I love serendipitous occurences, especially ones that lead to unexpected results. Such was my chance encounter with a friendly couple, Kathy and Kurt, who appeared behind me as I was painting en plein air on a chilly January day last year at the Knickerbocker Ice Festival at Rockland Lake in Nyack, NY.
Since I don't mind people talking to me as I'm painting on location, we talked for quite a while. It turned out that Kathy writes the WonderfulWonders blog and tells her readers about interesting places and events in the Hudson Valley. In this case, she and Kurt had come to see the Ice Festival events and to meet and photograph some of the artists who were painting on the property around the lake.
We exchanged cards and email information and they moved on. A few days later, I received a link to Kathy's blog and opened it to read the article about the Festival including a mention of having met me. I signed up for her blog and wrote to her telling her how nice her article was. With that, we started a correspondence via email every so often and kept up with each other's websites and blogs.
Along the way, Kathy asked me how I would feel about having her use a portion of one of my paintings as a masthead for her blog. She thought it would be a perfect look for a site about Hudson Valley happenings. I loved the idea. The painting above, Hudson River from Bear Mountain is the one she chose and with Kurt's help put up on her site. It went up this week with a beautiful write-up about me, which I greatly appreciate, and a link to my site.
Well, who would have known all of this would happen from going out to do a plein air painting and chatting with a couple of passersby. And this is still the beginning of a connection that continues to grow, and isn't that "wonderful."
Kathy's blog can be found at http://www.wonderfulwonders.net