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Larry is retiring from a few decades at Topco.  When he wasn’t a dedicated worker at the office, he was—and remains—a dedicated handyman at his house.  From remodeling to painting, he does it.  The drawing says it all and because it’s not cluttered with Larry’s secondary interests, it carries a lot of emotions.  I like the way this turned out.  Thank you, Maureen.  Best to you, Larry!

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I do get around.  As you can see from this photo, I sometimes I have to travel quite a distance to get to a party.  This photo was taken from the little tent where I and a henna painter named Nazma were set up.  (Nazma means star in Arabic.)  We were in the backyard of a well-appointed house, celebrating the oldest daughter’s 29th birthday. Now, where would this party last week have been?  Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt?  Close.  Mount Prospect.  You drive West on Lake on the North Shore and then South on Wolf and you’re almost there.

So it was Camels in the backyard in Mt. Prospect. You can rent camels with their attendants for an afternoon, find them on the Internet.  Who knew.  There were two camels but only one had the honor of giving the guests a ride.  The second camel was indisposed or just didn’t consider this ride business to be much of an honor that afternoon.  The birthday girl thought camels would be more fun than the old petting zoo with sheep and ponies.  Besides, the family was Lebanese.  Lovely people, very hospitable and warm. Medicine seemed to be the preferred career choice for many.  There were four younger sisters and I hope they will think of me when their birthday parties are being planned.  Think caricatures and camels!  Thank you, Sandy!

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Cindy has been golfing since she was a kid and she is a fine golfer.  She’s so good, that she doesn’t even have to concentrate, it seems.  For her 45th birthday, Maryanne, her partner-in-golf, gave her this caricature, which was to show her in a dreamy, nonchalant mood.  Cindy still keeps winning, even when   she doesn’t even try to hit the ball or makes a “fat,”  bending the club as she whacks the ground.  The depth of the joke eludes me (as a non-golfer)  but it sure was fun drawing that cork-screw torso.

Happy Birthday, Cindy!  Thank you, Maryanne.

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Luau

It poured for this poolside luau at an apartment complex in Arlington Heights.  But it was cozy inside,  the prizes were cheered and the caricatures were appreciated.  Thank you all, and thank you Patricia.

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Ah, Golf

This is a retirement gift from Frank’s golf partners.  There was to be no reference to his profession (law) and no reference to recent surgeries.  He was to be shown in a state of pure bliss.  Golf.

Congratulations, Frank! Thank you, Otis.

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Anybody scrolling through these posts, especially recent ones, can see that I’ve been drawing a lot of kids.

There are two kinds of events: corporate and family, where more often than not, corporate events actually are family events, especially in the summer.  It’s been my experience over these past twenty-one years of drawing caricatures, that adults defer to kids.  Even if the mom or dad wins the caricature at the picnic, he or she will use that privilege to have the child drawn.

The second thing to notice about my work is that when I draw kids, I’m very kind.  I don’t think children should be drawn with strong humor, it’s just not appropriate.  Risking any hurt feeling is just not what I’m about.

But adults invite quite a different take.  I say, “invite,” because sometimes adults can be shy and cautious about getting a caricature.  But that’s rare.  Most of the time, they get it—totally!  They often challenge me to “go for it” or “give it all you’ve got”;   or they assure me, “I can take it.”  In that case, well, in that case, the marker moves very differently and what we get is a drawing that hits the funny bone and people throw their head back in uproarious laughter.

The drawing I’m featuring in this post is from the Tovar picnic. (Post 8.13.11)  This couple—gentle, sensible parents of one of the employees—told me to have fun with the drawing.  He was retired (was it from engineering, I can’t remember exactly now) and she was an avid gardener, that’s really all I heard from them.  Well, they thoroughly enjoyed this drawing! They deserved a post all to themselves here.

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This company picnic could serve as a template on how to organize company picnics.  It was held at the All Saints picnic grounds on Higgens near Dee.  The grounds are shady, with large trees, and spacious so that those who want rock n’ roll can enjoy that and those who don’t can get far enough away to enjoy the trees.  Excellent food, of course, and lots of cold drinks.  I was set up under a white tent with several picnic tables.  Most important, there was a list.  People were signed up in 5-minute intervals and somebody from human resources was in charge of making that system work.  And—thank you!—a couple of short breaks for the artist were scheduled in.

The picnic was a celebration of the employes and their families and therefore children got preferential treatment in the caricature tent.  But I drew adults, too.

A wonderful afternoon!  It’s safe to say, that was true for everybody there.  Thank you, Gail.

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