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Los Elegantes

Title: Los Elegantes
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 22″ x 28″
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Los Elegantes is number 14 in the series “My Favorite Tequilas.” Don Julio REAL is an amazing Tequila. The packaging presentation alone will tell one that this is going to be an extraordinary experience. Coupled with an ice-cold Modelo Especial cerveza, this painting is a study in gold (according to my best critic, independent arts-and-crafts professional Patty Goberville) and was a test to capture not only shiny, but crinkly and frosty surfaces.

Herradura

Title: Herradura
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
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This is number 13 in my series of My Favorite Tequilas. Herradura is one of my old favorites, and in my opinion a very underrated Anejo Tequila. With three glass objects, this was a challenge and a joy to paint. What a beautiful bottle! And I love painting shiny things, especially when they are full of tequila!

The Three Amigos

Title: The Three Amigos
Print: Giclée on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
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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.

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

Gotta Keep Movin’

Okay, this is a tease. I’m back working on a tequila painting as I said I would be, but Deb and I are moving to Gold Canyon, Arizona. The effort to gather all of our stuff and get our present home ready for its new owner has dominated my (and Deb’s) time.

I am working on a painting that is probably 80% finished, and it’s difficult for me to look at it and not be able to paint. Not only that, it is a real challenge: not one, but three tequila bottles. (That’s a hint.) Once we’re totally in our temporary digs I may be able to squeeze a few hours into it, and maybe even complete it before we move into our new home toward the end of September. It’s another 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas, but that’s all I’m saying. Stay tuned. I’ll reveal it the moment it’s signed.

Did He Say This Is Tequila?

Tequila BookOne afternoon in the late 1990s a number of my friends and I dropped into a tequila bar in Tempe called “Palapa’s” for a shot of tequila. We were sipping a shot of Patron añejo, which at the time for us was the “real deal.” We said to the bartender, “This is pretty good, huh?” He replied, “It’s okay.” We were a bit surprised, and asked, “So, what do YOU like?” He walked back with a bottle of Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. We said, “Cuervo? Really?” He poured us all a shot at $16 a copy. It was dark, looking more like a fine whiskey or Cognac. We said, “Did he say this is Tequila?” We studied it. We smelled it. And then we took a sip. Again we said, “DID HE SAY THIS IS TEQUILA?” We’d never had anything quite like it before. It was smooth, with a sweet caramel undertone and near cognac flavor. That’s when it all started. Continue reading