Thursday, June 19, 2014

Little Warriors

 Little Warrior, She is Brave and Courageous
Warriors are trained and armed. They are ready to bravely face challenges.
 Little Warrior, Holding On
In the Little Warrior series, I am painting virtues that I warrior embodies. This painting is about holding on to one's convictions.
Penelope, Weaver of Dreams
A warrior must have a dream, a vision. She has to have something to believe in, to hope and fight for.

Canvas, paper and metal prints are available of these images. Contact me at cassandrabarney at for more information.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Little Warrior

In Mark Twain's book, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, I read a passage about brave little Joan, beautiful and self-posessed, asking the governor for soldiers to escort her to the Dauphin. She intended to tell the Dauphin that he would make her his general, that she would drive the English out of France, and set the crown upon his head. The governor was surely astonished as he replied,  "What-you? Why you are only a child!"  Joan, forward, erect and selfposessed, replied, "Yet I am appointed to do it, neverthesless." 
Joan had a rocklike steadfastness in her convictions. She knew she was appointed to save France. "But indeed I would rather spin with my poor mother, for this is not my calling; but I must go and do it, for it is my Lord's will."  And at the age of seventeen, she held supreme command of the military forces of a nation. 
Her story is inspiring to me. It's amazing. I get so teary and proud of her that I can only read a few pages at a time. I've thought, I want to meet her in heaven, but when I picture the scene in my mind, I see myself overcome by emotion, making that ugly cry face and my nose running. It's awkward. So maybe in heaven I'll write her a letter...if that sort of thing is done.
I'm the mother of three beautiful, strong girls. Each of them has talents and challenges. I think of them as little warriors. I hope they see themselves as little warriors. I want them to be armed and prepared to meet the challenges in their futures. I well know the future is unpredictable. I've learned that some challenges are brought on by our own choices and some are forced upon us by the choices of others. Either way, if we, like Joan, have courage, we can be little warriors.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mer-queen and Mer-king

When the afternoons got too hot in my dad's studio for him to paint, we would pile into the back of his little Toyota truck named, Chuck. He would take us over to his parent's house a couple of blocks away. I'm not sure why we didn't walk.  I remember playing games in the pool, usually mermaids, with siblings and cousins. Our parents would douce themselves in tropical oil and drink tab.  Oh how I loved those days in the sun. 
 Now my parents have a pool and I meet up with those same siblings and cousins and all of our kids to swim when my studio gets too hot to paint. Little has changed, except we use sunscreen and drink water.
In our family we have bowling names, roller derby names and mermaid names. My mermaid name is Crystal Seafoam. I love that name. Everyone should have a mer-name. 

I painted this mer-queen and mer-king in anticipation of summer. It's a love story.
It is titled, Lana and Irwin, a mer-love story. Lana means, calm as still waters. Irwin means green water. 
I want Gallery 601 to print these paintings on metal so I can hang them by my parents pool as guardians. The color is gorgeous on the metal prints and they are waterproof. I will have some available at the Utah Art's Festival this June. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Call for Stories

I have been invited to have an art show with Meri DeCaria in September 2014 at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden. It's a perfect venue for a new series of ExVotos.
As I have done in the past, I would like to invite anyone interested to send your stories to me. Let me back up and explain a bit more…
ExVotos are offerings of thanksgiving for an unexpected miracle. They are little testimonials of faith which share a personal story. I love these little stories. It's a challenge to try to communicate the ideas of the author through painted symbolism.

If you have a story that you think should be painted, send it to me and I will take a look at it. I would like to have these stories by the end of February-ish. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Curiouser and Curiouser

Last night, as I processed the evening, I wished I could go back and have a re-do of my minute at the microphone.

I wished I would have talked about what this show was about and how I hoped it would inspire others to want to live artistically. I don't care if anybody ever sees the cool stuff we've made and the paintings we've painted. What I want to share is the great amounts of joy that living artistically brings to my life and the lives of my family.

Art making for us is a way of celebrating our stories, the triumphs, some big and some small. This morning I pulled out a boxes of ornaments and I found several that we had made and shared with each other on Christmas Eve. They are a bit silly but every one of those is a memory of celebration and love. My memories are in those objects.

 Artwork informs us, helping us to dissect, and come to different understandings. It's sometimes a way we communicate what words won't fit.

 As I've pursued a carrier in art, I have developed skills like, having a thick skin and not expecting the approval of everyone. In fact, yesterday while Emily and I were adding some final touches to the show, a man right in front of us told a museum staff member that he didn't really care for our artwork. He like my dad's because it was more detailed. I'm glad he got some to see some quality detail at the museum. Funny.

I've also learned discipline. Just getting through it would be easy, but the extra effort to live artistically is worth it.

The other thing I would have said is…go visit the gift shop. Emily and I made cool stuff to share.

I have jars of treasures from my studio and tree toppers, wreaths, ornaments, jewelry and really beautifully made prints. It's good Christmas loot.

The show will be up until April.  You can read an article about it here. I'm pleased with the way it looks. I'm also grateful for all the hard work from the staff at the Springville Museum of Art. Those girls are amazing. I'm also grateful for my family and the work that they did to help with the show. Our family tree will need it's own post. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tree Toppers

If you are interested in purchasing a tree topper, send me an email with your name, address and which you are interested in to  
 I will email you back on Wednesday and tell you if you were the first ask. I will give you my address and you can send me a check. For sure I will mail your purchases to you right away so that I don't stifle your decorating dreams. Tree Toppers are $35 each (plus $15 shipping.) A few tree toppers will also be available at Beehive Bazaar and the Springville Art Museum Store. 

 1. Angel with toy (She is the giving type.)

2. Pink Painted Angel (Flock and spray paint are what my dreams are made of.) 

3. Ivory Angel (She's the quiet type, but really elegant.)

 4. Scrubby Dream Angel (because I took apart a scrubby thing from the the dollar store because it was the prettiest color.)

5. Cranbaign Angel (The color cranberry/champaign which we named for my sister's wedding.)

 6. Angel of Royalty (Because she is purple and gold.)

7. Flocked Angel (That was really fun.)

8. Hallelujah Angel (Girlfriend is just about to belt out a Christmas tune.)

9. This Angel is to be named after whomever buys her. 


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