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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-02-09 10:06 am   Permalink

I like to watch Shark Tank. When your art/product makes it to Wallmart you've really got it going. Congratulations. This is so much fun to watch you work and move out from the island to the mainstream. Very cool. Wendy

PS that photo rocks
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Posted: 2015-02-09 5:28 pm   Permalink

Thanks Wendy!
It's all still very new and …ah…strange. Ya never know how things will work out till the stores RE-order. That's always important, as long as things sell, and they want more. But,
that's a year away or so, till we see all that paper work and like that, so we shall see. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for this season, and hope things go well, and maybe I can make a couple of bucks. Anyways…….

Aloha Tiki Tribe!!

The Beach Towels and stuff helps pay the rent while I work on REAL Tiki-Art for my next art show at La Luz... in 2016.
Here's how that is coming along…

"A Black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers" - acrylic on canvas - I'm working the shading on the Rock structure that the Menehunes no doubt for the Night Marchers, and trying to get a nice shading effect.

I'd like to also get a "Lava Rock" texture going…so lots more work to do.


More Laters!
ALOHA!

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Posted: 2015-02-14 11:07 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Working on my newest...
"A BLACK CAT CROSSES THE PATH OF THE NIGHT MARCHERS"
Boy that's a heck of a long title, I know. There a big 'ol story behind it. let me give you the shortest version I can: a friends told me her house sits on a "path" of the night Marchers "ancient Hawaiian Ghosts that march across the islands - dangerous if you get caught up in their march, kind of like the wild hunt in England and Ireland."
We talk-story at her house, long after dinner, telling "chicken skin stories ( or ghost stories) a major past time here in Hawaii.
I went home and had a dream about Night-Marchers, and woke up wondering what would happen if a Black Cat crossed their path?
I knew I had to make a painting out of it, so I drew several sketches. Then started a canvas.

Right now I'm deciding on sources of light. 1 - the sunset. 2 - the lava tube which must be below the stone structure the very M.C. Escher "endless path-way" is on.

Right now I'm really getting into the texture of the rocks, maybe make some more "lava-rock" like, maybe have some with prehistoric glyphs itched into them.
Right now it's enough work to make them look like rocks, with a light source coming from one direction.
Since the sunset is red, and the lava is also warm those lights are "WARM" light, making all the shadow "COOL" in color/tone.
If the light source had been a Moon, that would make a "cool" light and I'd make the shadows "Warm" - always the light and the shadows are the opposite of each other.
I learned all that from Saint Tim Hildebrandt and his wonderful book on painting.

~more laters!



 
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Posted: 2015-02-21 3:15 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Hope you all had a great HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!


That was from my evening walk last night…

in da' studio:
Black Cat and the Night Marchers STILL being worked out.
I know , rocks rocks and rocks! My agent is dumb founded as to how long I am working on getting the rocks just right. But, I say, everything has to be perfect, or it won't …"work". I know, it's hard to explain. I seem to paint by my gut feelings.

Here's a closer look, I'm getting happy with it.

The glow-from-below will highlight a night marcher figure.
Here's a sketch for that one…

and a closer look

each Night marcher seems to be evolving on it's own swell.

This is gonna take a while to finish.
So, I don't burn pout, or go off on a wrong direction, I'm starting a few other pieces,.
A Commission.
My most popular piece seems to be Tiki Cat. so I finally am doing a mate piece "Tiki Dog"
here's a sketch:

This is a real dog, his name is "Kahu"… I had a dog like this when I was a kid. I think she was my first "love".
so this should be a great painting to work on. for many reasons, now to see if I can make it as iconic and as
perfect as "Tiki CAT"!

Also...
Working on a few new studies for some other new paintings.
Patrons got so excited about Tiki -Dog, but were unhappy there was going to be only one original , so I thought about this...
This is "TIKI PUPPY" or "TIKI-PUP"
pencil study #1


that's all for now…laters!!!



 
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Posted: 2015-02-22 12:38 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki tribe!
Working on the night marchers…this is gonna be a LOT of work to get right.

