Archive for August, 2009

One More

August 26, 2009

I should have made this one.

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The New Toy

August 25, 2009

At the beginning of summer I purchased one of those Go Pro video cameras. Due to a busy summer and a lack of surf here locally I haven’t used it much. I’ve put mounts on both a bodyboard and surfboard. So far I’ve only used it on two foot shore-breaks, and therefore only gotten footage from my bodyboard. Shore-breaks have a tendency to beat you up, so I’ve already broken one mount. It’s surprisingly durable though. I’ve accidently head-butted it, and knocked my knuckles on it. I’ve obviously not a pro surfer, so my footage won’t be full of tricks. But I do like to pull into big barrels and get thrashed. So there should be some fun footage coming of me imitating a rag doll. It’s going to be a fun toy.

Come play with us Danny

August 21, 2009

O.k., I did two old movie trailers. So I had to do a third. This one is by far the best. It’s amazing that in it’s simplicity it’s still extremely terrifying. I saw this movie at a drive-in theatre as a kid, and it was way too much for me. I didn’t spend anytime lingering in hallways because of this film. It still scares me. In my mind, like David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick just knows what the heart of terror is and captures it in film.

Hey you guys…SPLIT!

August 20, 2009

I was too young to remember this trailer. Watching it now it seems like they reveal way to much about the movie. The only thing they leave out is the final outcome. Maybe thats the way they did movie trailers back then. I still love it.

You’ve got the talent.

August 19, 2009

My profile on the MSA Classic website

August 14, 2009

001The Malibu Surfing Association was nice enough to post a profile of me on their website. If you read one of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’m doing some art that will be presented to some of the winners this year. Speaking of which, I better get back to working on it. Time is running out. I will be at the event this year.

Also, check out Roy Gonzalez poster for the event. I’ve been a fan of his artwork since I was a kid. I loved his illustrations for Astro Deck.

Brookings Art Festival

August 13, 2009

IMG_0467This weekend I will have an art booth at the Brookings/Harbor Art Festival in the port area. This is very convenient for me since I live here now. Most of the festivals and art shows I do I have to travel long distances for. So it will be nice to participate in one in my hometown. No rest for me in the summertime.

The scene above is simply a nice picture I took. It has no relevance to the festival. Somewhere on that horizon line I will have an art booth this weekend. If you look closely, you can almost see me waving.

Explanation of an Older Painting

August 12, 2009

stormbirdsSomeone recently wrote asking me to contribute some art to a book they want to publish in memory of their brother who died of a heart defect. Proceeds from the book will raise money for a scholarship to benefit future artists. He asked me what my Stormbirds piece was about. I felt like sharing it here too:

I did Stormbirds so long ago that I don’t exactly remember why, but I can give you my current idea behind it. Waves in my art represent numerous things. They could represent cleansing, joy, trepidation, fear, beauty, form and structure, or even chaos to name a few things. They represent our connection to the earth and God and the surfer is the participant in this beautiful madness.

In my original sketch for that piece I had a surfer surveying the scene, but I took him out in the painting wanting more to focus on the waves and birds. The observer would naturally put themselves there, and a surfer in the scene would have represented boldness and pressing on. Which at the time of the painting was an emotion I wasn’t feeling. In my earlier art I painted a lot of tidal waves and surfers confronting these other worldly surf conditions. I think at that time in my life I was facing constant change and new experiences, along with bouts of depression. These things came to fruition in my artwork.

The ocean is this thing that nurtured me in my youth and I love it, but I am also fearful of it. So in the Stormbirds piece it was a wave that was bringing devastation, and I think the birds represented no hope, darkness. I know this is a dreary description, but I think it’s important with my art to be real with my emotions of where I’m at. I have no problem with painting a perfect surf scene, but if that’s all I did I would be lying to myself, and I think the public would pick up on that falseness. Life has ups and downs and Stormbirds was painted when I was in one of those downs.

Malibu

August 11, 2009

msa_thumbnailsHere are a couple sketches I did over the weekend. I am starting a new project today for the Malibu Surfing Association’s September contest. I’ll be sure to post the final pieces when they are done. They are going to be simple, but cool.

Potty People Listen Up

August 10, 2009

This is a funny Brazilian ad campaign I saw on Cartoon Brew this morning. Gee whiz, if you already do this urine the club. I guess I’ve been conserving water since I was knee-high.