Behind the Scenes…

SUNRISE in South Africa As an Artist, people often ask me where I get my inspiration from.

Most all of my painting inspiration comes from nature and life.

Being a surfer and a traveler takes me to some of the most amazing places on earth. These experiences in my life are real and authentic, they become part of my story.

Art is so much more than painting pretty pictures, it is a different way of thinking and looking at the world.

It is raw creativity and wonder. Art is the ability to articulate an idea, feeling, or story, to others.

Here is a story about the SUNRISE painting I did after a surf trip to the other side of the world:

During a trip to South Africa, on the beautiful beach of Jeffery’s Bay, where the ocean is full of life and the waves seem to peel forever, I was inspired to paint the sunrise.

One morning before dawn, after the coldest night of the year, I awoke to be the first to ride one of these magical waves. Standing in the dark, shivering in my wet-suit, I used my surfboard to block the icy winds. The crashing waves kept me company but I could not see them in the darkness.  Above me, millions of stars illustrated the vastness of the universe.

As my mind began to wander, I felt cold and alone, as if I was nowhere in time or space,  just another soul or spec of light in the night sky so far from each other.

Finally a tiny faint glow in the distance caught my eye, it steadily grew larger with every second and in a sudden burst, a tremendous wave of light raced across the sky.  In a fraction of second it erased the darkness and the millions of stars. I instantly felt the warmth of the light as the wave illuminated me. I embraced it and basked in it, it felt like God’s warm hands on my face.

I was no longer alone, a new day had been born, the endless waves and our beautiful world came into view.  This is our true gift, every single day.

The earth is our mother.
The sun is our father.
The ocean is where I was born and feel most at home, it calls to me.
I am a Son of the Sea.

Life is Good,

Drew

PS:  Now Sunrise is available on stickers, so you can take it with you anywhere you go – check it out in my Store.

Drew-Brophy-WHAM-O-Boogie-Boards-600x450 ssCASE STUDY:

Revitalize WHAM O’s Boogie Boards utilizing Drew Brophy art & packaging

WHEN:

2001 through 2008

CLIENT:

Wham O Toy Company

MISSION:

REVITALIZE existing Boogie Board products; make them authentic enough to be accepted by surf shop retailers.  

Wham O sales people had a problem in early 2000;  they couldn’t convince core surf shops to carry their Morey Boogie Boards.  Surf shop owners wanted authentic surf style products, and most felt that the Morey Boogie Boards weren’t “core” enough for surf shop clientele.

Drew designed a complete line of Morey Boogie Boards, which bore his name.  Immediately, sales sky rocketed.  Surf shops began carrying the new Boogie Board line.  In less than 3 years, the Brophy-line of Boogie Boards were sold en-mass throughout the world.

RESULTS:  According to Wham O designer, Petey Peterson, the Brophy-line of Boogie Boards stand out as the most successful body boards that ever retailed, in history, to date.  Mission Accomplished!

Testimonial from Wham O’s Morey Boogie Board designer Petey Peterson:

Drew’s art defined our best-selling line of Liquid Force Wakeboards called the Trip Series back in 1996. 

We worked together for years, building an amazing range of Morey Boogie Boards (for Wham O) that featured Drew’s original concepts and unique background effects. These stand out as the most successful body boards that ever retailed – EVER.  

It is not a coincidence that Drew is the leading artist in today’s surf and skate scene. His art is like gold.  He is the Real Deal and I am blessed to have had the pleasure to work with him through these last two centuries!”  Michael “Petey” Peterson, Designer

I CAN SEE Painting by Drew BrophyI CAN SEE Original Painting, mixed media on canvas board, sized 12″ x 12″.

This painting was inspired when hiking through the Grand Canyon on a SUP whitewater expedition.

Most people aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.  They see what they are told to see, or what they expect.  They follow the herd.

Somewhere along the way, humans have shut out the details, only absorbing the obvious, or what’s being sold to them through the media.

Eighty percent of the important stuff is missed by most.

