~ by Maria Benner
For the first time I get to write a post for Thirsty Thursday! This weekend is Scott’s 20th high school reunion, for West High School’s class of 1998! So, I told him not to worry about painting a new beer painting for this week’s release, but to spend as much time as possible with his friends who came to Anchorage for the reunion festivities. We all know that our connections with our friends and family are the most important things in life.
So I decided to feature a painting that had not been posted on this blog. I actually provided the inspiration for this piece. My friend and I hiked Flattop Mountain one day, and I always bring a beer on all my hikes to drink on the summit. This time I brought Pleasure Town IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. As we were sipping the brew and enjoying the view, a paraglider took off right in front of us. So I parked my beer, and took a photo of him, the view from the mountain, and the beer. I showed the picture to Scott, and he decided to turn it into a painting. The name of it is High on Pleasure Town.
I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July celebration! Next week Scott will be back with a brand new Thirsty Thursday beer painting for you.
This original oil painting, and limited edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter. The shipping is free!
~ by Maria Benner
We are looking for people who have big empty walls. If that’s you, or if you know someone who fits that description, let us know. We can help them fill that space with large oil paintings by Alaskan artist Scott Clendaniel. Art for your office space is tax deductible!
Here are four large oil paintings currently available. The edges are finished with oak, so they are already framed, and ready to hang. Shipping cost will depend on location.
1. Susitna Pops. Oil on panel, 5ft x 2.5ft, 2016. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
2. Bluebird Day at Alyeska. Oil on panel, 5ft x 2.5ft, 2017. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
3. Athena’s Owl. Oil on panel, 8ft x 4ft, 2015. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
4. Birch on Birch. Oil on birch panel, 4ft x 5ft, 2018. Contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Grab your Rondy pin, don your winter boots, put on that crazy fox-face fur hat that has been sitting in your closet all year, because it’s time to RONDY! That means a carnival on 3rd Avenue, directly across the street from my studio, a craft fair in the hallways here, dog races in front of the building both weekends, and the annual running of the reindeer. Not to mention other odd events in the immediate area like snowshoe softball (may have to be studded shoes softball this year due to lack of snow), and the outhouse races!
The annual Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co. is fabulous this year! Brewed with Motueka hops and aged in fouders with Hibiscus and Brettanamyces. The brew is a lovely rose color right now, but I bet that will fade with aging. I am sure the traditional Saison flavor will increase if you cellar it, and the pink will possibly drop out into a sediment layer. It is a tart, refreshing, floral brew right now. I absolutely love it! The Motueka Hops blend with the Hibiscus to produce a refreshing flavor that won’t shut down your Rondy groove, because the beer is only 6% ABV.
The studio will be open from 11 AM – 6 PM all weekend, starting on Friday. Come check out the view of the ferris wheel out my window, and peruse the large selection of prints, paintings and art cards. If it’s not too busy, I can make a print of any painting that’s at my Etsy Shop. I am also offering a free poster with any $20 purchase. 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4.
Cheers to another fabulous Rondy Brew!
When I started the Thirsty Thursday beer paintings project, I forgot that Thanksgiving would be one of the days I would get to release a painting. Unlike last year, when I released a new beer painting every day, this year I hardly had to post on a holiday, and I kind of miss it! This week’s painting is of Peak 3 Pale Ale from Resolution Brewing. I have an art show hanging on the walls of the taproom, so I painted live there last Saturday during a decent snowstorm. This pale ale is named for a local recreational spot, which I believe is about the closest place I know where to make turns in the freshest snow close to Anchorage. Resolution Brewing is Anchorage’s smallest operating brewery. The brewers have to keep a robust brewing schedule, working with a 3 BBL system. Hard work pays off, and this small oasis is proving to be a new hot meeting spot in the up and coming neighborhood of Mountain View. The brewery is Belgian-style, but as batches are so “micro,” I think they are willing to take a stab at whatever they decide to be the flavor of the week. The brewers at this tiny facility are artfully brewing unique beers. Some of the other lovely beers I have tasted at Resolution are Tent City dry-hopped Belgian ale, Black Cup Coffee Porter, Madam sour beer blended with cherries, Lost Anchor IPA, and First Chair Amber Saison. Step up to the bar at Resolution, sometime in the near future, where you are sure to see someone you know, or make a new friend before you leave.
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.
Holy Grail of beer? Dom Perignon? Tom Dalldorf is a bit on the dramatic side when describing this unique Belgian Double IPA by Anchorage Brewing Company. He wrote the verbiage on the bottle. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the beer. It’s great, and I don’t doubt the 96 rating on Beer Advocate. Actually, I think it deserves a higher score, but calling it the Holy Grail may be a bit of a hyperbole. This beer is unique, and not what you would expect from a regular 9% IPA. First off, it has Brettanomyces added, and second, it was aged in Chardonnay barrels, imparting a unique flavor that very few breweries come close to. There is a reason it is 10 bucks, or more for a bottle of this caliber. It takes extra effort, and triple fermentation to brew something this special. I can totally see an aging monk thinking about this beer continually, going to the cold storage room to check on the barrel, just making sure it is safe. Why is this monk so bitter? 100 IBUs from Citra and Apollo hops would cause many people to make the bitter beer face, but not as bitter as if you were chaste as well. Imagine a lifetime of chastity, at least certain monks can enjoy the fermented juice of the barley. Think of the cold storage room and the entry by the special abbey key leading to a very special place where warmth is only provided by consuming the brew within. Don’t be bitter, give this brew a try. Its unique, delicious flavor will have you wishing you bought a case!
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.