Showing posts with label Cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocktails. Show all posts

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

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.