I recently went to my public library for an art show organized
by The Stew Pot, an agency that feeds the homeless. The show
featured homeless artists who created their pieces at The Stew
Pot's art center.
As I studied the paintings and wall hangings, a gentleman
approached me and proudly walked me over to his work. He told me
art was his way of expressing himself; however, when he was in jail
he had been forced to improvise. He used the fronts of unused
envelopes for paper; shells of M&M's and Skittles for paint;
and a toothpick as a paintbrush. By putting a dab of water on top
of an M&M or Skittle, he was able to scrape the color onto the
toothpick and apply it to the envelope.
I had not planned on purchasing any art that day, yet his
paintings and story intrigued me. I purchased one beautiful
envelope that now is framed and hanging in my office. This piece of
art inspires me to embrace creativity. It also highlights three
absolute truths about how to communicate to sell.
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