My last post but one was a feature on Gerard Hendriks the Dutch master watercolourist. In the course of preparing it I contacted Gerard, who was most helpful in answering requests for information. A few days after publishing the feature I received an e-mail with attached image from Gerard. To my amazement it read " I also tried to paint Evie. I do not know Evie. It is more difficult painting from a photo if I do not know the girl". The photograph used was the recent one on which I based my own poor effort. I immediately replied saying how delighted and astonished - indeed honoured - he had taken the trouble to do this. Gerard replied that as I liked it he would send it to me but would do some further work first. Another e-mail arrived with the definitive image.
Evie - 57cm x 38cm Hannemuhle Leonardo 300lb (600gsm)
Arriving home this afternoon, after a trip out with Evie, who is with us today and tomorrow, what should have arrived but the parcel, left by the delivery van in the care of a neighbour.
I still find myself somewhat bemused by what has happened and I can't imagine many other artists doing something similar. He has refused any recompense, even for the carriage costs, saying he "likes to make people happy". I was a fan before, an even bigger one now and can only repeat my thanks. What a generous man! The painting will go to a quality framer in Bath and remain a treasured family possession. Thank you once again Gerard.