Behind the Scenes…

Drew Brophy painting a surfboard with kids Art Grotto EventDON’T MISS THIS FUN EVENT!  

RACE THE LAKE OF THE SKY, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA

And Visit “Drew’s Art Grotto”!

This standup paddleboard event is a race and a gathering of tribes at the absolutely beautiful Lake Tahoe, named “the Lake of the Sky” by Native Americans.

Last year, the event drew hundreds of athletes, over a thousand spectators and international acclaim from the stand-up paddle community.  It was voted the number one standup paddle event, in the world, by paddle athlete Anthony Vela on the Supconnect Live Show.

There are so many fun things to do there, even if you aren’t in the race!  For details on this year’s event, go to Race the Lake of the Sky.

ABOUT THE “DREW’S ART GROTTO” –  FOR KIDS:

During the event, Drew Brophy will host an “Art Grotto” featuring:

  • Fun, creative art activities for kids
  • Giving away Free ROXO wrist bands (cool art on ROXO rocks, placed on a band) for kids
  • Live painting demonstrations on paddleboards (email info@drewbrophy.com or call 949-678-8133 to arrange for your board to be painted)
  • Aerial 7 DIY (paint your own) headphone set (valued at $99) will be given away to one lucky winner!
  • Surf Art prints and stickers available for purchase on site, Drew will be on hand to sign

The Art Grotto is free for all (while supplies last), thanks to the kindness of sponsors Riviera Paddlesurf, South Tahoe Standup Paddle Store, Sharpie, Fredrix Canvas and Uni Posca.

DREW’S ART GROTTO KIDS ACTIVITY DETAILS

WHEN:  SAT JUNE 29TH  1:00 – 4:00  and  SUNDAY JUNE 30TH 9:00 – Noon.

WHERE:  El Dorado Beach, Toiyabe National Forest, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

WHAT:  Working from pages out of his book HOW TO DRAW WITH DREW BROPHY, Drew will show kids how to draw some of his favorite fish characters, beach scenes and other elements such as flames, flowers and custom lettering.  *PARENTS:  Note that there is no adult supervision provided – if your child is under 12 a parent should be present

Uni Posca paint pens and Sharpie Brush Tips will be the medium, Fredrix Canvas cutouts will be available to paint on, so you can take your masterpiece home.

COST:  FREE!  Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early!

Stick around after the event and view Drew’s art on display, as well as art prints and stickers.  Also:  Drew will be giving away ROXO wrist bands bearing his artwork, and one Aerial 7 DIY Headphone set will be given away to a lucky winner!

(Your purchase of Drew Brophy products is appreciated, as it will help to cover some of the expenses of this activity.)

See you there!

SPONSORS OF THE ART GROTTO:  Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, we are able to make this event happen for the kids.  Thanks to Uni Posca, Sharpie, Fredrix Canvas and Guayaki!

Uni Posca pen image and LOGO Basic CMYK

Maiden of Lake Jocassee

Maiden of Lake Jocassee

During the 1700’s, there was a thriving Cherokee nation that lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains which is located in the upstate of South Carolina.  Little did a Cherokee maiden in that time era, named Jocassee, know that her name would become a legend. 

Last year Maria and I gave an Experiential Workshop at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

It was warm and sunny in the Appalachian Mountains outside of Greenville, so we took a day to drive out to Lake Jocassee, a must-see if you are near the area!

Lake Jocassee is situated in the foothills of the Appalachians, surrounded by forests.

The water was crystal clear with miles of nooks and crannies to explore.

Maria at Lake Jocassee with Riviera Standup Paddleboard

Maria at Lake Jocassee with Riviera Standup Paddleboard

The lake was perfect for standup paddleboards, and the water was still warm the second week of October.

It was peaceful and picturesque.  There are many mountain trails around the lake and waterfalls around the area.

After a great day of paddling and exploring the lake, we met Debbie, owner of Eclectic Sun Paddlesports.  She loved our painted van and seven months later, Debbie commissioned me to create artwork for her company logo.

It’s funny how taking a vacation always gets me new business!

The Design:

When I create a new piece of art, it’s important to me to capture something that’s real about the subject.

