Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pondering the Motive

As can be seen from the most recent entries, I have really enjoyed decorating envelopes and sending them off to various people with letters to them contained therein.  Using one's talent to brighten the day of someone else is something that satisfies a deep need to be helpful and to be cogniscent of those around you....yet, over the past few weeks, I've had to ask myself whether or not the sending of the letters is for others, or simply for me.  It certainly gives me something new to post each week.  But am I missing out on the satisfaction that comes from doing good in stealth, without fanfare? And so, I've had to examine the motives, and be sure that it's about the receiver, not the giver.   Yet, I also enjoy posting art because I have gained so much from viewing the art of others, looking at their techniques and being inspired by their creativity.  The creation of art is really quite incomplete without the viewer, sharing it with others, because it requires, by its very nature, an audience greater than the creator.  This dilemma has been weighing on me, and I haven't posted what I've sent out for a couple of weeks.  I'm interested in your thoughts on the matter.     In the mean time, here's a couple more envelopes.  One that I gave with a gift to a true bibliophile in the family and another that I gave with a sympathy letter to friends that recently suffered a tragic loss.  
 
 
   

6 comments:

  1. I for one hope you continue to post! My day has been brightened more than once by seeing your talents!

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  2. I think posting is both brave and unselfish. You expose yourself to someone not liking/objecting to your post but on the other hand you provide a joyful opportunity for people who are receptive to your post. You can't know in advance which is going to have the most traction so you are a bit of a hero in my estimation. Keep posting. Keep your ego on a tight leash. And thank you for giving pleasure to people like me.

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  3. I agree with the two previous comments. Keep posting! Your post give encouragement to those, like me, who are fearful to post and who are often fearful of picking up the pen/pencil/brush (but want to!). Please share your work; it IS sharing!

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  4. I think, as artists, we do share our work for ourselves as well as for others and I don't see anything wrong with that. My blog is like my online visual diary and it has come in handy on many occasions when I've needed to look back on something. That said, there is definitely a difference between feeding the ego and feeling joy when sharing our art/accomplishments with others. In this crazy, troubled world, I think that spreading some of your light for others to see and appreciate is a good thing to do. I am inspired by many artists on the net, yourself included, and I look forward to your posts which I hope you will continue with.

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  5. By the way, lovely envelopes!

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  6. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

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