Wednesday, March 7, 2018


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 :)  


Sadami said...

Oh, sweet Rhonda, thank u very much! Always you have encouraged me with your beautiful photos of birds, lovely paintings and cards!! I love your bluejay so much. I really do not know how to appreciate your friendship. You're so caring and very much loved by others. Best wishes, Sadami

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

I would love to send more art to friends, but the joys of having a student income :/ i use to love getting art from other artists and sending art in return, was always a nice surprise

Caroline Simmill said...

What a happy and uplifting post from you today Rhonda. I also love the title of your post too. 'The Generosity of Artists' Here in Scotland we as artists are often asked to donate a small painting for a charity and it is popular and helps to raise money too. There are also painting books that travel around the world where an artist will add their own painting to it until the book eventually finds it's way back to the artist who had originally started the book! Those two cute pretty birds are really sweet and what a fine gift for you! Thank you, I will keep an eye out for the post though snail mail is very true for post in our country, so I will wait a little longer before I peek in my letter box! Once again thank you for the kind thought!

RH Carpenter said...

You are the sweet one, Sadami!! I appreciate your friendship and admire your work so much - you have mastered watercolor and do it right. So proud of your accomplishments - congrats on My Dog Socks!!

Jennifer Rose, I would love to send you something in the mail - perhaps a postcard of a bird or bee or...who knows? Send me your snail mail address and I'll send something off, if you'd like. I don't expect anything in return. I know you are a student and busy with lots of assignments at uni.

Caroline, thanks. I hope it arrives this month, even if the mail is terribly slow :) When you get it, you may think of the fable of the tortoise and the hare and the race they ran :)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

thanks for the offer Rhonda :) I would feel so bad getting something tho and not sending anything back in return. Maybe once I am done uni :)

RH Carpenter said...

I understand, Jennifer Rose. We'll plan to do it sometime in the future when you are not so swamped with school work :)