Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Down East


I titled this painting, "Down East" because it reminds me of the Great state of Maine. More specifically, the wonderfully gritty and earthy, blue-collar, hard-working, sea-fairing Maine. The mud, the fog, the muddy-water stain on the side of the boat, the seaweed hanging from the rope, the tattered buoy and overall weathered mood..it's all in there..wonderfully-gritty Maine.

This is a larger painting for me these days, it's 18x24" and painted on canvas. My tribute to the Pine Tree state deserved a grander scale. If you read this blog, you'll note that this is a larger version of a small study I did in September called "Muddy Cove Dory".

This new version was part of my recent open studio art show at The Button Factory. Fun weekend with a nice fix of friends, family and art. I met a lot of people and I am extremely grateful for all of your nice comments and kind words.

I'll post some of the other paintings from the show this week. thank you for looking. All the best,
Todd

"Down East" Framed (18x24")

10 comments:

Jeffrey W. Phillips said...

I love the colors you've got going on with this, Tod. The atmosphere you've created here is wonderful. I expect to have to wipe my glasses from the moisture in the air! Again, great stuff!

hbedrosian said...

This really does look like a scene from Maine. I love the colors you have used, and the suggestion of the boats in the distance.

Todd Bonita said...

Thank you both for the kind words about the color and this piece in general. Just looked at both of your blogs and I must say that any compliments by you mean a lot..both your works are stunning.
Thank you sincerely.
Toddalibak

Anonymous said...

This has got to be one of your best. I agree completely with the other comments posted. It feels like it might be early morning, in August, maybe September. I can almost smell the sea. There is an amazing peacefulness and a real sense of history in that boat. Imagine the stories it must have...of romantic evening rows in the bay, being bounced around in countless storms, even the families it has fed through it's intended use as a work vehicle.

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I think we all connect to the sea in some way. Boats are the unique vehicles that enable us to so. Your boats have as much personality and character as any actor on stage...more than some.

Thanks Todd for your art. I wish you abundant success and continued growth and discovery!

Dan Carsten said...

This has got to be one of your best. I agree completely with the other comments posted. It feels like it might be early morning, in August, maybe September. I can almost smell the sea. There is an amazing peacefulness and a real sense of history in that boat. Imagine the stories it must have...of romantic evening rows in the bay, being bounced around in countless storms, even the families it has fed through it's intended use as a work vehicle.

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I think we all connect to the sea in some way. Boats are the unique vehicles that enable us to so. Your boats have as much personality and character as any actor on stage...more than some.

Thanks Todd for your art. I wish you abundant success and continued growth and discovery!

Frank Gardner said...

Great piece Todd. It does seem big for you. I always think that your paintings are larger than they really are, so this one must be spectacular in person.

Aaron Wood said...

I agree with Dan. This piece has such an amazing feel to it. I can't even put into words how great this piece works on so many levels!

Todd Bonita said...

Dan, Frank and Aaron,
Thanks..wow. very cool of you all to say.

Beaman Cole said...

I was painting along side Todd the day he finished this piece. The frame was also delivered that day and we put the painting in it. This piece is absolute killer. It's much better in person than is captured here on the web. My buddy Todd is a star on the rise. Keep plugging away, Todd.

Todd Bonita said...

Beaman, my good man..I'm blushing now, thank you very much.
Sincerely,
Todd