A Life Well Lived – Sacred Geometry Mural Painting on Canvas

A Life Well Lived – Sacred Geometry Mural Painting on Canvas

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
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  • russ robson
    Posted at 08:24h, 27 September

    thank you so much. I am deeply moved by your wisdom and expressions. the world is a brighter place with you here. often the world seem to almost suffocate us and we lose what really matters. I chose to follow my heart in this life and to let it decide where the next step shall lay. my heart told me to search for this painting and when i saw it, it was as if i knew it was here waiting. So lucky to share this time and space with great souls like you, cheers friend and bless your heart. thank you

  • Bryan
    Posted at 16:19h, 12 May

    Drew, keep em coming! I love reading your posts and seeing what new projects you are working on.
    I’m at a transition point in my life, and your words resonate with me at such a core level. I agree wholeheartedly that we are all energy, and that when we move in directions not congruent with our vibration it causes all sorts of negative feedback, or conditions.
    On a personal note I am curious if you have explored enneagrams? They have an interesting geometrical connection to your sacred geometry art. I have explored this extensively, and am currently working with mandalas in my own life.
    Your work is fascinating, and I look forward to seeing what’s next.

  • Annie
    Posted at 21:03h, 05 February

    I absolutely love ‘A Life Well Lived’, it is beautiful. I love your work.

    It so happens Keens are the only shoes my feet love.

    I lost my husband of 28 years several years ago. You realize even more what a gift we have been given. Living in the moment and being present with love is what matters most.

  • Debbie L.
    Posted at 08:03h, 29 January

    Very Moving and Oh So True! Thank You for sharing.

  • Jan J.
    Posted at 11:55h, 26 January

    Thank you … this was fascinating. Did this ever resonate with me. I believe I am older than you are, but feeling, like you, a bit in the middle. I have elderly parents (90 and 88, who have been married for 70 years — wow) and I have children just starting their adult lives (can’t wait to see where they go), I am starting a new part of my life, free from the everyday responsibilities of children and their lives (but not yet retired).

    We have had several friends and acquaintances pass away recently. It makes you think …. It brings you closer to your own mortality …. It can get you down. Don’t get me wrong I am so sad to lose friends. But it brings into sharp focus that EVERY DAY IS A GIFT! That I need to enjoy and treasure each day, even if it is a day at work (I do not get to work creatively like you do – ha). So I am trying to be aware of all the moments …

    I am determined to “enjoy the ride”.

  • B.P.
    Posted at 08:24h, 29 April

    I have been and continue to be interested in collecting Drew’s art. A few years back I discussed Drew’s evolution with Maria and now I see him moving in a direction that interests me.

    The thing is when an artist can take the contextual information about their art and write about it with as much clarity and depth as Drew did with, “a Life Well Lived” Art collectors take notice.

    That is Drew’s life research and it adds an extra dimension to a great artist’s work.

    I have studied the work of Tibetan Thangka religious scroll painting. Drew has a color palette and very fine line work that reminds me of this kind of painting and now a conceptual base that overlaps the best thangka painting.

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  • James Brophy
    Posted at 07:38h, 25 March

    Well done! Thank you for your heartfelt description of your inspiration and outlook on life. Like me I know Dad was always very proud of you. I cannot think of a better way to honor him. Every day you, Maria, Dylan, Mia and our entire family are a living tribute to him. I love Him and all of you!

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