Mer-Medusa

This has actually been finished since Tuesday morning, but the lighting’s been terrible for photos because of the rainy weather.

I have been itching to experiment with painting on surfboards since I started surfing so I am beyond stoked that Nikko entrusted his board to me.

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He wanted Medusa but with sea snakes, so y’all know I was obsessed from the get go. I’m glad we were on the same page of not wanting the design to take up the entire bottom of the board. I think surfboards look great as they are, so I prefer surfboard art that still lets details of the board come through.

I had originally thought I’d go all-out snake-mermaid, but it went in a different direction during the sketching process. I took a lot of inspiration from traditional Japanese and monster pin-up tattoos, which I think lent itself well to the limited colours I had to work with.

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Which brings me to the struggle that was real: Paint markers. If we’re friends on social media, then you’ve witnessed my various meltdowns while I was experimenting and figuring out how to work with the markers. I’ve had to start over a few times, but I think it came out alright in the end. It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a piece in a long time. What I’m particularly patting myself on the back for is that I didn’t fall back on my usual crutches of repeating patterns and hair that takes up more than half the canvas. 😛

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I Have My Storms

4"x6', Pen & ink with gold acrylic detail, 2014
“I Have My Storms”, 6″x4″, Pen & ink with gold acrylic detail, 2014

Commissioned by my friend and surf buddy, Nicole. 🙂

I’ve become accustomed to my big, wood panels, that I had a mini-heart attack when I realised just how small an area I was working with. I enjoyed working on this so much though, that I finished this in one sitting.

The title (and to some extent, the piece itself) is inspired by an excerpt of one of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to his brother, Theo:

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, its tides and its depths; it has its pearls too.”

Lost in that Mortal Struggle

OMG I’M FINALLY DONE I CAN GO GET SOME PROPER SLEEP NOW THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND KIND REGARDS

Lost in that Mortal Struggle, 2014, 2.6′ x 4′, Acrylic on wood

I usually wait til an exhibit has opened before posting photos of paintings, but right now I just don’t care. It’s been so long since I did a painting, I’m positively giddy.

The background irks me when I look at it too long because it’s not uniform, but Jooley calls it organic, so that’s what I’m gonna try to go with. Would anyone notice if I did the outlines of any future paintings with sharpies? I’d forgotten what a bitch it is to outline with a brush on wood.

Oh, and new watermark! I thought I’d make something that looked like my current logo just so it’s all cohesive and shit.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bed to nurse this scratchy throat and headache.