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Self Portrait in Red and Blue

Self Portrait in Red and Blue © 2006 Jeff Thomann, Media: Oil Painting
Self Portrait in Red and Blue © 2006 Jeff Thomann
Media: Oil Painting
Artist’s Statement: http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/artfolio/selfportraitinredandblue.shtml
Cafepress Shop Based on this artwork: http://www.cafepress.com/portraitinredandbluebyjeffthomann

I created this work back in 2006 as a way of keeping my oil painting hobby going. At the time that I created this work I didn’t have the best studio to work in. We had purchased a house with a large basement that I was trying to use as a studio, but it was dark, moldy, and had a lot of dust and mildew in it. I did light up the place with some hanging lamps, but it still was definitely not the best place in the world to be doing oil painting since there was not much ventilation. There was a small garage door that I put fans nearby but this was still a horribly ventilated area. I fondly remember smelling the chemicals from the studio one floor up in the main living room several days after I created this work… that was something Tekla and Genesis didn’t care for too much. After that incident I went to trying to do works that require less fumes such as acrylic, color pencils, etc.

I believe that this painting was exhibited at the Columbia Art League the year that it was created.

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Table from the BFA Exhibition

Table from the BFA Exhibition
Table from the BFA Exhibition © 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Oil Painting
Artist’s Statement: http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/artfolio/BFA2.shtml#1
Cafepress Shop based on this artwork: http://www.cafepress.com/tablebyjeff

This Work was one of several in a series I created for my BFA exhibition back in 1999. The BFA show was based on images from my dreams that I tried to remember via a dream journal/sketchbook. I’m not exactly sure what the symbol on the paper that the hands are holding means, but it was a part of the dream that I remember in detail, along with the composition of the painting including that window in the distance that sort of backlit the room, making it difficult to make out the details of the features on the individuals in the meeting room. The framing of the room is odd looking as the walls don’t seem to match up, but that too was a part of the dream.

In many of my dreams the architecture and location of images in a composition I see in detail seem to have some sort of deep and profound meaning to me. At the time that I created the BFA show I was studying Carl Jung’s theories on dream archetypes. I believe that both a location in a dream as well as the individuals can become archetypes. That is why we have dreams that are located in the same, or very similar settings multiple times throughout our lifetime.

I do not practice magic or the black arts (well at least not directly even though art creation itself is a bit of a magical act in some ways), but do sometimes read about these things as they interest me somewhat since they are sort of related to psychology and art history, both of which are topics I have a lot of interest in…

I think that new age ideas about astral kingdoms created via meditation practices are directly related to lucid dreaming techniques that we all experience at some point in our lives and that the architecture, objects, and figures (archetypes) we see and interact with in our dreams can play somewhat of a major role in the worldview and in that way can psychologically help us alter the world around us… but it’s not truly ‘magic’ – it’s psychological manipulation and self therapy techniques that can alter the way we think about the world as the objects, places, and things in our dreams are really our subconscious thought patterns communicating with our conscious brain, picking up patterns and connections that we may never have noticed before, allowing us to become aware of things in a new light that we have not seen them before consciously, etc. Dreams can and do play a role in our waking world realities every day whether we acknowledge it or not.


Cafepress Stores…

My Cafe Press Stores can be found at http://shop.cafepress.com/jeff-thomann

I have not been working on putting up a lot more new stuff lately, mainly digitizing the older stuff to give it a home. Over time, I’ll start working on new stuff to go in there. Going to post a link to it in one of the main pages on this blog.


mallsmall #96 drawing

Mall Small #96 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #96 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall96

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, cartoon, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media, illustrate, illustration, figure, figure drawing, study, cafepress, guy, man, boy


mallsmall #95 drawing

Mall Small #95 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #95 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall95

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, cartoon, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media, illustrate, illustration, figure, figure drawing, study, cafepress, face, figure, figure drawing, woman, girl


mallsmall #94 drawing

Mall Small #94 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #94 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall94

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media, girl, woman, illustrate, illustration, study


mallsmall #93 drawing

Mall Small #93 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #93 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall93

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media