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Glencoe is a pretty posh suburb of Chicago.  This was a thirteen-year-old’s birthday party with only 5 friends invited.  The girls were so into the drawings, they laughed uproariously as they watched the drawing come to life on my paper and then when they saw the finished product they just lost it.  I was so swept up in the hilarity that I didn’t even get a picture of the funniest stuff.  Oh, well.  This reaction is what I work for and it was fabulous, as you can see. The younger brother was hovering and did finally get his drawing, but he was not on the girls’ wavelength to get the depth of the in-jokes operating here.

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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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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.

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This was a beautifully organized party for Alexis’s seventh birthday.  The theme was art, Alexis’s favorite thing. Mom had set up art projects to engage in.  The cake plates were palettes. The goody bag was all about being inspired and inventive. How lovely!

Thank you, Christie!

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XO Banquets in Wheeling is where you’ll find these exiting lighting effects and, yes, it’s a great place for warm gatherings of old friends. Ilya and his wife flew in from Toronto to celebrate his 70th birthday with friends and family in the Chicago area.  Very festive and elegant, yet relaxed and cozy.  Loved it! Thank you, Klara!

I drew twenty-one people in full color in two hours.

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Yoshi’s is an elegant Japanese restaurant on Halsted near Belmont.  Friends of Frances gathered there for brunch to celebrate her 90th birthday. I couldn’t tell how old anybody was.  I certainly wouldn’t have guessed Frances was ninety.  I drew twenty of these energetic women in two hours.  That was a leisurely pace, for me, which gave me time to admire the décor, the choice of colors, the paintings on the wall and the lighting.

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All these beautiful people in West Chicago!  Who knew?!  It was Ava’s birthday, lucky Ava.

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