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Thirsty Throwback Thursday Beer Painting – Pleasure Town IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

~ 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!

Thirsty Throwback Thursday Beer Painting. High on Pleasure Town. 24

Thirsty Throwback Thursday Beer Painting. High on Pleasure Town. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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The Evolution of a Painting

About a month ago I stumbled on a photo online that caught my eye because of its striking colors, and the combination of blues, reds and yellows inspired me to create a painting using those colors. I researched other images online with similar colors, and then created a couple basic sketches of different compositions.

Sketch 1

Sketch 1

Sketch 2

Sketch 2

Then I painted a small study of each sketch to see what each one would look like as a painting.  These are only 12″x6″.

Small studies.

Small studies.

I decided for now to continue working on the composition of the Anchorage skyline, and painted a larger study of it that is 24″x12″.  I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to paint a larger version of the Sleeping Lady composition.  I’ll wait and see what feedback I get about it.

Larger study of Anchorage skyline composition. 24"x12".

Larger study of Anchorage skyline composition. 24″x12″.

Finally, I was ready to start working on the large support, which is 5 feet x 2.5 feet.  I spent about five hours a day for three days working on the final painting.  I wanted this to be dry for my upcoming art show at Midnight Sun Brewing on January 2nd, so I came into the studio on Christmas Eve to finish the painting.  Here is the gradual progression.

Progress on day 1.

Progress on day 1.

Day 2.

Day 2.

Day 2

Day 2.

Final result.

Final result.

Right now this painting is drying in my studio, and will be on display, and available for sale, at Midnight Sun Brewing from January 2nd – February 4th.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 23

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Amber Ale from King Street Brewing Company!  The beer is pictured on the side of the Coastal Trail, with Anchor-town sights in the background.  This beer isn’t a tourist, it’s a hard core local!  King Street does not advocate illicitly drinking on the Coastal Trail, but if you are going to do it, at least do it with some style.  Amber Ale has always had mad Alaska character, from Alaskan Brewing Company’s flagship brew to Midnight Sun Brewing Company’s stylish Oosik Amber.  Almost every brewery has an Amber in Alaska.  King Street’s is a solid contender coming in right on par with the rest of the great Ambers out there.  Alaskans take beer drinking seriously and every brewer wants to be competitive.  Amber used to be my favorite style.  As my palette developed I have been drinking more and more IPA. Being a bit of a hophead makes returning to Ambers a malty experience!  Cheers to fresh beer wherever is near!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer Paintings, 01.05, King Street Brewing Co. Amber. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer Paintings, 01.23, King Street Brewing Co. Amber. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

A Toast to Our Mountains!

 

beer glass painting anchorage alaska mountains

“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!