Friday, May 17, 2019

Drawing to painting a surfboard fin

I was recently commissioned by a long time friend C.M, we grew up surfing one of the magical surf breaks of Trestles.  

 He ask for a design around the infamous break called church,  hence the name church which was a stones throw away from the water back in a previous time capsule of Camp Pendleton.

This a perspective either from the bridge or the hill top.  There is a large palm tree on the north side of the bridge that was there in the early 1980s, along with many more just south.

I like to create a sketch of an idea before painting and this is the actual size of the fin and drawing which is a 9.5 inch fin.

When I start the painting I will adjust certain parts of the original drawing which is part of being totally present in the creative process.

Custom painted surfboard fins by Paul Carter 2019
Custom original art by Paul Carter 5-2019
 In the image below I use paint pens starting with white to layout the scene before diving into the multiple colors of the painting.

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Hand made in the USA surfboards and art by Paul Carter San Clemente,Ca
Painting process of a fin by Paul Carter
San Clemente, Ca 5-19

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Friday, May 10, 2019

My surf dream painting inspired in part by Thomas Kinkade

I received a card in the past few months and I looked at it for a few minutes and I appreciated the art.

Like many artist from centuries before me, I was inspired by the art and put it aside and went on my way with the journey of life.  

Born in laguna beach California I have been a Surfer-Shaper-Artist all my life each evolving into the next and the next.

As you see from black and white to color, I have been inspired with the painting and drawing of clouds and the panoramic scene is a surfers dream or at least my own dream.

The journey continues to grow from the inside out the more I learn by doing.

Custom Surfboards and art by Paul Carter 2019
Original art by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter 2019

Inspired art by Surfer Shaper Artist
Paul Carter  2019

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Positive drawing and life reminders by Paul Carter

                  The journey continues from the inside out.  

Creating original art by being present is a test and a exercise for me to stay in the moment and create with an open mind.

The mind and body are very powerful and to learn by doing is the journey I have been on most of life.  
Be present-drawing by Paul Carter 4-2019

I have been on a journey to learn about the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and what separates them and how does one break through the many layers of conditioning that is pasted on from generation to generation both positive and negative without even realizing it.

I have broken through many layers of co-dependencies from mental to physical and spiritual and the journey continues.

Keep in mind codependency comes in many forms from caffeine to sugar to drugs to alcohol to sex to sugar to relationships to sports to exercising to work, you get the idea.

Its not about being perfect or ego or money or stuff the house the cars etc.   

It's about learning by doing and truly getting to know thyself from the inside out, and facing the conditioned lies of fear.

I have learned from surfing to running to riding bikes both road and mountain bikes and many more in between.

I am not sharing this info not to boost my ego or to make myself feel better.   I am sharing what I have learned and continue to learn with positive intentions to inspire or spark something in you.

Most people don't breathe properly let alone know what chemicals actually get activated when nose and mouth breathing and that is one of the many tools I have learned and continue to learn.

So you see at the beginning of this art drawing journey in bold letters I started with -Be Present- and if I and we are not present in the moment then we are in the past in survival mode which is stress which is conditioning.

Having healthy boundaries for your health and well  being is very important for many reasons and being aware of the energy of others and intentions is something that I am very attuned to and have come trust it and not dismiss it or not belive it anymore because it is real and true.

So with that being said pace yourself and remember life is not a sprint it is a marathon. 

To be continued and thank you for checking out the latest.
Original art inspired art San Clemente artist Paul Carter
Be present-by Paul Carter

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Surfboard design drawings by Paul Carter

Dream it, design it, draw it and then create it in a full size custom handshaped surfboard.

When one lets go of living a life of validation from others life becomes a whole new adventure and journey from the inside out. 

No longer living a life of comparing or thinking or worrying about what others may think is a freedom that is exciting and a peace that grows from learning by doing.

Having healthy activities and habits daily, will break through the old unhealthy perceptions of conditioning into healthy new ones.

It’s nit about being perfect it’s about being at peace in knowing thyself and embrace the inspired creativity and enjoy the process by being present 100%.

These are a couple of spontaneous sketches with positive reminders for the journey in and out of the water.
San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter
San Clemente Surfboards & art by Paul Carter 

Custom Surfboards and art San Clemente California
Paul Carter surfboards designs 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Custom 2 & 3 stringer surfboards by Paul Carter-058 #paulcartersurfboards

I am always stoked to share the creative journey from the past to the present in this photo is a custom 3 stringer clark foam blank from 2006. 

This is the new stoked owner Lenden with a one of kind stringer set up with two curved stringers with sunset colors in the first photo and the mid morning water colors in the second photo.

 In the video you will see the second custom board with a wedge stringer set up by usblanks.

custom made surfboards all shapes and sizes San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter
Custom 3 stringer Hand shaped by
Paul Carter

Hand shaped surfboards made in the USA by Paul Carter
3 stringer by Paul Carter
Clark Foam blank

This was the one I painted of 5 total at the present date and mirenin the way.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Custom made Surfboards & Art by Paul Carter

Two custom Hand Shaped Surfboards.

