ocean institute Tag

Neptune Original Painting by Drew Brophy 2011For the seventh year in a row, Drew’s been asked by the Ocean Institute to create the cover artwork for their summer programs.   Here’s Neptune!

You can buy a beautiful Giclee Print on Canvas of this painting  in our STORE.

UPDATE TO THIS POST (March 2011): The O-I ended up not using this artwork after all.

We were greatly disappointed at first, because of the hard work involved in it, but it all worked out great in the end, as everything always does.

An art collector named Tim Smith saw it on our website and purchased the original painting a week later.

So now Neptune is in a good home. Giclee prints of Nepture are available now in our store. Check it out!

Drew's Pirate in Glass by Kyle Hunter Goodwin

Drew's Pirate in Glass by Kyle Hunter Goodwin

One of the greatest things about growing older is you get to witness your friends becoming successful and growing in their craft.  It’s fun to reminisce about where you came from and how far you’ve come.

Kyle Hunter Goodwin is someone that we’ve watched hone his talent through the years.  His glass works have become more detailed, refined and beautiful as time passes.

We got to know Kyle  many years ago when we were planning the Sea Monster Ball.  It was a group art show, curated by me and Drew, and put on at the very beautiful ocean front Ocean-Institute. We asked Kyle to be one of the artists exhibiting and he flew out from Florida to join us.  Since then, we’ve all come a long way in our careers, and we’ve kept in touch. Recently Kyle asked if he could take one of Drew’s pirate paintings and re-create it in glass.  Of course, we were ecstatic at the idea!

It’s amazing how Kyle could take Drew’s painting (below) and create this beautiful glass piece from that.  It’s for sale, you can buy it by contacting Kyle directly at 352-213-3998.

Pirate painting by Drew Brophy

Pirate by Drew Brophy

Go to his website at www.hunterglass.com and check out some of the awesome glasswares and art available.  You will love his work!

Circle of Life on Canvas by Drew BrophyFor the past 6 years or so Drew’s been creating a new painting for the Ocean-Institute’s summer program flyers and t-shirts.  They’ll also use the art on huge banners (about 15′ x 20′) to hang on the side of their building every year.

The Ocean-Institute is an organization based out of Dana Point, Ca.  Their mission is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans.  Their vision is to be the world’s best experiential ocean educational organization.

Drew loves what the Ocean-Institute does to teach people, particularly kids, about the ocean and protecting our environment.  He really loves creating art for them every year.  And, working with the President, Bentley Cavazzi, is always a joy.  Bentley is one of those rare individuals that not only understands art, but also gives Drew a lot of leeway on the creative end of it.

This year Drew decided to paint a slightly different look.  Instead of the paint pens, he used a combination of spray paint and then airbrushing (for the background, to create an under-water effect) and then acrylic paints with brushes.

His goal was to create a soft, under-water circle of life without the hard edges, emanating somewhat of a subtle energy.  I think he pulled it off nicely.

The end result:  A 6′ x 4′ Acrylic on Canvas, beautiful, about to be framed, sold & hung!  (If you are interested in buying it, click here.)

We allow the Ocean-Institute use the artwork, but we keep the original.  So once we frame it, we’ll place it in an upcoming art exhibit that Drew will have at the Ocean-Institute, and make it available for purchase.