Pour an artist a cocktail to “stir the creative juices,” then hand over a Sharpie and a napkin. What doodle will result? We find out in this just-for-fun Friday series.
The Cocktail: The Spotted Rhino, Smith & Cross Rum, Benedictine, Crème de Banane, Angostura bitters, coffee bitters, lemon juice, pineapple juice and simple syrup, at Eclipse in the Moonrise Hotel
The Artist: Amy Bautz, digital art professor at Saint Louis University. Bautz exported her bachelor’s in journalism over to Germany around the time the Berlin Wall fell, worked at a news service for five years there, then imported a husband back to St. Louis and received a master’s in fine arts at SIUE. “I studied some computer art in Edwardsville,” Bautz says, “but the bulk of my teachable knowledge comes from learning Photoshop 2 on the job in Germany. That was 11 versions of Photoshop ago!”
She might specialize in digital imagery, but her passion is for paint. “My art is not conceptual at all,” Bautz says. “At the last meeting of my painting club, we talked about how we move paint, what kind of paint we buy, what kind of glaze we seal our paint with. I once joined a critique group that was based on gender, not medium, but just because we could all grow babies didn’t mean we had anything in common artistically.”
A few years ago, Bautz began riding horses at a barn over in Illinois. “This doodle is of my dream horse, Mooch,” she explains as she tackles her Booze Doodle and the Sharpie ink bleeds through fantastical ellipses to the tabletop. “We love each other.”
What made you choose Eclipse’s Spotted Rhino?
B: I like rum. It’s almost 10 years ago now that my mother-in-law took my husband and me to Jamaica. We stayed in a resort beyond my dreams, Half Moon on Montego Bay. As soon as we arrived, someone just came up and put a rum punch in my hand. The whole time we were there, someone was always putting another rum punch in my hand. This went on for a week. That’s a lot of rum punch! I never felt drunk, though, just ... weightless. The Spotted Rhino sounded like a rum punch to me. It certainly tastes like one. Sometimes I draw rhinos, too, there’s an example of one on my website.
What sort of restaurants do you like here in St. Louis?
B: When we go out, we have the most fun at places like Taste or 360, snacking on small plates with drinks. As for actual meals, my current mission is to eat at every Mexican restaurant in St. Louis. I love Mexican food, even bad Mexican food in bad Mexican restaurants. Chile rellenos, tacos, fajitas, margaritas - all of it. There are a lot of taquerías up by the airport, but they never seem to last long. I love La Vallesana down on Cherokee and Pueblo Solis on Hampton. I do get certain food obsessions. I had a brief thing for those Vietnamese “happy pancakes,” bánh xèo, once. They vary in quality from restaurant to restaurant, so of course I had to try them out all over town. Compulsions and obsessions are definitely a part of making art.
What kind of food do you eat at home?
B: A while back, my husband and I divided up household tasks, and the cooking ended up on my list. I’m a pescetarian, my kids are super-picky, and my husband’s from Berlin. Italian is a household favorite, but I also make a lot of German food: spätzle, Bavarian sausage, and for special occasions, we have fondue. I love to bake bread: there’s nothing better than tearing a hunk off a freshly baked loaf, then dipping it into a pot of melted Gruyère.
Eclipse Restaurant, 6177 Delmar, The Loop, 314.726.2222, eclipsestlouis.com
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