Stoked to be featured in the April 2016 issue of DEEP magazine. Check it out HERE.
Here’s our latest print. “Humpy” the Humpback Whale is an 18×24 inch, 2-color screen print on French Paper’s recycled Speckletone paper. Complete with little flecks and specks of organic goodness to bring it all down to earth. You may be saying “I see 3 colors not 2!” Well you’re correct. Except, that small patch of metallic isn’t screen printed, it’s hand stamped using a light golden ink that was made with real gold from Mr. T’s chains… I think. Just a little something that adds to the value and uniqueness of this underwater beast.
And the greatest thing is, there are only 50 of these on planet earth. Signed and numbered and printed right here in Oregon by Fairweather Press.
Grab one HERE.
Stoked to be asked to create the artwork for the Life is a Wave event again this year. Big green wave, sunset over the SF skyline, celebrating the 10th Anniversay of this annual fundraising event for Save The Waves. G Love and Special Sauce are playing this year and there is word around the campfire I may be live painting at the event (No Promises!) If you are in the SF area on June 11th, it’s sure to be a good time. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Here’s the new 12″x18″ poster I created for the World Surf Reserve – Gold Coast in Australia. Gold Coast is the 8th Reserve worldwide and was dedicated on March 8th, 2016. Posters available for $20 at SaveTheWaves.org. Or get the whole set of 5 for a discount. You purchase helps Save The Waves protect valuable coastlines and communities around the world.
“Float” 18x24in, Acrylic, marker, colored pencil on wood panel. Erik Abel 2016
My eyeball was on fire. That’s what it felt like. It was pitch black, I couldn’t hear a sound and I was floating in a puddle of warm water with about 800 pounds of epson salt dissolved into it. That much salt and that little water made it thick and slippery… and very irritating if it made it’s way into an eyeball.
During the month of January I was lucky enough to be offered an artist residency at Prana Wellness Center in Astoria, Oregon. The program was simple; Take a dip in the sensory deprivation tank for a 90 minute session, 3 weeks in a row and then create a piece of art based on the experience. I was all about it. Joe Rogan’s podcast has helped float tanks gain popularity over the last few years. That’s where I learned about them and had been wanting to try it out. I’ve expressed my advocation for the use of psychedelics in posts before, and the possibility of having a powerful mind altering experience without the use of drugs was exciting.
Back to my first float… Prana is a cozy little spot in downtown Astoria. When you walk in, there are a ton of awesome succulents in the window front, a comfy couch and chairs with shelves full of crystals and magic potions everywhere. The owner Leigh is a lucky girl, she happened to get her hands on several awesome Blaine Fontana originals that she has spread around the walls. There’s art and prints from other local artists as well. I was led back to the float room where the space ship is, given some basic tips and I was on my own with my thoughts for the next 90 minutes.
A quick shower, earplugs in, and into the space ship I went. The air is humid, and along with the water, it’s at exact skin temperature so you can’t really feel where the air stops and the water starts. I let the hatch close. No more light or sound. I slowly slipped onto my back and spread out in the water. All of a sudden, I felt like I was hurtling and spinning through outer space. It felt similar to vertigo but once the water calmed down the sensation stopped. It’s impossible to sink. There is so much salt in the water that you almost float above it. I must have spent the first 30 minutes just tripping out doing little experiments with buoyancy and getting the hang of the space and which position was the most comfortable to be in. It was harder to relax than I thought it would be. I suck at falling asleep because my brain just has it’s own party non-stop, so shutting down my mind has always been a problem. I hoped that floating around in total darkness and silence in outer space would help me slip away, but it just wasn’t happening. When I finally mellowed out, that’s when a drop of water rolled into my eye. That was not good (see first paragraph) but with enough blinking it eventually it went away. At that point I was kinda over the first float, I just couldn’t chill out and I was getting antsy. I got the little knock that time was up and I was on my way.
When I walked out the door and turned down the street I was literally facing a weed shop (Go Oregon! So proud of you!). I walked in, asked the bud tender for the most relaxing, sleepy, mellow stuff he had, and I brought a beautiful little nugget home. SO sticky, SO stinky and SO much for trying this whole thing sober!
The following week I was determined to have a good float. I did some stretching and breathing before I got there, ate some snacks so I wouldn’t get hungry and made the point that I was going to focus and meditate on art making. So I took a little toke and then proceeded to get my float on.
Let’s just say, the medicine helped. I slipped out of reality in no time. Now that I’d spent 90 minutes the first time investigating the whole tank situation, I was able to relax and drift off to some interesting places. Things turned very introspective at times. And other times I would just get lost down these deep tunnels of thought only to come crashing out of it with giant gasps for air. I saw things. I felt things. I may have figured some things out.
