My last blog posted ended with the filing of my final appeal on the claim; I admit I was pretty resigned to a final denial from USPS, BUT!!!...in the mail last week was an envelope with nothing but a sweet, big check for the full amount that I had insured the painting for!! Merry Christmas to me!!! And justice for all :))
I'm still processing the lessons to be learned in this experience, but good things definitely came from it...the second re-do painting came quickly and easily from my brush (and improved, IMHO), I was pushed out of my comfort zone in reaching out to gallery owners for the assessment, I was blessed with so much support from everyone, and finally won my appeal.
And look how sweet the painting looks in its new home: