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…beautiful and smart. The guys were –surprise!—engineers. They had dramatic eyebrows, just for me, obviously.  The women were—surprise!—more beautiful than anybody needs to be.  And they were into color. One sari was hand painted by the wearer. She and I talked shop. The kids were, yes, you know, just beautiful.  A great way to spend an afternoon. That’s my job!

Thank you, Neelam.————————————————-

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This is the end-of-summer picnic at a retirement community in Melrose Park, a SW suburb of Chicago.  I’ve done this event for years and have drawn some people several times, like T-Bone and Ron. Repeat performances don’t get boring, not at all. It’s great to be able to greet people by name and to be recognized with a smile.  The jazz ensemble is always excellent.  I love drawing the great age differences from really little to very advanced in years. And of course, the stylish pre-teens!——–

 

Thank  you, Brenda.————————————————

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My painting students know that I draw caricatures at parties. Every now and then one of them hires me to do a family event.  This was Veronica’s daughter’s 17th birthday.  Her passion is theater and her friends are all thespians.  Can you tell?!!

Veronica, you chose the Hawaiian theme…in an attempt to calm them down? Haha.

Thank  you, Veronica.——————————————-

   

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When I draw at parties I always have my little Canon at my side. It handles well and is unobtrusive. When the drawing is finished I turn it around with my right hand for the “victims” to see. The little Canon is in my left hand. I quickly raise it and click the shutter. This maneuver has to go very fast because that precious reaction lasts only a fraction of a second. What makes it precious is that it is uncontrolled. It is, dare I say, a moment of truth. They throw their heads back, they drop their jaws, they howl. When that split-second of truth is over, they collect themselves and make nice for the camera.  Too late, I gotcha!

Here are some examples of the moment of truth from the Wedding in the Park (previous post).

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding in the Park

In the park pavilion, actually.  Gotta be rainproof for a wedding! The pavilion was well appointed, but as wedding venues go, this was definitely on the casual side. The bride and groom had upper level positions at the post office. The guests came dressed as they pleased, from casual to glittery.  The important thing was, obviously, that everybody be comfortable, the ultimate goal being enjoyment.  And enjoyment is what I was surrounded by the whole evening.

Thank  you, Samantha and George.

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Riverside is a posh suburb of Chicago with gems, by renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, plopped down on spacious, well-groomed gardens.  This was a small gathering of family and friends to celebrate the 8th grade graduation of a boy who was constantly overcoming obstacles like immobility & a speech impediment. He was very sociable, wheeling himself over the lawn to chat with his guests.  I have an amazing job:  I do what I love to do, get paid for it and then, to boot, I get showered by all this inspiration.

Thank you, Dahlia.

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There’s no need for anyone to be this beautiful!  And smart and charming…

Face painters and caricaturists were set up on the balcony.  Great view! This was in the Indiana Roof Ballroom at 140 W.Washington. The place to see and be seen.

I worked in full color, which was a treat for both me and the guests.  Everybody was beautiful and felt beautiful. A glittering event. I asked one of the  women what her favorite color was.  She said, glitter.

It was a privilege to be invited to participate.  People stood in line to be drawn and often got drawn by more than one caricaturist.  I, as happens so often, stayed overtime, by—how shall I put it—popular demand.  My pleasure!  Thank you, all.

And thank you, Drew.————————————————-

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