Monday, February 11, 2008

Moulton Passion

Lily of the Valley- Fortune in love; poisonous yet with healing powers; a symbol of the Virgin Mary; making the right choice.

I got back to painting today. I always return to painting. I need it like a shunt to drain the moulton passion out of my head and out of my heart. I did love the flower binge, the fun of making stuff, but all of that churning and burning starts to get to be too much inside of me eventually and I always go back to painting. Drawing is close to painting but not the same somehow. Maybe one of these days coming up, I'll give drawings away to the first one to comment on this blog. The drawings usually end up in a portfolio up the the shelf and rarely are seen again.

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. James Joyce

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Jenn Tolman said...

I'll have to keep special attention. :)

Nicholas said...

You know, galleries would eat these things up. I hope it doesn't sound too opportunistic of me (though, I don't think that's really the right description), but I think there would be a tremendous market for these drawings. You should consider that, especially if they're just going to get shelved. From reading your blog for almost a year now, and getting to know you through it, I truly believe you're not all about making money, but making the things you love; I just think your work is worth it. (I'd buy them all if I could!)

Of course, then the galleries would likely all hound you for more when they run out, and it would take away from your painting time...but I'm sure you've already thought about all this...

Must get back to enjoying our first major winter storm! (I can't have too much snow!)

Cassandra Barney said...

N- I've never really thought about selling drawings. Most of my drawings are working through ideas in my sketchbook. Maybe if I knew I was going to sell them, they'd lose something. Thanks for the compliment. It isn't about making money and it doesn't seem fair that sometimes the people who love it the most can't enjoy it. I'd rather make less money and have a painting go to a good home or give a drawng away just to make someone really happy.

Cassandra Barney said...

I'm trying to figure out why selling drawings feels wrong. It's like sell love or religion or something that shouldn't be sold? Painting feels wierd enough, like I'm prostituting a bit of myself but it's a way of sharing??? That doesn't sound too good. Whoa big topics and I have got to get one kitten out of the shower and another in, make breakfast, and pack backpacks with homework...more later.

Nigel said...

I see nothing wrong with selling drawings. There's part of me that wants to hold on to them as documentation. There's also part of me that sees them as inferior to the finished product. I guess the things I just wrote refer (more accurately) to sketches. Most of my "drawings" get covered up by paint. But the idea of supplying folks with something more accessible and less expensive is cool, right? How about offset reproductions of drawings? James has put some of those out. How about hand-pulled lithographs on grey (BFK?) paper, that would be very close in look and feel to your drawings. To paraphrase Kathe Kollwitz, "Printmaking is the great socialist artform, it allows everyone access to original art."


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