Saturday, September 20, 2008


Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 15 x 11''
Created July 25 - September 19, 2008, #148

This image took me the longest time to figure out. There was so much stuff going on as far as lighting and color nuances were concern. The title pretty much reflects the mood for the painting. When you have champagne on hand, it is usually an occasion to celebrate a special event or moment. In this trio we find: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin- a premium French Champagne, Aufkellereien - a sweet German white wine and Captain Morgan Deluxe Dark Rum.

Growing up, I use to play minor hockey in Richibucto, New Brunswick. Further down the road from where the arena was located was the Morgan Distillery, then owned by the Seagram Company Ltd. Seagram was the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in the world with it's headquarters located in Montreal, Qc. Captain Morgan Rum was produced at this plant for the longest time. The plant closed after part of Seagram was sold to Diageo. Morgan Street in Richibucto is the only reminder of a plant that once provided many jobs for the local economy.
-private collection


  1. FANTASTIC painting, Alvin! I cannot imagine the challenge this piece would have been... truly amazing - inspiration in a bottle, or two, or three. :-) Congratulations.

  2. Beautiful light Alvin..gorgeous and subtle color and value changes..very well done. Nice to see you posting some work again. All the best,

  3. Your work is outstanding, I admire your talent and creativity.

  4. Alvin,
    An awesome painting! It looks like it was challenging to paint. I love the composition.

  5. In no particular order: It's beautiful. I'm thirsty. You have the neatest signature in the whole world. I love how light dances through the bottles. Excellent rendering of reflection as usual. I still can't get over the acrylic thing.

  6. Thank you everyone for your comments. I always appeciate your visits.

  7. Alvin, You have been busy. Outstanding paintings here. And I love the inclusion of liquor recommendations!
    Thanks for your kind note about our new addition.
    Diapers and paint!
    Best to you and yours,

  8. Love that painting. Stunning detail and light.

  9. Wonderful piece Alvin. This is tough subject matter. The lettering and reflections are done to perfection. Bravo !!!!!

  10. Alvin, You Rock!!! beautiful new painting, a real gem!!
    all the best, mike