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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.....