Having just returned from the annual International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America near San Francisco, California, I am reminded of the fact that there are those experiences in life that simply provide one with tremendous joy -- and over the few years that I have attended this event, it has become just that for me. I am so fortunate to be able to spend time with such talented friends and colleagues, and each year that I go the experience only gets better. Over the course of the past couple of CPSA events I have attended (and to my own amusement), it has become increasingly clear that I have developed a reputation as the woman who's laughter can be heard clearly across a crowded room -- or possibly from one end of the hotel to the other, as the case may be! Despite some degree of good-natured 'ribbing' for this characteristic of mine, I'm okay with this -- laughter is such good medicine for the soul. (However, I'm seriously considering fooling everybody next year by perfecting the development of a polite titter.)
Finally, I must express my appreciation to fellow-blogger Denny Holland, a San Francisco-area artist. Denny, his wife, and one of his daughters attended the CPSA artists' reception, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet them and spend time talking with them. (Thanks Denny!)
Following are several photos taken during convention week. Enjoy, and as always -- thanks for reading.