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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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From Prospect Heights I drove directly downtown, taking LaSalle Street to avoid the distaste of Taste of Chicago.  A movie was being shot with the Board of Trade as the backdrop, like The Untouchables except this was all about touching.  A bride was puckering up to kiss her kneeling new husband. Camera men circling around. Ah, I love this town! Traffic was barely slowed by this.  Then I noticed the bridesmaids near the columns of Northern Trust.  Ermmm, not a movie scene after all.  This was a real wedding.  I love this town!

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The party on South Dearborn was equally glamorous. My hostess, the mother of the groom,  flew in from Washington DC.  The mother of the bride flew in from Las Vegas.  The wedding will be in (where did they say?) I think, California or Hawaii.  Much of the family is from the Midwest.  So, natch, you gotta throw the bridal shower in Chicago.  That’s because you love this town!

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That would be the Biaggi in Deer Park, in that huge mall at Long Gove and Rand. It was a baby shower. Definitely on the fabulous side! I drew forty-one people in three hours,  the parental couple being in color. Thank you Aleksandra!
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Stonegate2This is a luxurious, spacious banquet facility in Hoffman Estates. The walls and ceiling in this banquet room were completely draped in white cloth, creating an environment designed to suggest purity. The chairs were covered in white satin with blue sashes. The effect was that of a glossy women’s magazine, heightened by the Barbie-doll perfection of all the young women who attended. The groom, the only male present, must have enjoyed this party. The fabulous gifts were as fabulously wrapped as you’d expect at an all-around fabulous bridal shower. In two hours, I drew twenty-three people, including six in full color. Thank you, Anne Marie!
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BrideShowerFriends of the bride gathered together on Sunday morning in a bar to hold this bridal shower hosted by the bride’s sister. The Rail, a bar in the Ravenswood neighborhood, is surprisingly well lit, even has a sky light, which is, of course, where I set up. I drew for two hours: nine-teen in black/white and two, the bridal couple, in color. Thank you, Sophia.
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Stephanie and Carolyn met as four-year-olds on a playground and have been friends ever since. So, naturally Stephanie threw Carolyn, in her eighth month, a baby shower. We were in the Dolcetto Room (how sweet!) at Maggiano’s at Old Orchard in Skokie. I drew the couple first, in color (and you can tell it’s a girl), then the husband/father left for Barnes & Noble and I drew the twenty-one guests, all women, of course, in black/white –in two hours. Thank you, Stephanie.
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This was a lively crowd. How could it not be…half of them were musicians, the kind who play in bands. I PrairieMoon2am pleased to say, I identified the drummer as soon as he sat down in front of me. There’s something about drummers.
Plus an assortment of psychologists, human resource folks, English teachers and a gentleman dressed in a tan jacket over shorts. Hey, it was a hot August afternoon. The women didn’t show any discomfort, all cool, composed and elegant.
I drew thirty-six people in three hours. Thank you, Edie. ———————————————————

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