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“You remind me of the babe…”

“What babe? The babe with the power!”

New skatey hot off the easel – a tribute to one of my all time favourite movies! This is up for sale – $680 plus postage, worldwide shipping available.

The Labyrinth fan art painting with David Bowie

David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King from The Labyrinth

Jennifer Connely as Sarah from the Labyrinth

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Incredible Evil Dead 2 Skate deck Art

If you’re an Evil Dead fan or you liked Ash Vs Evil Dead you won’t wanna miss this – Hail to the king baby!

Bruce Cambell is one of my favourite actors and Evil Dead 2 is a cult classic, so for a fun project I decided to paint Ash Williams and Deadite Ash end-to-end on a skate deck.

This board is for sale – US$650, worldwide shipping available! Email hello(at)fieldey.com or visit http://www.fieldey.com/contact.html to leave a message.

Music: “T for Terror” by Los Plantronics

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The best street art mural I’ve painted

“Paint the best wall mural you’ve ever painted…” This was my brief from Andrew and Sue at Santa Fe Restaurant in Subiaco, Perth. After 8 days of painting and pushing myself to the max, I managed to produce the best mural I’ve painted to date… but not without some hiccups along the way which you can hear more about in this vlog! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIOcl…

Frida Kahlo street art Mural

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who had a famously tragic life – from having Polio as a child, to being impaled by a tram in an accident when she was 18, which led to multiple spinal operations. She is one of my favourite artists and when Sue and Andrew asked me to paint the inside of iconic Santa Fe restaurant, I jumped at the chance to paint a tribute to Frida and her relationship with her on-and-off-again husband, Diego Rivera whom she affectionately called her “toad-frog”.

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Apart from being a famous muralist, Diego was a well known womaniser and their relationship was famously tumultuous; a thrilling story of adultery, bisexuality and general disfunction. They divorced in 1939 and then remarried again the next year.

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The structure of the mural is loosely based on one of my favourite paintings of hers, Las Dos Fridas (The Two Fridas) which shows two “Fridas” sitting side by side, with exposed hearts linked together with blood vessels. She painted it shortly after her divorce from Diego in 1939 and it records her emotions surrounding the crisis.

In Santa Fe, Frida is in the main room, with her beloved, ‘toad-frog’, Diego, in the next room. Though they aren’t looking directly at each other, they’re linked by their hearts which are each looking for the other. It’s both a tribute to their own relationship, but also more generally, a comment about the bonds of love and relationships.

Thank you to:

Andrew and Sue from Santa Fe Perth, Olivia for her awesome filming and painting, Mitch and Matt for being my most excellent minions and photographers!

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Davy Jones surfboard commission success!

Davy Jones themed surfboard painting

Finally got around to processing the final photos of Ryan’s Davy Jones surfboard that I painted a few weeks ago. It was one of my most challenging commissions, but it was awesome to have the opportunity and scope and really give my painting skills a workout.

If you’re interested in having a board custom painted, visit http://www.fieldey.com/commissions.html and fill in the form and I’ll get back to you with a quote.

Davy Jones surfboard portrait

Davy Jones Pirates of the Caribbean themed surfboard painting

 

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Balcatta Senior High surfboard art workshops

I’ve been having a blast doing a surfboard painting workshop at Balcatta Senior High for the past 3 weeks. It’s for the Gifted and Talented Arts Program and I’m stoked with the progress these guys are making! How lucky are they to go to a school that offers these kinds of programs… the best we used to get was still-life painting and Lino cutting!

More Fieldey workshops are going to be coming to Sydney and Perth this year – if you’re interested in participating or want to suggest a location please contact me with the details.

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Students preparing their boards for painting – we’re using second hand boards so they need a fair amount of cleaning.

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

This is one of my favourite boards and colour combos – clever use of the ol’ liquid soap effect

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Rinsing off a liquid soap number

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Awesome concept sketches being drawn up

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Board in progress being painted up with Molotow One4All inks

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Another board in progress – it’s starting to come together

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

This is my board that I’m painting. I’m using Molotow™ One4All inks for this one.

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Old school tattoo koi being drawn up ready for painting

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Sketching up their designs with chalk

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

We have the coolest space to work in – lots of old tables, lots of walls to paint on and lots of space to get messy!

