Thursday, January 1, 2009

Different Folks — NFS

I participated in another painting challenge at DSFDF and had a blast doing a portrait swap with Akiko Watanabe. She did an amazing job with my portrait, so I had to TRY and keep up. It wasn't until she had posted my portrait, that I was able to figure out who she was, so I had the advantage of being able to do a little research on her blog to learn a little more about her. I discovered through her blog that she is an avid animal lover AND that her favorite flower is the Poppy. I had originally planned to paint a mini gallery of her animals in the background- but it was too busy/silly, which did not match the mood of her picture, which is that of an intelligent person with a quiet dignity and reserved smile. The poppies seemed to match her perfectly. I'm afraid the likeness of Akiko ends at the juxtapositioning of her next to the flowers...my signature painterly brush strokes seem to make her look older than she really is! Sorry Akiko! A very happy new year to you all- Tom

20 comments:

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Tom, your rendering of Akiko and the poppies is absolutely gorgeous. How sensitive of you that was to research her so you could convey her spirit; I am impressed! This is just beautiful. I almost didn't see it because it didn't show up at the top like so many new ones do. I'm glad I scanned all the way to the end for a new one, just in case :)

dominique eichi said...

Tom, this is a fabulous painting. There is such richness in it , it portrays her well with these poppies.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Tom, this is a very nice painting! Your painterly strokes turn the form of her face beautifully!

artbyakiko said...

Tom, I am thrilled to find this portrait. It's more than beautiful. You have captured who I am and who I want to be. I also LOVE your style of painting. One day I hope to be able to paint like you. Thanks for researching about me and painting this masterpiece! I do hope to swap our portraits. :)

Sheila said...

Wow.... doubly fierce with this portrait Tom. It just glows and is such a beautiful piece. Ya done yerself proud mister!

Edward Burton said...

Wow, outstanding job, Tom! I love the brushwork and you get a true sense of the artist's personality. Bravo!

hissnhowl said...

Wow! - I just love this...great job and I also love that you incorporated something about Akiko in the background and the gentle feel of the painting.

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks for the high-compliments guys! I really appreciate the encouragement. I have always wanted to do something like this- ie; exchange with my friends! What a wonderful way to end/start the year.

Akiko- You are far too generous :>) I love YOUR work! I am glad to have you as a new friend/peer. Keep up the good work!

Happy painting to y'all in the new year! -Tom

Marian Fortunati said...

LOVE this portrait.
I don't know the lady, but I'm absolutely positive she's thrilled to see it.
I was scrolling down and saw the portrait so I had to come to your site... WONDERFUL!
Have a great year!

Vern Schwarz said...

Tom, an absolutely beautiful painting of Akiko. Your loose vibrant style is one which so many of us strive to achieve. All the best in 2009.

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you Marian & Vern! Happy New Year to you both!

Beth said...

wow...absolutely lovely...her comment back to you was enough to get a lump in your throat!! as a newbie, i missed this challenge, but am chomping at the bit for wednesday...NICE JOB!!

VanDerHoekArt said...

Tom, this is one of my favorites from the challenge. It's is fantastic! I love how simply you stated her hair and the bold brushwork. Really nice!

Tom Pohlman said...

Welcome Beth! For the record, I am a newbie too! This was only my second entry on DSFDF :>) I look forward to seeing you around!

Hi Kim! Flattery will get you everywhere! Thank you very much :>) A belated happy new year to you! -T

VanDerHoekArt said...

HA - You had me going there for a second with the John Bosser thing. You know I've been looking at this guys face for so long now that I keep thinking he looks familiar. Which of course he does because his photo has been hanging around my house for the last few weeks.

Erika Nelson said...

What a beautiful portrait of a beautiful Akiko! I'd recognize her anywhere Tom! Excellent technique!

Sandrine said...

Tom, that's a great portrait of Akiko. I love your style.

adebanji said...

I have been looking at this painting for a while on the DSFDF site and I really love it.

It has a certain freshness about it and the colours are well handled with a certain brightness too.

Well done!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you very much Erika & Sandrine! I really appreciate and enjoy my new friends from the DSFDF community. Everyone is genuinely nice and supportive, I love it!

Thanks Adebanji! I really like YOUR creative approach and sense of humor on this challenge too. James is literally and figuratively immersed in his work :>)

Ingrid said...

Hello Tom~ I found your page via a link on Akiko's page. Akiko is one of my favorite artists! How wonderful to view such a gorgeous painting of her. Love your approach and style! I'll be following your blog...