The swirling lines and circular movement drew me in deeper to the blue sea. I was physically and emotionally drawn to the small piece of artwork that sat at the checkout counter of the Blend Café. I paid for a delectable looking almond croissant and coffee. Then I headed out for a stroll on the beach.
As the wind blew and the waves crashed I couldn’t stop thinking about the flowing blue lines in the seemly wood cut image. At that moment I knew I had to go back.
Yes, that little gem was still at the Blend Cafe, a small piece of artwork by surf artist Alex Krastev of Huntington Beach, California. After further exploration I noticed Alex’s artwork was dotted throughout the newly opened Paséa Hotel and Spa. The room keys were even designed by him. After a little research I discovered that Alex Krastev was indeed a surfer, as well as a senior graphic designer for Rip Curl. His focus is in mixed media, which is one of my favorite artist mediums. Alex Krastev’s artist expression extends across T-shirts, paintings, and even guitars. Alex’s energy and passion for surfing permeates his artwork and calls to its new owner just as the sea calls to those that surf the waves in Huntington Beach.
Huntington Beach, Surf City USA®, offers the best of Southern California's (SoCal) laid back surfing culture. It embodies one of the most authentic surf lifestyles and 10 miles of uninterrupted coastlines. The miles of expansive beach are both wide and deep. The temperatures are warm and mild throughout the year and did I say, sunny, who doesn't love the sun. This perfect climate is the ideal setting for any outdoor activity. Whether it is riding bikes from Pedego or strolling on the beach, exploring the local shops and restaurants in Pacific City, learning to catch a wave with surf lessons from Toes on the Nose or horse back riding at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center you'll work up an appetite so grab a bite at the legendary Sessions West Coast Deli or Sandy's Beach Grill offers beautiful views and a true SoCal dining experience. Kickback on the exclusive roof top deck with a cocktail at the Treehouse and finally curl up in the laid back luxury at the Paséa Resort and Spa.
Surfing is a way of life here in SoCal’s Surf City USA. As the waves roll, the words flow and the poetry of the moment expands an artist’s vision. The laid back quality of life brings out the artistry in all of us.
To learn more about Huntington Beach artist Alex Krastev visit his blog.
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