Guest Picks: Searching for the Perfect Wave
This poster for the movie "The Endless Summer" is a classic that I could have anywhere in my house. I have a million images in my memory from this movie and love its positive vibe. Whether you're a surfer or not, there's fun in the search.
Clark Little has a surfer's eye for waves. The change in color from one wave to the next is mind boggling. This photograph is classic, and the view inside the tube is your glimpse into an unknown world.
Too much of surf art starts to touch the lip of kitsch, but the medium of oil depicting a short-boarder helps brings you back to the realm of art. I like the play of color and texture in this wave.
The wave at the apex, just before breaking, is the peak of tension. Takashima's art makes this movement almost visible in a picture.
Most people haven't seen this perspective of a wave, but these kinds of photos are my favorites. The outside of a wave seems almost messy compared to the tumbling circle of the inside.
An original print from The Surfer's Journal, this Millennium Wave could be the perfect barrel to go on the wall. I never get tired of looking at light on the water.
The teenage surfers in my classes are always drawing impossibly long, peeling waves. This print by Drew Brophy feels like that magical search.
Art that goes directly on the wall is my preference for kids' rooms. I want this playful wave to curl around a vacant wall.
Erik Abel's whimsical style comes out in this print of a trio of lineups. The limited-edition prints benefit Surf Aid as well.
Petra Börner doesn't deal exclusively in waves, but her art translates in an interesting way when it comes to moving water. The jumble feels so well aligned, and almost planned, just the way real water does.
Surfing is often a lone wolf kind of sport, and I think these rough prints capture that well.
I adore the wrapped frame style when it comes to waves. This trio of wrapped photos makes a beautiful moment.
Steve Hawk has collected an amazingly diverse set of waves from all over the world in one coffee table book. You could drive yourself crazy with plans to visit the ends of the earth for any of these beautiful waves.
Original artwork by Scott Denholm will cost you a pretty penny, but for good reason. This painting sings colors I'd love to see in real life.
This print is on a page directly from a vintage dictionary, which makes it fantastically original and playful.
This piece has a rough, vintage feel. I love its classic and simple look.
Yet another version of the "Keep Calm" poster series, this one actually makes sense to me. When my husband has had a trying day, a quick surf session can change his outlook on life.
My husband is always checking out the tide times because he knows how it will affect the surf that day. The etching of the tide in the sand reminds me that the waves and the tide are intricately connected, even visually.Next: 20 Spectacular Beach Houses