From start to finish it was a joy! I loved pulling into the hotel and having it be familiar to me; pulling our luggage and gear across the cool tile floors and anticipating the days ahead. I brought my mom with me this time and was happy she got to share in the festivities, have a better look into a big part of my world. She got to see all of us pastelists with our boxes and "stuff". We both visited with old friends and made some new ones.
For me, the convention kicked off with the Paint-Around where several pieces were worked on by four different artists. These were then auctioned off during the banquet. Kim Lordier, Stan Sperlak, Desmond O'hagan and Deborah Stewart all worked together to create four unique pieces. Pretty fun!
|Kim Lordier at the easel for the paint-around|
|Sunset from our room|
|On the Porch|
|At the banquet|
I did two demonstrations, one first thing Friday morning after having arrived Thursday afternoon. I was nervous!! I'd prepared and prepared, but you just don't know how things will go for you until you are up there and doing your thing. Turns out, once I got going, I was pretty relaxed! The second was at the end of the conference after some down time. I was more even more nervous for this one for some reason, but got into a groove and was pleased with the results of the demo.
|Getting set up|
|Pastel on terracotta Colorfix paper|