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Blob painting started with Tom making a Lego machine that printed using eight colors from a small digital file where each pixel was printed on a canvas by melting oil pastels on hot metal. In time Tom discovered nine special colors that could represent full color. All nine colors could be found in all color areas some in a major role and others in supporting roles. The technique was developed by distilling an image either color or black and white into nine separate colors. Each color playing a tone and hue role.
Portraits have been about half of works completed in the blob technique.
Detail of thick paint
Detail of lower left hand corner before the light green, dark green and red spots were taken out
Ben's Girlfriend, 24" x 36", Blob Portrait, Oil pastel, Commission
Zurich II, 6" x 4", Oil pastel, Blob, melting 1/8" crayons on gessoed board, $150
Irene IV, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, Friday, March 6, 2015
Timothy Thomas, Acrylic on board, 24" x 24", December 18, 2014
Jami and Friend, 12" x 16", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, September 10, 2013
Phil, 12" x 16", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, May 16, 2013
Dough, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait
Aunt Nancy, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait
Tom paints Uncle Jim's portrait in the family room of the rehabilitation facility he is staying at recovering from a fall.
Uncle Jim, May 5, 2013, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait
The finished portrait with Aunt Linda and Uncle Jim, the portrait took about a half hour with their children and spouses looking on.
Emily West Morgan, Yellow Rose of Texas, 10" x 8",Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, May 2, 2013
Mary Kay of Mary Kay Cosmetics , 10" x 8", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, May 2, 2013
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. Blob Portrait
April 4, 2013, Blob Portrait, Angela Grayson's portrait on a realtor yard sign placed where she was killed by a stray bullet while waiting for a bus in Avondale, Cincinnati in at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2006.
Butchie Wood 12/9/75 to 6/6/2011, Acrylic on board, June 21, 2012, Blob Portrait
Earnest Crear, Blob Portrait, 5" x 7", May 19, 2012
Miss Piggy, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 17, 2012, donated to WCET Action Auction
Pope Benedict, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 18, 2012, donated to Annunciation's Spring Gala
Salmon Chase, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 20, 2012, donated to Northern Kentucky University Alumni Awards Celebration
Geoffrey S. Mearns, NKU's fifth president, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 25, 2012, donated to Northern Kentucky University Alumni Awards
Marie Montessori, Latex on canvas, 54" x 54", February 5, 2012
Clark Montessori's Spring Fling, Saturday March 3, 2012 at the Maketewah Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio raised several thousand dollars for the school. Left to right: Beth Conkin, co-chair; Rupa Townsend, principal; Irene Moore; Tom Lohre; Bill Gallagher, co-chair and Robert Townsend in front of a large painting of Marie Montessori by Tom Lohre auctioned off for $450 to hang at the school.
Rosemary Clooney, 8" x 10", Acrylic on board, May 21, 2012
Inspiration, Latex on canvas, 29" x 29", December 1, 2011
Mary Middleton died from a tragic accident the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. She was vivacious and addictive in her auses. She was very thrifty, loving to ask the question about her latest fashion statement, "Look at this, how much do you think it cost? One dollar!
John Adams after Gilbert Stewart, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, November 2011
John Kennedy after Norman Rockwell, Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, 5" x 7", November 2011
Jacqueline Kennedy after Jacques Lowe, Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, 5" x 7", November 2011
Gabriella Giffords, 16" x 20", oil on gessoed board, Blob Portrait, February 19, 2011
Brian Kelly, UC Football coach and Tom Lohre
Brian Kelly, UC Football coach, 12" x 16", oil on canvas, Blob Portrait, October 29, 2009, with Kelly Signature on front of painting
Ted Strickland, Ohio Governor, 12" x 16", oil on board, Blob Portrait, October 27, 2009
Painted in a radically different impressionist manner using carefully crafted colors. The colors are applied in a watercolor manner using tinted Dammar varnish. Not only does it smell great it looks beautiful with a very high gloss finish. The manner, derived from Tomís painting Lego robot, works with six colors so to simulate 4-color you have to carefully select them. You have see the original to fully appreciate it.
Egyptian Woman, Glow, Blob Portrait, 16" x 20", November 16, 2008
Irene, 16" x 20", August 2003, Glow, Blob Portrait
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