Perth Surfboard Art Workshop at Balcatta Senior High

Some crazy creative backgrounds ready to go

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Shark love ~ Hawaii pinup style

Finished commission surfboard artwork

After three weeks in the making, this beautiful custom made and painted board is ready to be shipped to Karen in Florida! Karen contacted me via my website, asking if I could hand paint a surfboard for her. Working with my pals at Oceanline Surfboards here in Western Australia, we created this 6’8″ Funboard Egg with custom deck sprays and artwork. This baby is going to be queen of the waves!

Pictures of the whole process are below, but if you’re interested in having a board painted or getting a custom Fieldey inlay for a board you are having made, please either contact me or fill in the commissions form on my website.

Sketch for the commission artwork

It all starts with a sketch – the initial concept sketch I sent to Karen.

Work in progress

The painting begins – I’m using Molotow One4All inks for this

Hawaiian pinup girl face

Detail shot

Clear coating the surfboard

Taking the board back to the shapers, we coat it in 2-pack clear coat to protect the artwork for surfing

Fieldey and the custom board

Kissing the board goodbye before I send it off

 

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Board art from around the world

I love getting feedback from my tutorials! Here’s some examples from other people who’ve followed my them and created their own board art masterpieces.

Hit me up on Facebook if you’ve followed a Fieldey Tutorial with a pic of your board and I’ll add it to this post.

 

Board by Cécile Do in the US

Board by Cécile Do in the US

Surfboard art by Chris Stores in Australia

Board by Chris Stores in Austrlia

Board by Varoon in India

Board by Varoon Nair in India https://www.facebook.com/squid9works

Surfboard art by Flavio Barral in Brazil

Board by Flavio Barral in Brazil from instgram – @flaviobarral

 

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Tiki Totem mural for Red Stripe Clothing

Behold! The second mural I’ve ever done and I think it looks pretty swish, if I do say so myself… I painted it using spray paint and palm leaves for the background, and acrylic paint for all the detail work.

Retro Tiki Totem mural in William St, Northbridge Perth

It’s painted in Red Stripe Clothing in Northbridge, Perth. If you’re in the area pop in and say hi to the lovely staff!

In other news I’m so stoked to be interviewed for Venus Goes Gidget… AAAANNNDDD… a certain surfboard maven is going to be flying over to Sydney in August to run some surfboard painting workshops with the lovely folks from V.G.G… anyone interested? http://venusgoesgidget.com/2014/05/fieldey-artist-gidget/

Fieldey in front of her Tiki Totem graffiti mural in Northbridge

Retro Tiki Totem mural in William St, Northbridge Perth

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Teeth, teratomas and eyes – oh my!

Organs painted on a longboard skate deck

Behold! Dr Fieldey’s newest mad masterpiece: Organ Truckin‘. It’s the grossest thing I have painted on a skate deck yet, and I’m in love with it… so pretty! Organ Truckin’ is painted onto a Canada moose hardwood fintail longboard deck. 

If you don’t know what a teratoma is, it’s Greek for  “monstrous tumour” which says it all really. They are fascinatingly hideous (mostly benign) tumours that contain a freakish assortment cells like skin, hair, bone, teeth, brain tissue, eyes and even possibly your parasitic twin – GASP! Also, they are quite often happily mutating away in unsuspecting victims, so you could have a sweet little of bundle of teeth, hair, pus and tiny legs living in you *right now*… Sleep tight!

Detail shot of teratoma tumors on a skate deck

Human heart painted on a longboard skateboard

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On becoming a surf artist and a short PSA about bullying

Fieldey painting a longboard skatedeck

Painting a digestive tract onto a skateboard… dream job!

Everyone’s got a story and this one’s mine. I’m posting this today in the hopes of showing people that there is no ‘right’ path to pursuing an art career and living life on your own terms… it’s never to late to try.

I’d also like to shout-out to anyone else who was bullied, and if you’re being bullied now, I just want to give you a hug and tell you that you’re going to get through this. You don’t choose to be bullied, but you have a choice about how you react to it, and you can choose to be a better person. When you come out the other side you’ve got an advantage over the non-bullied… you’re made of steel now and you have a sense of determination and something to prove to the world. I wouldn’t be who I am today without that experience – so thank you bullies, you’ve given me the resilience I need to do what I love.

The following is a longer version of an interview published in the April edition of White Horses magazine.

Your art background and development: tell us about how you came to surfboards as your canvas?

Like many artists I’ve been painting and drawing ever since I can remember… the feeling when your immersed in a creative project is just the best, you feel like everything is in-tune, and that you are doing exactly what you were meant to be doing – what you were designed to do. From an early age art was my escape and my solace.

