Unexpected connections that result in happy endings have the quality of a fairy tale, and as a child I devoured fairy tales. This tale began with an email sent via my website last Fall asking me if, besides the Pamet Marsh painting I had on display, I had any paintings of Pamet Harbor on Cape Cod.
The woman writing to me explained that her daughter was getting married in August, 2011, and that the wedding would be taking place at a yacht club at Pamet Harbor. She said that she'd love to give her daughter a gift of a painting of that area to commemorate the wedding's location.
Well, it happened that not long before that, I had been looking through photos I'd taken during my last trip to the Cape and had come upon photos taken while painting at Pamet Harbor. I especially liked a few photos of a certain view and had started working on a painting. Other work had come along and I had set it aside unfinished.
I told the woman who had contacted me that if she would like to see that painting, I would work on it and finish it up and email her the image. I did so, she liked it and we discussed price. She said that she would discuss it with her husband and get back to me. As another couple of emails went back and forth, I thought I'd offer the option of paying for the painting in installments, since it wasn't needed until the summer.
Time went by and I didn't hear anything further. In that time, I took a look at another of the Pamet Harbor photos and decided I liked another longer view so much that I would go ahead and paint that view too.
When the painting was done, I sent out another email with the new image. This time, I got back a very positive response saying that she liked this one even better and wanted to purchase it and to work with an installment plan as I had suggested.
After receiving the last installment, I framed the painting and shipped it out in time for it to be given as a bridal shower gift in June.
Hear's the lovely response I got recently when I asked if it was all right to put it up on my website and to tell the story of how the painting and sale came about.
"She absolutely loved it and there were some tears. I wanted to do something different - something that was meaningful - that she would remember. I have to say the painting was a perfect gift. My daughter can't wait to get this back to California with her. Your work is amazing. Thanks again."
How wonderful that made me feel. There's nothing like a happy ending.