Wow.... the feedback blew up on this, and I had no idea! I was so absorbed in my latest piece that I totally missed this. Thanks for all the positive feedback! To answer questions: It's Dionysus, the greek precursor to Bacchus. Dionysus was less of a frat boy and more of a thespian. Ariadne was his wife... his mortal wife. There are different endings to their story, but in the one that interests me, he is unable to restore her to life or grant her a place with the gods. I felt that element made for a more interesting and complicated patron of alcohol. It's painted in oil on aluminum. Don't try acrylic, it peels right off. The thing in the top right corner is a lime peel, not an apple, though the red thing in the bottom left is an apple peel. As for the Squids- I'm not sure I have a concrete answer for that one. I have ideas, but I think I am best left saying it doesn't work without them.
The title is a reference to a Tom Waits song "Tom Trauberts blues" [link]
though there is also a bit of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" [link]
Daily Deviation, who'd of thunk it?