When I was young I was obsessed with horses and hated school, so I spent all of my maths classes looking out the window daydreaming and drawing horses in the exercise books pretending I was somewhere else. To this day I am excellent at drawing horses and rubbish at maths. Kids used to pay me $5 to draw ‘portraits’ of their horses…which was pretty much whatever type of horse I felt like drawing except in the correct colour.

Horse drawings

16 year old horse-dork me

In secondary school I was bullied pretty intensively so art became even more important to me, becoming something of an obsession and a way to escape the miserable realities of school life. Everybody thought I’d become an artist, but in year 10, I had a careers advisor who ‘advised’ me that I’d die poor and alone if I pursued that particular career. When I finished school I studied graphic design in Sydney and took off to London for a year or so to hone my craft. I liked graphic design well enough but as the years passed I felt that the dream of becoming an artist was slipping further away… I didn’t have an artistic direction, I had stopped drawing and creating and felt like I had lost a part of myself.

In 2007 I washed up on Western Australia’s sunny shores right before the GFC when business was booming and they couldn’t pay designers enough money to come and design annual reports for mining companies. I got my first well paying job in a design company in Perth and spent the next three years or so detesting the place and the eventually the work. I took some time off to travel to South America, and that was a wakeup call for me to change some things in my life, I took on a freelance job that allowed me more time to pursue my own interests and also took up surfing.

Taking up surfing in Perth was pretty much the best idea ever – everything started to make sense and I enjoyed the beautiful beaches, the laid-back lifestyle and the crappy surf. About 6 months into my ‘learning to surf’ I mistakenly decided it was time to upgrade to a short board and got myself a 6’7″ Superfish. Couldn’t ride it worth a damn, but I had an idea that it would be fun to paint it. I dusted off my art supplies and got hold of Josh from Oceanline surfboards who very sportingly spent some time on the phone patiently instructing me how to prepare my board for painting. So, I painted my board with a fish headed woman and a banner calling it “The Fish Wife” and purposely used a kind of bastardised old-school tattoo style which was easy to paint with my limited spray paint skills… my brother filmed it for me and we chucked it up on YouTube as a tutorial and “Fieldey” was born.

Your relationship with surfing/the ocean… how has that developed?

I was born in New Zealand, but when I was 8 my parents moved to Norfolk Island, a tiny tiny speck in the South Pacific – about halfway between New Zealand and Australia. From the highest point on the island you have a 360º view of nothing but ocean – the nearest landmass being about 1500km away. The island is surrounded by huge cliffs and we routinely got hit by cyclones and wild storms that would lash the seas up to huge peaks and batter the cliffs… when I was a kid I used to go fishing off the rocks with my dad, and I was always on the lookout for the legendary “Seventh Wave” that according to local legend, could spring up unawares out of a calm ocean and sweep you off the rocks to your doom. People had been washed off the rocks whilst fishing or swimming in rock pools and I used to have continual nightmares of it.

Cyclone waves on Norfolk Island

Scary cyclone waves – bad day for fishing

Growing up like this, surrounded by an unpredictable and huge ocean as well as seeing the size of the sharks that would cruise past when we were fishing, I was scared of waves and swimming in deep water. When I was about 26 I did my PADI Open Water diver course as a way to help conquer my fears of the water and developed a love for scuba diving.

I took up surfing both for something to do, and also as a way of getting over my fear of waves… in the early stages of kookhood I went out in stupid conditions at Trigg beach in Perth and got washed back up on the beach in a tangle of bruises and surfboard after being mauled in the dumpers, but I started to learn about the right conditions and as I got the hang of things I realised that surfing is super addictive. Mostly I just love to be out on the water, it seems to induce a meditative state and that’s where most of my best ideas come from. Nowdays being on, in or near the ocean is something I regard is being necessary for a healthy and happy life… I don’t think I’ll ever live away from it.

Where’s it all heading for you

The last few years have been a crazy ride – if you had of told me five years ago that I would be painting surfboards professionally, I wouldn’t have believed it!

In the last three years I’ve painted dozens of surfboards, bowling pins, a giant remote controlled jet boat, designs for Iron Fist Clothing and heaps of skate decks.

I’ve recently opening an online store of board art decals and inlays, and I’m in the midst of filming more YouTube tutorials with sponsorship by Molotow paints, The Butcher Shop and Star Skate and Surf. I’d also like to have a fine art exhibition of painted wooden alaias that I’ve been working on.

Most of all I’m achieving my dream of being an artist and doing the things I love, and it’s a big adventure. Life doesn’t get much better!

Surfing at Trigg beach

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