Saturday, March 14, 2009

Live Bait!

There was something raw about the subject matter for this weeks challenge on DSFDF, literally and figuratively. That feeling permeated every aspect of creating this painting- from the concept, to the completion, to the savagery of my two year old (again), while I was in the shower! I managed to snatch this one out of the jaws of total destruction- if for no other reason than to get rid of this cursed board (it's the same one from the last challenge).

25 comments:

Douglas Hoover said...

Hey Tom, this is a great painting! I absolutely love it. Although, I'd be kind of afraid to own this one!!

However, this one could be viewed as a collaborative effort between you and your son.

artbyakiko said...

He did it again?! It seems this time he decided to make your couch look more interesting. ;)

I love your sushi painting. Very creative! It's a great sign for sushi bars.

Sheila said...

Oh my goodness. I wonder if you were like him when you were two. Nah....you were an angel for sure.
I love your take on the sushi challenge Tom. Hugs to you and your boys.

Kerri Settle said...

Cursed panel and all, I like the way this one came out! It was a creative take on the challenge.

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks Doug- You don't have to be afraid of owning it- unless you live in this house (or have a artistic 2 yr. old in yours) :>)

Akiko- now that a certain "pattern" of behavior has been established, I will have to come up with a deterrent (short of suspending my things from the ceiling) It definitely came out more "distressed" than I had originally planned! Thank you :>)

Hey Sheila- Being a "loosely supervised" child of the 70's, I think I was actually WORSE, if you can imagine that! I remember taking a Ball-Ping Hammer to the side of my aunts car around his age (3)... I need to go check the toolbox! :>)

Thanks Kerri- I think the extra beatings the painting took, actually helped it in the end! Regarding sushi... I like to think the fish of the oceans and streams sleep a little more sound knowing I am around. :>)

Beth said...

Oh good...your back!! I was glad to see your painting, very excellent!! At least you always know what to get your son as a gift?! (Or maybe the thrill is that he isn't 'sposta?)

Cathyann said...

Fun to look at! And a cute story to go with it. Nurture that little Pollack! Seems like he had no fear of creating.LOL

Torrie Smiley said...

I love it! I am from West Texas and I consider sushi bait, but my daughters love it~

Great painting, eventhough you did have help!

Torrie

Edward Burton said...

I really like your version of the challenge - the addition if the sign really adds to it.

Michelle Burnett said...

I love your interpretation of this weeks dsfdf!

...And good save by the way. Your son is quite the budding artist. I love his painting for last week's challenge.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Love the painting and loved the story too..you are a brave or dare I say crazy man to have oil paints within reach of a two year old...too funny!
Glad to see you back!

Gwen Bell said...

I like everything about this one...the fun but scary composition, the way the Soy Sauce peeks through under the shark, the strong cerulean isolated on the left with some in the Sushi. And it looks so good on Black!

Tom Pohlman said...

Hi Beth! Ya' know- both of the boys REALLy enjoy art- we do stuff just about everyday- so this "trend" is not for the lack of opportunity. I am leaning in your direction on his thrill seeking streak :>)

Cathyann & Torrie- You guys make me feel better about my aversion for the stuff. Im sure it's good- lots of people love it... I'll just stick with the miso (sp?) soup and salad when I meet my trendy friends for dinner :>)

Thanks Edward- I've always wanted to do a fishing wharf type sign!

Hi Dana- You would think I would learn?! I always take note of where he is when I leave the room (when I have been painting)- thinking I can get back before he can get into trouble... all I can say is his tactical strikes are thing to marvel at :>)

Thank you very much Gwen!- I should probably take a break from the "edgy" paintings like this and Edgar Allan Poe for a while... but they are a lot of fun to do :>) I think I have a little Tim Burton in me that wants to get out. I love Turquoise- straight out of the tube! I also love beat-up type on that particular color for some reason. Maybe I spent too much time on the Daytona Beach Pier from our annual family vacations in the 70's???

L.Holm said...

That's hysterical, and the painting turned out beautifully despite the unexpected collaboration. You must have learned to be very quick on your feet as Dad to such a creative 2-year-old!

maria said...

Tom, this is just a great interpretation. So fun! Be happy that your son loves to play with paint. My boys are teens and I hope they never lose their wonder at what different things can do.

Marian Fortunati said...

Tom,

I love that you are loving life again.... So good to enjoy the things your kids do... They mean more than everything!!

Love your version of the challenge!!

r garriott said...

Another brilliant stroke of genius. Man, no matter how hard I try on these challenges, you always knock the stuffing put of me. REALLY GREAT. (and the lettering is very pro, too.)

Robin Roberts said...

Saw this on the DSFDF website. I really like your looseness and the way you have added the little extra to the image for your interpretation. Thats why i really enjoy this challenge. Great job.

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks Liz! I don't know that I have become any quicker on prevention of toddler production work, but I have become more efficient in the clean-up and re-habbing of our "collaborative" sessions :>)

Hi Maria- Maybe you can give me some tips on channeling the creative energy constructively?! :>)

You are so right Marian- I have always tried to keep things in perspective- knowing that this window of opportunity will not be open for very long as the boys grow!

R- ...said the master to the student :>) Honestly- I stand in awe of your work (and work ethic). I'll let you in on a little secret- I quickly cut a paper template for my type (did a layout in photoshop) I wanted to focus on achieving textural depth more than my handlettering :>)

Thank you Robin- (Former Art Director from Columbus here) I think the creative license to play is the biggest reason I enjoy participating in the DSFDF blog.

Carrie Griesemer said...

A beautiful and creative take on the challenge, I'm really impressed with your lettering too! Now the mom in me is worried your little artist is gonna eat the paints! Lock your studio!

Sally Tharp said...

Tom,
I think that is the best thing I've seen/read all morning!! Good for you for having a great sense of humor about it all! I think your boys need their own easel right next to yours! Maybe water soluble paints though!! :) Love your work!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I'm late to say so but I got a huge kick out of your version. I hope you never get out of your recent phase -- i.e. Poe, Bait,etc.

Jennifer Lawson said...

This is wonderfully creative rendition of the DSFDF Sushi Rolls challenge. I also like your current painting—great crop.

Jeb said...

Cool painting. I hear ya on the 2 year old.....gotta watch em close...how can someone so small be so destructive???

Tom Pohlman said...

Thanks guys! Trust me- regarding Owen... my paint only represents a miniscule part of his daily schedule. He's usually far too busy devising ways to climb onto counters, foraging through the pantry, or pondering exercising his "Hotwheels deposit in the toilet" option.