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Page 208! TWO BRAND NEW Paintings and mugs and bowls and stuff!
little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7590
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2014-02-20 10:22 pm   Permalink

Aloha All!

There is a lot to cover today,so
unfortunately
i will have to be brief in my replies this time
and just opt-out for a
Big Group Hug and hearty Mahalo
to MaukaHale,TikiAno,Hang10,Mikey!,HakaLuigi,the Professor
(in my best Felix the Cat voice)and TikiHula!
As well as all of you who come here to visit
Thank you
for all of your kind thoughts
and infectious enthusiasm...
It's really been a source of comfort
and motivation
as i wade thru molasses
as march 7th looms...

Speaking of...


Three Artists
12 Categories
36 Creations
March 7th.... Be there!
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=46892&forum=17&start=0&23

That's a link to the Event page where they have a bunch more fliers
and kind of witty smart-alecky comments from the peanut gallery
Funny...if you're in a pinch......

Alrightio! On to a project that gained momentum
then simmered in the pot
then was relocated
and now awaits the Summer/Fall
in a different location than originally intended

Such is the story of the wayward project....

Anyways... this was planned for the Tonga Hut in Palm Springs
on a wall
then it became on canvas or wood
then it was moved to the Grand Hut of the Queen
so she may enjoy it everyday...

So,as soon as the smoke clears and final details are agreed upon
(which is often a long process)
it will be painted and will hang majestically on the Queen's wall
a tribute to all of her wonderful imaginative accomplishments!

it all started with a story in an email that Sven sent
It's a wonderful clever tale
and the visual potential to create a masterwork
was contained in those lines...
Here's the story...


As i read it
it sunk in...
Sven had described
the Tonga Hut in NoHo
Her Bamboo Ben Treehouse village up in the Mountains
Mojave Oasis
Rock Hudson's Home that she transformed into a Tropical Paradise
and finally,the New Tonga Hut in Palm Springs...

Pretty Great Tale,albeit brief
Perfect,and Condensed

Needless to say
the ol' brain started bubbling
and here's what i began to do....

started working out the wall
which later evolved into a triptych
as you will see



then some boat studies
Like Sven,i just kind of mixed different aesthetics from different islands
hoping to somehow give it an all-encompassing Polynesian feel..



Each of the locations were inspired by Sven's words and Amy's locations
It was a real mind-bender to not do a literal interpretation of each place
but to grab attributes of each and translate that into little environs...
First is the Slowly Sinking island in the East
Not really too accurate a description of NoHo's Tonga Hut
but the story needed a motivation
It's more a quest of Expansion and Exploration
Finding an ADDITIONAL Oasis to compliment the other
to be a cousin...

Here are my sketchbook studies
and a tighter more stylized version
(i had to draw it out more "real" at first
before i could play with the space
arrange objects
and still have it follow the entire work's flow...


the roofs were based loosely on the booths
and I've included the Drooling bastard and even incorporated the 3 clamshell fountain waterfall
you can see some of the submerged huts on the right.....

Here is the more stylized version on watercolor paper
playing around with different elements
molding the landscape....


Next on the list...
BooBen's incredible Treehouse village!
Again...started in the sketchbook
creating a whimsical version
while still throwing in actual real life details here and there...


and here's the watercolor
i wanted to get a feel of that half covered forest lighting


Next up is Mojave Oasis!
a Favorite Refuge of Mine
that Amy is SO gracious to provide for us...
Another sketchbook exploration...

This one was fun and it was a joy to revisit Mojave in my mind
walking about the grounds...
i changed the trailers to huts and the TikiBird
into an actual carved Frigate Bird wooden flying Sculpture Thing,i guess....
Anyways, i wanted to keep the tale in a fantasy/tribal sense
no planes ,cars,radios
just what we can gather and master from the resources around us
Just like the Islanders!

Here's the watercolor
Playing around wit da grounds


did some more frigate bird studies
but will have to share them later
not really even worth the wait
but i will share them eventually,nonetheless

Next is Amy's Hut in palm Desert
Rock Hudson's old home
and she transformed it into Paradise!
i think I've been there 3 times
and always love to enjoy a mid-buzz catnap
in the raised huts she has in the corner area of the grounds!


Again... the Pirate ship is now Polynesian-ish
and my nappyhut is right next to the waterfall and enthralling Koi fish
and look! Is that a Barney West Tiki?


Here's the ink on watercolor paper
"furthering" of the subject...

a little more Desert
and i flipped the bar and back raised patio hut towards the viewer
welcoming them in....

