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50 paintings 50 days some ready to ship to their buyers

“Do or Do Not – There is no Try”  Yoda

Back in November, I committed to painting one paint study, every single day, for 50 days.  I called it my “50 Fascinations” because it was a study in painting anything I wanted, the things that fascinate me the most.

Each morning I woke up and had to figure out what I would paint for the day.  Then, after I got it sketched on the canvas, Maria would email my private emailing list, showing them a photo of the painting in progress (and offering it for sale).  Then we would post the progress on Facebook and Instagram, and the final finished painting before the day ended.  Each evening, I would write a blog post about the painting of the day.

It’s been exactly a month since the series came to an end, and I want to give you an update (some have been asking).

But first – I would like one bit of feedback from you:  What was your favorite paint study? Please share in the comments and let me know.  (You can see all of them here on the blog, or for Instagram users, scroll through my IG feed here).

RECAP:

It was a challenge turning it “on” every day for 50 days, with no rest.  But with collectors on my private preview list as my accountability partners, I had to keep to the challenge.

When doing a painting series, there are always paintings that stand out among the others. Overall, I’m happy with every single one of them, though I do have my favorites. (I’ll share that with you another time, I don’t want to influence your favorite).

Most of my art sales come from commissions, which means I’m painting what I’m asked to. This series allowed me to do something I rarely get to do:  paint anything I want for 50 days.  (And we sold every single one of the 50 paintings)

So, I tried a lot of different techniques, such as a more painterly style, and some of the painting themes were “far out there”.   But most were my traditional surf style.

The biggest lesson I learned was to trust my gut and allow myself to be spontaneous.

I found that sometimes NOT trying too hard is the best thing I can do.

Just do, don’t try.  Let the painting take me where it wants to go.

Also, something I always say was reinforced through this process:  no matter what you create, there’s always going to be someone who loves it, and someone who hates it.  

I hope for the most part, you loved it all.  And I look forward to hearing what your favorite was.

Thanks for being a part of my story,

Life is Good – Drew

PS:  You can order a Limited Edition Print of any one of the Paint Studies here on my store (I hand sign each one).
Drew Brophy Art Studios
San Clemente, CA

50 of 50 Paint Stuides BIG TUBE BEACH By Drew Brophy Dec 14 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me.

This is #50 of 50 in the #50Paintings Paint Studies series.  Only 4 left to go!

TITLE: BIG TUBE BEACH

SIZE:  11″x 14″ paint pen on Fredrix Pro Archival Canvas Board.

Now that the 50 paintings are done, all I want for Christmas is a day of big tubes on my beach.  

Merry Christmas everyone, thanks for being a part of this series.

This Paint Study is SOLD to Aaron from Salem, OR, a new collector of my surf art.

One of my goals with this series is to make original art affordable for those who want it.   If interested in adding tomorrow’s to your collection, please email info@drewbrophy.com or text or call 949-678-8133 asap!

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good –

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
“It’s my job to make things look cool.”

49 of 50 Paint Studies STOKE-A-RAMA by Drew Brophy Dec 13 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me.

This is #49 of 50 in the #50Paintings Paint Studies series.  Only 1 left to go!

TITLE: STOKE-A-RAMA

SIZE:  11″x 14″ paint pen on Fredrix Pro Archival Canvas Board.

Went down to check the waves this morning.  Surfers were running down the street, towards the break, with surfboards tucked under their arms.  

 

From the littlest grom to the older guy with a longboard, they all had that same look of stoke on their faces.  

The anticipation of paddling out is a stoke that’s hard to describe.  Pure joy.

This Paint Study is SOLD to Kathy L., a regular collector of my art.

One of my goals with this series is to make original art affordable for those who want it.   If interested in adding tomorrow’s to your collection, please email info@drewbrophy.com or text or call 949-678-8133 asap!

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good –

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
“It’s my job to make things look cool.”

48 of 50 Paint Studies by Drew Brophy MORNING SURF CHECK Dec 12 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me.

This is #48 of 50 in the #50Paintings Paint Studies series.  Only 2 left to go!

TITLE: MORNING SURF CHECK

SIZE:  11″x 14″ paint pen on Fredrix Pro Archival Canvas Board.

Everyone uses computers to check if the waves are good.  But you can’t beat the feeling of checking the waves in the old school way.

 

There’s nothing like taking a drive to that old mysto spot, passing chickens on the dirt road and pulling up over the sand dunes to see what the waves have in store for you.  And if they are good, you are ready to go.

This Paint Study is SOLD to Scott A, an avid surfer, and, and avid collector of my surf art!

One of my goals with this series is to make original art affordable for those who want it.   If interested in adding tomorrow’s to your collection, please email info@drewbrophy.com or text or call 949-678-8133 asap!

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good –

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
“It’s my job to make things look cool.”

47 of 50 Paint Studies MINDS EYE by Drew Brophy Dec 11 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me.

This is #47 of 50 in the #50Paintings Paint Studies series.  Only 3 left to go!

TITLE: MIND’S EYE

SIZE:  11″x 14″ paint pen on Fredrix Pro Archival Canvas Board.

What if we got it all wrong?  What if this biological organism we know as our bodies isn’t really us; what if it’s just a vessel; but our mind’s eye is like a spaceship; actually from somewhere else.

Maybe what we are seeing and creating is like a video game and our bodies are the avatar.

If you knew that this life is just an experience, how would it be different for you?


If you knew that the REAL you is at the controls somewhere, and that maybe the real you is choosing these experiences for you, how would that change the way you see things in your life?

This Paint Study is available.  To add it to your collection, please text or call 949-678-8133.

One of my goals with this series is to make original art affordable for those who want it.   If interested in adding tomorrow’s to your collection, please email info@drewbrophy.com or text or call 949-678-8133 asap!

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good –

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
“It’s my job to make things look cool.”