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The hostess introduced me and I said in my best French accent, “I just flew in from Paris. “  We were celebrating the 50th birthday of her husband at the D & J Bistro in Lake Zurich.  Wonderful, convivial atmosphere.  Ten friends around a square table are sipping wine and nibbling on quelque chose.    I’m wearing an oversized velvet beret and drawing them all  while walking around the table, trying to get everybody at a good angle.  It took less than an hour.  You can see me holding up the drawing for them to enjoy.  Jokes fly.  I love this.   A memorable evening!  Happy birthday, Mike!  Thank you,  Kari.  Merci beaucoup, Stephane.

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Golf Ball Quirks

For her 35th birthday earlier this summer, Heather got golf lessons as a gift from her husband.  Three months later she is doing fine, but it seems all sorts of quirky things happen when she’s on the links. To celebrate this quirkiness and her sense of humor about it all, Bill is giving her this drawing.  No occasion, just an appreciation of her charm. The drawing was presented to her at a recent back yard barbeque with friends and neighbors.

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Cab Vag was back after taking off for the summer, when actors tend to roam the country in what’s cringingly called summer stock.  We heard about one such adventure in Maine.  Good to be back!  Good to be back on the 6th floor of the D.A.N.K.  house in Lincoln Square, a very venerable venue but  sufficiently  seedy for a cabaret.  I am privileged to be the caricaturist of choice in this “atmosphere of experimentation and provocative entertainment,”  as they say on their web site.

“Failure is encouraged. Experimentation is required.”  I stole that from Cab Vag and wrote it on the board at my drawing class. My students gave me worried glances. That’s how it is.  When you’re an artist, people worry about you—in a peripheral sort of way.

Read all about Cabaret Vagabond at http://www.cabaretvagabond.com/about_who.html   and see my post here for June 15.

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Really, I was there.

“Paradise Senior Living” is the full name. You might think that’s a presumptuous name, hard to live up to, but this place really is quite wonderful: the grounds, the building, the décor inside, the staff and… the parties they throw.  Parties are good for your health, did you know that.  Well, certainly, parties of this paradisiacal kind:  live music with a cabaret singer belting out “Me and Bobby McGee” and  a superb DJ backing up Elvis.  That would be Elvis in the white suit with the white cape, that Elvis, the one with the hair and sideburns.  Top notch entertainment and these guys knew the residents by name because, well, did I mention that the Paradise throws a lot of parties.  And then there was a new addition to the parties, Caricatures by Katherine Hilden.  As you can see from the photos here, my drawings elicited uproarious laughter.  Laughter is good for you.  Seeing people laugh like that is very rewarding for me.  Thank you, Jill!

Shown here is a small sampling of the many (about 30) drawings I did in those three hours.  Another note:  I took the photos of the people at the moment they saw the drawing, holding the drawing in my left hand and the camera in my right.  They really do crack up and that’s the moment of truth.

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The family flies in from Upper Michigan to vacation in Chicago.  It’s early August.  The mom, a sophisticated woman with my taste in clothes, realizes that this may be a good time to contact an artist.  With a population of around 800, their town offers great nature outings for the kids, but a selection of caricature artists, not so much.  Hey, we’re going to Chicago!  Let’s get ourselves drawn there!  Easy.

We set up a meeting at the Cultural Center where I sketched them and immediately got the work approved.  At the drawing table in my studio, I worked out the composition.  I received a photo of the two Havanese, who were described as mischievous, for one, and matronly, for the other and I enjoyed getting their personalities.   What a great project!

The original drawing, 11 x 14, will be framed and hung at a spot that mom already had picked out. In addition, it will be printed up as this year’s Christmas Card.  No color, they said. I will be an elegant Christmas Card from an elegant family.  Thank you Merle and Charlotte!

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Raya and Stella

I drew at a double birthday party in Lombard, IL:  Raya turned five and Stella, her great-grandmother,  turned ninety.  It was a casual gathering of family and friends on the patio.  I love this scene.  The U-shaped house for maximum privacy in the back, the umbrella over the round table, the sun setting behind the trees in the distance, the kids standing around to watch me draw…I inspired them and they inspired me.  Stella, sharp and vivacious, told me that before her husband of sixty-two years died, they went dancing all days except Monday: “You got to sleep sometime.”

Congratulations Raya and Stella!  Thank you, Courtney and Alex..

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Reminder: As with all these posts, I show only a few of the many drawings I do at a party and sometimes it’s a hard choice.

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The staff deserved this evening of rock ‘n’roll.  The theme was the eighties, that would be the decade of the 1980’s.  You know, neon, bright colors, huge dangling earrings, legwarmers, etc.  The band was jumping, the nurses and nurses’ aids and social workers were rocking.  I drew them and then many of the large contingent of Indian women who showed up in glittering saris.  What fun!

Btw,”Snehal” means “love” in Gujarati.

Thank you, Mila.

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