Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tommy Thompson painted "Harpeth River Snag" during a plein air painting workshop in Leiper's Fork, TN, conducted by Jeremy Doss. This painting represents a departure in oil painting for Thompson since it was done in a more impressionistic style.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Award-winning artist, Roger Dale Brown OPA, paints a demo during his plein air oil workshop at Leiper's Fork, TN in late September 2009. Roger has won numerous awards during his painting career; the talented painter has conducted workshops throughout the United States and China. In January 2010 he will be teaching at Chicago's Palette and Chisel. Be sure to check out his web site to learn more about this great artist and teacher. Tommy Thompson and his daughter Michelle Rideout, had the pleasure of participating in Roger's plein air workshop at picturesque Leiper's Fork. In October the father/daughter artists will be studying with Jeremy Doss in the same quaint village.
Roger Dale Brown provided expert advice to Michelle Rideout, my artist daughter, last weekend during his plein air oil workshop at Leiper's Fork, TN. Michelle has been painting about five years but has several years of experience in various phases of art. She has studied under some of the finest artists in Tennessee, honing her skills in pastel, watercolor and oil. Today she is focusing more on oil and will be attending another plein air oil workshop with the talented artist, Jeremy Doss, at Leiper's Fork in October.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Tommy Thompson paints at a Leiper's Fork, TN farm.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
By Becky Bauer, Nashville Writer/Songwriter
There are winding roads neighboring the Natchez Trace Parkway where Tommy Thompson can be found capturing his surroundings. “I always want to know what’s around the bend,” he says, as he loves to discover new places with his wife, Marie. For this plein air artist, around the bend is a few more miles of the unknown and endless possibilities. When finding that perfect spot, where sunlight dances on the fields, he’ll pull out his easel and, like a poet putting words to paper, brush paint to canvas of a peaceful landscape and unsuspecting subjects.
Thompson’s impressionistic style with a play on light and color creates a tranquil display of a rural environment along with elements that “give life” to his art. Horses and children are among his specialty. “With both you have to stay with them long enough for them to get accustomed to you, when they finally get quiet and move away from you, you can get a natural painting.”
The former architectural and commercial illustrator turned painter has been featured in numerous publications and solo exhibitions throughout the south and has studied under top painters like Kevin McPherson, Roger Dale Brown and Jason Saunders. A labor of love, to be a painter, he will declare, “You have to work at it every day, never stop painting.”
Inspired by the Tennessee’s hillsides, his work here includes Dream Acres, Hillside Horses and Southern Light. Left, Tommy paints with equine friend Sedona. This picture was published in the Winter 2008 issue of Horses in Art Magazine.
To inquire about Tommy Thompson artwork, please visit www.TommyThompsonArt.com and tell them Natchez100Journal.com sent you.
Among Maury County's (TN) most cherished sites is St. John's Episcopal Church, located on Mt. Pleasant Pike south of Columbia. St. John's is a historic church built in 1839 in the Gothic Revival style; it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970. No longer an operating church, it is only used once annually for services and for special occasions. The attached graveyard is the burial site of four Episcopal Bishops of Tennessee. Tommy Thompson painted "St. John's Episcopal Church" after visiting the grounds many times to capture the scene digitally.
Tommy Thompson painted "Home Alone" after visiting a farm near Thompson Station, TN. The painter loves to venture out into the countryside to find new subjects for his oil paintings. The area near Thompson Station and Franklin, TN, has afforded the artist many venues for his painting experience. He has met so many interesting people in the area. He especially enjoys painting near Leiper's Fork, TN, because of its many horse farms in picturesque settings. The hills and hollows near Leiper's Fork have provided many hours of pleasure for the artist and his wife as they search for that perfect light focusing on an animal, old barn, or landscape.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tommy Thompson has been accepted to the Fine Art in Brentwood Show and Sale, conducted by Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN. The exhibition and sale will be conducted during December 4-6, 2009. A portion of the sales will be donated to Brentwood Academy.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
WCBI-TV, Columbus, MS
22 Jun 2009 10:46pm | Posted by Paulo Salazar | Local News
STARKVILLE, Miss-- All week long Tommy Thompson's art will be on display at Starkville's Welcome Center on 200 main Street.
Thompson is a Starkville High School graduate and will be in town Friday to celebrate his 50th High School Reunion.
He was an architectural and commercial artist for more than 30 years before advancing to painting oil landscapes in 2002.
The GSDP, along with classmate Jack Wallace, thought it would be great in conjunction with the reunion. Wallace who is also President of OCEDA says, "We try to have an art display int he Partnership all the time. In this particular week we will be able to feature Tommy during the week we are having the Reunion; it's just fantastic. We are all really excited."
Thompson will be on hand for a "meet and greet" Friday in the Partnership lobby.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
One of my favorite places to paint "en plein air" is very near our home in Florence, Alabama. That place is the Fighting Joe Wheeler Golf Course, which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Early one morning my wife and I arrived just as the sun was rising to capture this view of the clubhouse. To see another painting that I have done of the course, see http://tommythompsonart.com/workszoom/179369
A garden in Nashville, TN, in the Germantown neighborhood was the inspiration for this painting. The garden belongs to an executive of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. The Germantown neighborhood is one of my favorite places to paint because of its historical significance, its interesting architecture, and interesting old buildings. We enjoy visiting there and discovering many unusual architectural elements, such as the ones found in this lovely garden.
