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A LIFE WELL LIVED - Drew Brophy Sacred Geometry Mural Painting for Keen

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Every painting tells a story.  Often my art reflects the current events in my life and my interpretation of the way I see the world.

This painting began as mural project for Keen.  It is painted on 9 Fredrix Canvas gallery-wrap panels, six feet tall and 18 feet long.  I painted it live during Keenfest in Salt Lake City Utah summer of 2014.

I have worked with Keen for many years. They are so much more than a shoe company, they are people striving to do everything better.  Their enthusiasm is infectious, they truly inspire me to be more adventurous and their ideals push me to be better at everything I do.

When designing the painting, I began thinking of all the places that Keen shoes take people.  I also thought about how these forward thinking people affected others and the world around them.

I quickly realized that this was not about shoes but was about getting out into nature, doing things to the best of your ability for the benefit of everyone, and the connection to each other and the environment.

This was a tall order so I started drawing circles.Mural-sketch-drew-brophy-art-keen painting circles flower of life vesica pisces

The circles slowly began to take shape into a Flower of Life Pattern, this process was hypnotic, and I began to think of what a gift it is to be born into this beautiful world full of possibilities.

I love the water and I love surfing, all life contains water.  We are 90% water, we are the clouds, seeds of information coded for life, from the joining of two circles, creates space for a third within the vesica piscis, love is transformed into a new child of the earth.  Like butterflies emerging from cocoons.

We are all Miracles searching for new experiences, we are the rain that nourishes all life.

BOY on the Beach _ALifeWellLived_-drew-brophy-mural art-painting-keenfest-sacred-geometryThe boy on the beach represents the time when we are young, everything is amazing and new, we are constantly curious, and fearless. This is one the most amazing periods of life, I tell my kids not to be in hurry to grow up, just enjoy each age to the fullest. Enjoy all of your firsts.

When we begin our path in life we play, we grow, and we begin to realize that experiences and interaction with others are everything.

Knowledge comes from constantly pushing into the unknown and understanding that there is always something new and more to learn.  The trick is to know what you really want, where do you want to go, what makes you feel good?

We are the streams and rivers flowing across the earth, we are meant to be free. We want to flow towards the things that feel good and avoid the things that feel bad.  It is a constant flow, like time, always moving towards the ocean where we all began.

Hopefully with enough experiences and time you will arrive at place of interconnected reality, you realize we are only here to enjoy the ride.

Reality is being fully present and it lies in the expansion of our experiences and thoughts with others.  It is the discovery that there is no separation, everything is connected, and we are all deeply rooted in the fabric of everything.

This is represented by the man in the center doing a yoga tree pose. This is also the understanding of who we really are.

A Life Well Lived Drew Brophy painting itWe are liquid light at one with nature beyond our physical body. This is represented by the Merkabah, the conduit which your life force exists in this world, this invisible energy flows  through the Flower of Life Pattern into everything it scales infinitely  larger and smaller.

In this is the understanding everything is a vibration of energy, manifesting matter in five combinations of shapes, called the platonic solids.  These shapes make up all elements of matter which consists of almost entirely empty space.

With this understanding everything becomes only thought which is manifesting everything.

What seems so complex is simple, everything is control over your thoughts and desire.  It is the power of creativity, we are all creators of our reality.  This is the knowledge to teach your children.

You are what you think, anything is possible, life is to be enjoyed, and we are all connected as one. 

As time moves forward everything is in a state of renewal and transformation.

The fire and Lava represent this as the cycle of light turns to dark. The darkness and its creatures represent the path of loneliness of a lost soul who has become disconnected and alone.  If he only knew to fall back into the flow where there is nothing to fear and only love.

Salmon spend their last days swimming upstream to the place of their birth. They lay their eggs in the hopes that their offspring will live on, thus continuing the cycle.  Connected souls have no fear they will give everything to others and in so they will live on in their thoughts forever.

