There’s always room for more beer.

And epic beer posters. If you’ve followed me on Instagram in the last few months, you’ve probably seen several sneak peeks at some beer bottle watercolors I’ve been painting.

 

And painting.

 

And drinking and painting.

 

And then some more painting.

 

And then the formatting. And re-arranging.  And tweaking (but no twerking). And stifling of OCD tendencies.

 

And then FINALLY a little proofing and, heck, some more drinking time:

 

All for the huge piece of beer-love you see here:

 

Beer Hoarder. If you are into craft beer at all, you know one. You might actually BE one. Scooping up rare bottles at beer events. Stalking your local bottle shop for the next release. Waiting in lines for beer, like some perverse Soviet-era throwback. All to take your precious down to your basement, garage, cupboard, or cardboard box to let that bad boy get some age on it. Develop the funk. Yep, you’re a beer hoarder.

Actually, come to think of it, I’ve been doing a little bit of hoarding myself. I’ve been tinkering with this final piece for weeks now. And while it might be prudent to wait to release this baby into the wild until 2014, I just can’t bear to wait. Real artists ship. (Or so Steve constantly tells me.)

What I AM going to do is release a limited edition series of the Beer Hoarder print on 100% cotton fine art paper. And it is delicious paper, people. So thick and textured, it makes this print look every bit as good as an original. Limited edition of 100. Snatch one up here by Wednesday for Christmas delivery.

And because it is the holiday season and there are serious feelings of gratitude for all of my customers and supporters this year, I’m giving away  one of these limited edition prints! How can you win? Simply be the first to accurately identify every beer depicted. Easy, right?  Your list must be posted under the post on the Drywell Facebook page. I won’t tell you which ones someone misidentifies, only that they didn’t get them all right.

42 craft beers away from glory.

Hoppy Holidays.

xo, alyson

 

 

Bar towels are hot.

Super hot, apparently. I waited over two years to create and decide on a design, and in less than a week after putting them up for sale, they are almost gone. Yep, that’s right. My limited run of 100 bar/tea towels is almost sold out. (Men apparently don’t understand “tea” towels, but totally get “bar” towels. So there you go.)

So if you want one of these really freaking kick-ass bar towels to plop under your Christmas tree (or just to wipe up your spilled bourbon) you should grab one while they are still available.  I will clearly be printing more because I LOVE them, and so do other people apparently, but not until 2014. Consider this your PSA.

Cocktails before they became famous on bar towels.

It’s the holidaze! Time for a sale.

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and has had at least one pie breakfast. There is so much excitement here at Drywell HQ, partly because this is my favorite time of year, and partly because we have so many new arts a’brewing. Kind of literally.

To kick it off, enjoy 20% off your Drywell Art purchase in my shop from now — Small Business Saturday, until the end of Cyber Monday, December 2nd. ( I’m going to call Sunday “End of the Leftovers Sunday”, because I feel like it gets left out in the day-naming mayhem this time of year.)

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter here to get all the info on my upcoming shows and new art!

Ooo la la

escargot at market

Yep. 2013 is truly my Year of Travel. Heading to France for 2 weeks, this time with my mother. The last time I was in Paris, it was about 10 degrees out, so this time around, we are looking forward to picnicking and driving ice cold rose. Oh, and cider, as we will also be in Normandy. As usual, I’ll post photo updates on Instagram, so follow along if you’d like!

And let me know if you have any tips for Normandy or Paris places!

Au revoir!

Original Sidecar For Sale

Framed original watercolor. $175

As you may recall, last month I participated in Project Make, an online documentation of the creative process. The project is over, but that means there is original art for sale!

Offering original art is not something I have done a lot of online, choosing instead to sell at local shows. So now’s your chance, if you’re outside of the Bay Area and in need of an original watercolor painting. Check it out at the Project Make Shop.

meat into food, part III

The ongoing magic trick (sorry … illusion) of turning meat art into actual meat continues! Ever since January 2011, Drywell Art has been donating 10% of the sales of every Meat My City neighborhood meat maps to a local food bank. It only makes sense that if I’m peddling food for a living, I should be giving food to those in need as well.  As I was making my quarterly food bank donations this month, I realized there hasn’t been a recent update on the cold hard cash facts!

