May_20 Gifting a painting . . .

There are many reasons to give a painting away as a present.

Family, friends, clients, colleagues . . .

Just because of who they are . . . It often feels right to give paintings to friends, family members, clients, and colleagues. Sometimes it’s a special occasion and at other times it’s simply an expression of our affection.


Here is a photo of my brother with a gifted painting called "Spotlight on Success."

Here is a photo of the four colleagues who are trainers of Psychodramatic Bodywork® in Serbia. I couldn’t be there to support them in their first training, so I sent four of my paintings for them to choose from as a substitute for my presence.

Prizes . . .

Another reason to gift a painting is as a prize. The Beach Studio Tour, which I have been a member of for several years now, has a policy of having each studio offer a piece of art as a door prize. The following people were happy to be the winners of the prizes . . .

I couldn’t settle on a name for this particular painting. I decided to post it on Facebook and ask my friends to offer name suggestions. Whoever came up with the name that resonated best (in my opinion) with the painting was offered it as a gift. Here is the painting . . .

Its name now is "Champagne Circus."

Fundraisers . . .

There are organizations who hold fundraisers and ask for donations of all kinds. "DragonFly" is an encaustic painting that I donated to the Living Room Art Fundraiser in Oshawa . . .


"Almost" was donated to the Dundas School of Art auction . . .

"Forest" was donated to Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Fundraiser . . .

"Matrix’" was donated to my local public school, Williamson Road School Fundraiser . . .

Trades . . .

A friend who makes beautiful moccasins offered to make me a pair with my choice of design in trade for a painting. This photo shows the traded items. We’re both delighted with the exchange!

Special occasions . . .

Special occasions are another reason for a painting gift. Here are two paintings that were

Wedding gifts . . .


Aline and Peter with "Fire."

Gitty and Joseph with "Facing the Past."

Birthday gifts . . .

Madeleine with "Aspects of Love."

Carol with "The Mystery."

Thank you gifts . . . Claudia at Pronto Printers with her painting, "Through the Archway." She happily caught an error (that everyone else missed!) before the Oracle Deck went to print.

Birth of a child . . .

Jono and Kat with "Heaven on Earth" for their new baby, Isabella.

Just because . . .

There are two paintings that I created that were unique in a specific way. They seemed to capture the universal truth that hope and love will prevail and it is possible to get through life’s present day challenges. I felt that both paintings were needed by specific people to offer help, support and guidance. However I wasn’t sure who needed them. So I posted the photos on Facebook with the following request. I asked if someone reading the post was going through a difficult time and felt that this painting would be helpful to them at this point in their journey. I did get responses and now the following two paintings are with people who felt they would benefit from them.


"In my Hour of Darkness"

"Guiding Light"

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