|"Every Which Way," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2013 Jill Banks -- gift chosen today!|
Now I want to tell you about an interesting twist on taking care of your Christmas list in a wonderful, personal way. Maybe it will come in handy for you next year ... and I'd sure love to act as YOUR Christmas elf.
My Mystery Couple wanted to give the gift of my paintings to quite a few on their list -- and asked me to figure out a way to help the recipients choose. We came up with the plan that the giftees could choose one of four options:
- One framed 12"x16" painting OR
- Two framed 8"x10" paintings OR
- Four framed 6"x6" paintings OR
- One framed 8"x10" painting and two 6"x6" paintings
|"Queue at the Palace," oil, 12"h x 16"w, ©2015 Jill Banks - gift chosen today!|
|"Spanish Garden," oil, 16"h x 12"w, ©2015 Jill Banks - gift chosen today!|
My Giftgivers felt the pure joy I get each time someone purchases a piece of my art. They were hearing first hand how THRILLED each recipient was with their choices. They reveled in who chose what ... and then found the choices seemed just right. They were amazed that each naturally selected a different piece (we didn't send out a list of art no longer available as the choices came in -- so no one knew).
The Gift that Keeps On Giving
Selecting art is not a ho-hum experience. I LOVE it when someone purchases a piece from me because not only are they showing me at the time their making the choice how excited they are ... later they send me photos in their homes, tell me how
|"Morning in Telluride," oil, 8"x10", ©2015 Jill Banks -- one of two 8x10s chosen today!|
On the Sleigh
Today's gift-giving and selections mean twelve of my paintings will be tied up with care and sent/delivered to their new homes as soon as my co-elf -- husband Randy -- recovers from the flu or something-or-other that has him laying on the couch as I type. I know that the recipients will treasure well BOTH the art and the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Gift Givers.
|"Sheepish," oil, 6" x 6", ©2015 Jill Banks -- one of 4 6x6s selected as a gift today!|
You may deduce, too from this post that I make a good partner in gift giving and all schemes to make you and your loved ones very happy. That's one of my many joys.
While there are lots of other times I've helped someone pull off an unusual gift, here are two additional examples:
|Gift of a Non-Traditional Portrait Commission, realized.|
Gift for the Bride and Groom: The Mother and Father of the bride commissioned me to come paint on site during the reception with the resulting painting a special gift for the bride and groom. My presence and the present were a total surprise ... and the bride later told me that she was wondering who was crashing her wedding (when she saw me at my easel). Guests at the wedding really enjoyed my being there and the couple were thrilled with the final painting. (I finished the painting two months later from that memory and a few photos taken in between brush strokes.)
|"The Wedding Party," oil, 18"h x 24"w, ©2013 Jill Banks -- Present for the bride and groom|
Read about that adventure on these two blog posts:
"Right After "I Do"" and
"The Wedding Party Gets a Visit"
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Thanks for reading!
See the Events page for more info/updates
Winter classes are up on my web site. Take a look! I'll be teaching a Portrait Painting/Drawing class this January (full with wait list) on
Sunday afternoons, Still Life Plus (Personal Painting Projects on Tuesdays - 10:30am to 1:30pm (Only 1 spot left!) and Evening Paint on Tuesday nights - 6:30 to 9:30pm (still room!)through the Arts of Great Falls School in Great Falls, VA. Classes are filling. I hope you'll sign up soon and start the New Year 2016 off right -- with art.