Florida’s recent bout of red tide has been devastating to our beautiful Gulf, our sea life, and our coastal businesses. The whole situation has really affected me, but I finally decided to do something about it. I created two designs that remind me of the things we love about our Gulf Coast, like turtles, dolphins, manatees, game fish, and more. I’m hoping to sell a bunch of ’em, and I’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to Captains for Clean Water. Doing something really helps with frustration, so here’s something YOU can do: BUY A COOL SHIRT! Trust me, it helps.
It’s always great when I have a chance to work on a painting for a friend who has a special connection to something. In this case, it was my friend who had an epic day of Tarpon fishing (and I just happened to be fishing with him that day). He got a great shot of the leaping fish on his GoPro, and asked me to re-create it so he could look at it any time he wanted to in his living room.
Using a unique size/shape canvas, it was especially fun to work on it. When this beauty was finished, my wife and I sat back and tried to come up with a title. We had a long list, but kept coming back to “Payoff” — we decided that, after all the hard work, dedication, hope, financial investment and time spent, it seemed only fitting that this painting be given that title. I almost hated to deliver it to my friend because I was enjoying it so much in my studio! But he was pretty darn happy when he saw it, and that’s just great.
Prints will be available soon!
I’m pleased to have been selected by Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) as their Featured Artist at the October 15 event in Peace River. I’ll be there signing limited edition lithographs and auctioning off a customized canvas print of my popular “Round ‘Em Up” gal. CCA does great things in our community, and I’m proud to be affiliated with them. Please check out their website for more information.
It’s the dog days of summer, so I thought it would be fun to offer a special that saves you some cold hard cash! It might also be a good time to stock up on holiday gifts for those fish-lovers in your house.
Simply make your selection on the website, then enter the word Fish at the checkout page (you’ll see Coupon Code in the lower left of your screen) and the discount will be applied.
Happy shopping, and if you have questions, just give me a call at the studio (941-786-5866).
More press about yours truly! Check out Sand Dollar Magazine‘s fun article titled “Brendan Coudal – An Artist’s Journey” when you get a chance (starting on Page 9). Hard copies can be found at businesses throughout southwest Florida, so maybe you’ll find one of those, too.
Nice article on yours truly in the July 8 issue of the Observer. Check out Brendan Coudal Paints Florida’s Nostalgic Paradise. Enjoy 🙂
For the last few weeks I’ve had some great Tarpon experiences in southwest Florida! I haven’t yet caught “the big one” this season, but I know she’s out there, just waiting for me. . .
I’ve managed to get a few to the boat, jumped several, and got some great pics along the way — here’s just one. One of these will surely end up as a painting!
In 2004, I attended the International Game Fish Association‘s artist showcase in Dania Beach, FL. I don’t think they hold the event any longer, unfortunately, but it was a great opportunity to see some amazing marine-life artwork. I met some of today’s great marine-life artists including Guy Harvey, Don Ray and Carey Chen — very inspiring, to say the least.
Here’s a pic of me and Guy. Funny to think our paths will cross again on Friday, June 5 when we’re both in Boca Grande signing limited edition posters for two special events sponsored by the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. Guy will be signing his posters for the 2015 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, and I’ll be signing my 2015 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament posters. I can’t speak for his posters, but my “Bubbly Mermaid” made a big splash for the 25th anniversary of the Ladies Day event, so I’m looking forward to meeting more fans! Hope to see you there for this “historic” event!
Yesterday was one of those epic days in Florida during Tarpon season. I was fishing with my friend Shawn and we were surrounded by fish all morning. We used blue crabs and the fish gobbled them up (I like to call them “Tarpon candy”). This beauty gave us quite a show. I captured it using my iPhone, in slo-mo video — sorry for the vertical shot, but it couldn’t be helped. This is why I love Tarpon! Check out the GoPro pic below and see my Angry Tarpon video, too!
Rumor has it some guy caught a Tarpon near Sarasota last week. . .that’s a little early, but not out of the question, from my experience. Needless to say, I’m starting to get excited about Tarpon season! My wife always gets a little nervous when she hears a rumor like this, because it starts the ‘craziness,’ as she calls it, in our house WAY too soon. I just can’t wait to get out there and start looking for them ’cause they’re my favorite fish.
I love the painting I created last season titled “Bustin Loose” — it’s an image fishermen never tire of — a Tarpon busting above the surface. The original (amazingly) is available in my studio, so call me to talk about buying it! Wood signs and canvas prints are also available. Great gift ideas for upcoming Father’s Day, too!
With all this chilly weather we’re having in Florida, it’s good to stay close to shore and fish the Intracoastal. One of my favorite species to catch is a Redfish. You know you’ve got something special when you feel that first tug on your line, and seeing their beautiful copper and gold colors is a real treat. Today I’m highlighting one of my paintings called “Waiting on the Tide” — these hungry Redfish patiently hover over a grassy flat, waiting for a nice school of baitfish to meander by in the fresh, incoming tide.