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page 222! Art of Tiki exhibition Paintings and 8 new ones for a HAWAII ADVENTURE!
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-03-03 05:33 am   Permalink

Damn Ken you're workin' those frames HARD!

The Hunter works bootifully with that insane frame and the Tummy Ache made me laugh (thanks for that). I like The Hunter's low-chroma color scheme.

I think you outta do a Tiki on masonite, cut it out, and put it on a burlapish panel background in one of these frames - I think that'd have a real synergy with your incredible work. Have you done that before?

I hope you had luck with finding a printer that would work with you the way you need them to.
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Posted: 2009-03-03 10:56 am   Permalink

Hey Kinny! LOVE the new pieces! Your endless inventiveness is inspirational!

And it's not selling out until you have your own line of Underoos! Ruzic underwear that's fun to wear!

Thank you again for your Dream of the Swordfish that graced (and is still gracing, until the 28th of March!) the Kona art show!
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Posted: 2009-03-03 1:07 pm   Permalink

Mick Jones on "selling out"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMD7uQRAyPY
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Posted: 2009-03-03 3:45 pm   Permalink

TIKI JAMMIES!!! I want 2 pair please.

 
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Hula Lula
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Posted: 2009-03-03 5:31 pm   Permalink

Hi LLT!
Just wanted to say how much I LOVE your work!
You are so prolific and all of it is amazing.
I really enjoyed looking through your box of drawings
at Kona and am soooooo happy to have an original Ruzic
Can't wait to see your next creations!

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Posted: 2009-03-04 01:10 am   Permalink

This is probably the coolest intro from an artist on TC.
Best to ya llt.

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On 2006-06-15 00:21, little lost tiki wrote:
Hi folks!
I'm kinda new to this so please bear with me.I just joined yesterday,properly introduced myself in General Tiki and now would like to share some paintings with you.I'm working on pieces for an upcoming show and will post paintings,drawings,and watercolors if the response is favorable.I'd really like to meet some of you artists and art lovers in this tropical genre and would really like some input.The regular arts community is kinda schizophrenic but there must be something about a tropical breeze and a mai tai that really grounds you tiki fellars!It's 12:11 and I just got done on a painting jag but really wanted to post some work. I'll check back here every day or two and write anyone back and hopefully make some new friends! Mahalo! Ken

This one is called "Arrival of the Pineapple King" It's 6x4 foot-very fun!
The story behind it is the long-awaited return of the Pineapple King to his loyal subjects.Pretty basic.I wanted the characters to be the story in this one,Sort of like when you're at a family bbq and ,after rehashing the day in your mind,it wasn't the bbq,it was the people you encountered and joked and laughed with,Sorta that kinda vibe.....I finally got this one to post! Oh happy Day! Thanks to all of you for all your help!Hope to see y'all at some of the upcoming events or maybe on some deserted isle!





 
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ravenne
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Posted: 2009-03-04 11:38 am   Permalink

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On 2009-03-03 10:56, tobunga wrote:
Hey Kinny! LOVE the new pieces! Your endless inventiveness is inspirational!

And it's not selling out until you have your own line of Underoos! Ruzic underwear that's fun to wear!

Thank you again for your Dream of the Swordfish that graced (and is still gracing, until the 28th of March!) the Kona art show!




YAAAY! I'm glad the Kona show is running until....mah birfday teehee!

kinny, you must've sold a lot cuz by the time I swung by later that night everything was practically gone, aside from the box of goodies and a few things here and there. Those new pieces though are very cute! I love the tummy ache and the hunter's face - and the 2 travelers one is so cool and that bamboo frame is epic! I wish I'd seen that in person!


I have pics from that night, but I am gonna upload them later tonight - especially the cute group photo of all the artists!


and Eric, didja say underoos?





Somehow I would imagine they be like that, but instead covered with crazy ruzic designs!
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Posted: 2009-03-04 6:11 pm   Permalink

all looking tight. LOVE the 2 travelers. need to work out a trade if that hasnt already sold.

BigToe approves!


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Posted: 2009-03-07 12:32 pm   Permalink

Haleoow!
(say it aloud for maximum effect)
Sorry for neglecting the thread
i need to Hollah back!
but i got's real bizzy on some graphic stuff
that you MAY see in the future
an' finally got to do some "ME" stuff
and satisfy the craving...
2 in the works
i got pics of one of em

But first...
Thanks everybody for livening up the discussion
and seeing how other people view the artist
not only thru their work/but the behind-the-scenes stuff
stuff that most people don't realize...
That's why so many of you artists and carvers deserve so much respect
because you live it/think it constantly/searching/discovering
planning/plotting/strategizing/writing notes on a calendar
reading contracts/doing behind-the-scenes background checks on galleries
and ....how do you explain that to the regular joe?
well i hope this thread gives folks a bit of eye candy
and a glimpse behind the curtain...

