Monday, November 06, 2006

Monhegan Island Sailboats (Underpainting)

I'm finally back in my studio-under-the-stairs with the spiders and strange smells...right where I belong.

I transferred a drawing I did of two sailboats cruising by Monhegan Island and layed in a warm underpainting. This is a 16x20" gessoed wood board. I'm going to experiment with a slow dry medium that I read about in the December issue of American Artist magazine. The article was about one of my favorite American figure painters, Malcolm Liepke. I've always admired the smooth consistency of his paint and his fluid brushwork. He uses Linseed oil, Poppyseed oil and a few drops of Clove oil. It's supposed to stay wet for weeks and allow longer wet-in-wet working time, we'll see what happens.


Anonymous said...

Very creative work here! I'm just beginning to learn what a blog is! I have a web site but find it time consuming to change and keep fresh. Love, Monhegan. Going since 1970

Todd Bonita said...

Hi Guy,

Thank you. I just checked out your websight and your work is amazing. How lucky for you to have spent all these years painting and teaching on Monhegan, it's definitely a very special place. Blogs are easy as pie, I swear. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note anytime on my regular email: I'd be glad to help. Would love to paint with you on Monhegan some time.

All the best,