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We’re back in October, me catching up again.  Here are some of the drawings of kids at that as-close-to-perfect-picnic –as- you- can -get for the Intelligrated Company in Bollingbrook.   (Earlier posts about this picnic, see Nov 8, 9, and 24.)———————————————————————————————-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The party in Marengo was on Friday.  The next day on Saturday I was back on I-90, again heading towards Rockford and getting very close…Belvidere, which means something like “beautiful view.”  It was, indeed, all about beautiful views.  The hostess organizes some four thousand women in the mid-west who hold parties in their homes to sell jewelry.  About forty of them and their men-folk were gathered in this old Victorian house.  You guessed it, the women were sparkling and weighed down with baubles and the guys were, well, just there, “looking on,” supportive and amused and in good spirits.  Great food, big punch bowl and abundant decorations.  Good, hearty sense of humor, driving the whole evening and me right in there reflecting that ambiance, as I always do.  As the evening glittered on, I started putting people in thongs and bikinis and eventually there was a nipple showing in one of the drawings.  Hey, it was warm and cozy under that Christmas tree and I just go with the flow. It’s really fun to draw solid, hard-working, sensible people in a trashy,  rock ‘n’ roll way–and they love it, too!!

Here’s a small sample of the drawings from that wonderful evening.  I really did draw everybody there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the evening glittered on, I started putting people in thongs and bikinis…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and eventually there was a wardrobe malfunction in one of the drawings.  Hey, it was warm and cozy under that Christmas tree and I just go with the flow.  You can’t miss the absolute delight in these reactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gracious hostess gave me a present:  a necklace that can also be worn as a belt.  Thank you, Kay!  The perfect gift, since I’ve been wearing these black tube things when I go to gallery openings and something was always missing.  The following day, Sunday, I did in fact go to an opening, wearing my black tube things and my leather jacket.  This time, with the right accessory.  Yeah!!!   Perfect!    Thank you, Kay.

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I did a lot of map-questing to find this town. It’s way up near the Wisconsin border.  They even had snow up there while we in Chicago were still a little green.  I used this city-country theme to rile them and explained my humor as being from the “big city, you know.”   I would use the word “country” and the room would go up in riotous, howling, screaming  laughter.  They gave

me permission to go that route—and I always go with the ambiance—by standing around, solidly, no less than fifteen people at any one time, egging me on and anticipating the next stroke of the marker with absolute glee.  There was food and there were tables and balloons in the heated garage (I noticed later) but the real party was right there where I was set up in one of those unidentifiable rooms that you get in old houses with additions.  This crowd was sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time—school principals, pharmacists, business owners, IT guys, public relations types—and they were with me all the way.  When this happens, the drawing flows by itself and there’s inexhaustible energy.  Plenty left over for the long drive back to “the city” late at night.  Then I think, why am I in the city, what about moving to a town that sounds like a yummy desert, where people are so smart, energetic and funny.

My thanks to Jen, who flew in from San Diego to throw this bash for her dad’s birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s just a small sampling of the forty or so people I drew that evening.

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Janet invited nine friends for her 19th birthday party and her mom thought a leisurely pizza-and-salad lunch– with a caricaturist!– would be the way to celebrate.  So there I was, in this well-appointed, spacious family room, drawing these smart, caring young women.  I could easily have drawn them all in an hour—in black and white.  But mom decided on color and gave me an hour-and-a-half.  This time frame also allowed for drawing the whole body and for working on the larger paper, 11 x 14.  Nothing wrong with 8-1/2 x 11 or with b/w, but the color drawing on large paper really does seem to go over big with kids and teenagers.

Thank you, Terry!  Happy Birthday, Janet!

This group photo was taken towards the end of the party. Two of the girls had to leave early because of other obligations.  It was  December, too many parties to go to.

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I was drawing the woman with the big smile.  She was directing her great-granddaughter on how to sit.  I said, the girl didn’t have to sit in any particular way, at least not until it was her turn.  Great-grandma half-jokingly informed me that she was ninety-two and at her age she could do and say anything.

I love this.  I love drawing people in their 80’s and 90’s.  When I went to draw at my first nursing home party, many years ago, I was nervous, expecting the scene to be somber, with me having to be super serious and cautious.  Not so.  The residents in retirement homes and homes with assisted living are, more often than not, a riot.

Parties are good for our health, both physical and mental.

Thank  you, Tina!  Glad you found me.

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This was a well-planned event, with me being booked three months before.  The grand ballroom at the Rosemont CC is huge and the hallways reminded me that we now have seven billion people on the planet—might as well plan for them showing up some evening.  The band played Roaring Twenties tunes with a sweet clarinet, to fit the dominant theme of the evening.  Women wore hats and strands of pearls, guys showed up in dark shirts. A cigarette girl in fishnet stockings was giving away chocolate cigars and flashing rings, one size fits all. On the dance floor, Charleston lessons for all.  Everybody was in such a good mood, the five hours passed in a rhinestone flash.

Again, I’ll show just a small selection of the dozens of drawing (at least 50 people) from Saturday night and the reactions when I turn the drawing around and they first see it.  In this post I’m only showing the drawings with people wearing outer garments, though the women will be in low cut dresses.  In the next post, “Cleavage and Thongs,”  I’ll have drawings of people who didn’t have time to get fully dressed before rushing to this much anticipated party or who were more or less dressed but so sexy that the only way to draw them was un.

Thank you, Missy and Todd!

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The woman, above, was due and not sure she would make it through the evening.  this big laugh must have been  good for her and the baby and the father.

Then there are instances where I don’t steady the camera in my right hand and the picture’s blurriness conveys the dynamics of the evening.

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The spectacular view from the 16th floor of Trump Towers (Wabash and Kinzie)  is matched by the elegance of the interior space where this party for the toy inventors at Lund & Co was held.  Orchids set against bronze textures, extravagantly large spaces all around.  A cello and piano duo on the far side of the dining space and me set up on the South- East side, giving to the river and the Michigan Ave bridge with the illuminated spires and belvederes of the 1920’s skyscrapers—all working to delight an architecture-fan like me.

It was a good year for Lund & Co and it was time to celebrate.  I mention this because it seems important to me for the president of a company to take the time, spend the money, and find a Trump Towers view of the spectacular achievements of this city to let the employees know that he, well, that he has noticed how spectacularly they performed this past year.  Why would this be important?   I suspect the answer is articulated in point form in some business management text book.  Probably has to do with spurring motivation and something about loving your job and therefore putting more of yourself into it.

The music stops around desert time and the view of the reflections in the river gives way to the parking garage, but, hey, the caricature will be framed at home and will be a reminder for a long time that this was a festive, elegant evening and that Lund is a great place to work.  Just that.  Pretty good, huh!?

Thank you, Tara and Bruce!

It was a party of less than twenty-five people.  I drew them all and will show a small selection of the drawings here.

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