Friday, March 23, 2012

Anne Leuck Feldhaus

Portrait of Hobie, a Tibetan Terrier

Working out of her Chicago studio, Anne Leuck Feldhaus celebrates life with paint. Her simplified forms, sophisticated compositions and vivid color palettes provide a bold mix of contemporary folk and urban pop art. As a pet adoption advocate, Feldhaus uses her animal-themed art to encourage support of animal welfare and shelter organizations.

Self-taught in painting, Anne retains her childhood aesthetic, which was surely influenced by many Sunday mornings staring at the stained glass windows in a Catholic church. Her color sense was further developed mixing her own frosting colors while baking cutout cookies with her mother. Many of those colors still make up her palette today.

Anne has exhibited nationally in galleries, at fine art fairs, and on-line. Specializing in custom Dog and Pet Portraits, she is also an illustrator and has licensed her designs for stationery and home decor products. Her work has appeared on expressway billboards (in Kansas & Georgia), neighborhood banners, t-shirts, movies (The Number 23 and The Break Up) and even farm fields (an 11 acre field sculpture). Press includes features in publications such as The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times, Modern Dog and on programs such as Art Beat Chicago and Animal Planet. Anne’s works hang in private collections in over 30 U.S. States, as well as internationally.

For more info, click here to visit Anne's website.

Mad Men Cocktail

The fifth season of AMC’s Mad Men premieres on Sunday night with the usual cast of hard-drinking ad execs in the 1960s. For a Mad Men–themed viewing party, we offer an old-fashioned (below), which is Don Draper’s drink of choice.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned

1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tablespoon club soda
2 ounces bourbon
1 thin strip of lemon peel

In a rocks glass, combine the sugar cube, bitters and club soda. Muddle to a paste. Stir in the bourbon. Add ice and garnish with a two-inch strip of lemon peel.