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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #8, February 19, 2015

This week’s Thirsty Thursday painting veers from the pattern of famous paintings turned into beer-themed art, because I got a call on Tuesday morning from a reporter from Channel 11 News who wanted to do a story about my art. She asked if she could film in my studio, but because my studio is really small, I suggested filming at one of my favorite local breweries, Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Co., because I have several paintings hanging there, the beer is great, and on Wednesdays (and Fridays) growlers are only $5! I also do chalkboard art at this place, so I spend quite a bit of time there. I haven’t painted live in a brewery since November, and I missed doing it, so I suggested doing the interview while I paint a beer. I painted this pint of Urban Wilderness Pale Ale by Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. on the railing of the deck, because this pub has the best deck in town that is packed on sunny days in the summer. This beer is mostly true to its style, but is more hopped than standard pale ales.

I was flattered to be interviewed by Heather Hintze from KTVA. I always worry whether I sound intelligent when speaking about my beer paintings, but figure it will be better to say something about them than nothing at all. Hopefully Heather will edit out all the stupid things I may have said. Painting and talking in front of a camera at the same time is more challenging than you may think. If you live in Anchorage, tune in tonight at 6 PM to Channel 11 News to see my segment.

If you have not visited “The Goose”, I highly recommend it. Keep in mind that if you’re drinking your pint on the deck in high sunlight, move your beer into the shade, or cover it. Direct UV light can damage a beer in just a couple minutes, and will make it taste “skunky”. Thanks to Gary Klopfer, Greg Mills, Dion, Dave, and the rest of the fabulous crew at the Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing! May the restaurant prosper and stay true to its beer-centric roots!

You can purchase this painting, or limited-edition prints at my Etsy shop.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #8 by Scott Clendaniel. February 19th, 2015. Urban Wilderness Pale Ale by Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6, February 5, 2015

I hope you can guess which artist I am emulating in this painting. I was hesitant to attempt this piece due to the differences in styles that he and I utilize. My palette is different – I don’t include black, instead using dark purples, reds and blues to shadow dark objects. I also use more texture, making high levels of detail a bit more difficult, however I tried to raise the bar on this one due to popular demand.

In case I have left you in the dark, the artist I am emulating is Salvador Dali (1904-1989). His Catalan name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol.  Quite a mouthful. I’m glad to report that this painter didn’t die tragically early in life, like so many famous artists. Dali, the most famous Surrealist artist, known for his exacting, but strange and unique paintings, also created many other forms of artwork including sculptures, films, and photography. He was also known to collaborate with many notable artists.

The symbolism in a Dali painting is important. Each item in the painting is included for a reason. The melting pocket watches that are morphing into clocks represent time. Since these clocks are melting, they are without time, representing eternity. In this beer-themed painting, the melting clocks are saying that it’s always beer-thirty somewhere. The crutch symbolizes human weaknesses, but also superhuman abilities brought on by art and intelligence (and beer). The elephant with the long spindly legs (look closely inside the cutout of the pint) represents human frailty. The elephants are shackled to earth by gravity, yet they are reaching for more than what is available. So Dali gave them elongated legs forever stretching to the sky, but still connected to the earth. The egg represents luck, fertility, love and hope.

I have entitled this painting The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. I included the symbols that I found in Dali paintings to fit with what is subconsciously happening when I think about a pint of beer. I hope you enjoy this piece, and come back next week for another Thirsty Thursday Project entry.

The original oil painting sold.  You can order a limited-edition print, or a custom oil painting at my Etsy shop.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6 by Scott Clendaniel. February 5th, 2015. The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. 18″x24″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #5, January 29, 2015

This week I emulated the post-impressionist style of Georges Seurat (1859-1891), who died when he was only 31 years old. The impact he had on the world of painting and color theory in his short time on Earth is impressive. Trained classically in France, and influenced by the Impressionist movement, Seurat took painting to a new level with what he called Neo-Impressionism. Today we refer to Seurat as a Post-Impressionist, or, more exacting, a pointillist. Pointillism is the use of small dots to make up the images on the canvas. The small dots blend in the viewer’s eye, yet not on the surface. Seurat’s most famous piece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884 – 1886) took two years to complete. He worked in a small studio only slightly larger than his canvas, which was 10 feet wide. This piece was rejected by the Salon de Paris (the art “authority” of the period), but he submitted it to an independent show across the street from the Salon known as the Societe des Artistes Independants, which Seurat formed a few years earlier. The concept of Pointillism was instrumental in the history of art, and Seurat, who was truly a remarkable artist, although short lived, lives on in his work. I call this painting Pint of Pale Ale on a Balcony Bannister.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #5 by Scott Clendaniel. January 29, 2015. Pint of Pale Ale on a Balcony Bannister. 12″x24″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #2, January 8, 2015

Cubism and Futurism are huge contributing Art Movements from the beginning of the 20th Century leading up to what we consider to be “Art” today.  This painting is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. Cubism is fractured images attempting to show more than one facet of an image,  concerned with showing more in painting than was possible through photography. Cubism was a direct response to the earlier development of Modern Art and was a step along the way on the route to what is considered contemporary art of today.  Futurism is similar to Cubism, but attempts to show movement in a still image.  It was the next progressive step after Cubism, and was produced by a group of artists who coined themselves Futurists from 1910-1915. I hope you enjoy this painting entitled Man Consuming Pint.     

