CP Coastal just wrapped up a fun design project for a new client based on the East Coast. Several of my designs will be coming out on a line of their apparel and giftware.
Until now, I've never posted pictures of where the creativity happens - it actually happens everywhere, but mostly the mechanics of the work happens in my studio in Ventura, CA. Here is a sneak peek at where all the fun happens!
I've intentionally surrounded myself with some inspirational and meaningful things. On the walls you'll see an underwater photo I snapped of my husband, Brian, snorkeling on our honeymoon on St. Lucia, and a print of this cute little dog painting by uber designer and HGTV personality, David Bromstad. He even signed it for me. I met David in Los Angeles a few years back when this picture was taken. He's just as engaging and fun in person as he is on TV.
I picked up the three carved wooden fish in Barbados. The big wooden candle sticks next to the fish were carved by my amazing Uncle Bob, who is always a hoot to be around. I painted them teal blue and added damask designs. And of course, the thing I love to see when I sit down to get those creative juices flowing are my screen savers. They make me want to dive right into that mesmerizing, blue Caribbean water.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
SURF Expo is this week in Orlando! CPCoastal will be attending for the first time. We're looking forward to building new relationships in the industry and checking out all the incredible beach/resort lifestyle and board sports products and brands.
See what's happening here - SURF Expo January 2019
If you would like to make an appointment with CPCoastal at the show, send us a note through our CONTACT page.
We are very excited to announce the Holiday 2019 art collection has been released. It's available to manufacturers and retailers for licensing or purchase.
This beautiful collection features four designs including - a quiet pier lit up with Christmas lights, a majestic palm tree wrapped in lights with coconut ornaments, a cheerful starfish wreath, and a traditional Christmas tree set in coastal blue colors.
“Celebrating the holidays in a beach side town or on an island is incredibly peaceful. It allows us to slow down, breathe, heal if we need to, and to reflect and be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. Christmas isn’t just for snowy places; its everywhere your heart and soul are.” - Chris Barker
Send us a note from our CONTACT page if interested.
Living in Southern California is pretty incredible most of the time, but it also has its harrowing moments. Next to the ever present threat of earthquakes, is the more frequent threat which is wild fires; like this week's devastating wild fire that burned through one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the US, Malibu. Our hearts go out to all the people affected by the fires. Sadly, many have lost everything. People are still in shock trying to absorb what has happened and figure out what to do next. Communities are coming together though to help friends and neighbors heal and rebuild. As in the aftermath of hurricanes over the past couple of years, we see the good in humanity rise from the disaster. Mother nature at her worst, human nature at its best.
Here is a link to the Red Cross for ways to help.
CP Coastal, the coastal lifestyle brand, presents its Tropical Rain art collection. This collection was inspired by lush rain forests like the one we recently visited on the island of Grenada. There is truly something sexy about the rain. - Chris
CP Coastal is proud to support ocean clean up efforts through #ProjectReconnect funding Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation .
Pictured is Michael Gervias (of Compete to Create and the Finding Mastery Podcast) and this is his project.
Project Reconnect is designed to reconnect to the primal, tribal, purpose-driven and nature-connected life that many of our ancestors exceptionally lived.
Most of us have a thirst to live a life of purpose and meaning, and to understand what we are capable of. There’s only one way to honestly explore potential; To run to the edges of one’s capacities; to explore.
Paddling from Catalina Island to Redondo Beach, is my attempt to reconnect.
For 30 years, I’ve had a front-seat view of Catalina Island (about 25-30 miles off the California Coast), and often thought about the Native Americans who crossed that stretch of the Pacific Ocean. They did so without any modern technology, to gather survival based resources to bring back to their family members on the island.
Their vehicle, hand-made canoes. And in the most beautifully primal and ancient way, relied on nothing more than their head, feet and hands to navigate the multi-hour channel crossing.
Quite literally, a personal sacrifice, to do something for the greater good of others.
During that time, the ocean was in harmony with humans – and humans in harmony with the ocean. Fast forward hundreds of years, and our ocean is in peril.
Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean.
I am incredibly passionate about helping The Ocean Cleanup tackle this problem. From now until the end of 2018, I'll be raising money for The Ocean Cleanup.
If you'd like more information, visit The Ocean Cleanup's website: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/
I’ll be partaking in the paddle on Thursday, September 27 but this is just the beginning of raising awareness for an amazing cause and I would really appreciate your support!
For every dollar raised Compete to Create will match the donation up to $25,000.
