Because I like giving meaningful things.
I pretty lucky to have a talent that people appreciate. Although it makes gift giving much more time consuming for me than it would be for most, it is in a way, easier. I can’t say I’ve ever gifted a handmade item that wasn’t cherished. That feels pretty damn incredible. Words can’t really explain the I feel when someone truly appreciates and values the work I’ve done. The best way I’ve learned to describe it is that my insides are smiling. It’s almost as if my facial muscles aren’t capable of smiling large enough, so every part of my body tries to help it out.
With all of the birthdays and holidays, this month offered my a number of opportunities to give gifts of art, from the heart.
First up, were Georgina the Giraffe and Elmer the Elphefant. I made these two for my sister. She had purchased an alpaca (who’s name is still a topic of debate) that I painted for a charity event last year. She had mentioned that he needed some friends, so I made it happen.
Then I painted a couple of portraits for friends and family. I can’t really go wrong with a small portrait as a gift. These were super fun to do. I especially loved working on the pansy border. Purple isn’t a color I use very often, so when I found out the recipients favorite color was purple, I was pretty thrilled about that change of routine. I kind of have to be forced to use certain colors.
This month’s gifting was a great success. I’m sure my insides will be smiling for a while.