I don't think I could duplicate in any way the experience I had today.
Inadequate words but . . .
phenomonal. unimaginable. unpredictable. chance of a lifetime. incredible.
My Morning With Mary Engelbreit
a true unedited story by Nancy W
- 8 a.m. Central Time: Deciding what to wear to Mary's studio. Can't decide. Dressed up or down? Don't want to look too business-like. Have to act as if I meet celebrities every day, right? Decided to dress down and wear one of Tim Holtz' sweatshirts (well, not Tim's exactly, but one he designed). Thought it was appropriate for the morning:
I know it's a sweatshirt, but I did iron it.
- 9 a.m. : Leave the house. My appointment is at 10 a.m., but Mary's studio is near a Starbucks. Always a good idea to regroup before meeting the Queen. Right? So just to make sure, I set the trusty GPS with Mary's address and off I go.
- 9:30 a.m.: This is absolutely NOT the correct way to Mary's. Where in the world did my GPS take me. And why am I listening to this body-less voice? I'm in North County (near Florissant I think) what the h*&^% ! Turn this d*&%$ thing off and get me to the church on time!
- 9:55 a.m.: Yep you read this right. What should have taken me 20 minutes took me 55". That's what I get for following that phantom voice. Finally, I pull up in front of Mary's studio. My heart is pounding. I leap out of the car with my Copics in hand. In the front door:
Whew. In the right place.
I climb the steps to see this:
I was buzzed into the waiting area
and the first thing that caught my eye was this:
How cute is this!
I'm allowed to take photos (WOO HOO) and Mary said it was OK if I posted them on my blog. Sit back and enjoy this show, ME style!
This is in her *conference* room:
Above: Mary's glasses. They're even cute and Mary-like!
And Jan takes me down the hall to peruse
The latest line of children's classics, illustrated by
Then we get down to busy-ness with Mary & Copic Markers.
I took some tags (ala Tim Holtz) with me that were pre-stamped
so we'd have something to color and practice with.
I was coloring a pear tag - the colors pears normally are -
and then there's Mary coloring her pear.
I wanna blue pear too!
and then she started drawing.
I am sitting across from ME watching her draw and color
in her studio with my markers.
(Think any of that talent rubbed off on my Copics?)
By the time Mary finished coloring in that beautiful little face
she drew, it was angelic and the shading and highlighting were beyond reproach.
and adorable Nina
(whose tiny little hand you see in the foreground)
So sorry, but Nina did not want her picture taken
although she showed great artistry.
Guess I need to talk to her agent!
Look at the two photos above done by Mary's artists.
Their shadings are unbelievably real.
here's Mary working on that dainty face.
What an experience.
And we're invited back for a complete studio tour
(once Nancy & Timi can make it)
with Jan (Queen of tours)
Jan, plan on lunch for sure!