these studies are for the "Dark and Stormy" , a look at the shadowy aspects of Tiki . This will take place in February at Night Gallery Fine Art in Santa Ana, CA. www.NightGalleryFineArt.com

I have decided to tackle the death of Captain James Cook

Once Lono to the Hawaiians,revealed to be only a man before his end...

Here are some of the initial studies

as i arrange the characters and play with the landscape...


































i will add more studies and the actual painting as it evolves..
Thanks for the visit!


Been back from a wonderful time in Melbourne (with my art brothers Doug and Toe) for quite some time.... Will share photos and tales in the future... But for now....

Sketchbook entries...

Been taking my breaks at work and dedicating them to sketchbook entries...

mostly old masters material

and other oddities.

Here they are

Four days a week

two half hour breaks a day

And a half hour after eating during lunch

Here is the fruit of these exercises and explorations...



a study from an old horror Comic (artist unknown)



travelling tribe

on the way to the feast....



Tree and Shelter (in Balineses style)



Vegetation studies after Balinese ink drawings



Wave study

after Kuniyoshi



Ghost/Demon

after Kumiyoshi



Fool

after Bruegel





study of jupiter

after Cellini



detail from the fontanbleau nymph

after Cellini



study of "the Rescue of Andromeda"

after Cellini


Study from the Last Judgment
after Michelangelo


study of Parable of the Good Shepard

after Bruegel



Study after bruegel



study of faith

after bruegel



study from Everyman

after bruegel



Study from Everyman

after bruegel


Study from Everyman

after bruegel



Study from the Last judgment

after Michaelangelo



Ship of Fool studies



Study from Anger

after bruegel



Study from Hope

after bruegel


Landscape study
Study from the triumph of time

after bruegel



Study from Hell

after Bosch



Study from Hell

after Bosch



Study from Hell

after Bosch


studies from Poems of Thomas Gray
after blake


study from Poems of Thomas Gray
after blake


study from Poems of Thomas Gray
after blake

partial Thomas hart benton study

study after thomas hart benton

study after thomas hart benton

study after thomas hart benton

study after thomas hart benton

study after thomas hart benton

study after thomas hart benton

study from the Poor kitchen
after bruegel


study from Allegory of Avarice
after bruegel


after bruegel

Bruegel studies

studies for "Selfies at the 9-11 Memorial"
a Huge drawing in progress



studies for "Selfies at the 9-11 Memorial"
a Huge drawing in progress


studies for "Selfies at the 9-11 Memorial"
a Huge drawing in progress

studies for "Selfies at the 9-11 Memorial"
a Huge drawing in progress

studies for "Selfies at the 9-11 Memorial"
a Huge drawing in progress

the Procession


Figure studies
That's it for Now!

Thanks for visitin!




'Ello Mates!

BIG NEWS!

Myself,the Toe,and our favorite giant Doug Horne

have been asked by the esteemed Tony Peake to create an exhibition for

the Infamous Kustom Lane Gallery in Hawthorne,Victoria

ie: STRAYA!

 So, we decided to do a Terra Austral version of our

Clash of the Titans

War of the Gargantuans

Blood Orgy of the Behemoths exhibitions

consisting of 10-12 subjects we vote on

and then each paint our take on that theme

in any style/medium/shape we choose appropriate....

and now we are planning

a LOWDOWN LOWBROW THROWDOWN DOWN UNDA!

shorter title "Kustom Tiki! Kill! Kill!"

both titles thought up by our clever mr. Horne...

this will be happeningon Friday May 27th

with a Meet the Artist's Day/possible slide presentation

about the current show

and how we started these crazy themed exhibition/wrasslin matches...

on Saturday May 28th

www.kustomlane.com

Here's our first Promo Flier

capitalizing on Australian Apocalyptic Movies,as well as cultural icons  Crocodile Dundee

and Doug some kind of Indiana Jones badass...Fair Dinkum!

More fliers to come as we get the pieces finished and have time to play...
This show will have 12 subjects
of which we will each create a piece for the show

totalling 36 pieces!

the themes will be as follows...1.HAWAIIAN

2.MAORI

3.PAPUA NEW GUINEA

4.MARQUESAN

5.RAPA NUI

6.TIKI TEMPLE 

7.AUSTRALIAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY

8.POST-APOCALYPTIC

9.AUSTRALIAN PLACES OR PEOPLE

10.MONSTER ISLAND

11.DEADLY ANIMALS OF TERRA AUSTRAL

12.FREAKSHOW

Here's some studies for my AUSTRALIAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY category.

i will be tackling the YOWIE!

 Kangooland's Bigfoot...





and here is the study for what will eventually become a woodburn...

"the Chance Meeting" ink and marker on Aquarelle Watercolor paper

and i have been neglectful with this blog

and didn't even fill you in on November's "Mondo Tiki" exhibition at la Luz de jesus gallery.

Holden was kind enough to let us share some wallspace at this historic Tikifarm exhibit!

1)Tiki Farm's 15th Year Anniversary with Shelves and Shelves
of Mugs,Bowls,and other Ceramic Treasures from their vaults

2) Michelle Bickford and our dear Flounder (aka: Scott Scheidly)
will have a room full of their artistic offerings to amaze the peoples

3) Doug Horne,BigToe,and myself will also have work upon the walls
to add to the general atmosphere

4) Another Special treat is that all of us artists will have
Special Tiki Farm 15 Year Anniversary Mugs for you to acquire and covet

5) The Bookstore at La Luz will also be carrying 50 copies of my Coloring book
during the exhibition...
I'll have plenty of pens on hand if you'd like your copy signed...

6) Get a chance to chat it up with Holden,Scott,Michelle,Toe,Doug,and myself
in the FLESH! That's like meetin LINCOLN or something!

OPENING RECEPTION:NOVEMBER 6th, 8-11pm
(Show duration November 6-29,2015)
4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles,CA 90027

Here's a link to the la Luz gallery page...


and here's a link to all the pieces i had up that month!

http://www.kinnyruzic.com/gallery/mondo-tiki-tiki-farm-15-year-exhibition-at-la-luz-de-jesus-gallery



Here's a lil video i made of one of the pieces

a BIG 12 x 36' woodburn!

entitled "the Bridge"

Here's a couple more shots from that evening....


Warming up before showtime at the Legendary Tiki Ti!



LOOK how HUGE Doug is! He could Crush us ALL! That's Proud poppa Holden in the foreground! What an incredible 15 years Tikifarm has had!



Here i am with Derek "Monkeyman" Weaver,the cat who carved the Awesomest frame in the world for the Too much Information piece!

if you'd like to see details of this incredible frame and pieces Go HERE!

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=19904&forum=18&start=3195


the Place was packed ALL NIGHT!
our special anniversary mugs SOLD OUT! How wonderful is THAT?
We also did a Docent Tour with Holden,Toe,and myself. It lasted almost 2 hours and everybody walked away CRAMMED full of information and Inspiration!







All in All,a great show and tribute to our little scene...

plus,Doug,Tommy,and i sold a BUNCH of pieces!

Doesn't get much better than that!
That's about it for now!

I'll leave you with this techno mandala video i created....

Enjoy!













 


Well, June 20th's "Blood Orgy of the Behemoths" exhibition was a SMASHING Success!

With fellow Behemoths Doug Horne,BigToe,and Candy,we laid waste to Fullerton and made heads and eyeballs Explode with delight! 

A Big Thank you to Bax baxter, our curator,

Frank,kind and attentive owner of Max Blooms,

and lastly Deadhead Rum,and Sapporo Beer for supplying libations for the events!


Pictured above are the Four Behemoths in the midst of the Fray!

 Here are ALL the pieces in the Exhibition

http://kinnyruzic.com/gallery/blood-orgy-of-the-behemoths-exhibition-complete-artwork-and-posters-june-5-2015

 

and here is our promo for last Saturday's Drunken Docent Tour


A little Classier than the previous 80's Action Film meets grindhouse biker meets Radioactive Monster meets Phillipine Exploitation Film "look" of the previous promotional material..

This one just OOZED Fine Art and all that... And the King of france resembled Tommy,sooooo........i had to use it... Plus,seeing as Doug shined the Docent Tour to go to a BIRTHDAY PARTY,it was a pleasure to transform him into a hulking naked angel....

 

having enjoyed discussing the art with audiences before

via slide lectures,and "docent" tours

it was a relaxed intimate way to help the viewer understand each work

beyond the 3-minute scan of each picture....

 

So many folks responded so positively to the Opening,

we thought a Docent tour would be in order...

and thanks to the generosity of Sapporo

we still had PLENTY of beer from the Opening

and The Drunken Docent Tour was BORN!

 

Seeing as Candy and Doug were in absentia

it was up to Toe and myself to be able to convey a well rounded understanding

of the art of our missing behemoths...

