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09-10-2001, 03:54 PM
16" x 12"



Helen ( depressed, lost and wondering where her art 'fits in'. :( )

09-10-2001, 04:03 PM
One Kiss
Tess Gallagher

A man was given one kiss, one
mouth, one tongue, one early dawn, one boat
on the sea, lust of an indeterminate
amount under stars. He was happy
and well fitted for life until he met a man
with two cocks. Then a sense of futility
and of the great unfairness of life befell him.
He lay about all day like a teen-aged girl dreaming,
practicing all the ways to be unconsciously beautiful.

Gradually his competitive spirit began to fade
and in its place a gigantic kiss rowed toward him.
It seemed to recognize him, to have intended itself
only for him. It's just a kiss, he thought,
I'll use it up. The kiss had the same things
on its mind--"I'll use up this man."

But when two kisses kiss, it's like tigers
answering questions about infinity with their teeth.
Even if you are eaten, it's okay--you just become impossible
a new way--sleepless, stranger than fish, stranger
than some goofy man with two cocks. That's
what I meant about the hazards
of infinity. When you at last begin to seize those things
which don't exist,
how much longer will the night need to be?

if you love to paint half as much as you love these two, art will have to change to fit you in!


09-10-2001, 04:19 PM
Hey j*, I see in your story little things that ring true, and yet that I can't quite fully bring into view. But what I see tells me you know a little of what I'm feeling. Thanx for that.

Your last comment made me smile and filled me with a little glint of hope. Thank you! :)


09-11-2001, 06:27 AM
Woke up feeling a little better this morning.
I think I've been thinking in terms of, "Now, who will be ind enough to take my art?" when really I ought to be thinking, "I'll decide where I want my art to be and bug the right people silly until I get it there!"
Am I thinking better now? :D

Thing is, I don't even know where I want my art to be... How sad is that? I know that I want to try and paint and draw for a living, but I don't know if I want galleries, greetings cards, magazines illustrating, children's books... I just don't know! How do you decide something like this without knowing what any of these fields are really like?

What do you people see as my 'niche'? Which 'audience' should I target?

Helen :(

09-13-2001, 06:44 AM
Just tentatively bringing this back up to see if anyone has advice to do with my recent 'where-am-I-woes' (above). :)


09-13-2001, 10:04 PM
what a wonderful image to look at . specially at this time in our lives.
the love you show in the image is very comforting:)

09-13-2001, 11:14 PM
your art is great, it will fit anywhere,cheers.


09-14-2001, 02:24 AM
i like the interlocking forms

09-14-2001, 12:46 PM
Thanx very much for your comments everyone. :)