When you participate in an event like Art-A-Whirl you're set up in one spot for 3 days. And you end up talking to a lot of people.
I am the first to admit that in most situations I talk a lot about art supplies, but in an art-show situation with other artists stopping by I think I can guarantee that I'll talk about art supplies a good portion of the time.
When my friend Laurie stopped by to catch up, I asked about her recent work. She showed me some iPhone photos. Then she started talking about how she was making her paintings and it became immediately obvious to me that she needed a bunch of Montana (or Molotow) acrylic paint markers. So I launched into my description of and praise for them.
Linda came up and started to laugh. (Remember way back in 2000 Linda gave me pencils at the holidays that were stamped "Roz Stendahl Art Materials Expert.")
Linda was laughing.
Linda: Major art supply companies have a GPS locator on Roz so they can track her whereabouts and relate it to the upswing in purchases of certain supplies.
Well if they don't, they probably should!
Earlier that afternoon another friend had stopped by and asked me, "What's that brush pen you're using that you keep talking about?"
I whipped out my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and handed it to Don, along with a yellow pad of paper that was nearby, so he could test it out.
It took 30 seconds or less for him to fall in love with it, so I reached into my bag for my two extra cartridges, explained how to reload the pen, and sent Don on his way with the pen and refills.
Of course I kept his sketch.
People I talk to about the brush pen may never become as hopelessly addicted to it as I am, but even if they are, or if they can't stop using Montana (or Molotow) markers, I feel over all I've done something good in the interaction. They'll certainly have more fun sketching.
I hope you pick up your favorite tool and sketch today.