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Friday, September 26, 2008

Thoughts on sharing ~


When working on my artwork, I often think to myself, "I need to remember to share this idea with everyone." Funny how blogging pulls that out of you . . .
sharing techniques, ideas and inspiration.

Many artists are afraid to share "too much" or are constantly worried that others may copy their ideas. I find that I actually WANT others to create what I'm making ~ or if I've learned about something that works, it's so neat to pass that knowledge on.

Creativity is like the fishes and loaves story in the Bible . . . as you share your ideas, they feed other's creativity and then they are inspired. They in turn want to make something wonderful and as they share, their creativity continues to encourage others and so on. Don't you agree? And even if you create something that I've made, yours will be YOU . . . mine will be ME, as we all have our personal style and our artwork will always reflect that.

So don't ever hide your light, talent or ideas for fear of others "stealing" it away . . . go ahead, give it away and you will be inspired to always be creating something new and wonderful to share that will be uniquely "you" ~

32 comments:

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Very well said!! :)
What a kind and generous way to look at it!

Miss Sandy said...

Very well said my friend, there is room for every fish in the pond! I love the way your creativity multiplies! Your wonderful post brings to mind Luke 6:38 that says, "Give and it shall be given you in good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over...for with the same measure that you mete withal, it shall be measured to you again."

I love being inspired by other artists. I have often done a project based on another artists work but put my own spin on it and it then becomes uniquely me.

I love the example you set by having such a sweet and generous spirit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Joyce said...

What an awesome way to look at things~ you are so sweet!
:-)

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I so agree, no two people will create the same way.
Have a good weekend
Diane

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You're a wise woman, Dawn, and generous and loving, too. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Thank you for those words. I really appreciate how you share your work with all of us in blogland. It is such an inspiration. Thank you.

marie said...

Lovely, generous thoughts from someone who is a fine example of the words she shares.

kathy said...

Dawn , I agree so much with your idea of sharing and as others have expressed . As a maker of stuff - for many years -- I have a file of many ideas which will still work today !! It is fun to share and then see blogs and the endless ways of creativity people express-- How3 blessed we are to have you remind us of sharing any talents God has blessed us with --
Thank you dear friend - you are always generous -Kathy - GA

FrenchGardenHouse said...

This is why I love you, friend. Generous and kind, you are so very right!
xo Lidy

Gardengirl said...

This is such a thoughtful post Dawn. I love your creative mind and your generous soul.

Wish on a Whisker said...

Dawn~ I LOVE what you have said here! I think it is why your blog has such a genuine sweetness to it. You always share everything and you're excited about it. I love visiting! Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts! ~Mandy

Dawn said...

Amen...

Faith's Vintage Vanity said...

Very well said. You have a great heart, and thank god for that.(And you!)Talk to you soon.

Luv,
Faith

Miss Sandy said...

Dawn,
I hope you don't mind but I left a link back to your post today. Pop over if you get a chance and see if any of the images I posted can be used in your artwork. Happy crafting!

Betty said...

I firmly believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...if they copy you, it's because they love what you do! Take care and keep sharing...we enjoy it.

thisoldcottage said...

Dawn,
What a sweet and generous person you are. I totally agree with everything you said about sharing. You are one of God's blessings.

Dorthe said...

Oh yes Dawn you are so right, and you pruve it all the time by giwing us your wonderfull tutorials, sharing all your art, and work, without exceptions.
You are truly a sweet and loving person, thanks for being such a special woman.
Hugs from me on the island.
Dorthe

Rustic Tarts said...

Yes Dawn, I also agree wholeheartedly with what you have said. What I do struggle with sometimes is when you have taught a class a project and then they go and make heaps of them and sell them at markets etc.
But then, that is my fault - if I had more time I could have been doing that!!! So I just have to grin, bear it and say "well done"!!

Christina

Vickie said...

I love your outlook on this subject. This has been the best way for me to learn. Once I understand a process, then I go on to apply it differently.

Viv (VivLyn) said...

You said it so eloquently, Dawn! You are a very sweet person and you can tell that by your blog! I'm amazed everyday by something you have done or said! I am grateful for your friendship!

Storybook Woods said...

So beautifully said. Clarice

Draffin Bears said...

I love visiting your blog and your talent and kindness is wonderful.
You are truly a great inspiration to us all.

Thank you.

Hugs Carolyn

Jackie said...

Wow...what a powerful message!! So true indeed! Thanks for sharing. I am just popping over to let you know you are the winner of my giveaway. Contact me and we'll discuss colors and choices. Cheers, Jackie

Alice W. said...

Great perspective on this Dawn! And you are so right...sharing is what it is all about...I was just over at Madai's blog and saw something she made based on your tutorials...and it's stunning! You are so kind to share your insights and gifts with all of us...

Beth Leintz said...

Such a wonderful thought, I agree completely and I love the analogy to the fish & loaves- the more you give, the more you get.

Joyce said...

A truly beautiful post. I like the way you think. You sound like a strong, confident woman and that is a beautiful thing.

Shopgirl said...

Thank you for the darling picture...I will use it in my journal. It my me think of how young my own grandmother was when she got married. She was just 14 years old. Just a baby girl grown taller. Hugs, Mary

Shopgirl said...

To share is the gift you give yourself. I love to give, it is just in my nature. I am not always good at the getting part.
Love this post, Hugs Mary

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Your words were just what I needed to hear. I hear so much about "stealing" in blog land. I don't want to be paranoid about my photos and posts. I am a giver and will always have a giver's heart. Thank you for being a giver too!! And for reminding us all why we give.

Warm regards,
Karen Eileen

GardenGoose said...

stop by and see how you've inspired me.:0)
hugs to you gal.
have a great week.
~Tina

Dream With the Fishes said...

Thank you. Straight from the heart and so beautifully put! This is what my heart says, while my head is thinking of admonitions to the contrary. As artists, we should remain aware that our creations, especially those that really speak to others, are first of all a product of our own receptivity. We were 'given' so that we could create. And, in turn, we need to give back, to let it flow through us. And then let go completely and trust. I want to live by this and let go of all concerns to the contrary.

Sally L. Smith said...

Thank you, Dawn, for permission to emulate your style and still be me. I am so much aware when I borrow ideas that I'm not copying but using them as springboards to my own creativity. I'm always entertained and inspired when I see what you are doing. Go for it! I love it!
Sally

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