Sketch…

sketch…

first laying down of acrylic on da' endless stairs… I see all the things that need adjusting and fixing…like..EVERYTHING right now! sheesh!
Think I will HAVE TO jump around on a few paintings to make sure I don't get too stuck in this monster too deep to see what I'm doing and just waste time & spin my wheels.
This will be a 6 month project EASY with other paintings like "Tiki Dog" being done at the same time.
That should keep me from being over come by the dark magic's o' da' Night Marchers - and get them down on canvas with all the feeling and respect they require…


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Posted: 2015-03-01 2:16 pm   Permalink

Seeing how you do it is really impressive. I watch your posts on fb and sometimes forget to check here. Tiki Central is so much better with all the posts connected. This is the strangest creation ever and I mean that in a good way. Wendy
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Posted: 2015-03-02 8:38 pm   Permalink

Seeing how well you're progressing thru this piece is quite impressive,old chum!
All of the technical,lighting,and textural challenges are gonna seem daunting,
but your brains and skills and heart will jump hurdles over them all...
and when it's finished,you'll have all those skills stored in the ol noggin!
No wonder you had to sidetrack into pups for a few!
And mahalo for sharing your sketches
Always a treat to peek into the processes of fellow art brothers!
Such excellence here!
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Posted: 2015-03-06 4:46 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Thanks Kenny! Yeah, this is a really cool painting, and it's gonna take a really cool amount of time and effort to get just-right!
I still feel great about it, but I had been distracted putting together this big "Book signing event" and "Free Concert" here on Kona!
This painting was a vision that came to me in a dream… recently a giant stone tiki head whispered another great idea to me….

"THE MYSTERY OF THE GIANT WHISPERING STONE TIKI HEAD!"


Yeah, thats me and Teen Musician Sensation Aidan James climbing over the breakfast buffet at Don the Beachcombers in Kailua-Kona to hear it's whispering secrets!

The TIKI said work with mystery author S.P. Grogan and make a Tiki-Noir adventure novel with lots of your art in it… limited edition Hard cover.

Then, when the book comes out, invite the whole island, (and just about everyone else) to come to Kona for a big Book signing event!

Then, hire that 13 year old ukulele player and singer you met at the Small Business Expo in Washington DC last year….

Have the bar make a special drink" "The Atomic Zombie"!
and sell bunches of Tiki Swag at the resort and at the Kona Oceanfront Art Gallery!

That, of course, leads to getting in the News paper (because this is an island in the middle of no-where , and nothing ever happens here…)

IT actually made the Front page! ...of the ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT section!
Yipee ! Tiki is front page news!
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-features/teen-sensation-aidan-james-makes-kona-debut-book-signing

Lots of fun this week end!
Then…back to making da' tiki art next week!


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Posted: 2015-03-06 5:12 pm   Permalink

I don't think anyone has more fun than you! Keep on creating. Wendy

 
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Posted: 2015-03-09 01:11 am   Permalink

http://damontucker.com/2015/03/08/atomic-dreams-at-the-red-tiki-lounge/

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Posted: 2015-03-10 04:44 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
It's TIKI-TUESDAY!
That being That - here's a tantalizing look at some Low-Brow Tiki-Art:

a color study of "Scardy Cat" from my mystic Tiki painting # 67:

"Scardy Cat Meets the Ghost of Exotica".

Have a good one!

ALOHA!

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Posted: 2015-03-14 3:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Whew!
That was a LOT of freakin' work! I may be getting too old for this stuff! Oh well, it was fun! And …I just had a really cool dream about a new Tiki Painting! (maybe the tiki gods were pleased and sent me a reward?!)
…anyways I made the local news again! Check it out.
http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2015/03/12/video-atomic-dreams-at-the-red-tiki-lounge-book-signing/

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Posted: 2015-03-18 1:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Well, I think I have some what recovered from the "big event"….
time to get back to work. See if I remember how to paint Tiki Art.
Finishing up my "Warm up" piece…..

"The single image is best offered in isolation in all it's glory or stupidity."
~ Andy Warhol


I'm not a huge Warhol fan, but I was listening to an audio book about "Art" and this quote seemed funny while I was painting the cartoon cat.

