I received a big order from a local pug rescue for some of my pug note cards last week. Today, I packaged them in their boxes and shipped them out. It was a day of getting caught up on a lot of things. The rain came down in torrential sheets for awhile this afternoon, but it was a good excuse to stay inside and pay bills, send out invoices, file articles, and organize my calendar. I realized that the AVA Juried Art Show closes at the end of July when I'll be away on vacation, so I decided to call them and ask if they could hold my art until August. When I gave my name, the woman at the other end of the phone offered some more unexpected good news -- my photo collage, Reflective Stroll, sold on opening night! Neither the big order of note cards nor the sale of the work yielded a fortune, but it is affirming to have my photography and artwork appreciated.
It's also wonderful to hear from the individuals who own my work. I've been meaning to mention one such person for a few weeks now. Vicki wrote to me the last time I was a featured artist in the Common Thread Give-a-way and I was so moved by her comments about one of my collages that I decided to give her one when she did not win the box of cards in which it was featured. Not long ago, I received a card from her in the mail. I opened it, read it and found the picture on the front appealing. I placed it in the basket where I keep my mail to file it later and it was only then that I noticed the logo on the back, Bedlam Farm. It wasn't coincidence I'm sure, since many of the followers of this blog have come here from referrals from Jon Katz and Maria Wulf, but it was neat how a card she had received from them, two people who have supported my work, found its way back to me in gratitude for my own.