2458.  Bonnie’s paintings

Bonnie was an aspiring artist. She painted. She had little to no talent, but at an artists’ convention she won a chance to have an exhibition at the local gallery.

Bonnie was over the moon. It motivated her to paint even more incomprehensible works of art. By now, the town was plastered with posters advertising the event.

Bonnie had gone along to the gallery – not to supervise – but to excitedly witness the curator and staff hang the exhibits. What a thrill! It was while sitting down to rest her weary feet that Bonnie overheard the curator chatting in the next room.

“Bonnie’s paintings are rarely awful.”

Bonnie was tickled pink! The curator’s standards were astronomically high. Rarely awful! Rarely awful! She glowed as she repeated the phrase out aloud with delight all the way home.

Bonnie’s paintings are rarely awful. Rarely awful! Rarely awful!

At the opening of the exhibition on the Thursday evening the curator was even more effusive. He heartily shook Bonnie’s hand and practically burst with enthusiasm. He said, “Good is not the word.”


23 thoughts on “2458.  Bonnie’s paintings

  1. Nitin Lalit

    Criticism like that is bound to make a person fall into a cesspool of doubt. It’s worse than outright disapproval. But Bonnie’s still very naive. Great story because there are tons of critics who actually say things like this lol.

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      1. Nitin Lalit

        I went through some of his paintings now. It’s like Disney buying Jackson Pollock’s art and making them PG (figuratively speaking). But I’m no art critic! I can see why you chose it for your story though!

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  2. observationblogger

    A recent French movie called ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is about young lesbian lovers and features one of them holding her first exhibition in a gallery. All the arty-fartiness about such social circles can be found in this movie.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I’m not a fan of critics – one day I might tell you why! But I don’t (usually) swear on the blog. I’ve had several thousand play productions and maybe 6 good reviews! Nothing to do with the quality of production or the script! Why did they do my plays if they were crap?

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      1. Badfinger (Max)

        Yea…there are some critics that I will listen to the opposite of what they say…
        It takes a different kind of person to be a critic for sure.

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