... ...

Traditional and Impressionist Paintings in Gold Frames

Portraits in the manner of William Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825-1905

Landscapes in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, Dutch, 1637-1712

Paintings in the manner of

logo.gif (3909 bytes)

Click To Contact

Inspiring Smiles Forever

Complete Works, Portraits, Landscapes, Still Lifes, Sculpture, Lego Artist...

Sign up for yearly notices by sending an e-mail to


Post comments on https://www.facebook.com/artisthos/

170204 The new painting machine to make the shrine portraits will be a larger version of the 2007 machine. A small heating coil will be moved into position over the metal surface to accept the oil pastel stick in a timely manner. A weathering test is being done to see how the oil pastel paintings last outside.
A lot has been learned heating up the surface to melt the oil pastel sticks on a hot surface since 2007. The technique has been used and developed almost on a monthly basis since then. The process lends itself to en plien air work and quick work and having the work look like oil paint becoming fully dried as soon the oil pastel cools.

170203 This new machine will bring a disk down onto a surface of latex paint then move it to the work surface. Hopefully the surface tension will be enough to trigger a touch sensor activating raising up the disk and moving the paint to the working surface. There may be 3000 dots on the 24" x 24" metal canvas. Nine colors will be used and it may take several days to fill in the spaces since it will need nine passes because the paint will not dry quick enough to bring down the next color. It will be more permanent than the original printing machine that melted eight colors in sequence requiring one pass. I should do a test to the permanence first.

170201 The beginning of the next painting machine. Using paint, daubing a dot on a 24" x 24" piece of metal for the shrine portraits. Metal will prove to be more durable. Using Lego parts and the "get pixel" command to retrieve pixel information from an image, applying it to it's location. One complete pass may take 12 hours and nine passes, one for each color will be needed. The machine runs automatically and may work overnight.

50 hand made watercolor invitations for a Valentine Party, proved to be the solution to a two week "writers block" working on the Obama art below.

The Boxes at Covent Gardens by Thomas Rowlandson, the masterpiece to emulate especially the charischuro.

Middle stage of the work, slowly establishing the chiaroscuro.

Chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect.
The underlying principle is that solidity of form is best achieved by the light falling against it. Artists known for developing the technique include Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. It is a mainstay of black and white photography.
Tom also feels that it is the pattern of light and dark the artists uses to create a Rorschach test like pattern that the mind’s eye creates into an emotional experience that lends itself to the subject of the painting. The light and dark pattern is almost an overall pattern that does not reveal form but emotion.
While studying Rowlandson's manner reminds Tom of Mort Drucker, the fine expressive line of the pen and brush is a dead ringer for Drucker’s work. It’s as if they both were working on the same page Rowlandson in 1750 and Drucker in 1960. Drucker said he never started out to be a caricaturist, he was just assigned the job at MAD magazine and excelled in it.
Work on the poem painting continues as a careful darkening occurs paying close attention to the chiaroscuro guided by the need for light and dark to establish form but all the while focusing on creating an interesting pattern to play on the eye.

Digital Mannequin

Sketch, 8.5" x 11", pencil on paper, in its second week, the digital, the palette and the drawing dragged on forever. Finally embracing the mission by making the figures friends Tom worked with during the Hillary campaign.

Palette for watercolor



Catherine’s arm drapes
across my chair, Elaine’s toe
is tapping my foot,

my knee pushes Tim’s
ribs. Soon, we are all breathing
as one. After eight

long years of holding
our breaths afraid to inhale
toxic hate, we gasp

for natural air.
When the slim young president
raises his right hand,

we’re huddled as close
as immigrants entering new
land, packed as tightly

as the throngs who fill
the chilly D.C. mall. We
have waited lifetimes

for this hour. Two words
he does not speak today are
I and me; his world’s too

wide for that. Instead,
he sounds an urgent cry: none
should prosper while so

many plummet. Here
in our small valley nestled
in Kentucky’s knobs,

his message is not
new. We’ve been practicing two
hundred years to get

it right. When speeches
and oaths end, tables and tears
are wiped dry, Tim fills

Susan’s glass, Elaine
leads Catherine out, JoAnn
scrapes the plates, Mary

brings me home. I hear
a new and ancient chorus
rising like the hum

of locusts in these
cursive hills and grassy fields:
Yes we can. We. Yes.

Oil pastel melted on canvas of sailboat by Tom Lohre.

Christmas Present Booklet of the SPRING 2016 Crossing on Fiona with Captain Eric complete with sea & surface state fax and pencil drawing for each day.


