This time of year, holiday weekends and all other weekends drive us to to the beach. We all want some of that sunshine, salt air and waves. Whether you are a surfer or a sun worshiper it’s all the same, we want to be near the ocean.
Art has been part of the sun and sand for as long as most of us can remember. There is a certain allure about a painting of the sea. Where do we tend to take the most photos of our families, it’s at the beach! When you look at beach art, you can almost smell the suntan lotion. This type of art will be a part of the human race for many moons to come.
Surfing has it’s own attraction. Thin young people on beautifully painted boards challenging the wrath of the ocean waves is in it’s self a work of art. No wonder artists have been drawn to this sport, It combines all of the elements that the majority of us can enjoy. We may not surf, but the look of a VW bus with a surfboard on it just seems so cool!
Online artisans were asked how they became involved in the surfer art scene. Lets take a look at the slideshow and enjoy their art and read their comments:
A move to Australia prompted shop owner of lukaluka to be come involved in this type of art:
“I moved from Europe to Australia so the surfing was one of those mystical and very Australian things. Being in nature, those wonderful waves, the feeling that you are so small, cozy little surfing towns – so beautiful! And everything was completely new for me – it was just so much inspiration. The good thing in illustration, actually all art is that you can combine something unexpected like sloth on a surfboard.”
The owner of LeganaDesign very eloquently said:
“A big wave awes and draws us to dive in. With surfboard, brush, pencil, or chisel we ride big water from its height through its curving cliffs, catching power and speed. Colors flow from the dark depth to the explosive shinning ether.”
Etsy shop owner RetroartbyPhil had this to say:
“Surfing has been a favorite past time for about 40 years, along with art and music. By profession I am a sign-writer and love brushwork, but much of the sign-writing these days is computerized So I found surf paintings a great way to be creative with the brush.”
Irene the owner of IrenesArtWork spoke of how her love of animals inspires her work:
“In the 80’s I use to surf and loved the atmosphere. My love of Dogs, Cats and other Pets inspired me to merge the two together.”
Purk’s shop owner spoke of their work (and play) as follows:
“Me and my boyfriend spend every weekend at the beach either surfing or watching the surf, It is what drives me and my friends to travel. The sea is so peaceful and wild-what better way to enjoy it? And when there is no surf… sewing in our camper van is the next best thing.”
Last but surely not least one of the owners of trulysanctuary spoke of days at the beach:
“Last year our family moved to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for 6 months and spent most of our days at the beach. The “Purda Vida” lifestyle freed up so much creative energy in me. Ron would surf, our young daughters would play and I would draw. All of our Surf inspired line drawings were created at our secret beach on a salty, sandy and often soggy sketchpad.”
It’s enlightening to hear how people pick up certain areas of not only art but their specified them of art. Surfing to these artists has become part of their life as well as their love.