Empire State Building III New York New York Impressionism Oil Painting by Longtine NYC Resident Tom Lohre
Empire State Building III, Finished Friday, March 30, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel melted on Plexiglas. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2 pounds
The Empire State building just outside the window went through all kinds of light and day. Fog, rain, darkest the lot changing. Green shadows in the clouds highlighted with lemon yellow and under light in the cloud shadow tan. The same tan as the brick in sun and dark blue as the shaded side of the building, Nantucket red representing the people.
Tom had just started melting oil pastels on Plexiglas as a novel way to paint in an hotel room without stinking up the joint. You painted using a limited palette of nine colors. Each color a special value and hue to fill in all the gaps of the color spectrum. Tom had twenty sheets of Plexiglas he was going to scrimshaw while sailing across the North Atlantic but never had the time on board ship. The milky Plexiglas looked like ivory. At first he used a frying pan on a regular kitchen hot plate. Sometimes the pan would become too hot and cause just the stink he was trying to avoid.
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.
Finished Friday, March 30, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on melted on Plexiglas. Framed in a Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners weighing 2 pounds. Can be shipped in a box 15" x 12" x 4" weighing 3 pounds. Work can be purchase without the frame shipped in 15" x 12" x 4" box weighing 2 pounds. 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.
Brief History of the Artist/Scientist
Tom invented a painting technique melting 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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