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This woman was a descendant of Benjamin Harrison. She was tall and poised…until she lost it, as you can see.

It was the evening of July 4th.  I drove straight from the Benjamin Harrison mansion (see previous post) to Milton, KY for an  wedding reception.  When I told a couple of people at the Harrison’s Fourth of July picnic that I was drawing at a wedding that evening, they said, “Good day for a wedding. They’ll have fireworks on all their anniversaries.”

This Fourth had me going from one enormous mansion to another, if not directly in the mansions, then at least the expansive grounds. The wedding tent with the band and diners was not far from the banks of the mighty Ohio.  This fabulous setting, picturesque in every direction, had no doubt been carefully chosen by the bride and groom.

The bride asked that I work black & white to maximize the number of guests that could get drawn.  B/w is actually quite elegant and suitable to weddings and other “up” occasions.

Thank you, Allie!

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The sun was turning in, as you can see, but the hilarity remained at full volume.

 

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Musicians of every blow-bow-bang variety were here in this well-groomed backyard in Lake Forest.  Here’s a musical couple, for example, she a flutist, he a trombonist/band-leader. Notice how his ear glows.  Ah, music in the air.

Thank you, Liz!

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And here are Liz and Raul.  Liz, the hostess, is an accomplished saxophonist.  She and her grandkids played a saxophone trio for us.  Marvelous! Awesome!  I want a recording of that performance!

We were actually celebrating the one-year anniversary of the marriage of Liz & Raul, the  love of her life.

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Wedding with Makowiec

As you know by now, if you’ve been following this blog, the last people drawn at a late-running party often gets to show a bit of skin.  This engineer was the last person to pose for me at this genteel Polish wedding. The hairiness is all the funnier because he was actually very cultured.  (So, naturally, he got the joke.)

You can see how poised and refined even the younger kids are. Every social group has a certain ambiance and I love walking in and reading the crowd to get a feeling of how funny I’m allowed to make the drawings.  This was a secure bunch and my pen just danced away. Thank you, Marta.

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When I draw at parties I always have my little Canon at my side. It handles well and is unobtrusive. When the drawing is finished I turn it around with my right hand for the “victims” to see. The little Canon is in my left hand. I quickly raise it and click the shutter. This maneuver has to go very fast because that precious reaction lasts only a fraction of a second. What makes it precious is that it is uncontrolled. It is, dare I say, a moment of truth. They throw their heads back, they drop their jaws, they howl. When that split-second of truth is over, they collect themselves and make nice for the camera.  Too late, I gotcha!

Here are some examples of the moment of truth from the Wedding in the Park (previous post).

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding in the Park

In the park pavilion, actually.  Gotta be rainproof for a wedding! The pavilion was well appointed, but as wedding venues go, this was definitely on the casual side. The bride and groom had upper level positions at the post office. The guests came dressed as they pleased, from casual to glittery.  The important thing was, obviously, that everybody be comfortable, the ultimate goal being enjoyment.  And enjoyment is what I was surrounded by the whole evening.

Thank  you, Samantha and George.

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wed2The wedding reception was at Harry Carey’s in the Westin Hotel in Lombard. Nobody was heard to say “Holy Cow,” not once all evening.  In fact, this is an elegant place.

I started drawing when lights got dimmed after dinner and I decided not to take pictures of the guests, only of the drawings, because fiddling with the camera can be tricky.   But I did get the last couple on camera as the man burst out in a loud howl over the drawing.  As you look at that, keep in mind that it  was the last drawing in a pretty, errmmm, lively evening. 

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This gig came in through GigMasters.  Here’s the bride’s comment on my work: “We loved her! She added a unique element to our wedding reception that would have been missing without her. Our guests loved her and what she drew. Overall, very happy with Katherine Hilden.”

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The wedding in The Rotunda was in the afternoon and I was set up in a corner near a window.  The light was lovely, but I was afraid people would not wonder over to be drawn, especially since the bar was on the opposite wall and this was a big place. Not only did they find me, they gathered around and created a wonderfully hilarious atmosphere. rotundacouples1 rotundacouples2 rotundacouples3 rotundacouples4 rotundacouples5

My drawings reflect the ambiance of a party.  I can gage the humor in the drawings to what I hear around me and to how people react and talk about the drawings.  Well, this crowd rated a ten and you can see that in the work.

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It should be easy to match the drawings to the photos of the couples.

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