Out of Touch

I’ve been out of touch lately and I’m sure my handful of readers has missed me greatly! Well, miss me no more because I have a fabulous post today. Ok, not really, but at least I’m writing something.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity as Steve and I have been preparing for the art show in Des Moines, IA. The show was last weekend and it was ok. Just ok. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more, well, lucrative, but it wasn’t meant to be. The venue was lovely, the people were terrific and the organization was great, but the customers were lacking. Yes, I know the economy plays a major part in it. I don’t need another person telling me that. Besides, I know that nobody needs my work.

But it was not all bad. Actually, money aside, the show was terrific. My favorite part was meeting artist James Beardon and his “studio wife” Stephanie O’Neal. Cool, cool people who make and promote cool, cool sculpture and art. Because they have such great taste, the loved my work too! James and I worked out a deal where I came home with two gorgeous sculptures and Stephanie got two gorgeous granulated pieces. I can see this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Of course the best reason to go to Des Moines is to see my sister, brother-in-law, and two of the most beautiful girls on the planet. Lydia and Julia were thrilled to visit Aunt Tammy and Uncle Steve at the show, and Julia made a lovely sign for my booth promoting my wares. I plan to have it laminated so I can hang it my studio. Julia enjoyed helping customers at my booth while Lydia and Steve entertained themselves watching other artists on the floor below. I’m so glad they’ll be here in two weeks for Thanksgiving because Ralph and Blair were gone most of the weekend we were there.

So the show is over, but there’s still work to be done. I need to get back in the studio and do some specialty work, and I think I’ll plan a special show here for my good customers. In the meantime, guess I’d better get to work on cleaning the house because we have guests arriving in a short time!

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