1st new work of the year- ‘I don’t want to Behave’

I don't want to Behave Oils
I don't want to Behave Oils


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‘I don’t want to Behave’

36″ x 24″


Painted sides, needs no frame, comes ready to hang.

In the pictures there are shiny spots, that is my camera not the painting, reflected light. It’s hard to get  a good shot of anything at 16 degrees outside. Brrrrr rabbit. 🙂

Not yet on the web site, please contact me for purchase via email.

Here are the quotes for this work:

Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely. ~Adam Michnik


The great secret is not having bad manners or good manners or having any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls; in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third class carriages and one soul is as good as another. ~George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

Source: Pygmalion

Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke; that’s their natural and first weapon. ~Gloria Steinem (1934 – )


I started this work with a dream. The dream was like any other at first, I was a tween and in school. I was not a model student, I was smart and vocal. I spent many days writing on the blackboards of my youth, “I will behave in class.” Or something similar.

In my dream I did what I never dared to do as a young woman, I went to the chalkboard, I took out my paints, and I painted right then and  there.

I was in trouble for drawing instead of listening to the teacher. Again. So, I went up to the chalkboard, all the other students twittering in their seats…and I painted. I painted to the jeers at my back, like they were the best music I have heard. I swayed with delight as the colors soaked into the old scarred and pitted chalkboard…I did not want to behave.

I wanted to paint out the nasty green meanies, I wanted to be free from their puritanical ideology of who I am, I wanted to be free. Free to be me. 

In my dream state, my younger mind, I was free. They could not stop me with their petty rules. If I wanted to draw while I listened, that was no crime, I can do both. I painted that chalkboard in my dream, then I awoke and painted it again, in real life.  I mean I woke up, got out of bed, put on clothes, and went to the studio and free handed the dream. I usually try so hard to make things even, level and “right” in a painting, this one came out raw and off kilter. I left it. I had to stay true to the younger me I was channeling, she didn’t care if everything was not perfect, so I don’t either. True That, Oh Yeah.

So, the background is the well used and stained chalkboard, the green meanies…well they are green meanies with little witch hunting outfits on. They even have the pointy hats to prove they are THE real green meanies…they don’t need no stinking badges.

The banners are just like what I saw in my dream. I need to question authority, even my own. I am the only person or entity that can tell me what I can and can not do. So there, take that and put it in your little red wagon…I am the boss of me, that’s it. I am the ultimate questioner, and this is my statement not just to the world, but also to myself. True that…to the bone. Oh Yeah.

So, this is my first work of the new year…it sets tone don’t you think? Yeah, it’s all going to be OK, just peachy keen. Because I remember who I am and what I am all about…I just don’t want to behave. And that’s the way this kitty likes it.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for being here today, I sure appreciate it.



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  1. Kalliope
    January 4, 2009

    This is beautiful, and I love (and resonate strongly with) the message behind it. What a wonderful harbinger for the new year!

    I’ve enjoyed catching up on your posts…and I especially love the video compilations of your work. I have been working on a video montage of my work as well, but it’s one of those many projects that I just don’t have enough time to complete yet.

    Happy new year to you!



  2. Cedar Lee
    January 4, 2009

    It definitely sets a good tone!

    Happy 2009–I hope you create lots of wonderful new artwork this year!

  3. Heather
    January 4, 2009

    Happiest of New years to you and yours too Kalliope! I would not have a video if not for the work of someone else doing it for me. One, I don’t have the software to do it, and Two, I don’t know what the hell I am doing either. So, when Kathy Smith sent me a completed video without warning or cause, I was tickled pink! She is helping me now to learn how to and create more videos, but this time of me actually painting the paintings, Like Ceder Lee does. It’s cool and nerve wracking because I am not an in front of the camera person…but it’s coming together and it’s not so scary now. 🙂

    All the best to to your family and fine self too Miss Ceder Lee!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create this year too. May this year be a better one than the last for every human on the planet. I will work hard to see that I am the change I want to see this year, and help the people in my area to do the same. May we all be blessed with peace and healing.

    Love to you both my lovely friends, and Happy New Year to all.

  4. Vikki North
    January 5, 2009

    Hi Kiddo,
    Hope all is well . Fun piece to start off the year and best of luck with the sale.
    2009 is going to be a great one. I can feel it.


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