Friday, June 27, 2014

"Flaming Mai Tai" Limited Edition

"Flaming Mai Tai"

Limited Edition of 20

Signed and Numbered

9 x 12 inches on archival cold pressed paper

Announcing a new limited edition print of my "Flaming Mai Tai" painting.  Only 20 available and the first one will be donated to Art Beyond the Glass.  ABTG is a fantastic event held every year in Los Angeles supporting local charities and celebrating the cocktail community.  If you're anywhere near Hollywood this weekend you should go check it out!  The other 19 prints are available for $50 at talbertart.bigcartel.com 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Careless Navigator

Flaming Mug of the Tiki Punksters 12" x 16" oil on linen

Last year I was commissioned to paint this collectible tiki mug for the "Careless Navigator" in Australia.  I enjoyed the challenge of taking an ordinary still life and making it a dramatic scene.  The flames were useful in bringing life and personality to the mug while also adding a sense of movement and danger.  A few limited edition prints were sold, but I'm not sure if the Careless Navigator has anymore left.

It's time I get this blog back up to date, so keep a look out for more posts of my recent cocktail paintings!  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Happy Hour in Portland

A Happy Hour in Portland, 16" x 20" oil on linen

The idea for the painting came quickly, the painting however took almost a year to finish.  After a visit to Clyde Common I was inspired to paint Junior who was working behind the stick.  He was great to talk to and felt like an instant friend.  Not to mention he makes killer cocktails.

I got back to my studio and started the painting.  Everything was going smoothly until I was about 90% complete when I became so frustrated that I almost ripped it to shreds.  I hated the background, I hated the shirt, I hated the tattoos, I hated everything.  Luckily I didn't burn the canvas and opted to set it aside.  Over time my feelings faded to the point where I can't even remember why I disliked the painting in the first place.  Just a month ago I revisited the painting and saw with clarity that it only needed an adjustment here and a finish there and boom, it was done.  Now it is one of my favorite paintings!

It's funny how our minds can get so fixated on little things that we forget about the big picture.  A little distance removes the attachment we feel to our work and allows us to see things clearly, almost as if it wasn't our work at all.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Negroni Week!

Negroni with Round Cube, 9"x12" oil on canvas
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Imbibe magazine declared this to be "Negroni Week."  From May 27 - June 3 bars across the country will be serving up variations on the Negroni and donating a portion of the proceeds to charity.  I thought I'd join in on the fun with this little painting!  If someone buys my "Negroni with Round Cube" painting by June 3, I will donate 20% to the charity of your choosing.  Don't forget to go to your local bar participating in the event.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oenophilia Show in LA

I recently took a small detour out of cocktail world to create three small wine painting for this upcoming show at the Loft at Liz's.  It is a unique gallery space above an antique hardware store in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles.  I'm looking forward to a night of great art and wine at the opening this Saturday.  I hope to see you there.  Cheers!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove 16"x20" oil on linen
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UPDATE:  A limited edition of 50 prints, signed and numbered are now available exclusively at Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.  To order a print send $55 via Paypal to scprovisions@gmail.com which includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.A.  More info at info@smugglerscovesf.com.

What better time to get in the Tiki spirit than the dead of winter?  I was honored recently when bar owner and cocktail guru Martin Cate commissioned me to paint a scene from his famous San Francisco Bar, Smuggler's Cove.  Considered to be one of the best tiki bars in the country, it was easy to be inspired by Martin's elaborate garnishes and custom tiki mugs.  If you want to warm up this winter I suggest going to your nearest tiki bar and getting a classic Mai Tai, hopefully made properly like Martin demonstrates in this video.

Here's a few Tiki Bar recommendations...
Smugger's Cove, SF
Tiki Ti, LA
Hale Pele, Portland
Painkiller, NYC
Don the Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Imbibe Magazine


Check out the current issue of Imbibe Magazine.  My art was chosen as one of their favorite things for the holiday season!  Grab a copy on newsstands now and flip to page 16.  In the article you will also find out that I am donating 10% of all sales from November and December to the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.

