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I'm currently working with this series of paintings... they are actually further along then they are in these pictures.... I will update the images in a couple of days... I'm just looking for honest reactions... In a gallery I would hang them high and would want them to surround the viewer... so that the workers are slightly higher then you
I have a fascination with the work ethic that is involved in construction,
having grown up is a blue-collar family work ethic has always been an important aspect of my life. I feel that if it is evident that a painting has endured a high degree of work then it gains a strength and resolve.
The act of painting a painting is an activity that parallels construction of buildings and roads. Organizing raw materials and applying them to create something that’s functional. This series of paintings function is to imbue the viewer with the role of developer; the people in the paintings function to facilitate the space and to be markers of progress and change. As role of the developer the ambiguities of the paintings generates a series of choices as to what the painting is about and to what the workers are building, all the while resting on the foundation of hard work and rendering.
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 1 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 96" X 72"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 2 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 66" X 50"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 3 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 36 " X 90"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 5 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 60" X 30"
THOMAS JOHN CARLSON "CONSTRUCTION 4 " 2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 90" X 66"
Thomas John Carlson
Nice work. I like the buildings and machines, they have a pleasing solidity to them. The rocks and dirt all look like they have a kind of creamy texture. Not that big a deal, lots of painters do that.
Good luck with the show though the paings look great.
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Great paintings! I always liked your stuff and now I'm totally blown away by those colors and compositions...
How long do you work on each painting?
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it looks great. altough I couldnt tell what the first image was suppose to be. I thought it was abstract at first.
how about sharing a few process shot? if there are any.
great work at your site as well.
Thanks for all the comments... the time spent on them really varies... I generally paint very fast though. The painting on the top is 8ft by 6ft and I worked on it for two 6 hours sessions... so it was a really quick one for me. I’m still working on it though... I will post a new image of it in the next couple of days.
That painting was the only one that I entirely developed from imagination. I was interested in focusing on the material that I had been painting in the prior constructions paintings below... and placing an emphasis of the viewer’s vantage point being unclear. I felt the anecdotal aspect of the figures was becoming a little dry, so I left them out in that one and I am currently developing a new narrative with in the piece; Mainly by implying a past narrative by painting unlikely objects with in the dirt.
Thomas John Carlson
Love #5... great stuff!
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wow look at those colors, very good use of compliments man great job.
These look great--I would love to experience their size in person. Great color. Personally I gravitate more to the first one that keeps things more abstract. No5 is sweet as well.
Having spent long hours swinging a hammer to pay my way through school, I can also appreciate the statement, also. Thanks for sharing.
This is the bottom half of that piece at its current state... I added the bloody gauzes and rubber gloves to imply some past narrative
This is another painting Im currently working on ... it is pretty close to 8 ft by 6 ft
Thomas John Carlson