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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-05-13 1:04 pm   Permalink


Still painting… but I don't want the tiki to stand out more than the dog's face…hmmm… have to darken him now.

There now his lei is looking a bit better… but the tiki is too bright.
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RVICTOR
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Posted: 2015-05-13 4:41 pm   Permalink

Brad - Thanks for the comment. God speed in your recovery with surgery. Tiki Dog is looking great. Love the tiki and lei around his neck.

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tigertail777
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Posted: 2015-05-17 10:05 am   Permalink

Hope the back is getting better Brad, and very sorry to hear about your friend. Tiki dog is looking good.

 
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Posted: 2015-06-04 03:19 am   Permalink

Thanks VIC and Tiger ~ Big Mahalo.

so I am finally back after yet another crazy adventure on the mainland! Sheesh… I'd tell you but I'm not sure you'd think I wasn't fibbing!

so N da' ART Studio…

This is from "A Black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers"


A long title …


This idea for a Night Marchers painting came to me in a dream - so I figure It has extra "mojo" on it. Could be really good… (?)


A friend told me the Hawaiian people feel very sternly about the Night Marchers and I should be careful,


Well, I alway try to approach my Tiki Art with as much respect as I can. I usually only stay in the modern pop-surreal low-brow world. Before the dream, I was at a friend's house. She was tellin' Ghost stories about the Night Marchers. ( ...or Chicken Skin as they say on da' islands)

I'm just focusing on painting the NMs as good as I saw them in my dream…that's gonna' be hard enough with out thinking what people will think about it. Usually the minute I start thinking about what people will think of my art, or even buy it, that's when I stop making art and start painting doo-doo.

So, I'm plunging ahead, listening to my Low-Brow-Art Muse.


 
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Posted: 2015-06-05 11:57 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!

An early drawing of the painting in progress...
Working on my NIGHT MARCHERS painting again.

Here's an early sketch on the NM I'm working on right now.

I've been having some trouble making him look how I wanted him to, so re-sketched him facing the way I needed him to.
Changed the feet, and am now really working out the lighting on this figure. Complex! First he's in front of a bright light source - a sunset, and closer a pit with what could be LAVA lighting it from below. so he is back lite.

But I need to see him so I have a light coming from above and to the left (this seems to be classic "Low-Brow" lighting, like you see used ion Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, and Ryden paintings.

Current challenges is working after lower back surgery. So Working while in pain is …uh…interesting.
I also am using a new ART TOOL!
OH BOY!
Just to show how I really am still learning this "painting-thang"…

The very nice folks at the one (1 ) Art supply store here in Kona helped me out the other day:
I told them I was having trouble painting, and had a big art show coming up and could they help out with any hints.

I needed something to help me not smear wet paintings while I worked on them. - this thing I've seen Todd Schorr using while he paints. A stick that you rest your hand on while you paint, so you don't smear the wet part. Which up till now I've always done! Imagine having to repaint the thing you're painting cause you keep rubbing it with your hand, but that's the only what I knew how to paint, I had to rest my hand on the paper , canvas or what ever I was drawing or painting on. this thing, keeps your hand off the surface. But it takes a little getting used to. Was VERY weird at first, but now, I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Here it is. A stick with a soft end to rest on the canvas.
More laters!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-07 1:31 pm   Permalink

Glad you are back, its been a long time. NIGHT MARCHERS reminds me of the "White Walkers".





 
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Posted: 2015-06-07 2:26 pm   Permalink

hiltiki - White Walkers? From Game of Thrones? I really dig that show mostly cause of the Dinklage - I'm a huge fan of Tyrion Lanniste. But I have not watched past the first season yet - I wait till I can buy the whole thing on DVD and view with out breaks.

Hmmm. ... White Walkers?! Cool. Looks like a Windigo? Well, my Tiki Triber, the "Night Marchers" are sort of the Hawaiian version of the "Wild Hunt" in Ireland and Europe. They are a procession of spirits and super natural beings that travel certain "Path Ways" at night around the islands. They might be ancestors or other things, super natural beings called "kupua". Tales tell the only way to survive coming into contact with the Night Marchers and surviving is to strip off all your clothes, prostate yourself face down in the mud, and recite your ancestry back 20 generations... or something like dat.

However, no one has ever survived an encounter with the Night Marchers, at least as far as my friends here in Hawaii have told me.

Anyways, here's some more work on my "A Black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers" painting:

Here's the whole thing. Yep lots to do still.

A closer look a the NM in he front - he is not holding a torch, but a "torch flower". Why? Dunno, dream logic. The NM's held glowing - flaming with ghostly flame "Torch Flowers".


Here's another design - this is for the NM going up the next flight of M.C. Escher-ish Steps.
Note the shark mouth tattoo on his back - this is also from a dream . This relates to the famous "Shark Man of Ewa" : a kupua that could shape shift from a shark, to a man, to a rat, to a bunch of bananas! In his human form he had a Shark Mouth on his back and would eat swimmers…I saw this as a tattoo (in the dream).


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TheBigT
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Posted: 2015-06-08 12:07 pm   Permalink

Very cool sketch. That's one scary looking dude.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-06-08 10:29 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Well, the Night Marchers are one of the more "scary" chicken Skin tales in Hawaii, so I figured I'd get creative. In my dream they were more like skeletons with tiki heads, but I thought I'd add something else to them. Make each one unique.


learning to use the Mahl Stick.

