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July 27th, 2016 The RUN is 34 out of 36 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There was NO SURF this week. So we start from zero
again next week. Not a bad run though, 34 weeks.
 
SURF ART, NATURE'S ART, and SURFING WITH SMILES.



So here we are again. The annual SURF ART Blog. 12 years. Funny, that's really a drop in the bucket for those of us who have been drawing and painting waves and surfers. And honestly? You can't have a Surf Art column without mentioning Rick Griffin. His cartoons and paintings are the pillars of surf art. I can say without any hesitation that Rick Griffin's art was my main inspiration
growing up as a young "Gremmie". Yea, you read that right. Young surfers back in the early to late 60's were called Gremmies-not Groms.

At any rate. Griffin was the man. I know I'm not alone in my accolades. I'm sure Stan Chew agrees. His art is heavily influenced by Griffin. Same with Alex Deconstant. The Murphy cartoons alone were the staple of all of the surf cartoons that followed. And all three of us were fans of Griffin.



Looks and sounds corny now. But back in the early 60's, this was the Surfer's icon. Including the "Cowabunga" call. We all did it back then. Some still do it today. But usually the people who yell Cowabunga today have no idea where it came from, nor do they know anything about surfing.



As time went by Rick became more creative and more, oh what's the word for it? Oh I know. He became more high. Yup. He smoked weed and experienced some of the more powerful hallucinogenics. The 60's was, well you know. Flower power. Peace and Love and Rock and Roll. And the surfers from both coasts were riding that same train.

We got high. And we drew cartoons.

I have mentioned in the past how a dear friend of mine would spend hours in class doodling Murphy Cartoons. Man I wish I had some of them today.

They were classic drawings done with a ball point pen. We would draw the Murphy characters surfing and skateboarding.



Whatever Rick Griffin did. We did. I would give anything to get those early Murphy type drawings back. Problem is, our teachers would confiscate them and rip them up in front of our eyes. Like that was going to make us stop drawing waves and surfers? Hardly. We were young and resilient. We'd just draw more. And they would take our drawings and rip them up.

As I got older and went off to college, I was able to keep some of the drawings I
did while attending The Art Institute of Boston. It was while I was there, that my creativity really started to soar. I may have smoked some weed back then. You know, to get the creative juices flowing. Here's a result of that process.



My late friend Joe and I had a code name for weed. We called it Eame. This guy (above) was the Eame Patrol. They would come looking for the hippies and surfers and take their weed. I mean their Eame. The large feet would allow the Eame patrol to run fast and leap very high. The large one eye was like a Fish eye lens. They could see everywhere. The item he's holding in his hand is not a gun. It is a Eame detector. Complete with a Eame detecting tongue. Silly I know. But we had a blast drawing them. And like surfing, drawing Surf cartoons and painting waves and surfers is fun to do. Oh and FYI I have been 100% sober since 1988. Just in case you thought otherwise.

This BLOG has some great surf artists. From the aforementioned Stan Chew to the (IMHO) the best Surf Artists on the entire coast. Sam and Hannah Vokey. Sam's paintings are amazing. They almost look like photos. And Hannah's paintings with surfers are second to none. She's the best in that category.

There's other artists too. My sister Donna Baldasarri is a super talented fine artist. He dreamy seascape scenes are perfect for any seacoast home. Then
of course there's the unique art of Erik Zak and his amazing carvings. Every surfer should have one of his wave carvings. They are unlike anything you've ever seen before. So be sure to check them all out in the galleries.


So I mentioned nature's art. If you saw any of the sunset displays last night, you know what I'm talking about. Just an amazing display of God's work.



There are three galleries of the amazing sky over our seacoast last night.


So beautiful. It was beyond words.

Thursday saw the 2nd SURFING WITH SMILES event of the Summer.
And like all the prior SWS events, this was another great day.
photo by John Adams.



There are two galleries of this night down in the photo/gallery section.
Do check it out. I love seeing the smiles on both the participants and the volunteers. They don't call it Surfing With Smiles For Nothing.



This is surfing folks. This is surfing. photo by Max Fatello


"Surfing With Art and Smiles Heals All Wounds"



 



Sunrise pics were one of Ed's specialties. he loved getting up before the sun on some of the coldest winter days to get these beautiful sunrise pics. He also got some sick satisfaction knowing that I wold be jealous of his pics later on when I finally got up. Truth be told, I loved his sunrise pics.

