Every year during the holidays I get a surge of requests for commissioned paintings by customers who are very thoughtful gift givers. Arguably, a custom oil painting is one of the most unique, personal, and thoughtful gifts one can receive. My favorite part about working with people on commissions is hearing the stories behind each painting concept. This year I didn’t get as many commissions as in previous years, because after the earthquake on November 30th people had other things on their minds like cleaning up trashed homes, broken glass, and fixing cracks. Earth picked a bad time to shake us all up, and I think many retailers and artists felt the economic impact of decreased sales during that time. Nevertheless, I completed seven paintings in time for Christmas, and they were all gratefully accepted by their recipients. Now that they are no longer surprises, I can show them to you. Click on each one to see it in more detail. All paintings are framed in a natural wood frame, with hanging hardware installed. The turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. You can order a custom oil painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter, or by contacting me at info [at] realartisbetter [dot] com.
I was thinking how much I love Wassily Kandinsky’s work, and so I decided to revisit the beer parodies of famous paintings once again. I might make a few more of these since I liked doing it so much. I put an icon of current artistic design in this painting too, the Teku glass. Teku is a combination of names Teo and Kuaska. Teo Musso from the Italian Baladin Brewery wanted a glass that was universally perfect to consume many styles of beer. He worked with sensory specialist Kuaska to create this shape glass which has been very well received internationally and is used in many upscale pubs, brewery tasting rooms, and beer specific bars. I find it to be awesome due to the reverse taper. It concentrates the aroma, and makes one savor the beer more as it seems to make the beer last longer when compared to a traditional pint glass. Plus it looks cool! I really enjoyed making this painting, because it was so fun to work with abstract forms, colors and shapes. I like channelling Kandinsky for beer art as he was a Russian who lived most of his life in Germany, working as a professor at the Bauhaus for 20 years. I wonder how much beer Wassily enjoyed, if any, while educating the most avant-garde design students. Sometimes art history leaves out the most pertinent information about an artist. Cheers to good design and keeping things on the cutting edge of artistic endeavors!
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.