Aug. 15 2012 02:23 PM

Artist paints first and outlines later

“Herbert’s Brother” by Brandon Lomax

Looking at Brandon Lomax's paintings, it appears as though he's disregarded the lines in a coloring book. But for him, painting with watered-down acrylics is purely spontaneous and has nothing to do with staying in the lines; those, he paints or draws on the pieces after the colors have taken shape.

Aside from his mother, who's also an artist, Lomax says his inspiration is the effect that spilled coffee has on a piece of paper. That's hard to imagine, because his works are acid-trip colorful, achieved by dousing paper or wood with washes that he's mixed the same way he does his paints, but with more water.

There's a strikingly Southern California look to the avid surfer's work; besides fine art and murals, Lomax is a  commercial artist who's decorated many a surf board for friends and clients, like Quicksilver and Roxy—one of the most recognizable beach-lifestyle companies. The boards have appeared in magazine advertisements, and designs by Lomax have graced T-shirts in Roxy's  clothing lines.

Though Lomax recently moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, he says he considers himself a part-time San Diegan because of all the commercial work he does here. He's still showing his artwork locally, too, the next event happening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at A Ship in the Woods, a stunning mid-century home in Del Mar that holds public events.

The event is mainly a concert, with Le Blorr (for whom Lomax recently did album art), Kith & Kell and DJ Cut Snake performing, but local artists Colin Whitbread, Dave Persue and El Gran Tocayo will also be featured. Proceeds from the $12 suggested donation will benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation and Non Toxic Revolution.

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