To see more of Ed's pics just scroll through the archives. He has shot so many pics for the blog. Be sure and pick up a copy of the COLD COAST and check out Ed's own gallery.
Each week I will feature one of Ed's great pics from this blog. Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.




There you have it. Today was the day. if you missed the deadline, there's always next year. Just remember that the Surf Art column will be posted in late July again. So you have a whole year to create something cool. Get on it!




The 9th annual HIT THE BEACH has a firm date. August 28th, 2016 at 18th Street in Hampton. As of today, we do NOT need any more volunteers. We have a big roster of volunteers from the last 9 years. If we need more, I will let you know. Thanks.

Now for Some More Of My Weekly Global Observances

This is your choice people. Cast your vote. Blue or Red.



I really have nothing good to say about either one.



You almost have to wonder how important the last name of the VP choice comes into play. CLINTON KAINE sounds good and looks good on paper.



The same with these two. TRUMP PENCE. It has a certain ring to it. In fact, I am willing to bet that both of these VP choices had a lot to do with their last names.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
You know you had to think that KSM was wanting to get in on the Surf Art Blog. So the good folks at GITMO gave him some paint and paper and let him create some surf art. The jury is still out on the Sheik's art. But it just goes to show you that anyone can draw and doodle.



As always... take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).

*Note to self -must pick up a case of Acrylic paint at Home Depot this week.


Congrats to Jess and Maureen on their amazing
FLASH wedding last night on Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth/Kittery. July 23rd, 2016
Happy Birthday Mel Grasso July 24th, 2016.
Happy Birthday Judy Dombrowski July 25th, 2016
Happy Birthday Nick Africano July 26th, 2016
Happy Birthday Ronnie Chane July 26th, 2016

Please Pray for local Hampton surfer Terry Morrison and his family. Also please pray for Marine SSGT George Masten.
A combat Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the purple heart for wounds received in Vietnam in 1967. George is battling cancer.
PLEASE say a prayer for him.

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Don't forget to go back and read the whole DAILY BLOG on
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on this page.) Started on July 26, 2010 ENDED July 26, 2011.
A Wave a day for 365 consecutive days.
Yesterday- EAST COAST MAN 1976.
(Below) The funny thing about my illustrations is I would always use house hold pencils and pens. Like this one for instance. I used a ball point pen. As you can see, there's shades of Rick Griffin in all of my Surf Cartoons. Just using B&W
ink makes it already Griffin like. Zap comix was another of my influences. In any case, I still do the occasional pen drawing. in fact I did one for this BLOG this week. Took me a hour or two. Mostly due to the shading technique you have to use when drawing with a pen. Cross hatching is a must.
Drawing by RALPH



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All PHOTOS BELOW SHOT THIS WEEK
*Unless otherwise noted.
Today- The Incredible art Of Sam Vokey. July 24th, 2016.
Paintings by Sam Vokey




(Above) This is called "Roses and Rocks" it's 20 x 22". It's one his latest.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Sam Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


(Above) "Path At Plaice Cove" it's 13 x20". I've walked this path many times.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Sam Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery





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(Above) This is called "Moonrise At The Beach" it's 22 x 30". I look at this and think, I can't even fathom painting the circle of the moon. So good Sam.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Sam Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery











(Above) This is one of my favorites. "Gulls On The Breeze" it's 32 x 36".
I am infatuated with gulls. And this painting has it down.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Sam Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery



(Above) "F Street Path in Rye" 30 x 12". I don't know about you, but I can feel my feet in that sand. July 24th, 2016 Painting by Sam Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


Today- The Amazing Art of Hannah Vokey. July 24th, 2016.
Paintings by Hannah Vokey




(Above) It's untitled but it looks like Stevie. Either way, it's another exciting
piece of work by Hannah. She captures the actual surf action better than anyone. Outside of using a camera that is. 18 x 24" Oil on canvas.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Hannah Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) It's another UNTITLED. Can't you feel the pivot? 24 x 24" Oil on wood.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Hannah Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


















(Above) UNTITLED. There's a few local women who could easily fit this bill.
12 x 18" Oil on canvas.
July 24th, 2016 Painting by Hannah Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery










(Above) Another UNTITLED. That's a great bottom turn. 9 x 12" Oil on canvas.
July 24th, 2016
Painting by Hannah Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery



(Above) This is a special painting for Tony Berardini. His old VW bus.
Parked at a local spot. And just three guys out. Tony, Kevin, and me. UNTITLED. 9 x 12" Oil on canvas. July 24th, 2016
Painting by Hannah Vokey
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