The final destination
the Tonga Hut
was still being constructed
so i held off on translating that


Next!
the composition
fitting all of these lands in a way that
is not only flow-y and seamless to follow
but also helps to fill in the story
for the viewer
BUT also allows them to stop and visit each location
if that is their desire...

In other words
the Hard part..







Here it is together
with some color and shape and flow studies




Here's a blowup of those two blue squares..




Now to
as james brown would say
TIGHTEN UP!
HAH!




Warming up......






Didja notice i changed the TikiBird plane from a sculpture into
a momma bird ,attending her nest
while her mate
(the bird that leads the warrior to the spring)
flies in the sky towards her....

This composition has the New Tonga Hut in the middle..


All this black and white must be drivin ya NUTS!
Let's play with some colorways,shall we?






Second colorway
(each one i played with different ways to COLOR the piece
solid fills with highlighting
more rendered
and just so...





Third colorway



and then the piece needed to be a different size
so i began this


and stopped
to let Amy attend to all these projects she has under her care...
and for me to start the 12 gargantuan show pieces...

it's been a pleasure to be finally be able to share this process with you
(i finally got permission to post and share these! Aint you Lucky?)
these projects are always long
often arduous
but always worth the journey!
and the learnin!

Great paintings don't just paint themselves
and the story and subject matter deserved the utmost attention and consideration and respect..
aaaaaand i want this to be a Great painting for those reasons!
and because they are places and people i love dearly....

So only time will tell

once this gets restarted up
i will be able to finally put brush to surface and start the FUN part!
and of course,it will be shared with you all...

Mahalos to Sven and Amy and to all of you
for walking along this visual pathway with me



Goodnight All!


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zerostreet
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Joined: Feb 06, 2010
Posts: 1959
From: http://www.zerostreet.com
Posted: 2014-02-21 04:31 am   Permalink

Awesome stuff Kenny! Gonna be a great show!

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 3938
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-02-21 10:01 am   Permalink

Kickin ars as always.,.

Jon


 
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seagoat
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Joined: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 197
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-02-21 1:35 pm   Permalink

Bad.Ass. Thanks for sharin'

 
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TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 853
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2014-02-21 6:25 pm   Permalink

Amazing. My brain just exploded..... Would love to see this in person....

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3532
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-21 7:31 pm   Permalink

LOVE THE LOOKING IN AND SEEIGN YOUR PROCESS! INSPIRATIONAL!

 
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danlovestikis
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 4868
Posted: 2014-02-22 07:38 am   Permalink

You have so much fun with all your buddies. This looks like a great show. I like your self portrait. Bullet likes to look at the painting I did of you because the sparkle in your eyes shows up. You make beautiful happy art. Wendy
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7590
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2014-02-28 8:59 pm   Permalink

Hello All!
Again, a LOT to share
and not much time to do it in!
A BIG HUG! to you ALL!
i will answer back and get back to replying
as things slow down,
i will share some of the show pieces on that event thread
BUT! i do appreciate all of your visits and comments
and love and kindness...
MAHALO!

just tried to email all the pics to you and they sent both emails back
so here is the copied email
and pics for you!

and i quote:

Well Sir,
sit down for a minute....
get a stiff drink...
Are you ready?

having some downtime
2 weeks before the gargantua show
i decided to paint the 4 bisques that Holden sent
so i painted em!
and sealed em with this hard plasticky resin that toe recommended
it's 2-parts you activate it and have 24 hours to use it
Well, i was "glassing" the PNG surfboard piece for the gargantua show
and got to seal these finished guys...
There's 4,
These two are:
Jungle Love edition
a lot more detailed on this one-with the glaze it looks like an actual art piece for once!
the Bird and Shield actually feel ALIVE!


Nocturnal Neighbors edition
a more cool night vibe on this one
also a slight underlighting with a green/blue duo background bleed as the initial ground. This one has a sense of mystery between the shield and his bird neighbor









Here are the other two.....
Oranges Schmoranges,who Cares? Edition
(a nod to HR Pufenstuf and all those fond memories)
this version is a little more subtle because the color is so vibrant.
So i gave it a burnished kind of finish which gave it an aged look


Jungle Night edition
my favorite of the two versions
but who am i to say?
This one feels more fleshed out,but there is an air of damp night
and insects buzzing
and a PLOP! in the water
and a bird's midnight peek outside
while the nearby village sleeps
Well.. go see for yourself...









i had fun dripping the paint down into the insides
like a drippy glaze would do..
and painting them was a dream
and sealing them was a learning experience


As for drinkin out of em....
i do not know
When sealing them,i had to spray it into the mug
a few feel smooth all on the inside
but the other two have a patch of two that feels gritty
like it was "less" covered than the Motorcycle helmet/Surfboard glass
rest of it...


