Chairs & Cocktails: Gin & Sin

I love mid-century modern everything. The lines, the commitment to the design, the colors, and even the cheese. I have been doing an ongoing series of digital artworks of MCM chairs and then adding a mid-century cocktail to go with it. Who doesn't want a swanky and somewhat ridiculous cocktail on a chair of lines and presence?


Digital sketch of the “Malibu Chair” by William Haines Designs, circa 1950’s.
When a chair is a perfect welcome note for sinful behavior, you have to find the perfect lounging drink.

Sit back and sip the cocktail, Gin and Sin. And not without salt. What makes this chair and drink sing with sin? The lines? The overt “lounginess” of its width? It’s low slung height? And what about that drink? Slightly pink, a little salty, and oh, so very, very sweet. Serve it in a martini glass with care, if you dare, as it is surely going to spill onto that white fabric.

Gin and Sin ~ not without salt
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
1 oz lemon juice
Add all sinful and sour ingredients to a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, orr serve over ice. Either way you are on your way for a perfect lounge session.

What's in the studio...

I wanted to share a couple of different things I have been working on.

New WIP, affectionately known as No. 88 (until I come across the title)

New WIP, affectionately known as No. 88 (until I come across the title)

I am digging the panels that I have been painting on. I have noticed that this one is even tighter than the last painting I did when it comes to the color squares. They represent the roofs of warehousing that are massive storage sites that sit in the middle of nowhere or on the edge of a community. The inspiration for these pieces are satellite images that show this mix and tension of nature and man.

Door Tour, Green Door: Palm Springs, CA

Door Tour, Green Door: Palm Springs, CA

This piece is done on the iPad. I have been playing with illustrations more, specifically digital illustrations, and I have been having a blast. I have also been using the Procreate time lapse feature to make little videos on their progress.

Check them out on my Instagram page -->

Alright, back to it and thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave comments too - I always love getting feedback!


My mid-Century modern drawing mood

My drawing of this 1950's Mid-century modern Parisian cocktail chair inspires:

The Book: Catcher in the Rye

The Drink: Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy

2 tablespoons honey
1 cup hot water
6 tablespoons bourbon
2 3x1/2' strips lemon peel
2 cinnamon sticks

Mood: Chill with a hint of zest

Digital Drawing ©2017 Beth Ortman

Materials: iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate app