Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter


Here’s the finished version of Eschaton that will be seen on the bottle and packaging. You can click on the image to see a detail view. I think they’ll be printing it next month and so it will probably be in stores by January/February. Thanks to Chris Rank for the shot of the painting and making it look so nice.

I think I am going to paint some Pomegranates next. They were fun to paint last year and I have four or five of these nice square canvases that they would look great on. Hopefully.

Eschaton (Study)

Now that we’re through all the beach paintings I wanted to share a couple of the latest ones for Wild Heaven Craft Beers. Their third, and newest, beer is called Eschaton and so for the artwork I needed to go all “end times” and find something that worked with the name. I decided to base this one on the engraving of the Four Horsemen by Albrecht Dürer. These little studies for the beers are always sort of a mess but this one was REALLY a mess and caused me to slow down and really consider how the larger one needed to come together.


Here is the last of the Wild Heaven ones. This is the full size, 12″ x 9″ that we used on all the packaging. This one is relatively close to the study, just a little tighter.

Below is a great shot of the four pack taken by Chris Rank who incidentally took the photo of the actual painting as well. A whole lotta Rank going on in this post.

This was fun but we will be back to the normal stuff next week. The year is clipping by and I’ve got to get moving.

Ode to Mercy

Here is the finished version of the Ode to Mercy painting for the Wild Heaven packaging. After doing the study as a portrait I had to adjust the orientation to work on the packaging so it’s a landscape now.

We used this for the bottles and the four-packs and below are some photos of the actual pieces in real life. If you are in or around Atlanta pick up some at Whole Foods and give it a try.

Ode to Mercy (Study)

I am a full time designer / marketing guy while painting is currently more of a hobby. These two stay separated most of the time but I recently had an opportunity to bring some of my art into my design work.

My good friends Eric & Nick had launched Wild Heaven Craft Beers back at the end of 2010 on draft only but the plan was to sell bottles in 2011. I had been working on a bottle design that had fine art as the central image and the guys liked that basic direction.

I priced out licensing a Nolde and a Schileel for the guys and Nick asked me if I wanted to take a cut at it before we went that direction. I laughed and then thought it would not hurt to try it.

So this was the first of the bunch. The beer this was for is called “Ode to Mercy” and so I envisioned this lonely type of guy playing guitar by himself. I used this painting to vet the concept and see how it would work.

In No. 111 I’ll post the final painting and some samples of the bottles.