St.Croix This Week – A Magazine Cover

So what if it’s published once every two months and calls itself St. Croix This Week.

Everyone knows time takes its time here.


A week can seem like two months when you’re trying to schedule a phone repair. Or tracking down the last ream of laser printer paper until the ship ” literally ” comes in. But I’ll not pick the nit of ceremony being stood on about it’s title.

It’s a great publication, generously heaped around the island at hotels, shops, offices, public places and our only airport. It’s free, glossy, informative and a favorite of tourists and residents.

Nice exposure, half a page on the inside for a personal blurb and photos of some of my current work. When the November issue comes out, it will have the same inside content but the cover will be the second one I did.

So follow along: this month you’re seeing the one I did for October, at the end of October the one I did for November will be out and at this rate, 2 months = 8 weeks=2 covers.

The theme for this cover was our Sunset Jazz Concerts one Friday of every month. I used gouache and pen and ink. Gouache has the best properties of water color and tempera. Thin or thick. Water-y or opaque. Was great fun and whimsy.

Any busier, and I’d be a…….


They’re busy too.


It’s called How to Conduct Successful Negotiations as a Domesticated House Pet.

I think the pup has more reading to do. The cat has long embraced ennui.

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32 Responses to “St.Croix This Week – A Magazine Cover”

  1. Donald Diddams Says:

    Dogs always have more reading to do… I think Cloud just wants that lazy old cat to get up and PLAY.

    Great cover art Bonnie! I love the whimsy. Just perfect for the magazine.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Thanks Don- you might be seeing fewer of the mags around as I swipe from here and there.

      Cloud talks her own language to Angel. And is undeterred by lack of response. It just heightens her puppy-ness.

  2. Carol King Says:

    Mazel Tov!!! Bravissima!!! Congratulations!!!

    In any language, you done good! The cover is beautiful and the publicity is fantastic.

    And anyone who has been to the Caribbean knows about Island Time. (:

  3. maryschwalm Says:

    Bravo! Magazine cover looks great! I love your work!!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Hi Mary- thanks a lot.
      Don’t worry- there will be a complimentary stack waiting at your bedside when you and Elise arrive.
      You’ll be able to step on the stack and reach the fan.

  4. Bry Says:

    The cover looks fabulous! Give Cloud a big hug from me and bring Cloud by to visit sometime soon!

  5. solvay Says:

    Love the cover, love the phrase, “…time takes its time…,” and love your post writing (plus, of course I love the photos!).
    Congratulations, Bonnie!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Solvay- yup, this is not a place for demanding Sooner, Bigger, Faster. And amazingly, life still plods along and so do we.
      Thanks for stopping by again- always appreciate your words.

  6. judylobo Says:

    While walking my dog, Benny this morning, I asked the man in the corner lotto, candy and magazine kiosk for a copy of St. Croix This Week. Guess what? They have run out of copies in my Flatiron neighborhood already. Should I subscribe to assure myself of future copies? Brava!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Judy- you know why they ran out in NYC? Because they’re all in your guest room waiting for your arrival.
      You could very well go home with an autographed copy.

  7. Ted Davis Says:

    St. Croix is a brighter, more festive place with your beautiful cover! Collector’s item! Would you sign mine?

  8. Joanne Says:

    Cloud looks a little bit intense here! Definitely not embracing the attitude of a cat! (made me laugh out loud again, startling my creatures )
    I love the magazine cover. They did such a good job of reproducing the colors that you created. The painting is full of joy, vibrancy, life! It’s hard to wait for the unveiling of the second one – but gives me something to look forward to… have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Hi Joanne- they really did get very close to the colors I used- I was very happy with the reproduction.
      It was fun for me to switch mediums and break the relentless spell of ” The Trouble With Oils “.
      Little Cloud is besotted with that cat and pursues her with imp-ish intensity.
      Makes me laugh too.

      Thanks for visiting again.

  9. planetross Says:

    I want a copy! signed too!

    Are chain linked posts common near cliffs in your part of the world? … just wondering.

