Apple Girl is now the proud owner of this painting of a couple in a park (photograph shows a detail), by Derek van Gieson. Derek lives in my street and works part-time in the cafe around the corner. With the proceeds of a bizarre copy-writing gig (not yet public) I decided to buy the work, which I first saw online on the artist’s website. Derek recently retrieved it from storage in Michigan, his home state, and delivered it to my door only yesterday. He said he was happy to think of his painting going to live in Australia.