I painted yesterday at the Norouz Bazar, a Persian Festival at the La Quinta Hotel in Secaucus, NJ. This is my second year in a row at this event; I have been hired both times by Hirbod Azmi, a Financial Services Representative with Met Life to draw attention to their table.
Draw attention I did! With a background of dance-inducing Middle Eastern music and the smells of amazing Iranian food, I painted and painted and painted. In fact, while I was still in the midst of setting up I had two kids, a brother and sister, waiting for me! I recognized them right away as two I'd painted last year as well. I had hardly any time to take photos, painting nonstop for three and a half hours, but I did have to get a shot of this one, my first ever request for a full-face penguin.
Personally, I think I need to look at more penguin photos and practice this, but he was really happy! And I do say that I love being challenged, so trying a penguin was fun.
I also stopped momentarily to take a photo of these two, a butterfly and a frog. They were just too cute together.
It was a crazy and fun event, kids crowding around me, the hustle and bustle and movement, and the neverending line. I felt bad having to turn people away at the end while I was packing up, but I had to get to rehearsal for my show. We go up in May.
Yup, I'm in theater too! If you're in or near Bergen County, you should come see us.
Yesterday, though, the show had to wait a bit. The smells were just too good, so I stopped at a table to get some amazing chicken over rice with a grilled tomato, and some pitas with a wonderful Iranian version of baba ganoush. Leftovers for lunch today!