Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Heavy Impasto Brushwork

Some of you know I like to employ very expressive brushwork in my paintings... apparently my two year old has been paying close attention! :>) This is a scene from some kind of divine comedy that is playing out in my life right now. I have finally got my act together and jumped back into the painting saddle- I had successfully blocked in my VERY simple composition on a painting for the DSFDF Wig Challenge (strangely- sans wig)- so I got up to put on a pot of coffee. In that time, Owen's inner artist manifested itself (again) :>) This is the first time he has saw fit to add to my work (and his hair). Usually he paints the carpet or the furniture. When my seven year old said "Dad- Owen has your paintbrush..." the vision that flashed before my eyes represented about two gallons of turpentine, a tree's worth of paper towels and about fifty hours of scrubbing- I was cringing when I rounded the corner to walk into my "studio". I busted out laughing when I saw THIS.

12 comments:

Carol Horzempa said...

You've got to enter this one! Tell Karin the story with that photo and add your son's name and age along with yours. Ha ha, I love it......glad you're back in the saddle and painting again!

Did you notice there is a nine year old girl that entered the Challenge and Karin posted her age?

Beth said...

Glad to have you back...and glad you are keeping your sense of humor!! Hope it isnt as cold there as it is in New York, so you can go outside and take some deep breaths!! I think you should submit what your son did!! I don't recall anything about an age limit, or any kind of diploma we need to 'qualify'!! Ha ha!

Vern Schwarz said...

I like it! Some real aggressive brush strokes with an eye for pure colour...ha! Future artist definitely in the making.

JMahorney said...

Ha! I really like like his impasto direct style! Well at least he didn't eat it like my dog:
http://jmahorney.blogspot.com/2009/01/198-chicken-truck.html

Tom Pohlman said...

Hi Carol!- I saw the little girls entry, and I DID think about submitting Owen's painting- before I wiped it down :>) I thought it was probably a better idea just to keep it on my Blog (and not waste a board)

Thanks Beth- I knew y'all would appreciate the humor of the situation :>) I will not tell you how absolutely lovely it has been here- (March will undoubtedly go OUT like a lion- rest assured) Stay warm!

Vern! I am sincerely hoping that both of the boys have inherited SOME of their mother's left brain genes, to balance-out their fathers rather lopsided right! I fear for their futures :>) Thank you for sharing your story/daughters.

Hi Jeff- Ouch! I remember an instructor telling me to keep oil paints away from animals because they have a similar smell to milk (especially the brain damaging Cadmiums) Hope your pooch is OK!

James Parker said...

LOL, Tom..Fantastic to see ya hitting on at least 7 cylinders again...and to see your little ones entering the world of art so soon...where you lead, they will follow. And Tom, for another laugh.....please visit my post of the DSFDF wig project...Invasion of the Body Snatchers...I'll bet you've had a few WIPs like mine.

artbyakiko said...

Glad to see you painting! I thought you turned into an abstract artist! Actually the result is pretty powerful and interesting.

It's like finding my in-progress cat painting modified by numerous colorful paw prints that continues from canvas onto my desk and carpet. lol

Sheila said...

Hi Tom. I'm actually quite impressed with your two year old's motor skills. He had to have made a concerted effort to get the paint on the brush and then stroke it on the canvas. He then took other colors and did the same. You may have a prodigy on your hands. Time to get kid safe/washable paints, a big tarp and kid friendly brushes!!!

Tom Pohlman said...

Thank you James- I'll be right over!

Hey Sheila!- We actually do a lot of painting and drawing TOGETHER... what impressed me the most, was the lightening speed in which he worked with my back turned!!! If I could only tap into THAT! ha ha

Angela Elledge said...

Hello Tom - Oh, to be young again and not fear the big blank canvas before me/us! I'm glad you are back and painting again; you've been missed.

Just to remind you, I commented on your longhorn painting a while back...A few weeks ago, with great fear and trepidation, I had the opportunity (my husband talked me into it) to climb upon a longhorn (a real live one)! If you give me your e-mail address, I'll send you a photo.

r garriott said...

How did I miss this??? Brilliant!

(Wiped it down??? Poor kid will probably be damaged for life! My mom never saved any of my great 'illustrations' for the first decade, either, and see what that's turned into...!)

r garriott said...

Boy, everyone's critic (even the 2-year old)!

Don't know how I missed the great painting underneath-- had to comment again. This story will be in your family lore forever.

I also just noticed your monitor in the the background; that's how I do it, too. Go figure.