So we got to work. They sent me pictures of things they wanted to be included in the label design, and I put together sketches for their consideration. Here are a couple examples of the sketches.
Once a sketch was approved, I started painting the main image. Here is how the painting turned out. I also made a smaller bonus painting that I used for the image on the collar around the bottle neck.
Then I put together the beer label in Photoshop. Here’s the final result.
The Piedra Blanca Brewing Company is not open yet, but I am very excited about getting the chance to design its logo and beer label! Best of luck to them, and I look forward to visiting one day! If you own a brewery, or are thinking about starting one, contact me about designing your logo, or labels.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #125. Underdog Lager by Stable 12 Brewing Co.
This week’s beer painting is a tribute to the new Superbowl LII Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, the underdogs! And how fitting that Thirsty Thursday, the day I always release a new beer painting, happens to be on the same day as the victory parade! I decided that Stable 12 Brewing Company’s Underdog Lager would be the perfect beer for this painting of the Eagles’ home stadium. The brewery initiated a campaign to get the players to drink this beer during the parade. Although I’m from Alaska, I have many friends in Pennsylvania, and have enjoyed a couple trips there. So I could feel the “brotherly love” at our friend’s apartment we call the Upper Deck where we watched the game. Of the 23 odd people in attendance at our small gathering for the big game, there was nary a person rooting for the Patriots. Up here in Alaska we don’t have a football team of our own, and aside from the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, we don’t have any professional spectator sports. We support whomever we feel like, and this year we were in favor of the Eagles. Little to say, there was celebratory feeling at the Upper Deck when the Patriots let up the ball with just enough time for the Eagles to get one more touchdown solidifying their victory. After the game we kept celebrating and then on Monday I made this painting of the Lincoln Financial Field in honor of the New NFL Champions. Cheers to The Eagles! They fly the highest!
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #124. Porg Beer.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away! PORG BEER! Brewed the easy way (using the Force). Dry-hopped with 100% fresh Porgs. Low in calories, this Rebel friendly IPA is completely session-able. Politically correct, this beer is brewed without any profits going to support the Empire. Available at your local rebel recruiting station. Obi Wan’s favorite brew to coerce new Jedis into becoming hooked on the Force. Brewed with water harvested from local condensers on Tatooine, the choicest Porg feathers, and only the finest grains harvested on Naboo. This fine Itapi Prime Ale (IPA) is a smooth concoction, one that will be sure to taste great at your next intergalactic gathering, or simply enjoy when your spaceship is parked at the spaceport. Just make sure you check your blood alcohol content before departure, as nobody wants a PUI (piloting under the influence). If caught by Imperial Authorities, you risk impound of your vessel and they could get you for bootlegging this illicit beverage. And remember when you sit back to enjoy a lovely Porg Beer, may the Force be with you!