Behind the Scenes…

SowFlo-Painting-Drew-Brophy-2015CASE STUDY:  SOWFLO Album and CD Cover for their 2016 release titled SUCH IS LIFE.

WHEN: January 2016

CLIENT: SOWFLO

MISSION: SOWFLO is a South Florida American reggae band.  They were releasing a new album titled “SUCH IS LIFE ” and wanted an illustration that would be so unique and full of life that it would add to the appeal of the album and cd’s.  The ultimate goal was to create an album that would become collectible and memorable.

SCOPE OF PROJECT:  The artwork was designed to incorporate the band’s love for sunshine, good vibes and a Florida feel.  And of course, one of the most interesting features of their region, bales of “herbs” washing up on Florida shores.
sowflo mudskipper art by drew brophy
Drew strove to create a fun vibe with his signature sun and electric waves and of course, a Reggae album cover wouldn’t be complete without a few pot leaves thrown in.  He then decided to add in a few of the strange fish found in Florida, called mudskippers.

Drew felt that he could create a mudskipper with such pronounced personality that it would become an iconic image for the band.  And it did.

SUCH Is Life CD Cover SOWFLO art by Drew BrophyRESULTS:  The illustration printed beautifully, and the band was able to use the art to create other merchandise such as t-shirts and stickers donning the newly infamous mudskipper.  The album release has been very successful.

The mudskipper did indeed become an iconic image for the band.  In just a few short months since the album’s release, dozens of photos from fans have surfaced, showing the mudskipper tattooed on them.  It’s become a memorable image.  Mission Accomplished.

NOTE:  The agreement allowed for Drew to make art prints of the artwork available to his collectors.  They are in a limited edition series, available here.

 

 

Locals-PaintingSometimes just a simple painting on an old surfboard can brighten someone’s outlook on life.   Art can change lives and broaden perspectives.  And sometimes a kid will paint for the first time, and realize that they love it.  It can be a life-changing event.

That’s why when I travel I like to spend a few days with the local groms, showing them how to paint their own surfboards and skateboards.  (The last time was in Puerto Escondido).  This year, I’m going to Sayulita, Mexico, a little surfing town.  Maria and I will give a free painting workshop for kids (and adults).  All supplies are being donated by some of the great companies we work with (named below).

WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2016  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:  ULA, Marlin 8, Sayulita, Mexico

WHAT:  Posca Paint Pen workshop – learn how to paint your stuff with paint pens.  I’ll also have plenty of Fredrix Canvas boards to paint on.

THANKS TO:   My friends at Posca for giving us all the paint pens we will need for this event.  Also, Fredrix Canvas generously donated a large supply of canvas boards.  And, my favorite shoe company, KEEN, donated plenty of goodies to give out as well.

Blog post and pictures will follow when we return.  It will be fun.

Life is Good – Drew

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Do you ever wonder if what you’re doing is good enough?

A young Artist asked for my advice on how to find her style.
She wanted to know how I developed my own painting style.

My answer to her is one that we can apply to just about anything we do in life.

This is what I told her:

When I was young and trying to make a living as a surf artist and a surfboard painter, I painted a lot.  Every day I produced new work.

I painted what I wanted to paint, even when other people didn’t like it.

I didn’t try to please anyone with my paintings. Many people didn’t get what I was doing.  I thought they were nuts that they didn’t get it.  (And they thought I was nuts.)

In the beginning, I tried to get people excited about the paintings I was doing, but most didn’t respond.

There was an entire world of people who didn’t respect or understand what I was doing.  It wasn’t good enough for galleries or even surf shops at one point.  I was turned down by almost every single surfboard maker in the early years, because they didn’t understand my art.

I was constantly rejected but I didn’t stop doing it.

I felt insecure, but I didn’t let it stop me.  I put my head down and just kept going.  Creating what I was driven to create.

Then one day some people started to like what I was doing.
Eventually, more and more people liked it.

My style became popular, and now decades after all the rejection, people copy it all over the world.

My advice: Do what you want.  Paint, draw, create a lot. Every day.

Paint for yourself and see what develops.

Don’t do what other people do and don’t do what other people tell you to do, not unless you really want to.  Be stubborn.

Don’t do things just because they have always been done that way.  Do things your own way.

Do what draws you in and what keeps your interest the most. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions.

No matter what you do, someone is going to love it, and someone is going to hate it.  Find the people who love it.

Experiment with a lot of things.  Be patient. Let it develop. It may take months or years to find your style and it will constantly evolve and progress.

Just keep creating art.

I hope this helps all those people out there who aren’t sure if what they are doing is good enough.  It is.  Just keep doing it.  

