Have you ever wanted to gift a piece of your art to a child, brother, sister, cousin, niece or nephew but were uncertain how it would be received?
A tricky situation for sure.
Ads my husband and I collect art during our long marriage, it was hard for both of us to fall in love with the same piece and agree on hanging it in our home. So I've always been hesitant to select a piece of my art for someone in my family. What if they hated it? How could they make excuses about why it's not hung in a prominent place in their home?
So over the past 10 years, I have found the solution. I let my family know that if they want a piece of my art, they just need to ask. Of course, this puts them in a difficult position as well. Can they ask for a piece that sells for thousands of dollars? Should they just offer to buy it?
When family and friends come to my studio or see something I posted online, I can tell if they like it by their reaction. So I just offer them a gift of the piece.
This happened recently when my nephew visited from Boston. He loved two of my mixed media paintings and I offered them to him to take back to decorate his apartment. He framed them and hung them above his bed. But obviously, they were too small to fill the space. His Mom tipped me off that he wanted two more so I emailed him and told him I was sending two more pieces that would compliment the ones he already have.
He was thrilled and said when he saw them every night, it reminded him of family. Perfect! By now, all my siblings and nieces and nephews have a piece of my art hanging in their homes and apartments. It makes me happy.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!