KJ & the Dreamy Giraffe
And then you like what someone wrote in the comments and you click on their name to check out their blog and what they are all about. While you’re snooping around their blog, you find another post that you like and it’s giving credit to some other blogger whom of course you want to check out, so you click on the link.
This is how I found Tara and a guest post by Kristen about Creative tithing; giving & getting. I love how the Universe works! Let me explain that a bit more so you won’t be like, hmmm, she had a great intro but then she starts rambling about the Universe. Focus, woman, focus! :)
Ok, I always liked art but when I was growing up we didn’t have much art around our home. My parents didn’t see any value in that. So at the beginning of my art journey I looked at some artists and their Etsy shops and thought wow, I would LOVE to have that on my wall. But I didn’t buy it. Why? Because I thought well, maybe I can do that myself and I won’t have to spend money on the real thing. Fess up, you have the same thoughts from time to time; don’t make me feel weird now! :) But lazy, khmm busy as I am, I never got around to it and the original was sold and I had nothing on my wall. Great!
But then one day I had an epiphany. Yes, it was an epiphany for me, ok?! :) I realized that even though I can try and copy my favorite artists, it’s never the same as actually owning one of their original art pieces.
I started buying art from people I admired. Not just because I liked something of theirs but also to support them and their art. I think that is important. How can you expect someone will spend their money on your art if you’re not willing to spend it yourself? Give and take, people, give and take! This one below was my first Etsy purchase ever.
Darla - Artistic Accents
And let’s face it. You can go on Etsy right now and search for mixed media paintings. Do you see what comes up? 809 pages of stuff!!! So what is it that makes you buy a certain painting? I’ll tell you. The artist behind the painting. That is what you are buying. The artist! Her soul, her emotions, her voice, her world. ... Damn, that was so deep it brought a tear to my eye. I’m not kidding, sometimes I even surprise myself. :)
I was thinking about this the other day and I didn’t really think it was something worth mentioning on my blog. Cause it's deep and all. :) Until I came across this post. Then I realized as I frequently do that as much as we like to think that if YOU thought of it everybody else is thinking it too, that is just not the case. Cause lets face it, there are few Einstein’s in the world and the chance that I’m one of them is very small but you know how when you’re doing something scary you feel like you’re the only one in the world that feels that way? Yes, we are conflicting personalities. Get use to it!
So I decided to write about this today. Chances are you already thought of this before or I might have given you something to think about. Either way this was something I needed to say. Just because you're an artist doesn't mean you shouldn't buy another artist's work. Let's support one another and reach out. If you cannot afford a certain art why don't you just let the artist know how much you love it anyway. They would love to know even if you don't buy it. I sure would want to know and I am ever so grateful for every comment I get on this blog saying so.
If you’re wondering, yes, I own all original paintings featured in this post. Lucky me! :)
Did you buy any artwork lately? Why don't you tell us about it.:)