As much as I cherish my own art I also enjoy to give it away at times. Today was one of those such days where I gifted about a dozen sculptures and half a dozen paintings. I gave them to my brother in law and his girl friend who came to visit us from Miami.
I gifted my older works which for some reason I become less attached to. I made lots of room in my display shelves for new work. Seems I am most attached to my most current works as they seem to symbolize what my work has evolved to. I am most connected and inspired by my last few sculptures (I did not gift any of those).
During the course of the visit we enjoyed our company,drinking(about 4 bottles of fine wine) and eating, telling jokes and stories, I can't remember the last time I laughed so much.This might have had something to do with my desire to give away some of my art, I really don't know? I have given away my art before. This might just be a way for me to clear away clutter? not so much physical clutter but temporal clutter in an attempt to focus my art even further into the direction I envision? The fact that it's the beginning of a New Year may have also played a subtle
role in this although I did not construe it as such.
Again,the desire to understand even my own actions at times, only leads me to more questions than answers.
How about you, do you generously give away your art work without occasion? Why or why not? I'm curious to know...............
Yes, recently, a few months ago, I donated 30+ pieces of my artwork, framed and canvases, that I used for Gallery Shows and Exhibits, to a local Women's Shelter here in town. No longer doing shows and just the right time to do this. Family came and had first "pick" and everything else to the shelter....
I just had an art show. While setting up, I sold two works and one on the day of my reception. Last year I sold original art every week and the key for me is price. Our art culture is not strong where I live, but there is a hobby Lobby, Craft Warehouse and a Michaels in my hometown. There are other craft stores as well. All sell art and all are thriving, so I am putting very reasonable prices on my works that hang in five businesses and/or plus my art shows. I am selling and that allows me to buy supplies, so although I'm not making much, I am selling, which some people see as giving away my works. It is what it is.
With every person able to create digital art on their phones, I doubt any art will have the same value as it once had. We shall see. I still love to paint.
I'm glad to hear that you had such an enjoyable evening with your brother.
If you are interested in giving away your art - now would be a great time to consider donating to a charity that will auction off your work to support those that could certainly use the funds right now .
Yes, I also gift my art to loved ones because I enjoy it.
Funny, Ed! Well I guess that could be a true statement depending on who, what and why someone might want to give some of their art away, I am also certain that many who give their art away have sold enough of it first to also make that statement untrue, especially if it were original art.
" With every person able to create digital art on their phones, I doubt any art will have the same value as it once had. We shall see. I still love to paint." -Lisa
Lisa, here is a thought, It might actually make art not made on a computer or phone that much more valuable.
Thank you Janine, we had an awesome 2 days with my brother in law and his girl friend, but I probably had a tad more to drink than I should have, I think the wine was fine but then after a walk around the bay we had some after dinner liquors, Godiva Chocolate and when that bottle quickly emptied (it was a small one) I brought out the closest thing to it which was a Bailey's Irish cream (also a small bottle), Lol! I otherwise we don't do much drinking, especially if it's not wine or beer with dinner. It was the extent of our New Years celebration. :-)
I am not interested in giving away all my art, especially not my new welded steel sculptures. I have culled out a portion of my most delicate/fragile works (clay works) and some canvas paintings .I hope to always be able to continue to gift a portion of my works to those I perceive to show an interest in my work. My brother in law's girl friend curated for an important museum in Cuba and was such a person.
I'll second the charity suggestion. Years ago I "got rid" of some excess prints by donating them to a charity fundraiser. The prints sold well and raised a fair amount of money, and had I been in the business of selling prints at the time, it would have been a write-off.
Prints generally sell much better when 100% of the proceeds are going to charity... maybe even easier than giving them away ;-)
I give to a local charity every year. My area is flooded with artists, low general population. I have two deceased relatives who bought paintings from me, but the younger generations are not interested in art. I still sell at other events all year.
