Painting Story

Essence Of Life by Drew Brophy Nov 2013ESSENCE OF LIFE original painting, medium paint pens on canvas, sized 18″ x 24″.

This was a commissioned piece for a collector named Daniel C. in Cocoa Beach, FL.

He asked for something “zen-like.”

So I started the painting, and partway through Maria asked, confused, “Who’s painting is that?”

And I said “It’s Daniel’s from Cocoa Beach.”

She objected, saying “That’s not Zen!”  I think she expected a Buddha and lotus flowers.

Though this wasn’t Maria’s idea of Zen, it was mine.

The meaning behind ESSENCE OF LIFE is this:

We all came to earth to love and experience life.  At the end of this life your earthly body releases your true self, the Light Body.

The Light Body is pure energy; it can never be created or destroyed, just transformed.

That, to me, is Zen.

Life is good,

DrewDrew Brophy painting the Essence of Life painting Nov 2013

PS:  You can commission your own painting from me – email info@drewbrophy.com and ask for a price sheet and sizes!

 

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The Power WIthin Buddha Painting by (c)  Drew Brophy Nov 2013

This painting is the forth of twenty commissions that I am committed to getting finished in the next week!

The 20 commissioned paintings that I have to paint, follow on the heels of a very successful promotion, called the “20×20” that I did last month, where I committed to painting 20 paintings in 20 days.

During the “20 paintings in 20 days” all but one of those twenty paintings sold the day I painted them.  I was surprised to find that so many people out there were fascinated by the process of starting and finishing a painting every day, for 20 consecutive days.

It was a difficult commitment, to do that many paintings that fast.  But I learned a lot about myself in the process.

This painting is called THE POWER WITHIN – it’s sized 11″ x 14″ Paint Pens on Canvas Board.

It’s for a collector named Cathy P. who lives in Ohio.  Cathy wanted a painting that was “zen-like” and that incorporated Buddha and waves.Drew Brophy Meditation Art Painting the Buddha commission POWER WITHIN

I added the all-seeing eyes and rainbow energy bolts.   This depicts that power that we all have within ourselves to find peace and joy and to tap into the vibrations that we were meant to get in tune with.

I hope Cathy loves her painting.

Life is Good, Drew

PS: Here’s the painting on my Facebook page – feel free to comment on it, and please, SHARE it! :

Solar Flare Painting by Drew Brophy 18 x 24 Mixed Media on Canvas

SOLAR FLARE 18″ x 24″ on Canvas

This SOLAR FLARE painting was inspired by my love of the sun.  It’s mixed media on canvas, sized 18″ x 24″ using a combination of Createx paint and Uni Poscas.

I’ve had a life-long fascination with waves and the sun.

Many people don’t realize the power of the sun; that it is everything;  it gives us light, warmth and life.

I often wonder how solar wind affects our weather on a daily basis.   Sunspots can produce solar flares, directed at the earth, and have a huge impact on us.

Scientists even attribute solar flares to earthquakes, due to the fluctuation to the magnetic field.

I contemplate what kind of effects solar activity has on the waves we ride, and the intensity of the sunburn we get when surfing.

I have noticed more intensity in the sun, and I wonder if solar flares have something to do with it.  It seems as if the sun is releasing more energy; but it’s probably due to the fact that earth’s magnetic field is weakening, providing less protection.  The solar radiation is able to penetrate deeper to the surface of earth.

This change obviously affects our weather and our waves and how much sunburn our bodies get.  I wonder what other impact this solar wind has on us?

Almost all religions can be traced back to sun worship.  Why do you think that is?

If we call the Earth our Mother, then for sure the Sun is our Father.

The sun is our source of heat and light.  It is energy.  It is everything.

Life is Good,  Drew

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

Painting SOLAR FLARE in my living room

SOLAR FLARE was bought by Hector M., a collector in Orlando, FL.

Hector and his new painting

Hector and his new painting

 

the pier by drew brophy sept 2013 11x14 paintingFOR THE NEXT 20 DAYS, I’M CREATING 20 ORIGINAL ART PIECES that reflect my thought process and where my ideas originate from.  

