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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #18, April 30, 2015

This week’s beer-themed painting was inspired by Henri Matisse (1869-1954). He is credited with many famous works and is known for his color and unique fluid draftsmanship. I have always been a fan of his work, mostly because of its rich color. I was lucky enough to see a version of The Dance, the piece that inspired this painting, on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. There are two of these in existence, one in Russia and one in NYC at the MoMA. Even though this painting is ridiculously simple, it has a flow and movement that makes is as important to view as any of the extremely detailed classical and Baroque pieces that are prevalent on the lower levels of the Hermitage Museum. This painting was done between 1909-1910, and is probably Matisse’s most famous one, aside from his portrait of his wife, the lady with the green stripe down her nose.

Matisse developed his style over a period of many years. Although he started out studying law, he fell in love with painting in his 20s, much to his father’s, a wealthy grain merchant, disapproval. Matisse is considered a leader of the Fauvist movement, a group of painters working in the 1920s that was dramatically influenced by color and painted in a way considered to be Neo-Impressionism. I have to say that, although the paintings are simple, the striking balance between color and form makes for impressive compositions that evoke thoughts and may require longer contemplation.

I put a pint in the middle of this painting to alter the composition, making the figures appear pixie-sized, or the pint keg-sized (your call), as well as creating a central focal point. Either way I feel it makes for a delightful play on beer and art, evoking a feeling of lightheartedness and celebration. I enjoyed looking at the color combination of this master’s work when I was executing the piece. I hope you enjoy looking at this delightfully simple piece, and that you savor a pint while doing so! I call this piece, The Dance Around a Pint.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

Matisse dance around a pint beer painting by scott clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #18 by Scott Clendaniel. April 30, 2015. The Dance Around A Pint. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #9, February 26, 2015

When you have a fresh new pint of beer in front of you, and you look down at the foam, have you ever seen shapes resembling something?  Maybe if you were feeling extra artistic and had a moment that can only be described as the “aesthetic experience”.  I always get that feeling when I stare into a pint.  Like in a magic crystal ball, I see visions of the possible future, memories of past events, and sometimes inspiration strikes.  So, for this week’s Thirsty Thursday painting I painted a version of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night as if I walked up to a pint and saw this sublime work of art in the foam.  The painting is composed as if the viewer is looking directly down into the pint.  Of course I have never hallucinated the Starry Night in a pint glass.  Instead, it is a metaphor for my muse.  I think this hyperbole appropriately states how important beer has been to me as an artist.  Everybody knows enough about Van Gogh, so I spare you the history lecture.  I recommend watching the Kirk Douglas movie Lust for Life, if you want to learn more about the famous artist.

Cheers to living life to its fullest!

The original painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

Beer painting of pint glass and starry night van gogh by scott clendaniel thirsty thursday

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #9 by Scott Clendaniel. February 26th, 2015. Starry Pint. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6, February 5, 2015

I hope you can guess which artist I am emulating in this painting. I was hesitant to attempt this piece due to the differences in styles that he and I utilize. My palette is different – I don’t include black, instead using dark purples, reds and blues to shadow dark objects. I also use more texture, making high levels of detail a bit more difficult, however I tried to raise the bar on this one due to popular demand.

In case I have left you in the dark, the artist I am emulating is Salvador Dali (1904-1989). His Catalan name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol.  Quite a mouthful. I’m glad to report that this painter didn’t die tragically early in life, like so many famous artists. Dali, the most famous Surrealist artist, known for his exacting, but strange and unique paintings, also created many other forms of artwork including sculptures, films, and photography. He was also known to collaborate with many notable artists.

The symbolism in a Dali painting is important. Each item in the painting is included for a reason. The melting pocket watches that are morphing into clocks represent time. Since these clocks are melting, they are without time, representing eternity. In this beer-themed painting, the melting clocks are saying that it’s always beer-thirty somewhere. The crutch symbolizes human weaknesses, but also superhuman abilities brought on by art and intelligence (and beer). The elephant with the long spindly legs (look closely inside the cutout of the pint) represents human frailty. The elephants are shackled to earth by gravity, yet they are reaching for more than what is available. So Dali gave them elongated legs forever stretching to the sky, but still connected to the earth. The egg represents luck, fertility, love and hope.

I have entitled this painting The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. I included the symbols that I found in Dali paintings to fit with what is subconsciously happening when I think about a pint of beer. I hope you enjoy this piece, and come back next week for another Thirsty Thursday Project entry.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

Beer Pint Art Oil Painting Surrealism Salvador Dali Style Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6 by Scott Clendaniel. February 5th, 2015. The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. 18″x24″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #1, January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year! Pretty jazzed to be putting up the first Thirsty Thursday painting! I made this one bigger and less product-specific. I don’t know what is going to happen with the Thirsty Thursday paintings. There aren’t any specific rules that will apply as in the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall or in the Year of Beer Paintings series. This is an Andy Warhol inspired piece of art that I made after making a new batch of beer painting magnets for the art show that is beginning tomorrow at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. I will kick off the art show by tapping a firkin at 5 PM. Last call is at 8 PM. I started by making several colorful beer art magnets, and then I realized they looked cool next to each other just like a Warhol screen print. So, I thought, why not try a Warhol-like piece as a magnet? This painting is 11×14 inches. If you are disappointed that the Year of Beer Paintings is over, then I hope this Thirsty Thursday painting will cheer you up!

This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

Andy Warhol Craft Beer Painting Poster Scott Clendaniel Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #1 by Scott Clendaniel. January 1st, 2015.