Sights & Sounds Converge on the Beach

Another work from my “Rock Art” series is a triptych entitled “Psychedelic Beach” that visually brings to life three emblematic, feel-good rock songs from 1966: The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” In this trio of illustrations, I wanted to continue my exploration of merging three individual songs into one scene, as I did a few years ago in a triptych depicting a nightclub scene.

Psychedelic Beach Triptych

The visual treatment for this triptych was inspired by 1960s pop culture, beach party movies and poster art from the San Francisco Bay Area. I also drew inspiration from social trends emerging at the time, including the second wave of the feminist movement, peace activism, the concept of the Age of Aquarius, and hippie and psychedelic culture.

Psychedelic Beach Triptych I'm A Believer

I’m a Believer

Psychedelic Beach Triptych Tomorrow Never Knows

Tomorrow Never Knows

Psychedelic Beach Triptych Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party one of our favorite campy summer movies. We love it for the music, art direction, and modern social themes — Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Beach Blanket Bingo! Psycho Beach Party is the film version of the off-Broadway play, which we still have yet to see on stage but it’s on our list. Set in Malibu in 1962, the movie is a fun parody of both mid-century beach movies and 1980s teen horror flicks with more visual appeal than either genre typically offered. Surf’s up!