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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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It was a comfortable afternoon with gracious people all around. I drew 20 of these lovely  people in two hours.

Thank you, Lesa.

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This was a community center with after-school drop-in programs in north-west Chicago.  The party was for the  social workers and teachers who ran the various programs. Facing unfathomable social complexities, they have to think deeply.  They deserve a break.  I always enjoy making deep thinkers laugh. Some family members were also there to help celebrate.

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A minute ago I sang the praises of a tent.  Now I’m escalating the whole thing to gotta-have-a-pool, f’r-heavensake. Just kidding.  It’s just that these people got along very well and the pool added extra splash.  I didn’t take notes on what drinks were served. That may have been an influence, too.

There was no posturing, no competition.  Loved it.  Pure relaxation. Pure fun.

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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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