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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.


Sara & Walt Composition II, 24" x 24", Oil pastel on canvas, Blob manner, Commission

Sara & Walt Composition I

Melting nine oil pastel colors on heated canvas creates a beautiful colorful bouquet rendition of the subject.


Perfect North Ski Resort VII, Oil pastel on metal, Blob, 8" x 10", January 29, 2017


Oil pastel melted on canvas of sailboat by Tom Lohre.

Fiona III, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Painted from sketch from Third Crossing. Tom used the nine color palette to simulated full color. All the parts of the painting are rendered in nine colors. The colors co-mingle with each other not always playing the hue of the part but the transition of light to dark.

Commission your own blob painting. Provide a drawing or image to transform it into a nine color blob painting like above.


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


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

Fountain Square LXXI, Oil pastel, Glow, Blob, 12" x 16", Tuesday, Janaury 20, 2015
Tom started working with glow in the dark colors while developing his Lego painting machine in 2003. The addition of new colors stymied Tom till 2015 when he was willing to advance the process dovetailing it with his March 2015 Show.
There are two aspects of glow in the dark. Some of the colors can be seen and other colors are colored with an approximation of the glow color. For now, Tom will be using the glow colors for skies and reflection of the sky on the water. Tom developed an applicator to facilitate thicker glow color for the daylight version to show an opaque surface.


Oil pastel melted on metal of the Lady of the Water the top figure of Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain by Tom Lohre.

Fountain Square LXIX, Oil pastel, Blob, 18" x 36", Saturday, January 3, 2015


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

Fountain Square LXXI, Oil pastel, Glow, Blob, 12" x 16", Tuesday, Janaury 20, 2015
Tom started working with glow in the dark colors while developing his Lego painting machine in 2003. The addition of new colors stymied Tom till 2015 when he was willing to advance the process dovetailing it with his March 2015 Show.
There are two aspects of glow in the dark. Some of the colors can be seen and other colors are colored with an approximation of the glow color. For now, Tom will be using the glow colors for skies and reflection of the sky on the water. Tom developed an applicator to facilitate thicker glow color for the daylight version to show an opaque surface.


Irene IV, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob portrait, Friday, March 6, 2015


Oil pastel melted on metal of the Lady of the Water the top figure of Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain by Tom Lohre.

Fountain Square LXIX, Oil pastel, Blob, 18" x 36", Saturday, January 3, 2015


Dolphin Boy one of the four base statues  of Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain latex on canvas by Tom Lohre.

Dolphin Boy II, Acrylic on canvas, Blob, 30" x 40", December 4, 2014

The Tyler Davidson fountain has been painted by Tom many times. The first paintings were done in the winter from the second floor of the Westin Hotel. Earlier Tom painted a woman’s portrait with one of the corner statues in the foreground. This painting is the state of the art Tom’s series. The statue plays a dual role of colorful bouquet of color and abstract image of a popular motif in Cincinnati. The nine colors were refined over years. Each color plays a special role and has a deep effect on the artist. Tom feels that these nine colors can take the viewer where he wants to take them with as little extra as possible. These colors were specially mixed at the paint store and have been used almost exclusively. Every time Tom tries to revise or adapt the series it never hits the mark as these colors do. By expanding the color blob sizes you can abstract the work until it plays against knowing and enjoying.


Mount Adams XII, Acrylic on canvas, Blob, 48" x 30", December 1, 2014


Impressionist painting in faux gold leaf frame of Holidays on Ludlow, Clifton Cincinnati, Ohio by Tom Lohre.

Holidays on Ludlow IV, $500, 36" x 24", October 13, 2015, Oil pastel, Blob


Holidays on Ludlow III, Oil pastel, Blob, 24" x 18", Finished September 17, 2015
Oil pastel on melted on metal, framed in a French style simulated gold leaf over clay over wood with no seam in corners.
Tom’s interest in this painting was to advance his nighttime painting skills. The first painting was started from life across the street from Graeter’s Ice Cream when the horse drawn carriage was taking Cliftonites on rides during Holidays on a Ludlow, merchants open their doors in the evening with Santa arriving by firetruck to Clifton Plaza. It was a cold night with light rain and the heat gun came in handy. Tom is perfecting the colors. In the beginning nine colors where used. Now seventeen colors are used then associate colors are added. By using just seventeen colors you create a forced atmosphere using the color combinations to drive the atmosphere. Atmosphere is everything in a great painting. Without atmosphere the scene is common place. Atmosphere can be created in any time or light using simple color combinations. On the right center is the lighted marquee of the Esquire Theater. Many such paintings have been done and the breakthrough in this work is its hair line stance on abstraction and reality with the atmosphere taking center stage. In the future he hopes to move the color scheme to gray. Gray being the more emotional color.



Night time imppressionist oil painting scene of Ludlow Village, Cincinnati, Ohio by Tom Lohre during  Holidays on Ludlow.

Holidays on Ludlow II, 18" X 24", September 8, 2015, Oil pastel, Blob

Tom's interest in this painting was to advance his nighttime painting skills. The first painting was started from life across the street from Graeter’s Ice Cream when the horse drawn carriage was taking Cliftonites on rides during Holidays on a Ludlow, merchants open their doors in the evening with Santa arriving by firetruck to Clifton Plaza. Tom is perfecting the colors simplifying the original colors to twenty. You can see the lighted reindeer on the top of the Graeter’s building. In the center is the lighted marquee of the Esquire Theater. On the right is the traditional florescent lite vacuum plastic sign of Lentz & Company, a retro furnishings store.


Immpressionist painting of Clifton's Ludlow Village with the Esquire Theater and Clifton Market by Tom Lohre.

