Author: Drew

SUNRISE in South Africa As an Artist, people often ask me where I get my inspiration from.

Most all of my painting inspiration comes from nature and life.

Being a surfer and a traveler takes me to some of the most amazing places on earth. These experiences in my life are real and authentic, they become part of my story.

Art is so much more than painting pretty pictures, it is a different way of thinking and looking at the world.

It is raw creativity and wonder. Art is the ability to articulate an idea, feeling, or story, to others.

Here is a story about the SUNRISE painting I did after a surf trip to the other side of the world:

During a trip to South Africa, on the beautiful beach of Jeffery’s Bay, where the ocean is full of life and the waves seem to peel forever, I was inspired to paint the sunrise.

One morning before dawn, after the coldest night of the year, I awoke to be the first to ride one of these magical waves. Standing in the dark, shivering in my wet-suit, I used my surfboard to block the icy winds. The crashing waves kept me company but I could not see them in the darkness.  Above me, millions of stars illustrated the vastness of the universe.

As my mind began to wander, I felt cold and alone, as if I was nowhere in time or space,  just another soul or spec of light in the night sky so far from each other.

Finally a tiny faint glow in the distance caught my eye, it steadily grew larger with every second and in a sudden burst, a tremendous wave of light raced across the sky.  In a fraction of second it erased the darkness and the millions of stars. I instantly felt the warmth of the light as the wave illuminated me. I embraced it and basked in it, it felt like God’s warm hands on my face.

I was no longer alone, a new day had been born, the endless waves and our beautiful world came into view.  This is our true gift, every single day.

The earth is our mother.
The sun is our father.
The ocean is where I was born and feel most at home, it calls to me.
I am a Son of the Sea.

Life is Good,

Drew

PS:  Now Sunrise is available on stickers, so you can take it with you anywhere you go – check it out in my Store.

I CAN SEE Painting by Drew BrophyI CAN SEE Original Painting, mixed media on canvas board, sized 12″ x 12″.

This painting was inspired when hiking through the Grand Canyon on a SUP whitewater expedition.

Most people aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.  They see what they are told to see, or what they expect.  They follow the herd.

Somewhere along the way, humans have shut out the details, only absorbing the obvious, or what’s being sold to them through the media.

Eighty percent of the important stuff is missed by most.

This fact was evident when hiking deep into the Grand Canyon.  I was on a 16 day expedition with a private group.  Occasionally, the commercial tours would cross paths with us, usually in groups of 30 or more.  Often, they trudged right past the most spectacular sights the Canyon has to offer; perfect heart-shaped stones, eagles flying high above, ancient messages left on rock.

On one very hot day (as a commercial tour group filed right past me, missing what had stopped me in my tracks),  I looked up at an enormous canyon wall, to see handprint impressions on the stone.

It was a message left in another time, from inhabitants of the Canyon.  I don’t know how long ago those handprints were made; hundreds of years ago?  Thousands?

The ancient greeting stayed with me long after returning home to Southern California.

So I decided to create my own handprint art.

I added the all-seeing-eye.  It represents that “I Can See”, because I feel that artists are given the gift of seeing more than most others.  Seeing things in nature, in people.

This painting was given to my sister-in-law, Caroline, for Christmas.  An artist herself, she fell in love with it.

For a fresh insight on the Handprints in the Canyon, check out this post by Andrew Guiliford, who felt that the handprints in the canyon guided him to safety one night.

Handprints in the Grand CanyonLife is Good – Drew

Winding down from our five month trip across country, Maria and I decided to spend a week in Florida before driving back to San Clemente, California.

One of our Florida stops was to spend a few days at tattoo artist Mark Longenecker’s.

Mark is the guy I gave my first tattoo to (and my last), a couple years ago.

He’s the only person who could talk me into holding a tattoo machine and actually doing it.

Over the years, we’ve painted Escape Camper vans together and created tattoo flash together.

This time, Mark and I decided to paint a mural on the side of his Endless Summer Tattoo Shop.  The wall is facing A1A, the perfect place to put a mural.

Over wine the night before, Mark and I sat down and tried to brainstorm a design.  We threw out a few ideas.  We knew we wanted a wave and a sun.  But in the end, we decided to just wing it.

Collaboration with Mark Longenecker

The next day we laid out 120 cans of Mtn 94 Montana Spray paint and went to work on it.

While we painted, people were driving by on A1A honking their horns and yelling out the window, stoked.

The mural turned out pretty good – and we got it done in about eight hours.

Here’s a video of us painting it that Mark put together with his Go Pro:

ENDLESS SUMMER TATTOO MURAL, COCOA BEACH – Please leave a comment if you like it.

Life is Good – Drew

I was stoked when Monica Lee, the host of “Smart Creative Women” asked me to be on her popular video show called “Smart Creative Women”.

Monica is smart and fun and she asked some great questions – watch it here:  DREW BROPHY ON AUTHENTICITY AND ON LIFE.  Below is a list of some of the things we talked about.

  • How to train people to think of you in the way you want them to
  • Advice for an artist who is asked to create what they don’t want to.
  • Do I ever  paint just for fun?
  • How some of the paintings I did just for fun became my most iconic and best selling paintings.
  • How to come off as authentic in your artwork; how you can marry your art with your love of what you’re into.
  • How I dreamed of going places in the world; big ideas that took money and travel and guts.
  • How to “be confident with who you are, and what you do”.
  • How I figured out what I wanted in life, and then I got it.
  • How I got the reputation of being the guy who gets things done.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW BELOW – and please, leave a comment on Monica Lee’s Page if you liked it!

DREW BROPHY ON AUTHENTICITY AND ON LIFE

I have always encouraged others to customize their gear.  Over the years I have wanted to inspire others to have fun painting their own guitars, shoes and skateboards.

Now, Aerial 7 and I have collaborated on the first ever “DIY Headphone” – a headphone that you can customize yourself.

The Aerial 7 DIY was released last month and already we are receiving photos of customized headphones from people all over the country!

To me, the Tank headphone is a blank canvas that anyone can transform into their own personal design.  The DIY Artist Edition Tank is an over-the-ear headphone with thick ear cushions and a padded, adjustable headband.

There are many different ways you can customize these headphones.  Here’s just a few:   (more…)