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I love working under white tents.  The light is always perfect, nice and even.  This was a picnic to celebrate the employees of a company that assembles computers…I think, can never be sure with high tech.  Lovely people, eager to get a caricature.  Thanks, Kate!

More pics tomorrow. Lots.

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Living in this condo building, many residents got to know the kids as they were growing up and, given the great neighborhood, many people stayed for years.  When the family found another place to live, on the West Side, one of the condo friends gave a going away party.  She had a first floor unit with one of those Lincoln Park back yards that are walled and full of exotic plants and sculptures and good outdoor furniture, buffet and all.  My set-up only takes up 4’x4,’  perfect!  I drew everybody and was invited to have a “cheeseburger,” yeah, right, with fillet mignon.  Hey, it’s Lincoln Park.  Thank you, Vera!

Oh, when I draw couples, the man usually gets drawn first and his face takes about two minutes.  As soon as the face is blocked in, he gets up and returns to the conversation or the food or the UN or whatever global organization he’s in charge of.  Hence, more often than not, I present the drawing only to the woman at close range and he chuckles at it from across the room or the yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why not!  End-of-school picnics are common, but how about a picnic in September to start the school year, too?!  Start with a happy, optimistic, bonding experience!

These girls attended an Orthodox Jewish High School and wore elegant long black skirts.  They looked elegant to me, but the girls were obviously used to long skirts and jumped and ran and threw water balloons without regard for elegance, just having a good time. There were four female caricaturists (all of us in long skirts and long high-necked shirts and closed-toe shoes, whew, it was in the 90’s) drawing, all together, eighty girls.  I know I drew twenty-four in two hours.————————————————————————

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year’s organizer found me through a friend who’s with the Park Ridge Art League, where—years ago—I gave a talk and demo on the Art of Caricature.

If you’ve never had a block party where you live because nobody knows anybody anyway—good reason to organize a block party.  If you’ve never had a block party where you live because everybody knows everybody anyway—ditto.

As I was packing up at the end of this wonderful summer evening, Carolyn helped me with my stuff and said, in the past they’ve had face painters, balloon twisters, magicians, clowns, all that, but this was the best.  I was delighted to hear that but not at all surprised.  When I draw, people stand around to watch and suggest how I should draw the person in the hot seat.  There’s running commentary, a line by line report to the person being drawn, comforting remarks, delightful outcries when I’ve done something nobody expected, hilarity when the finished drawing is turned around for them to see.  Clearly, the drawing functions as a bonding agent, ice breaker and social glue.

Moral:  we need more block parties in this world!

Thank you, Carolyn, Linda and Andreas!

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Not just corn, kale, and kohlrabi.  The contemporary farmers market needs to find a way to keep the shoppers lingering among the white tents.   Why rush home and chop the greens right away.  Oh, stay a while, wontcha!  This farmers market had a band, a knock-knock joke telling contest and—ta-tah—that famous caricaturist whatshername.  So there I was in the midst of all this organic wholesomeness, doing my funny drawings.  All kids, as it turned out. No surprise there. Thank you, Elaine, Laura and Brad!

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Here’s a gift for an uncle who’s retiring from the force,  that would be the Chicago Police Force.  He was assigned to security on the CTA.  Best to you, officer!  Thanks again, Dan, a pleasure working with your good ideas.

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A child’s first birthday is universally celebrated. It’s a big deal, all around the world.  Happy Birthday, Alexandra!  Look how much you’ve learned, look how big you are, look how you’ve survived all those sniffles and runny noses, we know it’s not easy. It’s all amazing. And look, you can walk! From now on, it’s a piece of cake.

Thank you, Lupe!  Here are some pictures from that wonderful party.  Little Alexandra did get drawn, but I have no photo of her, she was busy attending to her guests.

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Next, “Hairy Harry” and the artist who took him up on his idea.  Thank you Harry, I love it when people GET it.  Give me ideas, any time!  And, btw, when I open my mouth like that, I’m not screaming, just hamming it up for the camera.

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