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Todays Funky Art Favorite: Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise is one of a series of paintings from our Funky Shapes Series- a group of original paintings showing vivid shapes and contrasting images of a highly modern and abstract nature. You can almost feel the warmth of the islands in this perky ‘Pop Art’ style painting!

Bird of Paradise was painted with a Kona Longboard beer from Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Order your limited edition print of Bird of Paradise now by going to the Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract drop down category and then on the Bird of Paradise image then just follow the prompts through checkout!



Artist Anoka Faruquee (1972- present)

670 Zebra stripes web 300Artist Anoka Faruquee, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, earned her M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her B.A., Painting from Yale University in 1994. She is currently an associate professor of graduate school painting and printmaking at Yale. Ms. Faruquee has previously held positions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cal Arts, where she was Co-Director of the ArtProgram.

Anoka Faruqee’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad at venues including: MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; and Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, among others. Ms. Faruqee recently curated the major exhibition Search Versus Re-Search: Josef Albers, Artist and Educator, and directed a short film about Albers’ art and teaching, for the Yale School of Art 32 Edgewood Gallery.

The art of Ms. Faruquee has been described as oscillation “…between the handmade and the machine-like..” that makes her works “…compelling…rather than simply visual novelties…” (reviewer Karen Rapp). You can view her work at http://anokafaruquee.com.

Zebra Stripes (shown above) was painted with a fine tasting Kona Longboard beer from Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Zebra Stripes can be purchased by going to the Modern and Abstract category in the Shop Our Art drop down menu, clicking on the Zebra Stripes image and following the prompts.

Artist Bridget Riley (1951- present)

670 Zebra stripes web 300Artist Bridget Riley was born in London and continues to live and work in London and France. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in 1955, Ms. Riley became known for her Op Art black and white stripes around 1960.

Ms. Riley held her first solo exhibition in 1962 and also held a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. By the 1980’s, Ms. Riley moved from black and white stripes to shimmering, colorful parallelogram figures. “Shadow Play” was an oil painting from 1990 that was well regarded and representative of her work at that time.

Ms. Riley has displayed her murals at the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery and other venues of note. The highest auction amount paid for her work was $5.1 million dollars for “Chant 2” (1967) in a 2008 auction.

Zebra Stripes was painted with a great tasting Kona Longboard from Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Zebra Stripes may be purchased by going to our Shop Our Art section, and selecting the Zebra Stripes image under the Modern/Abstract drop down menu then following the prompts.

Artist Aung Myint (1946-present)

670 Zebra stripes web 300Artist Aung Myint was born in 1946. Mr. Myint, a self-taught artist, still lives in Myanmar. After obtaining his psychology degree in 1988, in 1989 Mr. Myint opened the Inya Gallery of Art in Yangon, Myanmar.

Mr. Myint is mostly known for his monochromatic art, such as his “Mother and Child” and “First Love”. He began solo exhibitions in 1994 and by 2010 painted “Five Continents Shattered”-famous for his red “x’s” on canvas punctured surfaces representing bloodshed in various countries. Other famous works from Mr. Myint are his “Scared Faces” and “Two Eyes”, both painted in 2013. Mr. Myint has his work displayed in many prestigious galleries and museums, including the Guggenheim Museum.

Zebra Stripes (shown above) was painted with a refreshing Kona Longboard from Kona Brewing Co. You can purchase Zebra Stripes by going to the Modern/Abstract category in our Shop Our Art drop down menu, clicking on the Zebra Stripes image and following the prompts.

Newest Release: Zebra Stripes!

670 Zebra stripes web 300BeerColors™ is releasing a few new gicle’e prints for sale, the first being Zebra Stripes which will be released later today.

Zebra Stripes is a black and white image that was created to represent a Zebra’s neck and shoulder area when a Zebra bends down (with the thickest white stripes positioned at the left bottom of the painting). The asymetrical nature of the curved white lines, however, allow for this piece to be displayed horizontally, vertically or at any angle of your choosing. Zebra Stripes always “pops” against its background, however it is viewed!

Zebra Stripes (shown above) was painted using one of my favorite beers, Kona Longboard from Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Zebra Stripes will be found under the Modern/Abstract drop down menu when you go to Shop Our Art. Prices for Zebra Stripes begin at $70.

The Best Beer States

221 Red-footed Booby web1000The best beers in America were recently rated by states in an August 24, 2014 article reported in Thrill List (www.thrillist.com/drinks). The three authors ranked all 50 states according to their opinions as to the states with the best quality beers. Mississippi finished last, Texas (home of Lone Star) was #20 and Pennsylvania (home of Yuenling) was rated as #8. Most disappointingly, in my opinion, Hawaii was rated as #43. If I were to rate Hawaii amongst the states from beers I have tasted (about 25 states), I would rate Kona Brewing Company and Maui Brewing Company in the top 10 breweries; hence I would put Hawaii high in the top 10 beer states.

