I offered this painting as a raffle prize at a local art show a few years ago.
The raffle was popular and the lady that won it was most appreciative. However, after gettting the painting home she realised it did not go with the decor. A friend who was also interested in the painting offered to buy it and paid a fare price for it. The new owner proudly hung the work in the lounge room and waited for the family to come home to hopefully be as excited at the new aquisition as she was. At the end of the day her daughter arrived home and on seeing the painting, burst into tears.
I must add here, that as I was being told this story by a fellow artist and on hearing that someone had burst into tears on viewing the painting, thoughts rushed into my head. So, this is what it feels like to truly make it as an artist, i thought! My head was abuzz with such thoughts and I almost missed the last part of the story…
Apparently, the daughter had just broken up with her boyfriend at the very place the painting depicted! My heart sank. The painting was then sold to someone else – I wonder where it is today!
One never knows what happens to our work once it leaves our hands – the stories our paintings could tell!!!