” Reverie ” – New Painting

” Reverie ” 9 X 12 oil on Ray Mar Panel

A few months ago, we were treated to a world class concert by musicians Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes. Fiddle, guitar, Irish Folk and Try To Sit Still music. Hypnotic and contagious, I was taken with Dennis’ focused, calm intensity.

Working from a photograph taken that night by the talented Ted  Davis of D & D Studio, St. Croix, I tried to capture that mood. Thanks Ted.

How it began:

Ted’s photo, my sketch.

I like the unfinished, under worked quality of the piece. As hard as it is sometimes to lay down the first brush stroke, it’s often as hard to know when to lay down the dang brush and call it done.

These characters always know when to call it done. It’s usually after a snack, before a snack, after a walk, before a walk, and when we’re in the bed.

Cloud has her own particular Reverie and it often looks like this:

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24 Responses to “” Reverie ” – New Painting”

  1. wReggie Says:

    Beautiful. And Cloud too. Swear we have to have dinner in June when we are there.

  2. Donald Diddams Says:

    Hi Bonnie,
    You’ve captured that concentration of being in the “music zone”. Luscious colors. Nice to see these new paintings rolling out!
    Now what zone was it you said Cloud was in??

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Hi Don- this time I really did feel like I got it. I had to step away for a couple of days but when I came back to it, I saw what needed doing and what needed nothing.
      Cloud is in the ” Oh ” zone. Oh, I get to sleep on your pillow, Oh I get canned salmon for breakfast, Oh, I get kissed altogether too often………
      You doing well in Florida?

  3. sam Says:

    You also know when to stop sketching with your brush and start breathing the life in. Makes for a fascinating portrait. Thanks for posting the steps through it.

    Garrett still thinks Cloud looks like a dream.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sam- thanks for stating it that way. As you know, it’s just as easy to suck the life right OUT of it too.
      I’m glad I kept it off life support.
      Cloud is, a dream. Glad she still has admirers in her post puppy poses.

  4. Jala Says:

    Wonderful painting, and I agree about it being better for being less worked on. Cloud is killllllllllllling me, she is so little and white and pink and cute. I bet Gadjo would like to snuggle up to that bare belly of hers.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Hey Jala- it’s only fair that you’re half dead from Cloud- since Gadjo, Rumi, Miss Lemon and the reclusive Lynxie have done me in forever.
      I’m really glad you like the piece. You know how I’ve always admired your oils and still refer to your tips about using them.

  5. Noel Luria Says:

    Hi Mom,

    I always enjoy the latest birth, as I signifies a sibling. Well done, it looks like your style and I for one love it.

    Be well. You are loved and missed, I can officially say, “I will see you next month.” -Noel

  6. Marian Fortunati Says:

    WOW…
    There is not much more to say…
    Okay…..
    This
    painting
    is
    awesome!!

    You stopped when it was at “WOW”.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sheesh, Marian- thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to me, coming from you. I ought to install a WOW-O-Meter on my easel that starts to beep when I’ve overdone it.

  7. Jo-Ann Sanborn Says:

    You have captured the musician’s soul. It doesn’t need another stroke. Love seeing your process, too, from photo to sketch to paint. Cloud? There aren’t enough cute words in the world….

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Jo-Ann- I hadn’t thought about trying to get his face specifically, not really being a portrait painter, but I do think that I got his essence. Thanks for saying it the way you did.
      Cloud is going to inspire an abridged Thesaurus. I’ve run out of words myself…..

  8. Diane Elgin Says:

    I love your bold strokes in this painting. It must have been a great concert. Thanks for sharing you work see in in a week.
    Diane

  9. Carol King Says:

    Great painting Bonnalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, You’ve captured his intensity perfectly. Love the colors and the brushstrokes and just about everything!

    The doggies and kitties are adorable as usual. That little pink cloud is too much.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon. xoxo

  10. lesliepaints Says:

    The expression captured on this face says it all, Bonnie. Transporting is what I think it is!

    Oh, paint Cloud! What lovely shapes she provides!

  11. Melinda Esparza Says:

    Yes! You have got ‘it.’ Great work, Bonnie! You’ve captured the expression and moment so well. And, of course, your animals are the cutest ever.

  12. Artswebshow Says:

    He’s playing it in the classical position.
    Great job, i know how difficult guitars are to draw and paint

  13. Kim Says:

    Gorgeous, Bonnie!

  14. wrjones Says:

    I like it! Wish I could have listened to him play while watch you paint.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. wrjones Says:

    Damn Bonnie, that laid back island attitude finally got to you. Be sure to stir enough to stay covered in sunblock.

  16. Marian Fortunati Says:

    Miss you… Hope you are okay and doing other things besides painting and blogging that you enjoy doing.

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