If The New Trend Is "Generosity", I Agree!

As I read the opening lines of the current Trendwatching brief:

February 2009 | Has there ever been more urgency for corporations to ditch the greed and embrace generosity? It's something that countless individuals have already started doing, of course: giving is the new taking, and sharing is the new giving.....
| "Captures the growing importance of 'generosity' as a leading societal and business mindset. As consumers are disgusted with greed and its current dire consequences for the economy—and while that same upheaval has them longing more than ever for institutions that care—the need for more generosity beautifully coincides with the ongoing (and pre-recession) emergence of an online-fueled culture of individuals who share, give, engage, create and collaborate in large numbers.

I immediately thought of the experiences I've had over the past year in my little world of art and business. I am continually amazed at the generosity, encouragement, support, and information I find through my online networks. I have met several artists/business people online who have helped by sharing information and/or providing encouragement and support. Just to name a few: Dave The Painting Guy has answered countless questions and does a free live painting class on Ustream several nights a week; Torrie Smiley spent 45 minutes on the phone with me giving advice about selling art online; Tara Reed, who I found through someone online, happens to live a mile from me and is an expert on art licensing and is always willing to help; Alyson Stanfield's website and book have been a constant source of help; and you can read any of the comments on my blog entries to see the wonderful encouragement from different artists. Most of whom found me through Karin Jurick's blog Different Strokes From Different Folks. Karin has given A LOT ( I can't imagine how much!) of her time to work on this blog which has created a new community for artists. In fact, because I have participated in her challenges, I was fortunate enough to be featured along with her and two other artists in an article in the January edition of Southwest Art!

(my version of "Jack" is the last one on the right)

I could go on and on and this has all happened in just the last few months! I am continually thankful for the generosity and spirit of support and collaboration from my online network!


Anonymous said...

Hi Annie,
I agree with you! The encouragement has been so inspiring. I've only been doing this blog thing for a few weeks now and it's been so encouraging. I already can't wait to start on the next Karin Jurik challenge.

And congrats on being featured in that magazine article! What an honor.

Unknown said...

I believe you've received nothing short of what you've given in the past and so much deserve. I know many more great things are in store for you talented oneQ

Eve's Daughters said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer girl... :) K

Torrie Smiley said...

Dear Annie,

Thank you so much for mentioning me in your blog. I enjoyed our conversion and sharing ideas. I am such of fan of your work!

I have met such wonderful artists through Karin's DSFDF blog. They have all been encouraging and inspiring. Participating in the painting challenges brings me such joy and sense of accomplishment. I am so grateful to Karin and the amount of time and energy she puts into the blog.

I look forward to following your painting adventures~ keep in touch!


Celeste Bergin said...

Annie...Your Jack version is fantastic!
and a great article..you've described the current climate well.

Dana Cooper said...

I so agree! Vern Schwartz and I were talking by phone last night about the very same thing, specifically, the generosity of Karin with her blog. Thanks for the post reminding us about the importance of generosity!

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