Hello Again…Hello

Jerry at WorkIt’s been a while since I posted a new painting,  so I thought I’d let everyone know I’m still at it. I’ve completed another painting that, in a couple of ways, is a departure for me. First of all, it’s not a tequila painting, and secondly, it’s a 22” x 28” oil on canvas. I will post it soon, and I’ll let you know more about it when it’s here. That being said, I am getting close to finishing another tequila painting, a 28” x 22” acrylic on canvas, and will also announce that one here soon as well.

I’m doing something I’ve not done before, which is showing a snippet of the painting in progress. I keep threatening to do a video of me working on a painting, and as soon as I figure out how to do that I’ll post it. I may need to recruit some help there to get it in a format that I can upload to Youtube. Meanwhile, here is a “teaser” of my latest work-in-progress, or “WIP” for you inventory folks. Once again, these are a few of my favorite things. Thanks for tuning in!

A Different Kind of Shiny

Russ' Pour
Title: Russ’s Pour
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 24″
Buy Print ($180)
Buy Original – N/A

There is a change in my Acrylic Gallery; I’ve been asked about this one before. A good friend commissioned a painting of a Vodka bottle for a gift. Not tequila, but a shiny bottle and glasses. I’ve finally gotten it photographed and proofed, and prints are available for the first time. It is a bottle of Chopin (pronounced Sho-PAN) and highlights a frosted bottle that was a real challenge to paint. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and even put in a couple of spills for an added something. The original is titled “Russ’s Pour” and is a 16” x 24” acrylic on canvas. The original is not available; however, giclėe prints are available in the original size or smaller by special order.

If you have a favorite whiskey, Scotch, Gin, wine bottle, or whatever you’d like, I’d be happy to paint it for you. See How to Buy for more details, or drop me a line via the Contact Page.

All this talk about Vodka is making me thirsty for a martini…

Back In the Groove

Herradura
Title: Herradura
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
Buy Print ($180)
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It has been a while since my last blog entry, and I intend to post more frequently now that we are mostly settled into “Lazy K.” We’re gradually adapting to desert living.

I was inspired by the Superstition Mountains just outside my door, and a photograph by my friend John Driscoll, an amazing photographer, who posted one of his shots of the Superstitions. With his permission, I began to paint it. Once I began the painting, I chose to use elements of his photo rather than try to paint it exactly.

At the same time, I was working on Herradura, which I just finished (and which was a blast to paint.) I’m not done with the My Favorite Tequilas series yet. My initial goal was to paint maybe 12-15, but after completing 13 there are still a few that “need” to be painted.

I try to improve with every painting I do, and glass and reflected light are a great challenge for me. So from here on out–barring a new inspiration–it will be a mixture of Tequila still-life paintings and elements of the Sonoran Desert that we are so fortunate to live in. Please stay tuned.

My Struggle With a Certain Painting

The Three Amigos
Title: The Three Amigos
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
Buy Print ($180)
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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!

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Okay, I’m Officially a Snob…

Workers harvesting piñas in blue agave fields. Photo courtesy of Tequila Snobs.
Workers harvesting piñas in blue agave fields. Photo courtesy of Tequila Snobs.

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