A few months ago, I received an invitation for a surprise bridal shower in New York for talented illustrator friend Lisa Anchin. Originally planning an October trip to DC, I advanced it to September to attend the shower and took a train to DC instead, all of which turned out to be a blast.
|The surprise bridal shower was held in a farm in Queens. |
Beautiful decorations by Lisa's talented and wonderful family and friends.
|Lisa demonstrated her latent ability with the hula hoop.|
|Weather could not have been more perfect.|
The following day was spent hanging out in Lisa's studio. Lisa was 100% focused and prolific, while I busied myself drinking tea, playing with Bisous the Cat, and daydreaming. (And drawing sporadically.)
|Me, taking over a corner of Lisa's studio|
Day 2: I visited my agent's agency and met her talented, diligent staffs, followed by touring the NYPL's special exhibit on picture books.
|Completely inspirational & educational.|
|Japanese noodles for dinner at a swanky restaurant.|
Day 3: Breakfast with editor Nancy Inteli and art director Martha Rago of HarperCollins. Both were extremely wonderful, encouraging and affable. I most definitely look forward to working with both of them. :)
With that, I left beautiful New York to DC. This vibrant city is forever captivating and stimulating; I look forward to seeing the city soon again.
|A part of the Berlin wall in New York! Thanks for showing me around town, Lisa!|