Thursday, June 10, 2010

Random acts of wowness!!!

Marilyn Graziano holding her Bonita reproduction
True story!...I met artist Chris Volpe yesterday for a "Painter Play date" plein air outing in New Castle, New Hampshire. When I arrived, I saw two artist painting by the ocean; Marilyn Graziano and Barbara L. Clark. I introduced myself and when Marilyn heard my name, she pulled out a postcard from her paintbox that had one of my oil paintings on it. I couldn't believe the coincidence! I was shocked!..but the plot thickened..she went off to her car and returned with a painting reproduction she had done of my oil painting titled "Sunday" from the postcard...I was at a genuine loss for words...Chris Volpe exclaimed, "Wow, dude, your famous!". I'm definitely not famous but I was genuinely touched, moved and flattered by this random act of wowness. For a few moments Marylin Graziano, a fellow paisan from East Boston made me feel really good about the work. Thank you Marilyn
(p.s. Marilyn, if you read this, please feel free to email me privately at tmbonita@gmail.com, we would love to get together and paint together sometime with Barbara and yourself).

7 comments:

Tracy Hall said...

Thats a lovely story, Todd, and Marilyn obviously has great taste! Very best of luck with your upcoming show, your work is gorgeous.

DEB said...

How fun! The art communities can feel pretty small sometimes.

Todd Bonita said...

Thanks so much Tracey, really sweet of you to say. I just checked out your blog and I LOVE your work, looks like we are cruising down similar highways. I should tell you I really enjoy miniature work, looking and painting. Yours is about the best I've seen. You've got a fan in me.
All my best to you,
Todd

Todd Bonita said...

Deb,
you're nit kidding! That's about as small as I've ever seen. Really shocked me in a flattering way.
Good to hear from you.
Regards,
Todd

Todd Bonita said...

Deb,
just went to your blog, I like your cottage commission piece...what exactly are the mixed mediums you are using?

Tracy Hall said...

Thats really nice of you Todd, many thanks for the thumbs up. I didn't realise you did minis too, I'm off to find them!

DEB said...

I didn't know you did minis Todd...I thought all your pieces were huge. You paint in a very detailed, tightly rendered style though, which suits miniature fine art.

Thanks for asking - the mixed media I always seem to come back to is acrylic and colored pencil. I really like gouache and colored pencil, and in fact I have a mini on my easel now that I'm going to work up in those media. Sometimes some artist's pen will sneak into my mixed media pieces, and there are usually some graphite accents. But it's mostly acrylic for the bright color and solid opaque coverage, and colored pencil for the subtle or textured shading and defining edges / details.