Clifton Market and Esquire Theater on Ludlow Avenue, 12" X 16", September 9, 2015, Oil pastel, Blob

The main elements are the Esquire Theater on the left with a gaslight in front of it with a locust tree. The street winds up the hill towards Forest Avenue. On the right is Clifton Market, a co-op grocery store that replaced Keller’s IGA. On top of the market is the fire house lookout cupola on top of the firehouse which is behind Clifton Market. Tom feels that he needs to make these works larger since the stroke size is too large for this size work. Twenty-four by twenty will be the next size and more colors will be introduced. Although Tom enjoys using only nine colors these nine colors are too much of a stretch for the average viewer. He wants to effect a true emotional atmosphere. This work was started on location, creating the composition first and then molding the objects in the painting to the composition. Tom feels the canvas size must determine the composition. The elements were distorted to fit into the composition. The light is morning.


Clifton Firehouse, Fountain and Esquire Theater in heavy impressionism by Tom Lohre.

Clifton Fountain and Firehouse on Ludlow Avenue, 12" X 16", July 17, 2015, Oil pastel, Blob

Tom interest in this painting is to advance his atmospheric studies. He feels a successful painting needs to have a deliberate atmosphere. Using the evening or morning light helps create atmosphere but the atmosphere in a successful painting eclipses this simple use of natural light. For years Tom painted in daylight using the light he saw in from of him without really working with the emotional atmosphere that could have been developed. This work was started on location, creating the composition first and then molding the objects in the painting to the composition. The main elements are the Clifton Fountain on the left in front of the Firehouse building with its fire lookout box on top of the building. In the center is the single perspective view down Ludlow. The light is twilight.


Cincinnati landscape Painting by local artist Tom Lohre of Queen City Great American Building at Night

Queen City Great American Building at Night I, Oil pastel, Blob, 8" x 10", February 8, 2015


Perfect North Slopes III Lawrenceburg Indiana Cincinnati Ohio Impressionism Oil Painting by Local Artist Tom Lohre

Perfect North Slopes IV, January 24, 2015, 8" x 10" x .016” x 2 oz., Oil pastel, Blob


Perfect North Slopes III Lawrenceburg Indiana Cincinnati Ohio Impressionism Oil Painting by Local Artist Tom Lohre

Perfect North Slopes III, January 15, 2015, 8" x 10" x .016” x 2 oz., Oil pastel, Blob


Landscape of red trees outside Superior Honda oil pastel on metal by Tom Lohre

Superior Honda Landscape, Oil pastel, Blob, 10" x 8", January 4, 2015


Perfect North Slopes II Lawrenceburg Indiana Cincinnati Ohio Impressionism Oil Painting by Tom Lohre

Perfect North Slopes II, January 2, 2015, 8" x 10", Oil pastel, Blob


Tyler Davidson Fountain ILVII Cincinnati Ohio Impressionist Oil Painting by Tom Lohre

Tyler Davidson Fountain ILVII, 2014, 8" x 10" x .016” x 2 oz., Oil pastel, Blob


Dolphin Boy one of the four base statues  of Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain latex on canvas by Tom Lohre.

Dolphin Boy II, Acrylic on canvas, Blob, 30" x 40", December 4, 2014

The Tyler Davidson fountain has been painted by Tom many times. The first paintings were done in the winter from the second floor of the Westin Hotel. Earlier Tom painted a woman’s portrait with one of the corner statues in the foreground. This painting is the state of the art Tom’s series. The statue plays a dual role of colorful bouquet of color and abstract image of a popular motif in Cincinnati. The nine colors were refined over years. Each color plays a special role and has a deep effect on the artist. Tom feels that these nine colors can take the viewer where he wants to take them with as little extra as possible. These colors were specially mixed at the paint store and have been used almost exclusively. Every time Tom tries to revise or adapt the series it never hits the mark as these colors do. By expanding the color blob sizes you can abstract the work until it plays against knowing and enjoying.


Mount Adams XII, Acrylic on canvas, Blob, 48" x 30", December 1, 2014, $150


Arabian Horse Impressionist Oil Painting in Faux Gold Frame by Tom Lohre

Arabian Horse, Finished June 4, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on Lexan, Blob


Empire State Building III New York New York Impressionism Oil Painting by longtime resident Tom Lohre.

Empire State Building III, March 30, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on Lexan, Blob


Empire State Building II Small Impressionism Oil Painting in Faux Gold Frame by Tom Lohre

Empire State Building II, March 28, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on Lexan, Blob on Lexan


Empire State Building I, March 26, 2012, 5" x 7" x .125” x 2 oz., Oil pastel on Lexan, Blob


Sunderland Home II, 24" x 20", Oil on canvas


Sunderland Home, 7" x 5", Oil on board


New Orleans Carnival Voodoo

New Orleans Carnival Reverie outside Voodoo Shop, Oil on board, 12" x 16", January 10, 2011



Helen, 8 x 10, Oil on canvas



Helen the Peasant Girl, 8 x 10, Oil on canvas



Helen the Peasant Girl II, 8 x 10, Oil on canvas


Tallarigo Home, 20" x 16", Oil pastel melted on metal



Helen going to School, 16 x 20, Oil on canvas, 040222



Over-the-Rhine Alleyway, 16 x 20, Oil pastel on canvas


Helen, 16" x 20", Pigmented wax  on 90lb paper,  May 18th, 2003


Helen, 16" x 20", pastel on 90lb paper,  May 18th, 2003


Helen, 30" x 24", pastel on 90lb paper, April 10th, 2003


Tom , 36" x 26", pastel on 90lb paper, April 15th, 2003


Mom & Dad with Susan, 36" x 24", pastel on 90lb paper, May 6th, 2003



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