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Keeping velvet tiki art alive...? TWO PIECES ARE WRAPPED! YEAH!
Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-06 04:30 am   Permalink

I misunderstood an email by Digitiki and spend half a day laying in the wrong image. This is the one he chose, but wants straighted vertically:



Luckily, this image will look much more dynamic than the one I thought he chose.


 
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tikiracer
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Joined: Sep 09, 2005
Posts: 462
From: UK
Posted: 2008-05-06 06:18 am   Permalink

Really looking forward to seeing this one worked up.

Thanks for sharing your sketches and work in progress stuff. Love dreamy feel all your works creates. Keeping detail and that soft velvet textures must be tough.

What sizing do you work to?
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-06 4:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tikiracer, I'm glad you've noticed the dreamy mood feeling I go for, that's the funnest part of doing these.

I usually paint 16"x20"s, and 2'x3', but have done one 3'x4'... that was a lot of velvet to fill up!


 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-07 06:00 am   Permalink

In the shameless self-promotion department, Lee Scott (tiki lee's) is going to have three copies of my painting "Sleeping Sentinel" at Caliente this weekend.

I wish I could go to these things, I'd like to meet you guys.




 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 332
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-05-07 10:55 am   Permalink

My favorite paintings have almost always been ones that I'd like to walk into and look around. Maybe that is related to the fondness for matte paintings we were talking about. Every one of your paintings is like that to me. Like a window to a cool place.

[ This Message was edited by: Mr. Pupu Pants 2008-05-07 10:56 ]


 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6862
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-05-07 11:06 am   Permalink

Where are you located?

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-07 2:39 pm   Permalink

Grog, sadly I'm stuck in Ohio. Eech.

Mr. Pupu, I feel a connection, 'cause I've always liked to mentally "walk into" a painting and have always tried to paint for people who are like that.

I've been too busy to post my work on Digitiki's Pele painting, but here's some pics. I'm keeping them far back because I don't want to show too much right now.





I've been painting in my living room because it has a 9'x9' window for more light. I went out and took photos of rocks for reference, my wife posed for Pele photos, and an image from a volcano video, and taped them next to the velvet.



Our 6' Tiki named Shuggie observes.




 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-05-07 3:19 pm   Permalink

To me, the scary thing about velvet is that you can't paint over a mistake

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-07 5:53 pm   Permalink

Velvet is scary in general.

 
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Sam Gambino
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Joined: Dec 02, 2003
Posts: 2199
From: www.samgambino.com
Posted: 2008-05-07 10:20 pm   Permalink

Love the velvet work, Robb!

 
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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
Posts: 1530
From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2008-05-09 01:45 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-04-29 06:04, Robb Hamel wrote:
Thanks everybody. I'm always impressed with how supportive Tiki Central fans are. I try to check out everybody else's work, but time limits that.




Hey tell us about it - sorry I took so long to find you.

Your velvet work is amazing Robb. I remember 'kitch' NZ/Maori velvet paintings from the late 60's early 70's but they were fairly nasty mass-produced tourist market stuff. A bit like those 'large/sad-eyed kid' illustrations (French?) of the same era, only characterised Maori warriors/dancers and the like - nothing like the true artworks that you have shown. Incidentally though, even they have become quite sought after collectables nowdays.

Love the wooden figure in 'Yuat Falls' and everything about 'The Forgotten One'. You achieve an incredible spacial quality to your land/sky-scapes that cant just be attributed to the richness of oil paint on black velvet - You've got magic happening!

Thanks for sharing.

Tama


 
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Moai_Mama
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Joined: Dec 22, 2007
Posts: 47
From: Florida
Posted: 2008-05-09 04:38 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-04 10:53, Robb Hamel wrote:
The always super-fast replying Digitiki chose this one.

Tomorrow, I begin.



I'm glad he chose this one because in the first sketch Pele was showing a little too much wookie.




LMAO @ "wookie"!!!
What stunning & beautiful Art you are creating, Robb~ you are very talented!


 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-09 05:55 am   Permalink

Thank you very much Sam, Tam, and Moai Mama.

Thanks for laughing at the "Wookie" comment, I didn't think anyone would notice!

This is from yesterday:



The next pics will really be an improvement over what I've shown so far.


 
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Digitiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 754
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2008-05-09 4:41 pm   Permalink

Whoa! Its hard for me to post anything becuase I'm speachless--its beautiful.

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-09 5:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks Mark! This is working out exceptionally well because it's not crammed with stuff. I'm a very serious Modernist, which means I'm a minimalist, and this painting is right up my alley.

Here's a newer pic with the part of the lava tube that leads to the outside world nearly done. Pele now has a place to go.

This pic should show how dirty the velvet gets while I'm painting... by the end, the painting is repulsive. When It's dry and I clean it off, it's like seeing it for the first time.




 
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