Painting Story

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

 

Some artists can’t let go of their art.  I know of one who has a storage room full of beautiful art, but can’t bring herself to let them go; she says they are too much a part of her.

For me, moving out the finished work makes room for the new.

I love when a painting finds a good home, like children you do not want to see them leave but you have to let them go out into the world and bring joy to others.

This painting, called PLATONIC SOLIDS, sold to a new collector who just happened to stop into my studio when she was passing by.  She said “I felt it’s energy immediately when I walked into the room!

Maria and I delivered it to Carole’s home and installed it for her.  She was beaming with joy when we left her with her new art.

By letting go of these pieces and allowing them to live somewhere else, they are able to connect with more people and spread inspiration and joy.

The meaning behind PLATONIC SOLIDS painting:

This painting is one of a series of Sacred Geometry art that I worked on last spring; it all was heavily influenced by my passion for physics and how it relates to nature.

Years ago I began studying physics and Unified Field Theory.  Later I became a student of  Nassim Haramein’s Resonance Academy, and then was inspired to paint sacred geometry to help visually illustrate the physical concepts I was learning.

I’m still in an experimental phase of this; I’m trying to understand it all and make it easy for others to understand through the art.

It has been said that viewing sacred geometry art can raise your vibration and generate an inner peace.  I have experienced that myself.

The Platonic Solids are five three-dimensional shapes with amazing properties of symmetry; they are the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron.  All matter structures itself in specific shapes; these are the building blocks of all-that-is.

You find these shapes everywhere throughout nature; simple, balanced and perfect.  

This painting was first created to be used for a line of yoga mats.  Now I’m making fine art prints of it, because it’s been hitting a cord with so many people.

Do you feel the energy of the painting, too?  Reply in the comments and let me know.

Life is good – Drew

Drew Brophy
Artist, illustrator, surfer
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Sublime-with-Rome-Album-Sirens-cd-cover-art-by-Drew-Brophy-2015Photo: Sublime with Rome Sirens Album Cover Art

In 1996 Sublime’s music was a big part of my life.  That was the year when my life  as an artist changed dramatically; I had just moved to California from Hawaii and was painting surfboards for Lost.  It’s also the year that I met Maria.

At that time, Bradley Nowell’s lyrics and music impacted all of us; at our parties Maria would play Sublime’s self titled CD over and over again.

That’s why we were so stoked when Maria got a call from Sublime with Rome’s record company in May.  They asked if I would want to create the art for their new album.   She said “Hell Yeah!”

I’ve always been a fan of Opie Ortiz, the artist who created art for Sublime’s albums, including his iconic burning sun for the 40 oz. to Freedom album.   That art will live on forever.

It felt good to know that my work has progressed enough to be in the same company and to be able to work with talented people like SWR’s Eric Wilson, Josh Freese and Rome Ramirez.

We had a super tight deadline, I had only 10 days to get it done.  Sometimes deadlines force you to do your best work.

Sublime with Rome Original Artwork for SIRENS album in Drew Brophy Art StudioI wanted the art to be authentic.   I spent a lot of time on the phone with Rome, feeling him out, picking up the vibe and listening.  One of the things I’m really good at is soaking up someone’s energy and then putting it into the art.   Rome’s whole spin-off was about sirens going off; the world’s a crazy place.  I had to put that into the art somehow.

I listened to the new album for inspiration.  It helped me come up with ideas for the art.  No doubt we’ll be listening to these songs for years to come, they are so good.  One fan of SWR said it best about Rome continuing the music that inspired so many – read that at the bottom of this post.

After gathering my ideas, I drew my first concept sketch and sent it to the band for feedback.  Rome e-mailed me back with “WTF! You’re killing it!”Sublime CD Album Art Sketch by Drew Brophy

We nailed it on the first sketch.  It’s cool when projects go down like that; it just kind of happens, no dragging on.  I started the painting right away.

I painted two 36” x 36” paintings on canvas; one with the art and one with the hand-drawn lettering.  That way I could use the artwork, without the lettering, for limited edition art prints.  The band agreed to sign 100 of the art prints for me, which is awesome.

THE ARTWORK:  (Click here to see in-progress photos of the work or watch the video of it being painted here)

There’s a lot of elements in the art and each piece has meaning to it.  Here’s just a few:

The little skeleton guy; I pictured the old WWII air raids when they had to crank the siren.

