Where to start? Might as well get to the point…

Now I know what it feels like to have not one but two pieces of art go missing while supposedly on their way to their new home in Germany. Yup that’s it. Couriers lost my painting and my drawing. Well they were both in the same package of course but they’re gone. I am not going to name and shame the two companies responsible for this rather tragic state of affairs right now as we are still going through the process of waiting to see if they will pay out the insurance – or not. I kid you not. They may or may not pay and the process will take at least 2 months to resolve. So just in case you’re not in enough shock and pain already, let’s see if we make it even more awful for you and basically suggest that it’s not worth pursuing and just suck it up.

I can’t even begin to describe what a rollercoaster ride of emotions this little experience has been, not only for me but for my dear clients (who had seen their painting and drawing and loved them both and were so looking forward to receiving their art) and don’t forget Sabine and my folks who were alongside for the creation as always. Sab was very much involved and literally watch every part of that buffalo painting happen so for her it was a massive blow – especially because she rather fancied it for herself. For sure there are many awful or uncomfortable things going on in our lives at the moment with the big C still running circles around us so I have got my ‘perspective-pants’ on big time but it doesn’t take away from the total frustration of the situation.

Stuff goes missing all the time as the world of logistics is increasingly under pressure. I get it but when it’s an original piece of art (or two) that took weeks to create and can never be made the same again it’s not quite the same as losing the latest gadget you bought online or handbag or a bottle of perfume or… whatever it was that was most likely mass-produced and you can get another one just like it. When it comes to original art it’s another story. It HURTS! Sure I have archival images and I could make a print or 2 but that’s not the same or the point. And these were not small pieces either – they’re both sizeable chunks of wall-space.

Without getting overly dramatic, I think about them every day. Like where are they???!!! Languishing in some damp warehouse somewhere between here and Wildeshausen? We know they got as far as Annecy but after that… poof disappeared like a puff of smoke. I just find it utterly astonishing…

So what do I take away from this experience?

1. Well to start with, take the business or transporting art VERY SERIOUSLY and understand it could be costly but not as costly as losing the art. Find the right company! If any of you have experience with this then please let me know.

2. Toughen up cream-puff. No point in letting this get you down. You still have to make the art again so better be doing that from a good space in your heart and soul than the alternative. Enough pain already so we have to leave that behind.

3. Make it an opportunity to learn and do even better work. Sometimes you get a bad for a good. In other words you might have a ‘bad’ thing happen and it is fact leading to a ‘good’ thing which you just can’t see right now because it’s still coming. We also like to say that everything will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end (from the movie, Best Marigold Hotel).

4. Hmmm – I can’t think of a fourth reason right now so let’s just leave it there. 

As I said to my lovely clients, you never know – the art might turn up in 30 years in some auction in New York or London when I am old and half blind and mega famous – and then they’ll be worth a fortune and you’ll become gazillionaires overnight…

Ha! If only…

Onwards and catch up again soon…