Last week PAPAYA! attended the National Stationery Show in NYC. It's the only industry trade show devoted to the paper and social stationery industry. It's a very special show because much of what makes many of us drawn to paper is that we are usually artists and visual designers first and foremost, and paper is a wonderful, natural extension for us. So the show is a beautiful showcase of many talented artists all under one roof. There's a grassroots air at this show and a creative buzz. I decided to do some live painting at the show this year. It was my first time painting for customers. I really wanted to remind people that we have a creative source to our brand. That it is all generated from within. Myself and two designers generate our brand. And it was important for me to remind customers what the process is all about. All too often manufacturing dates, case packs and "show specials" can dominate and we lose that dialogue about process while doing business. So it was really a fun way to interact with everyone. It slowed us all down a bit and added a warm layer to the booth. I did start the piece at home. The only stage in the process that I need to concentrate is if I'm sketching in a face. And frankly they can turn out pretty ugly sometimes. I wasn't going to risk that right at the show. So I did get the pieces going at home. I also started this one at home as well. In case I had more time. But I was wrestling with this one from the start. So she never was completed at the show. In the end this is how she turned out. I left her a bit undone on purpose. I am enjoying the white spaces in contrast to her dark and stormy mood. I'm looking forward to adding her to the fall PAPAYA! line up and customers to get to see a piece from start to finished product!