The mushroom is a spin-off of Opie’s mushroom from the original Sublime art.

The heart represents Rome singing his heart and soul out on the stage.

The depiction of Long Beach is the pile of rubble they’re sitting on.  It’s getting ready to be hammered by a giant wave.  There’s an off-ramp to the 710 freeway to LA, which is shaking as a big earthquake comes through.  The cop car in pieces is all that’s left of the cops.

The sexy siren is an omen, a ghostly premonition.

The psycho garibaldi fish is a throw-back to the Bad Fish lyrics.  I’ve been drawing this fish forever and wanted to include it.

There’s a tribute to Bradley in there, I’ll leave that up to the viewer to figure out what it is.  (Share in the comments what you think it is.)

This painting came together quick and easy, it just flowed.  I’m happy with how it turned out, I hope everyone else is, too.

The new album is called SIRENS, it released on July 17th.  You can buy it here.

Josh Freese Rome Ramirez siging Drew Brophy Art Prints Sublime with Rome Sirens artwork

Rome Ramirez and Josh Freese, signing 100 art prints

Also, there are limited edition prints of the artwork available; 100 of them are signed by the band members.  You can order them here while they last!

Life is Good,

Drew

Sublime with Rome and Drew Brophy photo by Jonie Millhouse July 2015

Sublime with Rome’s Rome Ramirez, Eric Wilson and Josh Freese Photo by Jonie Millhouse

 

 

 

 

Sublime and SWR fan Fan Manny Gonzales said it best (on a Facebook comment on Rome’s FB Page):

Sublime is my all time favorite band. All the music that Brad created with Bud and Eric will forever be entwined with my soul. I know every word to every song that they made. If it wasn’t for Sublime, I would be lost in a dark abyss of depression self loathing.

Thanks to Brad I know what it’s like to be waiting for my ruca, I know that loving is what I got and for motherf**kers to remember that, and if I’m drunk by noon it’s ok, cuz I’ll be president someday. But sadly I was never able to see Brad perform live.  

And I never dreamed I would be able to hear his music come to life on stage. Until you (Rome) came along.

I have had the privilege of attending two of the Sublime with Rome concerts in El Paso. And they were both amazing!
Now I’m glad to say that thanks to you if been able to tell a girl to take it or leave it, I understand that lovers change like the seasons, and my world is a little bit safer. I can’t wait for the new album to drop, I already pre-ordered it. I just hope you know, Bradley would be proud. Keep up the good work man. Much love from the biggest Sublime fan I know.
P.S. I know every word to your songs too

Video below shows the drawing and painting of the artwork:

Drew Brophy painting Sublime with Rome Album Cover May 2015

FLOWER OF LIFE by Drew Brophy 2014 Sacred Surfboard SeriesSACRED SURFBOARDS VINTAGE SURFBOARD RE-PURPOSE PROJECT – Re-purposed 1970’s Classic Surfboards, painted using old-school airbrush techniques; mint condition, collectible, limited edition pieces of art and craftsmanship.  (Email info@drewbrophy.com for pricing.)

One of my most fun projects this year was painting six vintage, re-purposed surfboards brought to me by collector Jeff Eilers.  (SEE PHOTO SLIDE SHOW AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST, OF ALL THE SURFBOARDS.)

Jeff and his business partner, Erwin Spitz, had the idea to breathe new life into vintage, worn-out-beyond-repair surfboards, creating up-cycled pieces of art.

Jeff and Erwin have a process where they skin the fiberglass from old boards, repair the dings in the foam, and gently clean up the original shape.  For some of the boards, they even enlisted the glassing expertise of master shaper, glasser and artist Roger Hinds of Seal, Beach, CA.

It is an extreme amount of work to repair them but in the end they came out so well that they wanted to do something extra special with them.  Jeff and Erwin had a vision for these boards to reflect the time period they originally came from, the glory days of surfing during the late sixties and early seventies.

In the 1970’s I was just a little kid introduced to surfing for the first time, so my art has been greatly influenced by artists of that era.

With my recent studies of sacred geometry, I was excited to get my hands on these boards and explore what I could do with these new concepts.

Many people do not know that I got my start as an artist painting production surfboards in factories for some of the best surfboard makers in the world.

