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It was a hot, humid Saturday and they still came out in droves to this company picnic held on the grounds of their automotive technology company in Vernon Hills. VernonHills1
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Among the dozens I drew that afternoon, there were some pretty dramatic people for me to enjoy putting on paper.  Have a look.

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Crown8Crown7The tent seats 728. That was my calculation this year. Last year Peter also did the math but came up with a different number. Who’s Peter? Peter is one of my regulars at the Crown Picnic on the Wauconda farm. I’ve drawn him every year for the past twelve years, along with the others in my fan club. His wife, Carla, was facing another knee surgery in a couple of days.
Crown6That’s how we talk under that big tent, we tease, we joke and we gossip. Let’s gossip some more.
Last year Fred had just been laid off. I drew him, all grubby and raggedy, selling pencils. This year he has a job again. He’s an engineer, kind of on the fact-oriented side, and ahem, need we say more,  not the funniest guy you’ll ever have a drink with. But he’s employed, riding the wave again. So this year I drew him in form, looking suave and classy. Like Michael Caine in “Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels.”

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Crown10Then there’s darling Brigid, who flies back to county Meath every year, where she owns the house she was born in. Every year, when I see her there at the picnic, I get up to hug her. A couple of years ago she sent me a silver and crystal Waterford mail openers from Ireland. She’s a dear. This year she’d been to Italy with a group, got sick in Rome, and such, but loved it all. Her eyes are fine after the lasik. We talk, I draw, it’s great.

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For heart-to-hear talk, there’s Cheryl, whose brother stayed in Vegas this year, but her friend Susan did make it. And Cheryl’s daughter now has a boyfriend and they came to the picnic, sat there and nudged each other and giggled while I was drawing them.————-

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Joan also came. She works in a bridal shop and has satirical observations about the illusions involved in that business. I always draw her verrrrry sasssssy.——————————

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There are lots of people I remember from previous years and am getting to know better. I remember how I drew them last year and come up with something new this year.
You call this a job? What a privilege. I love every minute at the Crown Picnic. And when the deserts come out, the chocolate-raising-oatmeal cookies are to die for.

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This September picnic is an annual event at a nursing home on the north side. It’s for the kids of the staff people and for the grandchildren of the residents. I enjoy it every year. Thank you again, Krystal!
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In the middle of September we had the first chilly autumn day. The employees of this insurance IMG_4006services company and their families zipped up their hoodies and  buttoned up against the breeze and I, since I had to sit still for my work, came in multi layers of the polar fleece and ski pants variety. People like to comment on my gloves with the fingertips cut off. To draw, the hands have to be warm. It was a beautiful afternoon in Techny Prairie Park. Thank you, Laura.
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DuncanBThe Duncan Kids Academy enrolls kids from six weeks to five years old. I first did the picnic with Rick Duncan in Gurnee a couple of years ago, when he was just starting his programs. Now he’s opening an academy in the West Loop and working with very upscale parents . Anyway, last Thursday he held a morning event at the Mary Bartelbe Park at Monroe and Peoria, Chicago. There were games, refreshments, a fantastic trio of musicians and that famous caricaturist, mmmm, moi. I drew at least fifty DuncanAkids, whew! That’s in just three hours. But the event was well organized and so it was one squirmy, puzzled toddler after the other, no gaps, which I love. The kids were puzzled by this business of being asked to look at this stranger with the drawing board and you can see that in the expressions I put into the drawing—because that’s what I saw. But the parents absolutely love these drawings.
The fabulous musician was Lia Nicine McCoo, lia.mccoo@icloud.com. She wore purple, you can’t miss her.
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I’ve done the Crown Picnic in Wauconda for at least ten years and, like the other five or six caricaturists there, I have my fans. The same people come to sit for me year after year and they bring their friends. More than that, we actually hug when we see each other and I hear news about job changes, knee operations,how 14CrownBridgetAthe brother in Las Vegas is doing  and how the kids are progressing in their careers.
Above and at right, I’m showing Bridget. Her neighbor, Fred, had told me about how fast she pulled her red SUV into the driveway the other day. “On two wheels,” he said. Fred, an aeronautics engineer, was unemployed now because his company just moved to Florida, so he said I should draw him selling pencils on a street corner. So, I did.
The couple masquerading as the Flintstones…oh, well, a long story that has to do with making somebody else jealous. See? We’re old friends there at the Crown Picnic and we gossip, just as you’d expect.———————————————

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When I hear an unfamiliar name I often ask what it means.  I’m slowly building my vocabulary in Hindi (hah!) and here are some of the words I learned at a 13BombayWheaton6company picnic for a computer company that used to be in Bombay but a few years ago asked all its super smart people to pack up and move to,  where else, Wheaton.  So, I learned that Ankita means “smiling princess; “  Pavithra = pure;  Rohan = progress; Shristi (a girl’s name)= universe, creation;  Palash(a boy’s name)= name of a flower;  Nabeeha = intelligent, Pratham = first.  Btw, Joshua (the only blue-eyed kid I drew) means “Saviour,” but I already knew that.  Gosh, I love words.  Anyway, this was a lovely afternoon in the shade at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

Now my Hindi skill is making rohan, I feel like an ankita and slowly, as I admire the palash growing near me, I’m being transformed into a more nabeeha  particle in the shristi. Wow.  Oh, joshua,  I’m ready for my pratham quiz!

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13BombayWheaton2Here are just a few drawings from that afternoon. Thank you, Sunny!

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