The Spirit of Giving
via “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said.” — Art of Quotation
I found this beautiful painting on my friend Douglas’s website Art of Quotation. He always finds and publishes such great art and quotes! Thanks Doug!
I think Jackson Pollock was a painter who did something a bit revolutionary. Isn’t coming up with something no one has ever tried a challenge and then being brave enough to put it “out there” for others to see and judge? I sure think so.
However, I believe that even if one traces their photograph or someone else’s so that it will be the right proportions (which I do most of the time) and then applies their medium of choice to enhance it, their originality will still shine through. I hope my “signature” comes through anyway!
Most artists who enjoy what they do and don’t worry too much about what they do coming out “perfect” are usually happy with their outcomes especially if the end result blesses someone else. After all when someone is happy with a gift that is unexpected, what more joy could a person ask for?
I think I have come to the place in my artistic endeavors where I just want God to bless others through what He has given me the desire and ability to do. It is sad though that many artists, writers, etc. may end up doing what they love and giving it away instead of getting to a place where it can become an income someday, but really, I think life is all about being a blessing and loving who you can love while you’re here. Sure there is the “earning a living doing what you love” thing, but I think that is becoming more and more possible these days.
However, in the meantime try not to let “someday I’ll be successful” be your way of thinking. Say to yourself, “I can be successful in whatever I do today by loving what I do and giving what I love to create to others.”
Here is hoping the spirit of giving is in your heart every day as well as on Christmas day.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! (a little early)