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Now we’re in Edinburgh. Indiana, that is.

Edinburgh, Indiana has been going all out lately to crank up its cultural rating in the area.  So naturally, there will be festivals of all sorts, including a September Fall Festival in the center of town, right next to the library.

Since moving to the Indianapolis area a year ago, I’ve enjoyed many surprises in Indiana. Edinburgh’s Fall Festival has to rank way at the top.  I have done many carnivals in my caricaturing career and seen many rides and carousels, but I have never seen rides like these.  Next time I’ll come early, just to get a turn sitting in TEACUPS  that go round and round.

Never a dull anything here. Mind you, I don’t have a flashy display to draw in customers. No display at all, in fact.  I just count on my drawings being spotted and that’s enough to pull in the crown.  As you can see, the ten-to-twelve year olds spontaneously took over as my agent, bringing me more and more friends to draw.

I was set up under a red tent, which my fans adjusted regularly to provide shade as the sun was setting.

Ah, Edinburgh, Indiana!

Thank you, SaraBeth!

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The Admiral is a posh retirement home on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. I was invited back to liven things up at their September luncheon.  People were tentative at first—this happens sometimes—but after a while there was a line and the conversation over the drawings got pretty lively.  A big factor at parties is food, which has to be enjoyed first before you join the crowd around the caricaturist for extra pleasures like laughing over your caricature and commenting on your friends’. When you’re planning an event, remember: laughter is therapy.

Thank you, Jennifer!

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Posting is time-consuming, but I love reviewing my drawings.  These wholesome, fresh faces, for example, and their grateful reactions.  Thank you, Marta!

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The Methodist Hospitals in Merrillville throws a Mardi Gras bash for their staff. It’s about dressing up and at the same time being super relaxed.  Love it. You get a sense of the hilarity from these pictures. Thank you, Rafael!

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I was delighted to be invited back to draw in this lively space.  This time we were celebrating the Fifth Birthday of Indy Reads Books.

Not only the space, I also find the people who come here very interesting.  This woman with the high hat, for example.  I took a little break in my four-hour engagement, had a little nibble and looked around at people I had not drawn yet.  Here was this hat. After my compliment I leaned that it was self- made and that led to more conversation.  Linné and I talked about education and family all the while I was drawing her. How wonderful!

Thank  you, MaryAnna!

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The first person I drew was the big man himself.  Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of the United States, from 1889 to 1893.  It took me about a minute to realize that he wasn’t going to wink at his role, but instead was speaking IN his role.  I learned that in his turn as president electricity was first introduced in the White House, that he liked to be called “The General,” and that among the several servants in the big Indy house there was a full time seamstress.

I was set up under one of the huge trees in the Harrison’s big yard. A superb band under the white tent played everything from patriotic standards and sentimental songs to dance music from the 1920’s that called for slide trombone.  I love drawing people on the Fourth.

It’s always hot on the Fourth but at least none of us had to wear wool pants, starched collars, or corsets. The General himself wore polyester. (I was so impressed by him that I forgot to take a picture of him and my drawing. Next year!)

Thank you, Delia!

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That’s in Cincinnati, just south of the art museum. It was the closing performance of “Murder for Two,” and the management decided to throw a party for the audience. Nice.  You need a caricaturist for a party like that and, of course, that had to be that famous Whatsername.

My kind of crowd: theater lovers, people who know how to make an entrance, people who do a dance step or a dancey wiggle at the drop of an eyelid, people who worry about LIGHTING. Think of the Hogarth crowd in 18th century Bath, if you can.  Well, I do.

Thank you Clare!

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