REWARDS OF GIVING
A great example is the pleasure I receive when donating or sharing a surprise work. The photograph captures Steve & Patty Gronow when I presented them with a pastel of their estate and one of Steve's favorite classic cars. The event was LeConcours de Livingston, and the artwork was presented as a gift to Steve & Patty in honor of their extraordinary dedication to Love Inc. and their amazing spirit when it comes to community service.
Not only is it a pleasure to create artwork, it is especially rewarding when I can share it with others on occasions such as this.
One way artists participate in community is sometimes donating artwork for fundraising auctions. My belief is that when an artist makes a donation of art that they should not worry about what a piece will sell for. All too often I see artists hesitate to contribute because they feel bidders are looking for a deal. Well, I don't think it matters. What does matter is that you are choosing a cause that is important to you and knowing that whatever the auction garners is a direct contribution to that cause or organization. I have actually witnessed artists expecting to receive compensation/commission for 'donated' art. That begs the question of participating and whether it is a true donation. We are in the season of fundraising and we are a community of very generous artists. What do you think? Do you ask for a commission?