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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #68, April 14, 2016

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted the Luncheon of the Boating Party in 1880-81, when he was 40 years old.  It is a large canvas, 51 x 68 inches.  My beer-infused version is only 11 x 14 inches, but I feel it still captures the essence of the original composition.  I call this piece the Tasting of the Beer Party!  The guests are sampling some sought-after beers: Spotted Cow, Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, The Abyss, Bourbon County Stout, and 120 Minute IPA.

I have always enjoyed Renoir’s paintings.  When I was 12 years old my grandmother gave me a picture book of his paintings and I have always worked to be as proficient a painter as Renoir, setting quite a high standard for myself.  You can always recognize a Renoir painting, because it is the ideal Impressionist work incorporating the human figure.  Monet painted in a very similar style, but rarely depicted as many people.  It is also very inspirational to see a painter who was not only successful, but painted party scenes for a long full life.  Renoir was nearly 80 years old when he passed.  He was lucky enough to walk through the Louvre in 1919 and see his paintings hanging on the same walls as ones of the old masters!  I hope you enjoy this parody of one of the best paintings of art history, and we should all hope we all live as long and full lives as Pierre-Auguste Renoir!

The original oil painting sold, but I released 52 limited-edition prints. You can purchase prints, or order a custom original oil painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #68 by Scott Clendaniel. April 14, 2016. Tasting of the Beer Party. 14"x11", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #68 by Scott Clendaniel. Inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. April 14, 2016. Tasting of the Beer Party. 14″x11″, oil on panel.

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Spotted Cow vs. Heady Topper

~ by Maria Benner

As we were packing orders the other day, we noticed that the Spotted Cow and Heady Topper prints are neck and neck.  We’ve sold 31 prints of Spotted Cow and 32 of Heady Topper.  They’re our top sellers in the beer art category of prints!  We don’t know if this means they’re the two most popular beers in the country, or that they have the most hard core fans.  They’re both great beers that are hard to get, and are completely different from each other.  Spotted Cow is only distributed in Wisconsin, and Heady Topper is in high demand and low supply.  We’ll see which one will sell out first.  There are 365 limited-edition prints of each painting, so we have a ways to go.

Year of Beer 02.20. Heady Topper Double IPA by The Alchemist. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.20. Heady Topper Double IPA by The Alchemist. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Beer Painting of Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.07. Spotted Cow Ale by New Glarus Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.