Tuesday, July 29, 2008

First day of the rest of your life

"First day of the rest of your life" (8x10") Oil on Masonite


Deborah Paris said...

Absolutely gorgeous Todd. The delicacy of the temperature shifts is really lovely. Of course, the other thing I love is the quiet serenity and the feeling that there is a "back story" here. I also enjoyed seeing the under painting posted on your other blog-it looks somewhat similar to what I do. Wonderful work!

Todd Bonita said...

Hi Deborah,

Thanks so much. There is a back story to this, you are very observant. I talk about it a little on my other blog but in a nut shell it's about the quiet and humble reflection of turning forty or aging in general. (Note the indication of the birth date on the side of the boat) the sun starting a new day on one side and the dark shadow casting on the other.. and the title itself. Blah-blah-blah...I really loved painting it. All the best to you,

Helen Read said...

I agree with Deborah! This is a lovely piece - and your mention of the back story makes it more interesting! (Happy birthday... and may the next 40 take you on an exciting journey!)

Christopher Greco said...

A stunning work of art.

m collier said...

This is just so nice. Your paintings really take me there. Your shifts in color are wonderful.
Like to back story too.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

40's were my most kick-ass decade. I loved them! Then again - maybe thats why I'm in the ER now...ha ha!

Beautiful painting - you never fail to amaze me.

n warner said...

Amazing resonance, beautifully done

...row, row, row your boat, life is but a dream...

Happy birthday Todd!



Todd Bonita said...

Thanks so much for the well wishes, I'm looking forward to the journey..

Chris and M Collier,
you both know I'm a huge fan of your works and obsessively check your blogs, thanks for the positive words...

Cara, I would love to have been a fly on the wall for some of your 40's..I'll let my imagination wander but I think you mentioned you were the wife of a biker.

Thank you for the birthday wishes, life is indeed but a dream. All the best to you all.

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Cara Dawn Romero said...

Todd - Now here's something to feed your imagination...

I started my 40's as the wife of a police officer for just over 20 years...ended them on the back of a Harley.

What a ride!

Todd Bonita said...

I'm going to raise a drink to you tonight > to riding another 40 years.
All the best.

You are on my blog roll my friend. Thank you.

Jacqui Faye Michel said...

todd.... again, i am in amazement at the serenity you create with your brush...... and how much better to know the back story.....happy birthday......what a wonderful way to mark it!

Cooper Dragonette said...

Belated birthday wishes Todd and a fantabulous new painting to go with it! These little boats pack a punch as subject matter and you take it even further with your brushwork and palette. All the best, Cooper

Alvin R. said...

Simply wonderful. You make it look so easy. The ''melange'' of colors always astounds me.

Don Gray said...

Happy Birthday, Todd. I think I was 40 once--I can't remember!

This is a wonderful painting. For me it contains the momentary and the eternal all in one. No idea how you managed that, but it's great.

Todd Bonita said...

Jacqui, Cooper, Alvin and Don,

Wow, thanks, seriously! I'm starting to blush now. Above all, this was great fun to paint.

All the best to you all as well.

Jean Victory said...

A wonderful Piece...well done!

Todd Bonita said...

A thousand thank you's Jean..all the best to you.

Denny said...

wow very nice Todd
happy bday to you

Todd Bonita said...


Thanks my man. Looking forward to seeing your latest aine landscapes. All the best to you,

HELENE J said...

A wonderful peaceful piece!
Amazing technique!
IN french "le premier jour du reste de ta vie", tittle of a great song by Etienne Daho, great french pop singer!

Brenda said...

Todd....it is a wonderful piece and I'm the proud owner. Both "Old Red" and "First Day" arrived yesterday and I am so pleased. Thanks for the brochure also.