Painting Story

This is a sacred geometry painting that was commissioned by employees and friends of Doug Francis, the CEO of Weedmaps, for his fortieth birthday. 

It was very moving for me to create this artwork for him, as it is evident that he is deeply loved by the people who work for him.  While painting it, I couldn’t help but wonder, what kind of person do you have to be that would inspire this level of devotion from your team.

When I get a commission for a sacred geometry piece, it’s really important that I understand what the collector wants.  In this case, they wanted a specific teal green color, sacred geometry and a very subtle leaf incorporated into it.

It was important to me to get it as close to what they wanted as I possibly could.  It can be difficult to follow specifications exactly, with this type of commission, because sometimes the painting will do what it wants.

I love how this painting turned out.   It took a few months from beginning to end, and when it was finished, I was incredibly happy with it.

Below is my description of the painting, the meaning and the process:

Like all plants, the cannabis leaf is a beautiful representation of the intelligence of the Universe.

The seed of the cannabis plant, before it is even put into the dirt, holds within it a blueprint of its magnificent potential.

Water provides the seed with a trigger and the building blocks that enables the seed to grow. The seed grows leaves so that it can collect the light from the sun.

The geometry of life is already there, and the water and the light conspire to allow it to fulfill its greatest potential.

This painting was designed to demonstrate the geometry of the leaf and to celebrate the beauty of how purely intelligent it is.

The measurements of the leaves very closely follow the Golden Number 1.618 and the Fibonacci Sequence.  The leaves expand as if reaching for the light.

It makes you wonder; how does it know what to do?  When Shamans say “the plants talk to us,” they are describing a vibrational message they pick up from the plants that will assist in healing. It’s possible that the information being read is encoded in the shape and the fragrance of the leaf.

This is a glorious thing that nature provides, giving us medicine and nutrients to enable us to also fulfill our own potential.

GEOMETRY AND THE PROCESS OF PAINTING SWEET LEAF:

Sweet Leaf is painted on a canvas sized 48” x 60”, using a proprietary mixed media process that I have developed.

The artwork contains an underpainting of more than one hundred layers of paint, meticulously added over a period of months.

I then laid down the flower of life pattern that served as a map representing the field in which everything is contained.

The next step was to add the geometry with the simplest formula, which is radiating circles of 1.618, the Golden Ratio of Phi.

The Golden Ratio is found in the design and beauty of nature, everywhere.

Each circle is 1.618 larger than the circle it surrounds. What I found, happily, was that the cannabis leaf lays nearly perfect on the proportions of the Golden Number with each blade of the leaf matching the circles.

Then I took the arcs of those circles and made intersecting points, finding that it was the basic blue print for the leaf itself, creating a beautiful geometry.

Next, I painted in a ghost image of the actual leaf that floats within the geometry.

All together it demonstrates the perfection of nature. It’s a beautiful pattern, which is the fundamental building block of life as well as the building block of design.

We have to wonder, why does this look appealing to us? The geometry, the leaf, the plant? Our minds find it beautiful because of these ratios and design elements that are taken from nature.

We recognize it, sub-consciously, as divine.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE:  

In nature, all living things contain the 1.618 Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence.

The Golden Ratio is an average of the growth rate of all living things. The Fibonacci Sequence is a ratio describing the same effect.

Everything is spiraling out of nothing.  It’s as though light is growing. It is taking the light and the water and constructing something out of space, and builds at that rate, in balance.

For example, in your hand, each one of your bones is 1.618 smaller or larger than the others. If you fold your fingers, you’ll see that they curl in a spiral, much like the Fibonacci Sequence.

Everything in nature is perfectly proportioned.   In art, when you use these formulas, it is more beautiful to us because we subconsciously recognize the proportion that we know to be in all of nature.

Nature is attempting to grow as efficiently as possible and just so happens that nature has figured it out.

We are connected to all life forms and the Universe is just one big potential that we all are striving to access.

We are a part of a connected Universe.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this painting story.

Thanks- Life is good – Drew

 

PS:  Here’s a Youtube Video that I made explaining the process and the painting.

 

 

“Three-fifths of an octopus’ neurons are not in their brain, but in their arms; each arm has a mind of its own.”  Sy Montgomery

GNARLY OCTOPUS is painted on at 24″ x 36″ Fredrix Canvas, mixed media.  

The painting is a play on the band Dirty Heads’ mascot, the octopus.  In this painting, the octopus is eating Magical Butter off of a spoon.  (Scroll down to see the video of me painting this.)

All of this stuff comes from my imagination, naturally.  People think I take drugs, but I don’t.  My natural state is wide open.

In real life, I see shapes, expressions and bright colors that most people don’t see. I put these things into my paintings.

Would love to send this octopus to a good home.  You can buy it here.

Some of my paintings are created as illustrations for a particular use.  It works like this – my illustration client will buy the rights to use the digital artwork and then I’ll keep the actual paintings to sell to my collectors later.

I create my illustrations old-school and paint them on canvas so that they will make for a collectible piece of art.

The actual painting doesn’t have lettering or anything on it that will take away from it as art – it’s designed so that it will make for art that will be hung.  

It’s a great program, because I have been able to turn most of my illustrations into art that is collected by people around the world.  Over time, many have become a little slice of history.

Usually, I’ll only take on art commissions that I know I’ll enjoy.   If something comes along that I won’t like, I turn it down.  You only do your best work if you’re having fun.

Today’s painting, the Gnarly Octopus, was one of three paintings that I created for Magical Butter.  They wanted artwork for a 2016 summer concert tour for Sublime with Rome and the Dirty Heads.

I loved working with Magical Butter, because they are a company of fun people who are creative and open to new ideas.  And, listening to the bands’ music kept me going through the process.  It was a lot of fun.

If you want to talk to me or Maria before deciding to add Gnarly Octopus to your collection, call or text the studio at 949-678-8133.

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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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