This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #2 by Scott Clendaniel. January 2nd, 2015. Man Drinking Pint.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #1, January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year! Pretty jazzed to be putting up the first Thirsty Thursday painting! I made this one bigger and less product-specific. I don’t know what is going to happen with the Thirsty Thursday paintings. There aren’t any specific rules that will apply as in the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall or in the Year of Beer Paintings series. This is an Andy Warhol inspired piece of art that I made after making a new batch of beer painting magnets for the art show that is beginning tomorrow at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. I will kick off the art show by tapping a firkin at 5 PM. Last call is at 8 PM. I started by making several colorful beer art magnets, and then I realized they looked cool next to each other just like a Warhol screen print. So, I thought, why not try a Warhol-like piece as a magnet? This painting is 11×14 inches. If you are disappointed that the Year of Beer Paintings is over, then I hope this Thirsty Thursday painting will cheer you up!

This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #1 by Scott Clendaniel. January 1st, 2015.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 364

Only one more entry left after today in the Year of Beer Paintings! Today’s featured beer painting is of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Ale by Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA. This is the 40th annual “Our Special Ale” produced by Anchor. The beer is never exactly the same and the label is always different. Every year there is a different tree on the label, although the intent is the same – joy and “celebration of the newness of life!” The tree on the label is a Sequoia this year. Anchor chose the Redwood for 2014 to represent the 150 years since Lincoln’s Yosemite Act – America’s first land grant, and one that marked the beginning of California’s State Parks. This makes me want to head back to Southern Oregon/Northern California just to hang out in the Redwoods. I would love to see the fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping a cold “Special Ale” strait from the bottle on the hillside! There is no city quite like San Francisco!

This is a nicely balanced beer. Light amber brown in appearance with a strong malt body and a nice piney aroma and flavor. I wouldn’t call it an IPA, but I would say it is a very refreshing ale, a good one that works well in many circumstances. It’s a bit stronger than a “light” beer coming in at a respectable 5.5% ABV just like drinking a full-bodied, dark American ale. Overall, a great offering from Anchor, and a must during this holiday season!

Cheers to an amazing 2014! Grab a six-pack of “Special Ale” and prepare a toast!

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Year of Beer 12.30. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Ale by Anchor Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 363

The featured beer painting of the day is of Olde School barley wine style ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware! This excellent bottle of barley wine was from 2009! Dogfish Head went through the trouble of cellaring it, and we gladly purchased it right at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach last November (along with a 2010 bottle that I still have in my cellar). I felt like a pirate when I cracked this one open! The directions on the bottle say, “Pour contents into two snifters,” implying that one should share this strong beverage. Sam Calagione believes that this is the strongest barley wine in the world, although I know that 2013 A Deal with the Devil barley wine by Anchorage Brewing Company came in at over 17%. I’m used to drinking barley wine that is aged in barrels, but this one was not, and it was so rich, fruity and sweet! The elements of raisins, plums and dates were very evident. There are actually pureed dates and figs added to the beer, which explains why there was fine sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Sam said he was inspired to make this beer when reading vintage copies of English Cellarman’s manual stating that if a barleywine loses its carbonation, you could string up figs and dates and add them to the brew to give the beer a natural yeast boost to complete the fermentation, and to provide some extra carbonation. I give this five-year-old barleywine a solid two thumbs up, and feel like my trip to Rehoboth Beach is the trip that keeps on giving! Overall, a wonderful beer from a world-class brewery! I am glad you read that Cellarman’s manual, Sam! You are a gentleman and a scholar!

Cheers to the finest beers in the world! Olde School is keeping it real ale style right there in the far off corner of Delaware.

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Year of Beer 12.29. Olde School Barley Wine Style Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 362

The featured beer painting for today is of Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. World famous for the Shiner Bock Beer, this is a special brewery, making finely crafted beer in the heart of Texas. I think its Ruby Redbird Summer seasonal is my favorite, and this is the first time I’ve tried the Holiday Cheer. It’s a very interesting winter seasonal. When most people think of winter brews, they expect Bock and Double Bock beers – rich, dark lagers that the Germans have traditionally served for generations. Ironically, Bock is the style that Spoetzl puts out as its flagship offering, so its winter seasonal had to be something with a bit more. Officially, this beer is a dunkelweizen, or dark wheat ale, with pecans and peaches (as well as natural flavoring), which seems fitting for Texas. In Alaska the flagship seasonal is brewed with Spruce tips, and I’m sure if Alaska had anything like fruit, or nuts growing in the winter, we would add it to beer as well.

