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THE FLAME (c) Drew Brophy Day 3 of #50Paintings Paint Study Series October 28 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me. 

I’m painting whatever comes to me each morning. 

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

 

This painting is #3 of 50 in the #50Paintings series:

Titled THE FLAME– 11″x 14″ paint pen on canvas board.

 

I have always been fascinated with fire; I love its warm glow in the night.

Imagine how different it was before electricity, or in the dark ages when the night was feared.

I love the darkness of the night, I believe we need it and we should embrace it.

We have many candles in our house and we often sit by the glow of a fire in our backyard.

It has a certain energy, primal, and soothing.  It’s like the moths who travel far, mesmerized by the light in the darkness, they are drawn to it even if it burns their wings.

What do you enjoy about the glow of fire?  How does it make you feel?  Share in the comments.

This painting study is available for purchase SOLD to David G. of Alexandria, VA.  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

Transformation by Drew Brophy 50Paintings Oct 2015FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me. 

I’m painting whatever comes to me each morning when I wake up. 

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

 

This painting is #2 of 50 in the #50Paintings series, titled TRANSFORMATION – 11″x 14″ paint pen on canvas board.

This painting began in my backyard this morning.

 I have always been fascinated by butterflies, they are so fragile and light.

A few years ago we planted a butterfly garden in our back yard.   Now the butterflies are abundant in my garden.

I watch them lay eggs, the caterpillars grow getting fatter day by day, and then they sneak off to the big sleep in their chrysalis.  There they transform into something entirely different.  Amazing!

This painting study is available for purchase SOLD! To Chris and Brandy Gese in Spokane, WA.

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

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good – Drew

MakingFriends-Alien and dolphins by Drew brophy Oct 2015

FOR 50 DAYS, I’M CREATING 50 PAINT STUDIES that reflect 50 things that fascinate me. 

I’m painting whatever comes to me each morning when I begin the new painting for the day.  I’m just having fun going with it.  

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

This painting is #1 of 50 in this #50Paintings series, titled MAKING FRIENDS – 9″x 12″ paint pen on canvas board.

This series is about 50 things that fascinate me; it’s an exercise of letting ideas flow free in quick paint studies.

I have always have been fascinated with aliens.

I started this painting this morning at my 2nd office, the San Clemente Pier.

As I watched the waves I imagined all the things that could hide in the ocean depths, I think of Aliens not in space but right here living in the ocean.

Maybe they will one day just walk out and say hi. Maybe they would be friendly.  Maybe dolphins are the aliens.

Maybe we are.

Drew Brophy painting at San Clemente Pier Oct 2015This painting study is available for purchase SOLD! To Christopher Goodwin of NY.

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

I hope you enjoy this series.  Thanks for reading!

Life is Good – Drew

Some artists can’t let go of their art.  I know of one who has a storage room full of beautiful art, but can’t bring herself to let them go; she says they are too much a part of her.

For me, moving out the finished work makes room for the new.

I love when a painting finds a good home, like children you do not want to see them leave but you have to let them go out into the world and bring joy to others.

This painting, called PLATONIC SOLIDS, sold to a new collector who just happened to stop into my studio when she was passing by.  She said “I felt it’s energy immediately when I walked into the room!

Maria and I delivered it to Carole’s home and installed it for her.  She was beaming with joy when we left her with her new art.

By letting go of these pieces and allowing them to live somewhere else, they are able to connect with more people and spread inspiration and joy.

The meaning behind PLATONIC SOLIDS painting:

This painting is one of a series of Sacred Geometry art that I worked on last spring; it all was heavily influenced by my passion for physics and how it relates to nature.

Years ago I began studying physics and Unified Field Theory.  Later I became a student of  Nassim Haramein’s Resonance Academy, and then was inspired to paint sacred geometry to help visually illustrate the physical concepts I was learning.

I’m still in an experimental phase of this; I’m trying to understand it all and make it easy for others to understand through the art.

It has been said that viewing sacred geometry art can raise your vibration and generate an inner peace.  I have experienced that myself.

The Platonic Solids are five three-dimensional shapes with amazing properties of symmetry; they are the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron.  All matter structures itself in specific shapes; these are the building blocks of all-that-is.

You find these shapes everywhere throughout nature; simple, balanced and perfect.  

This painting was first created to be used for a line of yoga mats.  Now I’m making fine art prints of it, because it’s been hitting a cord with so many people.

Do you feel the energy of the painting, too?  Reply in the comments and let me know.

Life is good – Drew

Drew Brophy
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Sublime-with-Rome-Album-Sirens-cd-cover-art-by-Drew-Brophy-2015Photo: Sublime with Rome Sirens Album Cover Art

In 1996 Sublime’s music was a big part of my life.  That was the year when my life  as an artist changed dramatically; I had just moved to California from Hawaii and was painting surfboards for Lost.  It’s also the year that I met Maria.