If you're interested in buying some prints or originals you can find them at shop.talbertart.com or contact me if you're want a painting that's not in the shop.  I hope everyone is having a good start to the holiday season.  Take care!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Exhibition at Bistango


I'm excited to be included in the fall group show at Bistango in Irvine, CA.  They have been combining art shows with fine dinging for over 25 years and will be a beautiful venue for my cocktail paintings.  Absinthe Drip, Stir With Ice, Finishing Touch, and Aviation will be hanging in the exhibition through January.  If you're in the area stop by for a drink and check it out.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Campari Smash

Campari Smash, 11"x14" oil on linen

My favorite end of summer and beginning of fall cocktail is the Smash.  It's refreshing, minty and packs a kick.  A whiskey smash is probably the most popular, but you can actually use any spirit with your lemon, mint and sugar.  Earlier this year I was at a Campari event where Jason Schiffer made my wife a beautiful and delicous Campari Smash.  I am a huge fan of Campari, but I never would have thought to put it in this drink.  Of course Jason knows what he's doing and the bitter, earthy flavors of the Campari balanced out perfectly with the citrus and mint.  It instantly became a new favorite and inspiration for my latest painting.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shake & Stir

Shake and Stir, 12"x16" oil on linen panel
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A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of exploring the thriving craft cocktail scene in Portland, Oregon. The drinks were top notch and the bartenders were friendly and welcoming.  One of my favorite spots was Beaker and Flask where I met the lovely Mindy Kucan.  She seemed to be truly having a blast behind the bar and put everyone in a good mood.  In my latest painting she is seen wasting no time making four drinks at once, each in their own antique glass.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Three Dots & A Dash

"Three Dots & A Dash" 9"x12" oil on linen

··· – V for Victory. About 67 years ago Don the Beachcomber created this drink to commemorate the end of WWII. So if you're celebrating the defeat of your mortal enemy or just want a delicious tiki drink on a hot summer day, Three Dots is a great choice. I'm not such a fan of blended drinks, so I particularly like the way "Rum Dood" makes this one by shaking it vigorously for 45 seconds instead. You can see more about how to make this drink properly here.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stir with Ice

Stir with Ice, 16"x20" oil on linen
Original Sold Purchase prints here!

From the moment I started painting classic cocktails I've been thinking about how to best depict "the stir."  It is an elegant technique that is one of the core rituals in cocktail making along with "the shake."  When done with expertise, stirring a drink with ice brings out the perfect balance of taste, temperature and texture.  The unique Japanese mixing glass heightens the beauty of the stir in such a way that it is no wonder why it has become a staple in so many great bars.  Of course this wouldn't be a proper stir if not for those large blocks of ice being twisted around.  Ice of all forms is such an important element in the cocktail for both it's use and aesthetic.  Watching the ice melt and chill the glass while the drink reaches its finished product is a lovely sight indeed.

If you're interested in purchasing this painting feel free to email me for details, thanks!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tin Shaker

Tin Shaker, 11"x14" oil on linen

Like most of us, I started my home bar-tending career with a three piece cobbler shaker.  As my interest in the craft grew I graduated to the Boston shaker (a metal tin and a pint glass).  However, the more I went out to the classic bars, the more I realized that almost all of the bartenders simply use two tins for shaking.  So if you're like me and wondering, why is this?  Here are a few reasons why the pros choose this method.

1.  It's much lighter.  If you're going to shake cocktails for hours on end, don't make it harder on yourself.
2.  Metal on metal is going to make the drink colder faster.
3.  There is no glass to break or chip.  The last thing your customer wants is a chip of glass for garnish.

What do you think?  Is metal on metal the best, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ltd. Edition "With a Twist"

With a Twist, 16"x16" Canvas Print
Limited Edition of 50

mtalbert@gmail.com for purchase info

My most popular painting is now available as a limited edition print!  These new canvas prints look so good it is hard to tell that it's not the original and at 16"x16" you can see every detail and brushstroke.  Each print is hand signed and numbered, mounted on hardboard and available both framed and unframed.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flaming Mai Tai

Flaming Mai Tai, 12"x16" oil on linen
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Having a good cocktail is always relaxing, but nothing transports you to a care free state of mind quite like the Mai Tai.  For me it instantly brings back memories of Hawaii, beautiful sunsets, and sand between my toes.  Recently I was hanging out with Matt "Rumdood" Robold and Jason Schiffer and we were experimenting with different garnishes to capture the essence of the Tiki cocktail.  Traditionally the Mai Tai is garnished with half a lime and mint as the island and palm tree, but Matt literally turned that idea on its head when he hollowed out the lime and poured 151 inside.  I was a bit skeptical at first, but when that match lit up the lime it was an awesome sight.  A perfect example of how a cocktail can be taken to the next level with a beautiful presentation to accompany the beautiful craft.