Good surf is still available at Ventura’s “C” Street and “Surfers Point”. And with that comes more surfers and lifeguards. As my studio is not too many blocks from these locations it is natural to draw my times on the beach.
I live only a couple of blocks from the beach and Ventura’s “C" Street break. My studio is even closer, it is only natural I would draw and paint surfers. This is a preliminary ink drawing for future artwork.
As I live only a couple of blocks from the beach and my studio is even closer, it is only natural I would paint a surfer. This surfer is standing on the rocks at
Surfer's Point. This surfing break is
only a few hundred yards up the beach from the Ventura Pier and the
"C" Street Ventura, California
break. "C" Street is more of an inside break as apposed to the "Point" break.
I first started surfing many, many years ago. How Long? Well I do not want to give away my age but when I started surfing there were some guys using redwood planks and wore knit swim suits. Women still wore bonnets to the beach. The boards were ten to twelve feet of solid redwood and weighed a hundred pounds. To get one of those things off the beach was like dragging a dead seal back into the water. It was like paddling a canoe with a chance of splinters. I actually started out on the old balsa boards - no splinters and slippery when wet. We used candle wax for the surface. By the way - no wet-suits either and we surfed year-round. Living about 6 miles from
Malibu it was the natural
place to surf. We sometimes went up to Leo
Carrillo and and never went
south. Few surfed the County
Monica and Venice
breaks because - well, just because.
was close and just about the best break anywhere - and few surfers then. A crowded day was about a dozen guys out.
Body Boarding Now
Even though I live close to a couple of great breaks I do not surf anymore. I do get into the ocean regularly, body-boarding, but surfing has lost it's appeal. Main reason? The same as many. Too many people. But just north of us is a nice shore break. A few boards come out but not enough to interfere with the body-boarders. It is more about just being in the water and not on top of it. I feel more part of the environment. And most of the year without a wet suit. When the water drops below 60 degrees then that is about the time the wet suit comes out. But that is what so great about living in sunny
Southern California - living outdoors and you can be in the water all year long without wearing a big rubber .... suit.
About Sports Artists John Robertson Surfer PaintingThe painting is four feet by eight feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. It hangs like a tapestry or banner.
The Skateboard Deck was done for a donation for a fundraiser to support 18th Street Project/Arts Center in Santa Monica CA. The main image on the board is of Jeff Ho one of the original Z-Boys. (see original portrait below) Z-Boys were a group of skateboarders in the 1970's from South Santa Monica and Venice California who are credited with inventing modern skateboarding. Jeff comes by a neighbor’s house in Venice, CA so I asked if he would let me paint his portrait. Z-Boys were profiled in the documentary film, Dogtown and Z-Boys.
50" x 70" acrylic/latex on unstretched canvas