My latest painting was a challenge, for a number of reasons.
“The Three Amigos” (not to be confused with the brand of tequila called 3 Amigos) was far more challenging than I expected it to be when I began it. I struggled with “The Three Amigos” more than any painting I can remember. Certainly part of my struggle was due to the distractions of moving, which began at the end of August. The work was also a bear to paint because of all the Dia de los Muertos’ detail in the labels!
Number 12 in the series My Favorite Tequilas, The Three Amigos depicts the añejo, reposado, and blanco varieties of Espolon juices, a fantastic tequila bargain and the winner of many awards. All of them are very smooth, and the añejo, relatively new to the family, is finished in bourbon barrels, giving it a distinctive flavor. The attractive bottles are another celebration of Dia de los Muerto.
Sometimes things just happen. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Luann Lennox, who has put together a group of tequila connoisseurs called “Tequila Snobs.” Luann shares my passion for tequila, and she arranges tequila tastings for groups of people who want to learn about this magical juice, or just get together and sip some really good tequila. Obviously this will not only have to be on my and Deb’s agenda soon, but also that of several friends. (You know who you are.) Continue reading →