Robert Todonai website revamp

I have recently had my website rebuilt, which was well overdue, since the last version was hardly updated since 2005. The new site is entirely driven by WordPress, and has all new images in the gallery. I have also put some work up for sale on the sales page, and have a nice picture framing area, where the paintings can be viewed with some of the different styles of framing that are available. This is something I have been thinking of doing for about a year, but the technical obstacles involved were more difficult to overcome than I thought, so it took that long to get it working as I wanted. At present there are only four framing styles on the page, but I will get more on as soon as I can get to the picture framer again (its an hour’s drive from my place to the framer). Here is one of the paintings that are currently for sale. It is a small painting of a railway station in the Australian Outback, with a small crowd waiting on the platform for its arrival. I’ve seen many such small rail sidings in my travels, and used to catch a train to school when I lived at Stirling North in South Australia. See how it looks on the framing page.

Outback railway station original oil painting by Australian artist, Robert Todonai

Outback Railway Station

Title: ‘Outback Railway Station”
Medium: Oil on primed hardboard
Size: 14cm x 18cm
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Early Morning Droving

It has been a while since I updated my blog. Over the last few years I have been very busy with other projects, such as commissions for the Bradford Exchange, and the compilation of the book the 21st Century Renaissance. My website was also falling into abeyance, and so, I have been rebuilding it, updating the gallery with new images from the last couple of years. It ought to be up and running in a few days time. As an exciting new addition to the site I have designed a ‘framing room’ where you can select a painting and a style of frame and see how the painting looks when framed.

This picture, ‘Early Morning Droving’ was painted about a year ago. For once I had a spare moment free from commissions, so I could paint what I wanted. I worked in a very loose, impressionistic manner, slapping on the paint with brush and palette knife, trying to really capture the moment, a fleeting sense of movement, and the morning light filtering down between the trees, illuminating the dust kicked up by the cattles’ feet. As always, I also try to tell a story in the painting, directing the gazes and postures of the actors, so that they interact in a meaningful way. The drover on the left is looking at the road ahead, whilst the guy in the rear, is glancing sideways, beckoning to his dog.

I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoyed painting it.
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Early Morning Droving
50cm x 75cm (20″ x 30″)
oil on primed panel
SOLD

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Fishing with the Old FJ

Like so many other Aussie men I am infatuated with old Holdens, so I really enjoyed painting this fishing scene. The setting is somewhere on the Murray River in South Australia. I sell paintings like this for around $1,800.00. This particular painting has been sold to a private buyer, but I am happy to take commissions.

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Fishing with the Old FJ
45cm x 60cm (17.7″ x 23.6″)
oil on stretched Belgian linen
SOLD

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A Bush Smithy

I put this painting on eBay several weeks ago, and several people emailed with their compliments on the painting. It seemed to strike a chord. Anyway, it sold for AUS$3,250.00, which is my highest price for a work of this size to date. Needless to say, I was very pleased with this result.

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A Bush Smithy
34cm x 27cm (13.3″ x 10.6″)
oil on primed hardboard
SOLD

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Lying Idle – Old Sydney Harbour

Here is one of my latest efforts.
May you have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Lying Idle – Old Sydney Harbour
27cm x 34cm (10.6″ x 13.3″)
oil on primed hardboard
SOLD

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Blue Camaro at Speed on Tweed

This painting was done as a comission. The car is a beautiful blue Camaro and is depicted coming round the bend from the start line. I used it in an ad, which I placed in Leaded magazine. Hopefully, I’ll receive some more commissions. The one I’m working on at the moment is a large painting of one of Jack Brabham’s cars – and its looking good. I will post it here when its finished – maybe in about a week.

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Blue Camaro at Speed on Tweed
41cm x 56cm (16.1″ x 22.0″)
oil on stretched Belgian linen
SOLD

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Riverside Jacaranda

The Jacaranda in bloom is one of my favourite trees. I have commited this painting to an upcoming exhibition.

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Riverside Jacaranda
20cm x 12cm (7.8″ x 4.7″)
oil on primed hardboard
SOLD

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Prospectors at Bendigo

This painting depicts two prospectors panning for gold on the Bendigo goldfields, Victoria, Australia. I completed it earlier this year and have sold it to an art dealer for resale.

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Prospectors at Bendigo
51cm x 36cm (20.0″ x 14.1″)
oil on stretched Belgian linen
SOLD

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Stockman’s Rest

Two stockmen take a break for a cup of billy tea and to give their horses and cattledog a well earned rest. The landscape is typical of cattle country in the Australian Outback. This image has been reproduced in the book “A World History of Tea”.

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Stockmen’s Rest
41cm x 56cm (16.1″ x 22.0″)
oil on stretched Belgian linen
SOLD

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Fishing with Grandad

A young boy and his grandfather fishing on the banks of the Murray River, Australia. I hope you enjoy this picture.

fishing with grandad oil painting by Robert Todonai

Fishing with Grandfather
27cm x 34cm (10.6″ x 13.3″)
oil on primed hardboard
SOLD

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