Showing posts with label figure painting. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shake & Stir

Shake and Stir, 12"x16" oil on linen panel

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.

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.

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