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Flow # 1

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Sold for: $805

Funds to be raised: $402.50
Beneficiary: Sustainable Surf

Painted live on stage with Tom Curren and Matt Costa at the Sweetwater Music Hall during the High Line Festival of Surfing in Mill Valley, CA on September 6, 2014.


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Live Art with Tom Curren and Matt Costa at the Sweetwater Music Hall

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Yep.  Apparently this happened.  In what had to be the absolute highlight of my Live Art Life, I somehow ended up on stage creating art to the rhythm and tempo of Tom Curren’s live one-man performance at the High Line Festival of Surfing in Mill Valley, 2014.  The other time I’ve seen him play there’s been a whole band surrounding him, drummer, bass, the whole nine yards… this time it was just Tom playing guitar, harmonica and running a small kick drum for a nice post-folk sound, easy to move with.

This was my first time meeting Tom, and judging from the way every surfer in the hall backstage at the Sweetwater Music Hall turned into giggling school kids in his presence, it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one excited to meet the man whose surfing is flawless beyond description.

Sometime after his soundcheck, but prior to going on stage, Tom was spotted rolling down the hall in roller skates.  Yep.  Roller. Skates.  I reckon maybe he carries them around for when folks are acting to nervous around him.  Just a theory, but if true my nerves could have kept the man skating for another week or two.

I’m always thinking of different ways to approach these live art paintings, and lately had the idea of rendering abstract pieces based on the flowing lines of current wind maps just offshore.  Check out and see what I mean.  Beautiful stuff.  So I figured I’d do the first one of these on stage with Curren based on the wind patterns blowing that moment just offshore from San Francisco  It’s sneaky cause it looks like a wave but it’s not.  I like that sort of thing.

At one point early in his set, Curren turned around and I saw a look of surprise register as he saw the swirling mass that had developed during just two songs. I attempted an explanation as he was speaking about it to the crowd.  People were yelling all sorts of stuff.  I was dumbfounded that Tom Curren had just introduced me to the crowd by name.  I think I got dizzy, then he mumbled something about isobars.  ”Yeah, isobars,”  was all I could get out.  After that I tried not to turn around seeking solace in focusing on the painting at hand.

Prior to the show, I’d had the chance to meet Matt Costa, another incredibly talented musician/singer/songwriter who would be playing after Curren’s set, and he agreed to let me keep the painting rolling during his set as well.  This took a bit of pressure off since I wouldn’t need to be in such a rush to finish. During one song, Costa began calling for Curren to come out from backstage with his drum.  Which he did.  With roller skates on.

This would have been a good time to play a friendly round of “Which One Does Not Belong on That Stage?”. If you’d guessed the guy with the paintbrush, you’d have been correct.  But somehow nobody thought to tell me to stop or leave so I painted till the music stopped, and needed every encore song Matt Costa played just to get it finished.

The piece I titled “Flow # 1″ found a home in the audience and my only regret is not getting Curren and Costa to grab the brush for moment or two, or at least try.  All in all, my mind is blown that this opportunity to perform with these guys came my way, and there’s a few folks that I can’t thank enough for making it happen.

First off, Pierce and Petra Kavanagh, creators of What the Sea Gives Me, are two of the best friends anyone could ask for, and it was their reaching out to me when I was in a grade A funk awhile back that got me down to their film festival in San Diego.  That was the first time I painted live at any event ever, and had such a good experience that I immediately began seeking out more opportunities.  It was also there that I met Ari Lurie, the founder of the High Line Festival of Surfing in Mill Valley, CA, so when I reached out to him on a limb asking about doing some live art at his festival, at the last minute no less, he was already familiar with what I do and opened the doors of the festival wide for me to come partake, enjoy, and participate.  Also many thanks to the folks at Sustainable Surf, the nonprofit benefeciary of the festival, particularly Mike Stewart, the founder, for dragging me out of the van to get some incredibly fun waves the morning before painting with Curren and Costa.  Which brings me to a giant thanks to Tom Curren, and Matt Costa, who both graciously shared their stage with a total stranger.

Beyond stoked.


Enjoy some photos that tell the story better than I just did…







Passing Through III

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Sold for: $275

Funds to be raised: $137.50
Beneficiary: Sustainable Surf

Painted live at the High Line Festival of Surfing Opening Night Party at Proof Lab Surf Shop and Equator Coffees in Mill Valley, CA on September 4, 2014.


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High Line Festival of Surfing Opening Night Party

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Matt Beard Art live at Proof Lab - High Line Festival of Surf - photo @penguearney

When I rolled up to the Proof Lab Surf Shop on the afternoon of the Opening Night Party for the High Line Festival of Surfing in Mill Valley, CA, I have to admit I was a bit nervous.  Driving down for the event my mind kept racing forward to Saturday night when I’d be painting on stage while Tom Curren played a set of live music.

Somehow this opening night event had escaped my mental mind prep and as the festival crew and volunteers began transforming the parking lot into the festival grounds, I sat on my tailgate drawing blanks.  At least I had a good parking spot.   The wind was blowing pretty good and concerns for my canvas becoming a sail and blowing away prompted the grand idea to use the van itself for a mobile studio of sorts.  It worked like a charm, and once I started painting I forgot about being  nervous about anything.

