Three Paintings I Would Never Sell

I know, I know, never say never. But I think, no, I’m pretty down right positive, that I would never sell these three.

I was asked this question the other day. Are there some paintings you would never sell? And it got me to thinking which ones that would be?

I’ve been told that an artist should keep a painting from each of their series. Or atleast a painting from each phase of their career so when they have a retrospective, there will be samples from each period of an artist’s career.

Well, I admit I do have a stack of paintings and a good sample from each of the phases of my career but 3 of my favs are:

Number 1.

A painting that I either gave to my Mom or she bought from me, I can’t really remember because it was in 1994. But I got it back after she passed away last Spring. So now I own this painting again and I’m not letting it go.

It’s titled “A Place No One Looked Quite Far Enough to Find.” Could be the longest title of one of my paintings or up there in the top 3. This is it below. It’s an abstract acrylic with collaged pieces of cut-out paper that I colored with oil pastel.


What do I like about it besides the title? The details. The markings and shapes. The transparency of the color. The mystical quality I feel when I look at it.


Number 2.

This is a painting I created when I moved to New York City and began painting at my art studio on 14th Street in Manhattan. It is titled “The Whole World is Full of Signs”. The year was 1997. It represents to me a period in my career where I developed my current style of painting using black lines and texture created from dipping string in paint. It was painted in acrylic on 3 postcard sized pieces of paper that I glued together.

What do I like about it? The shapes. The texture. The way the three upper shapes look like they are holding hands. I like the color, a darker color palette than I use today but I like the rich burgundy and light blue over red in it.


Number 3.

A painting I created after I was hypnotized. It was 1994 and my friend Ruth was studying to become a hypnotherapist and needed some people to volunteer so she could practice on them. So I volunteered. It’s a long story but the painting that I did afterwards represents that session.

It is acrylic on canvas with bits of collaged paper on it. I titled it “Feather and Sphere”.


There is much symbolism in this painting. I’ll go into that story in another post.

What do I like about it? I like the feather. The purple and orange together. The long braid. The memory it invokes of that dream-like state one falls into when one is hypnotized.


I like the memories and feelings I get from these 3 paintings. I love the way art can do that.

Are there some things, a painting, something you’ve created or been given that you would never get rid of? What is it and why do you hang on to it?

4 thoughts on “Three Paintings I Would Never Sell

  • December 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks Jemi! I appreciate you commenting on my blog.

    I know what you mean about certain images/art triggering a feeling or memory. Love it when art can do that.

    For an artist, to know which paintings to hang on to and which to sell is very personal. Sometimes I let a painting go later because I’ve lived with it enough and am ready to let it go. Others, I know right away that they are meant to go out into the world and mostly that is where I’m at regarding my work. Still, there are a few that I keep forever and they go into the growing stack or on to the wall to be rotated with others that I own.

  • December 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    It always makes me sad to hear that someone’s painting just sold for several million dollars, when I suspect the painter parted with it for food and shelter money. Which is an argument for keeping paintings back. But then, if you don’t get them out there and circulating in the public eye, no one will know about them or buy them which will make the withheld paintings not worth as much as they should be in the future. Which is an argument against keeping too much back.

    I love things that have impact when I see them or hear them – some things are just pleasing, but others have deep triggers. Perhaps the most important are the works that remind you of where your heart wants to be, and pushes you to think about that – and that remind you of love and of the meaning of your time here – (that can mean a session of thought, or a burst of joy?)

  • December 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Interesting writing about your paintings. Saw it fb. I liked reading about you and your paintings. 🙂


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