The Secret: The Hunt for the 13th Casque

Welcome to The Secret: A Tribute Hunt!

Back in the late seventies and early eighties, my father and Byron Preiss created The Secret. 12 paintings and 12 verses were to be paired in order to reveal clues about the location of buried treasure. Buried in the ground were “casques”, or containers in which contained a key. After sending the key to the author, the author would ship a gemstone to the treasure finder.

Almost 40 years later, my partner John Michaels and I decided to create a tribute to the original treasures. Burying our own treasure and original casque, I was tasked with creating a painting for the verse created by Mr. Michaels.

Below you will find instructions (please click on the image to advance), the image, lore and the verse with clues to help you unearth a treasure worth over $2,000. Also, feel free to join the Facebook group!

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Welcome to "Tribute - The Hunt For The 13th Casque" A quest for a one of a kind treasure: over two thousand dollars worth of precious metal and gemst...

Enjoy and happy hunting,

Kit Palencar

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In the Works #6

Welcome back!


So sorry about the delay on updating this website. I kinda forgot about it while working on thesis work and research. Anyways, the galleries are chock-full of new work; drawings and paintings alike. 

Enjoy and thank you for viewing. 

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In the Works #5

Good afternoon!

Sixteen weeks of my MFA career at Kent State University has already flown by. I have a semester of drawing instruction under my belt as well as having made several breakthroughs in not only my process but concepts behind my work.

The artistic process is unforgiving. It's tough. It's messy. It's discouraging. It took me 13 weeks to become frustrated and crumple up a drawing, only to become inspired by that tightly folded form. I found the inspiration in the form of the gesture of the figure and the gesture of the portrait.

I've discovered that a portrait can be null and void of the figure.