Twice a year I get to have art shows at Midnight Sun Brewing Company in Anchorage. Once in January, and also in June. There are a couple perks to showing my oil paintings at this venue. First, I get to tap a firkin (a small keg) at 5pm of opening day to kick off the month-long show. Usually the firkin is filled with one of MSBC’s delicious brews cask-conditioned with special ingredients. For example, at my upcoming art opening this Friday, June 1st, the firkin will be Panty Peeler Belgian-style ale cask-conditioned with tequila-soaked oak spirals and lime! That sounds festive and refreshing! Another benefit of having an art show at a brewery is that every time I go there to check on the show, I order a beer, which is tax deductible!
I’ve been working on several new pieces for this show, including paintings of the Homer Harbor, a K2 plane flying by Broken Tooth Mountain, a tandem bicycle, and a 5ft x 4ft piece of birch trees that is for people who have big empty walls. I’ll be posting pictures of these paintings each day for the rest of the week on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.
Click here for details about the event, and please invite your friends! I hope you can be there at 5pm on June 1st to watch me tap the firkin, but if not, we’ll be there until 8pm on Friday, and my art will be on display and available for sale until July 5th.
I hope that when I tap the firkin, this happens, because a beer shower is always fun, although I don’t want to waste too much beer.
Hello beer art lovers! It’s Thirsty Thursday yet again! How did the last week go by so fast? There is a sweet brewery in Eagle River, not far from Anchorage, called Odd Man Rush Brewing. The brewers there are making some pretty great beers like the coffee-infused red IPA, a new hazy IPA, as well as many other great new beers. You might ask what the name Odd Man Rush means. It is a hockey term referring to when one player is in the penalty box, which creates an odd number of players on the ice and the team with the “power play” (another hockey term referring to the team that has more players on the ice) has an opportunity to rush the goal. So there is a serious hockey theme going on at OMR Brewing. Combined with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia as well. Hockey sticks and cassette tapes along the walls create an ambiance that brings me right back to my youth. The huge scoreboard on the wall is very iconic to this brewery and sums up the aesthetic of the establishment. I painted their popular flagship brew the Enforcer IPA. I was amazed how the head on this American IPA held until I nearly finished the painting. That’s well over an hour! I would also like to mention how refreshing it was to not be drinking a NEIPA (New England IPA) for a change. There is nothing wrong with the NEIPA style, but a great West Coast IPA will always have its place in my heart. Enforcer is another hockey term, meaning a defenseman who dishes out the punishment, aggressively slamming the offense into the boards, and maybe even getting put in the penalty box for roughing. In my humble opinion, that’s a great name for this particular beer! If hockey is your game, you’ll feel right at home at this taproom. Put on the foil, these goons are making some great brews! Cheers to your victory on the ice and in the brewery!
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
I was thinking how much I love Wassily Kandinsky’s work, and so I decided to revisit the beer parodies of famous paintings once again. I might make a few more of these since I liked doing it so much. I put an icon of current artistic design in this painting too, the Teku glass. Teku is a combination of names Teo and Kuaska. Teo Musso from the Italian Baladin Brewery wanted a glass that was universally perfect to consume many styles of beer. He worked with sensory specialist Kuaska to create this shape glass which has been very well received internationally and is used in many upscale pubs, brewery tasting rooms, and beer specific bars. I find it to be awesome due to the reverse taper. It concentrates the aroma, and makes one savor the beer more as it seems to make the beer last longer when compared to a traditional pint glass. Plus it looks cool! I really enjoyed making this painting, because it was so fun to work with abstract forms, colors and shapes. I like channelling Kandinsky for beer art as he was a Russian who lived most of his life in Germany, working as a professor at the Bauhaus for 20 years. I wonder how much beer Wassily enjoyed, if any, while educating the most avant-garde design students. Sometimes art history leaves out the most pertinent information about an artist. Cheers to good design and keeping things on the cutting edge of artistic endeavors!
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Did you know that after a male octopus slings its sperm with a specially affected arm (not a tentacle, they are called arms) it then withers and dies? The female receives the gametes in her mantle cavity then finds a protected spot to deposit the fertilized eggs, after which she also withers and dies. Pretty depressing that right after achieving your reproductive goals in life, to simply sit back and die, never to see your offspring. This octopus is not even thinking about reproduction though, he is only thinking about how he still has six arms left without beer! That is like only having 1/4 of a beer in your human hands. It also might be a problem that this guy is underwater and I am sure that this beverage is leaking out into the sea. Better get on it you suffering cephalopod, and slurp the suds down your beak before it dissolves faster than you can say octopus ink. Octopoda are smart, and this guy proves it by choosing beer as his beverage of choice. Cheers to intelligent decisions! Drink beer! Be merry! Don’t spawn out too early!
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Lucybelle from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales is a wonderful brew that is worth the effort to find. I was lucky enough to get a bottle in the mail from a patron who commissioned an oil painting of his wedding day in Monterey Bay, and wanted this beer in the painting. It might be easier to stay at home and drink your generic regular beer, but a trip to the coast is always worth the money, the effort, and the time. Looking west over the Pacific Ocean, a beautiful sunset on a perfect beach. A crisp, delicate, dry ale served in a classy tulip glass making the perfect accompaniment to the departure of the sun. A trip to find Sante Adairius beer is definitely rewarding. With a tasting room at the brewery in Capitola and a great pub in Santa Cruz, the destination is worth the trip, not to mention the delicious ales you’ll taste when you get there! Lucybelle is a great Saison, not that bubblegum sweet beverage some breweries call a Saison. This is a real, crisp, slightly sour, and refreshing version with a lower ABV so you can remember the night, and be ready for some late night fun!
Cheers to the California beaches, and beers like Lucybelle, a real Saison brewed the old fashioned way!