Life is Good – Drew

P.S.  Are you struggling with with going against the grain?  Or doing things your own way?  Please leave a comment on this post, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
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1 Blue Water Cluster 60 x 36 Sacred Geometry Flower of Life Fine Art by Drew Brophy Sacred Geometry Water MoleculesIn my last blog post, I explained the inspiration that led me into painting the EXPLORING SACRED GEOMETRY series.

I want to share the meaning behind each individual painting.  Today I’ll explain the BLUE WATER CLUSTER, sized 60″ x 36″.

This painting has been a work in progress for over five years.

I first painted it as one of my “water paintings” which is a process where I use multiple layers of paint to get an effect of what water looks like when you’re under it, in the ocean.

But then, last year, I learned more and more about water, information that I cannot believe that I never knew.  And I’ll bet most of the people reading this didn’t know, either.

After learning more about water, I decided to pull this painting back out and I added the blue water clusters.

THE MOST FASCINATING THING ABOUT
WATER THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:

Last year, I was commissioned to create an illustration for Greenfield Naturals.  They make products that re-structures water and gets greater yields in agriculture and health.

To prepare for the commission, I had to understand the science of water.  I spent weeks studying water and how it is structured.  I never knew there was so much to know about water.

The most fascinating thing I learned is that water contains memory

In its natural cycle, water picks up information which it records in clusters of molecules.  It picks this up through the sun’s light and through its journey down rivers, passing over minerals.

The electro-magnetic frequency which everything is emitting is the mechanism in which the energy is transferred.

Scientists are now discovering a fourth phase of water which they refer to as ‘EZ water.’  It is highly structured and your body is filled with it.

It is information that your body needs to constantly rebuild itself. We are all made up of mostly water, it is the most important substance we put in our body.

BLUE WATER CLUSTER painting was inspired by this knowledge.  This painting illustrates the beauty of the structure of water, our most valuable substance to life on earth.

If you want to learn more about water, its structure and its impact on life, look up Dr. Gerald Pollack, Viktor Schauberger, and the amazing studies of Dr. Masaru Emoto, that show the effect that thoughts and feelings have on water crystals.

As an artist I notice patterns, compositions, and light.  Nature has very specific patterns that are consistent in the very small and very large scales. This applies to water structure as well as everything else.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind this painting.  If you have any thoughts on water, leave a comment below.  Would love to hear some feedback.

Also, below is a fascinating video that shows how words and frequencies can change water (as seen under a microscope), based on Dr. Emoto’s studies.  Check it out!

Life is Good, Drew

PS:  BLUE WATER CLUSTER original painting is available. Also, we are making available print reproductions on canvas.  To inquire, call Maria at 949-678-8133.

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer

Maria and Drew Brophy Sacred Geometry Fine artMost of you know me for my surf art.  These past few years I’ve been painting sacred geometry themes.

I want to explain why and where I’m going with it. I also am excited to show you my latest series, which I exhibited last week at The Conscious Life Expo.

I started working on these paintings a year ago (you can see all of them in the Gallery here) and finally finished them the night before we did the installation at the expo.

I want to share the meaning behind each piece with you, so I’m going to send you one newsletter for each painting with its description, over the next few weeks.

But first, how I got into this new work:

WHY SACRED GEOMETRY AND HOW IT’S TIED INTO TO MY SURF ART:

Since I was a kid I have always been fascinated with Nature,  playing in the forest and surfing on the seashore.

My love of surfing gave me a deep connection to the vibration of the earth and the waves.

As a surfer I have had the privilege of chasing waves to some the most beautiful places on earth, fulfilling the dreams I had in my youth.

Every surfer becomes an amateur meteorologist, chasing storms around the globe in the hope of finding these waves. This of course has been the inspiration for my art for the past 30 years.

There is one thing present in almost every painting of mine; the sun and the waves.

This new series of paintings “Exploring Sacred Geometry” is simply an extension of my interest in the sun and the waves.

As an artist I notice patterns, compositions, and light. Nature has very specific patterns that are consistent in the very small and very large scales. I would see them in the waves and all of nature.

I began  studying the sun to understand how it affects us and our weather. That led me to planetary physics, then on to astrophysics and quantum physics.  I’ve been driven to learn as much as I can and I study these subjects daily.

I feel the best way for me to understand complex ideas is to paint them.The concepts that I have learned have helped me to better understand how everything works.

My plan is to continue to grow as an artist and articulate these ideas for others to learn and enjoy.

Don’t worry, I will continue to do my surf paintings, but I want everyone to know that I have so  much more to share as an artist.

Thanks for being a part of this journey, Maria and I appreciate it!

Life is Good, Drew

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
PS:  ALL OF these paintings are available for purchase. Also, all are available in canvas print reproductions.  Text or call Maria at 949-678-8133 for details.

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