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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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And now we’re in one of the NW suburbs.  A MacMansion, to be specific, very posh.  The rouad2host, head of an international medical team, throws this party about once a year and I’m lucky to be invited back again.  This year everybody was told to come wearing a hat.  I drew medical/pharmaceutical types from Morocco, France, Greece, England, Germany, Croatia, Brazil, Ireland, China, Nigeria, Iran, Egypt and from all over the US.  Pretty interesting, wouldn’t you say?  I enjoyed this party immensely.

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I had a tent to myself, with extra chairs so that people waiting in line didn’t have to stand, and I drew steadily for six hours with only one short break.  Wentworth Street was jammed with people. http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/relive-beet-street-harvest-festival-with-these-photos/

One of the pictures on this site shows a red tractor and you can see it in the background of my photos of the people I drew.  This was my first year participating in this event. The Goodkind organizers said I’d be invited back. So next year you may see pictures of me in The Milwaukee Record.  Yeah!  I’ll be famous in Milwaukee.

The sponsor of my tent, btw, was Jim Beam Apple.  Not being much of a bar hopper, I thought Jim Beam had progressed to making  wholesome apple juice.  Had to look it up: it’s whiskey made from apples. http://www.jimbeam.com/en-us/bourbons/apple.  Next year at this event,  I hope to get a sip. Just a sip; takes concentration to draw caricatures.

What’s particularly interesting to me is that the donations made in my tent all went to a charitable organization that teaches city people how to grow their own food in the city. That’s wonderful.  We need more Growing Power. http://www.growingpower.org

Thanks Lindsey and Katie!

Too many drawings to post from that afternoon.  Here’s a sampling.

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The caption for this drawing could be, “We made up at the Beet Street Fair.”  When they first sat down in front of me they were nasty, nasty-funny.  About nothing in particular, it was a general stand off, as in “are we breaking up or are we getting together again.”  They told me that this on-and-off is how it goes with them, they love each other but always fight.  You can see, I got some of the growl and the I’m-not-talkin’-to-you in the drawing.  By the time the drawing was done, in about eight or ten minutes, their mood had warmed up to something close to happy.   What is it about caricatures?  Or was it the October sweetness in the air?  Or just plain Milwaukee?

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In mid-October Goodkind and two other bar/eateries put together this big street fair in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee.  It was a delight!  What is it about Milwaukee?  Every time I drive up there for a gig I come back wondering why I like those people so much.  They’re at ease, funny, self-confident and good-looking.  They can be stylish-edgy; when they show up in un-repentant hippie overalls, they come across as ironic, still stylish-edgy.  Mind you, I’m not fishing for more gigs up in Milwaukee…it’s a long drive.  But still, what is it about Milwaukee?

I enjoyed everyone who sat for me that glowing October afternoon.  I have the pictures to prove that the pleasure was mutual. Here’s documentation of a few of the more riotous moments. More in the next post.

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We’re at the Westin in Itasca.  Dinner was served. These people had worked with one another for so long or had been friends for so long that they hardly stayed seated and kept hopping from table to table to say funny stuff to one another.  This was a fabulous party and caricatures were the perfect addition.

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