Friday, April 16, 2010

Gonna need a bigger boat...

This is a 48x60" I'm working on for an upcoming solo show at Gallery 51 in Meredith, NH on lake Winnipesaukee this summer. I have been thinking of painting a whopper for a while and this seemed to be a good opportunity. I painted an 18x24" version of this about two years ago. I really liked the way it came out and wanted to explore the shallow water in this on a larger scale. The 18x24" painting sold three days after exhibition so I never really had a honeymoon period with it. She's been on my mind ever since so it's time for a rebirth on a grander scale...Or as Brody put it in Jaws, "Gonna need a bigger boat".

9 comments:

Deborah Paris said...

You are off to a great start on this one! Is this a raw umber underpainting? Just curious. I do a transparent underpainting to start my work and always interested in how others do it.

Todd Bonita said...

Hi Deborah,
Yes, I always do a raw umber under painting first...I'm actually documenting this painting with photos to eventually do an extensive how-to on the process. I love to know how others do it too.

Bruce Sherman said...

And a bigger boat is is my Laddie! I really look forward to seeing it float Todd!Already has the markings of a winner! Great stuff my Friend!

Good painting!
Warmest regards to "You" and the family!
Bruce

Todd Bonita said...

Bruce,...my bretherin from the north,
..right back atcha me hearty. May a thousand good wishes find there way to you and yours my good man.
and Happy painting too..
all the best,
Todd

April Jarocka said...

That's an incredible size...I am working on a 100cmx80cm which is pretty darn big, but you certainly have your work cut out Todd. They certainly take on a life and presence of their own when they are eventually hung on a wall...best of luck with it. Oh..by the way...some lovely photos of Ireland if you wanna come see..hee hee

Mike Corcoran said...

That's classic!
Great start to the piece.

Todd Bonita said...

April,
Just checked out the pix from Ireland, very cool. I really like the Guiness photo..you have good taste.

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks Mike. I hope to finish it before I'm 90.

DEB said...

What a great painting! And ALMOST life size! I love all the detail you've kept in the painting. Often the larger the work, the less detail. This is going to be a wonderful addition to your show. And congratulations on your solo show!