Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Cold Day In Santa Fe — NFS


8 comments:

Sheila said...

Cold and Santa Fe do not compute....
Love the image, strange as the concept is. Maybe that's why I love it so. An image that is the antithesis of stereotypical Santa Fe.

Tom Pohlman said...

The reference for this was taken a few days after Christmas, when my sister's family was in town visiting. It's funny that you mention the perception of the Southwest as being ALL warm...I think they were a little disappointed that it wasn't (the difference between the High Desert vs the regular Desert)! Honestly though, I'll take a NM winter any day, vs an OH winter! We have been hovering around 60° all week, and OH has been getting slammed with winter storms and temps around ZERO! (Winter has broken here, It's probably safe for you to come visit now) :>)

Douglas Hoover said...

The loose, expressive brush-master does it again! This is a great painting, Tom. You've captured the feeling of the moment... that cold, rushing to the car feeling. Excellent!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks Doug! It definitely was one of those days you didn't dawdle-around outside! There were a lot of unusual contrasts in this scene that made it appealing to me. The cool foreground vs. the hot background. I like paintings that have a second layer of activity to them- the figures in the foreground were very subtle/subdued and kind of get lost- become part of the larger shape. Last but not least- it IS kind of funny/shocking to see snow on cacti, (people bundled up in a southwestern environment)!

Jeb said...

I really like this one! I need to get back to Santa Fe.....it's been like a year or so.

Edward Burton said...

I love the rich colors and great brushwork - well done, Tom!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you Jeb & Edward! Much appreciated.

r garriott said...

Santa Fe can get INCREDIBLY cold!!! It's at a high altitude-- about 7000 feet. We used to go on field trips from ABQ when I was in school-- always in the winter, go figure. Not as bad as Ohio, I'm sure, but still darn cold.

The painting is beautiful-- love the choppy, cubistic look. Gosh I wish I could paint like this.