Thursday, February 25, 2010

New surfboard.. art!

Since I now have a website for my paintings, I thought I would be more relaxed about posting here..

This is my new surfboard, shaped by John Moore of Mystic Surfboards in Santa Cruz. He worked with me to produce this beautiful longboard, for how and where I surf... My input was providing the art and the design/color for what I wanted it to look like.... took me almost a year of thinking about well as quite a bit of time designing and finishing the art..I am not one of those spontaneous "just draw it on the board" types. I have to plan, sketch, do life size studies.. lots of work. Needless to say it looks exactly perfect!
Not only is really fun to ride but now I can really tell if I am on the nose, or not!

When I am riding it, it looks like I am on a giant dreamsicle or 50/50 bar.. Yummy!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Back in the groove... I hope!

Yet again I was knocked out of my "painting groove" ... Lighting installation, the holidays, the surf trip in January, various projects, other things in life, lack of energy (except for surfing) , distracted mind... lots of lame excuses... I did manage to actually finish two paintings:

(No title yet, any ideas?) 18"x36" oil on canvas

"Return" 16"x20" oil on masonite.

A big swell last weekend ( 40'+ waves for the Mavericks contest) ) washed all sorts of driftwood up on the beach..I was like a kid in a candy store! Fortunately, this is all I wanted to carry. I notice yet again that the garage door really needs painting, and hey... I'm a painter... but think I will start with painting stuff on the driftwood... when it dries out... ( setting up for "Return" photo)

My husband built a box to support my son's computer monitor, so it would be at eye level... Beautiful wood and my contribution to this birthday gift was to paint the front drawer. Originally, I was going to have some wood showing (see below) but, well, I just got carried away... Kinda hypnotic, painting all those lines. It is just a perfect resting place for this reclining Buddha... Hopefully Brock will build another one just for it.

In preparation for painting the box.. lots of experiments, acrylic on wood.. above is just one...