good surf epics?
Send em off to me directly.
(See link below) Just make sure
they're 650-700 pixels wide.
NO bigger NO smaller.
In fact if you have any questions about the
size, email me first and I'll write back.
Start shooting crackie!!
Ralph's Pic Of The Week
If you want to access the Pic of the
week from past weeks click here.
26th, 2008 SURF ART WEEK
One of my biggest regrets in life was losing all those early surf drawings. I don't know what happened to them, but I sure would love to see them again. Some of those early drawings of me and my friends, drawn like Murphy Characters, surfing on the North Shore of Northern New England, were classic.
something special about Surf Art. And especially those of us, who are
lucky enough to create it. Now don't get me wrong here. There's no shortage
of talent and creativity when it comes to photography or rather, surf
photography. We've got some true talent living among us that produce some
pretty amazing work. From Nevins, Baker, Carden, O'Connell, Crawford,
Nuzzolo, Shipley and Nichols, the list goes on and on....
truly are so many talented photographers out there. But honestly? Ever
since I started this annual Surf Art column a few years ago, the
Raw Surf Art Talent has emerged. And I for one, really enjoy it.
The spirit of imagination. From those who create this stuff to those who
simply enjoy it. And, if you are one of those individuals who support
the arts, by actually buying some of these works of art...well God Bless
And I suppose, there's lots of quirky peculiar artists as well. Let's face it. Artists and surfers are an odd bunch for sure. Same with photographers and videographers. Hell, you have to be. Think about what we all do. Chasing these dam storms around, all for that one fleeting moment of the best dam feeling in the world. For sure it's magical.
for artists, we chase those swells around in our imagination. And we create
this stuff, because of the surfer in us. And it's certainly not because,
of creating art, for the sake of art. It's simply because, of our addiction
and passion for the ocean and everything about it.
And because Surf Artists are that rare combination of energy and emotion, some of them, chose not to submit their art this week. Maybe it's because of their busy schedules, or maybe, it's because, they feel that their work is inferior. I don't know. But I do know this. We are not here to judge your work. Just like we don't judge the weekly photos and the ability of each surfer.
This is not a Surf Art Contest.
There will be no judging and awarding of Ribbons for Best Painting or Carving. Hell No. Ralphie don't play that game. Instead, there is just praise for your work and a deep appreciation of what you did. My own wife Cory was reluctant to show her art. It's a ceramic painting that sits on our kitchen counter. And I absolutely love it. I can see clearly where the surfing lifestyle has rubbed off on her. You can see that she truly enjoys the beauty of an empty wave and a good surfer.
Anyone can create surf art.
check out the Ralph's Clip of The Week Clip for a quick art lesson.
Anyone can create surf art. And here's the secret kids. It's all stored
away in your memory bank. Think about how many waves you've seen in your
life. Just stop and think about that. How many waves have you paddled
by? A hundred? Hell no, way more. Thousands? More like tens of thousands,
or hundreds of thousands.
That shit is stored away somewhere in the back of that squash you carry around on your shoulders. I don't mean to be crude here (well maybe a little), but the truth is, all those waves you've seen, up close and personal, has left it's embedded mark on your brain. In other words (for all you computer geeks), those waves left their cookies on your hard drive.
All those waves. If you close your eyes, you can see 'em. And if you can do that...well Crackie, you can draw em.
I would of loved to share with you, some of my favorite local Surf Artists
who missed this year's deadline. But we can't so...I
guess there's always next year.
And speaking of Max. He once again submitted another wacked out surf cartoon. I love his wacked style and can completely relate to it, because of my own cartoon history. I loved drawing surftoons when I was his age. I'm happy to see the torch being passed down. Just like the surfing itself and videography. His surftoon stuff has made me both proud and caused me discomfort.
I know, how my own parents felt, when they saw my crazy ass cartoons.
I remember how my Mom thought there was something wrong with me. My dad
used to laugh. But Mom, would shake her head and dismiss it as child's
play. Which is what it was really.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1978 Left Hand Barrel For Bruz and Kate by Vince
Harry's Fatback Barrel. My good friend Harry Manzi once caught a bomb
on the North Shore
(Above) Morning Glory. Acrylic on canvas. Painted By Jim Shubert
Peaks" 6x6_peaks Acrylic on canvas. This is such a neat little painting.
This reminds me of
Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- Meet the "K Man"
The K Man is all knowing. He is no slave to fashion and he surfs his own
way. Don't get in the