A surprise package arrived yesterday. I ripped it open with abandon and couldn't believe what was inside. It was a painting inspired by a photo I took of a man in a Montmartre cafe. I blogged about it last year, here. I've always loved this photo, and shot it because the man and setting reminded me of the type of scene that would have inspired Edward Hopper - the colors, the solitude, the lighting. I love his work. Baltimore artist Wendy Doak saw last year's post, asked me to use the photo as inspiration, and then surprised me with the original. I'm looking for a word here: Floored? Astonished? Speechless? Wendy's generosity is beyond words, and I'm so thankful. I can't wait to frame and hang it! Isn't it lovely? Check out her other work here. Wendy, if you are reading, THANK YOU SO MUCH.