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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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Cab Vag was back after taking off for the summer, when actors tend to roam the country in what’s cringingly called summer stock.  We heard about one such adventure in Maine.  Good to be back!  Good to be back on the 6th floor of the D.A.N.K.  house in Lincoln Square, a very venerable venue but  sufficiently  seedy for a cabaret.  I am privileged to be the caricaturist of choice in this “atmosphere of experimentation and provocative entertainment,”  as they say on their web site.

“Failure is encouraged. Experimentation is required.”  I stole that from Cab Vag and wrote it on the board at my drawing class. My students gave me worried glances. That’s how it is.  When you’re an artist, people worry about you—in a peripheral sort of way.

Read all about Cabaret Vagabond at http://www.cabaretvagabond.com/about_who.html   and see my post here for June 15.

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Mount Prospect. A big family get-together where the deck and the white tent were full of tables and food and drinks and the Greek gandmas  kissed the little ones and the guy in charge of the music was really going for the Beatles.  I felt privileged to work in such a warm atmosphere.  We were celebrating four birthdays.  It’s a tradition, I found out:  you have four kids and you throw one humongous party for all of them on one day.  When the cake came out—actually two, one white and one chocolate, and both predictably humongous—everybody sang “Happy Birthday” four times, one for each kid.  Maybe they also have individual birthday parties, but I didn’t find out about that, just that this family throws a lot of party, so yes, they probably do have individual birthday parties for each child.  Any excuse for a party is fine with me.  Happy Birthday Thano, Gia, Anastasia and Bobby!  Thank you, Julie.

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Sometimes a commission comes in with just one bit of information.  In this case, their 10th anniversary is coming up and they’re still very much in love.  Make that two bits of info:  he doesn’t like to dress up (we’ve seen that before, right here in this blog, in fact) and she’s totally into Dancing with the Stars and Oscar Night.  Happy Anniversary, Brian and Cindy!

What I came up with was very much appreciated by Cindy’s sister, who was the gift giver.  Thank you, Kelly!

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The wedding was just two weeks ago, at the end of May,  but Rick started planning this gift to his groomsmen and ushers back in March.  A great idea and a great project for me! There were a lot of photos to keep track of (all on email), but each of the faces has such character, that it was a pleasant task.  They’re all sports fans, so it was appropriate to put them in stripes, which also had the comical effect of making them look like a gang of sorts.  The groom liked it very much.  Thanks, Rick, and congratulations! Much happiness to you both!

Rick’s email after he got the drawing in the mail: Hey Katherine,
Got it and looks amazing.  Thanks again you’ve been a pleasure to work with.  I’ll make sure to pass out your info to my groomsmen.  Keep in touch!
Thanks,
Rick

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