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Just Released: Crocodile and the Banana Tree

Crocodile and the Banana Tree is an homage to Karel Appel and his famous Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun. Crocodile and the Banana Tree is a funky, colorful, bright, painting intended to bring a smile to your face and a bit of joy into your life every time you look a this whimsical print.

Add Crocodile and the Banana Tree to your other collections of funky BeerColors™ art, such as Giraffe Playing Guitar, and Bird Playing Volleyball to create a cast of joyful characters that will always influence you to have a great mood to start off your day!

Widmer Brothers Okto from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. and Bridgeport Kingpin from Bridgeport Brewing Company were both used to create this painting.

Artist Karel Appel (1921-2006)

Crocodile and the Banana Tree j PS from 608 Crockodile Playing Water Polo 5 25 16-1-1Karel Appel was a well known Dutch painter, sculptor and poet. He began painting at age 14. His first art show was held in 1946. Mr. Appel moved to Paris from The Netherlands in 1950 and later resided in New York and Florence.

Mr. Appel’s abstract expressionistic art has gained much recognition.His oil on canvas The Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun (1956)is  perhaps his most well known work. This piece, measuring 571/4″x441/2″, is held in the Venice, Italy Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Crocodile and the Banana Tree (shown above) was painted with a very good Widmer Brothers Okto from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. and with a very good Bridgeport Kingpin from Bridgeport Brewing Company, both breweries from Portland, Oregon.

Crocodile and the Banana Tree was influenced by Appel’s style and is available for purchase by going to Shop Our Art, clicking on the Modern and Abstract category then on the Crocodile and the Banana Tree image then following the prompts through checkout.

Crocodiles and Water Polo

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Karel Appel (1921-2006) painted boldly, with fun and great imagination. His 1956 The Crying Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun is a modern art masterpiece featured online in the Guggenheim Collection of modern and abstract art. I emulated it by painting a similar work I have entitled Crocodile Playing Water Polo (shown at left).

I find it fun to try to paint in similar styles to artists whose works sometimes sell for millions of dollars. “Crocodile Playing Water Polo” was painted in 15 minutes with Widmer Brothers Okto and Bridgeport Kingpin while performing a public beer-painting demonstration at Cutsforth’s Thriftway. While mine is painted in BeerColors™, not with oil as was used by Appel, it bears a reasonable resemblance to his work, albeit I used some different color combinations and left more blank canvas.

Painting in different styles with boldness and verve can be exhilarating and is a good reminder that we sometimes impose artificial restrictions on ourselves at the cost of creativity and joy. I think my next painting may be a gerbil playing soccer or a bowling hippo or…something else as yet unimagined.