Another Artstuff business-year has ended and started again (happy new year, everyone!). Surtex is over for another year, and what a great show it was! The mood was upbeat and the booth was busy. I had great meetings with some of my awesome licensing partners and met some interesting new folks who I hope to work with in the near future.
Ugh, my eyes are always puffy looking in my booth photos. I suppose it's because I always think of taking them in the morning before the show gets busy ... according to my West Coast body, it's 5:30am in this shot (ew).
I had a blast putting together my booth displays, thoroughly enjoyed connecting with dear friends, had a great time at our Artist Breakfast and really enjoyed meeting and chatting with those of you who attended the seminar (thanks for coming!).
I am so grateful for the great friends I've made over the years at this show - and was lucky enough to get to have dinner with a few of them while in NY.
Next to me is the Amazingly Talented Amber Alvarez, and on around the table: the Amazingly Talented Jill Seale, the Amazingly Talented Andrea Mistretta, the Amazingly Talented Sue Zipkin, the Amazingly Talented Chris Chun, the Amazingly Talented Linda Jacque, and the Amazingly Talented Jane Shasky. Although we all know I'm often guilty of it, in this case I'm not exaggerating. Every single one of them is - well, what I said, really, and if you don't already know this, follow their links and get blown away by beautiful art and unbelievable cleverness yourself. You'll see.
Then, suddenly it was all over.
We said goodbye to New York for another year.
I blinked and there I was, already over the Rockies.
I am the person-in-an-airplane equivalent to a Golden Retriever with its head out the car window, ears and tongue flapping in the breeze. Seriously. If someone were to photograph a plane from the side in which I was a passenger, in the long row of little windows you would see one little round pink face practically pasted to the glass, watching the world pass below. Even when it's just clouds out there. I soak in the textures of white as we pass over and through, the way those little ice crystals form on the window and change shape, eventually turning into plain old drops of water back at a lower altitude. Of course I enjoy it more when I can see land below, the patchwork passing by ... the shapes and textures of farms, cities, forests, lakes and rivers, mountains ... it's all so beautiful from up there.
Solid white was all I got to look at once we were over Washington state though ... but then (how cool is this?!) the moment we popped out under the clouds, I was looking right at my house.
Can you see it? It's right there! It's my house!
And even better: the Welcome Home Rainbow waiting for us on the ground. These were taken from a car traveling at freeway speed (don't worry, Husband Guy was driving while I held the camera!) but look, it went all the way around, and had a ghost rainbow around it.
Glad to be home again, really glad to be not preparing for Surtex any more, and really really really glad to have had an awesome show. Here in my office, there's a ton of show follow-up to finish now, but outside: I won't even tell you about the weeds - oh my. And if I don't get to that grass soon we may totally misplace Molly next time she heads out to the backyard for a pee.
But for now, I need to stay in here and work on that thing at the end of the rainbow. Who knows, maybe it is a pot of gold. A girl can dream, right?