Had a great time and met a lot of great folks with plenty of interest in the art I was doodling out in the back of the van which ended up being the third in a series born out of the live art events, Passing Through III.  All in all, I was pretty stoked how the piece turned out and found a home for it in the audience, which is always a good thing.  I don’t like taking these things home.

LIVE: Matt Beard @ the High Line Festival of Surfing

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Surfing’s 3x world champion and legendary icon of the sport, Tom Curren, often describes his music in terms of surfing, equating the experiences and finding commonalities between them.

I’ve been making art with a focus on my surfing life for years, but only recently I’ve begun painting on site at live music events.  My approach is unrehearsed, just a visual reaction to the rhythms, tempo, and energy in the music, finding the adrenaline pressurized experience of painting in such a dynamic environment is the closest thing I’ve found in art to surfing itself.  There’s no adrenaline in my studio.  It’s boring there.  When there’s a room full of eyes watching you paint though, it’s different.  Scary.  You just don’t want to blow it.  You have to find your zone, and just flow and trust that all your experience up to the point will bring you through and result in a piece of art someone will be stoked on.

The High Line Festival of Surfing in Mill Valley, CA promises to provide just such a setting, featuring a live music performance from Tom Curren while I’ll be simultaneously creating an original work of art on Saturday night, September 6th, 2014.  The resulting painting will be auctioned silently at the event with the highest bidder taking it home.  50% will be donated to the festival’s main beneficiary, Sustainable Surf.

If you can’t make it to the show, but are interested in bidding for the art in advance (sometimes advance bidders win the piece, sometimes they don’t, there’s no way to know), you can do so here:

Bid for Live Art

In addition to painting on Saturday night, I’ll also be painting at the Opening Night Party on Sept. 4th to be held at the Equator Coffees & Proof Lab Surf Shop in Mill Valley from 6-9pm.  And if that’s not enough the Film What the Sea Gives Me in which I’m featured will be playing at the festival on Saturday at 3pm.  Check out for more event details, tickets and all that.

Anyway here’s a few more thoughts about painting with Curren:

“I’m kinda freaking out. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited, or anxious about a painting event.  

“As a kid, we’d hear whispers of Curren surfing nearby at our local beachbreaks occasionally and I always dreamed of being there surfing with him, just to see what the BEST surfer in the world could do with the terrible waves we called home.  Since then, he’s gravitated toward making music, equating the act of playing music with surfing itself.  In the meantime I’ve been exploring the process of painting to live music, feeding off the energy and tempo to create spontaneous unplanned art, finding it to be the closest art making experience that I’ve found to surfing as well. So yeah, I’m pretty stoked about this one.  Surfing with Curren… sort of anyway.

“Anyway, if you’re feeling it too, don’t hesitate to get in on the bidding and and you might own the art that results from this session.  I’ll try not to botch it.  I promise.”

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Passing Through II

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Sold for: $350

Funds raised: $161.67
Beneficiary: Surfrider Foundation – Humboldt Chapter


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Sine II – Transfer of Energy

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Title: “Sine Series #2 – Transfer of Energy”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24″ x 24″
Year: 2012
Price of Original Painting: N.A.
Prints: Available here.

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In conjunction with the upcoming World Premiere of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME, I’m stoked to make the film’s cover artwork available in a variety of print formats over on AidCurrent.  The piece, titled “Sine Series #2 – Transfer of Energy” is part of a series I’ve been working on that explore wave phenomena from a variety of perspectives with the mathematical function of a sine wave at it’s core.
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“To the Sea”

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Medium: Acrylic on Canvas…  or 15 separate canvases to be exact
Size: 78″ x 44″
Year: 2013
Price of Original Painting: $2500

Painted live on stage during a Likwefi performance at the Northern Nights Electronic Dance Music Festival 2013

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Passing Through

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Title: “Passing Through”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 36″ x 36″
Year: 2014
Price of Original Painting: $1500

Painted live at on stage during a Berel Alexander performance at the Benbow Summer Arts & Music Festival 2014




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“On the Rocks”

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P--On-the-RocksTitle: “On the Rocks”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2014
Price of Original Painting: $295

Painted on location on the Humboldt County coast

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Title: “Shorebreak”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2014
Price of Original Painting: $295

Painted on location on the Humboldt County coast

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Break Wall

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Sold for: $450

Funds raised: $225
Beneficiary: Save the Waves Coalition

Painted live at Life is a Wave 2014 fundraiser for Save the Waves Coalition at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.

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Home Break

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Sold for: $210

Funds raised: $97
Beneficiary: Cameron and Grace Beard-Quiroz college fund in honor of Heather Noel Beard-Quiroz

Painted live at the Village Cafe in Long Beach, CA on May 15, 2014.

