Winter Solstice was yesterday, and everybody in the Northern Hemisphere (even my uncle who lives in California) is a little relieved that we will be heading towards more daylight soon. Although the days are short and the weather is cold, it can be really beautiful outside, if you make sure to get out during the daylight hours. I find myself hibernating this time of year and I can’t seem to get everything done that I can during the long days of summer. If you do get out you can be rewarded with amazing light. The sun doesn’t get very high in the sky, creating dramatic lighting.
My favorite brewery in Anchorage, Midnight Sun Brewing, celebrates the long days of summer and the short days of winter with special beers on tap. So I thought that an MSBC growler with the sun logo would be fitting for a Solstice painting. This painting is also perfect for my upcoming art show at the Loft at MSBC in about two weeks. I invite you to join us for the First Firkin Friday party on January 6th, 2017! I need to find out what the brewers have planned for the firkin.
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #104 by Scott Clendaniel. MSBC Chillin, by Scott Clendaniel. 12″x24″, oil on panel.
Last summer I sold one of my 8 ft x 4 ft paintings, View from the Hammock, which left a big empty wall in our condo. My wife was sad to see it go, but I was excited about painting a new one. I prefer to work on large paintings, but storage is an issue, so I have to wait until one sells, before making another one. I built the birch panel support for this new one in our condo, which took up the entire living room. Luckily, Maria was out of town! I finished the edges with oak, and then coated the entire support with two coats of white primer, sanding between each coat. I do this to smooth out the wood texture as much as possible. Then I applied a coat of colonial red, and a final light layer of gold paint. As soon as we moved into the new studio, I started painting! I decided to paint from a photo I took in McCarthy at our neighbor’s cabin during a sunset, when the setting sun created a surreal glow in the dark aspen forest. Then a customer who stopped by the studio suggested that I paint an owl, and I thought that would be a nice addition. White owls have a lot of significance. They represents wisdom, the ability to see past illusions, and are considered to be guides in the underworld.
Overall, I worked on this painting for about two months. You are welcome to see it in my studio at 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 4. The photos don’t really do it justice. It will be part of my art show in June at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. The price is $4,800. I released 500 limited-edition prints of this painting, and am selling them in my studio and online at my Etsy shop.