painting thorart table top tussle fantasy art
This is the story behind "Table Top Tussle" from my Gecko Art series.  This painting was brought to life through the memories of plastic sword wars with my little sister.
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painting thorart huntington pier pressure fantasy art

This is the first of many educational painting blogs for those who want to learn.  Lesson 1: how to "see" before you paint.

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thorart tom thordarson nautical art bottled secrets fantasy art
"Bottled Secrets" is from my Nautical Art series.  I tell the story of my REAL encounter with a message in a bottle & how i turned it into inspiration.
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thorart tom thordarson fantasy art past sketch
Outside of my personal fine art paintings, I have a career, since before I graduated from College in the Entertainment Industry doing design work for amusement parks.  This is a past sketch called "The Squeegi Brothers" created as a concept for amusement park entertainment.
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This is the story behind my video tribute to the laughter and tears that comedian Jerry Lewis brought me.  I believe that laughter is the secret to staying young forever and will always be one of the sources of inspiration for my fantasy art.

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July 4th has always been a very special day.  In my childhood, it meant fireworks, hamburgers and late night sparklers waved in the air against the warm violet sky of Summer.  But as an adult, and a guy who has made a career of being an artist, there was a very touching experience I had that will forever be in my memory on this holiday.

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thorart hale pama fantasy art

Everything is on its way to somewhere.  This is the story behind my "Hale Pama" painting in my Escape Series.  Read about how the couple I met in Maui inspired me to paint my interpretation of their perfect escape.

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Much like the ever popular 1985 movie The Goonies, I was fortunate enough to grow up with a tribe of fearless adventurers, this is a TRUE account of one of my favorite memories as a kid and the empty lot by our house.  

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My inspiration comes in-part from the actual process of paintings and my mental/spiritual "escape" I experience when I paint each story.  I recently described this phenomenon to a fellow artist and friend. "What is your painting process?" he asked.  "I generally start with a sketch and idea, and ...

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One series of paintings I will continue to add to is what I call the "Escape Series," with themes that include dwellings like tree houses and huts on the beach or in the hills.  All was inspired by a couple main things I will share like early "escapes" using my imagination as a kid, and my "escape" into a painting when I am creating.   

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