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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-12-14 06:59 am   Permalink

Wow
Yep very Kool
Talented young Man U r sir

Cheers


 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2016-12-14 09:27 am   Permalink

Love your sketches specially the one called Ambush, let us know if there's any progress pictures of that piece in the future.

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7738
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 19 days ago; 12:02 am   Permalink

Aloha Ohana
and a Merry Christmas and happy new year to you ALL!
Here's to a wonderful new year,packed with Adventure and opportunity!



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On 2016-12-14 03:50, Will carve wrote:
Beyond words Ken.
Humbling.
Thanks.



Mahalo Will!
Sharing these are meant to INSPIRE,not humble
The more we all share and grow and playfully challenge each other
the better our scene/movement/genre/lifestyle becomes!
Thankful for this talent and that it and technology are aligned.
Happy New Year!

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On 2016-12-14 06:59, hang10tiki wrote:
Wow
Yep very Kool
Talented young Man U r sir
Cheers


Cheers H-10!
Merry Christmas and happy new Year!
Always a pleasure to serve!
and "young" is a little too generous!
especially the way it feels after an eight hour art tear

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On 2016-12-14 09:27, hiltiki wrote:
Love your sketches specially the one called Ambush, let us know if there's any progress pictures of that piece in the future.



Happy New year Hil!
Thank you. I have a finished and progress pieces on a "Before the Ambush" a piece inspired by that sketch
but a darker,deeper in the jungle painting of the actual Ambush is on the list... Will keep you posted!

Well, the path has had MUCH progress since last we spoke
and i plan on sharing all the steps

But for now,here's two shots
merely for crowd placation...



but tonight is the last night of a 5 day holiday
and time is GOLDEN
so I'm just gonna share some Captain Cook goodies..
Well this exhibition came up...
"Dark and Stormy" A Tiki Nightmare
an exhibition coming up in February
At Night Gallery Fine Art in Santa Ana, CA.
www.NightGalleryFineArt.com
The show will run from February 1st - March 15th 2017
There will be two receptions- Feb 4th & March 4th 2017
and i was feeling the urge to stray from the flock a little
to really get to the heart of a tiki nightmare...
The story of captain Cook,first revered as Lono
fit the bill...
i wanted to capture the savagery of a people and a god betrayed
i had read that he wasn't struck down until he TURNED HIS BACK to the Hawaiians
most still in fear of his strange power,costume,and mana,as a chief,
I wanted to capture THAT
and after some research,found an actual tiki that was created to represent Cook as Lono
a reminder,something to face the audience and say."See what happens when the tiki gods are misrepresented?"


and here's just an offshoot sketch
of an apparition of lono grabbing Cook
holding him while dagger and spears pierced his back and neck


so,how foes one plan such an epic theme?
by walking around and getting a lay of the land...

February 14, 1779, Kealakekua Bay, HI


Different views...from the ship or the shore?


Here's the lava rock tidepool he stumbled into
right before they fell upon him...
there;s a plaque there
maybe someday i'll see it


and a masonic Obelisk! JOY!


Lovin that interesting rise in the hills
that powerful diagonal
tumbling towards the ocean....

Here it is as it curves to the right...


Also, one has to keep in mind that the vegetation was different in 1779

See? much sparser...

Next... How to compose the characters?
How to extract a pathos akin to the desperation and madness of Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa"?
Do i include the subtle obelisk into the composition?

Too ambitious and forced.....



Too close..... the LAND has to also become a character
small signs of occupation,of ownership amidst the brutality...
(and yes, i know that's a Ku,not a Lono pictured...)
their festivals had Ku followed by lono in terms of the way the seasons dictated them
Ku, the god of warfare,was a more suitable incarnation for Cook,in my opinion....

Here;s notes of one of the accounts gathered..



a more detailed Cook


some different musings on composition and point of view


and another.....


and ,of course.there were many Hawaiians gathered
chiefs,priests,warrior,and even the aged king
so some background activity MAY be required
if the piece allows it....






and here are some other wanderings/studies
some from historical sources
attempting to get a feel for the ship
and any other element that might pop up
So here are some sketchbook explorations
that may not make it into the piece
but make it into me
for later sharing....
extra credit!




and here's a drawing i made based on a historical source but depopulated to get a better look at the Island....









and to blow minds even FURTHER
Pyrography with acrylic tinting on wood
is the medium for this piece!
15 x 30"




Fingers crossed!
Goodnight Ohana!
and many Thanks for all the visits and comments!



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danlovestikis
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Posted: 19 days ago; 06:07 am   Permalink


The thought the effort the creativity, I am blown away and this may be the first time I've written those words. I hope so because you deserve higher praise. How you do so much is beyond me because I work all day and it doesn't show like this. I am so happy to know you and to see your work here.

You really did capture the horror of his death.

Great news about your next show. You go there and have fun rocking it. Wendy
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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 19 days ago; 08:04 am   Permalink

I really enjoyed ready through your research and analysis. I had read the story of Cook's death but your visual interpretation visual depiction made it more compelling.

The art work is very creative.

Thank you,


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7738
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 3 days ago; 11:19 pm   Permalink

Aloha Kids!
Good to be back!
A lot of Art and Information to relay
so let's do it to it!
First,let's answers some visitors who were nice enough to leave some comments
Feedback is always nice...
i've shared my heart and inner workings
so it's wonderful to get a peek into how YOUR inners react to the work
no man is a tropical island
and whenever we interact
both sides grow!
Sorry! Took a few shots of Bushmills to loosen up the brain filters
so this post MAY get a lil philosophical and lofty at times
but hey! Creativity is all around so let's all have a swig!

