|33 Bottles of Beer on the Wall|
by Jane McElvany Coonce
When Nicholas was in college, he told me he wanted a painting for his apartment. I asked him what he wanted, and he said he didn't know. I asked him what he liked, and he said, "Beer." So I decided to do a trompe l'oeil beer bottle painting. I wanted every bottle to be different. I went over to the Lost Dog Cafe which carries every beer known to man and asked them if they recycled their beer bottles. They said no, but that they had a big trash bin in the back alley, and I was welcomed to look through there. I was dressed in my painting clothes, so I figured, what the heck. I proceeded to dig through the bin full of bottles and pulled out many interesting ones. Each label is like a separate still life. As I was rummaging through the bin, I saw a couple walking by on the side walk. I saw the woman glance over at me and heard her say, "Oh, the poor thing is hungry." That was when I figured I better get out of there before someone I knew saw me. Gosh, the things we do for art (and for our kids!)
Tompe l'oeil paintings take a lot of time. They have to be perfect or the artist won't fool anyone.
I did make some giclees (reproductions) of this painting because I think it would make a great painting over a bar or in someone's rec room. I also make notecards with this image. It's a perfect way to make college kids write thank you notes and think it's a cool thing to send. Whatever it takes!