The Missing Painting

Well, let's face it good art sells and great art often gets stolen. Hello my faithful reader, today I'd like to tell you a story, it is actually true story told to me by a local artist, and a very good one at that. It turns out that this particular artist had quit painting pictures…

Well, let's face it good art sells and great art often gets stolen. Hello my faithful reader, today I'd like to tell you a story, it is actually true story told to me by a local artist, and a very good one at that. It turns out that this particular artist had quit painting pictures some 30 years ago, and when her kids were grown she took up her hobby again. Since she has restored she has quite a large number of very excellent paintings, but there is one painting she wants she still had. Her painting was stolen, just as she was getting to the level of superior talent. Worse, her painting was stolen from a church.

That's right her painting was in a church storeroom after an art exhibit, and she did not pick it up right away because she figured it was safe at the church. Not so. You see, that great painting that she had created was stolen by a member of the church staff, a volunteer, or one of the many churchgoers. How terrible indeed. Now she reflects back and wished she had it, but she also stated; “they must have liked it quite a bit to steal it from a church,” and “I hope they like it, and I hope it has a good home hanging in someone's living room,” she suspects that's the case. Judging by her current level of talent, I would concur.

It's very unfortunate that this happened, and it tends to hurt one's faith in fellow human beings. Although not everyone in the church is perfect, as many people have joined the church to overcome one of their integrity challenges during their life experience, you'd think that most folks were of the utmost ethics. Now then, back to my original statement that “good art sells and great art often gets stolen,” I would say this was a turning point in her artistry career, in that it must have been great art for someone to break into the storeroom and take this wonderful masterpiece she had painted. I wish I had seen it.

Indeed, I wish there was a moral to the story, and it's hard to let go of those things we value most, especially our own creations. In this case she had no choice, someone made that choice for her due to their low ethical standards, and their shear desire to have a great piece of art, something they could relate with, and something they could not live without – now she must live without it. I hope you will please consider all this and think on it if you are an artist, make sure you protect your original artwork.