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October 8th, 2017

Guiness® Extra Stout

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States
Artist Statement: No matter what I paint, much planning goes into it. Having been commissioned to paint a bottle of Guinness® Extra Stout – whose color is advertised as being equally as deep as its taste – made this job a bit more stressful.

I always start a painting with an underlying detailed drawing. My Two Commandments of drawing/painting type are (1) Thou shalt not run short of space and then have to squeeze in characters, and (2) Thou shalt have no typos before thee. (My love of both drawing and painting type predates the computer era, harkening to my former life as an art director.) Motto: Planning is key.

I usually begin painting with the label. If that works, all else will fall into place. The bottle proper is where the fun is. Honest, I just toss, splatter, and pray… and in the process give the paper a real beating. Watercolor paint has a mind of its own. I think it’s wiser to love the way of watercolor than to try to tighten your controls.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
An Englewood, NJ, resident, Dorrie Rifkin paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography. Her other passions — music, New York City, and family – are palpable in her work. Every painting has a personal story.

Dorrie Rifkin’s paintings have won prizes in many international and national juried shows. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Northeast Watercolor Society. Her work has been selected for both Splash 14: Light and Color and Splash 15: Creative Solutions (North Light Books) and she was profiled in Watercolor Artist magazine’s “Ones to Watch” feature.

Website: www. dorrierifkin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorrierifkin
Instagram: @dorrierifkin

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