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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
jpmartdog
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Posted: 2007-07-30 7:37 pm   Permalink

I knew this painting was gonna be good....., but now i'd say..........

It's amazing!


 
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Posted: 2007-07-31 10:55 am   Permalink

Hey Ho and aloha!
Tonicacat~Thanks! Yeah, the color is helping it. And, it is hard work, sometimes, it's like digging a ditch! and other times it just flows, it's effortless and it feels like I'm just watching. Weird!
Jpmartdog~Hey HEY, I enjoy having folks here watch me work. It's a one big fun artist's (and art enthusiasts) collective. But, I dunno if I can take the Miami CSI scrutiny!

Here we see the 5 hours o' paint slapping that happened yesterday. (boy am I slow!) I worked on the lobster-thing, and got the shells going.

Big Aloha!
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Posted: 2007-07-31 11:26 am   Permalink

I'm not sure what it is either, but I bet if you dropped it in a pot of boiling water and served it with some drawn butter it would be delicious. BTW, Aren't the Maybe-Lobster's supposed to have black lifeless eyes?
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Posted: 2007-07-31 9:38 pm   Permalink

Frostiki~ Your are so right buddy, the eyes! Big and black. Like a puppy.

Would you boil this cute little guy in water?

You can see some work on the shells. I took the bumps off the one at the bottom. Just wasn't looking right, so I went for strips. Caught some nice late afternoon sun light to get a good shot. A bit warmer than it should be, but close.

Aloha!
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Posted: 2007-08-01 12:41 pm   Permalink

Eyes like a Puppy is right, and Yes I would boil that cute little guy if I had some butter, I might even grill him. Now I want some seafood. I may have to try and convince the wife to go out to dinner tonight. That shouldn't be too hard.

Oh yeah, much better witht he black lifeless eys, and the shell that you took the bumps offf of looks better too. Not that it looked bad the othere way. It just ads a little more variety into the imagery.
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Posted: 2007-08-01 9:18 pm   Permalink

Aloha TC!
Frostiki~Yeah, I kinda thought it was funny to give the lobster, relatively, big wet eyes. And I thought I might once again freak out those here who were freaked out over the wet eyed puppy in the last painting! Hey, glad you like the stripes on the shell, I think thye came out okay, and it helps make the Magic (and bumpy) shell all that more unique, and .. I guess, magical looking.

Here's what it's looking like now. I got most of the cave walls now 99% done. (I think).

Here's a closer look a the "lava rock" sorta texture I was going for. I think I may go in again and hit a few small areas with hotter high lights.

Mahalo for watching the paint dry!

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frostiki
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Posted: 2007-08-02 06:41 am   Permalink

Brad, I'm sending you my therapy bill. Because of your painting I am now obsessing on how you get so much detail in there. It has led to my inability to perform even the most basic functions. My thereapist says I have issues with artistic inadequacy. THanks a lot
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Posted: 2007-08-02 09:01 am   Permalink

Home stretch Brad!
I love those plumerias poked into the cave wall! the fact they they will never turn brown and will always remain fresh lends to the mysterious otherworldly feel of this piece! The lava walls are splendiferous! Living on the islands,you've seemed to have assimilated all that visual information in your demented genius cranium! Stunning man!



bet you already got the next one painted in your head!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-08-03 10:55 am   Permalink

Hey TC, and HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!
Frostiki~Now, now, don't go blaming me for you're "inability to preform". Mrs. Frostiki will kill me! Heck, don't they have pills for that now anyways? Artagra?
LLT~Home stretch... soo close, but soo far! I have decided that flowers are the work of the devil. I've never painted flowers before. and what a nightmare! They are all curves bending away at different angles! Sheesh! Can anything be more complicated to render? Well, except a human figure.... and... ohmigosh... I gotta render one of those too! ARGH!
Oh well, nobody said art was easy.

So the flowers are a tad too intensely red, so I gotta drop a wash on em to tone em down. Just a tad.

The deal is to have the red flowers balance out the red lobster-thing.

Have a great day sliding through work with out really doing any real work in the great tradition of ALOHA FRIDAY.
I'm going to the beach!

