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Portraits painted from images and life using a nine color blob technique.

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

Impressionist painting of woman in dogwood blossoms by Tom Lohre.

Ben's Girlfriend, 24" x 36", Blob Portrait, Oil pastel, Commission

Helen gazing out on Lake Zurich impressionist oil painting by Tom Lohre.

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 painted by Tom Lohre.

Timothy Thomas, Acrylic on board, 24" x 24", December 18, 2014

Jami and friend painting by Tom  Lohre

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 portrait by Tom Lohre

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 oil pastel on  Plexiglas by Tom Lohre

Miss Piggy, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 17, 2012, donated to WCET Action Auction

Pope Benedict portrait painted in abstract manner by Tom Lohre

Pope Benedict, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 18, 2012, donated to Annunciation's Spring Gala

Salmon Chase portrait painted by Tom Lohre

Salmon Chase, 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, April 20, 2012, donated to Northern Kentucky University Alumni Awards Celebration

Geoffrey Mearns, NKU's fifth president painted by Tom Lohre

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 painted portrait by Tom Lohre

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.

Painting of Rosemary Clooney by Tom Lohre

Rosemary Clooney, 8" x 10", Acrylic on board, May 21, 2012

Mary Middleton  abstract portrait by Tom Lohre

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!

Impressionist portrait by Tom Lohre  after Gilbert Stewart.

John Adams after Gilbert Stewart, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, November 2011

Impressionis portrait  of John Kennedy  by Tom Lohre after Norman Rockwell.

John Kennedy after Norman Rockwell, Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, 5" x 7", November 2011

Impressionist portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy  by Tom Lohre after Jacques Lowe.

Jacqueline Kennedy after Jacques Lowe, Oil pastel, Blob Portrait, 5" x 7", November 2011

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Gabriella Giffords oil portrait by Tom Lohre

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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