Friday, April 29, 2016

BOAT IN HARBOR, 8x10 original oil by TOM BROWN

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

FEMALE FIGURE by TOM BROWN

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

HOW I CHOOSE WHAT TO PAINT by TOM BROWN

A newspaper editor writing a feature story about me asked the other day how I choose what to paint. Many things can influence my choice. The colors within a scene like this for example. And the sense of drama because of the scale (the sprawling mountains contrasted with the palm trees in the foreground). Or it might be a mood, or a sense of mystery or story suggested by the subject. Or it could simply be something pretty that catches my eye. When that happens I go for it. In fact some pictures almost paint themselves; I just grab the brush and hang on for the ride. That's what happened here and it was great fun. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed painting it. If you have questions or comments I’d love to hear from you. Email me here: tombrownstudio@cox.net

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FREEWAY, CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING by TOM BROWN

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Monday, April 25, 2016

THE UGLY AND THE PRETTY by TOM BROWN

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What I found so interesting here was the contrast between the “ugly and pretty” elements of this scene. The plain concrete structure with no artistic ornamentation or decorative qualities and the beautiful palm tree gracefully swaying in the breeze next to it.
    
I discovered this on a backstretch of what had been the famous El Toro Marine Corps base here in Southern California.
     It’s a historic location. During its active years every US President since WWII had landed at this famous airfield in Air Force One.

    
I had painted on this airfield in the past, during the filming of a couple of episodes for my plein air TV show. I had felt very honored to have been asked to do so.
    
The base had then been decommissioned and was to become the site of the Orange County Great Park, and the buidings I captured in paintings during those shows were scheduled for demolition.
    
In fact during the last episode we shot here the TV crew filmed me painting one of the control towers even as it was being destroyed. The next day it was gone forever.
    
Somehow the ancient building in today’s painting seems to have been temporarily overlooked, so when I happened upon it I decided to preserve it in this oil painting before it disappeared too.
    
As a point of interest I’m showing a photo of the site along with my interpretation of it. Other artists who follow my blog often comment that they appreciate seeing both the “camera’s view” as well as the painting, so the photo is for them. Enjoy!
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR by TOM BROWN

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