1/1/11- Perfect Date For Stick Figure Artists

Maybe not as perfect as 1/11/11 but who could wait?

No fireworks, just our annual blooming starburst cleredenron- Grucci Brothers, pay attention!

We still have to get past Three Kings Day, the various parades, capricious store and business hours due to the whim of the proprietor and then life will settle down to a more predictable rhythm.

For store hour signage- this must surely be an island favorite- from our trusty art supply store:

My solo show is still up at Bassin Fine Art- have sold 7 so far. This one just went yesterday:

Calypso Dancer 16 X20

In between gallery sitting and the holidays, and the desire to do more than stick figures, I started a small 8X10 with a burnt sienna & ultramarine sketch. No title yet- any suggestions?

My resolution? OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD. That’s right.

I want my old princess phone from 25 years ago, made to outlast generations. I’m on my third Radio Shack P.O.S ( and it doesn’t stand for Point of Service ) phone in as many months. How do they stop working in 43 days? How do 2 computer mouse (s ) go bad in less than 5 months?

People! Buy ART. It lasts forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy, Productive, Calamity-less New Year Everyone.

Let’s see if those black eyed peas have some merit.


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28 Responses to “1/1/11- Perfect Date For Stick Figure Artists”

  1. Sharon Crute Says:

    The flower mimics…Q-tips. Pink ones. Blooming.
    I hope you also eat greens today to continue your amazing artistic prosperity. Happiest of future paintings and painting sales for 2011!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sharon- didn’t risk anything- had greens AND black eyed peas AND cornbread and damn just ate about everything else to ward off negativity. Doesn’t a box of chocolate keep something away too? ( yup, those size 8 jeans…)
      I wish you the same things for you and Voilart!

  2. Carol King Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on selling 7 paintings so far! You rock. That should inspire you for 2011.

    Loved the store sign! Very clever and funny. And your new work looks like it’s gonna be great. The person looks a little familiar. Hmmm.

    Sometimes I too long for my old black land line phone. I could talk for hours and never have to say “can you hear me now?”

    Happy, Healthy Creative New Year to you and Kelly and the critters.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Carol- if you’ll put more of your paintings up for sale ( aside from the guy in Brooklyn who you try to avoid ) you’d be rocking the planet yourself.
      But, noo oooooo, we’ll just have to settle for you making us laugh and WISHING your work was for sale.

  3. Marian Fortunati Says:

    Congrats on yet another sale… How satisfying for both the collector and the artist!!!

    (BTW… It was fabulous!!.. no wonder someone snapped it up) And the latest… It’s gonna be another wonderful painting. You have such fluidity of paint and action in the figures…


    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Marian- a funny thing about that piece. People have responded immediately to it and made the most comments about it. It was also one of the most viewed on my blog. Yet it took a long time to find the right home: to a man who is buying it now for his wife and holding it for Valentine’s Day. Every pot has it’s cover, right?

      Thanks as always for dropping by ( if you were Jackson Pollack, I’d thank you for ” dripping by “.
      Wishing you a fab 2011.

  4. Marian Fortunati Says:

    Seriously???? Is it January 2nd there??? It’s still the first day of the year here!!!
    (or is your computer clock wrong….???)

  5. sam Says:

    Yes, exploding pink Q-Tips.

    Big up on the sales. Very lucky art lovers! Must’ve et their peas.

    Title suggestion… “You talkin’ to me?”

    I still have my Princess. Beige.

    Testing…Testing… It’s still January 1st here. I think. I feel like it’s been Saturday for a week.

    Have a happy whole year of Saturdays!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Sam, If you ever, and I mean EVER see another original princess phone at a yard sale or church bazaar or flea market, swoop it up immediately and if I have to fly there myself and pick it up, I will.
      Color? Unimportant. But oh I do miss that hospital looking pink-y beige.

  6. lesliepaints Says:

    Congratulations on your sales, Bonnie! Your new painting looks great! Happy New Year to you!

  7. Donald Diddams Says:

    Great flowery fireworks. I think I could do something with those! Wow, another sale to keep you in paint and canvas. No excuses now!

    The princess phone story makes me think of all the ways we have collectively valued some version of convenience over quality. Phone service and recorded music are only two examples, but they are symptomatic of a broader trend. You are right that fine art is one way to hold a mirror up to popular culture and ask why.

    A happy and productive new year to you, Bonnie!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Oh Don- indeed you could do more than a few things with those starbursts.
      Seriously, Kelly had to replace two brand new mouse( s ) from Dell. One came with the computer, died after a month, was replaced by them and that too died after a month.
      Now Office Max gets to be the provision-or of the next electronic fatality.
      Wouldn’t it be so good to see the term ” archival ” quality built into our electronics?
      I laugh when I read that art supports like canvas and paper are marked as such and claim to last 200 years or more. LIke, who would know?
      And wouldn’t all the lawyers be dead by then anyway…..

  8. JoAnn Sanborn Says:

    Love the photo, it has all the hallmarks of “celebrate!” and so glad that your lovely lady found a home. Hopefully lucky seven will bring you more sales. You made me laugh, as always, and I’ll be visiting our Bargain Basket tomorrow looking at their phones. Be careful what you wish for!

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      JoAnn- I’m so careful of what I wish for that I’m going to send you my mailing address.
      Seriously- what I wouldn’t do for an original Princess or Trim line phone.
      Maybe even a rotary, or perhaps an old fashioned switchboard!
      Thanks as always for stopping by.

  9. Paz Says:

    Happy New Year! Congrats on your sales!

    Much love,

  10. Melinda Esparza Says:

    Spectacular plant! Wow. Perfect for the new year. Yikes about the P. O. S. electronics. Reminds me of my reluctance to buy a new cellphone. I sympathize. I’m afraid I’m not a fan of Radio Shack from way back.

    Now on to better things: Congratulations on your recent sales!!!!!!!!!

    Wishing you much prosperity and joy as you work with the lasting materials of paint and canvas and your creative spirit.

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Melinda- Isn’t it true- nothing is made as well as it used to be.
      Except us of course.
      Thank you for the sincere New Years wishes. Here’s to our collective and individual progress.
      I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  11. Jala Pfaff Says:

    Congratulations on continued sales and this new one is looking amazing.
    Happy January 2! to you, your hubs, and Islandolecules.

  12. Jala Pfaff Says:

    P.S. How strange, when posting on your blog, it lists the date as one day ahead. Are you in India too?

    • Bonnie Luria Says:

      Hey Jala- have no idea what’s up with that because on my end the date is correct. That answers the question that Marian proposed!
      No, the only person who is in India now is Sanjay aka Taureg!
      I want your cats.

  13. planetross Says:

    Cleredenrons! I only have Weededenrons blooming these days.

    Happy New Years! Good luck with the show!

  14. wrjones Says:

    I can see why this expressive painting sold, but 7? Damn, the envy is doing me mental damage. You need to hold a class on how to paint well enough to sell! And a special class for Carol on how to put down the TV remote and pick up a paint brush.

  15. Bonnie Luria Says:

    Bill-you can’t be envious unless you’ve taken your collective of work and actually put it out there for people to buy. Go and get it out of the closet or the attic and get yerself into a gallery young man.
    Carol, with 497 comments per post, needs no help from me.
    If she doesn’t care to sell, she could always write comedy.

  16. Mary Sheehan Winn Says:

    I was sure the flowers were pink q-tips done as some kind of installation 😀
    Congrats on you show and I’m with you on all the ‘disposable’ stuff we have today.

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