Creating The Art – Giving It Away
When creating a work of art, I imaging that the great artists of history did it not because they were thinking it would be worth millions of dollars someday. I believe a piece of art comes from the soul deep within you. When an artist is finished, he wants the world to see it because it represents part of who the artist is. The artist want’s that art work to touch the viewer the same way it touched him when he had the inspiration to create it. The same way is how I feel when creating the pumpkins I carve; I know that I cannot keep them forever, nor do I want to, but I know I can give the pumpkins to someone who can appreciate them even more than I can, and that gives me great satisfaction.
That was how I felt when I carved the first pumpkin and took it to JKF Special Needs School in Modesto California. Lucy contacted me again this year, very apologetically, wondering if I would carve another 3D pumpkin for the Halloween festival they hold every year. I immediately agreed to. I had no problem getting up at 4:00am feeling sick and with a fever to carve the first pumpkin. It was a pleasure to walk in that school holding on to the pumpkin and having people recognize me and pointing me to Lucy’s classroom. I gave her the pumpkin and she hugged me, thanking me. And that was all that I needed. It felt great!
The second pumpkin I gave to my company’s main office. I was asked very politely if I would carve a pumpkin for the office. They know how busy I am, not only at work, but during this month. I didn’t quite know if I would have the time, but I told them not to lose hope. So when the day came that I decided to carve the pumpkin for the office, I went to bed really early, mainly because I was feeling really sick. I slept until 11:30pm, got up and worked on the second pumpkin until 1:00am. When I was finished I snapped a couple pictures and by the time I cleaned up everything, it was time to get ready to go to work. I left to work at 2:45am that morning. It was a long day at work that day. I drove around with the pumpkin strapped with the seatbelt on all day. Finally, at the end of the day I was able to go by the office to deliver the pumpkin. Needless to say, they were very appreciative of the pumpkin and I was happy for that.
Giving your art away is probably the most rewarding part of it all. It gives you the opportunity to share a piece of your soul.
Until next time, see you soon!