Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"Nothing is yours.  It is to use.  It is to share.  If you will not share it, you cannot use it." - Ursula K. LeGuin

I'm back!  Back to my art, back to my blog, back to a bit of reading and quiet time!  I wrapped up the first season of my gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, on November 1 and will be taking the next 6 months to paint, ponder, think, play...and then I will reopen for the season on May 1, 2016!  It was a great year - thank you!

So, today, I ponder and read all day and wish to post my thoughts on "sharing".  Some things this morning 'prompted' this thought.  First, seeing a painting by one of my students/collectors that I have to admit was and is one of my favorites from the many years of teaching or 'sharing' of my time and talents.  When I took the time out of my busy life to share/teach painting workshops, I really encouraged 'personal expression' - I believe everyone has a talent and should express it in their own way (not like the paint-n-sip, follow along type of painting opportunities that are out there).  It was from this thought process that developed some colorful, wildly amazing paintings by some very talented artists/students!  Here is the painting by a student from one of my last workshops I taught before deciding to focus my time more on my own studio practice.  Isn't it great!
Painting by student
Another way I enjoy sharing my talents is by talking art and hosting 'artist demo's'.  This past autumn I had an 'artist demo's day' and loved the interaction and sharing of my process that took place  between the visiting artists and collectors.  In 2016 I will be a featured artist for the Autumn show at Edgewood Orchard Galleries and will be doing an all day demo at the gallery.  I so enjoy connecting with collectors so that they can truly understand the lengthy process of my art.

                                            Artist Demo in my summer studio...photo by Tammy Salewsky

I truly do believe that I was given this talent to 'share' with the world.  So to continue to paint is what I must do!  I enjoy owning my own Contemporary Gallery to showcase my artwork and to 'share' the many talents of  30+ artists.  I also enjoy 'sharing' my art by 'getting it out to a wider audience' by representation in many other galleries in the US. 

So, since we all have talents or gifts to share with others, I ask you WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU 'SHARE' ?
Here's a quick list of a few of the things that came to mind for me - how about you?
1. talents
2. time
3. thoughts
4. inspiration
5. dinner table
6. passion
7. smile

Have a great day - keep on sharing, it's a great world out there! - Ginnie Cappaert

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