||Da Art Twirks of Tom (a.k.a Thor) Thordarson
Joined: Apr 30, 2004
|Posted: 2010-03-13 10:13 am  Permalink|
Here are a few of my latest paintings..sharing with TC Ohana. All these creations have some thread to "Tiki"..or the various inspirations as the result of muttling together great tropical spirits and true Sea faring adventurers who understand what I may present in a painting. I will give a brief description of all posted...but feel free to write me on facebook or wherever you frequent and say hi and I am happy to elaborate in any way desired in more detail.
Aloha and whatever you do...for the sake of humanity... and your fellow artists...FOREVER refuse the temptation to stop being that Kid you were born to be....when your wisdom knew no boundaries!
Oh...I am sure this is understood but please do not copy ANY art posted here for use..All images are copyright material owned fully myself, Tom Thordarson and I have had to enforce action recently regarding unauthorized uses unfortunately. Contact me if you have interest in acquiring images. Thanks! I have some hidden tricks in these images I post to identify their origins so PLEASE honor this request. The fiery side of me emerges if I discover any monkey shines!!!
ENJOY ! ~THOR
"All Lei's Returned" Acrylic on canvas (24"by 36")
This is one of the few pieces I do using the "above and below" POV, since it's used far too often for years in Hawaii. But in this case, it was cried out to be a way to show how the US Navy in Hawaii serves both zones with pride. I was asked by numerous USN friends to do something to show the tradition in Hawaii of making a giant Lei (they use colored plastic trash bags often) and placing it over the tower of of a submarine coming back into port safely is celebrated. Al the families come to welcome them home. Here, I am showing many of Hawaii's creatures of the Pacific that symbolize attributes of the Navy or inspired traits of sea life applied to their ships...sonar, shape dynamics...intellect..etc.
I have spoken to many Military collectors of my work who are submariners, who have shared many stories of how the whales and dolphins follow them above and below water....and no harmful sonar present. I was inspired by this after researching the subject. So, this piece was done to show the welcoming of the submariners returning safely to home port in Hawaii, and all the lei's that went to sea to serve our country, return here to the Islands....with all the creatures of Hawaii's sky's and waters escorting them to their Ohana that awaits just a few miles away at port.
Next are the first of many more in the Mermaid series. I have painted a number of pieces with mermaids in them and they hae all sold really well. But there were requests fo rme to paint JUST a focus on a mermaid..alone without a Pirate or other. So, I kinna thought it would be fun to do something like this where it has a slight "pin-up" feel, with the pose at times but not trying to be "pin-up" at the same time. Here are the first attempts just painted. There will be stories about all these....to feed the imagination. I want to use models too who have their own story connected to their "mermaid" persona they have inside. So, for the first sets I spoke to one you all know as a true Mermaid consultant of magic...Marina and her pod!!
In these first four, "Kika" the Mermaid in Marina's pod is the brunette..though I slightly changed her likeness in "Fond Recall". "Kami" is the blonde who will appear in more to come as well...and I think I got pretty close to their likenesses in all the other pieces. Marina is coming up in the next piece I will post in a few weeks of this series. I can't thank these fine tailed friends for posing like my sketches. Marina's "Medusirena" Pod is unparalleled. I am working on more paintings celebrating the wreck bar too.... Anyway, hope you enjoy these... They are all acrylic on canvas, 18" by 24". Originals and published prints.
"Pier Maiden Illuminations"
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Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2010-03-13 10:44 am  Permalink|
It's no effort to enjoy your work. Wonderful story, Wendy
Joined: Feb 02, 2009
From: Rohnert Park, California
|Posted: 2010-03-13 11:41 am  Permalink|
I love your stuff so much! Also loved watching your house be remade on TV!
Keep em coming!
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Jun 21, 2006
|Posted: 2010-03-13 11:47 am  Permalink|
Grand Member (7 years)
Joined: May 04, 2005
|Posted: 2010-03-13 11:53 am  Permalink|
your the man thor...The mer-chick with the big booty is my fav, way to kick everyones ass once again!!
