Posts Tagged ‘booze’

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Chelsea Hotel # 2
36″ x 24″
Acrylic, Pastel Stick on Canvas
2013

The gradually stumbled upon “Lost Souls/ Fallen Angels/ Dive Bar/ Dangerously Nocturnal People/  Beautifully Sad Music” type series combining my love of great sad songs, early renaissance religious art, graffiti/stencil street art and seedy city underbellies rolls on. I like the idea of portraying everyday(or every night) people who might have made some wrong turns as saints and angels. This one I was listening to some of the sadder, older Ryan Adams(not BRYAN Adams) until I heard his song about the Chelsea Hotel. Then it was all about one of the greatest songs of all time by one of the greatest songwriters…Chelsea Hotel # 2. The Lyrics to most of the song are on this one…I think this one works. Here are the Lyrics:

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.
Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

And then you got away, didn’t you babe…

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

Here’s some Ryan and The God Leonard Cohen

 

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Born To Die
24″ x 36″
Acrylic, Pastel Stick, Paper, Headphone Wire & Nail on Canvas
2013

fra angelicostencil_graffiti_beansI have been doing nudes for the first time in a loooong time and it started in an almost Anime style and morphed into Stencil Graffiti territory. I am also finally incorporating my love of Early Renaissance religious/ gold-leaf halo type work(think Fra Angelico). I am alllllso using the films like Hardcore Life, American Friend, Boogie Nights and even 80’s trash like Angel as inspiration for the whole Fallen Angel/ Seedy nightlife feel…girls who made a few too many mistakes, late night dive bars, lost innocence, youth, etc… The soundtrack while painting was Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die/ Paradise double Lp. I even used a still from one of her videos in this and attached it 002with headphone wire with holes punched by a nail…both attached to the painting. I love the idea of everyday fallen angels and I am intrigued by the combination(sort-of) of very old, classical styles with the newer, 003more immediate street art that has been a passion of mine since I can remember(it might have been my earliest artistic influence and definitely the earliest things I ever drew. I remember doing tags in kindergarten, long before I cared about any traditional art. I love tying it all together. It is feeling pretty good for now.

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From Bell’s website: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Alcohol by Volume:  7.0%
Original Gravity:  1.064
Shelf Life:  6 months
Dates Available:  Year Round

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

Look:  A beer doesn’t get much prettier than this. Light amber color, with bubbles spread throughout. Creamy, one finger head that turned into a thin layer of foam after the first few sips and left plenty of lacing down the glass.

Bouquet: Floral hops, slightest hints of Cotton Candy and Mango. A bit of wet wood in the background, but in a very god way. Not as in your face with the smell as most American IPAs.

Taste: Hop forward and Malt background. The taste is smooth citrus fruit, lemons and malts; nice and easy. There’s a piney backbone but the lemony citrus wins out.
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Feel:  Light, moderate mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Not resinous at all.

Overall:  A great beer by all accounts. I prefer my IPAs to be a bit hoppier. Usually, if I want this kind of balance , I’ll get an English IPA. Still,  Two Hearted falls somewhere in the middle to me. I really enjoyed it. It was one of six that I chose from the new beer shop that let’s you build a six pack. I will definitely be getting more of this one. My favorite of the 6 I selected.

Maker’s Mark 46…A Treasure

Posted: January 3, 2013 in booze
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I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying Maker’s Mark 46 and I have to say, it’s soooo fucking good. It’s aged longer and with oak staves giving it a smoother flavor with a slight caramel taste in the finish. Not sweet by any means, just a hint. A bottle is only 40 $ (in Florida anyway) and I have to say it compare to bourbons costing twice that much. It is a hell of a complement to nice, warm sounding vinyl playing late night. In fact, that team is perfection. Who’s thirsty?