Detail of thick paint

Detail of lower left hand corner before the light green, dark green and red spots were taken out

Impressionist painting of woman in dogwood blossoms by Tom Lohre.

Ben's Girlfriend, 24" x 36", Oil pastel melted on scraped canvas

Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, 16" x 12", oil on canvas, February 24, 1987

Carlos bought this painting on E-Bay calling to see what it is worth, his daughter liked it. He sent two images from his cell phone. Framed handsomely it is worth about $175 at auction about one fifth of the market value. Tom painted from life in Palm Beach from 1980 to 1987 during the winter season. He signed his name in block letters in 1987.

Rose of Sharon, 4' x 3', oil on canvas, Portraits

Started in 1980 with a then girlfriend, then another and finally being completed with his wife.
The name "rose of Sharon" first appears in English in 1611 in the King James Version of the Bible. In the song of Solomon ch2 v1 the speaker (the beloved) says "I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley". I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

Anthony's Birthday Present, 12" x 16", Oil pastel on metal, 1/8" crayons, Ooctober 10, 2016

Modified black and white image into a nine color painting.

Behringer Crawford Museum's FreshArt 2016 submission, Devou Park 360°, 16" x 12" oil on board, September 17, 2016

Click on the image to go to the Panorama 360° Viewer


This painting idea started with the development of 360° images. The painting is 16” x 12” streched to 36” x 18” the size of the 360°.

Take your pick. Tom's submission for the Golden Ticket.

Fine oil painting of a home in the old Dutch manner by Tom Lohre.

Evanswood Home, 20" x 16", oil on board, July 23, 2016, Home Portraits

Painted in the Traditional Dutch oil painting in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, 1637-1712

https://flic.kr/s/aHskBY9ag9 has the detailed images of the work.

Working on a complicated four month long painting makes for mixing things up a bit. Herman Melville and William Adolphe Bouguereau would be in their studios all day and others did not really know what they did in there, Tom's wife thinks the same thing. It is fun to think they were working all the time on the work but they were not unlike Tom, answering letters, cleaning, working on peripheral things; spending a lot of time working on refining the craft, researching, making new devices and procedures that make the work fun and easier. After years of wanting to make videos of painting it was not until now Tom set up a technique to do just that. It came together when he found a contraption to hold documents while typing, similiar to a desk top lamp that clamps on the table and allows you to move it all around. It makes it possible to sneak into the painting space with a USB cable video camera.

In painting a complicated work the question comes up, “Is it worth it?”
Working to duplicate the old masters, taking time to study and produce, is the resource which is bottomless. Money may be in short supply but there is always plenty of time. Giving the work all the time it needs to achieve success is the least the artist can do. Material goods may be in short supply but never to the level of preventing work. No one askes how long did it take? They think the artist took as long as he wanted.
If an artist is attempting to emulate an old master work wouldn’t that mean he would spend as long as he needed? The artist is not setting the standard, the standard is already set.
Though it takes six months to paint such a work and the payment is a fraction of the time spent, is this a good use of the artist’s time? He enjoys matching the level of work and spending hours in front of a charming painting, albeit to him; not unlike sitting in a museum.
Tom learned that the painter he is emulating, Jan van der Heyden, created paintings for the market. He was an engineer and inventor of gas street lighting and firefighting equipment. Tom was disillusioned at the painters work, creating paintings that seemed fads in Dutch society. It may have well been a fad at the time and he was encouraged and rewarded to produce as many as he could. The resulting paintings do not have a heart and soul in it as Tom understands. Tom searched for personal commissions Heyden produced that had intimacy but found none. Though known to paint every brick and leaf, resorting to making a stamp you could apply to the wet paint to set up the painting of leaves and bricks, Heyden’s work has failed to inspire Tom though he has been a vehement follower for twenty years.
In the end, painting “Evanswood Home”, Tom feels the only take away is to continue to paint in transparent medium since it gives the painting an extra oeuvre. In the future Tom seeks to use transparent mediums with phosphorescent paint.

Twilight Tree Line in Glow in the Dark colors impressionist oil by Tom  Lohre, night  view.

Twilight Tree Line, 24" x 18", Glowing Oil pastel on metal, April 10. 2016, dark view

Twilight Treeline, impressionist oil by Tom Lohre, twilight view.

twilight view

Best to view with a clicker. Hang the work in low light plugging in the light with the clicker module. View by clicking to turn off light.

These images do not show the real view of the painting. Cameras receive and process light differently than eyes. The twilight view is the best approximation of what it is like to view the painting in its optimal.

