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This Halloween party was in NW Chicago. The small, tidy house was festooned with lights, spiders, cobwebs, skeletons and more spooky stuff than I can name. A vampire with glowing orange eyes sat up in his black satin coffin when you entered Evan’s (age 6) bedroom.  I worked in the younger boy’s, Ethan’s,  room to draw the guests, all under ten and decked out in fabulous costumes, some hand made by nanas.  You’ll see a small sampling of the thirty kids I drew: astronauts, musclemen, kittens, princesses, and a strawberry short cake in a hot pink wig.  Loved them all!   Thank you,  Carrie and Ryan!

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A Halloween party is a good idea.  The kids are inside and can really enjoy their costumes.  When they go trick-or-treating it’s often cold and they have to wear coats, what a bummer.

The Halloween party at  the Wesglen Club House in Romeoville yesterday was a wonderful occasion for princesses, witches, vampires,  a muscleman,  a surgeon, a strawberry and any number of lavender fairies to strut their stuff and to stuff themselves with good food and sweets.  Thank you, Maria!

I drew thirty-one people, mostly kids, and I’ll show a small sample here.

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I had a tai-chi teacher once who played golf.  Until very recently, that was my only connection (if that) to this mystery with the little white ball.

What’s been happening recently is that golf players with a sense of humor (!!)  have found me and my art.  There are, apparently, a few golfers out there who occasionally have a really lousy day on the green. These are accomplished players.  But once in a while, everything goes wrong.  This was the case in September with two brothers, long time players both of them, who played in a local tournament and lost disastrously.  The errors, glitches, misses were so horrendous that they were, on later reflection, comical.  Hello?!  There’s nothing to do but call the caricature artist.  See if this will be therapeutic.

We’ll call the brothers Mike and Bob (not their real names) and say they played somewhere in New England at an undisclosed location.  They’re important guys, you see, and I’m not allowed to tell.  But what a relief, to discover that people who use words like anti-deluvian and fiduciary on a daily basis have such a robust sense of humor about themselves.

I think this is the funniest drawing I’ve ever made—or been allowed to make.  Thank you, Mike!

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This birthday party for Matthew, 9, was held at the Wit Theater on Belmont (near Sheffield).  Wow!  The kids had been working with a teacher from Second City (another wow!)  and were doing improvisations on themes and situations that she assigned them.  I was set up at the side of the stage and got to enjoy the show.  Nice work if you can get it!  The kids attended a private school on N. Sheridan Road and were bright and expressive.  It was a pleasure to draw them. We were all stars that afternoon.   Congratulations, Matthew!  Thank you, Michelle.

 

I’m showing a small sample of the drawings I did that afternoon.

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I posted “Christmas Card in August” on 9.19.11.  By the end of that week…a commission from New York for a Holiday Card.  Here it is.  Both parents work in the arts.  Apparently, Justin the eight-month-old has unusually big feet.  Three-year-old Bella loves rag dolls, gofigure.  The golden retriever is a placid push-over, so I had fun with that.  Actually, I had fun with the whole bunch of them.  They gave me ideas and let me work them out, with a confidence based on their familiarity with my work as represented in this blog.  Wonderful!  The drawing took one week, start to finish.   Thank you, Becca!

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This garden must be pretty big, because from the pavilion we could only see grass and trees and the occasional biker or jogger.  A perfect setting.  I’ve learned over the years of doing these events, that open space is very relaxing and puts everybody into a good mood.  We were celebrating the 4th birthday of a little princess all in pink with butterflies on the dress.

Thank you, Charlotte!

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Yes, in the lake. He had asked her before, but he waited to present the ring when they were standing knee-deep in the lake.  This is a mature couple and the moment is laden with symbolism.  One of those occasions, when a picture is worth…

Thank you,  K and R!

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