Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Scalliwags


I finished and framed this (16x20") oil painting I'm calling "Three Scalliwags". These dinghy's are moored in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine. The red one says "Ugly Anne" om it and belongs to a larger boat of the same name. This stuff is gold to me. I love the character and sense of humor that the fisherman who named it must have. There is an honest filth to it that I'm attracted to. I think my recent paintings have this thread of filth weaved into it..everything is a little banged up but still pretty sturdy. Chipped paint and worn surfaces..wonderful textures..good stuff.

This painting will be hanging at my annual open studio the first weekend in December at the Button Factory artist studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I'm in studio #224, please feel free to come by and say hello. I'll provide more details in a coming post.

I also want to thank the jury of the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Massachusetts for welcoming me as an artist member. I'm honored to be part of the rich art culture of Cape Ann. A lot of my painting heroes have roots there and I'm looking forward to taking part in their exhibitions and activities. I currently have about a half dozen paintings on display there as part of the new Members exhibition in the upstairs gallery and a few smaller pieces in the Holiday small works show in the main gallery.

Hope this finds you all well.
regards,
Todd

6 comments:

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Todd!... My heartiest congratulations for this "Honour" the RAA has bestowed upon "You"! Your work does their Masters like my fav Aldro Hibbard proud!

Good Painting!
Bruce

Todd Bonita said...

Hibbard is the heavy weight champ of Rockport...he's the gold standard. Thanks for your comments Bruce.
All the best,
Todd

April Jarocka said...

Congrats Todd. What an honour to be welcomed as a member. Love the painting...thinking what you could do with some of the boats moored in Polperro.

DEB said...

Gorgeous painting! Wish I could visit Portsmouth - we used to live in Bow. Beautiful area!

Todd Bonita said...

Hi April,

Thanks,

Is Polperro near Cornwall?...I did a small study of a boat from Cornwall this summer..never posted it but imagine the coincidence.

Hmmm...
All the best,
Todd

Todd Bonita said...

Deb,

Thank you, Portsmouth is beautiful, I love it here. I'm originally from Boston area and am now in love with this NH sea coast. I camped near Bow most of my life, really nice up thatta way too. We are lucky dogs.
All the best,
Todd