I began working in wine and beer pours in August of 2017, after working in oils and watercolors for over 30 years. Painting had become stifling, and boredom had set in. Representational painting was not only very competitive, but lacked what I desperately needed - a way to express myself freely and creatively.
Working in pours re-connected me to the creativity and imagination I experienced in art school. The direction of the wine dictates how distorted a figure may or may not be, and no longer is representation a necessary part of my painting. There is no sketching to plan the drawing, I go right to the pour with a marker and try to reign in the happy chaos of the pour. This is a self-imposed discipline that energizes me and encourages me to think that there are no "mistakes". Three eyes and 12 fingers are actually quite the norm. The pours cause people to look, to reflect, to think and yes - to laugh. The colors and the energy draw the eye and conversation ensues. The fact that the pours get their start from wine and beer only adds to the conversation.
Pours are made by pouring wine or dark beer on #400 watercolor paper, letting the liquid dry, then looking at the dried stain/image to see what shapes appear. Those shapes are defined with markers and colored pencil, using the lines/shapes of the pour. Some of the wine or beer stain is left untouched, other areas are mostly covered, but the integrity of the pour remains.
Sometimes I have no direction for the final outcome, and discover as I go along.
So why wine and beer? I love the way the wine and beer move across the textured paper - their color, the way they puddle and leave shimmery sugars behind. I love how wine and beer can bring people together for laughs and conversation. It's an unusual medium, and that's pretty cool in and of itself. And yes, I like it - but no, I didn't accidentally spill wine and get the inspiration!
Titles of the pours are taken exclusively from current events (whether world-wide or personal events), and help date stamp a place in time.
This medium is unique and unusual and has helped me connect with my true love for art and expression. I hope you love it as much as I do. Click on the image to get the story behind the titles, or to zoom in and to get sharper images. Pours come mounted on a cradled wood board and wired to hang. If you live within 30 miles of Rehoboth/Lewes DE and don't need shipping, use coupon code NoShipping.
Dreams and Nightmares National Juried Show, Gallery Underground, Arlington VA, Feb 1 - 26 BEST IN SHOW AWARD Oxford Fine Arts, Oxford MD, Mary 14 and 15 Rehoboth Art league Boardwalk Arts Festival, Rehoboth DE, May 22 Frederick Festival of the Arts, Frederick Md, June 12 and June 13 Gallery 50 Solo Show, Rehoboth DE, July 2 - July 30 St. Peter's Art Show, Lewes DE, July 3 Rockville Arts Festival, Rockville MD, September 4 and 5
Kim Klabe is an artist from Rehoboth, Delaware. She is a graduate of University of Delaware with a major in Painting and the Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography. See my work at Gallery 50 in Rehoboth, Delaware, Rehoboth Art League, and at District Arts in Frederick MD. See the upcoming shows above for juried shows and festivals and gallery representation. Thanks for visiting! Contact me at kimklabe.com or visit my Facebook page @KimKlabeWineandBeerPours
People have nightmares about my paintings sometimes. It pleases me enormously. -Donald Baechler (1956 - )