Meditation, connecting with the ocean through surfing and creative expression through drawing and painting. This is the product of that. Materials: -Acrylic paint and paint pens -Driftlumber sourced from Central California Beaches Dimensions:
Process: I surf for the physical exercise, to have fun and to spiritually connect with nature. After surfing at local beaches in the San Luis Obispo County area in California. I sometimes see and pick up drift lumber that have been washed by the ocean, just as I have been. These pieces of man made wood are usually beat up, worn and would otherwise be disregarded by a passerby. They aren’t aesthetically “pretty” or perfect but they are each unique in my eyes and have value just because of their texture, patterns of grain, locations I picked them from, the story of where they came from and where they might be going. These pieces don’t need my art to have value, but other people would possibly not value them unless they are altered, put in a different context or beautified.
Inspired by the Zen practice of Enso I draw circles or patterns on these pieces of drift lumber in a meditation state, sometimes at the beach after surfing, paying attention to my thoughts as I paint. I generally paint them blue which is a spiritual color that has a calming effect and is the color of the ocean itself. I use gold to circle which can be perceived as having more value or courage/love. The forms are surrounded by black which is the absence of light but funny enough contain all colors when you mix them together. I then arrange the finished pieces in nature, take a digital photo of them and share it with the world through Instagram (@trubluarts) with a caption of what’s on my mind at the time.