Last summer I sold one of my 8 ft x 4 ft paintings, View from the Hammock, which left a big empty wall in our condo. My wife was sad to see it go, but I was excited about painting a new one. I prefer to work on large paintings, but storage is an issue, so I have to wait until one sells, before making another one. I built the birch panel support for this new one in our condo, which took up the entire living room. Luckily, Maria was out of town! I finished the edges with oak, and then coated the entire support with two coats of white primer, sanding between each coat. I do this to smooth out the wood texture as much as possible. Then I applied a coat of colonial red, and a final light layer of gold paint. As soon as we moved into the new studio, I started painting! I decided to paint from a photo I took in McCarthy at our neighbor’s cabin during a sunset, when the setting sun created a surreal glow in the dark aspen forest. Then a customer who stopped by the studio suggested that I paint an owl, and I thought that would be a nice addition. White owls have a lot of significance. They represents wisdom, the ability to see past illusions, and are considered to be guides in the underworld.
Overall, I worked on this painting for about two months. You are welcome to see it in my studio at 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 4. The photos don’t really do it justice. It will be part of my art show in June at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. The price is $4,800. I released 500 limited-edition prints of this painting, and am selling them in my studio and online at my Etsy shop.
The beer painting of the day is of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. Twilight is a session ale that is lightly hopped with Amarillo hops, and brewed with choice American malts. This is not an adjunct beer, but a straight up American Pale Ale. Clocking in at 5% ABV, it drinks like a standard American beer. The picture on the label suggests drinking this beer late at night. I have done this from time to time and it has been a pleasant experience. I like session ales mainly because they are refreshing and hydrating, which allows me to enjoy more of them in one sitting without feeling the effects of alcohol as much.
This beer is flavorful without being overwhelming. A perfect late night I’ll-have-another-even-though-I-probably-should-go-to-bed beer. The hops are mellow but noticeable and don’t overwhelm the palette. I would say that this is a very balanced beer. I tasted it on the side of a mountain earlier today, and as I write this, I wish I was back up there drinking another one while sitting on the rocks of a glacial creek. Sadly, I only brought one with me, which wasn’t a bad thing as I had to ride down a rocky path home.
Cheers to summer adventure beers!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at myEtsy shop.