Queen City Great American Building at Night I, Oil pastel on metal, 8" x 10", Finished Sunday, February 8, 2015
Cincinnati landscape Painting by local artist Tom Lohre of Queen City Great American Building at Night
Finished January 30, 2013, 8" x 10" x .016” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on melted on aluminum. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2.5 pounds. Can be shipped in a box 20” x 14” x 4” weighing 3.5 pounds. Work can be purchase without the frame shipped in 15" x 12" x 4" box weighing 2 pounds. Shipping is not free as listed in shipping. Packing and shipping fees to be determined. Painting can be picked up in Cincinnati for free or delivered by the artist within a two hundred mile radius for a determined fee.
In the past Tom painted Cincinnati showing Mount Adams from the Kentucky side. His motif of the Crew Tower and PNC building was from Kentucky with the Suspension Bridge in the foreground. This motif of Cincinnati’s newest skyscraper the Queen City Great American Building is also painted from across the Ohio River from inside Brother’s on the Levee. It also has the Crew Tower and PNC building in it. Tom worked on the painting while his daughter was taking in a movie at Newport on the Levee. The Taylor Southgate Bridge is in the foreground.
These colorful artworks are painted with blobs. Tom’s blob painting started in 1980 when Tom explored the possibility of a machine that painted. He was painting impressionistic works one right after another and thought he could make a machine to do this. In 2003 he discovered Lego MindStorm Invention System and spent four years learning the software. On January 5th, 2007 at 9 p.m. he cracked the code to write a program that took information from an image in the computer and fed it to a painting machine. The painting machine was a classical assistant. It laid one of eight colors in generally the correct spot.
The painting machine needed a great stroke to be successful. Tom cannot remember the exact time he thought of melting wax on hot metal to make a stroke. It was a beautiful stroke with a velvety surface and heavy impasto. Sakura oil pastels are melted and mixed into a certain color in a dish on a hot plate then sucked into a brass tube, cooled and extruded. The Lego MindStorm Invention System painting machine did ten works. The next painting machine will surf the Web for a paintable image then paint it.
Now Tom uses the technique for his impressionist paintings. The painting is reduces the motif to nine colors in various blob shapes. Like color printing reducing realism into four colors he reduced realism to nine colors. Each of the nine colors selected set off an alarm in Tom’s head. After numerous attempts to expand or improve the color set he has not found the next formula. These colors are so important they need introductions.
First is white for obvious reasons playing the first in the gray scale, second is light yellow to be the next in the gray scale. All nine colors act as an incremental step through the gray scale. When photographed with a black and white camera the colors act as clear steps from white to a value nine. There is no color darker than a value nine because it keeps the painting vibrant. Darker colors pull the painting down emotionally. The light yellow highlights the face, creates the sun glinted land and acts as the yellow in clouds. Third is light blue playing a major role for sky and light shadow. Fourth is light green holding down the role of young growth and early shadow in the face. Fifth is yellow ochre is the third gray scale in the face as well as burnt grass and light wood. Sixth is Nantucket red is the fourth color in the face gray scale and if unique being the only red in the palette. It is blood, bramble and dark wood. Seventh is dark blue the third gray scale for the sky, early shadow for the face, periwinkle for clothes and reflections for water. Eighth is dark violet the first definer of cool shadow, black, hair and deep sky. Ninth is dark evergreen for deepest close shadow, black, dense growth and hair. It is hard to believe that with just these colors you can create full color and exact realism if you stand far enough away from the canvas. Once up close the painting becomes a bouquet of flowers.
Tom applies the special palette in various forms, oil paint, acrylic and melting fancy crayons on metal. Derived from his painting machine, melting oil pastels on hot metal took numerous steps. After retiring the painting machine that used the technique he adapted it for painting in hotel rooms since you could paint a lively impasto impressionist work without smell. At first he heated plastic sheets of Lexan on a hot plate. Through a mishap the sheet of ceramic he laid on top of a hot plate to heat the plastic evenly broke and he came back to a five foot blue flame. Freaked out since he was preforming this exhibition in a public theater he came to his senses and carefully picked up the hot plate and carried it outside. It is a miracle the smoke alarms did not go off. The plastic burned with such rocket nozzle purity he took it to be an omen.
Eventually he discovered you could heat up the metal with a hot air gun used to melt paint or a kitchen butane torch by heating the surface from the front, heating without moving the canvas. The painting machine heated the metal from behind and he developed three variations using hot plates and electric pancake skillets with magnets embedded in it to hold the metal. It was a nuisance to move the metal to the heated area since heating the whole surface for a long time deteriorated the wax pigment. Now the only restriction to larger works was the weight of the metal, a four by three foot piece of 28 gauge flashing metal weights fifteen pounds. Tom is currently cutting canvases off a three by fifty foot roll of roof flashing metal. Earlier he used aluminum. The shiny surface made an alluring addition to the canvas since it reflects light at the proper angle from the small spots not covered by pigment. The future is shinny aluminum cut from four by eight sheets.
Painting with blobs is reality. Composition and time of day establishes the painting. This new manner cannot change the situation. The gross manner lends itself to familiarity. The visceral manner guided by natural illustration makes everyone there. Each stroke takes on more significance. Reality reduced to something a printer would do but when the artist reduces the scene to a few blobs that still have the scene then now that’s painting. Each round edged blob means more. The blob represents the reality of painting in the classical manner. Strike while the iron is hot. Why do anything unless you are ready? The same is true with painting.
Brief History of the Artist/Scientist
Tom Lohre learned by living with a master portrait painter R_. Searching for new subjects, he painted the eruption of Mount Saint Helens while it erupted from life, twenty miles to the south on Tum Tum Mountain. He also painted the first space shuttle from life, 200 'feet from it, under armed guard, the day before to took off. Besides painting portraits, Tom paints scenes from life.
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Tom invented this painting technique. Tom melts oil pastels on metal by heating the metal. Once cooled the work will stay in place unless heated to 255 degrees, at 155 degrees you can manipulate the oil pastel without having the oil pastel move towards gravity. Run warm water over to clean, do not rub or brush, let dry and replace in frame. Do not touch the surface. The work should last for hundreds if not thousands of years if undisturbed not heated above 175 F and lit by indirect light.
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