So,this blog will be sharing prepatory sketches

with only my notes from the Docent tour to accompany them.

i don't have Tom's notes because he is a firm believer in the oral tradition of Docenting.

Nor his brilliant and rough original studies and inspirations... if he decides to  post them somewhere,i'll add a link...

1)

Category: Tiki Temple

"Spirit Hut at Dusk"

and here is the sketchbook study for it..

Notes


links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/midnight-at-the-maori-temple
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/goo-goo-muck

 

2)

Category: Polynesian Legend

"Moai Reaper on the River Styx"



Sketchbook studies and drawings  for this painting

"Hawaiian Reaper"
and here is where the original concept of the Skeletal Moai was first conceived...
It was for the 2009 Tiki Tarot show at the esteemed Freaky Boutiki in San Diego.

As it was the Death card,i tried to apply that skeletal look to artifacts from

Easter island,New Zealand,Marquesas,and Papua New Guinean locales.











and two developed drawings

"Journey to the Underworld"
"Moai on the River Styx"
Notes
the first appearance of our Drinking word "Psychopomp" amongst the notes...

links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...

http://kinnyruzic.com/images/menehunes-in-the-jungle-of-delights

http://kinnyruzic.com/images/pele-caliente

 

3)

Category: Classic Monster

"the Drink" (Leopard man-the Island of Dr. Moreau)

Sketchbook Notes and studies
Finding the perfect image for this piece amongst such a dense amount of visual and emotional material was quite a challenge...
















 

Notes


links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/the-modern-prometheus
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/wasp-woman

4)

Category: Musical Figure

"the Siren's Song"

Sketchbook Studies







As a side note

Almost did a portrait of Bach,but wasn't sure how he'd react amongst contemporary songwriters...

Notes

links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/devo-now-for-the-future
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/the-big-o

5)

Category: Alien Encounter

"the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter"


Sketchbook Studies and Drawings







Notes

links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/garnish-of-the-gods
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/going-back-to-transylvania

6)

Category: Oceanic

"Atlantis"

Sketchbook studies and Drawings for this piece







Notes


links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/curious-kraken
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/happy-hour-at-mermaid-lagoon

7)

Category: Prehistoric

"Mokele Mbembe"

Sketchbook Studies





Notes


links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/dinner-at-dels
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/madame-poobah

8)

Category: Science Fiction

"the Renegade"

Sketchbook studies and Drawings



Notes

links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/neptune-5000-with-real-beating-heart

http://kinnyruzic.com/images/beep-beep

9)

Category: Literary Figure

"Portrait of Benvenuto Cellini"


No studies for this one.
It was sketched onto the wood and worked from there...

 

Notes

links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/jules-verne

http://kinnyruzic.com/images/paul-bunyan-and-the-babes


10)

Category: Mascot

"To Observe and Enslave" (NSA Mascot)

Sketchbook studies



Notes


links to Doug and Candy's pieces described above...
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/mr-tiki-mug-man
http://kinnyruzic.com/images/fire-danger

Thank you again for visiting and taking our Virtual Docent Tour.
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Well, this year has birthed two erotic shows,one in Amarillo,Texas,and the other in Hollywood.

Well....it's about time to start creating some erotic pyrographical pieces....

"the Lovers"

9 x 12"

pyrography with cel-vinyl tinting


"the Lovers

(inspired by Hokusai's "Massive Lovers")

9 x 12"

pyrography with cel-vinyl tinting



and here is the original piece that inspired it....
Hokusai was truly a genius... Shunga prints,as they are called,usually had more LANDSCAPE around the figures (which were usually smaller). This was so that a narrative could be constructed (ie: a peeping tom/amorous activity during a fire or battle outside,etc...) Hokusai,in his usual brilliance,decided to let the figures,the activity become the story....and a universal one at that....








 

 


 

Going to the Artist's Reception at LaLuz de Jesus gallery tonight.

They chose three of my woodburns for the exhibition!

 Will have some photos to share from the opening soon!

Here's the page showing all the pieces in the exhibit ...
http://laluzdejesus.com/laluzapalooza-2015/

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Last year they sorted through 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.

Past shows have featured as many as 330 pieces and as few as 100, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent. Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

Here's the page showing all the pieces in the exhibit ...

http://laluzdejesus.com/laluzapalooza-2015/
and here's the pieces of mine they chose..

Like two years ago,they went for the pyrography!

"King Octopus"
pyrography and acrylic tinting on wood
12x12"

private collection


and here are the ones that made it this year...

