I recently attended the grand opening of a new art gallery in Del Mar, CA, of local San Diego artist, Erik Skoldberg. Erik and I both attended the University of San Diego together, and as fellow alumni of the college, I am very proud to see him making strides in an atypical industry for a USD graduate. I can’t say I know any other recent alumni opening their own art galleries only four years out of college and seeing such success. The event took place in the Del Mar Plaza, where his new gallery sits on the third floor in a great location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Live music, cocktails, and catered food were only pleasant side notes to the beautiful display of art in his latest collection that he had open to the public.
Erik has grown up painting since his mother put a paintbrush in his hands at age 8, and is continually inspired by nature and the environment surrounding him. That environment, depicted in his vivid and colorful style of art, clearly represents the San Diego lifestyle he has grown up around. He explains, “Each piece portrays many of the feelings and experiences that inspire me… I’m influenced by natures vibrant colors. The forest greens, azure blues, caiman reds, yellow ochres and burnt umbers”. It is very inspiring to see someone work extremely hard on their craft, to see it come to fruition and receive such a great response from it’s audience as Erik’s did at his recent grand opening. If you’re ever in the San Diego area, be sure to drop by his gallery to say hello and view his great work.
Visit erikskoldberg.com to see his work or check him out on instagram, “eskoldberg”.
There’s a dolphin in Del Mar, CA that you can always see breaching at sunset. This wood sculpture was done by Andrew Cullum. You can view more of his work on http://www.AndrewCullum.com
My coffee table book in the making… One day I’ll get to finishing this!
This article stems from my thoughts on Kansas City Chiefs QB Brady Quinn’s take on the Jovan Belcher tragedy.
The Kanas City Chief’s quarterback Brady Quinn said some great things in his post-game press conference last Sunday regarding the Jovan Belcher tragedy.
“We live in a society of social networks, Twitter pages, Facebook… we have contact with work associates, family and friends, but it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phones and other things instead of the relationships we have going on in front of us. Hopefully people can learn from this and try to figure out if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they may be revealing on a day to day basis”.
Quinn is exactly right. Although I am mindful this is a very extreme case, it’s reasons like this that lately I am trying to focus less on my social media pages in an effort to focus more on the friends and family that are actually close to me in my life, as opposed to the masses of “friends” we are connected to via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
If you don’t live by all your closest friends and family, then give them a call, have a conversation! Merely “Liking” someone’s Instagram photos or Facebook status IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE for “keeping in touch”! Although I do believe such social outlets are very entertaining and beneficial in many ways, merely posting updates and photos of where you’re at, what you’re doing, what you ate for lunch, and where you had #SundayFunday is not always a substitute for keeping your friends and family actually informed of your current well-being (or not)!
If you do live close to these people, I would encourage you to meet and interact with them, talk, listen, and embrace the benefits of face to face communication; because you never know when that privilege could be taken away.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chief’s organization and the families effected by the tragedy this weekend.
An interesting article I recently read that elaborates on the increased focus on highly visual content and rich media taking place in the digital space.
Why Visual Storytelling is the Future of Digital
The Relay Company latest album “i5″ is available on iTunes. for music videos, song streaming, and updates on the band, “like” Facebook.com/therelaycompany.
“i5″ is an upbeat, melodic, and powerful pop record. Watch the music videos for “Mirage” and “Animals” on youtube.com/TheRelayCompany.
Photo by Stephen Mariucci taken in Cardiff, CA overlooking PCH on a summer night.
Photo by Stephen Mariucci