Let the Kids Draw Part 2

Don Masse, an elementary school teacher, used my art in another one of his art projects with his class.  This time he used my painting “Naptune’s Crown of Coral” as reference.  So humbling. Thanks again Don.

Check it out on his blog HERE.

And HERE’s a link to the previous project the class did with my art.

IMG_6306

IMG_6334

IMG_6373

See more art from the kids HERE.

Baja

abel_baja_lineup1

Finally getting around to putting up some pics of a Baja mission with the boys in early Jan.  We got some fun waves at a little sand bottom point break South of Rosario.  Deep Baja seems like the real Baja.  Where everybody is nice/drunk and laid back, the locals are happy to see you and always smiling and waving.  Anything further North of this place and you feel like you are going to be robbed and shot in the face at any moment, left to die as you watch your truck being driven away into the shit hole that in Northern Baja.  But not here.  Not in this little sand dune cocoon. This dreamy set-up gave us all we needed; a place to surf, a fire to cook on and a place to rest our salty sunburnt heads.

A week of easy living. Except on the second day we discovered that 5 peppers in the dinner cook-up ,was 5 peppers too many.  Breathing fire out of both ends.  But the waves cooled us down and so did the beer.

Good crew, good laughs, good surf and no trouble.  Can’t ask for much more.  Ready for another run.

abel_baja_2

You need watered down gas out of a rusty 55 gallon drum? Right over here.

abel_baja_8

View from the shitter

abel_baja_4

The shitter

abel_baja_7

I decided to open a cantina. Free beer.

abel_baja_6

Dead whale

abel_baja_5

Giant Saguaro Cactus

abel_baja_3

Classic Baja pit stop

Tattoos on Griffin

Erik Abel Tattoo Art

My boy Griffin had some serious ink done.  My original painting “Listening to the Storm” (One of my favorites!) was used on his chest and an interpretation of “Solitary Lines” as a sleeve.  Jon at Yellow Rose Tattoo did a hell of a job.

This brings back memories of my days designing and giving self taught tattoos out of my living room in Ventura and then my Kitchen in Utah.  19 years old without a clue.  I would ride all day on the hill and then spend late nights dragging sharp needles across strangers skin full of booze and whatever else was at hand.  Strange times. Different times.  I eventually got sick of dealing with peoples blood and the fact that they would have to live with my shitty tattoo for the rest of their days.  Painting is a little less stressful.  And now it’s cool to see some of my fine art make it onto skin without me having to wipe away the blood. Honored. Thanks Griff. And special thanks to Paul Nieminen for the great shots!

Erik Abel Tattoo Art

Tattoo – Sol Face

This lovely lady got one of my sketchbook sketches permanently inked…

abel_sol_face_tattoo

Erik Abel Sol Face

Words of Wisdom

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about” – Helen Frankenthaler

Pilot Project for Abel Arts Collective

My partner, the fabulous, fantastic Nellie, and I have have launched our latest endeavor,  Abel Arts Collective. AAC is a nonprofit that partners with artists, development organizations, and communities to create meaningful and inspirational public art projects. I’m glad one of us knows what we’re doing (Definitely not me).

You want to support us?  That’s so nice.  We’ve put together a crowd-funding, Indoegogo campaign for our pilot project, The Nicaragua Mural Project.  Check out the video and visit the campaign page for all the info on how you can help bring this first project to life…

VISIT THE CAMPAIGN PAGE

Thanks for your support!!!

New Carver Skateboard Graphic

Carver Skateboards In All of Us by Erik Abel

The fine folks over at Carver Skateboards recently asked if they could put my painting “In All of Us” on a skateboard deck.  I said “Sure”

If you’ve never ridden a Carver, you’re in for a treat.  Their special trucks make it feel like surfing.

Purchase this skateboard HERE >>

Also, this original painting is now available in my Store HERE >>

Surf For Life Mural Project: Nicaragua

Erik Abel Surf For Life Project WOO Sector 9 Mural

View all the products benefitting this project HERE >>

New Big Prints – 24″x36″

Sun Sets 2 print by Erik Abel

The Arch print by Erik Abel

We’ve just released 7 illustrations as massive 24″x36″ fine art, archival prints.  These puppies are big, bright and bold and large enough to make a statement in any room.  Each print is hand signed by Erik Abel.

Check out all the prints HERE >>

Fungus Fascination

Fungus 1 by Erik Abel

“Fungus Study 1″  32×48 inches.  Acrylic, marker, colored pencil on panel.

Fungus 2 by Erik Abel

“Fungus Study 2″  48×32 inches.  Acrylic, marker, colored pencil on panel.

Over the last few months I’ve been on a bit of an artistic exploration, discovering different paths and directions.  The new studio and the larger space is giving me inspiration overload.  I was hoarding new machines and tools for a while there and now I can make almost anything my heart desires… but now I’ve got a dozen different projects going at once… It’s kind of a disaster.

Latest thing to obsess over:  The Kingdom of Fungi.  I’ve always been interested in mushrooms and they’ve shown up in my art from time to time.  I remember airbrushing some big red ones on the side of my friends VW beetle when I was 16.  I think they had giant green spiraling eyes and menacing smiles… probably had something to do with the particular type of mushrooms we were starting to eat and experiment with back then.  I’ve always been an advocate of psychedelic explorations.  Humans have been nibbling on the stuff since the dawn of time, to open their minds and “connect with the Gods”.  They painted mushrooms on cave walls and carved them out of stone.. fungi definitely held a place of importance for our ancestors.  My personal experiences with psilocybin mushrooms has given me a greater connection with nature and the universe, deepened my consciousness and inspired areas of my life… like my art.  Moderation is the key.

Even with the 200+ psychoactive species aside,  mushrooms are pretty damn trippy.  Like, there are 71 known species of bioluminescent mushrooms…. yes, GLOW-IN-THE-F#CKING-DARK-MUSHROOMS!  Does it get any more sci-fi than that??  So that has me going crazy, along with the fact that we, the Animal Kingdom, are more closely related to the Fungi Kingdom that any of the other kingdoms.  Like us, they “breath” oxygen and release CO2.  We have more genes in common with mushrooms than we do with plants or bacteria.  And the largest organism on earth?  Yep… a 2,384 acre fungus under the forrest floor in Eastern Oregon.  Anywho… enough with the science lesson.  I just think mushrooms rad and I want to paint more!

Some detailed pics…

Fungus 1 by Erik Abel

Fungus 2 by Erik Abel