Thursday, August 2, 2012
Portrait of the Artist: The Gift of Art
Why is that? Why have I been so apprehensive about giving people art as gifts? Why have I spent years ordering things from Amazon.com and buying gift cards for friends and family instead of creating original works of art for them?
It's because of fear (isn't it always because fear?) I worry that if I spend hours creating something as a gift and the recipient doesn't like it that I'll be devastated. I worry that people will think I'm cheap if I give art instead of a gift that has an obvious monetary value (when in reality, creating art can be a pretty expensive process). I worry that my work might not turn out well, that I won't think it's good enough to give as a gift.
I finally set my fears aside when I gave Bryce and Vanessa this watercolor, and I'm glad I did, because Vanessa liked it so much that she cried. I've never had someone cry because I gave them a blender or a sweater or an iTunes card.
I'm beginning to realize just how lucky I am to have the gift of art, to be able to see beauty in the world around me, to be able to capture that beauty in ink and pencil and paint, and to be able to share it with the people that I love.
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