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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-07 4:44 pm   Permalink

Loved the photos. We plan to visit the Big Island next year. Thank you for all the photos, I studied them well, Wendy
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-08 11:48 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
I got stuck on my painting. Was too close and could not see what was wrong, and kept painting and it was getting worse!

So I took a break. Lounging in my work clothes in my favorite chair - my Elvis Jungle-room chair.

And when I sit in my tiger chair I can see the back yard.

Sometimes ya' gotta stop and soak in that big blue back yard goodness!

So what was wrong - it was the whole Tiki Lounge front. I painted out the whole thing. Made the tikis a little bit smaller, made the roof beams so they made sense a little more, and got to figure out my light source(s) better, and added in the all important mystery wahine!

Deep breath. Clear out all that chatter going on in the "monkey brain". And the muse of art will show up about sunset time, and let ya' know what needs to be fixed....
OK, it doesn't always work that easy, but (thank goodness) tonight it did!
BIG ALOHA!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-10 6:16 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Acrylic paint - underpainting.

I lay in a green boarder to create a darker edge to the composition to draw the viewer's eye to the center of the painting.

This green will hardly be seen as "green" when I'm done as It'll be covered with more semi-transparent red, then I thick some pointillism to mix the two opposing shades to create a nice blurry soft focus effect around the bright and detailed center.

And here's a look at one of the details in the center. The "mysterious Wahine" standing in the door way to the Tiki Lounge. I really like using the visual language or Tiki Culture and I think this is part of they modern mythology. She , of course won't be gray, this is just the monochromatic underpainting to work out the lights and darks. I think she will mostly be done in greens and purples when finished.
more to come...
ALOHA
BP~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-10 9:47 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
I know I talk a lot aboutt Wylan Kona Water Front Gallery, and all the art of mone they carry... there is one other place on the Big Island that carries my "stuff". It's the Gift Shop in the lobby of the most Tiki-fied hotel in Kona - the Royal Kona Resort:"Lynn's Sundries"

It's right next to the Don's the Beach combers Bar and Grill and across from Don's Mai Tai Bar.

It's a very cool retro style hotel, and they keep it up, tikis and fish ponds and bridges and water fall...the whole 60's motif. So... if you happen to be there and wanta' do some shopping...

Stop in the gift shop, Lisa - the manager - is very sweet, and very easy on the eye.. strained weary tiki traveler.

And she keeps a darned well stocked shop with lots of TIKI swag. Not just another ABC Store clone, but a warm and really great store, well put together by some one who cares - filled with Aloha. I got a great vibe right from the first and knew I just had to have my stuff for sale there.

They always have a good supply, and even have the often hard to find Tiki Cat and Diga Diga Doo Stickers.
If you're not in Kona, you can personal message me to order some. I take pay pal.

My Company "Tiki Shark Art, Inc." also makes their beach towels. (did I mention all the Aloha?)
Big Aloha, and good shopping!
Brad Tiki-Shark Parker



 
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tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2013-05-13 5:01 pm   Permalink

"Lynn's Sundries" looks like a super cool shop full of Aloha! Awesome that they carry your stuff so prominently.

I want that tiger chair. I can see why its one of your favorite things.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-13 5:24 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Thanks - yeah the gift shop in the Royal Kona Resort is Awesome...it's an amazing step back in time to a swanky 60's open air Lobby & Mai Tai Bar... Love the big tikis through-out the joint... most tiki-fied hotel in Kailua-Kona.

I'm sooooo happy to be a part of the whole special vibe of that place. They really treat me well, really "get" my art & Tiki-Culture.

(Lisa, the attractive manager rides a motorcycle - hot? Yes it is warm in Kona.) .

AND if you go over to the TIKI EVENTS ....you can find the DOUBLE-SPECIAL TIKI-SECRET TIKI-TRIBE "code word" that will get you great DISCOUNT room rates for the "Body Glove Tiki-Mug Release Party!" this Oct 24th & 25th! (first come first serve!)

We'll show the Body Glove Sea Creature Surf Movie that won all the awards.

And the painting based in the film.

Body Glove 60 Anniversary Tiki-Mug

"Shark-Tiki" Tiki -Mug

The Body Glove Sea Creature Tiki-Mug!





 
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Professor G
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Joined: Sep 03, 2011
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From: the Tiki Wastelands
Posted: 2013-05-13 5:54 pm   Permalink

It's good to see you doing so well, Shark. That's good busy you got going on there.


 
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Canvas
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Joined: Jan 15, 2013
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2013-05-13 8:55 pm   Permalink

I love the cat picture....awesome!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-05-15 6:22 pm   Permalink

Cat? U mean Tiki Cat?
Hey look at this new glazes and such...

ALOHA!
B
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-05-15 9:22 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe
Here's the evolution of a Tiki-Mug. Pencil designs to picking out glazes.

This is "Shark-Tiki" the tiki-mug. It's part of the three mug set coming out from Body Glove this October. Check out this link over to the Tiki Event Blog here on Tiki Central for more detail.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=42660&forum=4&start=30&36
Big Aloha
B Tiki-shaRK P


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-18 7:35 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
So, I got the Tiki-mobile "officially" listed as a collectors model with the Corvette Museum. I think, or at least something official like that came in da' mail.Still waiting for my personalized plates...

Ok, so enough with the toys... on to da' art...
STILL fighting with this BG.... think I'm gonna paint in my palm tree and give the city a rest.

Once again, that layer of green will be much covered with another layer of semi-transparent paint and will end up looking more red than green, but darker....

It's... well... It's slowly getting there. I just have to keep in mind my light sources.
ALOHA
BP~
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Canvas
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Posted: 2013-05-19 6:40 pm   Permalink

It is looking good! Looking forward to the final product!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-20 4:57 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Well, to get away from my artistic block on the mega city Waikiki-Gotham and working out the problems my inner art-o-scope keeps telling me "hey there's something just not right with this yet..." I have moved over to paint the palm trees, and I hope, free up the blockage.

Here's the whole thing. Two trees to balance out the city-ness of the left side.

A closer look at the palm tree. I gotta tell ya' it really felt good to put something new on the canvas and get off that "every-brush-stroke-is-wrong" place I was at.
It's starting to look a little more like a balanced composition, and the BG is starting to take on interesting evening colors of tropical mystical-tude. Still a long way to go before my inner art-muse-0-meter tells me it looks good enough to pass on to the art patrons who have requested this piece, but, I'm makin' a little more progress! Yipee!
more laters!
BP~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-20 5:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
While I'm painting pal trees I was re-sketching some buildings , perhaps this will solve my artist-block.

Oh and I must pause here in my art tiki-central-blog-thingie and note with a sad sigh that a childhood hero has passed on. Ray Harryhausen, the greatest name in art direction and special effects when I was a kid, - and I think the ONLY art director ever to have his name added onto a movie to make it a bigger draw - he was a huge influence on me. I still have a bunch of his movies on DVD. There is something he could really catch in his stop-motion that no one else really could. It has a strange magical look and feel. I even think a darn sight better than some of the cheap CGI that is flooding the fantasy film s today.

Ray Harryhausen's "The Children of the Hydra's Teeth"

... from "Jason and the Argonauts" - one of the greatest action moments in fantasy film history.
Aloha Ray!
(I raise a Mai Tai, here's to you - hope you're in that big special effects shop in da' sky!)

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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-05-20 10:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Here's some more work on the painting... the pal trees are looking OK, and I'm getting an idea on the foreground... lots to go , but a nice sunset for inspiration!

Two Tikis - in progress


 
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