It all culminates in the epic weekend event, the Great Alaska Beer and Barlywine Festival, which is one of the best beer fests in the nation with more barleywine than you can drink (no that is not a challenge, it is a fact!). I recommend the connoisseur session on Saturday afternoon, as the glass is better (real glass) and the barley wine offerings are more plentiful.The Saturday afternoon session presents the marching bagpipe band, and the barleywine and winter warmer contest winners are announced. Overall, a great week to visit Alaska! Fortunately, the airlines haven’t figured this out, so you can get some of the cheapest rates to Alaska at this time.
Every holiday season I get many requests for commissions, and this year was no exception. By now I know what to expect, and how to get ready for the holiday rush. As always, each painting had a special story behind it, and I loved being in on the surprises. My favorite painting this year was the view of looking up at aspen trees in the Fall (Maria wanted to keep it). The best response was from a customer in Texas about the Shiner Bock painting, “OMG THIS PAINTING IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! You’ve officially made me cry! Today has been an absolutely horrible day and you’ve made it so much better. Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover it!” Messages like this make me happy about being an artist.
We take a picture of every painting that leaves the studio, so here is a slideshow of the paintings I made this holiday season (click on the pictures to view a slideshow). They are all oil paint on wood panel, framed in a natural ash wood frame. I prime my paint supports red and gold before applying the oil paint, so you can see the gold paint shining through gaps in the oil paint. This is my signature technique, and one way you can always recognize a Clendaniel original.
If you’d like to commission one, just let me know, or you can read Maria’s blog post about how to commission a painting.
We spent New Year’s Eve in Talkeetna, Alaska — a real trip in the woods. We were lucky enough to be invited to this lovely cabin that our friends built. They brought a bottle of Trip in the Woods Cocoa Coconut Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (as well as several other amazing brews) for a New Year’s Eve toast. Thanks, it was delicious! What with snow machines, a laser light show, stovetop nachos, and about two dozen mortar shells, the celebration was literally a blast! Naturally, I brought my painting kit with me, and since all we could see out the cabin windows was snow-covered trees, I decided that a painting of Trip in the Woods would be the perfect way to commemorate the trip. What a way to end the year! Cheers to 2018!