The board on the left is a custom blank made by Clark Foam in 2006.  It is designed with three redwood stringers.  The center stringer is 1/4 inch and the two sides are 1/8 thick for the curves of the waves

I am putting together a short YouTube video for my channel, link is below.  The video will show more of the details of the painted board with more close up shots of the stringers and the colors of the painted waves.
Handshaped Surfboards & art by Paul Carter San Clemente,Ca
Handshaped Surfboards San Clemente
By Paul Carter
The painted board is just under 9’6 by one inch with a 18 inch nose and 22.50 center and a 14.50 tail.

I rode the board is the annual Sano Surf Club contest which was a great time and I managed to get some good waves and a first place wooden trophy.

At the time I wanted to create a clsssic performance style board and a one of kind painting for the art shows and of course surfing and to have fun cruising and nose riding.

The board on the right was a remake from a well used board in the early 2000.

In the early 1990s I saw a Rene Yater board with the same stringer set up and it made logical sense on a few levels.  It only took one board to realize the importants I’d having the stringers wide enough for the coenteenbox to fitnin cleanly.  I handshaped a few hundred of these double wedge stringer boards in all sizes.
San Clemente Surfboards by Paul Carter 2019

It was time to let this board go to a stoked human and I am happy to say it did.

I am working in new surfboard designs in all shapes and sizes so stay tuned and I thank you for checking out the blog posts and following the journey.

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Custom craftsman surfboard shaper Paul Carter 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The painting of a 1960s fin by Paul Carter

The painting of a 1960s fiberglassed fin called (24 hour dream)

I have painted some fins before but this was the first classic style fin from the 1960s

It had a small delamination of the fin that looked like a wave when I first saw the fin, so I went with the design you see in the first image.
This was designed with pencil then to archyval ink pen and then to paint
pens and final paint that I use on clothing.  
Hand painted 1960s fin by Surfer-Shaper-Artist Paul Carter
Hand painted 1960s fin by Surfer-Shaper-Artist
Paul Carter
Here is the video of the inspired creativity.
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Sunrise is Dana Point 1-19

I like to wake up early which is anywhere from 4 to 530 naturally, with no alarm clock.

Watching a sunrise is equivalent to watching a sunset with a variety of colors that inspire my brain and body to create new paintings and drawings.
sailing ship in Dana Point
Sunrise Dana Point by
Paul Carter
The mornings are the times I like to get really focused on the future of the day that I want to create from each level from the inside out.  It takes practice consistently to learn how and it is so empowering to learn how to elevate the thoughts and energy I want to create for my future of the day.
Sunrise in SoCal Dana Point harbor 1-19 Paul Carter
Sunrise Dana Point Harbor
by Paul Carter 1-19
The waves of change start in the present moment not the past.  The past memories and experience are the wisdom and the present thoughts and energy is my future in the present moment.  Over time the mind will become more focused on designing the future instead of the lies of conditioning we have all been programmed with.
waves in dana point
Waves in Dana Point
by Paul Carter 1-19
Keep creating and always stay focused on the thoughts you do want to create in your mind and be aware of the thoughts you do not want to give anymore energy to.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Inspired art by Thomas Kinkade & Paul Carter

Acting on the inspiration when it happens fuels the fire to more and more learning by doing the work.

Here is one such spontaneous art Is inspired by the art of Thomas Kinkade.

I like the houses in the card and the bridges are awesome, so I put together my own perspective of a surf dream.

Next I will start with the first layers of paint and bring it life.

Surfboards & art by Paul Carter
Drawing dreams by Paul Carter
Keep creating and never compare yourself with anyone and always be aware of the thoughts and emotions you do and don’t want in your mind and body and life.

Learn from the past but don’t live in the past it will only keep you stuck in the past and not enjoying this awesome life now in the future.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Painting of a 1960s fin by Paul Carter 12-18

A commission painting in the works on a mid to late 1960s fiberglass fin.

In the first photo is from pencil to pen drawing in the outline of the waves without the sun

Drawing waves by Paul Carter San Clemente, Ca
Custom art by Paul Carter 12-18

In this photo you see the drawing of the outline of the moon.
Darawing by Paul Carter 12-18

 The progression of paints from the 2nd to 3rd layer of paint in this unique painting called 24 hour dream.

Custom art by surfer Shaper Artist Paul Carter 12-2018
Surf art on fin by Paul Carter 12-2018
-24hr Dream-
 I am putting together a short video of the painting process and you will see the beginning stages from the blank fin to the pencil drawings into the first layer of color all the way through to the palm trees and a nice clear coat to seal and protect the painting.

24hr Dream painting on fin by Pail Carter

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