1 week til the show!



 
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whoseyrtiki
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Joined: Aug 21, 2011
Posts: 83
From: the OC
Posted: 2014-03-02 3:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for sharing the concept to beginnings of Amy's project! Loving where this is going especially since several of the locals represented are near and dear to my heart as well. Can't wait for more. Will definitely be by to check out the opening of the War of the Gargantuans show
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 916
From: NJ
Posted: 2014-03-02 3:20 pm   Permalink

Love everything! The mugs are way cool!

 
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danlovestikis
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 4868
Posted: 2014-03-02 3:52 pm   Permalink

We are coming to the show with Woo Hoo and Soccer Tiki. This is going to be mega fun to see you gorgeous guys and all your outstanding tiki art. Oh and lots of hugs, Wendy
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2014-03-02 4:06 pm   Permalink

Beautiful job painting those mugs, Ken!

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7590
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2014-03-05 2:38 pm   Permalink

Hi All! Have a FEW MINUTES to spare,sooooooo

Quote:

On 2014-03-02 15:13, whoseyrtiki wrote:
Thanks so much for sharing the concept to beginnings of Amy's project! Loving where this is going especially since several of the locals represented are near and dear to my heart as well. Can't wait for more. Will definitely be by to check out the opening of the War of the Gargantuans show



Mahalo Whoseyrtiki! Be sure and introduce yourself at the Opening,they'll be plenty of pieces to gawk at and discuss!

Quote:

On 2014-03-02 15:20, LoriLovesTiki wrote:
Love everything! The mugs are way cool!



Thanks LLT! JUST sold the Jungle Night one and made a TC member's day! LOVE doin that!

Quote:

On 2014-03-02 15:52, danlovestikis wrote:
We are coming to the show with Woo Hoo and Soccer Tiki. This is going to be mega fun to see you gorgeous guys and all your outstanding tiki art. Oh and lots of hugs, Wendy



YAY! So excited you'll be in town for this! We're gonna look EXTRA gorgeous for you in our suits and tuxedos!

Quote:

On 2014-03-02 16:06, zerostreet wrote:
Beautiful job painting those mugs, Ken!



Thanks zerostreet!
They usually take some time BUT are always well worth the journey,as you know!


TONIGHT on latalkradio.com....
Come hear us clowns drunkenly promote the Gargantuas show...


Also!
There will be a DOCENT TOUR/MEET and GREET exhibition
Saturday March 15th 6 to 10pm
AND a CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday March 22 6 to 10 pm

So NO EXCUSES!
C'mon Down and Share some Madness!!!!

Here's the Tiki pieces I'll be showing at the exhibition


Here's a flier that i made especially for the event's Opening.. I'll have TEN limited edition prints offered as a Special show commemorative poster... Only Ten made! Get yours the night of the Opening.... a way to pay ken back for all those years of free flier madness,wouldn't you say?


Category:Papua New Guinea
"Sepik River Totem"
around 6' tall""
Acrylic and Paintpen on a well used Surfboard

An old dinged up Surfboard in the studio has been SCREAMING to be transformed into SOMETHING! ANYTHING! So,in order to quiet it down,i have chosen to craft it into an Ancestor Totem,festooned with denizens of the Sepik River....


Category:Marquesan Islands
"Bar with Marquesan Artifacts"
19 x 23""
acrylic on wood with a Bamboo Ben frame

i KNEW Toe and Doug were going to paint a Marquesan Tiki with a girl in one form or another. Desiring to produce something to offset the heavy Girlie theme,i have chosen a bar scene and littered it with relics from that distant and magical land....


Category:Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
"Rapa Nui Nocturne"
17 x 25.5"
Orongo Birdmen,summoned to life from the island's rock petroglphs.Dance around a Moai in the hopes of giving the Stone Spirit...

GOOD NEWS!
The exhibition will be 6 to 10
BUT! there's a 2-hour After party til Midnight there!
WOOOOOP!




 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-03-06 08:07 am   Permalink

Posters are great, newest work even greater, wish I could make it up to the show and see all of the work in person!

Dig "Rapa Nui Nocturne" and "Bar with Marquesan Artifacts," super awesome.... as always. Surfboard looks great too- THAT I'd love to see in person and all close up like. Wow.


 
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Clarita
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From: BA Arg
Posted: 2014-03-06 12:17 pm   Permalink

Everything very cool as always, and I LOVE the project for the Queen Amy, epic! Congrats.
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