Art of the Beverage

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Art of the Beverage is a blog that’s all about wine, art, and creativity. It features pictures of bottles that have been painted by hand with a special brush, transforming each bottle into a fine piece of art, as well as wineries and vineyards from around the globe. The website was created by wine enthusiast Michael Hammel, who seeks to raise awareness about the artistic side of the beverage.

The site is divided into numerous categories: Bottles, Artists, Wineries, Vineyards and Events. The “Bottles” section features pictures of some of the most exceptional bottles that have been painted in the last few years. The “Artists” section features painters from around the world who have created these works of art as well as their own biographies. The “Vineyards” section shows readers how some of the most famous wineries in California and France look like through their own eyes. The “Wineries” and “Events” sections present information about wineries that are currently available to schedule a visit and festivals that focus on natural wines.

In addition to featuring artwork from several countries all over the world, this blog also posts articles with information about events and workshops for beginner painters. Readers can find these articles listed under the “News

The purpose of this blog is to document and promote creative expression in the beverage world. The blog is intended to be a resource for people interested in natural wine and other fermented alcoholic drinks, including beer, mead, cider, kombucha, and more.

The blog will be divided into two main sections:

Section 1 will feature interviews with artists who create unique works using beverages as a medium. Section 2 will feature photographs and other media documenting art in the beverage world. Section 2 will also include articles on related topics such as fermentation or the history of beverage-related art.

The best way to introduce yourself to this blog is by reading through the various interviews already posted. You may find interesting things by looking at the most recent entries first, but you can also browse by artist name or category if you are looking for something in particular.*

Bottle Art began in 2010 as a creative outlet to paint and design bottles for the natural wine I was opening, drinking and selling. In 2011 I decided to take it a step further by making my own wine, and using recycled and natural materials in the process. I have been making wine ever since, and this blog has grown with it.

Bottle Art is focused on natural wine, sustainable practices, craft beverage development, recycling and repurposing materials and on supporting small family owned businesses. It is also a place to share my love of art, design, nature and travel with other like-minded individuals. If you would like to learn more about me or my work please visit the “about” page linked above. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! I love hearing from people that enjoy what I do.”

The Bottle Art Painting blog is the personal site of artist, wine lover and blogger Jori Loftis. The content of this blog contains the opinions of myself or my guest writers and shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement by any of the companies that create the products that are mentioned or linked to on this site, unless specifically noted.

The Bottle Art Painting blog also contains some affiliate links for which I receive a small commission if a product is purchased through that link. This does not cost you anything additional and helps me to afford the supplies I need to keep painting more bottles!

I paint and sell my work for the love of creating art and sharing it with those who appreciate it.**

My starting idea is to create a painting or drawing on the bottle with the use of a brush (no palette) and paint used for wine-making.

This technique is called reverse glass painting – it also has been applied as murals on walls. I often visit wineries, both in Slovenia and abroad, and I always take pictures of bottles that inspire me.

On this blog you can find some examples of these paintings, as well as other artworks created by me. I hope you will enjoy them!**

Have you ever been bored?

No, wait. Before you answer, let me ask: have you ever been bored, and then realized that boredom was just a label for your expectations? Because when we’re bored, it’s because we’ve gotten used to what we are doing. We’re not interested any more.

For example, the first time my boss, Tom Stevenson (of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti), walked me around the winery I was like a duck on water. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was like discovering a whole new world: the way everything is so organized, the way every detail matters. But after a while, it became normal. I got used to it. And as a result I stopped appreciating it in the same way, and started taking everything for granted.

Now that I’m leaving this job to start my own business – selling wine and other things (I’ll announce it in a few days) – I’m feeling those same feelings again: love and excitement at discovering a new world of wine but also fear of failure. Maybe my idea won’t work… Maybe there are better ways to sell products than the ones that come naturally to me… Maybe no one will want to work with me…

I’ve been a fan of artists like Rene Magritte and Man Ray and their creative use of everyday objects. Everything they did was fun, innovative, exciting, and so I started to try a little myself, with my own photographic subjects. However, I also love wine, have a huge collection of bottles, so soon I combined these two things together.

I’ve tried to capture the likenesses of different wines and spirits with my photography but still retain the spirit of the bottle. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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