It was a beautiful day here in Wanganui today. I woke up at 4:45am and have already started yawning and feeling like hitting the sack but hopefully after a coffee I will get my second wind and get into some painting. I learn't heaps about making wine and wrote a silly Christmas blog which you will see if you scroll down. A lady rung and asked me if I wanted to volunteer at the Sarjeant Gallery on Saturday night. I'm really looking forward to it as it's been ages since I have been to one of the Sarjeant gatherings. Might be a good excuse to go and buy some clothes too :)
The art tip of the day - Make Art Donations
Artists are always the first people to be asked for donations of artwork. Most non-profit and arts organisations raise funds by auctioning donated art. Donating art can be very helpful to artists who are at a point in their career when the uppermost need is to get their work out into the community. For these artists, fund-raising events can be useful. However, every artist reaches a time when he or she needs to be increasingly selective about donations for benefits and auctions. So remember, donating art for fund-raising events is a useful way to bring your work before the public, to build up your resume, and to make important contacts in the community. But you invariably will reach a time when you will stop giving your work away to these types of events.
Museum donations are another matter. Few museums have large budgets for buying art. At least two thirds of museum collections come from donations by artists, collectors, foundations, or businesses. Most museums will accept donations from artists directly. However, for those museums that are restricted from accepting art directly from an artist, you can contact one of your collectors and give that collector a piece to donate. It is worth it to you in the long run.
There are several reasons for getting into the habit of making donations to museums. The most obvious reason is to build up your resume, and nothing looks more impressive than a long list of museum collections that have your work. A less obvious reason for a donation to a museum is to introduce your artwork and yourself to the museum's curators. As you go through the process of contacting curators, following up and helping them select a piece of your work, you will get to know them and even develop a relationship with them. What an effective way to expand your circle of contacts in the art world! An artist I worked with recently made a donation to a museum and by the time she was done with the process, she has been invited to show her work at the museum.
After you have donated a piece to a museum, do not be shy about asking for a personal tour of the collection. Most curators are proud to show it to you. Also make sure that their library has an updated file on you.
The Youtube videos for the day are so true...
My card for the day was RECEPTIVITY
it said...you have a maternal side to you that naturally cares fro those in need, yet this must be balanced with receptivity or the flow is blocked. Receiving is the essence of feminine energy, and it means allowing yourself to receive with grace and gratitude. If you feel guilty when asking others fro help, or if you feel bad about receiving gifts, then you block your feminine energy. Your receptivity is just as natural as your nurturing, giving energy. Receptivity allows you to better hear the voices of the angels. When you receive, you have more resource to give others. Begin by noticing the hundreds of gifts you receive each day, whether it's seeing beauty in nature, witnessing a touching human moment, or being hugged by a loved one. Simply say 'Thank you' for each gift, and know that they are filling up your storehouse, keeping the divine flow going strong. I'm glad I got this card! I felt bad about Maddy and I spending Shaughan's Mum yesterday when I took her out to go shopping for something else, not us. Thank you Audrey x x