It’s a bit awkward, but yes, this show is sold out before it even opened. We didn’t see it coming either… Huge thanks to all who helped make this one happen.
This year the San Diego Surf Film Festival hosted a heartfelt tribute night to San Diego’s Skip Frye, who has been building beautiful boards and outsurfing everyone for over 50 years. The hall was packed with legends of the surfing world there to honor Skip with the SDSFF Lifetime Achievement Award. As each speaker stood to speak about Skip they would mention what an honor it was to honor such an inspiring individual. If they could have read the mind of the painter standing in the back of the hall busy crafting this visual tribute to Skip based on an old Ron Stoner photograph, they would have seen that there was nobody in the room that felt more unworthy of the honor of being there than him. Of all the amazing artists in San Diego, this fuzzy kid from Humboldt rolls down and is asked to perform his trade for the audience to admire, heckle, mock, or cheer (all of which happened in spades). Beyond stoked. This one was for Skip.
Boardroom Surfboard Show
An annual tradition for me, I'll be boothing out at the Boardroom again this year, slinging deals on 2 dimensional California real estate, amongst other things most likely.
But surfboards, yeah, the best of the best are here. That's why I come to this thing, just a super fun time to geek out on what's going on the world of surfing and get to know the craftsmen & women that make the whole thing go round.
Hope you can make it, eh?
Just north of Cardiff reef Saturday, may 13 9am -2pm
A dozen+ artists making art on the beach after a quick surf? Sign me up.
Will there be donuts? Yes, of course there will be donuts.
Jeff Yeomans • Fay Wyles • Norm Daniels • Bob Penuelas • Rick Rietveld • Colleen Gnos • Chris Potter • Jon Baker • Thomas Rogo • Nathan Gibbs • Harry Holiday • Andy maaybe Davis • Victoria Huff • Matt Beard • and more...
Each artist will produce a work of art, Plein air, or otherwise from start to finish on the beach. Heckling encouraged.
Each artist will need to go for a surf out front from 9-10 am or they will be disqualified. Drop-ins are welcome.
A gallery showing of work from these artists will take place through may at the Misfit Gallery at 565 Pearl St. in La Jolla.
March 31- April 2
During the upcoming Redwood Coast Music Festival, I will be creating art nearly nonstop at one of the venues, inside the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
"Chromatic Wave Theories"
I will be completing a new series of 7 paintings during the course of the event. Working nearly nonstop, and hopefully whenever there is music playing, I will be visually exploring the connections and parallels of sound and music to waves and water.
Each painting produced will benefit a different local nonprofit:
• Humboldt Surfrider
• Friends of the Dunes
• Area 1 Agency on Aging
• Trinidad Coastal Land Trust
• Redwood Coast Music Festival
• ? Buyer's Choice!
While the paintings will be completed from start to finish at the event, they are available now to be pre-claimed at buy now prices with 50% donated to the nonprofit I've set as the beneficiary of each piece.
In addition to creating a new series of work live during the Redwood Coast Music Festival at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, I will also be showing one of my favorite bodies of work in the Floyd Bettiga Gallery (downstairs from the main floor).
My Insinuation Series explores the idea of using light and subtle contours of stylized water to suggest, or "insinuate" the presence of a looming wave without actually showing the wave form itself. A poetic treatment of one of my favorite subjects of all time.
I'll be sure to sneak a few other things in there too, just for fun...
Santa Cruz has always been a fun place to visit when touring the coast. The coastline of the town itself is full of character (and characters) and the stretch just north of town contains beauty unrivaled in California.
I’m looking forward to an extended visit to the area this fall, spending two weeks painting as much as humanly possible up and down the coast, in town and out of it, culminating in a 2 day showing of work at the Boardroom International Surfboard Show in Santa Cruz on October 8-9 to be held at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
13 days. 3 separate wildfires. 19 paintings.
5 days. 8 paintings.
12 days. 1 massive film festival. 1 surfboard tradeshow. 1 art and surf invitational event. 12 paintings. 1 Sold out show.
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 12″
Notes: This was my take on yesterday’s scene at the first ever SDSFF Art and Surf Invitational Expression Session down at Scripps pier. I dont think I’ve ever painted people painting before, but couldn’t resist this one. I was just so stoked to see all these great artist buddies painting, surfing, and generally finding excuses to eat another donut. Big loud thanks and hugs to all the artists and everyone who showed up to enjoy the scene. The vibe could not have been better. And also to the San Diego Surf Film Festival folks for letting me put this together and run with this one. Hoots and shakas all around.
Pretty stoked to be part of this show in New Orleans, LA at the Graphite Gallery. Unfortunately I could not attend in person as New Orleans is east of the Sierra Nevada mountains range and my travels in that direction are severely challenged. The show, however, looked top notch with incredible art from a range of amazing artists.
I am humbled and honored to be involved with this group, and even more so to have my work, “Reclamation” chosen to represent the group on the official show flyer. Huge thanks to my friend Kyle William Harper for curating this one and making it happen.
I'll be heading to San Diego as one of a handful of artists participating at the Boardroom International Surfboard Show and it would be a shame to leave right away with the San Diego Surf Film Festival kicking off the very next week. That leaves me with some wide open days to fill however I wish...