4WD Tiki-thanks Bill!long time no see! we'll have to change that!
"the Hunter" and "the Drummer" were swept up at the Kona
show...
Despite the different stylistic approaches on each
they just fit...probably because of the frames and palettes
and simplicity and boldness of theme and figures...
Glad went to a good home!

Polynesiac-:)
Mahalo for the slap-on-the-back!
Hard work is one thing all us art-brothers are not afraid of
except GROG!
and it's nice to hear from Ohana that the flame flares bright
and inspiration is afoot!

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You consistently produce amazing work and if people finally start to take notice and your art begins to percolate into the very fabric of society then that is because it is good art not because you "sold out". I think it would be great to see your art all over the place!!!!!


i like the analogy of the art percolating into the fabric of society
i think placement sometime is more important than the work-well, it's kinda both...i guess if it's good,then people notice and trickles out like that...i still like "percolating" more...cause i'm a KWAWFEE-MAN!
as for seeing the work everywhere and all over the place...
working in the tee industry ,you see your work all over the place and on the oddest people....some way cool-just working the shirt
and others....you just wanna tear it off of them and hand em a $20 bill!

Those last four must give due respect to BooBen
for his generosity and enthusiasm and sheer talented instinct!
without those frames-the mood may have diminished!
See you tonight at la Luz,Jim!

Kiki!-silly! That was pretty fun on Saturday at Kona! Glad you got to take a gander at that sea Monster one again! that Moai overboard is pure comic tragedy!See you at LaLuz too,weirdo!

leleliz sez
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The Hunter and The Drummer look like those frames were created with them in mind.
Love the way you blend your work with Ben's frames--its a perfect combo!


Thanks! whenever i get a batch of frames,they sit in a row in the studio
and wait patiently...
Then....
either out of nowhere
or after some studies
or reading
they cry out "It is Time,kenneth! transform me!"
i would love to do a whole show collaborating with Ben
and creating awesome sheeeeit!
But now that he's Mr. Popular
he hasn't had time fir that kind of play!
Quit giving him so much business!
Give the man a rest!

Iokona Ki'i-Nice meeting you and Claudette!
Loving that oil crayon piece on black you did recently!

Hope i can remember your names at la Luz tonight!
Thanks so much for adopting the 3 shields!
Glad the 3 shields makes you happy
cause he's happy chilling in your hut next to Hula Lula on the wall!
Killer dragon you just sculpted! such personality in your work!

Robb! Master of hibiscus /Velvet/and pastels!
great talkin to you yesterday! Play is the way!
Never did the masonite/mount on burlap before
but i have mounted drawings to a papyrus backing in shadow boxes
and it looked nice!
Glad the Tummy Ache made you LAFF!

tobunga! Thanks to YOU and Manuel for your friendship and inspiration and contributions to the scene! The KONA show turned out to be a smash and we owe it all to your rallying and planning!
i would produce underoos,if only to see all my tiki artist friends wearing them!

Kiki-:lol:

Bowana-true dat,my friend! Mick knows the deal!

Sai-BABA-man! once a thread goes astray,i can always count on you to keep us on task!

Unga!-Thanks man!
Humble Beginnings!
I didn't know what to expect,but Holden encouraged me to post and share some of the work and here i is now!
reading that intro again...
Hilarious!
what a naive clown!
How embarrassing!
mahalo for the love,man!

ravers!-man! did you get there late! thanks for taking all those pictures of everything AND KEEPING THEM TOUR YOURSELF!
post em already! Underoos! Underoos!
why can't you all grow up!?!?!


Sorry toe! 2 travellers is spoken for!
in fact, the irony of it is...
you're gonna be driving me to the gallery where the buyer will be!
At least you can visit with it on the way!
i think it's real sad how you put your arms under your tee shirt
and play guitar with your feet for change...
i suggest you quit that gig and start painting more!
Sheesh!


alright, here's a new one i started
(also started a trumpeter ku-but fergot to shoot pix of that)
It's working title is "the land beneath the ocean"
but i'm not sure if i want it to be below the ocean...
i mean..
is a forest under the sea
more odd
than a floating boat
and fishies floating by
on the surface?
i would choose the latter
so the title may change...
here's a shot of it
after the initial black lines are set down
but before the shading is completed


and here's anudder...


here it is all blended up-a good 6 hours!

