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Holidays on Ludlow paintings are paintings done in the Clifton evening. Clifton,
a white donut hole neighborhood in Cincinnati where the population is 50% black.
Surrounded by poor black neighborhoods, Clifton retained its whiteness because
of its proximity to the University of Cincinnati and downtown holding on to
the legacy of seven wealthy merchant estates establish in the farmland three
miles from Cincinnati, bordering the canal on two sides.
The old gaslights proliferate the streets and during the first weekend of December Clifton Town Meeting ( The City of Cincinnati’s advisory group), Clifton Business and Professional Association, UpTown Consortium (major employers and developers) and Ludlow 21 (grass roots improvement group) pull out all the stops and open the street to revelators with holiday cheer on their minds. Santa arrives by firetruck, treats and warm beverages served in many shops, University Students parade the streets and special side attractions abound. Brass bands and choirs fill the air along with the smell of hot chestnuts.
Tom took advantage of the quaint nature of Holidays on Ludlow to execute old time impressionists views with wet streets or snow covered roads in the manner of the French masters Antoine Blanchard, Edouard Cortes and Luigi Loir. Though this same manner can be had for a song from the import painters in a handsome frame, Tom wanted to capture his own neighborhood. It was the horse drawn carriage that made it happen. Running around after the carriage, capturing as many frames in the low light to set up the paintings here.
Video of Holidays on Ludlow 2016
Holidays on Ludlow VI, 16" X 12", March 10, 2017, Clifton, Shown, Oil pastel, Blob
The horses and carriage with the Esquire Theater. The work started from life, finished in the studio. This work is oil pastels melted on scrapped smooth gessoed board. The heat gun came in handy to warm yourself. Tom had to extrapolate the snow. The next version will be a nine color blob painting. This version used the full complement of 1/8" custom oil pastel colors.
Set up for working with 1/8" oil pastels.
133 colors according to the classic row pallett. Selecting the right color and value made easy.
Holidays on Ludlow V, 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.
Holidays on Ludlow IV, 36" x 24", October 13, 2015, Oil pastel melted on metal, Blob
Holidays on Ludlow
III, Oil pastel
melted on metal,
Blob, 24" x 18", Finished September 17, 2015
Esquire V, Oil pastel melted on metal, 24" x 18", December 16, 2014, Holidays, Blob
Ludlow Avenue in Clifton is neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The neighborhood includes all the features of a charming landscape. “Holidays on Ludlow” is an evening of carriage rides, music, caroling and special events by the merchants. The carriage rides start in front of Graeter’s Ice Cream the view for this painting. The previous painting with this view was done from life. The evening streets wet from drizzle. A delicate balance of color is struck to display night. The dark opaque oil pastel left something to be desired. This derived version in nine colors lightens the scene by keeping all the colors light. The blob abstraction allows the knowledgeable viewer to pick out the features of the street avoiding the ponderous dark nature of the previous painting, Esquire IV.
Esquire Theater IV, Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati Ohio, 24" x 18", Oil pastel melted on metal, December 16, 2014, Holidays, Blob
Clifton Gaslight IV, 20” x 16", Oil
pastel melted on metal, February 26, 2014,
The scene is from Holidays on Ludlow” with the horse drawn carriage picking up passengers in front of Graeter’s Ice Cream. The sky and street are enhanced by rendering them with high key color, each area having many colors from the complete spectrum.
Clifton Gaslight III, 20” x 16", Oil
pastel melted on metal, February 8, 2014,
The scene is from “Holidays on Ludlow” with the horse drawn carriage lmaking the turn from Clifton to Ludlow. Inspired by Edouard Cortez, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir and Jean Beraud. The rough work is the new rough. The color wax sticks melted onto a hot metal is alive even after it cools. In the past Tom relied on the time of day painting in the street to dictate the light and color of the painting but now he needs to give the painting everything it needs. In the past he shied away from dawn or dusk paintings thinking it was kitsch, low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. This new medium wants him paint all the light effects.
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