Tom started working with glow in the dark colors while developing his Lego painting machine in 2003. In 2015 he produced two paintings with the sky and water being glow and the rest normal colors. All the paintings are oil pastels melted on hot metal, a technique he started with his painting machine. One of the paintings, a view of Fountain Square, hangs in the Cincinnati City Hall, part of an art for sale/display program curated by Jan Brown Cheeco.

This painting moves the process a step further using only glow in the dark colors in ernst as a standalone medium. The work is developed on three levels: daylight, dark and half-light or twilight version (the way the work is supposed to be viewed.) Not being able to work with the color in the manner it is to be viewed is the stumbling block. It is like working in an alternate universe. The glow colors have a comforting manner about them for when you close your eyes the colors you see are glow in the dark. The preliminary workup is done in the computer with two layers, the layer as the painting looks in daylight and the way the painting looks in the dark. Half of the colors are a milky yellow white and cannot be distinguished one from another. The other half are tinted in an approximation of the glow color.

The next glowing painting will be a sea scape with Moby Dick, whaleship and whaleboat. Tom hopes to advance his study focusing on the twilight version of the work carefully taking advantage of the brightest glowing colors making them the bright reflection on forms and the lesser glowing colors the shadow colors. Tom will rough out the scene in 3D using Poser, then moving it to paint after the composition, reflection and colors are set.

Tom made a painting machine out of Lego's Mindstorm Invention System in 2003. To make a machine that paints you must simplify the application process. The stroke the machine used is the same as this work, melting wax on a hot surface. These same simplifications also stimulate the viewer as a new aggressive impressionism. His first study technique was painting copies in museums, learning principals of art that could not be taught. His second study technique was creating machines that copied the process of painting. He discovered more principals of art that otherwise could not have learned.

His purpose in these paintings is to reveal his spirit while illustrating life. He seeks a visual vibration that inspires and stimulates the viewer to see beauty, truth and order, using unconventional methods. He seeks to discover underlining principals not revealed in normal study. This work differs from others because it goes a step further, applying traditional study techniques using new methods.


Impressionist oil painting of Perfect North Ski Slopes, Lawrenceburg, IN by Tom Lohre.

Perfect North VI, Oil pastel on metal, 20" x 16", Sunday, January 25, 2016

Portrait of Judy as the young woman in Bouguereau's "The Knitter"

Judy as woman in Bouguereau, 16" x 20", Traditional academic manner

Click image to see larger image

Teaching at the Cincinnati Women's Club

Sidewalk Shrines and Noted Icons
Clifton Cultural Art Center
3711 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH, 45220
Friday, March 6, 2015
to Friday, April 3, 2015

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre.

Click image to see larger image

Fountain Square LXXI, Glowing Oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Tuesday, Janaury 20, 2015

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre

Click image to see larger image

Glow in the Dark Painting of Cincinnati's Fountain Square by Tom Lohre

Click image to see larger image

Click image to see larger image

Three views of Fountain Square LXX, Glowing oil pastel on metal, 12" x 16", Wednesday, January 14, 2015, these three images are all the same painting

Mother and daughter portrait by Tom Lohre

Click image to see larger image
http://tomlohre.com/figure.htm Mother Daughter VIII, Second state, 20" x 24", Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Click image to see larger image

Click image to see larger image

Click image to see larger image

SOS ART 2014A community art show and event of creative expressions for Peace and Justice
Late May into June @The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St, downtown Cincinnati

At 11 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012 fifteen-year-old Africa Hope was killed by a stray bullet at 1700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. This portrait placed at the site after being in the SOS show.Winning second place in the juried Golden Ticket Art Show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio verified what Tom is experiencing. Realtor yard signs repainted with a portrait of a gun violence victim placed where they died, provide a positive colorful happy catalyst to solve gun violence. Help a "at Risk" person. Be part of the solution. Apathy is the problem. The signs—revered by community— are everlasting remembrances. With each sign Tom experiences something like a block buster movie with characters larger than life. He learns about the victim and meets the family. They live larger lives, the highest highs and lowest lows. The portraits are larger than art. Tom becomes a pawn in a complex battle to live in a safe productive world. Creating a painting against gun violence does not solve the problem. It is the grunt on the ground that solves gun violence. Social networks solve gun violence. Slogans, art, songs and preaching help solve gun violence but it is the grunt on the ground makes the change. Tom plans on painting at these spots looking for the beautiful. He will befriend the residences and make a change. With everyone stepping up and taking back their streets we can solve this problem. Many people are working on this problem. Many events draw attention to gun violence. He adds this ongoing project to the battle.

Tom Lohre wins second place at the 2012 Golden Ticket Art Show.