I’m painting from the heart, just having fun with it.  You might love ’em, you might hate ’em, but either way, I hope they invoke a feeling for you.

(If you share my posts, please tag  #20×20 #drewbrophy #SurfArt)

Today’s Painting is the 5th of 20, titled THE PIER,  11″ x 14″ on Canvas board, medium Uni Posca Paint Pens.

It’s Saturday, and I thought I’d go down to the pier in San Clemente to paint today’s painting.  I sat under the palapa on the beach and painted while friends came by to watch and say hello.

Today reminded me of a fall day.  The weather is changing and it made me think of the North West swells that will soon begin to filter in.  That’s when San Clemente pier really lights up; the right going into the pier turns into a big tube while the current pushes you away.  I can’t wait for those days to start!

Within 5 minutes of posting a photo of this painting in progress on Facebook, we got an email from Maria’s friend Kat.  She bought it before it was even finished.  That’s having faith in the process.

Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this painting.

Life is good,

painting san clemente pier drew brophy artist sept 2013Drew

THE PIER is for sale!  SOLD to Kat in San Clemente!  11″ x 14″ Paint Pen on Canvas board.  The first person to email info@drewbrophy.com gets it.

It won’t last long – these paintings sell quick.

If you miss it and you want to consider the next #20×20 painting, email info @ drew brophy dot com and we will put you on the “PREVIEW” list, in line for the next one.

WHEN EMAILING to BUY ONE OF THE #20X20 PAINTINGS:  email info @ drew brophy dot com immediately with your  phone#, shipping address preferred payment method (Paypal or credit card).  We will need payment within 4 hours of your email, or the painting goes to the next person in line.  Thanks!

 

FEELING FREE TRIPTYCH Drew Brophy Sept 2013 8 x 18

 

FOR THE NEXT 20 DAYS, I’M CREATING 20 ORIGINAL ART PIECES that reflect my thought process and where my ideas originate from.  

 

 

I’m painting from the heart, just having fun with it.  You might love ’em, you might hate ’em, but either way, I hope they invoke a feeling for you.

(If you share my posts, please tag  #20×20 #drewbrophy #SurfArt)

Today’s Painting is the 4th of 20, titled FEELING FREE Triptych Three pieces each 8″ x 6″ (total size 8″ x 18″) on Canvas board, medium Uni Posca Paint Pens.

I think this painting would make a great t-shirt design!

On the #20×20 Commitment:  I’m not trying to create masterpieces, I’m just trying to execute a cool painting every day, using different techniques and ideas, or both.

It’s been fun trying new things, for example, with this painting.  I’m playing with color and not adding so much detail.  I’m letting the color create cool effects.  Some of these effects are inspired by artist Bill Ogden, who has a fantastic style.

Yesterdays painting TUNING INTO THE UNIVERSE was my experiment with stretching a strange concept, and executing the idea.  The first two paintings were a direct inspiration from being at the Hurley Pro surfing contest.

Painting in the studio

Painting in the studio

Today, I wanted to do a small painting, but only one 8″ x 6″ canvas board seemed too small, so I decided to grab three of them.  I’ve painted triptychs on surfboards before, but never on small canvas boards.  It’s a challenge for me to paint this small.

At the end of my #20×20, I plan to post all the paintings and ask people to choose their favorites and what they want to see more of.

This is a good experiment for me.  Thanks for being a part of it.

Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should paint next!

Life is good,

Drew

FEELING FREE is for sale!  SOLD to Jim in Florida!  8″ x 18″ Paint Pen on Canvas.  The first person to email info@drewbrophy.com gets it.

It won’t last long – these paintings sell quick.

If you miss it and you want to consider the next #20×20 painting, email info @ drew brophy dot com and we will put you on the “PREVIEW” list, in line for the next one.

WHEN EMAILING to BUY ONE OF THE #20X20 PAINTINGS:  email info @ drew brophy dot com immediately with your  phone#, shipping address preferred payment method (Paypal or credit card).  We will need payment within 4 hours of your email, or the painting goes to the next person in line.  Thanks!