Working out the lighting. sunset. Lava pit. Flaming torch Flowers. Hmmmm….

Here's the first NM so far…

Tonight's sunset… wow!



 
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Posted: 2015-06-09 11:40 am   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Well,
one really good use for Tiki Central. You post your work, and the next day see all the terrible mistakes you have made. ! Something was wrong with the tree and I went into photoshop to work out the lines of flow for the tree growing through the Night Marcher's MC Escher Stair case.

Here's a PS fix I'll use to correct the canvas.


 
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Posted: 2015-06-09 8:19 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,

Here's the fix I did on the Tree - gave it a bit more curve.

Roughed in the next Night Marcher - I have a better sense of the light sources now.

A closer look.

This painting was originally titled "A Black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers". Fellow Low-brow Hawaii based artist Dennis Mathewson and I were talking, he said to be careful with Hawaiian Legends, as the local folks don't take to people taking their heritage as a joke. I said I had yet to find any local real "Hawaiian" person tell me anything negative about my art. They all seem quite pleased with it. Plus, I always run my ideas past my Hawaiian Artist friend "Sam" before I paint just in case.

However, the longer I am here the more I am being influenced by the local history and legends. It's one of the reasons I moved here - I felt there was something here that I needed to paint about. That's sort of what artist do, right? Absorb everything around them in and filter it through their own "artistic vision" and, I hope, create something new. I always try to approach my subject matter with a strong accent to only paint about modern pop culture, not historical Hawaiian Culture. This image came to me after Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend's house and a long talk afterwards about the Night Marchers - I then went home and had a night mare about them: so it was in fact a new, (modern) personal experience. Dennis suggested taking the words "Night Marchers" out of the title. Since it's already an extremely long title, I thought shortening the title to "Nightmare #1" might make it a lot easier on the gallery staff, my printer, art patrons, and everyone else. Then I could use the long title as a sub-title. Any thoughts?


 
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Posted: 2015-06-12 9:37 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's how's tonight's sunset started…

Just a shout out to the Tiki Tribe about my favorite Pod Cast to listen to while I'm makin' da' Tiki Art: "Star Ship sofa" !! AND - episode 390 has a discussion about H.P. Lovecraft (my favorite Writer) and focuses on his story "The Shunned House"! ( Oh boy!) One of my VERY favorite Lovecraft Stories of all time! Awesome!
Give this episode a listen (or at least the first part of it) - you'll feel chilled, thrilled, and even smarter after all the historical info is dug up about this magnificent tale - which I always held as one of the most creative Haunted-House/Werewolf/Vampire stories of all time. The smart and charming Amy H. Sturgis talks about this story being actually a early Sci-Fi-vampire tale, and perhaps based on some actual events that happened in early days of New England.
It's all creepy good fun! All soooooo good!
More laters!
Here's the link to this episode:
http://www.starshipsofa.com
And, here's how tonight's sunset ended up…

Very moody while listening to a talk about my favorite HPL tale!
Hmmmm… Must be time to slap plastic colored goo with a brush onto on my painting about the Hawaiian Ghost legend "The Night Marchers" some more!

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Posted: 2015-06-13 2:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Well, I stayed up and worked out the final look of just where the light is gonna be coming from in this painting, with help from the pod cast about H.P. Lovecraft's tale "The shunned House". I got so interested, I went thought my audio books and put on "The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, volume 4 (unabridged)" which as a really awesome reading of that chicken-skin story "The Shunned House" as the second chapter in it. ...OH Yeah, it's just as awesomely great as I remember! Even betta'! Plus, the narrator "Wayne June", wow… his deep growl baritone voice is a special-effect all by itself! The perfect voice to read such a dark and chilling adventure tale!

Story telling - it is so important to human culture. I was thinking, Ancient Hawaiian Culture is said to have been primitive mainly because it had no written language. But, they had no need for written language. I think they had the highest form of communication already. Story Telling! Nothing can replace a good story teller, in person, face to face telling his "tribe" a story. Sure you got yer newspaper, tele-phone, internet, e-mail, tweets, and like that, but, that's only quantity over quality. Face to face story telling, where you can watch how your audience is "getting it" or not… nothing can ever replace that. It's gotta be the highest form of human communication, still to this day.
But I digress….

Tiki-Tribe, If you dig HPL, and are looking for a good audio book of his work, this is one I highly recommend!
You can find that audio-book here:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/The-Dark-Worlds-of-HP-Lovecraft-Volume-3-Audiobook/B002V1A0HY

ANYways...


Here's the painting, it's overly long title "A black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers" now shortened to "Nightmare Number one" or it might be "Moe 'ion" ( the Hawaiian word for Night Mare).


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Posted: 2015-06-13 10:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe,
Tonight Sunset was nice…take a look-see!

Okay…

first it started like this…

Nice.

Then went to this…

Wow, I thought.

Then the whole sea and sky went orange-pink!

Then it just burned heaven and earth, daring me to paint something as spectacular.
Wow! So when people ask me why I paint such bring orange pink suns sets - THIS is why!


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Posted: 2015-06-13 10:44 pm   Permalink

Beautiful

 
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