I had a few really nifty Dreams that had tiki painting ideas in them, I sketched one out quickly last night. I show you something when It actually looks like something… and the other one Is complex and I had to did some research on Hawaiian mythology and the Dragons or Mo'o that were crawling all over the islands in ancient days it seems. They are a puzzle because Hawaii has no native lizard. The ever present gecko is a tag a long from the East no doubt, and so must have the myths of shape shifting women changing into powerful black scaled gleaming giant lizards. Of course, the Hawaiian also called any "super large" sea creature or monster a Mo'o as well. Like Giant Sharks or HumungousTurtles.

Anyways more on that as I sketch it up…

LATERS!


 
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Posted: 2015-03-18 7:16 pm   Permalink

Looking good Brad!
Glad you're really taking your time and giving this piece the time and thought and care it deserves!
and i see you have even brought a Stone head to life
a Tropical oracle of Delphi!
Great quote by Warhol
and happy to see the progress you've been making....
One NEVER forgets to paint
they forget to SEE...

There MAY have been some Dinosaurs (Mo'o) still inhabiting the island
like mokele Mbembe in the Congo
the Bunyip in Australia
the Ropen in papua new Guinea
i could go on and on...
It was fairly recently that they began to call DRAGONS
by the new monicker DINOSAURS,
Very excited to see what your brain comes up with....

Anyways,as per our Mutual inspiration pact
i am including some links to a full spectrum of "Dragon" documentaries and lectures
Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4FOsxvCOc4&list=PLXwHgjVohS3hiODedA2TQut5Jf0LmaKcx&index=1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSxq9qnFau0&list=PLXwHgjVohS3hiODedA2TQut5Jf0LmaKcx&index=24
i remember you telling me about that "thing the size of a VW bus that flew over your head years ago...Could it be a Ropen or the Thunderbird? (we had those and the Piasa bird in the Midwest)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5taXixkpGE&list=PLXwHgjVohS3hiODedA2TQut5Jf0LmaKcx&index=37
Here's one with a more Bible based speaker
but they are Spot on with the Dinosaur info!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE8xg64ijHY&list=PLXwHgjVohS3hiODedA2TQut5Jf0LmaKcx&index=45
and here is some compelling evidence that calls into question the actual age of Dinosaur's upon the earth.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9VbDFCndMI&index=52&list=PLXwHgjVohS3hiODedA2TQut5Jf0LmaKcx
and let's not forget the ICA stones of Peru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FMIn9FY16w
and the Acambaro figurines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSBAeAyo_T4
LOTS of depictions of man interacting with what appears to be Dinosaurs
with details upon the sculptures of their anatomy
and appearance not discovered until recently!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSBAeAyo_T4

I've been collecting folders of info off of Youtube
different disciplines/areas of study
i watch /listen whilst painting
(as you do with your audio books online! LOVECRAFT!)
speaking of.... Here's the Screwtape Letters read by john Cleese
GREAT and FUNNY commentary on how silly we humans are!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBxpcGfznos&list=PLA8BAC9375345E6C7

Sending you a Big hug,brother!



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Posted: 2015-03-20 5:05 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Working up a few ideas - now that the huge event is past I can focus on the 2016 Tiki-Art show at La Luz.

First a few special small commissions like this hand tinted Wood cut - one of the very last ones.

Here's a sketch of a "Tiki-Dog" painting.

…And there was this other idea. A famous Hawaiian Dragon from Mythology who can shape shift into a woman, and who was a renown surfer.. named "Kihawahine" meets a demi-god Shark-Man, also from Hawaiian mythology, named "Nawnaue".
But... this is really complex idea. Basically I don't know if I'm good enough of an artist to pull it off as I "Saw" it in my head. So, I may have to redraw it several times, to get it to a low-brow place where I could tackle it. But it's a great image, came in a sort of dream I was having, and I really want to get in down on canvas some how. Have it in my 2012 show - so I can make it as good as it can possibly be.
Well… we shall see how it works out.
There are a few other ideas still in the wings waiting to get to the drawing table and then the canvas - boy gonna' be a lot of work making this show happen!
Anyways working on several things at once so I don't run into any brick walls and get stuck on just one again. Advice from LLT - ya' know.

More laters!


 
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