This fact was evident when hiking deep into the Grand Canyon.  I was on a 16 day expedition with a private group.  Occasionally, the commercial tours would cross paths with us, usually in groups of 30 or more.  Often, they trudged right past the most spectacular sights the Canyon has to offer; perfect heart-shaped stones, eagles flying high above, ancient messages left on rock.

On one very hot day (as a commercial tour group filed right past me, missing what had stopped me in my tracks),  I looked up at an enormous canyon wall, to see handprint impressions on the stone.

It was a message left in another time, from inhabitants of the Canyon.  I don’t know how long ago those handprints were made; hundreds of years ago?  Thousands?

The ancient greeting stayed with me long after returning home to Southern California.

So I decided to create my own handprint art.

I added the all-seeing-eye.  It represents that “I Can See”, because I feel that artists are given the gift of seeing more than most others.  Seeing things in nature, in people.

This painting was given to my sister-in-law, Caroline, for Christmas.  An artist herself, she fell in love with it.

For a fresh insight on the Handprints in the Canyon, check out this post by Andrew Guiliford, who felt that the handprints in the canyon guided him to safety one night.

Handprints in the Grand CanyonLife is Good – Drew

3Dot Magazine 12-21-2012 Cover with Drew Brophy

3Dot Magazine 12-21-2012 Cover with Drew Brophy

3 Dot Magazine Dec 21, 2012 Issue

“Welcome to the beginning to the end….

We begin this issue with an interview with Surf Artist Drew Brophy, the Twilight Saga’s Sexy New Vampire: Judi Shekoni, Q&A with Artist Ian Ward, Q&A with Actor Mem Ferda, Review of the film Musical Chairs, Interview with artist Bill Strydesky, Review of Cursive’s I Am Gemini…”

Drew Brophy was interviewed by Don Perry and photographed by Scott Smallin of 3 Dot Magazine, when visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in fall of 2012.

We first heard of the famed photographer Scott Smallin in the year 2000, when Drew and I got married at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach.  Scott was one of the team of photographers that we hired for our wedding!

Now, over twelve years later, we find ourselves back in Myrtle Beach, this time to paint a large mural.

And, once again we are being shot by Scott Smallin, this time for 3 Dot Magazine!

Funny how life brings you ’round in circles.

Here’s how the 3 Dot Magazine Drew Brophy story begins:

DREW BROPHY IS THE SURF LIFESTYLE:

Drew Brophy, the surfer, the artist, the husband, the father, the teacher, and the list goes on…

Drew talks about how he created a life of art, surf and travel and what it takes to be a professional artist.

He explains how he beat all odds, and proved his high school guidance counselor wrong when she told him that “you can’t just surf and paint your whole life!”

To view the magazine online, visit:  www.donaldeperry.com/dotdotdotmag/3dotmag_dec2012.  To print, visit: www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/487431

Here is a video interview from 3 Dot Magazine, with Drew Brophy on location in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the Lulu’s Cafe Mural.

Winding down from our five month trip across country, Maria and I decided to spend a week in Florida before driving back to San Clemente, California.

One of our Florida stops was to spend a few days at tattoo artist Mark Longenecker’s.

Mark is the guy I gave my first tattoo to (and my last), a couple years ago.

He’s the only person who could talk me into holding a tattoo machine and actually doing it.

Over the years, we’ve painted Escape Camper vans together and created tattoo flash together.

This time, Mark and I decided to paint a mural on the side of his Endless Summer Tattoo Shop.  The wall is facing A1A, the perfect place to put a mural.

Over wine the night before, Mark and I sat down and tried to brainstorm a design.  We threw out a few ideas.  We knew we wanted a wave and a sun.  But in the end, we decided to just wing it.

Collaboration with Mark Longenecker

The next day we laid out 120 cans of Mtn 94 Montana Spray paint and went to work on it.

While we painted, people were driving by on A1A honking their horns and yelling out the window, stoked.

The mural turned out pretty good – and we got it done in about eight hours.

Here’s a video of us painting it that Mark put together with his Go Pro:

ENDLESS SUMMER TATTOO MURAL, COCOA BEACH – Please leave a comment if you like it.

Life is Good – Drew