Today is already the middle October! I’m so sad that I haven’t been able to have open studio gatherings to see you all. We’re going to figure something out for the December party we normally have. Since, I think we can only have about 5-7 people in the studio safely at once, we may schedule visits if you want to come in to sample a little homemade brew and shop for holiday gifts. I will announce that possibility as we get a bit closer, and depending on the status of C-19 cases as winter weather sets in. We haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet, so I assume most of you aren’t in the right mindset for that as of yet.
What I do want to talk about right now is COMMISSIONED artwork. I have had a nearly perfect record with successful commissions. I just finished a piece for a local fire fighter who works just down the street from my studio. He wanted a painting to commemorate a trip with his girlfriend to Orca Island in Resurrection Bay. The painting was supposed to be a surprise, but he told his girlfriend about it when she was having a bad day, and she cried! The only problem with commissioning a painting for a holiday gift is I run out of time to get them all painted, so getting in early is better. In 2016 I completed 24 individual paintings that my patrons commissioned for holiday gifts. I felt like an elf that year, and my beard started to twinkle with a bit of varnish by December 15, the last day possible for paintings to dry in time for the 25th. I suggest you look through the pictures of your favorite trip this year, or last year (considering a lot of us have been hunkering down and not going anywhere since March). It always brings a smile to see people so excited to give the gift of a special painting! Cheers, and I look forward to seeing what you bring for me to paint!
This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is a nod to International Women’s Day and the Pink Boots Society, so I invited my wife and Business Manager, Maria Benner, to write a guest blog post about her experience brewing a batch of Big Boots Brew at Midnight Sun Brewing Company last Saturday. For the painting I sampled the 1942 war effort sign made by J. Howard Miller of Westinghouse Production Company, designed to increase morale for the all-female workforce at home.
The Pink Boots Society is a membership organization for female brewers that has been empowering women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education for 11 years. Every year, around March 8th, many breweries across the country host “no boys allowed” brew days. The last two years I have been invited to brew at one of my favorite breweries, Midnight Sun Brewing. I think the idea is for everyone to brew the same beer, and we brewed a citrus saison. Last year I also got to participate, and I distinctly remember adding about 10 pounds of Red Hots to the kettle. About a dozen women got together to brew this year, and our fearless leader was Chelsea Hendricks, a brewer at MSBC. She does a great job explaining the brewing process and putting us all to work. Sampling beer was part of the job 🙂 I could only stay for 2.5 hours, but it was long enough to appreciate all the hard work that goes into producing one batch of beer. The important lesson is that women “can brew it!”
Cheers to all the women pioneers in the brewing industry, and to the Pink Boots Society for making it possible!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #63 by Scott Clendaniel. March 10, 2016. “We Can Brew It!” 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Delirium Tremens, not only a delicious Belgian ale brewed by the Huyghe family brewery, but also a physical condition caused by alcohol withdrawal. The medical condition is not pleasurable at all with seizures, hallucinations and even a 5% chance of possible death! The beer on the other hand is one of the most delicious beverages known to man.
The Delirium brand has pink elephants on the label and the pub in Brussels has a pink elephant above the door, as well as on the fancy snifter goblet glasses. Pink elephants make me think of Walt Disney’s 1941 classic Dumbo, specifically the musical number in the scene when Dumbo is drinking the brew from a big barrel and Pink Elephants on Parade starts to play. I did my best to capture the song with this image of pink elephants marching down stairs.
If you get to the Delirium pub in Brussels make sure you peek around the corner to see the statue of a peeing girl, which is not as world famous as the one of the peeing boy, but worth a visit nonetheless. Don’t know why the Belgians find potty humor so hilarious but, hey, if you drink a lot of beer… you will have to pee, and if you drink way too much you might get the Delirium Tremens (not the beer).
The original oil painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #47 by Scott Clendaniel. November 19, 2015. Delirium Tremens. 8″x10″, oil on panel.