Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Passageway (finish)

"The Passageway" (14x11") oil on canvas.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Passageway (underpainting)

I've been tinkering with this oil under painting of a room interior that I'm calling "The Passageway". This piece is for a project for an upcoming show at The Woodsum Gallery in Warner, New Hampshire called, "Elegant interiors and exteriors". The gallery asked about 20 artist to do interior and/or exterior paintings of some of the historic houses in Warner, NH. The finished works will be on display at the Woodsum gallery on September 28 through November 08.

A few weeks ago I was introduced to and welcomed into the home of Anne McNamara, the fairly new owner of a historic house on Waterloo street in Warner. I took a ton of reference photos and settled on this composition for that dramatic light and the simple design of the architecture. It has a story telling quality to it..I swear I can almost see the ghosts of the generations of people who passed through this corridor, coming and going, scuffing up that floor. Those same four panels of light coming through the windows have been spotlighting that floor every morning for centuries.

I've been re-inspired by an Andrew Wyeth book I recently bought so to me, it was no surprise that this particular image stopped my eye. I love the mood of it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kathleen Nicosia (Remembering 9/11)

Kathleen Nicosia
was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001. I didn't know Kathleen but thought I would take the time to sketch her and remember that day. I read that she lived in Winthrop, Massachusetts for 32 years. I lived there for over twenty years myself and I wondered if we ever crossed paths in that small town. God bless her, her family and all the victims of 9/11.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ball Player #4 (sketchbook)

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This is one of my favorite months because of the weather, the anticipation of fall and the thrill of the Baseball season heating up before October. I've been sketching this ball player while watching the sox games in bed this week. I'm still reeling from the no-hitter earlier in the week by Clay Buchholz..most exciting game I've ever watched, no kidding. I don't even know this kid but I'm so happy for him.

Anyhoot, "Ball Player #4" looks like he's got one of those cool, old time nicknames like, Willie "Hit 'em Where They Ain't" Keeler.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Pacific Yachting Magazine feature

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Toot-Toot! I'm tooting my horn today because I just received this months issue of Pacific Yachting magazine in the mail and there is a feature on "Boat stories and Art" (The enduring quality of boats and there inspiration to artist). The article includes the art work and short essay by this painter from Greenland, New Hampshire named Todd Bonita...wait, thats me, how cool!

Back in March I responded to Robert Genns Twice weekly letter, a websight forum for fellow artist. the topic was about artist and there love of painting boats. Jeffrey Briggs, the editor of Pacific Yachting magazine happen to read the letter and made a magazine feature out of it that includes fourteen artist from around the world who paint boats.

The feature has a nice color reproduction of one of my paintings and includes my post as it appears on Robert Genns sight. I'm jazzed! Many thanks to Robert Genn and Jeffrey Briggs.