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.
I am back on my McCarthy homestead, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and a thick Spruce forest. For this week’s Thirsty Thursday entry, I painted a Year of Beer style beer painting of a Founders Brewing Company brew called Backwoods Bastard. Since I am in the backwoods of Alaska, it seemed fitting for this to be the inaugural painting for the kickoff to my summer of painting in my bug tent in the woods. I love how this guy has a double-bitted axe in his hands, not a chainsaw. I love my chainsaw, but I’m a huge fan of the axe. Although a double-bitted axe has twice the cutting power between sharpening, it is a dangerous thing, so I opt for a single-bitted axe, even if I have to sharpen it more. Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish-style ale aged in bourbon barrels. It is a big, bold beer with flavors of whisky and vanilla and a hint of fruit. It rates high in the craft beer community, and I think if you can get your hands on one, I would buy it and drink it deep in the woods. This backwoods bastard wants to be far from civilization! Cheers to getting away from it all! Be sure your axe is sharp and you swing true!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72 by Scott Clendaniel. May 12, 2016. Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels by Founders Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.