Above are the very grand totals of food bank donations by city since January 2011. I’m astounded. The San Francisco donation alone equates to over $5000 worth of food that the San Francisco Food Bank distributed. All from meat on paper. Go Team Carnivore!

(You can also check out the initial announcement , 2011 quarter one results , and 2011 Q2 + Q3 results, and 2011 Q4 plus 2012 Q1-3 results)

 

With no further ado, here are the totals for 2012 Q4, 2013 Q1 and Q2. Drumroll…..

6. Brooklyn – $25.00 to the St. John’s Bread and Life food pantry in Brooklyn

5. Portland. $32.50 to The Oregon Food Bank

4.  Seattle. $55.00 to  the Northwest Harvest food bank in Washington.

 

3. Los Angeles. $65 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. That’s 260 meals of food that can be distributed to needy families in LA!

2. San Francisco. Narrowly missing the top spot is my home city.  $150 to the San Francisco Food Bank. The SF Food Bank distributes $6 of food for every $1 donated. That means the SF Food Bank will be able to distribute $900 worth of food to needy residents of SF! Amazeballs.

1. Chicago. Man, the Midwest is representing, big time. The newest city to get a poster leads the pack with $167.50 to the Chicago Food Bank.

If you’re from one of these cities and think that another food bank needs the donations next time, just drop me a line and let me know. Thanks everyone!!

summertime cocktail prints, ready to rock

 

The weather has taken a turn for the sunny, and dare I say, warm? I was actually able to sit outside at Public House with my father on his short visit to SF yesterday, and *may* have even said it was hot at one point. And the sun went down behind the buildings and it was all over.

But, it is supposed to be quite lovely this weekend, which means it will be a great time to hang outside and stop in Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason. There are over 200 vendors, including your’s truly. Drywell Art will be front and center, quite literally. We’ll be set up next to my pal Kai, at Nosh This, who will be slinging Bacon Crack (TM) after a long hiatus.

Jam-maker extraordinaire, Lemon Bird and culinary soap-master Etta+Billie will be sharing a booth nearby, and my pal Sharon Z. will be there too with her eponymous jewelry line. Some other faves are SF tees for kids by my friend, the newly engaged Jamai of Animal Instincts, and the always amazing art of Ryan Berekley. (I just saw a show of his while I was in POrtland … really hoping he’s made some prints of those pieces!)

 

And Drywell Art will have some new goods on display, including a slew of framed original watercolors and at least two new cocktail diagram prints, the Sidecar and Sazerac.

Stop in, eat some chocolate and say hello.

Making Stuff for Project Make

Booyah! Final Sidecar cocktail diagram

Fully back in the swing of things here at Drywell HQ. Not only is Renegade Craft Fair coming up next weekend at Fort Mason, but I’ve also been busy creating new pieces for Project Make.

pencil sketch of sidecar

Project Make is a pretty fun project headed up by fellow artist Meghan Urback. Basically, for the next month, a group of local artists will be documenting their process for creating art. The process photos are posted on Instagram with the tag #projectmake as well as on each artist’s page on the Project Make website. Here’s mine. After the pieces are finished, the originals will be available for purchase on the site.

Where the magic happens. With the watercolor.

Photoshop mock up from fellow watercolorist Emily Proud

Woodcuts from Sirima Sataman

It has been pretty interesting so far to see everyone’s processes, especially those working in different media, such as wood block printing. My process can be at times …. a bit unorthodox.

Inspiration comes in many (delicious) forms.

 

…but tasty. I’ll post when the final paintings are available for purchase.

One Benjamin

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Mangosteens: Queen of Fruit. Ubud, Bali.

Just in time for Independence Day, I’m finally back in the USA after over 35,000 miles flying around the world. Actually, more accurately, I’m back just in time for the World Domination Summit 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Last year, the conference was awesome, and I wrote about it. Here. Last year, the organizers of this conference of non-conformists also made the insane gesture of giving away the profits of the conference to the attendees. Insane, I tell you. So I’ve had this $100 bill sitting around since then, and before I set off for my round the world trip of awesomeness, I decided to invest in myself. By buying fancy ass travel paintbrushes. With which I painted these things.

