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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-04-08 10:41 am   Permalink

STUNNING!
She's coming along perfectly,Brad!
Can't wait to see the dead bird...
Hope you put it in the freezer for when you're ready!
great print on Senor Don GAto,by the way!


 
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teaKEY
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From: The thumb !
Posted: 2009-04-08 4:49 pm   Permalink

Put me down for an early print of this one. My favorite of all your recent work. And the first thing I check out on TC each time. If you made a nice big shirt put me down for that too. Aloha Bye

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-04-09 12:42 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Little Lost Tiki~ Big Mahalo! That's nice to hear from an artistic master like you. I think my close study of all your color schemes is slowly paying off and I'm "getting it", a little more. Art by Osmosis!
Dead Bird is in a baggy in a drawer in my studio... Guess I should put it in the fridge next to that baggy of that other stuff I have in there. (wink wink)
teaKEY ~ OKAY! "Tiki Cat" will be a limited edition art print, like "Diga Diga Doo". Officially you have first dibbs on #1 of 113. Hows that?
Dunno about tee shirt yet, but could be.

I worked out more of how to paint fur so that it looks like fur. This is an on going lesson. Last night I added in other colors to the grey of his fur. Cool tones to the shadows and warm tones to the highlights. No whiskers yet... I'm Just about to tackle the mug for real.
Still wondering exactly what the paint the ground like. I've gone out and looked a the beach, and the ground near the beach. I don't know if I want to spend all the time it would take to render a million little pebbles. My goal is this painting should be done before months end.
The eyes are starting to get the weird cat/alien glow I'm seeking. It's going to be all about the reflective highlights I think.

Anyways, laters !
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-04-10 10:39 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe from the rainy volcanic Big Island!
!
Like I said, it's raining. So, I can't take the painting out and get a nice bright shot in the early morning sunlight as it reflects off the condo - as a normally do. This one was taken in the studio, and the colors are all off a little. Tomorrow it'll be sunny I'm sure, ( I hope) and than I'll get a more "color-correct" shot.

Hypnotic Product.

I also discovered that those double seal lock baggies don't quite preserve or keep in the "freshness" smell of a dead bird as well as I think the T V commercials would have you believe.

Big Mahalo ... from the wet soggy volcano~
B!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-04-11 1:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

Mahalo!

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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-04-11 10:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha back at ya, Brad! That painting's beautiful!

 
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TiKiMaN77
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Joined: Nov 30, 2004
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From: Downey, CA
Posted: 2009-04-11 11:05 pm   Permalink



Hey Brad, is that a skull...or even a face reflecting in the cats eyes in that last pic??? Impressive as always.


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-04-12 09:50 am   Permalink

Hypnotic!
the "eyes" have it!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-04-12 1:00 pm   Permalink

HOPPY Aloha Sunday Tiki Tribe!
Sam Gambino - Thanks so much. I'm still working out the balance of color schemes. I'm glad you think it's looking good. I was a bit worried about the orange / purple / blue, but it's kinda pulling together.
little lost tiki - Mahalo, it's a treat (and a challenge) to paint the eyes in. Sort of brings the character in the painting to life.
TiKiMaN77 - Well, you are a careful observer, aren't you?! You know I've heard it estimated that cats are less domesticated than dogs. By about 5,000 years. So, that means there's more "wild animal" still left in cats than in dogs.

Therefore, no matter how cute a cat is...

...deep in it's feline mind...

... you could still be lunch.

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-04-12 3:29 pm   Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAA!
you're freaking us all out!

Mom!


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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2009-04-13 06:46 am   Permalink

Amazing...simply amazing. Brad, your attention to detail is just way, way over the top. I really appreciate all of the progress shots you post; its fun to watch how you build these paintings up. I can't wait to see what comes from that wonderful imagination of yours next.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-04-13 07:13 am   Permalink

A stunner! So the bird is mush now? Will you be able to "resurrect" it in your painting? With that kind of fur detail, you are getting (forgive the comparison to another artist) into Ryden-esque micro brush territory! Aren't you worried that you'll fall in love with this piece too much too let it go?

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-04-13 1:06 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
little lost tiki - Ha, you are da' best! Didn't mean to scare anyone! Just to inform the public about the deadly house cat menace among us.
Babalu ~ Thank you! This one has been a lesson for me all about how to make fur look like fur. I think I did okay for a first try. Perhaps it could be a little more "fluffy" looking. I still have to paint in the whiskers and like dat. So, we'll see how he comes out in the next few days.
bigbrotiki ~ I just had a chat with someone about the dead bird. Paint it in or leave it out? If I put it in, the painting becomes a sudo-eco statement about evasive species in the Hawaiian Islands and the depletion of the native bird population, or even an urge to make sure your cat is spade or neutered to help with the feral cat problem on the islands.
If I leave the dead bird out, The painting becomes a little more accessible to the common viewer, and hopefully then, an image that would sell more prints. You see, I was having this talk with my mom, and my print sales go to help her financially. So, for mom's sake instead of the native Hawaiian bird's plight, the dead bird will not be painted in, but will perhaps be addressed in a future painting - after my mom's retirement is more secure.
Her argument was something like "Do you see Thor painting dead birds? No, you don't. Why? Cause who'd buy a painting of a dead bird?" (Mom is a total hoot!)
And... Thank you, I am deeply honored to have you compare me to one of my all time low-brow art heroes Mark Ryden. Wow, that really made my day! Jeeze I can feel my head swelling! These last two paintings sure have been influenced alot by Ryden's work. The specific staging, the dramatic lighting. Of course, I also consider them heavily influenced by the Aurora monster models I built as a kid. Each one is a specific character on a "stand" (or setting), with hopefully a classic and implied legendary tale behind them.

Yes, I do fall in love with each painting I do. But, I LOVE it when my paintings sell! There's nothing better! First off, theres the nifty money part. Then, I get to know that the painting is out in the world in a place (I hope) where people can sip tropical drinks and gawk at them. That fact is one of the best things about creating low-brow art! That it goes somewhere cool, like a basement tiki bar, a swanky pad, a hipster abode, and gets seen by members of the "Tiki Tribe"!

And, before too much time goes by, I'm working on a new one that I'm totally in love with - so that helps any potential feelings of loss.

And, I got a really great printer. His reproductions are so spot on, I can retain the image. It's not exactly the same as the original, but it's close.


Here's some late night "Easter" work on the Lime.

Big Aloha from the Big Island!
B~

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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-04-13 2:13 pm   Permalink

Hi Brad- I love the detail and those skulls in the eyes... I think I've seen those skulls in the eyes of a neighborhood cat around here! I love the detail and colors!
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suburbanpagan
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From: southern cal
Posted: 2009-04-13 5:50 pm   Permalink

wow Brad.......it looks so fantastic..I love the fractal quality of your work...the details in the details.....as usual, most excellent!
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