Sunday, August 30, 2009

Morning Mist


"Morning Mist" (16x20") Oil on wood.
(with permission by the great Peter Bowers to reference his incredible photography)

14 comments:

Wodjo said...

Very nice Todd, what kind of wood do you paint on?

Todd Bonita said...

Hi Wodjo, tahnks. This was done on a masonite panel (which is also called hardboard by some providers). I lay on about 6 to 8 layers of gesso sanding between some layers. Makes a nice surface to paint on. I do seal the back with a coat of gesso as well.

Paintdancer said...

Todd,
This painting is beautiful. You've captured the atmospheric elements of the mist beautifully.

I also paint on masonite every now and then and sand between layers of gesso. However, I brush the sand off before applying a new layer of gesso. Are you saying that you leave the sand on there? Maybe that would help make the surface less slippery?

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks paintdancer,

I wipe the dust off with a damp rag before I gesso another layer. I use a paint roller to apply the gesso so it leaves a really nice texture. I sand the texture lightly because I want just the right amount so it's not a slippery surface but just perfect for my taste...I think the amount of texture on the surface is a very personal thing. Trial and error are necessary to find what works for you.

Jeff said...

Very nice...it goes along nicely with the Canoe. Are you starting a new theme family with these two?

Mona said...

Beautiful Todd, and so peaceful to look at. It feels like a healing painting too, to watch the person head forward into the mist feels like it's my journey too.

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks Jeff. Not exactly a new theme, I was definitely in a lake state of mind though..so maybe it is a short lived theme. I'm currently working on a figure piece and going in a different direction. I like to bounce around when I can to keep it interesting for me.

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks Mona..thats a very intuitive comment, I feel like I've been healing most of this year...definitely when I was painting this. This is a different kind of composition for me..sort of other-wordly in a way. A very fun departure non the less.

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Todd Bonita said...

Thanks Genica, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for looking.
All the best.

Helen Read said...

Todd, what an interesting painting - very different than what I think of with the kind of work you do! I really like the effect you got ... and such an interesting monochromatic approach!! :)

Barbara Pask said...

This is wonderful. A peaceful scene, feels like early morning with mist all around.

Don Coker said...

Beautiful light effects, Todd. Love the sense of peace.

Clairy said...

Absolutely beautiful Todd.Very peaceful and haunting at the same time.A journey forward into the unknown.....
LOVE IT!!!