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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.

Crocodile and the Banana Tree

Crocodile and the Banana Tree j PS from 608 Crockodile Playing Water Polo 5 25 16-1-1Crocodile and the Banana Tree has recently been added to this site. Crocodile and the Banana Tree is a fanciful, funky and whimsical painting inspired by the work of Karel Appel who painted his famous Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun.

Crocodile and the Banana Tree is intended to bring a smile to your face and a bit of joy into your life every time you look a this lively and colorful print. Add it 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 start off your day in a great mood!

Crocodile and the Banana Tree was painted using a very tasty Widmer Brothers Okto beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon. Crocodile and the Banana Tree may be purchased by going to the Shop Our Art section, clicking on the Modern and Abstract category then clicking on the Crocodile and the Banana Tree image and following the prompts.

You Tube Interview

639 two cats web1000 BeerColors™ art is novel as it is painted with beer and with wine. My art was recently displayed in a solo exhibition at the Canby Public Library. A You Tube video was created by CTV5 in which I discussed my painting process and the origin of this art form. I hope you enjoy the video which also shows some of my art!!
The Google link is: http://youtu.be/TdZXh8d4MM4
Thank you to the Canby Public Library, Hanna Hofer and to CTV5’s Tony Gonzalez for all of your efforts in creating this You Tube video!

Two Cats (shown above) is one of the pieces featured in the video. It was painted with a great tasting Widmer Brothers Okto, festival ale, from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Today is World Kindness Day!

635 voices web1000Today is World Kindness Day according to Days of the Year (www.daysoftheyear.com). Their website says:

“Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. Likewise, on Kindness Day everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration. Donating books, food or clothes to your local community is a great way to celebrate. However, pledging to commit just one act of kindness is no less worthwhile: hold the door open for a stranger, compliment your neighbor on their collection of garden gnomes, let your partner have control of the TV remote for the evening.”

Raise your voice in kindness today and don’t forget to be kind to yourself as well!

Voices in Blue and Yellow (shown above) was painted using a great tasting Widmer Brothers Okto from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Prices for Voices in Blue and Yellow begin at $70.

Today is International Day of Peace

640 koi in lily pad heaven web1000Today is designated as an International Day of Peace. This is a day of aspiration as humanity has struggled over the ages in trying to get along with each other. Peace can only begin at home within ourselves and in our relationships with others in our own communities before we can hope for broader peace (or peaceful co-existence) on a national and international scale. That is not to say peace is not a worthy goal, for it is. Achievement of all aspirations requires strong commitment and consistent actions based upon consistent values. Having peaceful intentions is, at a minimum, an important first step. Understanding mutual core interests seems to be the primary difficulty, in my opinion, for differing viewpoints to co-exist in harmony.

Koi in Lily Pad Heaven (shown above) was painted with a great Widmer Brothers Okto craft beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Prices for Koi in Lily Pad Heaven begin at $70.

BeerColors™ Art: Always Fully Guaranteed!

640 koi in lily pad heaven web1000BeerColors™ art has always been 100% Guaranteed, no questions asked! If you are not fully satisfied with any domestic purchase of our excellent gicle’e prints, you can return the print with its’ Certificate of Authenticity within 10 days of the shipping date and either exchange the print for another or receive a full refund. Should you choose an exchange, your new choice will be sent to you by free ground shipping. For details on international purchases or to view other shipping and policy details, click on Shop Policies and Shipping Information at the bottom of any page on this site.

BeerColors™ recognizes the traditional way of buying art is to do so in person. We also sell art in that fashion and also offer much of our art online.  Online buying avoids gallery, retailer and fair/festival commissions so is usually less expensive for you. Also, you can’t have any greater convenience than buying art from the comfort of your home! With our BeerColors™ Guarantee you know you can live with your purchase for a few days and either love it or return/exchange your purchase without risk.

Because we are confident of the high quality of our gicle’e prints, for the month of April, BeerColors™ is extending our “trial” period for you to decide whether you wish to keep or to return your BeerColors™ print from 10 days to 21 days! We can do so because we are fully confident you will love your purchases!

Koi in Lily Pond Heaven can be found under our Modern/Abstract drop down menu under Shop Our Art. The painting is intended as a peaceful and comforting work. It was painted using a very satisfying Widmer Brothers Okto festival ale from Widmer Brothers in Portland, Oregon. Prices start at $70.

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.