Greed & Envy; Hummingbird; Tiny Works show in Dec.


A timeless theme!

Greed & Envy was done 5 years ago, with some pieces about timeless human situations. Recently, something reminded me about these closely related emotions.

Greed is usually thought of as an insatiable desire to acquire more and more, and viewed as a problem when it harms others. Who cares if a person ‘greedily’ hoards bottle caps!? But if they engage in crime, it matters, and then it’s everyone’s business. We have laws curtailing unbridled and harmful forms of greed, like theft, fraud, or violence, uncivilized activities which work against the public good.

Envy can be like Greed, because the envious also want something, whether or not they need it. Envy grows darker when it’s about someone they think has it better, lusting after another’s spouse, or making the mistake of thinking people who worked honestly for something only got it arbitrarily through the vagaries of “luck.” It’s at its darkest when it crosses the line into harming others. Greed is often right there when that happens.

Envy can be Greed unfulfilled. Can Envy ever be sated? Can Greed? Is the difference that Greed has found a way to get what it wants, while Envy may not have (yet)?

If the envious aren’t informed and don’t know WHY they have this problem, they can become a shadow form of Greed, acting just as senselessly, and even dangerously. Both probably feel justified.

It’s not hopelessly broken. Not everyone who has stuff was greedy. Not everyone who doesn’t have stuff is envious. One can admire someone without envying them, and learn how to get what’s needed/wanted without making it at the expense of a victim.

Greed and Envy continue to battle it out like twins who do not get along. Civilization hasn’t yet entirely tamed them.

Well, that was deep (or not). Here’s some ‘funner’ stuff:

Update on a happy hummingbird painting I did by invitation of photographer Connie Tucker at the Herberger: it SOLD! I took the train downtown for the show opening and it was already gone, had been there only a day. Yay! Connie invited me to do another from her photos, for the Derivatives exhibit, and I’ve been looking thru her pictures and found many I’d be honored to paint from. Hopefully I’ll have time to do another by early Dec. (In older posts you can read about it, and one I did with her husband Archie, too.)

Tiny Works, a show of all miniatures, affordably priced, opens Friday, Dec 2nd, at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ.


Available at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Dec 2016

I have five small mixed media bird pieces in this. Everything in the show of 100 or so artists is small and priced affordably! Buyers can take their purchase with them right away. The walls are going to be loaded with little artworks! Get there early! If last year was any indication, things go fast. But artists may replace some sold items, not sure. Anyway it appears it’s going to be up most of the month. The gallery owner, Laura Dragon, is participating in a fancy art thing in Miami! That’s quite an honor for a gallery to get a spot there.

Some of the small pieces I had in 9’s gift shop sold recently, too, a miniature, and Pigeon in a Hoodie, (which was from my solo show there in Sept, ‘Fatal Farm).

Commissions: I have one or two in the pipeline and another will probably be underway by next week. These are all pet portraits of birds of people I’ve met through mutual connections and/or in the local art world. They will keep me busy if they all come through!


8 thoughts on “Greed & Envy; Hummingbird; Tiny Works show in Dec.

  1. I really question the whole idea of small works sales by so many organizations this time of year. As you mentioned in your post about the cost of materials for smaller sized works…who made up the idea that smaller pieces should be $100 or thereabouts…? Often working smaller is muc h much more work. This doesn’t really serve the artist or the organization hosting the ‘fundraiser’ very well at all. Time to get more sophisticated about this sort of thing.

    • Tiny Works isn’t a fundraiser; artists get the typical split w/the gallery. The max price at the show was limited to $300, (and no bigger than 12 x 12 in.) I just chose to do something even smaller and sell for under $100. Doing small pieces has worked well for me, maybe because I like making them and produce quite a few even without a planned show. They have low material costs and usually don’t take me much time, unlike big pieces.

      I also buy art, and with few exceptions, buy small pieces. They fit almost any budget or home and make good gifts. Would rather people spend that money on local original artists than mass produced decor at big box stores!

      We probably have different buyers. I can see how metal work might be tedious and unprofitable in small sizes. But for painters, etc, it often works very well. I also do sculpture, but the majority of my work is painting/drawing.

  2. Cindy!!! Wow!!! Super!! Much to say but I’m using my phone (computer’s shut off for the day). And I don’t trust my phone-typing enough to leave a real comment. Will be back! ::runs::

  3. Hi, Cindy! “Greed & Envy” – ferocious battle, there!! Wow! I like your commentary on it, too. Once upon a time, 3rd year of the first time I went to college, I wanted to be a psychotherapist (or at least a psychologist). I used to imagine my office, how I’d decorate it so that my clients would be calmed and reassured but also stimulated just enough to want to talk. If I’d seen “Greed & Envy” then I might’ve stuck with the major and followed through on my plan JUST TO HANG THAT PAINTING on the wall. It’d be so cool!
    Congrats for the sale(s)! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!
    And I love those miniatures. Brilliant concept, that. You’re not only using your time in a way that suits your needs but also making your fine work available to more people. I think that’s a very, very good thing.
    And: even if collectors can afford higher prices for single pieces, they may be excited to be able to buy a group to display – a mini-collection of Cindy’s mini’s. Perfect.
    (I’m on my art account, trying to figure out a way to include the Redbubble work without confusing everything – LOL)

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