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On 2017-01-03 06:07, danlovestikis wrote:
The thought the effort the creativity, I am blown away and this may be the first time I've written those words. I hope so because you deserve higher praise. How you do so much is beyond me because I work all day and it doesn't show like this. I am so happy to know you and to see your work here.
You really did capture the horror of his death.
Great news about your next show. You go there and have fun rocking it. Wendy



my dear Wendy,
Such a Serious part of our history should never be taken lightly
(unless satire is the intent.of course)so i'm just paying his life and fate with a measure of respect and gravitas....We'll be discussing that more later on down the post when some FINISHED details of the woodburn are revealed....One HAS to make time because it shows an example to others,and perhaps Cook's spirit will feel a momentary relief,knowing his deeds and death are still pondered....
I'm so glad for this wonderful life and all the talented and loving and insightful and funny people that have wandered thru...
More show news below...
hugs to YOU
and Dan too,i guess



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On 2017-01-03 08:04, MaukaHale wrote:
I really enjoyed ready through your research and analysis. I had read the story of Cook's death but your visual interpretation visual depiction made it more compelling.
The art work is very creative.
Thank you,



Hey MaukaHale!
Thank YOU for the kind words and i appreciate the props. An artist's life is lived INSIDE a lot
solitary observations and ruminations over pieces of dialogue and snippets of conversations
roll around this gray matter
bouncing to and fro like a grey bouncehouse
SO it's nice to hear this has helped fluff up Cook's saga and given you some visual references to the event.Scroll on down for some close-ups and a bit of banter
Oh! JUST finished this book a few days ago and it is a great short read that covers the varying accounts of Cook's last voyage,but also the swing from hero to villain to hero
depending on what island you're asking...... Here's a link if you're interested...
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674031944
and mahalo for the visit,and especially leaving a comment. They're much appreciated
and i thank you.


Okeeeeee Kids...
Let's get on with some art banter and stuff!


Here's a pic of yours truly working on "the Path"
a piece i've had to put down for the time being
as more important projects have arisen...


Here's how far it has progressed...
Time to let it simmer for a bit
before i have to stalk and capture this strange elusive painting some more...


and here is the finished PYROGRAPHICAL stage of
"the Final Moments of Captain Cook"


But that's old news
Because it's finished!
Can't reveal it yet in all it's FULL-ON Glory
until we get closer to the exhibition...


The idol in the woodburn is based on an actual idol that represented
Lono/Cook and was worshipped by the islanders


Here's the temple,with an elevated offering of fruit outside
This gives the landscape a small sense of occupation
amidst the brush....


a close-up of the Tiki. it probably wouldn't be outside like this
but inside the temple,or elevated on a pole.
The reason he is outside is an artistic choice.
Lono/Cook is facing the viewer
a grim host to the ensuing slaughter in da water!
and perhaps a reminder
not to get to big for our britches
do not represent who you are not
"stop frontin" in the strange lingo of you kids...


Alright.... Here we have the moment after Cook is struck,cries out,and is revealed to
experience pain. Again, in the accounts,he is stabbed and falls down on his face into the lava rock tide pool. and again,for artistic purposes,and to give James Cook the dignity he deserved
decided to take the route of the post-mortem apotheosis prints that were everywhere for a brief period
after news of his death finally reached Britannia...
His arm is thrust upward,an unanswered appeal to the Heavens
as spears and clubs and knives flash and splash and glisten around him...


Here's a closer look,at his uniform,stained with blood as he leans backwards
staining a rock and the beautiful blue water...
Shouts and Sinew finish the deed
as Cook realizes that
despite all of his discoveries
and adventures
and selfless advancement of his country's knowledge and acquisition
that he is still just soft stuff covered in bone,muscle,and skin
and even tho our minds can cross limitless expanses
and figure out complex equations
and map undiscovered territories
that we are all still mortal
and weak and all owe our creator a death.


An extra close close close-up
So you can see the actual laying of the colors over the woodburnt part
some of the aqua rim lighting from the water.
Also, his LOOK
i wanted a gasp,but a dignified gasp,
a shock,
but not a completely unexpected one...


Forgot to mention that four other seamen perished during this scuffle
here's one of them floating and lolling in the water....


That's it for now with the woodburn... Thought i should end the narrative with a little piece of peaceful paradise to ponder...

Here's where it will be appearin!
Along with Toesy,Douggles,candy,and a bunch more Ultra talent
that's sure to Soak your boat!


and here are some drawings and sketchbook musings...































Went on a Solomon island bender for some future projects....












"Joyful Dancer"
6 x 12"
acrylic on wood


Close-up!


Here's the original study for the piece below...


"Nocturnal Nguzu Nguzu"
10 x 20"
acrylic on wood


Close-up!


Come on down this Saturday!
i'll have these two newbie paintings and a whole lot more!
Hope to see you there!

Well... Time for bed....

Mahalo for visitin!
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Will carve
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Posted: 2 days ago; 04:26 am   Permalink

I may have said this before.

Beyond words & humbling.


 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2 days ago; 09:56 am   Permalink

Diggin Cook

Nocturnal colors are eye exploding
As always: AWESOME Bruddah


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2 days ago; 10:19 am   Permalink


I like what Will Carve said. Beauty, horror, fun, expressive. Just a wow expelled from the depths of my being. Now one big smile for you. Wendy
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cy
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Posted: 2 days ago; 2:52 pm   Permalink

Always such great ideas and execution Ken, thanks for taking the time to post here on TC!

 
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