Surf Artist Dave Reynolds Catches New Wave

Exhibit Maximizes the Minimal

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Minimalist surf/ocean artist Dave Reynolds is showcasing his latest works at the Minimal Surf 3 exhibit at the Forest & Ocean Gallery (480 Ocean Avenue) in Laguna Beach June 27 thru September 7.

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Known for his depictions of surfers and deft brushstrokes and spare canvasses, Reynolds has taken his minimalist-style art to a new level with this exhibition of 3-D paintings that bring the viewer right into the piece.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been longtime fans of Reynolds, who also serves as the Exhibits Director for the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach.

Talking to him about his artistic concept, he explained, “My work tries to capture the surfer’s style using the least amount of brushstrokes or lines. Somehow, when your mind sees just the basic lines, it fills in the rest.”

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Eager to hear about his new artworks, we stopped by the Forest & Ocean Gallery to get a preview of the exhibit. Taking a break from overseeing the installation, Reynolds discussed how his work has evolved.

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“I never studied art,” Reynolds said, noting that he started out making surf trophies – something that he still does.

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Then, later he began doing simple line drawings of surfers, including surfing champions   Peter Townend and Miki Dora.

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One thing led to another, and recently Reynolds decided he wanted to incorporate color into his works. He uses a variety of techniques for the backgrounds. “Sometimes I use sponges or an air brush to get interesting effects and I’ve been experimenting with different inks and paints.”

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Along with this, the “lines” in many of Reynolds’ new works are actually cold-cast bronze pieces that he carefully puts in place on the paintings to form the figures he is making.

DSC05142AReynolds calls these artworks his Bronze Series and told SurfWriter Girls “the bronze pieces are like puzzle pieces and you have to put them on the painting just so. It took awhile to get the technique down.”

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Reynolds is also tapping into his inner Zen by adding Japanese haikus (17-syllable poems) and other types of short poems to some of his pieces. This gave him the opportunity to develop another talent – beautiful writing. “I did all the fancy calligraphy by hand,” says Reynolds.

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When you’re at the exhibit be sure to look for Reynolds’ “Wavesliders,” too, which will be unveiled for the first time. These unique sculptures build on his earlier works (shown below) and enable him to explore new ways to communicate his artist’s vision. “I found out that I have a knack for sculpture.” Reynolds explained.

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And, he has a new workshop assistant – Punkin – his orange-colored cat, who likes to watch as Reynolds crafts each piece.

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It’s exciting to see an artist grow and change over time. Like the champion surfers he paints, it’s clear that Dave Reynolds is riding at the crest of an epic wave…with no end in sight.

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Feet Just Want to Have Fun!

Flip Flops Keep Us Movin’ and Groovin’

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

“Blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top.

Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.”

– Jimmy Buffett, Wasting Away in Margaritaville

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Flip flops are an essential part of summer…from the 99-cent bargain specials grabbed on the run at convenience stores to high-end fashion statements and eco-sport Tevas that can hold their own on any terrain.

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Dating back to 1500 BC and the ancient Egyptians, flip flops got a toehold in the U.S. after WWII when returning GIs brought Japanese-style zori sandals home with them.

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Flip flops, thongs, shower clogs, go-aheads – by any name these rubber-soled sandals take us wherever we want to go.

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Flip flops moving us

on a carefree day of sun

and balmy breezes.

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– SurfWriter Girls, Huntington Beach Haiku

 Colorful, flexible and fun… no sox or laces needed.

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Just wiggle your toes in and you’re ready to cross hot, sandy beaches, wade into the surf, climb over slick rocks or dance the night away.

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Keeping your feet ventilated and your stride syncopated, flip flops keep on flipping along.

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Livin’ the Tiki Lifestyle

Tikis – Ready for Adventure!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Tikis, those large wooden images in humanoid form, have been a part of Western culture since Captain Cook explored the Polynesian Islands in the 1770s.

tiki totemBy turns Intriguing and entertaining, tikis have made their marks in everything from art and architecture…

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tiki drinksto fashion and food.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were surprised to see just how many different types of tikis there are and all the places they turn up.

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Tiki artist Doug Horne told SurfWriter Girls, “tiki culture is alive and well! There’s a lot of music and artists—carvers and painters—out there. I think it’s still growing. I really think of it as kind of an art movement.”

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Deified by the early Polynesians, there are many tiki stories in mythology, including that Tiki was the first man created by the god Tane. Or that Tiki is the guardian of the entrance to the underworld.

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To find out about all things tiki, just look through the pages of author Sven A Kirsten’s new book Tiki Pop.

By the 1950s tikis were pop culture icons. With their smiling faces and gleaming eyes, they represented fun and adventure, beckoning us to an alternative lifestyle unburdened by convention.

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And today, tikis are a blast-from-the-past, retro symbol of simpler days and tiki-torch lit nights, of rum cocktails topped with umbrellas, colorful aloha shirts and music with an island beat.

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So, If you want to slow down the pace, just look around. Chances are you’ll see Tiki’s smiling face.

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