The top ten were listed in the following order with Oregon listed as #1 (I agree); Oregon, California, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. While I would rate Colorado beers as #2 (headed by New Belgium beers), I have not tasted all of the top ten they listed. Recognizing that everyone has a unique set of taste buds, it is kind of fun to think about what breweries are your favorites and which states have the breweries and beers that make your own top ten list.

Since, in my opinion, Hawaiian beers were slighted, our Red-footed Booby is shown above. It was painted with an excellent Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Prices for almost all of our art start at $70.


I’iwi: An Endangered Tropical Bird


Besides the welcoming nature of the Hawaiian people, the pleasing fragrances of its flowers and the amazingly plush, beautiful scenery, Hawaii has many birds that are unique, beautiful and colorful. The I’iwi is one of those unique and beautiful birds.

Also known as a Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper, the fiery red I’iwi can hover like a hummingbird. Its curved bill is primarily used to drink nectar from the abundant flowers. Unfortunately, I’iwi numbers are dwindling as the colorful I’iwi was listed as vulnerable on the threatened species list in 2008.

Our I’iwi (shown above) was lovingly painted with a Kona Longboard beer, one of our favorite craft beers, from Kona Brewing Co. which is headquartered in  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Prices for I’iwi start at $70. Enjoy one today!

Today is Cancer Survivor Day!

401B Jogging Fashionista web1000Today is Cancer Survivor Day. Most of us have been personally touched by cancer or had loved ones or friends who have fought this devastating disease. Not all have been successful but today is a day to congratulate and celebrate everyone who has fought and survived cancer while keeping alive our memories of those not so fortunate.

Cancer research continues and more knowledge exists than ever before about cancer causes and treatments but much, much more remains to be discovered about cancer prevention as well as effective, less painful methods of cancer treatment. Whether it be running in a fundraiser, contributing to a cancer research organization or through some other method, please do your part in raising cancer awareness and supporting medical research. Together we can find a cure for cancer during our lifetimes.

In 2012, BeerColors™ used a Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Co. (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) in painting our Jogging Fashionista (pictured above). When you click on her photo in the Shop Our Art drop down menu, you will see that a part of her lifestyle is her active support of women’s issues, particularly supporting prevention of breast cancer.

Saving Sea Turtles

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As you are no doubt aware, sea turtles are majestic creatures which are endangered due to poaching and environmental sea pollution as well as disease. They often suffer from fibropapilloma tumors. The World Turtle Trust (world-turtle-trust.org) is an excellent charitable organization that sprung from the dedication of its founders who began filming documentaries about the endangered Sacred Honu in 1989. The World Turtle Trust has several worldwide projects whose goals are to save sea turtles. BeerColors™ is proud to donate to this organization whose efforts are direct, real and tangible.

To honor the worthwhile efforts of the Trust, we have painted Saving Sea Tutles, using Kona Longboard beer from the Kona Brewing Company, which is headquartered in Hawaii as is the World Turtle Trust. A working copy of our modern art painting depicting a person helping to save a sea turtle is pictured at the left. We expect the gicle’e print version of this painting will be ready by mid-December. We will then offer the print for sale on this site.

Every sale of the Saving Sea Turtles print will result in a donation of 50% of the sales price to the World Turtle Trust as part of our commitment to worthwhile and important environmental causes and responsible charitable organizations. We also urge you to consider donating to the World Turtle Trust as you make your annual charitable gifts.

Surprising Beer Test Study Results!

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Nearly everyone knows oil and water don’t mix but no one had ever studied the effect of mixing beer and watercolor paint. Undaunted, daredevil BeerColors™ artist Ron Pomeroy undertook the challenging task. Over the last two years he tested over 140 beers from various breweries beginning alphabetically with Anchor Brewing Co Breckle’s Brown (www.anchorbrewing.com) to Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Omission (www.widmerbrothers.com). He was unable to locate any Zimbabwe brewery beers so never made it to ‘Z’ but BeerColors™ tested the compatibility of beer and paint using beer from over 73 different breweries. Although an elderly cat was highly interested in sniffing New Belgium Brewing Co. Trippel Ale (www.newbelgium.com) and a young dog came perilously close to tasting Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale (www.konabrewingco.com), no humans or animals were harmed during this exhaustive study. Results of this study were staggering!

BeerColors™ is pleased to announce not one of the taste and performance tested beers failed to be compatible with pigments of watercolor paint despite undergoing rigorous test standards such as color control, taste bud flavor testing and visual viscosity observations! Since the initial test sample was only a small percentage of the available beers on the world market, continued study will occur but we wanted to be the first to let you in on this good news: all tested beers appear to be user friendly and consumer safe for beer-painting based upon our preliminary study!

Always on the cutting edge of beer-painting technology, BeerColors™ will continue to keep you updated on the ongoing progress of this invaluable scientific study!