Aloha!
Tiki Shark~
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Posted: 2007-08-03 12:56 pm   Permalink

Very well balanced. Truly awesome!


Mahalo



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teaKEY
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Posted: 2007-08-03 1:33 pm   Permalink

All that work on the background which we all have been watching , what is it months now?, and now the foreground takes the cake. How cool is that though.

Think of it this way, every minute that you spend on these paintings will be divided by all the prints that you can run off multiplying this painting to further greatness.
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Posted: 2007-08-04 11:54 am   Permalink

Aloha TC!
Mctiki~Mahalo right back at ya! Yeah the colors are bringing a whole nother level, that will, (fingers crossed) balance it all out. Warm areas separating from the cool areas. Red balancing reds... and such.
tesKEY~Yeah, Months! Sheesh! I'm really gonna try and be more disciplined and crank the art out a tad faster. LLT and I are on such opposite sides of the spectrum of 'art speed' now! I'm gonna speed up a bit so he doesn't look like such a blur!!
Prints. Yes, prints. I think I will do something special with this one. I'm talking to Honu editions about it.

The work yesterday was laying ion some color washes over those pesky cave flowers. Bringing up some oranges and toning down some of the reds. So that was watery dabs of orange and Brown. Flowers are so complex, now I understand how people can paint nothing but flowers.
On the mysterious Wahine, I started layering in light tones to smooth out her skin. I think getting a smooth "inner glow" sort of look, is just about putting on many thin watery layers of wash. Slowly smoothing out the tones one to the other. I'm really influenced by the work of Lori Earley on this sea nymph. Just when I think I got her pretty smoothed out, I take a look at one of the women in Lori's work, and I have to layer on a few more smooth transitions!

So here's where it is so far. Getting close!
What's left? The Wahine, her hair (E-gads! I got no idea how to paint that yet!) and her flowery lei (Yikes more flowers!) and, of course the MUG!

Have a great weekend! Didn't actually make it to the beach yesterday, so we are thinking of going this morning. If we do I'll get a pic for ya.

Mahalo for watching!
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Posted: 2007-08-04 6:31 pm   Permalink

ALOOOOOHA!
Okay, back from da beach.

Work work work! Hey, when you design beach towels for a living, this is called a "research and development meeting!"

Yeah, we went to my favorite beach. Bit a rough drive down an unpaved road a mile or so across a lava field. But wow, is it worth it when u get there! The beach is so pretty you feel like you walked into a Calendar. You know those calendars you buy in the ABC stores in Waikiki, showing the beautiful places in Hawaii. This must be August. Me and my buddy were watching the sea turtles in the waves, and talking about how it's the perfect beach. Unspoiled nature. It's great. But, you know what would be even greater? A tiki bar within a short walking distance, playing exotica music, and a server that could bring us some Tropical drinks!!! (I know, I know, what a 'tiki-tribe' thing to think!)

So, now that I'm good and sunburned, I'm gonna get a few brush strokes in on the painting....

Mahalo for watching!
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Posted: 2007-08-04 7:12 pm   Permalink

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Tiki Shark Art wrote:
I'm really gonna try and be more disciplined and crank the art out a tad faster.



The he posts this:
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On 2007-08-04 18:31, Tiki Shark Art wrote:
Okay, back from da beach




Yep, your new work ethic is really shining through mate
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Posted: 2007-08-04 10:21 pm   Permalink

Hewey~"Yep, your new work ethic is really shining through mate."
Yeah! Ha! Totally! But, now that I think about it... That does bring up a good question. If you wanted a tiki artist to be more productive, could the worst thing you could do is put him in easy reach of tropical drinks and Hawaiian beaches? Maybe I should be locked in a featureless cellar somewhere in Omaha. ( I say that, cause that's where I was born. Er... not a featureless cellar, but in Omaha.) Hmmm... You know, since Chongolio moved to Hawaii he hasn't posted a new coconut wired podcast. Hmmm... So, like, how does Gecko get anything done? And, hey, how does Thor get any art work done?!
Hmm...
Wow, these are all really good and interesting questions.
I think I better take a moment and work this all out.

Work, work work...

Aloha from the Big Island!
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