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Surface Processes

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"Surface Processes"  Painted live at the Boardroom Surfboard Expo in Del Mar, CA. I've been on a roll lately, creating live paintings at various events all over California this month. Check out the latest and get info on upcoming events, as well as online bidding opportunities here:

Sold for: $310

Funds raised: $150.39
Beneficiary: UCSD Scripps Student Fellowship Fund

Painted live at the Boardroom Surfboard Show in Del Mar, CA on May 18, 2014.

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Hand Jive

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Sold for: $500

Funds raised: $230.95
Beneficiary: Insulindependence

Painted live at the San Diego Surf Film Festival, 2014.  Throughout the 4 day event, contributing filmmakers were asked to trace a print of their hands on this 36″ x 36″ canvas.  On the final day, I incorporated their hands into this finished piece.

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Heat Wave

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Sold for: $400

Funds raised: $184.76
Beneficiary: TBA

Painted live at the Boardroom Surfboard Show in Del Mar, CA on May 17, 2014.

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Painted on stage with Berel Alexander today.

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Painted on stage with Berel Alexander today at the Benbow Summer Arts and Music Festival today.  Gonna  finish this one tonight with the Getdown crew.  Just flowing like water in southern humboldt today.

San Diego Surf Film Festival 2014

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Results of a lirtle live art session at birds surf shed on closing night of the san diego surf film festival.

Few events I’ve been a part of are as full of just plain old-fashioned surf stoke of the purest variety like the San Diego Surf Film Festival.   Considering it’s taking place a solid 850 miles from my home, I still wonder at times how I got wrapped up in this one, but I’m glad it happened anyway, so I’m loading up the boards and the art and heading south in just a few days.


This year it’s kicking off with a Wednesday night VIP party at the Karl Strauss Brewery in San Diego where I’ll be showing a few new small paintings and a slew of other things along with this years event artist Skye Walker, the event’s original artist Joe Hodnicki, and the event’s perennial photographic maestro Gage Hingeley.  Info, maps and all that can be found here.

Live at SDSFF 2102Over the course of the following days, I’ll be creating one large original painting on site, and auctioning it off to the highest bidder at the event.  It’s become a tradition of sorts and means a lot to me as the first painting I did live here 2 years ago was a break through piece for me that really kicked off my recent enthusiasm for creating live art.  It was a freaky sort of painting, but it happened with no forethought and after that I was hooked.  The following year I focused on the venue in the painting, the cathedral of surf known as Bird’s Surf Shed, which was promptly grabbed by the Bird himself.  This year my aim is to focus on the filmmakers, as this event exists to celebrate and enjoy their efforts.  The piece is available for online bidding as well so if you’re interested in taking home a piece of history from this event, feel free to get your bid on here.

If you’re in the area, get there.  I don’t think there’s much more to say than that.  See you there!

“Fire Fusion”

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Title: “Fire Fusion”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 36″ x 36″
Year: 2014
Price of Original Painting: SOLD
Painted Live with Likwefi at the Fire Fusion event at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA.

Prints Available Here.

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I think I’m going to just start enjoying water more as I do these live art paintings.  This one I just relaxed and felt like painting a mix of explosive fire and water.  It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but when completing a large painting in just two and a half hours, it rarely is.  What it was though, was super fun.  I think just zoning and painting water is where it’s at for me right now, and I’m looking forward to more.

I don’t know the final bid yet for this one, but I doubt it’s much over $350.  If you’re interested in snagging one of these live art paintings and don’t mind taking a bit of a risk on the outcome, they are always open for online bidding leading up to each event.  I give online bidders the opportunity to bid first, then close the bidding just prior to the event, and take the highest online bid and start the event bidding with that.  Sometimes there’s folks at the events that want the painting bad enough to outbid the online folks, other times, there’s no takers at all so even a low online bid wins it.

Sign up for my AidCurrent mailing list to be notified of each live art bidding opportunity.  If you don’t see any action on an auction nearing its close, don’t be a sheep and think that since no one else bid on it you shouldn’t either, instead realize it’s a great opportunity and it means you can really score a deal on that one so don’t hesitate to throw a small number at it, you never know…

RampArt Skatepark

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Sold for: $400
Funds raised: $200

Beneficiary: RampArt Skatepark

Painted live at the RampArt Indoor Skatepark in Arcata on April 12, 2014

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This may have been the raddest setting so far for one of my live art events.  They had me on the deck of a ten foot vert ramp while 5 feet below on a second deck to the right a series of bands completely rocked the indoor skatepark.  The opening band played Minor Threat covers exclusively and the whole canvas quickly turned to a frantic mess of red, black, and brown as the rough forms of skate rampage emerged.  Felt like I was about 16 again for awhile there.  After that things settled into a more liquid flow, but the high-energy music kept cranking all night so the finished piece has a pretty nervous vibe.  It’s all good, that’s half the fun of live art, just not knowing where it’ll go in the end.  As usual I took a few online bids prior to starting this one through my AidCurrent project, and although there was some bidding taking place at the event, it didn’t match the highest bid from a collector in Oregon.  An original painting for $400,  a donation to the skatepark of $200, and a fun night for me with all my costs covered = win, win, win.

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