Monday, July 20, 2009

Foggy Cove Dory


Foggy Cove Dory (11x14") Oil on wood
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13 comments:

Shirley Peters said...

Beautiful browns, purples. And the blue buoy makes a neat contrast. As do the creamy whites inside the boat. Great work, Todd.

polusladkaia said...

Although very different, your work conveys a serenity similarly to that of Russian impressionist Isaak Levitan. Beautiful, a joy to experience!

Jeremy Elder said...

This palate is elegant and reserved. It reminds me in tone of some of Seago's.

By the way, I noticed you paint on wood. Do you have an issue with it absorbing the oil? What type of wood do you typically paint on?

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks so much Shirley. Hoping to do more paintings with this pallet, it was nice to do something a little moodier for me.

Todd Bonita said...

Polusladkaia,
Thank you..I'm blushing..and truthfully, I couldn't even shine Levitans shoes. You inspired me to google his work and I'm hooked again and I may even buy one of his books. Very sweet of you to share your compliments. Thank you.

Todd Bonita said...

Hey Jeremy, good to hear from, thanks for the nice words. Seago!...wow! I couldn't shine his shoes either but thank you sincerely.

I use masonite panels..I also use birch and luanne for small studies but I really prefer the masonite for larger studio pieces. I gesso it 4-to-8 times. I used to gesso 3 times but have recently increased the number to combat absorption. I think it works. I sand between gesso layers. Transfer my drawing, spray fix it, then I add a "whisper" thin layer of linseed oil..thin enough so it barely leaves a residue on your fingers if you were to wipe accross the panel. I got this from a really talented painter named Sean Beavers..I also read it in Richard Schmidts book (thats where I got the term "whisper" thin from). I then do a raw umber and white underpainting. Between the gesso layers, the oil layer and the underpainting I usually have no problem with the oil absorbing. hope this helps. I would say give wood panels a try. They are very portable, inexpensive and archival (The Mona Lisa was painted on a wood panel). can't beat that.
Thanks again Jeremy, All the best,
Todd

Sheila Vaughan said...

Simply beautiful Todd. And thanks for sharing the board preparation - really interesting to know.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

LOVE this wonderful white on neutrals, my oh my, so peaceful, moody brilliant. Very well done.

Paula Ann Ford said...

Beautiful work!! Very dramatic and moody.

Todd Bonita said...

Sheila, Diane, Paula,
Thank you, thank , thank you. You are all very sweet.

Galina Nikolova said...

Beautiful silence! Wonderful work!
Kind regards

Don said...

Todd, your work is beautiful. It has a quiet mystical quality. Keep up the good work!

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Todd Bonita said...

Galina and Don,

Thank you for sharing your nice comments and observations. So glad you both mentioned silent and quiet. I was definitely after a quiet reflective mood, your affirmation has
made me smile. Thanks for looking. All the best to you both.
Todd