Author: Drew

Drew Brophy HOW TO THRIVE AS AN ARTIST LECTURE

On Friday, November 1st, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. , I will be giving a talk in the George Hitchcock lounge entitled, “How to Thrive as an Artist.”

This talk is geared toward aspiring artists, students, and creative entrepreneurs, as I will be explaining how to make following your dreams a viable career path with concrete steps based off of of my own life and business experiences, having gone from an unknown surfer to the top-selling surf artist in the world.

Following my talk, Tom Pohaku Stone, renowned native Hawaiian surfer and shaper, will be performing an alaia surfboard shaping demonstration out of a beautiful redwood plank that has been generously donated by Big Creek Lumber.

On the evening of November 1st, as part of the Salt of the Earth event at UC Santa Cruz, there is a screening of the new film titled Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau , plus live music from The Shapes. This will be held at Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz,  at 6:45 pm.

For more info on all of these events, go to the Salt of the Earth website: http://saltoftheearth-ucsc.blogspot.com/

WHAT:  Lecture titled “How to Thrive as an Artist”

WHO:  Open to the public

WHERE:  PORTER COLLEGE, UCSC, in the George Hitchcock Lounge

WHEN:  Friday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m.   There will be a question and answer session immediately following the talk.

Solar Flare Painting by Drew Brophy 18 x 24 Mixed Media on Canvas

SOLAR FLARE 18″ x 24″ on Canvas

This SOLAR FLARE painting was inspired by my love of the sun.  It’s mixed media on canvas, sized 18″ x 24″ using a combination of Createx paint and Uni Poscas.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with waves and the sun.

Many people don’t realize the power of the sun; that it is everything;  it gives us light, warmth and life.

I often wonder how solar wind affects our weather on a daily basis.   Sunspots can produce solar flares, directed at the earth, and have a huge impact on us.

Scientists even attribute solar flares to earthquakes, due to the fluctuation to the magnetic field.

I contemplate what kind of effects solar activity has on the waves we ride, and the intensity of the sunburn we get when surfing.

I have noticed more intensity in the sun, and I wonder if solar flares have something to do with it.  It seems as if the sun is releasing more energy; but it’s probably due to the fact that earth’s magnetic field is weakening, providing less protection.  The solar radiation is able to penetrate deeper to the surface of earth.

This change obviously affects our weather and our waves and how much sunburn our bodies get.  I wonder what other impact this solar wind has on us?

Almost all religions can be traced back to sun worship.  Why do you think that is?

If we call the Earth our Mother, then for sure the Sun is our Father.

The sun is our source of heat and light.  It is energy.  It is everything.

Life is Good,  Drew

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

SOLAR FLARE was bought by Hector M., a collector in Orlando, FL.

Hector and his new painting

Hector and his new painting

 

My sister Andrea and her husband Jackie invited us to a Dunes Club Halloween Party when we were in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for Halloween one year.

I had less than an hour to come up with a costume.

Thanks to the wonders of duct-tape, palm frauns and cardboard, I was able to throw this medicine man Halloween costume together fast, in less than 30 minutes.

(The only thing I bought for this was the skull head.)

Here’s how you can make your own Medicine Man Halloween Costume, using everyday household items:

COMPONENTS:

FACE MASK – Cardboard, Uni Posca Paint Pens, wire, palm fronds, duct tape

Draw a creepy mask on cardboard, then cut it out with scissors.  Put a piece of wire inside the  mask so it keeps it’s curve.  Secure it with duct tape on the inside.  A strap to hold it on was made with duct tape.  The palm fronds were cut and laid into a fan on the top, and around the back of the strap, and secured with duct tape.  (If you don’t have palm fronds, try any other green, sturdy leaves.)  For paint pens, any will do.  I prefer Posca.

TOP – Found an old furry ski vest my dad used to wear decades ago.

GRASS SKIRT- A pair of board shorts with a grass-green colors, palm fronds, duct tape:  LAY out long pieces of duct tape and cut palm fronds to lay the ends on the duct tape, until it looks cool.  Lay duct tape on top, size it to your waist, and put it on over your shorts.

Taping on the palm fronds

SKULL HEAD PROP – I bought the skull at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store.  I duct taped it to a broom stick and taped palm fronds beneath it.

ACCESSORIES – I found some shell necklaces and bracelets around the house.

LAST MINUTE IDEA – For authenticity, I drew arm-band tattoos around my arms with sharpie markers.

I love making my own costumes  – they always look so much better than one you can buy.  Part of the fun of Halloween is making your own.

This costume was a big hit – everyone loved it!

Life is Good – Drew

This costume will get you the girls!

RIDING THE WAVE OF LIFE by Drew Brophy 16 x 20 Canvas Board 20x20 Series Oct 2013FOR the past 20 DAYS, I CREATED 20 ORIGINAL ART PIECES that reflect my thought process and where my ideas originate from. 

I painted from the heart, just having fun with it.  

You might love ’em, you might hate ’em, but either way, I hope they invoke a feeling for you.

This Painting is THE LAST of 20 in this #20×20 Series, titled RIDING THE WAVE OF LIFE, 16″ x 20″ on Canvas Board, medium Uni Poscas Paint Pens.

This is the final painting of my series and I wanted it to be the best one yet.

When I look at this process from the last 20 days, I see it as an exercise in loosening up, and learning how to better execute different techniques.

This painting is a reflection of all that.  And, in the end, I realize that I just love to paint surf images…

I hope you like it, Life is Good,

Drew

This painting is SOLD to Bill P. from New Jersey.  Thanks Bill!

*I’m accepting a total of 20 commissions to follow on the heels of this 20×20 series, at excellent prices – THERE ARE 5 SPOTS LEFT.  Email info@drewbrophy.com for the commissioned 20×20 pricing.

WHEN EMAILING to BUY ANY OF MY ART, or to Commission me to paint one special, just for you:  email info @ drew brophy dot com with your  phone# and shipping address.

 

 

 

Salt Creek by Drew Brophy 16 x 20 Painting Canvas Board Oct 2013 sFOR 20 DAYS, I’M CREATING 20 ORIGINAL ART PIECES that reflect my thought process and where my ideas originate from. 

I’m painting from the heart, just having fun with it.  

You might love ’em, you might hate ’em, but either way, I hope they invoke a feeling for you.

This Painting is #19 of 20 in this #20×20 Series, titled SALT CREEK , 16″ x 20″ on Canvas Board, medium Uni Poscas Paint Pens.

The inspiration for this painting came from a great surf session on Saturday.

I love the Fall season in California, because on some days we still get South swells and Santa Ana off-shore winds; the perfect combination for surfing.

This is precisely what happened this past weekend.  There was a beautiful, long period South swell.  The water was 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

I imagined what it would be like to be at Salt Creek with just a few friends.  I surfed with my friend Justin and about 200 other people that I left out of the painting!

It was a great day.  Hope you like the painting.

Life is good – Drew

 

This painting is available for purchase!  SOLD! To Kevin B. in Texas!

*I’m accepting 20 commissions to follow on the heels of this 20×20 series, at excellent prices!  Email info@drewbrophy.com for the commissioned 20×20 pricing.

WHEN EMAILING to BUY ANY OF MY ART, or to Commission me to paint one special, just for you:  email info @ drew brophy dot com with your  phone# and shipping address.