Behind the Scenes…

FRIDAY:  December 1, 2017:  I’m giving a free demo on how to use UNI POSCA Paint Pens.   From 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:  Artists and Craftsman Supply Store, 701 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125.

WHAT:  Learn all about these great water-based paint pens.

During this demonstration I will share many different tips and techniques while you join in and create your own mini drawing with POSCA paint pens.

PRICE:  It’s FREE.

Hope to see you in Miami!

This is a sacred geometry painting that was commissioned by employees and friends of Doug Francis, the CEO of Weedmaps, for his fortieth birthday. 

It was very moving for me to create this artwork for him, as it is evident that he is deeply loved by the people who work for him.  While painting it, I couldn’t help but wonder, what kind of person do you have to be that would inspire this level of devotion from your team.

When I get a commission for a sacred geometry piece, it’s really important that I understand what the collector wants.  In this case, they wanted a specific teal green color, sacred geometry and a very subtle leaf incorporated into it.

It was important to me to get it as close to what they wanted as I possibly could.  It can be difficult to follow specifications exactly, with this type of commission, because sometimes the painting will do what it wants.

I love how this painting turned out.   It took a few months from beginning to end, and when it was finished, I was incredibly happy with it.

Below is my description of the painting, the meaning and the process:

Like all plants, the cannabis leaf is a beautiful representation of the intelligence of the Universe.

The seed of the cannabis plant, before it is even put into the dirt, holds within it a blueprint of its magnificent potential.

Water provides the seed with a trigger and the building blocks that enables the seed to grow. The seed grows leaves so that it can collect the light from the sun.

The geometry of life is already there, and the water and the light conspire to allow it to fulfill its greatest potential.

This painting was designed to demonstrate the geometry of the leaf and to celebrate the beauty of how purely intelligent it is.

The measurements of the leaves very closely follow the Golden Number 1.618 and the Fibonacci Sequence.  The leaves expand as if reaching for the light.

It makes you wonder; how does it know what to do?  When Shamans say “the plants talk to us,” they are describing a vibrational message they pick up from the plants that will assist in healing. It’s possible that the information being read is encoded in the shape and the fragrance of the leaf.

This is a glorious thing that nature provides, giving us medicine and nutrients to enable us to also fulfill our own potential.

GEOMETRY AND THE PROCESS OF PAINTING SWEET LEAF:

Sweet Leaf is painted on a canvas sized 48” x 60”, using a proprietary mixed media process that I have developed.

The artwork contains an underpainting of more than one hundred layers of paint, meticulously added over a period of months.

I then laid down the flower of life pattern that served as a map representing the field in which everything is contained.

The next step was to add the geometry with the simplest formula, which is radiating circles of 1.618, the Golden Ratio of Phi.

The Golden Ratio is found in the design and beauty of nature, everywhere.

Each circle is 1.618 larger than the circle it surrounds. What I found, happily, was that the cannabis leaf lays nearly perfect on the proportions of the Golden Number with each blade of the leaf matching the circles.

Then I took the arcs of those circles and made intersecting points, finding that it was the basic blue print for the leaf itself, creating a beautiful geometry.

Next, I painted in a ghost image of the actual leaf that floats within the geometry.

All together it demonstrates the perfection of nature. It’s a beautiful pattern, which is the fundamental building block of life as well as the building block of design.

We have to wonder, why does this look appealing to us? The geometry, the leaf, the plant? Our minds find it beautiful because of these ratios and design elements that are taken from nature.

We recognize it, sub-consciously, as divine.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE:  

In nature, all living things contain the 1.618 Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence.

The Golden Ratio is an average of the growth rate of all living things. The Fibonacci Sequence is a ratio describing the same effect.

Everything is spiraling out of nothing.  It’s as though light is growing. It is taking the light and the water and constructing something out of space, and builds at that rate, in balance.

For example, in your hand, each one of your bones is 1.618 smaller or larger than the others. If you fold your fingers, you’ll see that they curl in a spiral, much like the Fibonacci Sequence.

