Last night we spent a few hours at the ARTbar in Santa Ana signing books, meeting people, and hanging out with lots of very talented artists at the big Stampington event. It's always fun for us to meet people who read this blog faithfully or who have gotten our book and started journaling. Not only is it fun, but it is also a relief because often our journey to the location is filled with questions like~ What if nobody likes us? What if everyone hates the book? What if nobody comes? What if it gets really hot in there and my hair loses its flip and my mascara gets melty and slides down my face? Luckily, the only issue we had to deal with on the hot summer night was the flat hair and sticky mascara (and only a couple people who hated us). Where wasn't it a hot sweaty mess in Southern California last night? There were some fearless women submitting their art for publication and it was nice to chat with them while they waited to see what art was selected. Then, it was SO fun to see the excitement in the eyes of people who at first seemed shy or timid about their art...until it was CHOSEN! YAY! We saw some great stuff! We made lots of new friends and got to catch up with friends we haven't seen in a while.
We had the pleasure of meeting Angela Cartwright who was signing copies of Transparent Art and showing off her gorgeous transparent art sheets. I love those! Angela is one of those cool artists who can wear a flowy scarf and not trip over it. Next to us at the ARTbar counter signing copies of her colorful new book Collage Unleashed was artist Traci Bautista. She's one of those cool artists who can stand in high heels for 3 hours and not seem bothered by the fact that she's in high heels. We were the ones who were scarfless and in flat shoes because we are the types who do trip over their own scarves and get achy feet. We finally got to meet Lisa Engelbrecht! And, it was so nice to see Christine Adolph again, this time with her arty husband.
This is a picture of Angela, Karen, Traci and Me. Because it was really hot and my hair went flat and not enough powder in the world could've kept us from being shiny-and- because nobody ever takes a good picture of the person whose camera they are using, I had to play around with this photo. See, I can't even toss a bad photo. I need it for my journal! Instead I'll put this arty one in because, trust me, it's better this way. And, with the Photoshop Fresco option, it looks like we all have really good lipstick on. I should've asked Angela what hairspray she uses because her flip didn't flop.
While most everyone we met and got to chat with was very friendly and funny and would discuss important life issues with us like where to get good red shoes, the best Chico's location and what flavors of gelato we should try in Italy, we did (as we seem to at all book signing events) get some really rude people who felt the need to pepper us with questions like, "Why should I buy YOUR book?" and then scowl at us while grunting that journaling should be taken seriously and isn't supposed to be fun. What planet are these people from? If you don't like art and are totally angry at the world, why go to an ART event? I have a very hard time not telling these people where to stick their paint brushes but lucky for them, my sweet sister always jumps in and responds. These are also, however, the same people who though they hate our art and us, walk away with an armful of our I AM ART shirts and a stack of our postcards. I suspect these are the same people who show up at garage sales 12 minutes before they officially start and offer to buy the whole lot for $20.00.
If you are in Santa Ana, do stop by the ARTbar for some shopping and art making~ you won't be sorry you did. WE LOVE THE ARTBAR! And Nicole, the owner, is too cute for words. She reminded us of that actress on Northern Exposure. There are a few signed copies of our book for sale there. And, if you are in Orange, there are some signed copies of our book at the Barnes & Noble on South Main Street.
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