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.
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.
For something like this I would typically look for some photographic reference to gauge how the light works. In this case it was so strange (guy in a robe holding a candle) that even Google could not help me out. So I had to improvise. I lit a candle, threw on my robe and set the camera for auto. I felt genuinely weird doing it but I had to see what the light did before doing the painting.
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.
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.