In those early years I had to master the craft of spraying boards with air guns and airbrushes.  It is a more technical job than artistic and in some ways very limiting.  I wanted to express my art more fully, and so I found a better way to paint surfboards by developing techniques using water based paint pens on top of glassed surfboards.

I soon became known for bringing a new style of painting to the surfboard market which was painting on the glass by hand with Uni Posca paint pens.  It changed the way surfboards were painted forever.  These techniques allowed me more creativity and gave others the ability to paint their own surfboards as well.

All of these years later, with the knowledge of tens of thousands of boards painted in every way possible, I was excited to revisit and improve upon my own airbrushing style.

This surfboard project was the perfect catalyst to do something really special, up-cycle old surfboards and turn them into a true collectible piece of art.  Cool old surfboards grace the ceilings of surf shops and surfers’ garages all over, but what about the ones that are just too beat up and ugly to care about?

Using all of my years of experience, I committed myself to painting something authentic and over the top for this project.  I created hand-made stencils for every board, incorporating symbols that speak to me these days; such as sacred geometry, chakras, om, yin-yang and the flower of life.

The boards are now completely re-purposed, in mint condition.

All six of these Sacred Surfboards turned out amazing; they came out better then we even dreamed of.  Each one tells a story and is reborn as a unique example of craftsmanship and art that will live on.

The first 6 of the series are released for sale today; if you are interested in adding a Sacred Surfboard to your vintage surfboard collection, email info@drewbrophy.com for pricing, or call 949-678-8133.

Please, let me know what you think of the art in the comments below.

Life is Good – Drew

SEE ALL PHOTOS OF SURFBOARDS HERE:  Sacred Surfboard Art Surfboards

Scott SMallin photo of his Drew Brophy SATURN CUBES painting April 2014SATURN CUBES 36” x 24” mixed media on canvas.

This was painted for South Carolina photographer Scott Smallin.

We hire Scott to photograph my projects when we are in the South.  As a thank you for the excellent work he does, I offered to create an original painting for him.

Scott said that he wanted a robot destroying a city  I pondered this idea, of a robot destroying a city, with a mushroom cloud or transformers.  But that didn’t feel right to me.

So I asked myself “What is something that is real that is destroying the world?  What if there is an ideaology and a secret that is really destroying it?

I took this idea deeper.

The painting shows the battle between good and evil, with many symbols; the robot is a black cube, controlling all of the material world, spreading evil until it self-destructs into a mushroom cloud.

It’s the death of the material world, which ultimately has no effect on the spiritual world.  The spiritual world has infinite power for good.

The water represents good extinguishing evil. This painting is about the battle over information throughout time; it is about control over the information of who we really are.

The light beings show that we are pure energy. Our hearts are the engine that makes the electrical connection to everything.  It’s what holds us here in space and time. 

My passion is in ancient cultures.  I study that along with sacred geometry and the meaning behind ancient symbols and new theories in physics.

The reason I chose Saturn and the Cubes as evil, is because my research shows that this is something that people in the ancient worlds were worshipping.  They couldn’t even see Saturn; how did they know it was there?

The reason the symbol is a cube is because there is a cube shape on the Northern pole of Saturn.

Another ancient symbol is the ring of Saturn; some speculate that the “all seeing eye” is what Saturn looks like during an eclipse.  They said that Saturn is the timekeeper and that you’re trapped in a prison of time and space.

I view the world differently than most people.  Some don’t want to see it the way I do, because it’s scary.

We are born into a system that is controlled by power and greed and information.  The average person has a very hard time bucking the system.  Essentially, we are all born a slave.  Most people that are a part of the system don’t even realize that they are. 

Some people don’t know that they don’t have to do what they are doing.  They don’t have to live where they grew up; they can leave!  They don’t have to keep that job they hate; they can quit.  They don’t have to do anything that is toxic to them.

I believe that in ancient times we had it right; people knew how to live with joy and happiness.  At some point we lost that and the darkness came.

Now, things are changing again.  I see people waking up and rediscovering what’s really important and who they really are.

The world is experiencing a positive transformation right now.  I see it in myself, too.

Life is Good,

Drew

PS:  You can buy a print reproduction on canvas of this piece – go to http://store.drewbrophy.com/saturn-cubes-giclee-canvas-print-36-x-24/ to order.