Behind the Scenes…

All living things contain within it the seed of great potential.   From the moment of conception, it already has everything it needs to reach that potential through the growing process.

Sacred Spiral Nautilus was painted using mixed media on a 60” x 48” canvas.   

This painting was commissioned by Shane, a fellow Resonance Science Delegate.  We met while on a Resonance Delegate cruise in 2016.  On that trip, we explored the Pyramid of the Sun in Bosnia, the largest pyramid in the world.  Shane is one of the most brilliant scientists I’ve ever met.  He and I would sit in on the lectures and then stay up all night contemplating the concepts we just learned.

Shane wanted a sacred geometry piece for his new home.  His windows overlook the water in Vancouver, Canada, and he wanted his painting to represent a nautilus shell and geometry that expresses the energy of living things.

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

The Sacred Spiral Nautilus painting was inspired by spin. This beautiful shape perfectly demonstrates how everything is growing from the field of energy that we cannot see.

Elements in the painting have been applied in multiple overlays of transparent and pearlescent paints.  My process is done with the intention of allowing the viewer to see through each layer, providing a 3D effect as the light catches it.   As you move around the painting, it changes, allowing for multiple viewing experiences.

The painting contains an underpainting of more than one hundred layers of paint, meticulously added over a period of six months.  These layers express the flow of water, which is the key component to all living things.

I chose to paint two nautilus shapes in both directions creating the toroidal shape of cyclones and galaxies.

This shape is seen in many plants, air currents, and water.   The shape itself is called the fibonacci spiral.

Its mathematical ratio is an articulation of the process:  1 and 1 make 2,  1 and 2 make 3,  2 and 3 make 5, and so on.

The background of the painting is the Flower of Life pattern in overlapping circles.

I imagine the flower of life background as the field of energy that we cannot see.  It scales ever smaller and larger.   

It is everything from Galaxies to atoms.   It seems to be a self organizing system or process that is constantly building everything we see.  And it is beautiful.

The geometry in this painting is built upon the Fruit of Life, one of the building blocks of the Flower of Life Pattern. The center of these circles, when connected in straight lines, creates Metatron’s Cube.

This symbol, Metatron’s Cube, is called many things;  The Star of David, Sign of Solomon, and the Merkaba.  

To me, this shape is an articulation of ever-expanding and contracting energy fields that create the patterns we see in nature and all matter.  

Metatron’s Cube shape contains all of the Platonic solids.  One of the most difficult to create is the three dimensional Dodecahedron.  

To create this, you create a circle from one of the mid points of the triangles to the center, and continue along those midpoints until you have gone all the way around creating six circles.

By connecting these points to all others you will reveal the three dimensional dodecahedron.

The multiple layers of the painting encode interlocking concepts that have been passed down from Ancient times.  Once you are aware, you begin to see them everywhere.  They are beautiful to us because it is the order of the Universe.

The water dripping throughout the painting represents the fluidity of energy in which all of this happens.

My intention is that this painting will reveal a deeper understanding of what is happening in nature, all around us.

Life is good – Drew

 

Drew Brophy, Artist
Brophy Art Gallery and Studio
San Clemente, CA
Ancient Wisdom-Modern Art

We are very happy to announce that the Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is curating a Drew Brophy Retrospective Exhibition the summer of 2018. 

Many of Drew’s collectors are graciously loaning their Brophy paintings for the exhibition, and for that, we are very grateful.

MAKING WAVES – A Drew Brophy Retrospective

Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – June 23rd through September 16 2018.

This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Drew Brophy, considered to be one of the most prolific surf inspired artists in history.    Brophy began his art career in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The exhibition presents an opportunity to study the artist’s development over three decades, beginning with his early illustration works as a teenager, to his surfboard painting explosion in the 1990’s, and onto his illustrated career designing everything under the sun in action sports.  There will also be an introduction into the current fine art paintings inspired by Drew’s love for nature and physics.

The exhibition includes over fifty original art pieces and will occupy Myrtle Beach Art Museum’s entire first floor gallery space, totaling approximately 1,700 square feet.

Brophy’s retrospective includes paintings, drawings, sketches and surfboards.  Included in the exhibition are the artist’s most iconic paintings—among them Pure Joy (2001), Sunrise (2006), and celebrated surfboard triptychs from the 1990’s.  Also exhibited will be Brophy’s art on skateboards, wakeboards and apparel, and the accompanying paintings that were used to design them.

Brophy’s career as an illustrator and painter comes full circle in this upcoming exhibition, as he is bringing his art that he created around the world, back home again.

Brophy’s unique style of artwork has inspired thousands of artists to take up painting, using his favorite mediums and emulating his distinct painting style.

Drew Brophy and his wife Maria will be available at the exhibition for the first two weeks, leading several scheduled, guided tours.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577     843-238-2510

Opening Date:  June 23, 2018

Closing Date:  September 16, 2018

Opening Day Celebration:  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23, 2018.  Celebration will include live music, a hands-on-community mural painting project and surf-inspired workshops.  Opening Day is FREE for the public.

Tours with Drew:  Dates and times to be announced

 

You can paint anything with water based paint pens!  

Learn Drew Brophy’s tried and true Uni Posca Paint Pen Techniques in this hands-on workshop. 

Drew has earned a good living as an artist for over 30 years, using the medium of opaque, water-based paint pens made by Uni Posca.   He has painted surfboards, skateboards, motorcycles, guitars, canvas, just about everything, with this medium.

UNI POSCAS offer a quick learning curve; it’s an easy, un-intimidating method of painting.  Artists who try it fall in love with the possibilities of this medium.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This is a full day workshop, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break in between.   (Lunch is on your own – there are many places to eat within walking distance of the workshop.)  WORKSHOP IS ONLY OPEN TO TEN PEOPLE.

All painting supplies will be provided, all you need to bring is your imagination and your sketchbook (optional)! 

You will begin and finish a painting in this workshop, regardless of your experience level.  In one day, you will learn Drew’s most impactful techniques, including HOW TO: 

  • Prepare your painting surfaces
  • Create the perfect composition
  • Design color schemes
  • Blend the colors
  • Use Drew’s color blending combinations
  • Properly seal your art on various surfaces
  • Earn money $$ using these painting techniques

This is a rare opportunity for artists to spend time with Drew on a personal level.  This is his first hands-on private workshop in years.

Drew will welcome questions during the workshop about the business of art and will freely share what has worked for him as a professional artist for over 30 years.

WHEN:  January 27th, 2018, SATURDAY, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

WHERE:  Brophy Art Gallery and Design Studio, 139 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

SIGN UP: Three ways to sign up:

1 – Go to PAINT PEN WORKSHOP SIGN UP

2 – Call Maria Brophy at 949-678-8133 with a credit card number.

3 – Send payment in the amount of $275.00 via Paypal to mariab@drewbrophy.com – include your name and phone number in the comments section of the payment form on Paypal.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF YOU FALL UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • You are an artist who has mastered other mediums and want to try something new to get your creative juices flowing, or;
  • You have never painted before, and want an easy-to-use medium to begin your endeavors as an artist, or;
  • You have been using water based paint pens as a medium but want to up-level your skills, or;
  • You have never tried the paint pens, but you want to learn.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?  Email mariab@drewbrophy.com or call 949-678-8133.

IMPORTANT:  Sign up quick – class is limited to ONLY 10 artists!

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Uni-Posca Paint Markers

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