It had been nearly six months since I'd heard a peep from Gustav, but on the afternoon of April 3, out of the blue came a knock at my door.
'Just a minute,' I called as I ran a comb through my hair. Upon opening the door, there stood my old friend, looking somewhat older and more tired as he visibly strained to hold a large box that appeared almost too heavy for him to lift.
'Gustav! You're the last person I expected to see!' I cried. 'Come in, come in.'
Grunting and wheezing, he stepped inside and placed the box carefully on the coffee table.
'Well, I hope I am not inconveniencing your Sunday,' he replied grumpily. 'I thought it was about time to renew our acquaintance, since I have been absent for so long.'
'You know I'm always happy to see you, my friend,' I said as I hung up his coat and hat. I eyed the box, knowing by its rectangular shape that it was not a painting he'd lugged up those four long flights to my eyrie.
Gustav lowered himself onto the couch with visible relief. 'Well,' he said, 'I thought we could celebrate your birthday, since it has been so long that was we have seen each other.'
'Gustav, you're two months late!' I smiled impishly, knowing my mention of it would bring forth some fresh and amusing irritation.
'Ja, so? Better late than never, as you Amerikaner love to say,' replied the great man. 'So - go on, open that damned thing - it nearly cost me my life to haul it up here.'
I carefully pried the sturdy lid off the tall box and nearly burst into tears. There, nestled safely inside, was a cake only Gustav could have designed and only a master pastry chef could have decorated. I stood, unable to speak, until Gustav finally boomed, 'Well, machen Sie den Kaffee - let's celebrate!'
Digital oils from an original photograph shot March 26, 2011.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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