Saturn represents the unknown, and all that is left to be learned in an ever-expanding universe. There will always be more that you wanted to see and do.

It is the thought of what you did do throughout your life that counts.

The owl represents Wisdom; even in the darkness he sees joy and Love and he has the sense to follow it and flow with it.  This is your path and your time.

In the end, when it’s time to return to the light, have no fear, look back on a life well lived.  Smile upon the cherished memories of your experiences with all that you loved on this earth.  Take joy in all that you gave of yourself to others in kindness. Your hopes, dreams, and example live on within them.

This painting was heavily influenced by the loss of my father.  He is the one entering the light, I am in the middle seeing my childhood and my death, and my son stands on the beach, with his entire life in front of him.

When I think of my dad, I think of all that he gave me, I think of all the memories.

In the end that’s all that is left, experiences of shared time together. His life was well lived, he is loved. He lives on in me and my son. It is the cycle life.   He took his last breaths on this earth with my Mother and all of his children holding him with love, we escorted him to the other side, and he was not alone.

I hope this painting inspires people to live life to its fullest.  I hope it inspires them to be the best people they can be.

I also hope it reminds everyone just how lucky they are to be here.

Dedicated to Thomas Alphonsus Brophy, Best dad ever!

Life is Good – Drew
Drew-Brophy-Mural-painting-art A Life WEll Lived Keenfest

Drew-Brophy-mural-art-painting-keenfest photo by David Munk A Life WEll Lived PaintingDrew Brophy Sacred Geometry painting at Conscious Life Expo 2015 Art

 

Drew Brophy Painting a Mural Live at Conscious Life Expo Los Angeles Trade ShowCASE STUDY:  Greenfield Naturals Illustration and Conscious Life Expo Live Mural Painting

WHEN:  February 2015

CLIENT:  Greenfield Naturals

MISSION:  Greenfield Naturals was exhibiting for the first time and wanted to have a strong draw to get people in their booth during the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles.

They also wanted an illustration that would convey their mission and accurately describe their products in a way that the viewer would understand it.

They wanted the mural artwork to be designed so it could be used after the event, for multiple uses such as product packaging, marketing and advertising.

GreenField-logo-waterslife-drewbrophy.jpgSCOPE OF PROJECT:

1 – ILLUSTRATION ART FOR PRODUCT PACKAGING, MARKETING AND ADVERTISING – Intensively research Client’s products and the molecular structure of water.  Design an illustration that would capture the essence of Greenfield Natural’s water solutions and how it works.  (Their products are used for molecular restructuring of water, using natural electromagnetic frequencies.)

Design the illustration so that it is suitable for multiple uses, such as packaging, website, merchandise and advertising.

2 – LIVE MURAL PAINTING – Paint the illustration art (mentioned above) on a mural, live, during the expo.  Generate an interest by drawing people to the booth.  The mural was painted over three large gallery-wrapped canvas, making a 6’ x 6’ mural.  After the show, get a high res of the mural and re-work the illustration for multiple marketing uses.

RESULTS:  Attendees could not walk past the Greenfield Naturals booth without stopping to watch the art come to life before their eyes!  Two of the most influential scientists speaking at the event were drawn to the booth and engaged in discussion with the Client.  The energy of a vibrant, live painting gave Greenfield Naturals an opportunity to engage and discuss their products with attendees.

Many attendees wanted their picture with the mural, which had the Greenfield Naturals logo prominently placed so that it will show up in photos.

Greenfield Naturals had an extremely successful showing.  And they were able to take the illustration art and use it for multiple products for packaging and their future marketing needs.

Mission Accomplished!

Keen Green Graffiti Logo Hamburg by Drew

It’s exciting.  I can see it in my head, and I can’t finish it fast enough….It’s a simple process of positive and negative space. ”  Drew Brophy

http://greengraffiti.com/blog/drew-brophys-german-tour

CASE STUDY:  World’s largest freehand GreenGraffiti (reverse graffiti) mural at Globetrotter in Hamburg

When:  June 2014

Client:  Keen Europe / GreenGraffiti

Mission:  Create an organic, “green” artistic mural in front of Keen’s largest retailer in Hamburg, Germany.  Illustrate Keen Footwear’s slogan of “follow your feet” and inspire others to get outdoors!

SCOPE OF WORK:  Strategize and draw a visual of Keen’s “Follow your Feet” campaign.  Design the art for stencils and then apply the mural in freehand fashion, while onlookers enjoy watching.   Cover 100 square meters of sidewalk with the mural.

RESULTS:  Onlookers and media enjoyed watching the mural come to life.  Keen was able to get their message out in a green manner.  Globetrotter was extremely pleased, as their foot traffic increased, and the city of Hamburg received a “green” mural to enjoy for the month.   Mission Accomplished.

VIDEO:  This short video shows the process and tells the story:  Keen GreenGraffiti and Drew Brophy in Hamburg.

Read GreenGraffiti’s article about the project here:  http://greengraffiti.com/blog/drew-br…

(GreenGraffiti is known for their “Green Advertising.” Working with some of the most popular global brands, GreenGraffiti has turned advertising into art.)

*REVERSE GRAFFITI is also known as clean tagging, dust tagging, grime writing. GreenGraffiti or “clean advertising” is a method of creating temporary or semi-permanent images on walls or other surfaces by removing dirt from a surface using giant power washers and stencils.

Sketches transformed into Giant Stencils!

Sketches transformed into Giant Stencils!

Drew Brophy is doing two very exciting and unique STREET ART events with GreenGraffiti for Keen Europe and GLOBETROTTER:

Drew getting a lesson in the GreenGraffiti techniques

Drew practicing GreenGraffiti techniques

The world’s largest freehand reverse graffiti Mural Installation!  Globetrotter in Hamburg, Germany:

What:  GreenGraffiti and Drew Brophy team up to execute the world’s largest freehand reverse graffiti sidewalk mural!

The artwork is designed to illustrate the artists’ interpretation of Keen’s #FollowYourFeet philosophy.

Watch it come to life on Hamburg’s concrete!

When:  Thursday, 19 June 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:  Globetrotter in Hamburg, Germany – Wiesendamm 1, 22305 Hamburg (MAP: http://bit.ly/1iHbdN9 )

Who:  YOU!  The public is invited to watch, take photos, enjoy watching it come alive!

(Please share your photos using the #KeenGreenGraffiti and #DrewBrophy hashtags)

For more info, watch the video at the end of this post, of Drew explaining his role in the process.

Live Paddleboard and Paddle Painting at Globetrotter in Koln (Cologne) Germany:

What:  Drew Brophy will do a live painting demonstration at Globetrotter, Koln, on an 8 foot Riviera paddleboard and paddle.

Poster Giveaway at Koln Globetrotter!

Poster Giveaway at Koln Globetrotter!

And a POSTER GIVEAWAY of Drew Brophy’s most popular painting, SUNRISE!  Posters will be given to spectators at the live painting event (while supplies last).

The paddleboard and paddle will be awarded to one lucky winner through a Keen-Globetrotter promotion.

When:  Saturday, 21 June 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WhereGlobetrotter in Koln, Germany

Who:  You!  The public is invited to watch, and get a free Drew Brophy art poster!

About GreenGraffiti-Drew Brophy Keen Project and the Process of Reverse Graffiti:

In the summer of 2013, Drew Brophy and GreenGraffiti, on behalf of Keen Europe, executed the world’s first and largest *reverse graffiti sidewalk mural at the Hamburg Globetrotter in Germany.  It was a huge success which resulted in a strong increase in sales for Keen Europe and Globetrotter.  The mural was over 100 meters square.  (See Video of project at bottom of post)

This year they decided to work with Drew live!  Similar idea but this time the art and interpretation of Keen’s philosophy of #FollowYourFeet will be applied freehand. It will be the world’s largest freehand template sidewalk mural.

