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“Drink, Flamingo”. Day 10 of 30 Birds. (SOLD)

“Drink, Flamingo”

Flamingos. Why in the world would they be pink?? I mean, it doesn’t seem to me that such… flamboyant coloring would give much reproductive advantage. If anything, it seems like it would make the bird more visible to predators, considering they live among swamps and saw grass and whatnot. It’s not like they live in a land of cotton candy in Lollipop Village, or whatever. So what gives? People say their pinkness results from a diet high in beta carotene and shrimp. Plus, the vibrant color attracts mates. But what about predators, dammit? And if, say, a swan’s diet were high in beta carotene and shrimp, would it turn pink? I don’t think so.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know with a comment. Recent suggestions include birds of a feather, ducks on the pond, a bird in the hand and a Saint Louis cardinal. And of course, my take on all the birds from “The 12 Days of Xmas” (swans a-swimming, calling birds, French hens, etc.) are on their way, too.

Yesterday’s bird: “Java Drinkin’ Bird”

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“Java Drinkin’ Bird”, # 9 of 30 Birds (SOLD)

“Java Drinkin’ Bird”

The infamous toy “drinking bird” and coffee: two favorites, together again. The drinking bird, according to Wikipedia “is a heat engine that exploits a temperature differential to convert heat energy to a pressure differential within the device, and perform mechanical work. Like all heat engines, the drinking bird works through a thermodynamic cycle. The initial state of the system is a bird with a wet head oriented vertically with an initial oscillation on its pivot.” Well, whattaya know. I thought it was magic.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an the dodo, a jive turkey, a blue-footed boobie, terns, herons and egrets.

Yesterday’s bird: “Triple Kiwi”

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Day Five’s Bird (of 30): “Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in Sleet Storm”

"Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in a Sleet Storm"

Yesterday’s weather here in New York was thrilling, and generally, we have no option but to deal with it. In fact, I’d say New Yorkers are more in touch with the cycles of nature than most of car-centric America. So often (as I did before I lived here), you can choose to jump into your car in the garage, drive to another garage and jump out. The weather may make driving better or worse, but you’re not really IN IT. Here, you’re generally exposed to the elements when you get from A to B, even if you’re only walking to the subway or catching a cab. You still have to go out there and interact with the weather, good and bad. Yesterday, as I said, was a doozy: a sleet storm blew thru and we dealt with it. Things had to be DONE. Errands do not WAIT for a break in the weather. This delivery stork knows what it’s like, especially right before a big cocktail party. The show must go on and all that.

I’m doing an original work [almost] every day this month. 30 of ‘em in 31 days. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an American Kestrel, “the bird”, a siren (half-woman/half-bird mythical beast) and the legendary Phoenix.

Yesterday’s bird: “The Raven”

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“Café au Lait & Beignets” Day 28 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Cafe au Lait & Beignets"

You’re in New Orleans. It’s the morning after one of those nights. You head down to Cafe Du Monde in the French market. You get a cafe au lait. And of course and order of beignets, with about eight inches of powdered sugar on top. There’s a jazz quartet playing on the sidewalk about 10 yards from your table. Temperature is 75 degrees. Life is pretty darn good.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

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“That 70’s Brew (Stroh’s)”: a Very Special Installment of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Stroh's – that '70s Brew"

The night before Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Eve, if you will), is reputed to be the biggest bar night in the U. S. of A.* Bigger than New Year’s, bigger than the night before I got married. Okay, Vernor’s (ginger ale) sold already. That was a Michigan favorite. I’m a Michigan boy. I’ve got another Great Lakes State favorite right here. And this time, it’s not 5″ by 7″. It’s [relatively] ginormous: 16″ by 20″. HUUUUUUGE!!!

STROH’S. It was once only available in Michigan, sort of like how you could only get Coor’s out west. As if it was all exclusive. Why, I don’t know. Obscure liquor laws left over from the Coolidge era? (“Calvin Coolidge” what was what known as a “President” in the “1920s,.” Read about him “here.”) Something having to do with West Michigan Calvinist Reformed Christians? I don’t know. All I know is that it was VERY, VERY IMPORTANT to keep Stroh’s away from the rest of America. Not anymore. Not now. I present Stroh’s for the people. VINTAGE Stroh’s, from the’70s. And still only, $99, for a giant painting (relative to those pipsqueaks I’ve been doing). And it’s on CANVAS, stretched and ready to hang. Click here to purchase.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping (except this one with is, as I’ve explained [relatively] huge, so I’m charging a nominal fee for shipping). You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Tip o’ the day: Check out EatingtheRoad.com. The flow-charts alone are worth the trip.

Coming soon: Wisconsin’s Pride: cheese & summer sausage, a deconstructed Blimpy Burger, Cafe Du Monde beignets & café au lait, and a few holiday favorites.

Tomorrow’s painting: sweet and creamy.

Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of RoadFood.com for his mention here.

*Drunks of America Assn., 1998

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“Vintage Vernor’s”: Day 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days (SOLD)

"Vintage Vernor's"

If you’re from the Detroit area in particular or Michigan in general, you may have an appreciation for Vernor’s, one of America’s great regional soft drinks. This spicy, hyper-bubbly barrel aged ginger ale has made Michigan kids sneeze for generations. Here’s a look at one of their vintage bottle, all hot-an’-spicy-like.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. (except this one, which has already been sold) And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Tip o’ the day: Check out EatingtheRoad.com. The flow-charts alone are worth the trip.

Coming soon: Wisconsin’s Pride: cheese & summer sausage, a deconstructed Blimpy Burger, Cafe Du Monde beignets & café au lait, and a few holiday favorites.

Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of RoadFood.com for his mention here.

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“The Perfect Shot”. Day 23 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"The Perfect Shot"

The Northwest Passage. The Holy Grail. The Perfect Shot of Espresso. I don’t know what to tell you about the first two (though I understand that thanks to global warming #1 might be a viable option soon), but I know from the last one. Had it last week at Ninth Street Espresso in the East Village, served up by a guy they call Shark. A macchiato. This painting (watercolor and ink) only hints at the experience. I recommend you go there and try it yourself.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Coming soon: Vernor’s ginger ale, a deconstructed Blimpy Burger, Cafe Du Monde beignets, and a few holiday favorites.

Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of RoadFood.com for his mention here.

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