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NRiverside3aBig!  Two city blocks, including a street.  The place to be and to be seen.  All very casual and enthusiastic.  I drew fast in those two hours. Here’s a sampling.

This was a repeat performance.  It’s always gratifying to be called back year after year. Thank you, Teresa!

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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.

(Click for enlargement.)

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.

Thank you, Jennifer!——————————————

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This year’s organizer found me through a friend who’s with the Park Ridge Art League, where—years ago—I gave a talk and demo on the Art of Caricature.

If you’ve never had a block party where you live because nobody knows anybody anyway—good reason to organize a block party.  If you’ve never had a block party where you live because everybody knows everybody anyway—ditto.

As I was packing up at the end of this wonderful summer evening, Carolyn helped me with my stuff and said, in the past they’ve had face painters, balloon twisters, magicians, clowns, all that, but this was the best.  I was delighted to hear that but not at all surprised.  When I draw, people stand around to watch and suggest how I should draw the person in the hot seat.  There’s running commentary, a line by line report to the person being drawn, comforting remarks, delightful outcries when I’ve done something nobody expected, hilarity when the finished drawing is turned around for them to see.  Clearly, the drawing functions as a bonding agent, ice breaker and social glue.

Moral:  we need more block parties in this world!

Thank you, Carolyn, Linda and Andreas!

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