The Process:  Drew designs and draws the artwork for the templates and overall design.  GreenGraffiti takes the designs and cuts giant templates (stencils) out of steel and recycled materials.  Together they will freehand the design on location, using giant “airbrush” power washers, working with the dirt on the sidewalk.

Only a handful of illustrators in the world know these techniques of creating, designing and executing the art for such a project.  Drew is one of the few artists who has mastered this technique and process.

Once applied, the design stays for about 4 weeks, then GreenGraffiti goes out and clears it, leaving a shiny, clean sidewalk for the community to enjoy!

In the words of Jim Bowes of GreenGraffiti, “Dirty public space is a valuable public asset” !

*REVERSE GRAFFITI is also known as clean tagging, dust tagging, grime writing.  GreenGraffiti or “clean advertising” is a method of creating temporary or semi-permanent images on walls or other surfaces by removing dirt from a surface using giant power washers and stencils.

VIDEO OF DREW EXPLAINING HIS ROLE IN THE PROJECT:

 

VIDEO OF GREENGRAFFITI and DREW BROPHY KEEN EUROPE MURAL SUMMER 2013:

Drew Brophy and the WD Fan Night Mural Painting CES2014“It’s important for me to be able to interact with every single person at an event.  I want them to leave feeling happy and with a lasting memory of what a great time they had.”  Drew Brophy

CASE STUDY:  Western Digital CES 2014 Fan Night Event

WHEN:  January 2014

CLIENT:  Western Digital (WD)

Mission:  Help make WD Fan Night event during CES2014 Las Vegas a memorable evening for WD’s special guests.

SCOPE OF PROJECT:

MURAL for Display:  Design, create and paint a Mural sized 10′ x 6′  (painted over 5 custom-made canvas pieces for ease of transport)

GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONAL ITEMS:  Drew Brophy Design was provided for WD t-shirts and posters to give away to guests at event

GIVEAWAY BIG TICKET ITEMS:  Strategiclaly design and then hand paint five (5) fine art pieces on skateboard decks.    The art design on the decks represented each of WD’s five hard drive products.   The decks were given away to five lucky winners at the event.

LIVE POSTER SIGNING:  Drew attended the event alongside other celebrities present, signed posters and presented the skate decks to each winner.

RESULTS:  WD Fan Night was a memorable event; dozens of guests took their photos in front of the mural and every guest happily took home a piece of art (poster) to always remind them of the evening.  WD was extremely pleased with the ease of the logistics to pull this off, and with the final outcome.

Mission Accomplished!

DETAILS:  Mural Artwork:  WD wanted a surf painting in Drew’s traditional style, with symbolism that was relevant to their products, which is hard drives.  Hard drives hold things that you want to keep forever.

Drew says of his design for the mural, “When I think of things that last forever, I think of ancient times and things that were made in stone.  In a way, hard drives hold information that is saved and passed down.  All of my art is saved on hard drives; it’s like my safety deposit box.  The art will be passed down to my son, and his kids as well.  So in this painting, the character is carving a WD in stone.”

Skateboard Deck Paintings: Drew created five paintings, meant to represent the features of each of WD’s hard drives; the explanation can be found in the name of the painting – see below:

Gamers BLACK painting on Skateboard (c) Drew Brophy GENIE in the Bottle RED painting on Skateboard (C) Drew Brophy Everyday BLUE painting on Skateboard (c) Drew Brophy Surveillance PURPLE painting on Skateboard (c) Drew Brophy Photographers GREEN painting (c) Skateboard by Drew Brophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the video of the painting of the mural.  Photo and video credit to Scott Smallin, video editing by Don Perry, music by Brian ILL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmgbsE_3P10&feature=share&list=UU5G4tVJHYkrSpTsA2tR-qeg