Yes, very true, I felt very good after delivering the artwork to this shelter. A large, well-finaced organization, and sure my art is now spread over a few locations. Not to mention, we got our closets, bedrooms and other spaces back, after emptying the house of artwork that we won't ever use for shows or exhibits. As I mentioned, our kids got the "pick of the litter" and of course, we kept our favorites. And the women in those shelters received some real art and not the "Holiday Inn" stuff they had on the walls.....and of course, We also got a "charitable deduction" to use over the next year or so.....
I've always have donated to charitable causes that asked for art and this just felt right....
I have gifted much of my art and photographs to family, friends, coaches for Christmas, housewarming, new baby, weddings, etc. I am new to photography, only learning about the art for the past year and a half. I was able to set up my FAA website, edit and upload about 50 photos before Christmas this year. I worked hard to get it done in time. I let my friends choose the photo they wanted from my FAA webpage. They were thrilled. By doing this, it helped me in a few ways.
1. I was able to get feedback on my photographic art. 100% of friends and family had positive feedback on the images.
2. I did not have to go shopping for Christmas presents that they may/may not have needed or wanted. This saved me SO MUCH TIME. It was not expensive to have the images printed. I ordered mats with backing and cellophane bags at a very reasonable price. The finished gift looked very professional.
3. I was able to promote my FAA website in a way that did not seem like I was really promoting my website....if you know what I mean... in hopes they will remember my website in the future if they are shopping for art, or send the link to a friend or family member who is looking for art.
4. There was no time for me to order the prints from FAA this time. I had them printed locally. This helped me learn about the adjusting the color values from the computer monitor, exporting to jpeg so the finished product syncs with the colors at the print shop. I am a new member and have not had anything printed at FAA yet. I will need to get some test prints printed soon.
5. Very few of my friends and family can afford fine art. I think many of them do not have a good eye for it either......sometimes people buy art because it matches their decor. I think it is meaningful to people when they have art in their home or office and they know the artist. People love to share the story about their art with people who ask about it.
Long story short, Mario, it is a generous and loving gesture on your part when you share a gift of art with someone else. Good job.
Rich and Lindsay, way to go! I think that when one is in the position of being able to give or share of what one has that is truly valued by ourselves there can be no downside to it and we never know how much it can mean to whomever or where ever our work can eventually end up to inspire or put a smile on another soul.
Umm...I haven't given anything away I intended to sell. But, I've made many drawings and painting portraits of my friends, for fun, and I gave it too them. I've also drawn portraits of Famous people specifically for friends that were fans of them. I guess those are gifts, but I've never thought of it like that before.
Yesterday I gave 2 of my drip paintings to a customers, after spending almost a full day at this customers house installing a new exterior door for them I couldn't help noticing a good amount of original art. This became a topic of discussion and I got the tour so it came natural to me to gift some of my art to them.
No strings attached, but I'm sure these customers will be calling us for additional work they want completed and that could be a very profitable proposition.
Ronald, I crocheted some Easter style church dresses for my older daughters, when they were toddlers. A lady I met really liked them and asked if I had any more that I'd be willing to trade with her for something else. So, I gave her three dresses for about $120 worth of stuff. But, that's the only time I traded something I made for something else. I hadn't thought of trading art. That's a cool idea! :)
Mario, I hadn't thought of that before, but giving your art away like that could lead you to potential sells. Like you said, they could call you for additional art. Plus, I'm sure there will be fans of the art you gave them who are going to be interested in getting similar art from you. :)
To each their own J L, I don't give away my art in lieu of doing something else with it, I sell my art when I feel like chasing the money but I don't give it away because I don't feel I can sell it or I can't sell it.
I might maybe see why you might want to destroy it if you no matter what you do you can't seem to sell it, but I see no benefit to doing that, it's like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Some people are hoarders, some people are cheap, some people are greedy and some people are just generous. I prefer to be thought of as being generous.
I painted 50 ACEO's specifically to give away to all of my husband's co-workers at Christmas. They have all been going through difficult times and I just wanted to make them smile. It gave me joy to do it, and it did make them smile. I gave them all miniature easels to go along with them too, so they now have them on their desks. They told me they hope this will be a new, annual tradition.
Giving away art certainly is easier than selling it.