When I researched the history of the Lake, I found hand-drawn pictures of Native Americans standup-paddling their canoes.  Maybe they were the first standup paddlers!  I imagine this place was very special to them.

The lake is named after a maiden Cherokee named Jocassee.  Legend has it that a broken-hearted Jocassee walked on the water to greet the ghost of her beloved, who had been murdered.  Her name has come to be known as “The Place of the Lost one.”

So it seemed fitting to paint my version of the beautiful maiden Jocassee “walking on water” using a standup paddleboard, across the lake.

The painting was created with paint pens on canvas board, sized 12″ x 18″.  Eclectic Sun bought the original painting.

Below you can see pictures of the different uses of the artwork for Eclectic Sun.  If you ever find yourself at Lake Jocassee, stop in and see Debbie and tell her hello for me!

Life is Good – Drew
Eclectic-Sun-art- by Drew Brophy Lake Jocassee May 2013

ECLECTIC-SUN-CIRCLE-LOGO tees shirst design by Drew Brophy Lake Jocassee

Drew Brophy painting The Great Wave of Kanagawa on Surfboard 2012For the first time this year, Drew will exhibit some of his latest art pieces and will give a live surfboard painting demonstration at FOAM EZ’s 20th Anniversary Event.

(Click to see examples of Drew’s more elaborately painted surfboards:  http://drewbrophy.com/custom-art-board-examples/ )

Drew will have time to paint 2-3 surfboards during the event, and one of them could be yours!

If interested, pre-book your Drew Brophy surfboard painting by calling 949-678-8133 or email info@drewbrophy.com.

Price depends upon size & complexity of what you want.  (Brand new, sanded surfboards only, please.)

 

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN OF THE FOAM EZ EVENT:

WHAT:  A fun day to celebrate the surfboard, fins and art!

Surfing’s source for all things surfboards, Foam EZ, is celebrating their 20th Anniversary Party – this is a family event, so bring the kids!

They’ll have:  Live Music, Surfboard shaping demos by greats such as Stamps and “Doc” Lausch.  Surfboard painting demos by Drew Brophy,  a BOUNCY HOUSE (for the kids only!), LOTS of FREE SWAG and raffles held every hour, and food!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 1st, from 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m.  (it’s FREE!)

WHO:  Everyone!  Bring the kids and anyone who appreciates surfing, art and a day enjoying both.

WHERE:  FOAM EZ, 6455 Industry Way, Westminster, California.  For info call 714-896-8233

Drew and Maria Brophy in booth MORE INFORMATION ON DREW BROPHY’S BOOTH:

GIVE-AWAYS:  Roxo, one of Drew’s newest Licensees, has provided some cool give-aways for kids!  They are wristbands with Drew’s art printed on “rocks”.

We will also be donating some awesome Drew Brophy art goodies for the raffles that will be held every hour.

LIVE PAINTING OF SURFBOARD DEMO:  Drew’s live painting demonstrations are where he generously shares his surfboard painting techniques that can be used by both the novice and the experienced artist.  His medium of choice is Uni-Posca Paint Pens.  Feel free to watch and ask questions!

Drew’s 10 x 10 booth will exhibit some of Drew’s latest art pieces, prints and other fun stuff.  All works will be available for purchase, as well as Drew’s books, DVD’s and art prints, priced special for the day.

Let Drew Paint your Surfboard!  Pre-arrange your own custom surfboard painting by calling 949-678-8133 or email info@drewbrophy.com.  Pricing is determined by size and complexity of the painting.  Only 2-3 surfboards can be painted that day, so call right away!

Drew Brophy and painted Riviera Paddleboards for KEEN photo by Larry Beard April 2013

“All of my paintings depict real life experiences that I have.  When I paint from my own memory, that’s when the art shows vibrant energy and life, because it’s real.”

I never travel without standup paddleboards, even when I fly overseas.  

They allow me access to get up close and personal to wildlife and water caves and nature. 

Standup Paddleboards have made my life, and my family’s experiences, so much richer.

Last year, my family and I took four Riviera Paddlesurf boards with us on a five month exploration across America.

We paddled lakes and rivers and hiked and camped in the vast back country of America.

Two of those paddleboards became one of the most fun painting projects I got to work on this year.