Continuing after their ordeal with the waterfall
the expedition continues....the king suddenly realizes
that the boat is no longer gliding thru the water
but floating above the carpet of forest vegetation!
His face beams with delight at the fish
all brightly decorated
slowly floating by...
what a fantastic land!


here's some close-ups to give you a sense of story...


the one rower is a bit awed and concerned...


and rower number two is freakin a bit...


and check out the Moai king's snazzy topKnot!


the oar glides thru the forest air
swaying the vegetation below..


here's a big fish!


Buncha Fish and flowers and ferns


after all that was done, i started putting Apple green for the initial ground and background vegetation


then i added a lime green for the leaves and an olive next to the ground Apple green-o give it a half lush,but also random areas where the dirt pops thru
or is more prominent
then i added the brown to the olive
for the trunks
doing light washes to suggest the bark


then the brick red-mixed with a bit of the brown
so it wasnt too intense
for the cape/lips and later-the topknots!


this is my favorite part of the piece
the joy on his face
and the wonder
are a reflection of the joy of creating
and submersing yourself fully into a world
and being able to transfer that onto paper
to share = the best! happy! yay!


and not wanting to disappoint our more juvenile audience...
FULL FRONTAL NUDITY!


shades of the emperor's new clothes!

That's it for today!
more later!

Bye Now!


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-03-07 2:04 pm   Permalink

"I wanna be,
Unda da sea,
inna octo-Ruzic garden,
...inna boat!"

Beeeeeeautiful idea, and execution so far...
Love the step by step, and color choice explanations.
Lookin forward to seeing this in person latter in the month!

B~
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ravenne
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Posted: 2009-03-07 3:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-03-07 12:32, little lost tiki wrote:
ravers!-man! did you get there late! thanks for taking all those pictures of everything AND KEEPING THEM TOUR YOURSELF!
post em already! Underoos! Underoos!
why can't you all grow up!?!?!




whoops! Yer right!

I should totally upload those pics!!! Camera is in the car ready for tonight's event, and the battery is chargin!
depending how tonight goes (if I don't party too hard with the WeeG at the ghastly show) then I'll have them late tonight and if not, definitely tomorrow! promise!

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here it is all blended up-a good 6 hours!




Y'know lookin' at this with no color other than the outline and blue ya gave it...it looks awesome like this!

So I can only imagine how mind-blowing it'll look like once you completely finish!


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after all that was done, i started putting Apple green for the initial ground and background vegetation




Especially this~ maaan I can't wait till ya add more colors!


This whole piece makes me smile, because of each lil moai guy's reaction! Especially the nekkid king! He's so carefree and loving every minute of this wild lil discovery and journey they are going through. He doesn't even care if they are swimmin' with the fishies! Unlike that poor middle moai - so spooked!


and that one in the middle:
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He's so priceless!



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On 2009-03-07 12:32, little lost tiki wrote:

FULL FRONTAL NUDITY!







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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-03-09 08:38 am   Permalink

TikiShark!
you're always welcome at the octo-Ruzic garden!
been wanting to take this theme/style and expound on it
gather enough scenarios for a calender or prints
or that kid's book...
Chagall says the main ingredient of painting is love
more than anything else....
Love of beauty/nature/adventure...
I see that in your work,Brad
especially the newer Tiki Kitty piece!
Can't wait to hit that Todd Schorr show
with you month's end!
long Drives and Art talk...

Ravers-still waiting to see those KONA pics....
i was thinking the same thing aout the tonal blue phase of the new piece
but white scares me
so i have to cover it up!:lol:
it's nice that it gives a sense of what it's to become
just enough to keep the piece going
to keep interest
and to develop the narrative..
added more colors on Saturday before the big Mugbook show
but haven't worked on it since!
Might shoot down and grab another progress pic tonight
when i grab my library books to return!
Glad you like the nervous middlemoai!
Always helps a story when you have one frantic passenger!
Fun seeing you on Saturday!

not Fun that Weeg bailed on you

and made Tom and i drive you home!

Bad Weeg!
didn't get home til 4:30!
Toe prolly didn't make it til 5-ish!
Thank him for gettin us in the doghouse!




also... last day of my weekly eBay auction...
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31503&forum=12&2
go cheggitoWt!
thankies!

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-03-11 6:38 pm   Permalink

well-Drive by progress shots!

started this one a while ago
but never shot it...or finished it yet!
"the horn blower"


detail


also, here's the latest piece...


details...


here are the moais after some gray washes of ink..


pretty topknot on da king!












i likes fishies!






HAAAAAAAAAAAALP!


to be continued....Later kiddies!

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Posted: 2009-03-11 6:49 pm   Permalink

Fan-tiki-tastic! Seems like the colors are brighter than your usual? Maybe it's more reds and purples in with the blues and green?
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