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. 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.
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.
Kim Klabe is an artist from Rehoboth, Delaware. She is a graduate of University of Delaware with a major in Painting, and a graduate of the Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography.
This pour is from a series called “Barflies” – a collection of boozy characters you may find in a bar. This fellow is the guy who has had quite a few drinks, and when you ask him “Tell Me About Yourself”, he launches into his life history and his multitude of problems. We’ve all be there, on one side of the bar or the other.
This pour is made from Black Hops Winery Red Petit Verdot, from Vanish Brewery and winery in Leesburg, Virginia. All pours are made from red wine or dark beer.