Often when we visit our daughter near Nashville, TN, we take early morning rides through the countryside to do some "exploring." Early one Saturday morning I found some long-horn cows near Franklin, TN, and was fascinated by their faces, hence this portrait resulted.
Tommy and Marie Thompson visited Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace of Helen Keller, early one spring morning to capture this scene on canvas. Tuscumbia is just across the Tennessee River from Florence, Alabama, where they live. They enjoy visiting the park, especially during the summertime to observe the colorful lighted fountain display that is set to music.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
"Fishing on the Coosa" is an 9 x 12 oil original that can be purchased at this link.
Occasionally, I must resort to using digital photographs to produce my oil paintings. I prefer to paint en plein air, but sometimes our hectic schedule does not allow that luxury. I found this lone fisherman seated on a bench on a pier jutting out in the Coosa River. I have always found fishing to be a relaxing sport and am drawn to scenes such as this.
This colorful hotdog vendor in Gadsden, Alabama, caught the eyes of my wife Marie and I, while we were visiting the city to do some preliminary research on possible painting sites. This vendor was quite animated and captured our attention for quite a while. She was very helpful to us in preserving her image digitally so that I could produce an oil painting after returning to my studio.
The 12 x 9 oil original can be purchased at this link.
Sometimes in our hectic lives today, time does not permit the luxury of plein air painting. Such was the case for this painting. While visiting Gadsden, Alabama, to do research prior to the Southeastern Plein Air Festival, I shot photographs to use in later paintings after returning to my studio.
"Coosa River Gazebo" is an 8 x 10 oil original and can be purchased through Tommy Thompson Art at this link.
"Peaceful Interlude" is an 11 x 14 inch oil original that I painted while participating in the Southeastern Plein Air Festival, conducted by the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama.
I selected the site on the Coosa River for its quiet peacefulness. The only visitors that I saw were occasional fishermen or boaters drifting past. I was drawn to the colors of the natural surroundings and the solitude of the scene. Painting nearby was the talented young Russian painter, Dimitry Proshkin of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I painted the oil original, "Noccalula Falls," while participating in the Southeastern Plein Air Festival conducted by the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama. According to a legend, a native Indian tribe lived in the area, and the tribe's chief, Noccalula, had a beautiful daughter. Her father turned down all of her suitors and decided to select a husband for her. Unfortunately, she had her heart set on another brave and begged her father to allow her to marry the true love of her life. When her father denied her petition, she escaped to the falls on the day of her scheduled wedding and took her own life. A statue of the maiden stands guard over the Falls today.
I selected a view of the Falls to paint that is different from that normally selected by most artists. I wanted to show a more unusual perspective of the Falls.
After a rather treacherous journey over many boulders and slipping over rocks down into a gorge next to Noccalula Falls, I selected a view of the Gorge to paint because of the unusual rock formations and the sounds created by the crashing of the water over boulders.
It is incredible to see what God created here--it seems that an invisible hand placed individual rocks in carefully constructed layers to create a beautiful setting for all to see, to capture on canvas and appreciate. The solitude of the scene is only interrupted by the rhythm of the ripples and crashes of the water falling constantly downstream. An occasional bird entertained me and my wife Marie with its own favorite tune.
I painted this oil original while participating in the Southeastern Plein Air Festival, conducted by the Gadsden Museum of Art in Gadsden, Alabama.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Peaceful Images in Oil: Most Recent Work of Hometown Artist, Tommy Thompson, Featured in Solo Exhibit
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
During the week-long outdoor painting festival, artists from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and elsewhere will capture on canvas such sights as the mountaintop waterfall, Noccalula Falls; views of the Coosa River; downtown street scenes; cotton fields; log cabins; elegant historic homes; scenic overlooks; and private and public botanical gardens. The festival will conclude with a wet paint auction and month-long exhibition in galleries and online (http://www.gadsdenmuseum.com/).
The artists will be treated to a variety of picnics, dinners, entertainment, and parties sponsored by the Gadsden Museum of Art Foundation, the Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department, Gadsden Chamber of Commerce, and others. The Alabama State Council on the Arts will also provide funding for the week-long festival.
Because the Festival will announce the painting locations each day via the Museum's web site and the local media, interested art appreciators and collectors will be able to watch the Festival artists in action as they create their works of art. The Museum will conduct tours of the painting sites for the interested public. Every day the plein air paintings will be posted on the Museum's web site in an online auction. The public will vote for the People's Choice Award online and in person at the auction. The Foundation Board will select the recipient of a Museum Purchase Award.
For more information, please log onto the Gadsden Museum of Art's web site at http://www.gadsdenmuseum.com/. To learn more about Tommy Thompson and his artwork, check out his web site at http://www.tommythompsonart.com/.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
"Cold Ride," 20" x 24" Oil on Canvas
Tommy Thompson paints the Canadian Rockies at Lake Louise.
After traveling to paint for more than 6 years, I now have a treasure trove of thousands of photographs. I composed my photos with future paintings in mind. I am now offering these photos for purchase by other artists. I have categorized these photos according to such subjects as landscapes, barns, figures, hay bales, gardens, architecture, etc. I shot the digital photos in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, plus Canada. I invite all artists to check out my new web site at http://www.aphototopaint.com/