At that time, Bradley Nowell’s lyrics and music impacted all of us; at our parties Maria would play Sublime’s self titled CD over and over again.

That’s why we were so stoked when Maria got a call from Sublime with Rome’s record company in May.  They asked if I would want to create the art for their new album.   She said “Hell Yeah!”

I’ve always been a fan of Opie Ortiz, the artist who created art for Sublime’s albums, including his iconic burning sun for the 40 oz. to Freedom album.   That art will live on forever.

It felt good to know that my work has progressed enough to be in the same company and to be able to work with talented people like SWR’s Eric Wilson, Josh Freese and Rome Ramirez.

We had a super tight deadline, I had only 10 days to get it done.  Sometimes deadlines force you to do your best work.

Sublime with Rome Original Artwork for SIRENS album in Drew Brophy Art StudioI wanted the art to be authentic.   I spent a lot of time on the phone with Rome, feeling him out, picking up the vibe and listening.  One of the things I’m really good at is soaking up someone’s energy and then putting it into the art.   Rome’s whole spin-off was about sirens going off; the world’s a crazy place.  I had to put that into the art somehow.

I listened to the new album for inspiration.  It helped me come up with ideas for the art.  No doubt we’ll be listening to these songs for years to come, they are so good.  One fan of SWR said it best about Rome continuing the music that inspired so many – read that at the bottom of this post.

After gathering my ideas, I drew my first concept sketch and sent it to the band for feedback.  Rome e-mailed me back with “WTF! You’re killing it!”Sublime CD Album Art Sketch by Drew Brophy

We nailed it on the first sketch.  It’s cool when projects go down like that; it just kind of happens, no dragging on.  I started the painting right away.

I painted two 36” x 36” paintings on canvas; one with the art and one with the hand-drawn lettering.  That way I could use the artwork, without the lettering, for limited edition art prints.  The band agreed to sign 100 of the art prints for me, which is awesome.

THE ARTWORK:  (Click here to see in-progress photos of the work or watch the video of it being painted here)

There’s a lot of elements in the art and each piece has meaning to it.  Here’s just a few:

The little skeleton guy; I pictured the old WWII air raids when they had to crank the siren.

The mushroom is a spin-off of Opie’s mushroom from the original Sublime art.

The heart represents Rome singing his heart and soul out on the stage.

The depiction of Long Beach is the pile of rubble they’re sitting on.  It’s getting ready to be hammered by a giant wave.  There’s an off-ramp to the 710 freeway to LA, which is shaking as a big earthquake comes through.  The cop car in pieces is all that’s left of the cops.

The sexy siren is an omen, a ghostly premonition.

The psycho garibaldi fish is a throw-back to the Bad Fish lyrics.  I’ve been drawing this fish forever and wanted to include it.

There’s a tribute to Bradley in there, I’ll leave that up to the viewer to figure out what it is.  (Share in the comments what you think it is.)

This painting came together quick and easy, it just flowed.  I’m happy with how it turned out, I hope everyone else is, too.

The new album is called SIRENS, it released on July 17th.  You can buy it here.

Josh Freese Rome Ramirez siging Drew Brophy Art Prints Sublime with Rome Sirens artwork

Rome Ramirez and Josh Freese, signing 100 art prints

Also, there are limited edition prints of the artwork available; 100 of them are signed by the band members.  You can order them here while they last!

Life is Good,

Drew

Sublime with Rome and Drew Brophy photo by Jonie Millhouse July 2015

Sublime with Rome’s Rome Ramirez, Eric Wilson and Josh Freese Photo by Jonie Millhouse

 

 

 

 

Sublime and SWR fan Fan Manny Gonzales said it best (on a Facebook comment on Rome’s FB Page):

Sublime is my all time favorite band. All the music that Brad created with Bud and Eric will forever be entwined with my soul. I know every word to every song that they made. If it wasn’t for Sublime, I would be lost in a dark abyss of depression self loathing.

Thanks to Brad I know what it’s like to be waiting for my ruca, I know that loving is what I got and for motherf**kers to remember that, and if I’m drunk by noon it’s ok, cuz I’ll be president someday. But sadly I was never able to see Brad perform live.  

And I never dreamed I would be able to hear his music come to life on stage. Until you (Rome) came along.

I have had the privilege of attending two of the Sublime with Rome concerts in El Paso. And they were both amazing!
Now I’m glad to say that thanks to you if been able to tell a girl to take it or leave it, I understand that lovers change like the seasons, and my world is a little bit safer. I can’t wait for the new album to drop, I already pre-ordered it. I just hope you know, Bradley would be proud. Keep up the good work man. Much love from the biggest Sublime fan I know.
P.S. I know every word to your songs too

Video below shows the drawing and painting of the artwork:

Drew Brophy painting Sublime with Rome Album Cover May 2015