When Gastronomista first started, it was less about cocktail culture as is it today, and was more about that fuzzy crossover between food and art. I spent my time searching the internet looking for obscure installations, videos, sculptures, and of course, donut paintings. But, then I fell in love with whiskey, and it seems I've been down the boozy rabbit hole ever since.
But for a moment, I would like to get back to my roots and talk about the work of Matt Talbert, the Los Angeles based painter who makes gorgeous still life paintings of cocktails. (Booze & (Good) Art, a Gastronomista's dream beat!)
I love his work because he is able to capture both the anticipation of watching a bartender make your cocktail to that gorgeous moment before the first sip. The cocktail is perfect - it looks gorgeous - and it's just sitting there, waiting to be devoured. And yet, Mr. Talbert takes this fragile and fleeting moment and makes it permanent, now a moment to be enjoyed forever..
Here are some of my favorites:
A Note from the Author: If anyone were to ever wish to gift one of Mr. Talbert's works to the author, she would be beyond thrilled. Tickled, even.