WHAT INSPIRED ME TO PAINT ON USED SURFBOARDS?
"If there is one thing we strive for as Californian’s it is to give back in some way, to help build someone up or further a cause. It actually started when I was asked to donate a painted surfboard to a non-profit to help fund art in schools. I was all in. I immediately picked up the recycled surfboard for the project and then went back and got three more. I was hooked.
These surfboards are no longer “sea worthy” and have cracks and dings. What is more honoring than to make it a thing of beauty again – as wall art? When you think of the many journeys each surfboard has taken you realize how it's parallel to our lives. The ups and downs, the good and the bad times, are all part of its history.
Whats more, surfboards epitomize coastal California and deserve to be on the list of American icons along with ice cream, baseball and hot dogs."
WHAT IS MY TECHNIQUE FOR PAINTING SURFBOARDS?
"Recycled surfboards are perfect for my art technique. Most surfboards have cracks and dents. Since I use resin and gel medium it acts as a “self leveling” process helping to hide imperfections. Cleanup is tedious since there's a lot of wax that needs to be removed. To get it to a paintable state I need to scrape the wax off and clean with turpentine – this is usually a five-step process. Sanding provides a surface that lets me apply a primer coat that preps it for a base coat of my main color. Once I create a concept, I use my “soft carving” technique with gel medium to detail my texture. My “resin marbling” technique is used between the “soft carving” so multiple shiny and matte areas occur. After several layers of paint, carving and resin I finalize the surfboard art by adding a wire hanger to the back."
WHY AM I EXCITED TO COLLABORATE WITH LJAWF?
"I love the idea of building awareness and donating money to bring art to kids. When I was in second grade my teacher told me, “Carolyn you have a good eye for art.” The opportunity to express myself and to be recognized for the effort is part of why I am an artist today. LJAWF is one of my favorite art shows because of its location, fun atmosphere, great organization, and mission. To be the first of many “Featured Artists” means a lot to me and I want to do all I can to make it successful."
For more information please visit: carolynjohnsongallery.com
“I see the deep beauty in the rough texture of bark on a tree; to the softness of a cloud; to designs that make up reflections on the water. My interpretation found its way to Mixed Media with detailed free hand line work and carving.”
A Carolyn Johnson Surfboard will be available during our Silent Auction at the 2019 La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.