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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #43, October 22, 2015

Whistler’s Mother, or Arrangement in Gray and Black was originally painted by James McNeill Whistler in 1871. The original painting is quite large at 56 x 64 inches. My parody with beer is 11 x 14 inches. The original painting is considered one of the best examples of American Victorian paintings done outside the USA. Whistler’s original painting is displayed and held in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France where it has lived since its purchase in 1891. This painting has been described as an American icon, as well as a Victorian Mona Lisa.

Whistler describes it as a composition of grays and form. He mentioned, of course, that since it is a painting of his mother, he has different emotions about it considering the content, but due to his formalist outlook on his painting he figured that other people would only be able to view it as a painting of grays and shapes. Ironically this image is looked at as an important icon for the adoration of parents, which is far from what the artist expected. It is such a strong icon that Americans have recreated it hundreds of times. It has been in three Simpsons episodes, as well as made into a postage stamp, and is also a larger than life sculpture at the Mother’s Memorial in Ashland, PA. I hope you find it humorous to see Whistler’s mother enjoying a pint while she rests. Obviously she is a huge fan of beer in my interpretation, as she also is the proud owner of a beer painting hanging on her wall.

Cheers to mothers everywhere! I think she’s drinking a glass of Mother Ale from Denali Brewing, or perhaps Mama’s Little Yella Pils from Oscar Blues. Or you can imagine it to be your mother’s favorite brew.

The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available for sale at my Etsy shop.

Whistler's Mother drinking a beer painting by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #43 by Scott Clendaniel. October 22, 2015. Whistler’s Mother with Beer. 11″x14″, oil on panel.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 299

The featured beer painting for today is of the Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA from Spring House Brewing Company. Hold on to your hats, gentlemen, the monster from outer space may look beautiful, but she will get you with one touch! As she brings on the wrath of death for any poor unsuspecting fool who dares to cross her path… Oh wait, I’m talking about the budget classic movie, and I should be talking about the beer. I am not a big fan of flavored beers, but Spring House seems to be doing it just fine. I didn’t notice too much mango flavor in this particular beer, which is not a bad thing. This bottle traveled a long way from Pennsylvania, and I’m looking forward to tasting this beer straight at the source when I visit the brewery in a couple weeks. I’m especially excited about my visit, because Spring House gave me permission to paint live at the brew pub!

I think the best part about this beer is its label. I love the graphics the Spring House team uses, and I’m glad to be able to play with them in this small composition. I don’t know if you should be taking the mango from this lady. According to the movie, if she touches you… well, you die. I don’t think the beer is deadly, well, the alcohol might be, but that is the beauty of beer already premixed to a healthy level, and 7% beer is going to take a lot more than one bottle to hurt you. Spring House is a very avant garde brewery, making delicious beers. Great work, and keep it up! Watch out for the monsters lurking this Halloween, trying to blend in with the costume-clad crowd. The Zombie Apocolypse just happened here in downtown Anchorage, although they were all hung up dancing to the Thriller in Town Square.

Cheers to the Astounding She-Monster, I don’t think she knows her own strength, so be careful around her!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of She monster IPA by Spring house brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.26. The Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA by Spring House Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 298

Trickster, or Treat? Both are pumpkin beers, but I went for seasonal T.R.E.A.T. The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment is the Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska. This is a big, bold pumpkin Porter at 7.8% ABV! My favorite part is the chocolate nibs, which differentiate this pumpkin beer from most others. Midnight Sun has been making this beer since 2005, so any kinks have been worked out. There are tons of flavors besides pumpkin: chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are all in the mix. This beer pours black, and looks sinister in a glass.

I’m glad Midnight Sun offers 6 oz servings at the Loft tasting room, because I can’t drink a full glass of some of those beers and still drive home safely. Alaska has strange laws about what a brewery can and cannot do. Mainly due to the difference between a full liquor license and a brewery license, a brewery can only serve 36 oz to one person on premise per visit, a person can take home 5 gallons, and the tasting room has to close at 8 PM. There are more restrictions too, such as no games like pool tables, or darts, no bar stools at the main bar, and no live music. You gotta pay for the full liquor license to enjoy stuff like that. So, I’m glad I can buy 6 oz servings, not only because most of the beers are strong, like T.R.E.A.T. and Termination Dust Barley Wine, but then you can have several different flavors without incurring the wrath of a hangover, or worse, a DUI. This Halloween consider drinking T.R.E.A.T., as it really is the grown-up version of a very fine reward for not being too tricky.

Cheers to the T.R.E.A.T! I appreciate what you do MSBC! Bring on Halloween! Hoooooowwwwwl!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of TREAT Chocolate pumpkin porter by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.25. T.R.E.A.T. Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.