Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Little Beer Logos

My ex-career counselor believed that the key to discovering your new career was to combine old interests with new interests. She had me make a list of my hobbies. I was working full-time, so the list was something like “television, beer.” (You might not consider beer a hobby, but I spend a lot of time imbibing Belgian-style ales, so it totally counts.) After reviewing my short list, she told me to try combining "beer" with a new hobby. For this new hobby, I chose painting.

Why painting? Well, I used to get a kick out of watching Bob Ross on the public television series The Joy of Painting. Anyone remember him? He was the happy-go-lucky painter with the white-guy afro who specialized in “happy mountains” and “happy clouds.” I have a few watercolor replicas of his “happy little trees” tucked away in my box of childhood crap.

Anyway, I went out and purchased some stretched canvas and acrylic paints, read a few articles on technique, and began my first serious artwork project. My happy subjects were the logos of my three favorite beers. I didn't do any tracing, but I did look at the beer bottles for inspiration. Here are the finished paintings:

Unibroue La Fin du Monde

Hitachino Nest White Ale

Delirium Tremens

I also gave one to a friend who loves Guinness:

Of course, selling these paintings would be copyright infringement, so I’m not expecting a career breakthrough. But they look nice hanging in my kitchen.

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