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.

APlace

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.

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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.

thewholeworldfullofsigns

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”.

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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.

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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?