Today- The Silly Art of Ralph Fatello. July 24th, 2016.
Paintings and drawings by RALPH




(Above) Like I said silly. I call this "The Wall Scene". This is not a caricature of anyone that I know. There were a few characters that I was thinking about, but nothing identifiable. This scene has not changed in decades. The locals will always rule the roost here. Ball point pen 11x 8.5"
July 24th, 2016
Painting by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery





(Above) "Troppo Rights". Just another empty wave painting. This belongs
to Tony Berardini. It's acrylic on canvas. That's all I ever paint on.
July 24th, 2016
Painting/drawing by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








(Above) There was a period when I was doing this point of view paintings. Our barrels are not always big and round. Sometimes they pinch you off and are much more tighter. Having paddled by a million plus waves around here this is a common sight. "Paddle By". This also belongs to Tony Berardini.
It's acrylic on canvas. July 24th, 2016
Painting/drawing by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) "Troppo D-Land". Named after a spot where I cut my teeth on. I lived for this wave. Of course this is a wild exaggeration of that peak. Plus I put her in a Tropical setting. This belongs to Tony Berardini. It's acrylic on canvas.
July 24th, 2016
Painting/drawing by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) "Tony Takes The Drop". This was a pen and marker sketch.
It was during the week of insane surf we got during the Halloween monster.
There's a few funny stories that go with this drawing. But it's a secret, so
none of you will get to read it. Or hear it. Suffice it to say it was hairball.
July 24th, 2016
Painting/drawing by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery







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Today- The Main SURF ART GALLERY. July 24th, 2016.
Paintings by Stan Chew, Donna Baldassari, Phill Munson, and art from so many
other talented artists. And a must see Carvings by Erik Zak




(Above) This is another outstanding artist who hails from Hampton but has traveled the world and seen it all.;. He is currently living in Panama where he gets to surf these beautiful tropical waves. Hence his inspiration is clear.
He calls this "Morning Light Deep in the Bay." Oil and varnish glaze, 18" x 24" Nobody paints like Stan Chew. Thank you brother. July 24th, 2016

Painting by Stan Chew
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) I come form a very talented family. Musicians, artists, designers. My sister Donna has honed her style after many years of working with oil. She is highly sought after for many of her out door paintings. This called "Beach Path" oil on canvas 30 x 36" and yes it's for sale. July 24th, 2016
Painting by Donna Baldassari *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








(Above) This was sent to me last winter. It's by an artist from Brazil and her name is Hana Bethonico. I'm not 100% sure of the medium, but it looks like pencil (colored) and maybe ink. Hard to tell. But what's not hard to tell is her love for tropical surf. Well done Hana. July 24th, 2016
Painting by Hana Bethonico *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) Phill Munson is busier than a...oh you know. He has been working on some amazing projects trying to find a cure for cancer. As busy as he is, he
still manages to do at least one painting per year. Good luck with your major undertaking Phill. Keep surfing and keep painting.
UNTITLED oil on canvas 20 x 16. July 24th, 2016

Painting by Phill Munson *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery












(Above) Elena Rowell is one of my favorite human beings on the planet.
She sent this UNTITLED painting on wood a few days ago. I was so stoked
to receive this. I like it Elena. If you ever come back for a visit,make sure you stop by, we would all love to see you again. July 24th, 2016

Painting by Elena Rowell
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


Today- The Incredible Sunsets and Clouds. July 24th, 2016.
Photos by RALPH




(Above) Not sure if anyone I know or know of could paint this. Last night.
July 24th, 2016 Photo by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery














(Above) It literally took our breath away.
July 24th, 2016
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






(Above) It kept getting better. And then it all went to gray. But man it was pretty special when it was happening.
July 24th, 2016 Photo by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








(Above) I think it was the depth of the cloud formations more than the
colors that stunned me.
July 24th, 2016 Photo by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






(Above) Look for your Patch of Blue. July 24th, 2016
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






Today- More Incredible Sunsets and Clouds. July 24th, 2016.
Photos by John Adams




(Above) The calm before the storm. Beautiful. July 24th, 2016
Photo by John Adams
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery







(Above) Stacked sunrise. July 24th, 2016 Photo by John Adams
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery







(Above) Sunrises like this don't last long. You need to be patient and ready.
John was both on this morning. July 24th, 2016
Photo by John Adams
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) How can anyone look at this and not think that it was done by
something so powerful and beautiful? I mean come on. This is God's work.
July 24th, 2016
Photo by John Adams
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery









