1. It is a type of community service that is way more fun than painting park benches.
2. My inner child likes it.
3. It is satisfying. The randomness of the whole idea fascinates me. I make this art, and a complete stranger ends up with it. It makes me feel generous. I'm not rich enough to build a hospital wing or fly to Ethiopia, so it's a way I can give even if I'm not wealthy.
4. It's fun. Sort of like treasure hunting in reverse.
5. When I learn a new technique, I have to practice over and over. All those extra projects clutter my studio. If I give them away, I make room to do more art.
6. It's a cool and positive thing to do. Everyone wins.
7. It reaffirms that I am an artist, even on days when I don't sell any art.
8. It might save a life. Even one random act of kindness can make a person hang on for another day and have a wee bit of hope that good things can happen.
9. With all the art cutbacks in school, in gives us one more chance to inspire the artists of generations to come.
10. Someone might actually come to my site and buy a piece of art some day.