Drunk • Words

My sister always told me that drunk words are sober thoughts. We all know that alcohol can lower inhibitions. For some people it lowers them so much, they find themselves doing things like dancing naked on the table. For others, a drink or two in and they find themselves being able to talk freely, share honestly, and maybe approach someone that they would otherwise be intimidated to do so. Within the context of being an artist, as I started painting around 2005, one of the things I would do was open a beer, take a few drinks and start painting. I found that after the effects set in, I wasn't worrying about what I didn't know and I wasn't thinking about The “rules” of art, the “rules” of painting. I wasn't worrying about color theory, composition, and all those things that would otherwise inhibit me. I found that after a drink or two I was just being honest and expressing myself through what I was painting. Alcohol is one of those things that I consider to be a fulcrum item or a pivot point. For some people it can be very destructive if abused of course. For others it can help them let their guard down, loosen up, and just be themselves. Like anything in the world it can be used for constructive or destructive purposes. Cars get us to places safely and cars also kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. It doesn't make a car a bad thing, it's just a thing that does constructive and destructive things depending on the circumstances.  I know it's not very popular these days to promote alcoholic consumption, but I am of the opinion that a drink or two in, and you will find yourself painting a little more honest and a little more open. Of course I'm not suggesting that if alcohol is a destructive force in your life you should just chuck your principles out the window and go get drunk. I am saying, if you can maintain balance, have a drink or two responsibly,  let your inhibitions go, and pour your heart into your art.



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Heres a list of my favorite liqueurs

• Whiskey: Basil Hayden

• Bourbon: Pendleton or 1910

• Tequila: Casamigos Anejo

•Gin: Bombay Sapphire

•Vodka: Grey Goose

•Favorite beer: Hoppy as can be IPA. 

•Favorite wine: Red Zinfandel 

•White:  Pinot Grigio

•Favorite mixed drink: Vodka Dirty Martini