Friday, December 12, 2008

Work Boots

This is the first "challenge" painting I did for Different Strokes From Different Folks , a wonderful blogsite dedicated to artists. Everyone is encouraged to interpret a weekly photo through paintings or drawings, and the submitted art is then viewed as a themed gallery. Its really interesting to see how different artists respond to an image. For me- this represents a kind of license to "play". The challenge this week was to push the envelope on texture. I had fun taking the painting past the point I would normally stop, and then trying to retrieve it from the ashes.

20 comments:

dacoop said...

beautifully painted...nice composition too!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks Dana- I credit all of the wonderful Art Teachers I have ever had :>) I really enjoyed the exercise!

Edward Burton said...

Really nice job on the boots - great composition. You have a lot of great paintings on your blog - very nice work!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you for the compliments Edward! I can turn around and say the same things to YOU! :>) I am going to make an effort to contribute to Different Strokes on a frequent basis- it's good for the sole (pardon the bad pun). Have a great weekend! -Tom

Sheila said...

Fantastic brushwork!

Sally Tharp said...

Love your painting style and your rendering of the boots! Really enjoyed seeing the rest of your work as well!

Sally Tharp said...

Love your style and rendering of the boots! Really enjoyed the rest of the pieces on your blog as well!! Very talented!

VanDerHoekArt said...

Wonderful Boots!

I'm so glad you did these because I found your blog through Karin's Different Strokes blog. Your artwork is stunning!

Leslie Lockhart said...

Absolutely wonderful! Who knew a painting of work boots could be moving!! Please contribute again-

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! You guys are helping me gear-up for my first commissioned piece. It's supposed to be a Christmas gift if I can get it done in time...I'll post it as soon as the cat is out of the bag. Thanks again for the encouragement- I really appreciate it! -Tom

Vern Schwarz said...

Tom, welcome aboard. I love your take on this weeks challenge and the loose rough beauty of this piece is so in tune with the subject matter.

Alice Thompson said...

Tom, your colors are yummy, and the brush strokes are fantastic. I look forward to more of your style.

Douglas Hoover said...

Dang, Tom. I go away for a few days and look what you come up with! Wonderful composition! The colors and brush strokes.. perfect.

adebanji said...

A very emotional pair of boots! Great brushwork and harmony of colours

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks Vern, Alice & Adebanji! I am hoping it will stop snowing long enough for me to get a decent "portrait" photo for next weeks challenge! I may have to dig up something else...

dominique eichi said...

Great piece and really nice brush work. The picture you have here seems great.

Eugenia W Martin said...

Your work is beautiful and you say so much with just a few brush strokes. I can only hope to do so well some day.

Tom Pohlman said...

Douglas! Sorry I missed your comment (and THANK YOU)- I didn't get an email update?! Since last friday, I have been pulling together reference material and supplies for my first commissioned painting. It's the first painting I have done since June that isn't 7" x 5" or 6" x 6", which has meant bigger brushes, bigger bottles of stand oil, bigger puddles of paint, you get the idea :>) I have YOUR holiday guests here for the next 9 days- should be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Hope all is well with you!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you Dominique & Eugenia!

Sheila said...

I just had to see who the cowboy Alice Thompson was referring to on Akiko's portrait for DSFDF. Alice is right in saying you did paint a "fierce" pair of boots. I look forward to seeing much more of your work!