Click image to see larger image

Tom Lohre wins Second Place at the Golden Ticket September 7, 2012 for Earnest Crear, Latex on board, 50” x 19” x 1”, May 15, 2012, 18” x 12” board from a realtor sign painted on both sides an impressionistic portrait of Earnest Crear and placed in metal realtor frame. To be placed at Rockdale Avenue and Knotts Street where Earnest Crear was fatally shot, August 18, 2007. Full story at SOS.htm 

Tom Lohre painted as Ahab in the last chapeter of Moby Dick.

Tom Lohre as Parsee

16” X 20”, Oil on canvas, work in progress

A Family Portrait to Be Cherished Foreve

Family portrait, 30" x 24", Traditional Dutch landscape oil painting in the manner of Jan Van Der Heyden, 1637-1712

Sketches Over the Years

Christmas 2008 Helen XIV, ink on paper board, 8" x 10", December 25, 2009

Matt, 8 " x 10", three color charcoal on paper, from photo

Sailing Stories and Art

Crossing III Booklet in preliminary form

Portraits Over the Years

Richard T Farmer, Oil on board, 12" x 16", April 18th, 2008, Richard Farmer, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Cintas Corporation spoke at Xavier University on April 18th, 2008 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series, "10 Important Experiences Over 50 Years in Business. "

Herb Feldman, Oil on canvas, detail

Hiroshima mon Amore, Oil on canvas, 1979

Portrait of Two Men Rhett Fire and Mel Odem Traditional Oil Painting on Canvas by Tom Lohre

Rhett Fire & Mel Odem, 5' x 4', oil on canvas, July 1st, 1983

Children's Portraits

Helen, 36" x 40", oil on canvas, painted for the 2006 Tall Stacks Celebration in Cincinnati

Traditional child portrait by Tom Lohre.

Sydney wears a tutu from the Cincinnati Ballet. She is painted as an Ice Fairy in "The Nutcracker."

Your face in a masterpiece Pick any painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Tom will paint your face in it. Photo: United Press International 1979.

Animal Portraits

Fancy, 12" x16", oil on canvas, 1994

Clifton Cow jumping over the Moon in Mount Storm Park, oil on canvas, 2003

More Info

Home Portraits

Bahamian Home, 20" x 16", watercolor on paper, 1995


Art Machines Powered by Man

Click To visit the wacky world of "The Great Tomaso."

The bicycle has itís own colorful propeller and balloons attached to a bar that encircles the driver and passenger. As they ride, many times they leave the ground.The pushcart is the circus floor for the small Art Machines

Click image to see larger image

The Side Show takes place on top of the pushcart.

"Artisto" the automata painting machine paints Chad Johnson.

Chad Johnson, 16" x 20", September 2007, Wax on aluminum sheet
This is the second painting done with the Lego robot assistant, "Artisto." The face is a Bengal receiver. The face is set in the mask of a tiger. Tom used strong colors to accent the eight colors available in the robot assisted process.Irene, Oil pastel on foil, 16" x 20", August 2007

The first painting done by "Artisto" using glow in the dark colors makes use of a strong combination of colors for a powerful graphic effect. The sky comes to life in the dark. Two different glow in the dark colors, blue and orange, where used for the background.

Mike Wilger, proprietor of the Visual History Gallery, works with "Artisto."

Shown at
January 2008 at Sitwell's Coffee House, 324 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati OH 45220, 2008 Show Brochure

April 18 to May 18, 2008 at Visual History Gallery, Mike Wilger, owner, 1989 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45202, mwilger@fuse.net, 513-871-6065, Visual History Gallery

Artisto Paintings in the Show

A peek into Tom's Apartment in New York City in 1986 by Nelson Sullivan.

Being a Meat Market Pioneer - Fixing the Plumbing at 5 Ninth Avenue in 1988 by Nelson Sullivan.

Humidify and Bathe your Home in Soothing Sound

Click to begin enjoying your home even more during cold dry days with an indoor waterfall.


Your Children Can Decorate Your Home

Learn how Tom supplies materials and guidance for you or your children to paint.

View Locations of Paintings from Life in a larger map.

Experience The Warm Feeling of Owning Original Art

Auctions on Everything but the House

Current Works at Auction

Archived Auctioned Items

The Artist in the News

Special Web Sites, Family Tree, Friend's Links

Complete Works, Portraits, Landscapes, Still Lifes, Sculpture, Lego Robot Artist...


Experience the Warm Feeling of Owning Original Art

Sign up for yearly notices by sending an e-mail to newart-subscribe@tomlohre.com

Post your comments on https://www.facebook.com/artisthos/

126A West 14th Street, 2nd Floor Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-7535