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A pizza place called Tata’s at 111th and Whipple—we’re in the outdoors part of the restaurant to celebrate Tim’s graduation from 8th grade.  I immediately noticed that these kids were exceptionally verbal, quick-witted  and poised.  I asked one of the girls who sat for me what the name of the school was.  She said,  Keller.  When I asked what high school they were going to, the answer would be Jones or Whitney Young or the University of Chicago Lab School.  Half of them wanted to study medicine.  Whoah, I thought, this is nice.  It wasn’t til I mentioned these observations  to the mom who threw the party that I found out that Keller is a school for gifted children.  Very nice, indeed.  It was truly a pleasure to meet these bright people, to  draw their alert faces and to converse with them, albeit briefly.   Congratulations to Tim and all his school mates from Keller Gifted.  Thank you, Connie!

I drew 18 kids in just under two-and-a-half hours.

A couple of comments:  Sam, above, has a tattoo on his left bicep that says “Mom” in a heart. The reason you don’t see any kids around him near those tables is that they’re all standing behind me, watching me draw. I love that.

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I feel privileged to have been part of the entertainment at this annual even for about ten years.  At the Crown picnic on the family’s Waukonda farm, nothing comes in plastic.  The table cloths are cloth, the plates are earthenware, the tableware is stainless steel and the glasses are glass. Imagine hundreds of people enjoying wonderful food, plus the music of the Banjo Buddies.  Plus a hayride, a stilt-walker, a magician, three face-painters and six caricaturists. And so much more…good company and the chance to meet new people. Did I mention the bungee jump and getting  close to farm animals?  Too good to be true.  True!  It’s inspiring.  I love it.  People come back year after year to be drawn by their favorite artist.  I have my fans: Bridget, Fred, Carla, Peter, Cheryl, Sue, Anthony, Rachel… Some of these deserve their own posts here and I plan on doing just that in the next couple of weeks.  Check in later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When Arthur Sills, entrepreneur and inventor of the Freedom Bath, was planning his 70th birthday party, he contacted me to do the drawing that would be the centerpiece for the party and set the theme.  He was proud of his accomplishment and it was time to celebrate.  We worked out every detail, from the golf club (big!) to the knee breeches (classic, ha!)  to the proportions of the bath (precise!) to the Polish flag on the Don’s purple staff (came out looking too benign to be Medieval!)  It was fun to work on this project.  The result said it all and pleased Art.  Good, that’s what I do. It’s not Matisse, but, hey, it pleases the client.  Happy Birthday, Art!

To see the Freedom Bath, http://www.arjo.com/int/Product.asp?PageNumber=&Product_Id=8

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It was a late evening wedding reception.  When the dancing started at nine, it felt very much like a late evening party, very rock ‘n’ roll.  Weddings have become more and more informal, not in dress, food, and flowers, but in entertainment.  Having a caricaturist there seems normal.  Well, it certainly seems normal to me. And in any case, I always adapt my style to the occasion  I drew the immediate family, twenty-four people in all, in full color. The bride and groom were kind enough to take time out of their socializing to sit for me.  Congratulations Agata and Jeff, much happiness to you both!  And thank you, Susan and Greg.

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The Novel Expression Book Club in Aurora threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its fifteenth year.  I’ve been in book clubs that folded long before then.  Fifteen years!  Very impressive.  In those years the book club, now numbering fifteen members,  had read a hundred books. This being a club for African-American ladies, the reading list was full of books by African-American authors.  The food was abundant, the humor was abundant and riotous, and the hats were also abundant, but without being riotous—just flattering in a regal sort of way.

One of the ladies had worked as the decorator of the house.  As I was drawing her, she told me that she had a passion for Michelangelo and Botticelli, whose works in reproduction set the aesthetic focus for the entire house.   She was inexplicably drawn to that art.  We talked about the power of those images and the power of art in general.   I loved the company, both human and aesthetic.  It was a great ambiance to work in.  Thank you, Barbara!  Read on and let’s do this for the 101st book on the reading list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The third end-of-school event last week was at a Montessori School in a far northern suburb. I was set up on the stage of the sunny auditorium with high windows that gave to the lush green school grounds and an expanse of rainy sky.  It was an international crowd, with names for children that were translated for me as “goddess of education” and “mountain peak and sky.”  Everybody was gentle; nobody was frantic or competitive, as happens sometimes when things are given away free.  I drew thirty kids in two hours during that Saturday brunch.  Loved every minute!  Thank you, Brooke, for choosing me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And now for something completely different…in a week of school events (three in five days!)  I got to do a late night cabaret bash.   The Cabaret Vagabond was celebrating its third birthday at the DANK (Deutsch-Amerikanischer Nationalkongress) on Western Ave at Lawrence in Chicago.  Founded by Brian Bell, a bilingual actor and impresario who had just come from a theater convention in Berlin, the Cabaret Vagabond plays in different venues throughout the city.  The devotees of the cabaret are theater people, actors and singers.  When Brian, at the mike,  asked what everybody was working on, there must have been thirty people speaking up, telling us where they were performing at the time, from Pheasant Run to Steppenwolf.  The music was original, performed by the writers themselves and about to appear on CD.  These were all beautiful people, not only in the photogenic sense but also in the sense of personable and “right there” with you.  One of the actors was about to leave for Los Angeles, to do a film audition.  Artists are wonderful, generous people.  I felt right at home.  I did this gig for pleasure, of course.

And I’m available for any theater’s fundraiser (any time I don’t have a paying job)– my gift to all of you, who play with masks to make us aware of them.

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