What to do with all that downtime? Paint. That's what. Every day, like mad, all day. Where, you ask? Wherever you tell me. I'm taking orders and will attempt to fill everyone before I leave that town. If you've been itching to get your hands on an original plein air painting of your favorite piece of coast, now is the time to let me know.
16" x 20" - $650
12" x 16" - $500
12" x 12" - $350
This should be interesting...
The surfy art events that I find myself in from time to time are always a great time to connect with other artists who share the ocean as a common inspiration. But since they are always held on land, and most often on the wrong side of the coast highway, art talk often fades to shop talk, which fades to business talk, and next thing you know someone's talking about someone else's money. It's awkward. Some artists seem to thrive on this sort of thing over cheese and crackers and wine and beers, but I've come to loathe it. Not that I'm above it, I just find myself wishing we could be anywhere but standing next to the food table talking about making sales.
So when my friends who run the San Diego Surf Film Festival asked me to come up with an art event to tie in to the festival this year I figured this would be a great chance to reclaim some of the stoke that got us all inspired to make the art we make in the first place. And thus was born...
THE FIRST EVER SDSFF "EXPRESSION SESSION: A SEMI-PLEIN AIR ART AND SURF INVITATIONAL"
Here we will gather all the outdoor artists we can muster on one beach to create art on location and require them to ride at least 3 waves each in order to show their work in the gallery show that will run throughout the San Diego Surf Film Festival. The public will be welcome to interact, heckle, surf with, snake, burn or otherwise interfere with their favorite artists all morning long on the north side of the Scripps pier on Saturday morning, May 21st. There should be donuts too.
By far the largest collection of California Coastal art I've ever hung in one place. It's a big state...
Last summer I took a 3 week road trip down the entire California Coast, stopping to paint every 50 miles or so. It was a rather spontaneous trip and folks kept claiming them as I was posting them, so I never really had a show of them in Southern California, I just took them all home and shipped them all out.
To make up for it, I've gathered up all the California Coast art I could muster at once and made limited edition canvas prints of each, many for the first time ever, to display publicly for two days only at the Boardroom International Surfboard Show in Del Mar, CA on May 14 & 15. I've never put this much of my coastal work together in one place before.
Plus, these prints will be offered this weekend only at ridiculous tradeshow special prices, and if the one you're after is sold, I'll be taking discounted orders as well. But you have to be there in person! Come take a look and say hi! I don't know my booth number, but it's worth walking the whole show anyway, there's a lot of great people and things to see in there every year.
25 paintings from start to finish in the gallery in one week? I look forward to seeing how this goes. I've been wanting to do a show like this for awhile now, and I'm stoked the folks at Misfit Pictures were game to let me take a swing at it in their brand new gallery/headquarters in La Jolla, CA.
During one frantic week in the new gallery I will be painting ten 30" x 30", five 20" x 20", and ten 10" x 10" original paintings. There will be tacos, donuts, beers, drums, friends, enemies, skateboards, and possibly even parakeets.** Stop in during the course of the week to check out the work in progress, or just wait to see them all finished at the opening reception on March 25 ...times and more details coming real soon.
Super Complicated Pricing:
Blind Faith Commitment (available until March 18): 30x30 canvas - $950 | 20x20 canvas - $550 | 10x10 canvas - $348
Work in Progress Special (available March 19-24): 30x30 canvas - $1250 | 20x20 canvas - $650 | 10x10 canvas - $349
Finished Work (available March 25): 30x30 canvas - $1500 | 20x20 canvas - $750 | 10x10 canvas - $350
First come, first serve, quantities limited. Contact Pierce or Petra Kavanagh for purchase inquiries.
**bring your own tacos, donuts and beers... and friends... and skateboards... and parakeets... don't worry about bringing your enemies, that could be awkward).
Looking forward to a fun night at Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata on Nov. 6, 2015. This event was organized by the folks at the Neighborhood Board Shop and is all about bringing musicians, artists, and communities together to do a bit of good for others.
I don't know about you, but that strikes a chord with me. Check this out: AidCurrent.com. See what I mean? Double stoked that the event will include my buddy Spencer Reynolds who so far is the only other artist on board with the art-for-non-profit site. I'll add others soon enough, but I'm hoping the tag-team live art we create raises a few dollars for Food For People so he can replace those goose eggs in his fundraising totals.
So yeah, live art, did I mention that? This will be a collaborative effort between myself and Spencer Reynolds. We've never tag teamed a painting togother before so I'm super stoked and looking forward to seeing where it goes. We'll be switching off with each beer. What can go wrong?
The event will be held on Friday, Nov 6th. Event patrons are requested to bring a minimum of one can of food as admission to the show. The canned food will be donated to Food for the People, a Humboldt County food bank.
Where: Redwood Curtain Brewery 550 South G St #4 Arcata, CA. 95521 707-826-7222
When: Friday, Nov 6th 5pm - Midnight
Admission; Minimum, 1 Can of food per person that will be donated to Food for the People
Music by: The Absynth Quintet, The Good Sam’s
Art by: Matt Beard, Spencer Reynolds, Matt Obrien
Shapers: Kalu Coletta, Brian Kang