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Uncle George is turning fifty-five.   The nieces and nephews want him to start going out again.  He’s taking the loss of his wife too hard and that was two years ago.  They want to say, cheer up George, you need to be your old self again.  Funny thing is, uncle G has always been a knock-out, a man of style and charm.  He’s a family man, anything but a scoundrel, but the niece, Lucia, told me to watch “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” again, a pleasant assignment, godilovethisjob.  So, here’s  uncle G  giving a lesson in being suave.  Happy Birthday, George!

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They are high school sophomores, sixteen-year-old classmates.  I drew thirty-one of these beautiful young women in two hours.  They all had long hair.  Long hair. Long. Every one of them. Two or three heads with curly long hair, the rest straight, but most importantly long, long, long.  Exquisite makeup, poise, refined manners.  When I asked what their favorite subject was, I heard Math , English and Dance.

That was nice to hear; drawing that fast allowed me only a glimpse into their minds, but it was quite rewarding.

This is Northbrook.  We were in a sun-filled party room at Francesca North. Everyone had a wonderful time, including me.  Happy Birthday, Abigail!  Sweet Sixteen!

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A group of professors at Wright College in Chicago have started a program that I like very much.  Anyone who retires or has a major birthday will get a Caricature by Katherine Hilden. Ta-tah!—that’s me.   I do approve that policy.  Here’s Professor Mogul, who teaches Humanities and Law, is famously unconcerned about neatness, started a tea club, and is beloved by his students.

He’s only the second in this series and I look forward to more.  Go Wright!

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Recent discovery: The art of caricatures fits nicely between the yummy of pizza and the woo-woo of the Ouija board.

When I arrived, the pizza had been cleared off the table and the six six-graders were playing tennis on a large tv screen.  Between serves and volleys, they sat for me.  Doesn’t take long.  I drew them all in an hour and by the time my markers were in the carrying case, the Ouija board was on the dining room table.  It goes fast.  Some giggles, some family talk, some references to black-and-white movies and Lauren Bacall…the twelve-year-old old-movie watcher came out looking like twenty-four, but she didn’t mind.  As bright girls, they also wanted to talk shop, about papers and markers, and that always pleases me.  Some interesting conversation about how to learn to draw, the question of talent vs. practice and the perennial “how long have you been doing this?”  (Twenty-one years.)  A fun and interesting evening with a spectacular view from the 19th floor to Lake Shore Drive at North Ave.    Happy Birthday, Nikki!

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