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AIshani2We were in a park shelter in Warrenville.  It was May first.  How promising! Spring is here at last.  We wished!  Alas, it was 42 degrees.  I was dressed for the upper reaches of Norway, but the kids were not.  I drew freezing, shivering, often crying children. I just hope everybody got warm and cozy as soon as they got home.

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Wilmette2Among the guests was a furniture designer who flew in from Berlin to be with family at this party. Wilmette1Because of his business, he often goes to Finland, where, I was told, men pride themselves in growing idiosyncratic facial hair. He himself settled on the minimal “soul patch.” Back at my desk, I looked up beards at http://www.beards.org/styles.php. There’s a style called the “Balbo.” Who knew.
One of the women described herself as a cougar. Oh, I said, how old is he. Well, she said, I’m ninety-one and he’s eighty-nine.
In the middle of the lawn was a psychoanalyst’s booth with many signs attached to it. One of them said, “Leave your baggage here.”
There was fabulous singing and banter by Megon McDonough and her accompanist. I didn’t catch where she performs now, but she used to sing at the Gate of Horn when she just started out and once got kissed on the cheek by Frank Sinatra who wished her luck. Her response was to wish him luck, too.
My own work seemed to have been a hit. I got asked back for another party in April. I’ll be there, wouldn’t miss it! Thanks, Carol.

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BabyEvanAThe caricature of a one-year-old involves a lot of guess work , but I pull it off anyway and the parents are pleased. The kids don’t care at that age, but the parents love these drawings. I like to draw babies with attitude, totally in command of the situation–which, of course, they are–even when they’re just curled up and drooling. “Oh, look BabyEvanBat that, how cute.” The drawing will get framed and will be a nice memory of this little party. I drew sixteen little kids in full color in two hours.
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Fiona turned twelve. Mom was planning a small party for Fiona’s closest friends. There would be FionaRivForstbgood food and some games and what else. The party needed some focus. Ah! We have that caricature of Fiona framed in the family room. Who was that artist? Oh, the name is on the drawing and it’s clear: “Hilden, 2009.” Let’s call her and see if she’s still doing this. Oh, yes, more than ever! My drawings get framed and my name is out there. There are always new clients but I do get called back often.
Here’s the drawing I did of Fiona when she was seven. This was a Halloween party at another child’s house and she came as a bumblebee. I remembered!  Love it!

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This past Saturday–an exhilarating afternoon in Milwaukee’s Greenfield Park.  This was an upscale 13MilwDerse11crowd, employees and families of a young, sophisticated marketing company that is so successful, they’re going international.  The weather was ideal and, as you can see, everybody had a good hair day!  What more could a caricaturist ask for?  I loved every minute, drew thirty-two people in three hours—in the larger format, 11 x 14.  Here are a few pictures.  Thank you, Tammy!

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13SchillerPk4This is the moment!  When the drawing is done I hold it in my left hand and in my right hand I position my little Canon ELPH 330 with index finger poised on the shutter.  I turn the drawing around.  People throw their heads back, jaws drop, a shriek of laughter…click!  A moment of pure spontaneity!  I love 13SchillerPk4bthis.

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The block party was in Schiller Park, in one of the cul-de-sacs at the edge of O’Hare.  I never heard a plane that Saturday afternoon, just giggles of anticipation from the kids and then that wonderful laughter I work for.

At block parties, people tend to arrive later in the afternoon.  My caricatures rewarded the few that came early.  Next year the anticipation will bring them in earlier—just you watch and see.

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We’re in Highland, Indiana, for this birthday celebration.  Wicker Memorial Park, quite the place to see and be seen. The grandma was organizing the event and her touch as a professional party planner was evident. The family members all wore t-shirts with Evan’s picture.  I was asked to draw Evan into every picture with the closer family members.  After two of them, I could draw Evan by heart.  And notice, I always drew him bigger than the adults.  He was, after all, the star of the show.  Happy Birthday, Evan!  Thank you, Donna.

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You think Whole Foods is a beautiful store. You should see the beautiful people in the back who make it all possible!   I was set up in the employee lounge and anybody who wanted to spend her or his break sitting in front of me to be drawn funny, could be drawn…funny.    Great atmosphere.  Loved it.  Learned that Lhakpa in Tibetan means Wednesday, Pawku in Burmese means Flower and Adiel means ornament of god in a Canaanite language.  The oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and cranberries were to die for, abundant, and free. This is how companies should be run:  show the folks who work for you that you appreciate them.  Builds moral, good for them, good for you.  Thank you, Calandra!

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Jay has a cottage by a lake in Wisconsin and when he left Kraft, where he had the Sam’s Club account, I got to draw him in the caricature mode.  It’s a tradition at Kraft.  When you leave, transfer or retire, you get a caricature by this at-the-verge-of-being-famous artist.  C’est moi.  I love this gig.  Doesn’t he look mellow!?  Chillin’ Jay, best to you!

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I was treated like a rock star last night.   Was that because of my fine hot pink jacket with the brass buttons or was it because the hostess had looked at this blog (right here!) and recommended it to the others?  When Cherie and I were planning this part of the party, I had mentioned my work with the Chicago History Museum, where I drew visitors in the fabulous gowns from the museum’s collection.  Her mom, Florence, was turning ninety and Florence was a classy dame—as gentlemen used to say back in the day when gents wore hats and dames wore nylons with seams that were held up by garter belts.  So, of course, I was the artist of choice!  And I really was treated like an artist.  Amazement rang through the cozy room every time I held up a finished drawing.

This was an intimate family gathering, only eleven people.  Since I had two hours to draw this small group, I took out my large paper, 11 x 17, and worked in color. (Usually I use 8½x11 for color because it goes faster.)  The larger paper inspired more daring, a more flamboyant line, because the marker has a lot of space to show off on.  It just skates over that glossy paper.  Of course, the whole ambiance was so lively, with everybody so comfortable and relaxed, that I intuitively felt permission to just go for it.  Let’s see now, was this work or was I part of the family and having fun?

We were on Archer Avenue in Willow Springs, south of 104th, at Greco’s Italian Restaurant.  It’s the most unassuming, most unpretentious place.  As you pull in, you wonder why the parking lot for such a small place would be so big.  Then, when you taste the food you know: Greco’s is family owned and is popular for good reason.  Several reasons, actually.  Let’s just say, I admired the delicate fresco and window decoration, I appreciated the service,  I savored a bit of dinner and then lingered over the cake.  As I headed back towards 55, I tried to come up with excuses to haul myself from Evanston to the South Side more often.  Whom could I take to Greco’s for a birthday celebration and where on Archer is this bakery called Webers?  I’m working on it.

If I were a rock star, I would just direct my chauffeur.   We’d go there so often, I would just use a little hand signal and he’d glide the limo down to Greco’s with a stop at Webers.

Thank you Cherie for insisting that I taste the food!  I’m glad you chose me to entertain at this wonderful  celebration. Thank you Colette for sparkling gab.

I filed Greco’s and Webers under CULTURE.

Greco’s Restaurant   http://www.grecos.ws/

Webers Bakery   http://www.webersbakery.com/

To see my work at the Chicago History Museum, go to TOPICS in the column at the right and click “Chic Chicago.”

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