This week’s beer-themed painting is of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware! This unique dark beer brewed with gesho and honey waited for the right moment in my beer cellar for several months. I was saving it for a quiet evening when I could relax and listen to jazz while sipping on a special brew. Like the jazz music, this beer was sensual and rhythmic, with just enough funk to make it striking. I am a fan of what the brew team at Dogfish Head put together, and love the music themed beers. I listened to this album for the first time 15 years ago while attending music history class at Western Oregon University. My cool-cat professor was such a huge fan of Miles Davis, he would give away free Kind of Blue albums to people who had never heard the Miles Davis sound. I drank the beer and painted this piece while listening to the Bitches Brew album. The background is completely inspired by the Miles Davis sound.
Cheers to the Prince of Darkness, the original Miles Davis and to the brew crew at Dogfish Head, who was genius enough to pair beer with music!
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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #11 by Scott Clendaniel. March 10th, 2015. Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
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 myEtsy shop.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #9 by Scott Clendaniel. February 26th, 2015. Starry Pint. 11″x14″, oil on panel.