Janet Meinke-Lau

Art and Surf Blog

Conversations around the process of creating and being an artist and surfer.

If you wanted

Lately I’ve been getting so caught up in life (triathlon training, surfing, condo hunting, pau hana-ing :D) that I forget about this part of me that wants to take my art to the next level.

The nicest reminder came today when I was emailing with my mixed media mentor, Claudia Wallace, and she wrote, “Loved having you as a student, hope you got something out of it. You did so very well you could have a career in art if you wanted.”

What an immense compliment from an artist that I terribly admire! I recently bought the book Art Money Success by Maria Brophy, wife and business partner of surf artist Drew Brophy,  which asked me what I could accomplish that would take my art business to the next level. I have two answers:

  1. Get commissioned artwork requests for magazines like Honolulu Magazine, and one day.. the New Yorker and New York Times (reach for the stars!).

  2. Get commissioned to design a tattoo, or have one of my existing illustrations be permanently tattooed on someone's body ^_^ I was biking on the South King Street cycle track one day and saw a super rad surf tattoo on a fellow bicyclist's leg. It was a design by the talented Iki Yasuo (@candart_iki). This would be like, the penultimate compliment.

But to get there, I need to draw more, paint more, and even write more about the process, what I'm learning, and where I am at this moment. Because I'll never be here again - art skills-wise, surf skills-wise. I'll keep growing and getting better, but only if I continue to work at it, work hard(er) at it. And if I want a career in art... well, I need to really ask myself, do I?