« We Welcome :: Jessie Turner | Main | Roam (if you want to) and Pursue Your Happiness »

July 16, 2013

The Art of Value

Jenny Doh
M.C. Richards writes eloquently in The Crossing Point:

It is dangerous for poets and painters and sculptors and musicians to think that their image, their composition, is the source of value—instead of the reflection of value, the making conscious of an experience of value otherwhere derived. The paint peels and cracks, the pot breaks, but the realm out of which it comes continues to reveal itself in more works of art and craft.

Jenny DohNothing bores me more than convos where people waste inordinate amounts of time trying to protect what they think they own and believe as being the source of true value ...

"Hey, the thick down stroke and thin upstroke in lettering ... that's my idea. You can't steal that."
"The crooked lips and curly hair was my invention, you can't do that."
"The use of black, red, and white ... that's my color palette ... I can't believe you're copying me."
"Are you using images of birds and leaves? Don't you know that I did that first?"

And on and on it goes ... without regard of knowing that all of it ... the thick and thin strokes, the crooked lips with curly hair, the black-red-white palette, the birds and leaves ... were all born and interpreted a million times before us and will continue to be interpreted a million times after we are all gone. Forever.
jenny doh


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Art of Value:


I love this...people get way too protective over what they claim as "their" style, as if, even though they post it on the Internet for the world to see, they own it in some way. Part of me wonders if they want to protect it so they can sell a class, or make money off it...as if hold onto it with all their might will make it worth more..

The value of the art, of those marks, comes from the heart making them, not the technical execution. No one can truly copy, because we all add in our own abilities and experiences to what we do, and that combination is what creates our work.

I just adore your blog, Jenny. I went through and read back for quite awhile, and am in awe of your candor, strength, and vulnerability. It's refreshing and fosters connection. Thank you for sharing so much!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Advertise with Us!
Self-Serve. Easy Peasy.

Fangs and Flaws: FangGrrr Adventures by Jenny Doh  
Knitting Poetic with Jenny Doh  
Art Saves - CRESCENDOh.com  
Crochet Hemp  

Where you can leave a tip for the tips and tutorials you receive from this site. If you want to. :-)

Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Subscribe to this blog's feed
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...