“A Toast to Our Mountains” painting series, Anchorage Skyline and Chugach Mountains. 24″x12″ oil on panel.
One day in September I was working on our log cabin in McCarthy, Alaska when I heard my phone ring. I was surprised to see an unknown number, and answered as professionally as I could while ripping a chainsaw helmet off my head to access my ear quickly. A gentleman on the other end identified himself as David Crewdson, a beer connoisseur in Anchorage. He told me that he came up with a delightful beer painting concept and got my number from one of the beeristas at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., and wanted to share it with me (the beer painter), but he wanted to meet me in person. He said he would be giving the brewery tour at the MSBC in a couple weeks as a guest lecturer while Gary Busse was out of town, so we agreed to meet at the brewery right before the tour. Luckily, I had planned to be in Anchorage then, so I trucked over to MSBC to see what David had to say. He told me that paintings of glasses of beer with Alaskan mountains in the foam would be a great idea. I immediately agreed. He also came up with a name for the art show “A Toast to Our Mountains”. He didn’t ask for anything in return, except credit for the idea, which I am happy to give him. So you can look forward to seeing these paintings at my next art show at MSBC, which opens January 3rd with me tapping the Firkin keg at 5 PM. Also look for other beer paintings. I have been playing with concepts like “The Art of Beer,” and “Beers of the World.” I will also fill out the space with a final showing of the remaining “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” The art show will be up all month, during which Alaska Beer Week takes place. Stop in for a taster, small, or large glass of avant-garde brew, as well as my paintings, art prints, and mini-original painting magnets!
The other day I was thinking that it would be nice to do a painting to commemorate the area where I live, the Southeast quadrant of Downtown Anchorage, specifically 11th and Eagle Street. I painted the first painting of my pickup truck and building. I was pretty happy because I was able in my painting to fix the damage I had done last summer when I was building the road into my lot in McCarthy, Alaska. It was pretty funny because my wife had some concerns about me working out in the middle of the National Park without any supervision and although she had sent one of her best friends to keep an eye on me I still managed to crash the truck into a tree on the initial run down the driveway. Oops… and even with a reliable spotter telling me okay very good, keep backing up… wait you are going to fast! Oops now you are hitting a TREE! So I fixed the dent in the painting and now we all won’t have to remember the horrible accident and broken mirror for all of eternity. I really do love my truck and we just spent a bunch of money getting that door working smoothly again, although the dent still remains!
As for the second painting I decided to head a block down the road to Fairbanks Park, that is lovingly referred to as the Ghetto Park. It has been on a very nice upswing ever since the city encompassed it with a large fence, prior to which, it was a den for the transient drinking population trying to make it from the Chester Creek Green Belt to the lively Anchorage bar scene. Now the fence makes it nearly impossible to cross, especially if inebriated. I figured I would hang out in the newly freed up space and get a glimpse of what this group of people had used as their private deck for a while. I realized when the painting was completed it isn’t anything to write home about, just a bunch of power lines and trees blocking the good view anyhow…
I recently went out on assignment as an oil painting teacher for private lessons. As I was approaching the residence of my group of painters I had the idea that it would be very nice to paint outside. My first thought was to open the garage door, but on further inspection I was led to the backyard which was directly on Jewel Lake. We had the most amazing time getting sloppy with oil paint in the backyard. I dropped this painting off of the dashboard on a driving frenzy to pick-up house paint from my parent’s house. Fortunately the only damage is a little dirt in the sky.
Hey I am back and I have a new blog page that is finally updated to include all the content from previous versions. I hope this format will work for me. Yesterday I was painting along the Coastal Trail on my way home from a last minute visit with Hanif (parent’s FES) I sent him home with a couple of Clendaniel original paintings, then booked it back home to get some more work done, stopping along the way to paint this scene. I was glad to work as I have a ton of paint that is about to turn from Wrangell St. Elias, and it was nice to see it put to good use! Stay tuned to see tomorrow’s plein air piece from last week in Wrangell St. Elias.
Greetings and welcome to the Clendaniel Studio’s plein air painting blog, my new goal is to paint and update this blog every single day. Its purpose is to tell you where I was painting, when and why. Also, to show you what I have been working on most recently outdoors. This first entry is from last Friday, and is right before the grass was truly green. I took a little artistic license and greenified it for lack of better word. It is the view from Lynn Airy park. I went out with the plein air painters of Anchorage. It was a lovely morning, but a bit chilly. Look at all that snow on Mt. Susitna! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry.
A brand new day is upon us and it is gorgeous. I eagerly await the painting session for today. Yet, I am still inside uploading the painting from yesterday. I am doing a very small series so it doesn’t take all my time out in the field, these are about an hour or two long paintings. This one is painted on the upper deck on the Snowgoose restaurant. Might I recommend the Hop Bomb from their brewery to the beer lovers in this crowd. I plan on hitting this spot a few more times, as I was having a difficult time deciding what to paint up there, the view is just that good. I decided that the Alaska range was the strongest subject matter of them all. Just wait and see, maybe the others will be better!
Can you believe this weather?! Went out to the Chester Creek Trail today and stayed close to home, I enjoyed the shady bank of the creek and thought about how many times I crossed that bridge all winter long! This was a repainted support and I am glad that this painting turned out better. I am still working on the beer paintings, I will start photographing them and putting them up on a new page in about a week. Stay tuned for more exciting plein air paintings, tomorrow I head out with the plein air painters of Anchorage! Hope it is a good turnout…