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Todays Funky Art Favorite: Storm Over the Alps

Today’s BeerColors™ funky art favorite is Storm Over the Alps (shown at left) which can be hung and enjoyed from any angle. The softness yet vibrancy of the colors, particularly the pinks and blues reminds me of a windstorm in a mountain region, such as the Alps; hence the name.

This painting was influenced by many modern artists whose works I have enjoyed. My twist on the print involves the placement of the colors and, of course, the beer I used which was Bridgeport Witch Hunt from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon.

You can buy your Storm Over the Alps limited edition print by going to our Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract category then on the Storm Over the Alps image then following the prompts through checkout. Enjoy!!

Artist Maurice de Vlaminck (11876-1958)

Artist Maurice de Vlaminck was a French-born artist well known for his use of intense color. Generally perceived as a Fauvist, Mr. de Vlaminck primarily painted with oils on canvas. His 1912 “Village” and “At the Bar” and “Man Smoking Pipe”-both painted in 1900- are amongst his better known works.

Influenced greatly by the works of Van Gogh, the paintings of Mr. de Vlaminck have been highly admired and collected worldwide.

Storm Over the Alps (shown above) was colorfully painted with a Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon.  Storm Over the Alps may be purchased by going to our Shop Our Art section, selecting the Modern and Abstract category, clicking on the Storm Over the Alps image then following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Pierre Bonnaud (1867-1947)

Artist Pierre Bonnaud was a French post-impressionist artist who graduated from law school, practiced law briefly then turned to a career in art in 1888. The first solo art show by Mr. Bonnaudwas held in 1896 after being recognized for his intense colors and complicated compositions.

Mr. Bonnaud often worked on several canvases at one time. After gaining a sterling reputation for his landscapes, still lifes and portraits, his “Terasse a Vernon” sold at auction in 2011 for nearly 9 million Euros!

Storm over the Alps (shown above) was painted with a great Bridgeport Witch Hunt from Bridgeport Brewing Company. Storm over the Alps can be purchased by going to our Shop Our Art menu, clicking on the Modern and Abstract section then clicking on the Storm over the Alps image and following the prompts through checkout.

Artist Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927)

storm over alps CC web1000Armand Guillaumin was born in Paris, France in 1841. He became a lithographer and an impressionist artist. In 1863, at the age of 22, Mr, Guillaumin held his first solo exhibition at the Salon des Refuse’s. Mr. Guillaumin won the lottery in 1891 and then became a full-time artist. A friend of many well-known artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissaro, the art of Mr. Guillaumin is characterized by intense colors. His subject matter was often of landscapes in the Paris area. His “Landscape in Crozant” is permanently displayed at the Chicago Institute of Arts.

Storm Over the Alps (shown above) was painted with a fine Bridgeport Witch Hunt from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Storm Over the Alps can be purchased by going to our Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract drop down category then clicking on the Storm over the Alps image and following the prompts.

Artist Morgan Russell (1886-1953)

storm over alps CC web1000Artist Morgan Russell was born and raised in New York City and studied art at the Arts Students League before going to Paris and Rome in 1906. Mr. Russell returned to attend the  New York School of Art in 1907 but went back to Paris two years later. He lived in France until 1946.

Mr. Russell was a co-founder of the early abstract form known as synchromism, a very angular and colorful format having elements of cubism. His most famous works include “Synchronism in Orange: To Form” (1914) and “Cosmic Synchromy: (1913-14) but for the most part he had limited commercial success while alive. Twenty-five years after his passing, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art highlighted Mr. Russell’s work in their traveling museum exhibition of color abstraction. His work is now displayed in several prestigious museums including MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum and the Walker Art Center.

Storm Over the Alps was painted with a very good Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Storm Over the Alps may be purchased by going to our Shop Our Arts section, clicking on the Modern/Abstract drop down menu then clicking on the Storm Over the Alps image and following the prompts.

One in a Million (More or Less)

storm over alps CC web1000BeerColors™ and WineDesigns™ art is truly a one in a million kind of art! Let me explain. This week I was informed by the Oregon Arts Commission (www.oregonartscommission.org ) there are over 20,000 artists in Oregon alone! Given the population of Oregon, that means there are easily over one million artists nationally.

Since there are very few artists that (1) paint watercolors (2) which are abstract or contemporary and none (or almost none) who (3) substitute either beer or wine for water, the odds are considerably greater than one in a million that the art you purchase from us is created like BeerColors™ and WineDesign™ art. Add great digital gicle’e photography and our funky, lively prints are much more rare than one in a million. In fact, to our knowledge, we are the only one creating this type of unique art.

Storm Over the Alps (shown above) was painted with a very good tasting Bridgeport Witch Hunt from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Storm Over the Alps can be purchased by going to Shop our Art, selecting the Modern/Abstract drop down category then clicking on the image and following the prompts. Enjoy owning your one in a million BeerColors™ and WineDesigns™ gicle’e print or art on metal!

BeerColors™: Now Bigger Sizes and Lower Prices!

storm over alps CC web1000BeerColors™ announces it has added bigger sizes and has lowered prices due to the kindness of our gicle’e printer, JDA Creative Services, in providing BeerColors™ with new high quality (E-Satin Paper) and less expensive paper for all our prints!

For instance, most prints in the Modern/Abstract and WineDesigns™ categories now  come in sizes starting from 11”x14” ($45). They are also available in 16”x20” ($65), 24”x30” ($90), and brand new sizes 30″x40″ ($130) and 40″x50″ ($185). All BeerColors™ prints will  continue to include a .5” border to make it easy for you to mat your new  print.

All of our previously available 8″x10″ sizes have been discontinued and replaced by the new 11″x14″ size. Of course, as has always been the case, custom orders on any available print are possible by forwarding your request through our Comments section. We will happily respond.

Be sure to check out our our entire inventory of lively and colorful art!

Storm Over the Alps (shown above) was painted with a great tasting Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer from Bridgeport Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon.

Trust and Creativity

storm over alps CC web1000I am reading a good book called Trust the Process by Shaun McNiff. It is a book about creativity, trust, art and life. All are intertwined and many of the principles of creativity are applicable to our broader behaviors. Here are a few quotes from Trust the Process I have found accurate and/or valuable tips:

“The discipline of creation is a mix of surrender and initiative. We let go of inhibitions, which breed rigidity, and we cultivate responsiveness to what is taking shape in the immediate situation”; “Training in creativity requires the ability to relax in periods of uncertainty and to trust that the creative intelligence will find its way”; “When you think nothing is going on, something comes to you, and when you want something desperately, it’s never there. Imagination thrives on the turning of the tables, and it most successful products are often contrary to initial intentions”; “Difficulties are always the most important ingredients in the total picture of a creative experience”; “Rather than concentrating all of our attention on the problem and intensifying the resistance, or digging a deeper hole, we step aside, try something else, and see where it takes us”; “It is always hard to see that doubt, fear and indirectness are eternal aspects of the creative path” and “Experienced creators are able to step aside and relax in order to advance”.

Storm over the Alps (shown above) was painted using a good Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer from Bridgeport Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon).  A general intention to paint something colorful akin to Kandinsky, de Kooning and others was followed by allowing the movement of the brushes to direct my colors without interference from thoughts, similar to some of these quotes from Trust the Process.