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Art and ponderings of Tom THOR Thordarson..MORE GECKOS FOR NEW YEARS just added !!
McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2010-12-04 11:21 am   Permalink

Tom,


These illustrations are just brilliant and touch home for many. Keep them flowing as I can't wait to see more.

Thank you for sharing!


Mahalo


 
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THOR's
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Posted: 2010-12-07 08:19 am   Permalink

Thanks McTiki! It makes it all the more worth it to know of your appeciation. Aloha!

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Benzart
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Posted: 2010-12-08 04:21 am   Permalink

Well we all want you to know we want to see ALL your works in your Gallery here and I think a few are missing?
Most Excellent stuff Thor

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Posted: 2010-12-10 10:58 am   Permalink

Thanks Benz!! OK...You asked for it!! lol

 
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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2010-12-11 12:19 pm   Permalink

Tom:
These are, unsurprisingly, Freakin' Amazing! The Gecko patrol is such a great, whimsical set!

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Prints are available on your website, I trust?
~Zero
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Tangaroa-Ru
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Posted: 2010-12-12 6:31 pm   Permalink

You have long been an inspiration for many of us, whether it was from your theme park work, paintings or just your bon vivant personality. Thank you for sharing and creating. Looking forward to it all.

 
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Posted: 2010-12-31 09:04 am   Permalink

Thank you Kari! Well....I will keep adding here. Happy New year!

 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2011-01-02 08:51 am   Permalink

Amazing stuff THOR !!!!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-01-02 10:44 am   Permalink

I have been wanting to post this for a while:
A "Before" and "After" comparison in regards to the LIGHTING of black velvets, as demonstrated on one of Thor's fine Shrunken Head specimens.

In general black velvet paintings are in need of being lit by their own little spotlight. In addition to that, it makes a big difference what color the spot has. I learned from my cinematography that using the SAME color than one of the ones in the subject you are lighting ENHANCES that specific color considerably. Like when I light a Blue Screen with blue filters, it practically GLOWS in blue as a result.

Here is the shrunken head in ambient daylight alone (which is "blue" in color):



and here after I put a tungsten spot on it, which is WARM in color temperature:



Unfortunately my digital camera falsifies the effect in regard to making the blue looked all washed out, it ain't so to the human eye. But where it really is accurate is in showing HOW MUCH the warm background colors are all aglow now and enhancing the depth of the painting. The tungsten light practically makes the piece be on fire and pop off the canvas:



Thank you Thor for this fine piece of paganism!



 
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Posted: 2011-01-02 11:03 am   Permalink

NO problem Big Bro!!! lol

I am soooooooooooo happy you posted this about lighting Black velvets. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to light them properly. You described the phenomenon very well!! Adding to that, is the entire "special effect" that is present in black velvet that can not even come close to being captured unless viewed in real life. It's all about what is happening to the light and how the brain and eye are receiving it from the painting.

The reason black velvet is unlike any other painting surface is because it has the capability of almost TOTALLY absorbing the light aimed at it. Especially if it's a spot, in low surrounding light. Also, velvet has a "grain" that you need to look for to light it to maximize the "special effect". I paint on velvet where I position the fabric so that if lit from an angle that is from above the painting aiming down, that way, there is no "sheen" off the fibers...and the only light reflected back to the viewers eye is from the painted areas. The velvet becomes like total black atmosphere, lacking a sense of surface. This creates the feel of light inside the painting...and almost 3D.

This is how I light my velvet when painting on it...and if they are lit like this when displayed...they will come to life. I notice your light source is coming from bellow aiming upward....and though you can light it that way, if you take that light and put it above the painting angling down slightly(...like if you attached a small spotlight behind the Tiki's head aiming at the velvet), all that slight "haze" on the velvet will vanish to a deep almost infinite black....and the painted areas will REALLY radiate off the surface..as though almost floating! Try it as an experiment. The difference will be VERY apparent.

Thanks Big BRO!!! Glad you like the fella! Was great to see you at Tonga Hut a few weeks back! Oh...tip on cleaning if need be. I use a lint roller, the type with the adhesive paper you can tear off. It takes all the hairs, lint and dust off and leaves the painting and velvet in fine shape.


Happy New Year! ~~~ THOR


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