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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-08-16 08:29 am   Permalink

I agree with hewey about the, "behind the scenes" aspect - more like, "inside the mind of an artist" since you are open about your thoughts.
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2009-08-16 12:00 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-08-16 08:29, Robb Hamel wrote:
"inside the mind of an artist"



Is that what that smell was??


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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Posted: 2009-08-16 4:46 pm   Permalink

Hewey~ Thanks, I appreciate the good mojo. Keeps me going. And I really like watching other artist's work out their creative process, and that's why I lay mine out here too - mistakes and all. And, SHEESH, I just realized there's a huge mistake in this current painting.

I started painting in the sea cliffs, and decided that I toatally need to rethink the stone head. Here's a photo shopped rearrangement. I may paint it out completely now...
Speaking of DVDs - Elvis Presley in "Clam Bake" is on TCM today. That Tiki beach party scene is a HOOT!
Robb Hamel~ Like I say I dig seeing other artist's process, and a lot of the times I get really good feed back from TC. There are some very talented people here. Often I get PM's when I might be hitting a wall. GROG has art directed me from afar a few times with great results. He's a highly talented professional, ya' know - no matter what everyone sez.
Alohastation~ Ha! Thanks. I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to... but it made me chuckle when I read it. Being inside the mind of ANY artist (especially me) could very well be a messy (and odor-ific) event! Fo' Shure!

Well, today is Aug 16th. On this day in 1956 Bela Lugosi passed away, at age 73. I'm a big fan of Bela, so today I guess I'll throw on some dvd's - like "Dracula", "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein", and "Phantom Creeps". "White Zombie" is, I think, Bela's best work, and it's in his make up from "White Zombie" that I painted Bela in this painting:

"Bela Lugosi Has a Zombie"
This was my favorite painting I did so far. I sold this painting to a collector -strange, I thought this was such a obscure cross reference of "old horror movies" and "Modern Tiki culture" that no one would get it, but me. I'd have it forever. However, it sold, and it won entry into next year's "Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" book, and a "fine-art" gallery on Maui was interested in it. So, what I thought was deep sub culture and extreme "Low Brow" art was one of my best received pieces. Not sure what all that means, but that I should just paint what's in my heart... not worry about how it's received. (But, ya gotta' pay da' rent, so you worry.)
And speaking of not being able to pay my rent, I think I'm going to give away some art -free! Free! FREE! On the next Koop Kooper interview on Cocktail nation (so it'll be out next Saturday Aug 22nd) I'll give away a swanky giclee of "Bela Lugosi Has a Zombie".

Here's to you Mr. Lugosi!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-17 11:08 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Here's the re-working of the stone head. Looking less like a basset hound and litlle more more Rapa Nui now (whew!)
Plus, I'm roughing in the witch's hut. Hmmm... might need to be nudged over to the right and away from
that far left edge.
Mahalo!
More to come!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-18 12:22 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Worked on the Mountains of Madness last night. Roughing in more on da' rapa nui head.
More to come...
Mahalo~


 
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Meheadhunter
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Wichita KS,
Posted: 2009-08-18 12:41 pm   Permalink

Brad...I've been away form my computer for a week now and its great see the progress that has been made on this painting....
Absolutely Fantastic


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-19 1:23 pm   Permalink

meheadhunter ~ Big Mahalo. It changed a bunch.

Got some sea roughed in, and a little start on the witch's hut

more coming...

Aloha!


 
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-08-19 7:52 pm   Permalink

That fine detail is taking shape, Brad. I always love the way you compose these pieces and the detail you give them seems to be infinite until you finish them. Excellent work as always!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-20 12:03 pm   Permalink

Sam - u know what they say? "The Devil's in the details." I often have to pull back from some close up rendering to discover I've gotta paint it out and adjust a larger piece. Like that hut I've started in on twice now.

Here's last night's brushings... some color adjusting. Took out all the Green. Maybe SHAG can make orange and green work, but I can't! So it's blues reds and purples to go with the orange sunset for now. Started on the water a little...
More to come!

ALOHA!
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Meheadhunter
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Posted: 2009-08-20 8:29 pm   Permalink

I totally feel sorry for the little guy that has to keep tearin' down and rebuilding that witch hut!!!
She should have hired an architect...
Lookin good!!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-21 12:05 pm   Permalink

Big Aloha Tiki Tribe,
Meheadhunter~Heheh, I guess dat would be me! And it's not done yet....!

and "Happy Statehood Day"! 50 years!

Did everyone get to see the "50 Years of Statehood Commemorative Quarter embedded" tiki mug I designed for Tiki Farm?
I don't know if they are on the market yet, but if not, will be very soon.

Here's the paint splattering I did on the sea mostly last night. Seeking to get it looking calm and tranquil (no classic-wave this time).

More to come...

Big Mahalo!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-22 12:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~

I worked out a color sketch. I figured I needed a map of
where I was going on this painting, as I felt like I was getting more lost
than usual.

Then, started back in on the sea.
Mahalo!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-23 2:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha~

Lights r on in da hut again (!)
Mahalo!
B~
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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
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From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2009-08-23 9:21 pm   Permalink

BRAD!
First- i gotta say how much i like how those beaut colors smoooth together like that~
And second, the change from the lake to the shore colors, as it is there, just looks psychedelic.
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Swamp Fire
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Posted: 2009-08-24 10:30 am   Permalink

Great mug Brad, congrats.

Love the mountains in the distance with the waterfall. Great choice on the calm waters. I think it will contrast well with all of the action in the foreground with the squid girl.
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