The trip was always intended to be a semi-working trip. When your business and leisure interests (i.e. food and drink) line up so well, that’s a no brainer. I already had a travel watercolor set, and these brushes allowed me to actually have nice brushes to you know, paint with.

While I didn’t paint as much on the trip as I intended, I am positively brimming with ideas and inspiration from eating my way through Asia and Europe.

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So when the amazing ramen diagrams and kebab illustrations make their debut, you have Chris Guillebeau and the generosity of the World Domination Summit to thank.

Friday Wednesday o’clock : Bali Edition

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If you followed any of my social internets as of late, it should be no surprise that Bali was not my favorite stop on this world tour. The reasons are many and have no place sullying this lovely cocktail post. Whatever its faults, Bali did, however, provide easy access to mangosteens AND drove us to kill a bottle of Knob Creek we picked up at duty free on the way in. Add in a little palm sugar, and you have a super easy and delicious Balinese old-fashioned that anyone can make – just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Spend ample time in Muslim countries, with high booze tax and shitty beer, such that you are chomping at the bit for something tasty.

Step 2: Search through each of the duty free shops at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, hoping to find a better bourbon than Jack Daniels* or Jim Beam. Successfully locate a bottle of Knob Creek. Rejoice.

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Step 3: Arrive in Ubud, realize you’ve made a huge mistake in your choice of destinations, and urgently seek out mangosteens, because at least you KNOW you love them.

Step 4: Enter the Ubud market, politely demur offers to purchase batiks, junky bracelets, and penis-shaped wooden bottle openers, and make your way to the old lady selling mangosteens.

Step 5: Ask how much, wait until she pulls out 40,000 Indonesian rupiah (about $4 USD/kilo). Playfully scoff, because you know this is the tourist price, and locals pay closer to 20,000-25,000/kilo. Offer 25,000. Accept her counter-offer of 30,000. Also accept the 2 tiny bananas and 3 rambutans she stuffs into your bag with the mangosteens, likely as a peace offering for charging you so much…. relatively speaking.

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Step 6: Walk along the streets of Ubud, searching for sugar while politely declining the constant offers for a taxi ride from the men lining the street. Keep your eyes on the ground, because the sidewalks are often broken, and lead straight down into a deep cement gutter.

Step 7: Locate a tiny stall selling spices, AND PALM SUGAR!! Spot a teeny tiny puck of palm sugar, smaller than an actual hockey puck. Have your husband handle this negotiation. She says it is 30,000 ($3 USD). Insanity. Husband counter-offers with 10,000 which is still far too much, but you NEED that sugar, and she accepts.

Step 8: Realize you need ice.

Step 9: Realize the closest ice would require a 15-minute walk down the street, the same street with the taxi touts and crumbling sidewalk, and that you are already drenched with sweat.

Step 10: Remember that you have your bourbon chilling in the hotel room fridge, and decide that cocktails are good even without ice.

Step 11: Make up the recipe. ***

Step 12: Sip joyfully and plan your return to Malaysia.

*yes, I know Jack Daniel’s is technically Tennessee whiskey, not bourbon. Duty free shops, however, do not recognize this distinction.

**lest you believe we are penny-pinchers, bargaining is expected here, as in most parts of SE Asia.

*** Balinese Mangosteen Old Fashioned.
Serves 2

+ 4 oz bourbon

+ teaspoon sized chunk of palm sugar (can sub in regular sugar but it will in no way be as delicious)

+ 2 spoonfuls of water

+ 1 mangosteen

Dissolve palm sugar chunk in water in glass. Stir until it mostly dissolves.

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Plop mangosteen segments into second glass. Smush around with a spoon.

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Divide mangosteen pulp and palm sugar water evenly into two glasses.

Add 2 oz bourbon to each glass. Top up with a bit of water to dilute slightly (or add ice intead if you’ve got it.)

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Enjoy!