90 minutes went by in what maybe seemed like 20 minutes. I wanted to stay in there for 5 more hours. I now understood what all the hype was about.
I got out, showered and got dressed and felt like I was just floating around. Leigh offered me some tea as I sat on the couch recounting my experience. For the entire rest of the night I was on a cloud.
My 3rd and last float went similar to the 2nd one but not as intense, again, I got a little help from the medicine. It was in this last float that I realized my art piece for this residency was going to be an abstract self portrait in a way. I floated on home and went straight into this painting.
The float experience was amazing, but I was surprised at how much more personal growth came directly from the experience of creating this single piece of art work. Although it make not look like it, I discovered and opened several doors for new techniques and inspirations. One of the things I realized while I was painting, kinda hit me hard. As a working artist, I rarely have time to make art for me. It’s either for a client or a gallery, that’s how life gets paid for. I don’t make art to keep for myself anymore. There was a completely different approach and feeling to know this piece was staying with me. There was something to tap into there that doesn’t happen when I’m normally painting. I’m excited to see where things go.
P.S. – Thanks for the experience Leigh!
As part of my new year resolution, I’ve cleared out the web store and discontinued all my best selling prints. My bank account is currently showing me the stupidity of that decision, but all good things must come to an end. So this year I’m going to be focused on releasing something new each month that’s only available for a short period of time.
This is the January print “Northern Sol”, it’s 8×10 inches in size, hand-signed and comes shipped to your doorstep with a matte board backer in a crystal clear sleeve. Oh, and if you happen to live in ‘Merica, I’ll ship it off to you for FREE! Free is good.
“Northern Sol” will only be available until January 31st at midnight. Get the print HERE.
A little bit about this print:
The Pacific Northwest has a unique feeling about it… the way it smells, the way it rains, the way the trees drip with moss. And the coastline is fucking spectacular to put it simply. So much energy and rawness but also so much serenity. Sometimes there isn’t a cloud in the sky and the wind is just a lazy offshore breeze. “Northern Sol” is one of those mystical days when the orange Sun hangs low in the sky and you never want get out of the water.
“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” -Henry Beston
ERIK ABEL LAUNCHES WORLD SURF RESERVE PRINTS TO BENEFIT SAVE THE WAVES
Artist Erik Abel has designed a series of prints featuring famed global surf breaks to benefit coastal conservation nonprofit Save The Waves.
Abel, who is an Artist Ambassador for Save The Waves, designed a series of prints commemorating the four most recent World Surf Reserves that Save The Waves has protected through their programs. Each print features an iconic symbol of the location, honoring both the break and local culture.
The World Reserves Program (WSR) is designed to identify, designate, and preserve outstanding waves, surf zones, and surrounding environments throughout the world. Save The Waves has partnered with local communities to implement seven WSRs to date. By creating these WSRs, Save The Waves is able to support the protection of key environmental, cultural, economic, and community attributes of surfing areas.
The vibrant 12”x18” prints are printed on premium 80# stock paper that is FSC-Certified and acid-free. They are available for sale at savethewaves.org for $20 each or $70 for the set, with sales benefitting Save The Waves’ ongoing conservation work.
“Save The Waves is one of the most effective organizations out there, “says Abel of his nonprofit partner. “The work they do towards conserving these legendary spots is critical and long lasting. I’m honored my art can raise funds for such a great cause.”
In addition to designing these prints, Abel is the artist behind Save The Waves’ 2015 Life Is A Wave artwork, their Lobos Por Siempre campaign swag, and 2013 Patagonia Cause T-shirt.
Along with our publisher, we are proud to offer these 6 awesome and vibrant Limited Edition prints on wood panels. These are the same cradled wood panels Abel creates his original paintings on. They are made right here in Oregon from sustainably managed forests and are the best quality we could find. The panels are hand-primed and hand-sanded prior to printing and an additional UV coating is applied for protection. Each print is numbered and hand-signed by Erik Abel and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
These prints are sold exclusively through our publisher and galleries.
I’ll have a bunch of new original paintings as well as my new Limited Edition prints on wood at this years Annual Surf Art Show at Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI. on the North Shore of Oahu. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it in person this year. Sad face. Check it out if you happen to be there… and drink a Mai Tai for me.
10th Annual Surf Art Show
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Sat. Nov. 28, 2015 5-9pm
Sun. Nov. 29, 2015 2-6pm
We’d like to welcome our newest gallery, Archimedes in Cannon Beach, Oregon. They will be displaying the first of our new Limited Edition prints on wood that have not been officially released yet. We also dropped off a ton of matted prints… a few one-of-a-kinds in the mix too. This weekend is the Stormy Weather Show for a group of Cannon Beach galleries. Hop on down there if you are in the area and check out some great art.