painting Tag

In Episode 5 of The Paint Shop, my studio is hopping all week.

An art collector asked me to paint a 15′ wooden paddleboard with Japanese tattoo-style paintings.

Then I stoke out pro surfer Tanner Gudauskas by customizing his surfboard; and then,
I get commissioned to paint the strangest thing I’ve ever had to paint….watch the show to find out what it is!

The Paint Shop Episode 5 “Surf and Turf” Full Episode in HD from The Paint Shop on Vimeo.

Drew’s studio is hopping this week as he paints a 15′ wooden paddleboard, stokes out pro surfer Tanner Gudauskas by customizing his surfboard, and then Drew is commissioned to paint the strangest thing he’s ever painted.

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.

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Have you ever priced out a project for a client, only to find out later that they expected you to give more than you agreed to, and then you realize too late that you greatly UNDERPRICED the project? We’ve done this once or twice, but last years was the most disappointing, because we lost the deal entirely.

Drew was approached by Sesame Workshop to do a co-branding clothing line, which means that their characters and Drew’s logo and art would be on the designs, and we would share in the royalties. It was an exciting project, and we had two separate meetings in New York with them to plan it out. I priced out the initial advance, and we were good to go UNTIL – the contract phase, and that’s when the problems began: (more…)