Throwing it away is even easier. (^_^)
But, to answer your question, Mario, I have indeed given away some of my art. I once donated a few pieces to a charity auction, and, once or twice, I gave away pieces to people I knew. But I have thrown away more than I have given away -- sometimes it just becomes trash, when there's so much of it sitting around doing nobody any real good.
Probably a sign of a mature artist is the ability to throw away art -- the ultimate self critique?
Linda, that's an awesome gesture of generosity, wow! 50 art works. I wasn't to familiar with Aceo so I googled it and watched a video on it. :-)
Robert, I don't throw any of it away, that would be wasteful, I do recycle though once I took a giant copper dragon fly it weighed close to 100 lbs. to the metal recycling yard I buy scrap metal from but this time I sold my scrap and walked away with a pocket full of cash which I used to make other art. :-) Waste not want not.
I give away art when people ask for it. That does make me feel good, but one thing I don't do is force my work onto others. I just don't know if people like it unless they are willing to buy it...or ask for it. Sometimes I don't make people pay for it...but mostly they seem to want to.
I hear you Lisa, I would not give my art to just anyone or force it on anyone for that matter, something has to indicate that they like my art. Once I had several relatives over and one was visiting from far away and the other was visiting from more local and I gifted each several pieces and then they where "fighting over one" in a civil way but both wanted the piece, I knew they wanted the art, I ended up giving the loser in the fight an addition piece. Lol!
In life, you sometimes reach points of desperation about your possessions, such as when unforeseen circumstances force you suddenly to have to move, which means, suddenly, you have lots of stuff to deal with, which can be overwhelming, and so the easiest solution is to just trash some of it. There's no time to strategize how to recycle it, because the pressure is on you hard to deal with it fast. Also, I don't know of any market for recycling painted canvases -- no scrap-yard cash there. (^_^)
During one of those times, I trashed about three of my paintings, along with furniture and a bicycle that was in excellent condition. Fortunately, I guy walked by in awe that the bike was sitting in the trash, and then walked away thrilled at his find (my trash made somebody happy). Also, some students up the street scavenged my used furniture off the street (more happy trash divers). I think those paintings found a home too, but not by any effort of mine, other than putting them on the street for trash pick up.
Robert you are correct, sometimes life takes an unexpected turn on us,I remember one such occasion and just like you stated I had to move without prior planning and I remember I had to divest myself of my book collection in a nearby dumpster, how I regret having to do that but it was the only option I had at the moment.Oh well at least I had read all the books and probably more than once.
Roger, and that's how the ball bounces, sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down, it just helps when we remember it can be either one at any time. :-) Glad you are on the up, inspite of your cold which will pass!
Giving it away makes a person feel good but I don't like being asked to give things away for free. Before I moved last spring I gave away many boxes of matted prints and greeting cards that I used to sell at craft fairs. Mostly they went to a wildlife rehab rescue that does the occasional fundraiser, but I also gave lots to a couple of friends. We also had a burn barrel going for days and I burned stack after stack of photos I took with my old film camera. It was very liberating. Out with the old, in with the new, I say! It's a great way to clean house.
In my younger days (decades before becoming an FAA member), I used to do paintings and give them to family members for Christmas. I think I stopped when a few years after I sent a box of gifts to my oldest brother in Las Vegas, I had an occasion to ask if he had received a box for Christmas to which he replied that he did not. Also, having heard rumors that he was trying to evade authorities by setting up a box office account and trying to keep them from knowing his true address, and having seen a few of his return address digits change from one received envelop to another, it pissed me off, but didn't really surprise me too much.
Around the time I was joining FAA, I also donated images upon request several times for different non-profit organizations, books, magazines, and even for a college thesis request. I let one city map agency use an image I had taken at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. A few 1st cousins wanted a copy of a painting I had done of our grandfather which I let them download. I figured a few give-aways might not be bad for exposure and help get my foot in the door.
I know many FAA members and other professionals are opposed to the idea of giving away your work for free but I feel that when you're just starting out, it's not a bad idea to "trade" something here and there for a bit of publicity. It's not like I was (or am) getting a lot of sales. I don't work at it that hard, except for the time I put in at home on the computer and some social media groups.
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