"Outside the Garden of Eden"
pyrography and cel-vinyl tinting on wood
16x16"



"the Seven Bowls of Wrath"
pyrography and cel-vinyl tinting on wood
9 x 14"

 




"the Meddlers"
10 x 8"
pyrography on wood with cel-vinyl tinting

 


 


Hello again and Thanks for visiting!

Here are the rest of the drawings from the Holiday Hiatus.

More experiments anddiscoveries and explorations

 

Below are a pair of drawings that were created at the same time

by pressing the wet ink onto the facing page



Here is a failed attempt to combine BOTH the trumpets and Bowls  themes into one composition...tricky!

Below are a sampling of some more Classical Art themes...















After that,it was decided to try my hand at a battle of the Centaurs...

So first...there were a couple of horse studies....

After that,it was a matter of doing horse studies ,and then figuring out how the torso of the human part was going to react to that pose...

Below are the many results of that journey....





























Below is the starting of a 3x3 canvas with the theme of... you guessedit

"the Battle of the Centaurs"

Here is a compositional breakdownguided by the weapon trajectories and arm placements,and  angles of body poses.... So far so good...

and here are some detailsas i build up the lighting and form...





That's all for tonight! Again... Thanks for visiting and sharing in the adventure...

 

 



Welcome to 2015!

Thanks for such a Wonderful 2014 full of friends,painting,hugs,insights,and making new patrons and re-connecting with old ones! Well..... the past month or so has been full of planing and wandering outside the gates to see if anything is compelling and new enough to tackle....

Got to meet the talented Robert jiminez and the amazing El gato Gomez a few weeks back...

They were taking over the Downtown Disneyland Wonderland gallery with their awesome creations,and... seeing as Toe and Arlo and i have known them for YEARS online,it was finally a chance tomeet them and spread some artistic support and HUGs!

Here's PROOF!







After such grand Excitement,it was time to become a HERMIT and stay close to the studio
during the Holidays.... ONCE a new space heater had been acquired,mind you.....

 

Got to redo the studio a lil over the Vacation...will share some photos later,as the walls now look AWESOME, with the Biggest and Best pieces displayed and the rest condemned to the Upper Room/Storage area....

 


"Black Friday"
pen and ink and pastel pencil on Aquarelle watercolor paper tinted with ink and tissue paper
14 x 20"


Being an odd fellow and viewing the world with curiosity and amazement, Black friday is  such a fascinating cultural phenomenon in our time i just HAD to do some drawings...

Here's some close-ups...
the mass of humanity pours in as the doors are finally open. A mass of onrushing cold and creases and squeals and slips as rabid consumers rush for their holy grail...
With cracked glass as a backdrop,the shopping carts vie for space amongst the scrambling packs of Holiday shoppers...
Upper left of this detail shows a man cradling his unconscious friend,unable to find any medical assistance amongst the throng of pulling and grabbing Sale Seekers...
Here is a pack of individuals fighting over a big screen... In the right corner there is a respite from the bustle as a man aids  a fallen comrade...
One last close-up ... a struggle for a dress while a madman laughs and enjoys the chaos below them...

"the Merge"
Black Friday series
pen and ink on Aquarelle watercolor paper tinted with ink and tissue paper
9 x 12"

This one is about human distance in a public place... Isolation and self-entitlement... Lack of human contact in a crowd....Lack of connection....

You may have noticed a looser,messier approach to these new drawings....

Well, always being one to try new approaches and styles and subjects,i was inspired by the

documentary "For No good Reason" about artist Ralph Steadman... After that,and also researching a favorite illustrator from the past,Ronald Searle,it was decided to try a looser style for some drawings...just to see what happens...

and here's what happened..

"the Eager inmate"
Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper

 

"the mad Monk"

Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper


"the Crazy Dog"

Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper

 
"Self portrait at 2 am"
Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper

 
"Screwtape"

Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper

(if you haven't read "the Screwtape letters" you really should! it's on Youtube narrated by John Cleese... Well worth a listen!)


"Man with Glasses"

Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper

 private collection

 

Busting out the pen and ink nibs and scritchy scratching all over the paper was quite liberating...ah Texture!

 

and here's the result of a sidetrack involving sending animals into space....
"Angry Enos the Chimponaut is escorted off a plane"
Pen and ink and watercolor on tissue paper stained Aquarelle paper

 
"Ham the AstroChimp"
Pen and ink and watercolor on Watercolor paper

 

 Also,played with the animals a bit during the self-imposed Art Hermit jag...


