This week’s Thirsty Thursday painting is a parody of Gustav Klimt’s world-famous painting The Kiss. I have always been drawn to the work of Klimt, but I had problems emulating it before. He used a large amount of gold paint, which I was forbidden to use in college classrooms until I went to UAA, where it was encouraged. Now I use gold paint in every painting as an under-layer, and you can see it when light hits my paintings at a certain angle.
Klimt painted The Kiss between 1908-1909, during the height of what art history calls his “Golden” period. Austrian, Klimt painted in an Art Nouveau style and was considered a Symbolist. The Kiss is considered his most popular painting, and is now on display in Vienna at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum. It is much larger than my interpretation, which I am dubbing The Sip. Mine is 11 x 14 inches, while the original is 5‘11’’ square. I hope you find this to be humorous and light.
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at myEtsy shop.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #41 by Scott Clendaniel. October 8, 2015. The Sip. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Today’s beer painting is of my favorite homebrew of all time known as the SPR, Scott’s Private Reserve. All great beers have three-letter name acronyms: IPA, ESB, APA, PBR, and now SPR. I named my favorite beer after myself, because I wanted people to know that I made it. This is the first beer recipe I made 100% on my own, and I am constantly monkeying with the formula, mostly because I try to keep my homebrew affordable, and I use ingredients that are freshest and readily available. Large doses of dark grain and hops make this dark beer more of a porter than a stout. I brewed this particular dark ale with California ale yeast #5 from White Labs, the liquid yeast that comes in a vial. This yeast produces a fruity quality in the brew. I used exclusively Simcoe hops, which is one of my favorites. Normally utilized as a bittering hop, this high alpha hop does the trick nicely. Simcoe has a piney citrus aroma that will knock your hat in the creek! I brewed three batches in a row, each with different hops and yeast. The dark grain is always delicious with any combination of yeast and hops to go along with it. This is a session beer that is not too strong. I hate hangovers and I brew this one to be consumed during the long dark winter when people gather and have deep conversations in Alaska. I keep the beer light in alcohol, but high in flavor to enhance the moment.
Here’s to homebrewing! A fun hobby with great results! If you haven’t had an SPR, stop by and I’ll pour one out for ya!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.