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Dorothy will be celebrating her 92nd birthday in August.  When she was in her 30’s and 40’s, she was a buyer for high end women’s clothing at Marchall Field’s on State Street in Chicago..

She still holds strong opinions about the course of fashion history, trashing most of the fashion developments from the hippies on through the recent “nighties” look–her term .  She likes a clean, well tailored line.  She believes in elegance and understatement.  But she loves the boots that have come into fashion lately, the elegant understated ones, of course.   I suggested we show her in the Jacques Fath “day dress” from 1951, which I know from the Chic Chicago exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. (I drew visitors at the Chicago History Museum during that exhibit.  See posts under “Chic Chicago” in this blog.) The Chic Chicago Fath dress was blue, but beige was the epitome of elegance for Dorothy during her working life. This drawing is inspired by photos of her when she was 38 or so.   Oh, and smoking added to the elegance back then.  Hmmmmm.   Happy Birthday, Dorothy!  Thank you, George and Mike.

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The Crown Family Picnic is an annual event and I’ve been drawing caricatures there for the past seven years.  There are always six caricaturists with each artist developing a “following,” meaning a group of fans who come back year after year to be drawn.  People collect the drawings and, I’m told, frame them at home in a rec room or family room.  I have my own following.  I greet everyone by name and remember how I’ve drawn them in the past so that I can come up with something new this year.  My photo record is spotty –must be more thorough next year—so that I don’t have everyone to show off here.  But one of my all-time favorites is a couple I see every year there and with whom I exchange news about how life has been treating us. Here is how I’ve drawn this darling couple for the past five years.  I present to you, two people who inspire me,  Carla and Peter!

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It was a late evening wedding reception.  When the dancing started at nine, it felt very much like a late evening party, very rock ‘n’ roll.  Weddings have become more and more informal, not in dress, food, and flowers, but in entertainment.  Having a caricaturist there seems normal.  Well, it certainly seems normal to me. And in any case, I always adapt my style to the occasion  I drew the immediate family, twenty-four people in all, in full color. The bride and groom were kind enough to take time out of their socializing to sit for me.  Congratulations Agata and Jeff, much happiness to you both!  And thank you, Susan and Greg.

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