This year, if anyone wanted to see some samples, we showed them our small folder with about 3 pages of sample photos and then just verbally agreed on a design for their store. I love it that way. It's much easier for us to paint and have it artistically pleasing when we have some leeway, than to have someone be pointing to crazy spots all over their storefront and saying "You can paint this picture, but angle the Santa so he's looking in the other direction, and add a puppy dog by the snowman, and decorate the bottom of the door and the window up above the vent on the side of the building? and the mirror in the lobby too? and something on my car windshield?" Whew - people are crazy sometimes!
One weird thing has been the weather. It has been so stinking warm this year. From year to year, we never know what the weather will be like. Sometimes, we have painted in the freezing cold morning hours with our hands absolutely numb from the cold. We've tried to paint with gloves on which I can't quite do successfully - there is too much water and rinsing brushes involved. We had to abandon our pre-planned schedule and find some south facing windows to paint to warm up for a while. We've had years that have been so warm that a windows in the direct sun was very hot to the touch. The paint would dry as we applied it, which made it hard to paint. We felt like we would get a sunburn on the back of our necks.
The down side to our short little painting season this year is that we usually have some good stories to tell - crazy people we run into or crazy managers etc. Not this year. No drama, no crazy stories. So sad.