In August we visited the incredibly beautiful island of Grenada in the Southern Caribbean. First of all, the locals are super smart, caring, and funny. And they all seem to have the gift of dance. They lay claim to a fast techno-style music called Soca (Grenada Soca to be exact). I don't think you could stop them from dancing if you tried. And there is no point in trying because they make everyone around them want to sing and dance too.
Prior to this trip, I committed myself to learning how to scuba dive by getting certified at the resort. Mind you, I'm somewhat claustrophobic, however I love to snorkel and can swim fairly well, so I figured scuba is the next step. Looking at all the bright colored fish and thousands of creatures beneath the surface is thrilling. Strapping on a tank, gear, and regulator, then dropping down 50 feet into the depths, adds its own 'color' shall we say.
My scuba guide, Curtis, had the patience of a saint and if he was any more relaxed he would have been asleep. But I guess that's one of the benefits of living in the Caribbean (nobody is in a hurry). I got through the pool training (it was only 4 feet of water, but who's keeping tack). The beach dive on the second day I must say went well (after wigging out and crying after the first day's beach dive because I felt like a failure letting fear get in the way - aborting the dive early). I regrouped after realizing I had stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something completely different (not only emotionally and mentally, but physically as well) even if it didn't end the way I'd hoped.
On the second day I actually got down to 30 feet for 30 minutes, with Curtis' kind support (aka holding my hand the whole time). I received accolades from my husband after we broke surface congratulating me on the milestone. I was feeling pretty good about myself thinking "I got this!", until the next day.
The third day was the official boat dive day where we would go a ways off shore and dive down 50 feet for about 30 minutes. Whoa! There were a lot of people on the boat so I had to keep my overwhelming fear to myself while at the same time keeping a smile on my poker face. They were all avid divers with a passion for the deep, who dive pretty often, and made out like its no big deal. I didn't want to look like a sissy.
After some last minute anxious words of panic came spewing out of my mouth just before we submerged (I later apologized to Curtis profusely for my unbridled emotions), Curtis once again held my hand and we descended slowly to 50 feet. I doubt he gets paid enough to endure a tourist's emotional breakdowns and pulling them through to the other side. While down there we checked out a sunken boat that was now a beautiful coral garden bustling with its own eco system of incredibly colored fish and other sea life. Even though I was basked in this beauty, I kept looking at my tank's air gage and thinking about resurfacing to breath 'real air' and feel a breeze on my face.
To wrap up this little tale, I can say I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. There will always be fear and doubt that wants to hold me back from lots of things. I stepped out anyway, and even though I haven't yet become scuba certified, I'm proud of the underwater 'ground I've covered' and blessed by the people I met along the way. I learned that stepping out of the comfort zone isn't just about the end goal, its can be about the journey along the way.
We live in Ventura, a laid back and a bit hippyish beach side town located in Southern California. And if you know anything about California these days its that the weather is pretty darn dry and hot. Drought seems to always be knocking at the door. Perhaps that's why I think about rain a lot. I'm also beside myself with excitement about our upcoming trip to Grenada; a beautiful tropical island located in the Caribbean. I know what you're thinking, "Are you crazy it's hurricane season?" Yes, I am crazy for the Caribbean and all of its colorful glory. I'm willing to bet we'll see some rain there for sure, along with breathtaking views of the beaches wrapped in every shade of blue and teal water you can imagine.
These thoughts have inspired my new art collection called Tropical Rain. Here is a sneak peek at one of the designs. The designs will look great as wall art (in beach side resorts and restaurants, and in any home). The art in this collection will look amazing on many other products as well. Just imagine and let your beach state of mind float up. - Chris Barker
As I continue to build my body of work in coastal and surf art, I love learning about amazing people who followed their hearts and passions to make a career out of anything that has to do with coastal or island living. That could include boating, artists who focus their music around the beach or islands, and surfing.
This week I was thinking about surfing. Surfing is a bit of a mystery to me. The skill and guts it takes for someone to get up on a little board and face the giant ocean head on is crazy but awesome at the same time. I'm blessed to live in Ventura, CA where I'm around these people. All aspects of the industry are interesting - be it the incredible talent of the athletes, all of the precision gear, or the cool surfware (which expands way beyond people who actually surf).
I was drawn to surfing this week especially because of a podcast interview (Finding Mastery) with Hurley International founder Bob Hurley. His story is very inspiring and his passion for the sport and industry just pours out of him. Here it is; I hope you enjoy it. Finding Mastery - Interview with Bob Hurley
-Chris Barker, CP Coastal
We have very exciting news! A new art collection has just been released. If you need coastal art for your products we're here to help. Anything that has a coastal look makes the world a more joyful and happy place. Contact us today for ways to make your products look more beautiful.
We're here simply because people love the beach.