Sunday, May 1, 2016
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Friday, June 27, 2014
"Flaming Mai Tai"
Limited Edition of 20
Signed and Numbered
9 x 12 inches on archival cold pressed paper
Announcing a new limited edition print of my "Flaming Mai Tai" painting. Only 20 available and the first one will be donated to Art Beyond the Glass. ABTG is a fantastic event held every year in Los Angeles supporting local charities and celebrating the cocktail community. If you're anywhere near Hollywood this weekend you should go check it out! The other 19 prints are available for $50 at talbertart.bigcartel.com
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Flaming Mug of the Tiki Punksters 12" x 16" oil on linen
It's time I get this blog back up to date, so keep a look out for more posts of my recent cocktail paintings! Enjoy!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
A Happy Hour in Portland, 16" x 20" oil on linen
I got back to my studio and started the painting. Everything was going smoothly until I was about 90% complete when I became so frustrated that I almost ripped it to shreds. I hated the background, I hated the shirt, I hated the tattoos, I hated everything. Luckily I didn't burn the canvas and opted to set it aside. Over time my feelings faded to the point where I can't even remember why I disliked the painting in the first place. Just a month ago I revisited the painting and saw with clarity that it only needed an adjustment here and a finish there and boom, it was done. Now it is one of my favorite paintings!
It's funny how our minds can get so fixated on little things that we forget about the big picture. A little distance removes the attachment we feel to our work and allows us to see things clearly, almost as if it wasn't our work at all.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Negroni with Round Cube, 9"x12" oil on canvas
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I recently took a small detour out of cocktail world to create three small wine painting for this upcoming show at the Loft at Liz's. It is a unique gallery space above an antique hardware store in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles. I'm looking forward to a night of great art and wine at the opening this Saturday. I hope to see you there. Cheers!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
What better time to get in the Tiki spirit than the dead of winter? I was honored recently when bar owner and cocktail guru Martin Cate commissioned me to paint a scene from his famous San Francisco Bar, Smuggler's Cove. Considered to be one of the best tiki bars in the country, it was easy to be inspired by Martin's elaborate garnishes and custom tiki mugs. If you want to warm up this winter I suggest going to your nearest tiki bar and getting a classic Mai Tai, hopefully made properly like Martin demonstrates in this video.
Here's a few Tiki Bar recommendations...
Smugger's Cove, SF
Tiki Ti, LA
Hale Pele, Portland
Don the Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
Thursday, November 15, 2012
If you're interested in buying some prints or originals you can find them at shop.talbertart.com or contact me if you're want a painting that's not in the shop. I hope everyone is having a good start to the holiday season. Take care!
Monday, October 29, 2012
I'm excited to be included in the fall group show at Bistango in Irvine, CA. They have been combining art shows with fine dinging for over 25 years and will be a beautiful venue for my cocktail paintings. Absinthe Drip, Stir With Ice, Finishing Touch, and Aviation will be hanging in the exhibition through January. If you're in the area stop by for a drink and check it out.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Shake and Stir, 12"x16" oil on linen panel
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of exploring the thriving craft cocktail scene in Portland, Oregon. The drinks were top notch and the bartenders were friendly and welcoming. One of my favorite spots was Beaker and Flask where I met the lovely Mindy Kucan. She seemed to be truly having a blast behind the bar and put everyone in a good mood. In my latest painting she is seen wasting no time making four drinks at once, each in their own antique glass.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"Three Dots & A Dash" 9"x12" oil on linen
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Stir with Ice, 16"x20" oil on linenFrom the moment I started painting classic cocktails I've been thinking about how to best depict "the stir." It is an elegant technique that is one of the core rituals in cocktail making along with "the shake." When done with expertise, stirring a drink with ice brings out the perfect balance of taste, temperature and texture. The unique Japanese mixing glass heightens the beauty of the stir in such a way that it is no wonder why it has become a staple in so many great bars. Of course this wouldn't be a proper stir if not for those large blocks of ice being twisted around. Ice of all forms is such an important element in the cocktail for both it's use and aesthetic. Watching the ice melt and chill the glass while the drink reaches its finished product is a lovely sight indeed.
Original Sold Purchase prints here!
Original Sold Purchase prints here!
If you're interested in purchasing this painting feel free to email me for details, thanks!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Like most of us, I started my home bar-tending career with a three piece cobbler shaker. As my interest in the craft grew I graduated to the Boston shaker (a metal tin and a pint glass). However, the more I went out to the classic bars, the more I realized that almost all of the bartenders simply use two tins for shaking. So if you're like me and wondering, why is this? Here are a few reasons why the pros choose this method.
1. It's much lighter. If you're going to shake cocktails for hours on end, don't make it harder on yourself.
2. Metal on metal is going to make the drink colder faster.
3. There is no glass to break or chip. The last thing your customer wants is a chip of glass for garnish.
What do you think? Is metal on metal the best, I'd love to hear your thoughts.