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An apartment complex with a pool set out in a green environment—why would you want to live anywhere else.  And the management throws parties!  So, of course, they chose me to draw the caricatures. Here are a few of the pictures.  Btw, the DJ was excellent: Greg Carter, gcarter@gac-entertainment.com

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Laughter is therapeutic; it dilates the arteries and momentarily releases all tension. Read all about it!   Well, not here exactly.  But I witness this therapeutic effect all the time and document it in these posts by showing the reactions of the people when they first see the drawing.

The Hallmark on Sheridan Road is a residence for seniors, some of whom require quite a bit of help on a daily basis.  How do you throw a party for people who rely on walkers to get across the room?  How to add a little wildness into their life?

It was mid-afternoon on a recent Tuesday and the buffet table in the fifth-floor party room held some plates of shrimp and other nibbles and, ta-tah, red wine.  By definition, that makes the occasion a Happy Hour. But, I assure you,  the ladies didn’t start laughing and opening up until they saw my caricatures of them.  What a rewarding experience for these nonagenarians.  And for me, the artist, who devised all this sneaky therapy from them!  Thank you, Emily and Beverly!  ——————————-

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Walmart threw a party at the Chicago Hilton for winners of an entrepreneurship contest among ophthalmology students.  The winners had proposed detailed plans on such topics as how to improve eye care among underserved elementary students and how to establish a practice with innovative ideas. So, Ballroom B was full of smart people. Loved the ambiance! The festivity included smart nibbles with smart beverages, smart speeches, and smart caricatures by, well, you-know-who.  Great fun!  Congratulations all!

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All you need for a good party:  good food and plenty of it;  people who are happy to see each other;  a thoughtful hostess;  and caricatures by that famous artist, whatshername.  The reaction at the moment when they see the drawing says  it all.  Here are a few.  Thank you, Bonnie!

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We’re on a quiet cul de sac in Gary, IN, and the kids are all smart and college bound, having just graduated from a boarding school in Crown Point.  Calculus?  Oh, yeah, with proofs.  Medicine, engineering and teaching were the main career plans.  Congratulations to all!

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If I lived in or near Milwaukee, the Anaba Tea Room on Capitol Drive would be a regular hang out for me.

As it is, I’ll have to wait for another party in that lovely space.  I was up there three weeks ago for a baby shower with twenty  guests and I drew all of them in three hours and in color.

I had come early and was able to enjoy the tranquil setting and learn all about that fantastic plant the Chestnut Vine, which encircles the light well in the center of the building.

Thank you, Anne.  Best wishes to you, Laura!

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Graduation parties are always fun.  This is the first of three in a row. After this, a graduation party in Gary, IN, and then one in Lake Zurich, IL.

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David got this drawing as a retirement gift from Kraft. As a consummate salesman, he plans to help his daughter in her real estate business.

Let me point out a couple of expressive details in this drawing:

1) The bare feet tell us that the job is a piece of cake for him; if you squint a little and image him wearing shoes, the whole picture loses this ease.

2) The fat pencil on his ear tells us that he’s successful, he checks off houses on his list in a major way.

These details were inventions of mine, inspired by what the client told me she wanted the picture to convey.  To heighten the expressiveness of a drawing you have to let go of literalness.  The man literally wears shoes to his office, sits behind a desk, and clicks around on his computer.  But that scene makes for a dull picture.  So, we take off his shoes, put his office chair (golden!) on the lawn, and perch a check-that pencil on his ear.  You look at this and you get the message, instantly.

The drawing is 14 x 11, a wonderful size for me to work in because in this large size I can use a brush-tip marker which produces a juicy, calligraphic line. For the smaller size (8½ x 11) I use a finer marker, which is neat but can’t produce such a bold line.  Thank you, Elaine!

Best to you, David!

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St. Ignatius is a high school on Roosevelt Road with opulent facilities.  The formal banquet hall opens its French doors to a spacious, formal garden, ideal for a wedding reception.  ‘Tis.  The speeches were witty and warm.  So was the crowd in general, making for an enjoyable evening.  Thanks, Donna! Congratulations, Dom and Erin!

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Here are just a few drawings from that reception.

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Not only could everybody be a judge, but everybody could be an artist.

Here’s a brilliant idea for all you Human Resource people.  The employees are encouraged to bring in their own art work.  It will be displayed in, let’s say, a conference/lecture room.  Then one late afternoon you throw a little refreshments-and-nibbles party in that large room and everybody comes in to vote on the art work.  Gets people talking and mingling, and isn’t that part of the HR job description!

And, of course, you bring in that famous caricaturist, whatshername, to draw everybody.  So, that’s what I did in this wonderful art-loving atmosphere. This was an international consulting firm in the Loop just across from the Thompson Center.  Class act, Rohan!  Thank you.

Here are a few of the exhibitors and judges. Sorry about the glare. My drawing paper has a gloss finish (like a magazine cover) and I don’t want to spend time fiddling with the camera angle when I’m taking these photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice, it was mostly women. If the activity had been centered on sports rather than art, would it have been mostly men?  You think so!?  The next drawing shows a tiny woman with very long hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally losing it, absolute hilarity.

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