Time And Gifting

time and gifting

Time and Gifting Notes

Time and gifting are important choices for artists. When I was a young artist I thought I had all the time in the world to try everything as an artist. I gave away lots of paintings to charities and spent lots of time in artist groups. I learned with some maturity as a painter that my time is truly the most valuable asset I have, along with my paintings. I spend a lot more time painting and taking care of my business now than I did as a young artist.

Time and Gifting

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I have learned to stop giving away art to most agencies. There are still one or two that I am quite fond of who I give a small piece to once a year. Occasionally I give out gift certificates as well. I politely decline for the rest. I do support several charities with cash donations each year. This is so much smarter, as I support who I really want to and my donations count on my taxes as deductions each year. The tax code only allows the cost of materials as a deduction for art donations, so the artists get next to nothing.

Time and Gifting

The other issue is a lack of gratitude on the part of agencies. I have been badly treated by these organizations once or twice and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Once I was asked to do a large painting at an event to donate. I was ignored through the evening. No food or beverages were brought to me at dinner time. I was not checked on during the event by organizers. It was not announced that I was painting by the MC. I was in a dark corner away from activities. When I left, I propped up the painting and left it. I was never called or thanked for my contribution and I never knew if they sold it or not or to whom.

Time and Gifting

These agencies have the expectation that they will receive art from artists. They rarely tell the artist who purchased the painting or give out contact information. I finally wised up after donating for over 20 years. The one agency I still give to comes to select the art with me. They give me tickets to the evening gala and send me personal notes of thanks with the name of the buyer. They go out of their way to be grateful.

Time and Gifting

I give away a little painting each month at my town studio. It has a congrats note on it and my business card. I put it in little nooks around the store. The recipient is so delighted and they sometimes come back to buy a painting later. It is fun for me and it makes me happy to do it.

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Time and Gifting

Give your time wisely as well. When you begin to age, you will realize how precious it really is. I am 69. How many more years of producing art will I have? I hope for at least 20 more years to work. I’m not one to retire. I have no idea what I would do with myself. I’ve worked since I was 14 years old. I am a worker by nature and I like owning my own business. Don’t give your time to agencies or groups who are not grateful. It is that simple. If it ain’t fun and you are not appreciated, don’t go.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

Today’s Recipe

CHICKEN CHEDDAR SHELLS

2 cups fresh broccoli florets
6 oz sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Deli rotisserie chicken
6 slices precooked bacon
8 oz medium shells pasta
30 round buttery crackers (1 sleeve), coarsely crushed
1 cup Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/4 teaspoon pepper
aluminum foil

• Bring water to a boil for pasta in large stockpot.
• Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces.
• Shred cheese and chicken (breast meat only), about 2 cups each.

1. Cook bacon in microwave following package instructions. Chop bacon coarsely; set aside. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Cook pasta following package instructions. Stir in broccoli and chicken during last minute of cook time.
3. Crush crackers and place in bottom of 9-inch square baking dish. Drain pasta mixture thoroughly and return to stockpot.
4. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended; spoon mixture over crackers in baking dish. Cover dish with foil; bake 12–15 minutes or until hot and broccoli is tender. Serve.

 

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2 thoughts on “Time And Gifting

  1. You have such wisdom that you share, thank you Linda. I have learned about this giving away of time and paintings the hard way, too. Thankfully, I haven’t done it for 20 years much because of your advice and that’s saved me. Also, I have experienced exactly what you talk about here of being treated badly or simply without any care or thought. Did that charity that you painted that large painting for ever ask you to return? Shame on them, they could’ve really turned that into something beneficial to both and an exciting part of the charity.

    Am I right to believe you have almost like an Easter egg hunt in your town studio? Instead of a price tag, they see Congratulations? Wow! You are so generous and giving. Another of the reasons why I love you. Beautiful pink flowers by the way. I look at my tree painting of yours every single day multiple times a day and it reminds me of you and I love it.

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