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Here’s what you need for a successful party: balloons, food and that famous caricaturist Whatsername.  We were partying in the Hillview Government Center in Louisville to celebrate Jim’s 75th birthday.  One of his daughters flew in from Colorado to organize this generous bash.  And generous it was! Sumptuous! Though I don’t eat when I work, I could tell that everybody loved the food.  You can eat while I draw.  It only takes about a minute of your attention for me to get the gist of your face and then I go to work for a few more minutes. Doesn’t take long. Not even color takes long, about 5 minutes per person, and color is so much fun.  This was a great party.  Everybody got into it, everybody loved the drawings.  So rewarding for everybody –and for me!  Thank you, Michelle!

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All that was all fun, but what happened on the paper when I had these two brothers across the table from me was, well, beyond my control:

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It’s so nice to be called back.  I had a “repeat engagement” (love that term) at Kappys American Grill in Morton Grove, near Chicago.  Kappys is a family restaurant owned and operated by a wonderful family, who take care of their guests and their staff.  In the four years since I drew everybody working there the turnover has been very small.  A good sign, as we all know.  This time, just last month, I drew a small group made up of family, guests and restaurant staff.  Here they are, ta-tah!

Thank you again, Manolis and George!

See my Kappys drawings from 2015:

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/kappys-on-dempster-in-morton-grove/

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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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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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…and I love meeting fellow artists:

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This woman was a descendant of Benjamin Harrison. She was tall and poised…until she lost it, as you can see.

It was the evening of July 4th.  I drove straight from the Benjamin Harrison mansion (see previous post) to Milton, KY for an  wedding reception.  When I told a couple of people at the Harrison’s Fourth of July picnic that I was drawing at a wedding that evening, they said, “Good day for a wedding. They’ll have fireworks on all their anniversaries.”

This Fourth had me going from one enormous mansion to another, if not directly in the mansions, then at least the expansive grounds. The wedding tent with the band and diners was not far from the banks of the mighty Ohio.  This fabulous setting, picturesque in every direction, had no doubt been carefully chosen by the bride and groom.

The bride asked that I work black & white to maximize the number of guests that could get drawn.  B/w is actually quite elegant and suitable to weddings and other “up” occasions.

Thank you, Allie!

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The sun was turning in, as you can see, but the hilarity remained at full volume.

 

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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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Musicians of every blow-bow-bang variety were here in this well-groomed backyard in Lake Forest.  Here’s a musical couple, for example, she a flutist, he a trombonist/band-leader. Notice how his ear glows.  Ah, music in the air.

Thank you, Liz!

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And here are Liz and Raul.  Liz, the hostess, is an accomplished saxophonist.  She and her grandkids played a saxophone trio for us.  Marvelous! Awesome!  I want a recording of that performance!

We were actually celebrating the one-year anniversary of the marriage of Liz & Raul, the  love of her life.

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