When David, at Keen Footwear, asked for something special for the entrance to their building in Portland Oregon, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Keen is all about living the Hybrid Life and the great outdoors, and most everything in their building is made from recycled materials.

So I thought that it would be perfect to “upcycle” and paint on two of the paddleboards that we had so many adventures on.

Keen has been a long time supporter of my adventures, and I’m stoked to have been one of their very first ambassadors.  Keen water shoes, hiking boots and gorge boots go everywhere with us in our van, because, well, you never know when you’ll need them.

Lake Superior!

Lake Superior!

These paintings are on 12′ paddleboards, the biggest boards I can remember painting.  I used Uni Posca Paint Pens and sealed it with Krylon Spray.  It took me a few weeks from start to finish.

I loved painting my travel memories on these boards; it didn’t feel like work to me at all.

All of my paintings depict real life experiences that I have.  When I paint from my own memory, that’s when the art shows vibrant energy and life, because it’s real.

This project for Keen was no exception.

Each of these two paintings tells a story of adventures that we lived, and I think that’s what made painting them so enjoyable.

It was as though I was reliving those moments of adventure all over again.

PADDLEBOARD PAINTING #1:  THE GREAT NORTHWEST

This painting shows some of the wildlife my family and I saw on our five month trip across America last year.

The Trout:  In Redfish Lake, Idaho, I was catching trout off of the paddleboard.  It was funny; there were a few guys out there in a nice fishing boat, with all new equipment, and here I paddled out with my son’s fishing rod and a red bucket, and I was catching all the fish!

The Bear:  While in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, we saw a bear walking on the ridge not far from where we were parked.  The kids were excited to see a bear in the wild, and I was glad it was far enough away!

The River:  I took my inflatable Riviera Paddleboard down the Salmon River in Idaho for 11 miles.  Along the way, being the only human in the water, I saw elk and deer and eagles.  It was amazing.

Keen Paddleboards in their office

Exploring Lake Jocassee, Appalachian Mtns South Carolina

Exploring Lake Jocassee, Appalachian Mtns South Carolina

PADDLEBOARD PAINTING #2:  NELSCOTT REEF

This winter I finally got to surf giant waves at Nelscott Reef in Oregon.  This painting shows the giant kelp you see out there, the big fish and of course a small surfer in a huge wave!

I wrote a post all about the Nelscott Reef Adventure, you can read it here:  Mission to Surf Nelscott Reef – Big Waves in Oregon.

You can visit these paddleboard paintings in person – just go visit the Keen Garage in Portland Oregon.  (Click the link to see a short video of their really cool store.)

It’s a cool building and worth your visit.

You might want to pick up a few killer pairs of Keen’s new, lightweight CNX shoes while you’re there.

GET OUT THERE AND HAVE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

Everyone should plan an adventure.  Do it  this summer.  Don’t wait until you’re too old to enjoy the rivers and lakes and oceans and mountains and whatever else makes you happy.

I hope these paintings and sharing my experiences will inspire some people to go enjoy life, now.  Because now is really all we have.

Life is Good,

Drew

Soul Surf Check by Drew Brophy Check AdvantageIf you’re going to write checks, they might as well be cool ones, right?

Apparently, people are still writing checks.  Check Advantage, the maker of check books and address labels, has grown greatly every year during this down economy.

They called and wanted to do a licensing deal for checks and address labels.  Maria was stoked, because she always wanted to see my art on checks.

Knowing that 80% of the people buying checks are women, I put together a few collections with that in mind; happy suns, bugs and hearts.  Happy Smiles Check by Drew Brophy Smiling Sunflowers

But my favorite is, of course, the Soul Surfer checks, which features my classic surf art.

The checks and checkbooks and address labels turned out great – I’m really happy with it.  Maria just ordered our first set of Drew Brophy checks – the Happy Smiles Checks.  (Next time I’ll do the ordering – Soul Surf for me).

If you’re ready for some eye-popping artwork on your checks and checkbook cover and address labels, check out all of my check collections.Smile Style bugs art by Drew Brophy Check Advantage

You can see all of the designs here on the Check Advantage Drew Brophy Page.  Let me know what you think!

Life is good,

Drew