Each year several thoughtful gift-givers commission me to paint custom oil paintings for holiday gifts, and so far I’ve always finished them all on schedule to be delivered several days before December 25th. This year most of the paintings were dog portraits, and sadly two of those were of loved pups that had recently gone to doggy heaven. No one ordered a cat painting. Hmmmm. One person really liked one of my existing float plane paintings, but wanted a smaller version, so I painted one for him. I’m always impressed with the concepts that my patrons develop for these pieces, and my favorite part is finding out the stories behind each one. I hope all the recipients liked their gifts. I did receive a couple photos of smiling people holding their custom Clendaniel originals.
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.
Epic Day! 14″ x 11″, oil on panel.
Alaskan winter cabin scene. 14″ x 11″, oil on panel.
RIP little buddy! 8″ x 10″, oil on panel.
Sally dog on the rafting trip. 8″ x 10″, oil on panel.
Smaller version of Catch & Release. 24″ x 12″, oil on panel.
Spotted Cow billboard. 16″ x 16″, oil on panel.
Packers game on the porch. 16″ x 16″, oil on panel.
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.
Bear Creek Winery at Hogwarts. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Works of Love by Hill Farmstead Brewery. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Custom Airplane Painting. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
Westvleteren 12. 9″x18″, oil on panel.
North 47 Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
Black Tuesday Reserve by The Bruery. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
Mythos beer pictured in Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece. 11″x14″, oil on panel.
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!