|"Ripples" oil on canvas|
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Original Oil by Todd Bonita|
Oil Painting for Beginners
(January 08 - February 26, 2015). (8 Weeks)
Thursdays 9:00am – 12:00pm ($240)
Brush and Palette, North Hampton, NH
Brush and Palette, North Hampton, NH
Call Mary Vermeersch to register: (603) 778-0685
CLICK HERE for all of the particulars on my web site, including supply list and syllabus.This class is geared towards true beginners...those who have been too shy to take a painting class because they feel they would not be up to par with the other students or you were afraid to try...In this class you will be amongst like minded spirits sharing the experience in a positive and supportive environment. There are already several signed up and we would love for you to join us.
Call Mary Vermeersch to register (603) 778-0685
Monday, December 08, 2014
|Max at Button Factory Artist Open Studios|
|Friend Tim Connors standing next to my newest painting, "Ripples" (38x48") at my Open studio this weekend.|
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Patty (me mum) and childhood friend Jack Calabrese. Jack joined us today to see what the Plein air painting craze is all about. Jack grew up in Winthrop, Mass around the corner from me, I've known him since I was seven...he now lives in Dover, New Hampshire, a stone-and-a-half throw from my greenland, NH home. So cool to see him. Happy to report he will be coming to our Monhegan Island painting trip next month.
Jacks got a great eye as a photographer, a real gift for sensitivity and knowledge of composing...no doubt he will bring those skills to plein air painting. He took this photo of my mom and Nancy at critique time in the barn at Beach Plum.
Demo and lecture on color...as things go further in space they tend to get cooler, lighter, softer edges and more atmospheric...
Demo painting...thanks for the photos Jack!
Jack took this very artsy photo of me palette box and paints. Hes got the magic eye. Well done Jack!
Irene finds her nook.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
|A texted photo of a recent patron purchase.|
I love when people send photos of the paintings in their homes...makes me feel all fuzzy. If I'm being honest, all the love recently has inflated my ego and head to swelling proportions. Thanks so much for all the photos and email well wishes. I am so lucky to have so much genuine support, thanks for making me feel so good. I'm going to go fold some laundry and clean up after the kids to bring my head down a few notches.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
A text photo of my good friend Pat holding his gorgeous new wee-one Anne in front of his new Bonita painting. thanks for your support Pat. Pat is the model in several of my new paintings, some I'll be posting shortly.
Friday, May 23, 2014
|Lucky guy with some hilarious and very cute women.|
|With friend Howard Gallagher|
Behind us is "The Beast" at (30x72"), I think it's the largest painting I've ever done. Above that is a quote installed by the late Beth Ellis, "Follow your dreams"....another good omen I hope.
|With one of my favorite families, the very awesome James Gang!!!|
|With Mom (in the middle with straw hat) and childhood friends.|
I felt like a million clams surrounded by the unconditional love and support of my family and friends...awesome feeling!
|With Childhood friend, JohnnyHames and a painting with him as model.|
This was one of several paintings at the gallery with my childhood friend Johnny Hames as the model. Johnny took the liberty of signing the back of some of them...he even signed a few that he wasn't in. Not sure if that raises or lowers the value but it had us rolling.
|Stickbird was there too....|
|My good friend Bones drove down from Vermont to deliver a squeaky clean bottle of Johnny Walker Blue|
|Leanne and Mario|
|Christine and Nancy|
|...Johnny Walker flowed|
|Ali and I rented a room in Perkins Cove while the rest continued the flow...I got this photo text long after I went to bed.|
|hahaaaaa...then I got this one even later...|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
|Plein air Painting demo at Cape Neddick, Maine|
|"Squinting to compare strength of focal point to secondary elements"|
|"We have two objectives,|
1) See the world the way an artist does,
2) Learn to use the tools to make them do what we want them to do".
|Demonstrating accurate drawing techniques with Leanne. Hold your tool up and recreate the angle of that roof, and compare it to a true horizontal like the horizon line or the top of your canvas. |
for complete info see my website click this link to The Ogunquit Summer School of Art
Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 23 from (6:30 - 10pm) 102 Perkins Cove road in Ogunquit. I will be premiering my newest oils, along with the works of Donald Jurney, Alastair Dacey and Chris Volpe. This is a new art gallery (this is not my studio...that is still at the Button factory in Portsmouth)...The Gallery is in a wonderful location in Perkins Cove, across from the drawbridge in the space that was once occupied by The George Carpenter Gallery. Be our guest as we celebrate with fine art, music, food and your company.
If you cannot make the opening, I am open daily all summer through October, come by and say hello.
Hope to see you Friday though!!!
see more at the gallery web site:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
|Sea birds perched on the rocks behind the Ogunquit Museum of Art.|
The Ogunquit Summer School of Art is a small group of like-minded artist who have gathered together in offering a series of outdoor painting classes and workshops throughout the summer in and around Ogunquit. There are also destination workshops like Monhegan Island, Isle of Shoals and Port Clyde...Our twelve page catalog comes out this week and will be followed by our web site and marketing. We are in no rush and frankly are enjoying the slow introduction of this very fun idea. I will post more about it's development as the summer goes on so please feel free to check back. If you are a painter or someone who wishes to paint, definitely check back or feel free to contact me...there are some amazing ideas soon to be launched that are exciting opportunities for our growing art community. I have met many individuals and groups who have shared their interest in maintaining the art spirit in Ogunquit, it's fun to be near it all. These are exciting times to be sure.
|I demonstrated a quick, economic way to plein air paint and get your idea down rapidly.|
This six week session is filled. We are offering a total of (4) six week sessions throughout the summer. We meet every Tuesday at various locations in and around Ogunquit from 9am - 1pm..it's a full half day, perfect for a demo, lecture and three solid hours of painting. I provide side-by-side assistance at the easel throughout the day. We have a blast. If you would like to sign up for a future six week session, please check out the remaining offerings at my web site. Click Here....or wait, even better, click here to see a web site my good friend and fellow team teacher, Chris Volpe put together to showcase the Art of Seeing workshops, he's brilliant. www.ogunquitworkshops.com
Sunday, May 11, 2014
|Commission for Raphael and Keri of their new son Max. (12x16") oil on canvas.|
Friday, May 09, 2014
|The brilliant abstract realist and good friend, Chris Volpe|
|Entrepreneurial power house, Debbie Powers, owner of the gallery upstairs, The Beth Ellis Gallery, and my man Volpe.|
|Inside the shack|