Behind the Scenes…

The Power WIthin Buddha Painting by (c)  Drew Brophy Nov 2013

This painting is the forth of twenty commissions that I am committed to getting finished in the next week!

The 20 commissioned paintings that I have to paint, follow on the heels of a very successful promotion, called the “20×20” that I did last month, where I committed to painting 20 paintings in 20 days.

During the “20 paintings in 20 days” all but one of those twenty paintings sold the day I painted them.  I was surprised to find that so many people out there were fascinated by the process of starting and finishing a painting every day, for 20 consecutive days.

It was a difficult commitment, to do that many paintings that fast.  But I learned a lot about myself in the process.

This painting is called THE POWER WITHIN – it’s sized 11″ x 14″ Paint Pens on Canvas Board.

It’s for a collector named Cathy P. who lives in Ohio.  Cathy wanted a painting that was “zen-like” and that incorporated Buddha and waves.Drew Brophy Meditation Art Painting the Buddha commission POWER WITHIN

I added the all-seeing eyes and rainbow energy bolts.   This depicts that power that we all have within ourselves to find peace and joy and to tap into the vibrations that we were meant to get in tune with.

I hope Cathy loves her painting.

Life is Good, Drew

PS: Here’s the painting on my Facebook page – feel free to comment on it, and please, SHARE it! :

Drew Brophy HOW TO THRIVE AS AN ARTIST LECTURE

On Friday, November 1st, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. , I will be giving a talk in the George Hitchcock lounge entitled, “How to Thrive as an Artist.”

This talk is geared toward aspiring artists, students, and creative entrepreneurs, as I will be explaining how to make following your dreams a viable career path with concrete steps based off of of my own life and business experiences, having gone from an unknown surfer to the top-selling surf artist in the world.

Following my talk, Tom Pohaku Stone, renowned native Hawaiian surfer and shaper, will be performing an alaia surfboard shaping demonstration out of a beautiful redwood plank that has been generously donated by Big Creek Lumber.

On the evening of November 1st, as part of the Salt of the Earth event at UC Santa Cruz, there is a screening of the new film titled Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau , plus live music from The Shapes. This will be held at Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz,  at 6:45 pm.

For more info on all of these events, go to the Salt of the Earth website: http://saltoftheearth-ucsc.blogspot.com/

WHAT:  Lecture titled “How to Thrive as an Artist”

WHO:  Open to the public

WHERE:  PORTER COLLEGE, UCSC, in the George Hitchcock Lounge

WHEN:  Friday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m.   There will be a question and answer session immediately following the talk.

Togos Summer Campaign with Drew Brophy ArtCASE STUDY:  Togo’s Restaurant Summer Surf Art Tour Campaign

WHEN:  Summer 2006

CLIENT:  Senareider Agency for Togo’s

MISSION:  To create public awareness of Togo’s Southern California surfing roots!

Togo’s has approximately 300 restaurants in the Western states.  Founded by two surfers from Southern California, Togo’s and their marketing agency, SenaReider, devised a campaign that celebrated their roots and at the same time, promoted their new Bocana Beef Sandwich.

SCOPE OF WORK:  Provide artwork for the campaign.  Two VW vans were wrapped with Drew Brophy Surf Art designs and outfitted with a traveling art exhibit of Brophy­ custom-painted surfboards. Surfers drove the vans up and down the Southern California coast, attending festivals and beach events, giving out samples of Bocana Beef sandwiches and coupons to track the results.

RESULTS:  Mission Accomplished!

Solar Flare Painting by Drew Brophy 18 x 24 Mixed Media on Canvas

SOLAR FLARE 18″ x 24″ on Canvas

This SOLAR FLARE painting was inspired by my love of the sun.  It’s mixed media on canvas, sized 18″ x 24″ using a combination of Createx paint and Uni Poscas.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with waves and the sun.

Many people don’t realize the power of the sun; that it is everything;  it gives us light, warmth and life.

I often wonder how solar wind affects our weather on a daily basis.   Sunspots can produce solar flares, directed at the earth, and have a huge impact on us.

Scientists even attribute solar flares to earthquakes, due to the fluctuation to the magnetic field.

I contemplate what kind of effects solar activity has on the waves we ride, and the intensity of the sunburn we get when surfing.

I have noticed more intensity in the sun, and I wonder if solar flares have something to do with it.  It seems as if the sun is releasing more energy; but it’s probably due to the fact that earth’s magnetic field is weakening, providing less protection.  The solar radiation is able to penetrate deeper to the surface of earth.

This change obviously affects our weather and our waves and how much sunburn our bodies get.  I wonder what other impact this solar wind has on us?

Almost all religions can be traced back to sun worship.  Why do you think that is?

If we call the Earth our Mother, then for sure the Sun is our Father.

The sun is our source of heat and light.  It is energy.  It is everything.

Life is Good,  Drew

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

SOLAR FLARE was bought by Hector M., a collector in Orlando, FL.

Hector and his new painting

Hector and his new painting

 

My sister Andrea and her husband Jackie invited us to a Dunes Club Halloween Party when we were in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for Halloween one year.

I had less than an hour to come up with a costume.

Thanks to the wonders of duct-tape, palm frauns and cardboard, I was able to throw this medicine man Halloween costume together fast, in less than 30 minutes.

(The only thing I bought for this was the skull head.)

Here’s how you can make your own Medicine Man Halloween Costume, using everyday household items:

COMPONENTS:

FACE MASK – Cardboard, Uni Posca Paint Pens, wire, palm fronds, duct tape

Draw a creepy mask on cardboard, then cut it out with scissors.  Put a piece of wire inside the  mask so it keeps it’s curve.  Secure it with duct tape on the inside.  A strap to hold it on was made with duct tape.  The palm fronds were cut and laid into a fan on the top, and around the back of the strap, and secured with duct tape.  (If you don’t have palm fronds, try any other green, sturdy leaves.)  For paint pens, any will do.  I prefer Posca.

TOP – Found an old furry ski vest my dad used to wear decades ago.

GRASS SKIRT- A pair of board shorts with a grass-green colors, palm fronds, duct tape:  LAY out long pieces of duct tape and cut palm fronds to lay the ends on the duct tape, until it looks cool.  Lay duct tape on top, size it to your waist, and put it on over your shorts.

Taping on the palm fronds

SKULL HEAD PROP – I bought the skull at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store.  I duct taped it to a broom stick and taped palm fronds beneath it.

ACCESSORIES – I found some shell necklaces and bracelets around the house.

LAST MINUTE IDEA – For authenticity, I drew arm-band tattoos around my arms with sharpie markers.

I love making my own costumes  – they always look so much better than one you can buy.  Part of the fun of Halloween is making your own.

This costume was a big hit – everyone loved it!

Life is Good – Drew

This costume will get you the girls!