Everything in nature is perfectly proportioned.   In art, when you use these formulas, it is more beautiful to us because we subconsciously recognize the proportion that we know to be in all of nature.

Nature is attempting to grow as efficiently as possible and just so happens that nature has figured it out.

We are connected to all life forms and the Universe is just one big potential that we all are striving to access.

We are a part of a connected Universe.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this painting story.

Thanks- Life is good – Drew

 

PS:  Here’s a Youtube Video that I made explaining the process and the painting.

 

 

This week I’ve been working on a few painting projects; two fine art surfboard commissions and two sacred geometry commissions.  (You can see them in progress on Instagram.)

But the big news is this:  My favorite paint pen company, Posca, and I have teamed up and they are finally getting Posca paint pens distributed in the USA.

Posca paint pens have been my medium of choice since the late 1980’s, especially for painting surfboards, and I also use them on canvas and most everything else.  They enable me to work fast, they blend easily and the colors are bright and bold.

For more than a decade, I’ve wanted to make Poscas easier to get in the USA.  Now its finally happening, and I’m stoked that I’ll be doing selected Posca painting demos around the country at different art stores and events.  This has helped me get back to my roots and demonstrate my beginnings painting surfboards, which is so much fun.

(Look for Posca to arrive to your local art store, and if they don’t have them, ask for them.)

This August 18 and 19 is the RIP CURL GROM SEARCH at Jenette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.  

I will be there with the Posca crew, guiding people to paint their own surfboards using Poscas.  

If you’re local, come see me on the beach at the Pier – I’ll be do what I’m always doing:  painting.

If you have any questions for me, leave a comment.  I read every one and would be stoked to hear from you!

Life is Good – Drew

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
San Clemente, CA 

CASE STUDY: POWERADE Surf Open – Live event and Painted Surfboard Twitter Campaign

CLIENT: Stutze Marketing, Mexico City, Mexico

WHEN:  July 2017

MISSION/SCOPE OF WORK:  Generate excitement at live event in Acapulco during the Powerade Surf Open event.  Encourage use of #Haypower on Twitter during the event.  Paint a Powerade branded surfboard for a giveaway campaign on Twitter.  Give away and sign posters donning Powerade branding to spectators. 

During the surf open event, Drew Brophy painted live as spectators watched.  People were encouraged to take photos with the surfboard and post on Twitter, using #Haypower hash tag.  

The artwork was designed by Drew to incorporate the surf spot of the contest with iconic images of the region.  Powerade’s logo was strategically added to the surfboard design so that it would be visible in all fan photos.

Drew Brophy designed the give-away posters with one of his most popular images, Sunrise, and the Powerade logo was placed on the poster for branding effect.

RESULTS:  The live surfboard painting and poster giveaway was the most exciting feature of the event out of the water!

#Haypower was the number one hash tag on twitter during the days of the contest.

Many fans and spectators engaged in the contest; a happy winner was able to take the painted surfboard home.  Hundreds of posters were given away.  Powerade gave many people a memorable weekend.  Mission Accomplished!

Surrounded by Posca Art in Drew Brophy studio

JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF SUMMER!  

An explosion of Drew’s colorful new paintings on canvas and surfboards will be exhibited at The Art Center Gallery in Westminster, CA, June 23 & 24, 2017.

We limit Drew’s art exhibits to two each year.  This is Drew’s first art exhibit of his surf art paintings of 2017.  New, never seen before paintings will be available to the public for the first time.  

Come join us for the following events:

Friday June 23rd:  5-9 p.m.   Art Exhibit and meet and greet with Drew.  See new original artworks never before exhibited, meet Drew and add a painting or a print reproduction to your art collection.

Saturday June 24th:   1-4 p.m. Drew will be doing a live painting at the Gallery.   Watch Drew do a painting from start to finish, using Posca paint pens.   We will be shooting a Facebook Live Video while he paints, so if you can’t be there live, tune into Facebook here.

WHERE:  Art Center Gallery,  2075 Westminster Mall , Westminster , Ca , 92683 – phone 866-254-6523

Open to the public.  Hope to see you there!