Every holiday season I get a lot of requests for commissions, so this year we decided to cap the number of paintings to only 10. Somehow that list filled up quickly, and as I finished them one by one, more orders came in. In total I ended up painting 25 commissioned paintings. Each one was approved and accepted by the patron (sometimes after minor changes), and arrived in time for the holidays. We mailed paintings to many places around the country like Texas, Virginia, Oregon, and a couple were even mailed to Belgium. They were commissioned as gifts for spouses, co-workers, significant others, parents, and close friends. Each painting had a special story behind it, and I loved being in on the surprise. My favorite painting was the portrait my brother commissioned of his wife. I suggested a parody of the Mona Lisa with personal touches that symbolized important parts of my sister-in-law’s life. Her reaction was priceless, and we got it on video (see below). We take a picture of every painting that leaves the studio, so here is a slideshow of the paintings I made this holiday season (click on the pictures to view a slideshow). They are all oil paint on wood panel, framed in a natural ash wood frame. If you’d like to commission one, just let me know.
The funny thing is that he had options of Rainier or Busch, and the discerning palate of this thirsty bear chose the Rainier.After sampling one Busch beer he went back for more of the Yakima hops and clean glacial water of the great Washington brew known as Rainier beer!I’ve painted Rainier before, and when I read this story I knew it would make a great painting. Talk about being thirsty!But don’t be like this animal and drink yourself into a stupor.Enjoy the brews in small doses, so you don’t get trapped by the local constabulary like this fuzzy guy.I think I would have gone for some craft beer, but hey, when you’re camping, a good cold one right out of the chilly bin sometimes can’t be beat!
Cheers to the Rainier BEAR! I hope he doesn’t make a habit out of this!