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Today- SURFING WITH SMILES July 21, 2016.
Photos by MAX and John Adams




(Above) That moment when everyone holds their breath and then breaks
out in cheers. July 21, 2016
Photo by MAX
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) In all the BS that is happening in the world, it's still possible to
laugh and smile at the things that really matter. The joy of a child surfing.
July 21, 2016
Photo by MAX
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery














(Above) This is what stoke means. July 21, 2016 Photo by John Adams
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






 


We welcome all Surf Related pics from our Readers. Just make sure they are at least 900 pixels wide. If you have any OLD photos of local New England surfers and or of local New England surfing, we would love to see them and share them with our readers.

We can scan them for you. And we get them back to you undamaged. Trust me. We can do this...people love the older stuff. So if you have any, please send 'em along. If you have prints/slides we can scan them for you.

And we don't care if you shoot pics with with your cellphones. I mean it. Most of the images you see on the news and on the Internet were shot with them Smart Ass Phones. So shoot and ask questions later.







(Above) Everyone was out shooting the sky last night. Barbara Savastano
captured this amazing scene on her cellphone. July 23, 2016

Photo courtesy of Barbara Savastano
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


(Above) Like I was saying, we were all out shooting this amazing display of colors and clouds. July 23, 2016 Photo courtesy of Mel Grasso
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) This is a Fin Back whale right off our coastline.
Photo by Sheila Nudd
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery





(Above) ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.
The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding.
CASE
#379 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
Click the image above to see the outcome of this Surf Crime and the Verdict
that was rendered.
Photo by RALPH

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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

Beach Season from Flat Feet Productions on Vimeo.

Another RALPH and MAX production. I shot the footage and Mackey did the edit. There's some decent surf in this clip. But it's also deathly cold. Big deal.
We live here. We surf here. What else is there?


M&M D-DAY JUNE 6th, 2016 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

For the last two years, I had wanted to shoot Mikey Moran and Mikey Evans. But I could never get them in the water at the same time. This day June 6th, 2016 also happened to be the anniversary of D-Day June 6th, 1944, when by total happenstance, they both showed up at the Wall. So I took advantage of the situation and put this clip together. Originally, I had wanted to do a longer feature, but with today's "spit 'em out as fast as you can" edits, I opted for the get it out while it's still fresh. M&M are joined by Kevin "Doc" Grondin and Kyle Linseman. Proof that we in the Northeast have a whole bunch of talented longboarders. The song is by one of my favorite bands in the late 70's.
"Gut Feeling" by Devo.

The Long and The Short Of It D-DAY JUNE 6th, 2016 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

I shot this on June 6th, 2016. The anniversary of D-Day June 6th, 1944. This is the sister video to the longboard M&M clip I shot on the same day. This is all shortboarding. It's featuring Kai Nichols and Mackey V and a few others. Like Lars Jacobsen and Brian Tabor. I chose the man Jimi Hendrix for the soundtrack. It's under 4 minutes. Hope you like it. June 6th, was quite a day here. And it sure as hell was quite the day on Normandy Beach in France in 1944. God bless them all.



Behind The Scenes Of Flat Feet Productions
from Flat Feet Productions on Vimeo.

Its summer, the waves are small and there is a lot of bullshit going on down here. Buckle up, Summer 2016 is going to be lit AF.





No Pro Just Locals 5-10-16 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

After shooting a handful of pro longboarders a few weeks ago, I knew I had to shoot some of our own Non Pros. Though two of the very best were not in this clip (Mikey Moran and Mikey Evans) but I got plans for those two. My MIKEY and MIKEY video is coming soon. But back to this baby. The two standouts are Kyle Linseman and Pev. These guys have honed their craft of longboarding to an art form that would make any fan of longboarding smile and nod. There are others as well. Billy Ritchie, Julie Jakoboski, Jared Hay, Hannah Vokey, Skip Brunette, Rick Evans, Sam Vokey and Ken Linseman. The music is a Bryan Ferry remix. *Be sure to watch past the credits, and of course watch it in HD.

 

 

 





























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Just roll your mouse over the image above to see how the guilty party has ruined the wave. Crime does not pay my friends. Look both ways before
taking off. Or you will end up here.




Today July 24th, 2016

"Excuse me. Do you know the way to the beach?"
 


One of my crazy drawings back in the 70's. Drawing by RALPH


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