Thinkin’ Bout It- A New Painting

Don’t Just Do Something, sit there!


We’re used to the opposite edict.

Hurry, do something, clean, paint, organize life’s relentless messes, write letters to Congress, save a life, call your mother,  but do SOMETHING!

I’m going to do what she’s doing. My doppelgänger, above.

ˈdäpəlˌga ng ər| noun
an apparition or double of a living person.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from German, literally ‘double-goer.’

It’s high summer, and low motivation. Why do I  think I can be Superwoman in the Tropics? Why am I the only senseless organism  still pushing it at 3 in the afternoon when every other mammal in the house is sleeping off the mid day heat?

Because we were supposed to Not Just Sit There- We were supposed to Do Something.

So I did this 6X8, loosey goosey, alla prima, fear of green painting. I’ve photoshopped for corrections in sharpness, but fear overcompensating and losing it completely. She really looks sun sprinkled in the original.

As I expect to be this week. A good friend arrives tonight from NY for a weeks’ vacation with us. And I’m going to show by example, how taking your time is not only essential, it can garner you extra attention.

Maybe a manicure though……..

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12 Responses to “Thinkin’ Bout It- A New Painting”

  1. w1kkp Says:

    Ok. That video was unbelievably creepy to me! The creature itself appeared desperate as well as already injured? Where he was on a road, like a fish out of water. Struggling to get across or maybe not even that, just struggling. The sound of the traffic, the speed of the cars….oh, man…I feel the butterflies in my tummy over this one. I think it’s called overidentification. Anyway, is there any way to see this new painting in a larger form before your friend comes?

  2. wrjones Says:

    YEA YEA YEA a new painting. “Just sitting there” is not just sitting there. It is all of us at one time or another. Love the brushwork on this painting.

  3. Marian Fortunati Says:

    DANG!! I’ve never seen anything like that?? It looks like something DID run over it’s back! What was that hairless part across the back… and those nails!!!… I guess that’s for climbing trees… as if it had enough energy for that… WOW…

    I like the reds on your lady’s skin!! Lovely light and loose… She’s just sittin’ and it looks RIGHT!!

    I’ve sent you yet another award from my blog just because you are such an inspiration… No sloth in my book!!

  4. Donald Diddams Says:

    Nice to see a new painting, Bonnie… lovely colors. That intense blue on the cooler, and those splashes of red in the flesh tones are a nice spice. I’m a believer in the message of this painting. Just sitting can sometimes be the most productive activity of all — often even when the pressure to act and do are the most intense. The world could use more clarity and mindfulness, and a little less frenetic activity.

  5. Sharon Crute Says:

    Your brushwork is amazing and inspiring. I’m always in awe and trying to loosen up myself in more ways than just my paintings!

    Poor dear sloth. At least it made it to the other side. I think those are markings on it’s back, not an injury.

  6. Carol King Says:

    I’m all for a good nap in the afternoon!

    I’m all for a good nap at anytime!

    Love the way you handle the sunlight! The colors and brushstrokes are always fantastic.

  7. Noel Luria Says:

    I believe we used a “stunt doppelganger” as to only hurt 1 of the 4 of “you” if there was poor planning.

  8. TerryC Says:

    Great, Bonnie! More art, words of wisdom and a healthy dose of humor!

    Thanks! (Poor creature, though. Traffic is very scary.)

  9. eldon warren Says:

    Bonnie, I sure do like your work. I’m doing my best to stay loose and it aint easy. A couple of days ago I attempted a portrait of sorts born from all the wonder figure and portrait work I see in the blogs. It’s a start but it’s nothing to write home about. Your work inspires me. Wish me luck.

  10. planetross Says:

    I like the commentary on the sloth video: “It just moves so slow!” That guy should kick himself repeatedly.

    Cloud looks pretty cute too in your other post. I see why the painting business has slowed down.

  11. Jala Pfaff Says:

    If I were there in the tropics right now, you could take lessons from me on sloth.

  12. Anthony T Says:

    OUCH! *&%$

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