Seasonal beers are always my favorite, because they are unique, and are only available for a limited time. I think many beer seekers are driven by the same motives. Of course, everyone loves great beer that is available year-round, like Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, or Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter. Consistency seems to be a huge desirable trait in a flagship beer, but seasonal beers allow breweries to flex their creative muscles. I always eagerly await the release of Celebration ale every year, and when Jubelale comes out, I am as happy as a 12 year old in a candy shop. It wouldn’t be the same, though, if I could buy these types of beer all year long. It would no longer be special, like living in Hawaii all year long, instead of visiting for two weeks.

Cheers to Spoetzl’s Shiner Holiday Cheer! A beer that is sure to bring you happiness on the holiday! I hope Spoetzl keeps up the good work, and never stops making finely crafted ales and lagers!

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Year of Beer 12.28. Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 361

The featured beer painting for today is of Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska! The brewers at Midnight Sun are on fire!   This is, hands down, the best IPA I have consumed this year! The Vermont crew can put their cans of Heady Topper in a cooler and keep it for themselves (like they do anyway), Devil Dancer comes close from Founders, and Stone Brewing’s Ruination is a good warm up for drinking this hoppy brew. The 120 Minute IPA is similar to this glorious triple IPA that is part of the 7 Deadly Sins beer series, but it’s not available fresh on the West Coast. I don’t know what to pair with this beer, but I am sure it would be good with Alaskan King crab. We were going to try it with some TastyKakes from Philadelphia, but were stuffed with homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon by the time we thought about opening up a box.

This beer claims to have 200 IBUs, which is like saying, “I am going to boil this water at 400 degrees.” Your tongue can only really tell if there are about 80-100 IBUs, and then your palate should peter out. I know there are super human palates out there, like some people can hear the same frequencies of pitch that dogs hear. For the rest of us saying this beer has double the hops of humans’ tasting capacity is actually slightly absurd. Like Lagunitas saying there are 102 IBUs in Hop Stoopid. Although, even that absurdly hopped beer falls short to the freshness that Gluttony provides here in Anchorage! I had this one at the brewery, and at home in the bottle, and I can tell you that here in Anchorage, a fresher, hoppier IPA can not be found! I don’t know why IPA should be consumed as close to the brewery as possible, considering it was designed originally to travel, but hey, even Captain Cook knew fresher was better, that’s why he brewed on board his ships, keeping scurvy at bay by dry hopping his boat’s ale with Alaskan Spruce tips. I digress, however! I am sure I have alienated the entire IPA consuming community by now. Take what I say with a grain of brewing salts. I know you can get a fresher beer brewed at your local brewery than from anywhere else! That’s also why Gluttony is so good! MSBC has their water chemistry on lockdown!

Cheers to MSBC! My hometown super-duper powerhouse of a brewery! Putting out world-class beers from my hometown Anchorage, Alaska!!!

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Year of Beer 12.27. Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 359

Merry Christmas! I hope the best beers were in your stocking this morning, and if not, then I hope you got plenty of cash to go buy what you want! It’s finally snowing here in Anchorage, and what great timing! Our family is coming over for brunch and a White Elephant gift exchange, and I’m excited to host this year.

The featured beer painting for the day is Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery from the faraway land of Michigan! I bought this bottle of Scottish ale at a bottle shop in Philly, and brought it home to Alaska. I found this beer to be a refreshing change from the standard cinnamon and clove beer that is normally bottled for this specific holiday. It was great to have a simple kind of beer that just pairs well with basically everything. I think that is why Bell’s brewed up this particular style as its Christmas seasonal, because everybody has different traditions and a simple, lightly hopped, slightly malty beer will pair with anything! As I sip on my butter-infused coffee, I can only think about how lucky I am to be in my warm cozy home, while I look out the window at a snow blizzard swirling around in the early morning wintery light. The snowflakes are stacking up, and I am eagerly awaiting a ski day at the local mountain sometime soon! I hope you get a chance to sample the simple pleasures in life like watching snow fall from a snug window view, or sampling a delicious beer from a faraway land. Bell’s Christmas Ale seems exotic, like Michiganites drinking a Cohoho Imperial IPA from MSBC!

Cheers to a unique Christmas! I may never have a project like this again that allows me to reflect on each and every day to a group of great readers! Cheers to Bell’s Brewery for supplying the content of this blog entry! And Cheers to drinking great beers, with great friends and loved family members!

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Year of Beer 12.25. Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.