    There is a newspaper at work called the “Everyday Weekly” … so don’t feel so bad.

    The St. Croix This Week … but The Saturday Evening Post … later!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Ross, send me your address and I’ll oblige.
      Don’t know about chain linked fences but we do have a TV program called ” By Da Fence “.
      And it’s not near a military zone.

      Love the Everyday Weekly!

  10. Marian Fortunati Says:

    Oh I so love to read your blog…. See your colorful and happy paintings and laugh at your words and photos….
    That dog and cat photo is just a REAL smiler!!!!

    Congratulations on the magazine covers and promo… I’m sure it will make you even busier than you already are!! Good grief… how will you fit it all in and still maintain the island way of life????

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Marian, the misconception is that the island way of life is relaxing. Only if you’re a government worker here!
      Otherwise, I must say, it’s a challenging place to live as there’s never enough time and the things that grow, grow faster than in a petrie dish.
      Like dirt, dust, ash, leaves, dog hairs, webs, bugs, and far too many laundries to count.

      Some days it’s just easier to sit and watch the puppy interact with the kitty.
      I might even paint soon too!

      Thanks as always for your comments.

  11. Melinda Says:

    Congratulations on such good work! I love visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful gouaches and watercolors. You must be bursting with pride to have your work showcased in such a great way.

    Wishing you and those dear pets all the best!!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Melinda- thanks so much for your comments. The first time I saw the printed covers was at the airport waiting for a friend to arrive. I walked right past the display case and thought ” gee,, what nice colors, I wonder who…..” and then of course, I realized it was mine.
      We don’t always see ourselves right away as others do, do we!

  12. Jala Pfaff Says:

    Gorgeous, vibrant cover art!
    Very funny though that it’s called “This Week.” What’s THAT about?!

    I have my little deaf white waif on my lap as I type this…can’t help but notice the resemblance to Cloud! Now I have a little piglet of my own.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Jala- Is your piglet a pigletta too? And still waiting for just the right name….
      This Week, implies, at least to me, that there isn’t enough going on here to warrant a weekly publication. But if the masthead said This Month, it would seem old as moldy cheese.
      Well, that’s my take.
      I could be all wrong.

  13. Pat Coakley Says:

    Oh, this is sweet sweet sweet! I’m going to look in my closet today for something that resembles that color palette which I presume is called “timeless”? That would be the nice name for a clothing line, no? At any rate, I’m going to be sashaying around in St. Croix-like colors in my small New England town and shall stand out next to the pumpkins! O, and I think I might whistle, too. Did I tell you I love your cover?

  14. Bonnie Luria Says:

    Oh Pat, I can so picture these colors on you either under your black overcoat, or unabashedly out in the open.
    Yes, this was something very different for me and I really liked the discovery of new mediums.
    Combined with the link you sent me to Kalmans’ new column, I may need to re-visit this oil paint conundrum I find myself grappling with.
    And I ain’t just whistling dixie. Are you? What do you whistle when you whistle?

    Makes me very happy that you like the cover. It’s as close to visiting St. Croix as I could expect you to do.

  15. wrjones Says:

    Bonnie – your painting and writing about your local once a quarter “weekly” has made me want to live on the island too. There is something very “family” about the whole island.

    Very nice photo of dog and cat. Do you need a bird. We have one that is beautiful in color but attacks me. Drew blood last week. I had to throw a blanket over myself to stop the attack.

  16. Paz Says:

    LOL! Love everything I see here. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  17. Noel Luria Says:

    Still, much better than the St Croix Leap Year.

  18. Mary Sheehan Winn Says:

    I love your cover, Bonnie and your sweet pets.

  19. David Lobenberg Says:

    Dogs drool, cats rule. That is one cute dog!!!! I’m about to start a commission piece that will be of a boxer with a face only a mother dog could love. I’ll be posting it. Perfect cover art for the mag. comrade!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      David- you’ll give that boxers’ mug the perfect send off.
      You’re so good at any medium you use. I may be a comrade but YOU, are a true commandant!

      And also true is that That IS one cute dog- I tell you…

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