Last May, my husband and I took a cruise, our first. We thoroughly enjoyed just about everything about it, but I was especially taken with the early morning and late evening skies. The skies from the ship reminded me of the work of my friend Pam Burnley-Schol who paints the most intoxicating sky pieces -- they are prayers.
I thought of her when I photographed the gorgeous skies and as soon as we return home, I printed out several photos especially for her.
Sunday afternoon, she and her artist-husband, Don Schol, and my husband (also Don) and I met for dinner.
In walks Pam with a large shirt box wrapped in ribbon. And inside -- I was breathless when I opened it -- were three exquisite pieces, models for larger works -- just as I had imagined my photos would look interpreted through her gift. I cannot begin to put words to my deep appreciation for the gift of such beauty -- her talent and the product of it.
I'm speechless, humbled by my part in their creation.