Archive for June, 2011

Inspiration on the Road

June 30, 2011

In the past three months I’ve clocked more miles of travel than I have in many years. Babies were born (not ours yet), people have gotten hitched, art was sold, flowers have bloomed, and some rocks decided they’re fine where they are for another 10,000 years.
Most of the miles were art business related, the other travel was for visiting family and friends.  In that time I’ve found many things large and small that inspired me. I thought I’d share a few pics here in this slideshow.

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New Website!

June 20, 2011

It’s been long overdue. I’ve lolly-gagged, put-off, and flat-out ignored the fact that I’ve needed a new website for years now. Finally, time was invested by my web-developer, my wife and myself on a new website! I really excited about it. So much so that from June 20th through the 25th we’re going to give 25% of our print sales to the Oregon chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

The new website has many great new features. I could geek-out and share those with you, but it’s better if you spend some time and found out what they are for yourself.

The Aquatic Slingshot

June 7, 2011

Every year I enjoy viewing the latest batches of home videos shot at the Wedge. The very first surf video my parents gave me (Amazing Surf Stories) back in 1984 had a section featuring this mutant wave. The images were permanently seared into my young impressionable mind. The Wedge is the surfing equivalent of the Running of the Bulls, except with less people and more bulls. If you surf the Wedge, you will sooner than later get the horn, and then a good trample. Victory comes in the form of making the drop. By chance or extreme skill you get barreled, the goal then is to come out before the backwash or close-out pile-drive you.

I’ve been out there a few times on a bodyboard (I wouldn’t attempt it on a surfboard). The largest I’ve ridden it was a medium-sized day. It’s a weird experience to watch a wave refract off of the jetty and start peeling from the beach back out to sea; it gains strength as it meets the next swell. It’s the only place I’ve surfed that you have to check for skim-boarders flying past you out to sea, before paddling for a wave. Once you get that wave and connect with the peak and pull in, the wave can mutate once again. I once pulled into a tube while watching a wave coming at me from the beach, being rag-dolled was inevitable. It tossed me into the pitching lip and then onto the flats, but I came up smiling and went back for more. I may not be as masochistic as some, but I can appreciate the demented attraction to a wave like this.

June 2, 2011

Very soon I will be launching my new website! It’s way overdue, and I can’t wait to have it up and going. I’ve been doing my best to not unveil new pieces until that point, but I feel like posting one today. This one is called Three Pelicans and the original is available for sale. Joe Curren framed the piece using Ash wood. Ash is a lighter colored wood, and complements the pieces nicely. He does a great job framing, and I recommend him highly.