"Barking Dog"
pen and sumi ink and watercolor  on Aquarelle watercolor paper
"Dog studies"
pen and sumi ink on sketchbook page
"the Attack"
ink and Copic marker on watercolor paper
"the Yak"
pen and sumi ink on watercolor paper
"Wolf"

pen and sumi ink on sketchbook paper
"lion"
pen and sumi ink on sketchbook paper


Didn't neglect playing around with simplifying and abstracting as well....

Like these fellahs....


"Figure"
pen and sumi ink on sketchbook paper
"the Council"
pen and sumi ink on sketchbook paper
"the Patient Waiter"
pen and sumi ink on sketchbook paper

 

A few strange and mysterious narratives popped up as i just let fancy take hold.....
"the Farewell"
pen,sumi ink,and Copic marker on Aquarelle watercolor paper


"Deciphering the Scroll"
pen,sumi ink,and watercolor on Aquarelle watercolor paper
"the Old man at the Door"
ink on watercolor paper
"the Distraction"
pen and ink and watercolor on sketchbook page
"the plotters"
pen,sumi ink,and watercolor on sketchbook page

"the Contemplator"

ink and white-out pen on sketchbook page

 

a lot of these were created with a brush and ink dropper....

Sometimes the paper is wet,sometimes dry....

Was swimming in adventure and surprise  during these....

"Contemplation"

ink on watercolor paper

"Blind man"

ink on watercolor paper

"Shame"

Copic marker and ink on watercolor paper

"Yeti"
ink on watercolor paper

 
"Girl and Rose"
Copic marker and ink on watercolor paper

 

As the new year unfolds, tiki will have a chunk of the year,as i explore further and deeper into the savage jungles and dark musty bars... here's some of What has been started in this direction....

 

A Tangaroa statue (neutered) gets some of that flicking and slapping ink style..

plan on doing a bunch of these.. the pen and ink takes well to a primitive subject matter.
"Messy Tangaroa"
Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper
private collection

 
"Paradise"

pen and ink and watercolor on watercolor paper


"the lost table"

pen ,sumi ink,Copic marker on Aquarelle watercolor paper


"Refuge"

Copic marker on Aquarelle Watercolor paper

 

Below are the results of a few days appreciating and doing studies after the brilliant French Sculptor,Gislebertus...His style has a cartoonish charm that is strong,solid,and still able to convey a deep and spiritual message... Check him out!

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/234356/Gislebertus


"Fallen Angel after Gislebertus"

pencil and sumi ink on watercolor paper

 


"study of Devil after Gislebertus"

pencil,pen, and sumi ink on watercolor paper

 


"study after Gislebertus"

pencil and sumi ink on watercolor paper


"the Ascent"after Gislebertus"

pencil and ink on watercolor paper

 

Was also inspired by a frieze by Bergeret for Napoleon

and decided to give it a modern twist....

"the Advance"
pen and sumi ink and watercolor on Aquarelle watercolor paper
"man and Dog"

marker and sumi ink on watercolor paper



"Overwhelming force"

Sumi ink and watercolor on watercolor paper

"Plus-Size to Protect and Serve"
pencil and sumi ink on Watercolor paper


"the Protestor"

pencil and sumi ink on Watercolor paper


"Submission"

pen,Copic marker and sumi ink on Watercolor paper


"the Officer"

Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle paper


"the Fence"
pen and sumi ink on watercolor paper

 

and here are some rambling figure studies...just because....
"Figure Study"

ink on watercolor paper

"Ignorance"

ink and watercolor on sketchbook page

"the fallen"

ink on sketchbook page

"the Fallen"

ink and white-out marker on watercolor paper

"Pen and Ink studies"

ink and watercolor on watercolor paper

"Mob"

ink and watercolor on sketchbook page

"Looking back"

ink on sketchbook paper

"Restless Angel"

ink on watercolor paper

"Old Age"

ink on sketchbook paper

"the Ascetic"

ink on sketchbook paper

"the Private thought"

ink on sketchbook paper

"the Secret dream"

ink and watercolor on sketchbook paper

"the Shoveller"

ink on sketchbook paper

 

Well, it's getting late,so i will leave you tonight

and pick up later in the week with EVEN MORE drawings and art stuff from the Christmas vacation jag!

You will be shown  a last batch of Classical Art themes....including LOTS of Centaurs!

As well as some new pyrographical wonders and the starting of three new paintings!

Thank you for the visit and giving this a read.

 

Until our paths next cross.....