Hmm... Quite possibly from the frequent appearance of alcoholic beverages in my paintings, you might well be wondering if I have some kind of a drink problem!
Well, the answer to that is that I don't have a problem with drink at all - In fact I rather like it! ;0)
That said, though my art studio is totting up quite a collection of unusual bottles and pretty glasses - some of which are full - by the time I have finished painting them the beverage itself is more likely to poison me than make me tipsy!
Take 'Archibalding' for instance...
When I had finished that particular painting, the volume of wine in the glass had reduced by at least two thirds and had not only turned in to a thick syrup, but had also grown some rather scary looking fur balls on the top!
This glass of rather lovely smelling Brandy however, was a different story altogether, since it didn't take much time to paint at all....
|8" x 8" Oil on canvas panel|
It's similar to my whiskey glass which you may remember.
You can see it here if not :0)
Anyway - there is something about drinking during the day that just doesn't seem right, so when I had finished painting, this glass was poured promptly down the sink - complete with the intoxicated fly, which was floating on the surface!
Where I come from, drinking at 11.59am is a no-no!
However - just one minute later, 12 o'clock is known as 'beer o'clock!'
But even then, 'beer o'clock' only exists at weekends. It sounds silly, but there are just certain rules of alcohol related etiquette, aren't there?
There are two exceptions to this rule - The first one is Christmas, when it seems perfectly acceptable to indulge in a glass or two of Baileys Irish Whisky Cream, well before lunch time - which we always do ;0)
The second is when is when on holiday. I
Most weekends at 'beer o'clock', I am painting anyway and though painting under the influence might be a rather fun way of loosening up, I doubt it would have worked for today's painting!