Artists are well-known for sharing their work, either with auctions which go to good causes, or just to each other, each person receiving and giving of the artwork created. I have been very fortunate to meet, online, artists who have wanted to share their work with me, as I want to share with them. It is a definite win-win situation. I have many paintings on my walls from artist/blogger friends, and I cherish each one.
These lovely little birds arrived, out of the blue, as a belated birthday gift to me from my friend and fellow blogger, Sadami. They flew all the way from Sydney, Australia, to get to me - and it was a wonderful surprise. Sadami has such a light touch with watercolor - she says, in a few brushstrokes, just what is needed, and no more :) Love her work - and her illustrations in 2 children's books so far have just brought her name to the forefront in picture book illustration.
And what did she get in return from me?
This little bluejay flying as fast as he can on a postcard I picked up in St. Augustine, Florida. I hope this little "bluebird of happiness" brings her much happiness through the year.
But that's not all! This week also brought me a watercolor and ink painting from Canada and my friend and fellow blogger, Bruce Sherman! He sent it because, when I discovered his wife, Deb, collects ladybugs, I had to send her my little ladybug on a postcard painting.
He matted it for me, too, so it's ready to put into a frame and hang on the wall.
This, also, was a special surprise - not just for the artwork, but for the connections we often make through our blogging and artwork. One never knows when someone will come along who makes a difference in ones life by just something they think is simple, of no real consequence. So it always helps to be kind, be open, and be willing to share your talent and skills with others.
I thank you so much, Sadami and Bruce! I got the better deal on these exchanges, but I hope your little postcards bring you much pleasure in the coming days.
Oh, and another little postcard is winding it's way to....Scotland. Look for it in your postbox, Caroline :)