Joined: Apr 30, 2004
|Posted: 2010-03-13 11:59 am  Permalink|
Thanks Wendy..Zero and Grog!!
Oh...Ernie the Grog! I need a model asap..can you get over here and stand in for a few poses if ya get a chance? You can wear your top this time I promise! Kirby!! I NOW know what to get you for the Rumpus Room!!! A "Rumpus Maiden" print of your favorite here! lol
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Grand Member (5 years)
Joined: Mar 27, 2005
From: Amesbury, Mass
|Posted: 2010-03-13 3:10 pm  Permalink|
As always Thor - impeccable and mesmerizing. Great light going on in "Sharing Herring". The ocean behind is simply amazing. The concept of "sharing herring" cracks me up in so many ways - too funny!
Who are your models - family? friends?
Joined: Apr 30, 2004
|Posted: 2010-03-13 8:38 pm  Permalink|
Well I draw the poses and all first from my head and the models, when availble give me the challenge of getting the likeneses...and their stories. In these, the models are part of an absolutely amazing group of performers lead by "Marina" the last of the true mermaids performing in Florida including the "Wreck Bar". Her group..or "pod" is unsurpassed by any others of the like in passion for the art...we are privilaged to have such talent and dedication to this art. I m hoping Marina has time to perform at Hukilau and Tiki Oasis this year. So, here as I mentioned are two of the performers as the models, Kika and Kami...part of Marina's Pod.
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|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2010-03-14 09:30 am  Permalink|
Yay Marina's Pod!
Beautiful work,as always,Tom!
and that Submarine painting
with that story
really captivates and captures!
Joined: Sep 22, 2008
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
|Posted: 2010-03-15 11:11 am  Permalink|
I dig your imagination!very well executed....do you use LIVE models?
Grand Member (2 years)
Joined: Jun 17, 2008
From: Palmdale, California
|Posted: 2010-03-15 11:35 am  Permalink|
- excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my chin
I've been attracted to / mesmerized by / slightly frightened of SIRENS (mermaids in the 1961 movie Night Tide...Thanks Mr. Harrington!)
Great to see some of these new pieces of stellar art, Tom. Take care and maybe we'll catch-up around town someday.
tiki since '67!
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Joined: Apr 30, 2004
|Posted: 2010-03-18 06:49 am  Permalink|
Thanks TikiG!! These wil all be available in Hwaii in canvas giclee's and prints here on the mainland at some of the tiki events. I hope to see ya at one of em too!!
Grand Member (4 years)
Joined: Nov 07, 2006
From: Southern California
|Posted: 2010-03-18 08:42 am  Permalink|
Ur masterful skill and talent for rendering and ur ability to convey joy in ur art boggle my mind and continue to set the freaky tiki standard high!!
MAD alohas, toes
Joined: Apr 14, 2003
|Posted: 2010-03-19 12:06 pm  Permalink|
the Mermaids are Fabulous , so nice .
|Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid!|
Joined: May 20, 2008
From: Places tropical, aquatic, & unknown
|Posted: 2010-04-08 5:01 pm  Permalink|
Golly~ This is just amazing...
It is indeed the greatest of honors to have my MeduSirena Pod be so beautifully immortalized by such a talented artist~
I am completely floored, and feel so fortunate to have such amazing and enthusiastic friends here at Tiki Central.
This only inspires me to work even harder to continue to share this style of retro-performance.
The MeduSirena Pod has now increased in size, from your one nutty tikiphile aquaticat to now 3 fishtailed femmes, with 2 apprentices and 3 early trainees.
We look forward to our appearance at the Wreck Bar for Hukilau, in addition to my traveling in my fishbowl to San Diego for Tiki Oasis this year!
Your Happy Aquaticat-Exoticat,