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For Ellie’s eleventh birthday I drew all six girls individually in black & white on 8½ x 11. Her mom had bought frames that the girls decorated right there at the dining room table. Then there was another round of drawings. This time I

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took out a large piece of paper, 11×14, they sat for me again individually and drew them all together in color. They all made pouty faces in the selfie fashion . All this took just a few IMG_5585minutes over one hour. Great fun. Of course, it helps if the mom is super organized. Thank you, Sarah.
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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.
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Solidarity Bridge is a charitable organization focused on Bolivia and Paraguay. This Benefit, held in the Women’s Club in Evanston, was called “Fiesta of Heroes”.  We celebrated the the doctors  who donated their time to heal the sick in Bolivia. So, naturally, I drew everybody, doctors and donors,  with a red hero cape.  I love doing benefits, everybody ‘s so up.  Thank you, Ann and Jayleen!

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It was pretty hot in Central Park, Evanston, today: 94°.  But a cluster of trees provided shade and the occasional breeze was met with a sigh of relief.  In four hours I drew sixty faces.  Drawing only profiles makes that speed possible, that and the teachers’  assistance in tucking the drawing into the plastic sleeve.  Lovely kids, all second and third graders.  They will receive the drawing in their end-of-the-school-year packet of memories.  It’s my third year of participating in this wonderful way of concluding the school year.  Thank you, again, Ms. Parsons!

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The recent International Family Festival at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston featured music, dance, all sorts of freebees  from  local businesses and organizations, face painting and—ta-tah—caricatures by me.  It was an honor to be chosen from the list of Chicago area  caricaturists.  Thank you, Lawrence and Mary!

One boy’s father told him to get in line to be drawn, but instead of getting in line, the boy stood behind me to watch.  Grayson  was fascinated and asked good questions.  His father came back to tell him to stand in line, but Grayson preferred to learn. He is among the few who “get” it.  He wanted to know how I learned to draw so good, and I explained that you have to keep practicing.  He was eleven, the age when kids who love draw often trade in this solitary interest for more gregarious, conformist peer activities. Grayson was  delightful and good company, but I finally said he deserved to be drawn and he agreed to sit.  Thank you Grayson!

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In this economy, it’s important to start every sentence with ‘”in this economy.”  That’s a line from a recent New Yorker cartoon.  It’s true, the economy has been effecting everyone for the past two years, including entertainers like caricature artists.  But, as a member of that group, I can now report that “in this economy” things are looking up.  People are again waking up to the fact that what we do—we caricature artists— is liven up a party in a most personal, hilarious way and, in the case of a business event, we boost morale.  It’s that simple.  Getting a drawing of yourself that looks like you but in a slightly goofy way will lift your spirit.  That may sound mysterious and unprovable, but I see it all the time. Saw it, for example, last Friday at a retirement home in downtown Evanston, The Mather.  The party was for the employees, the chefs, culinary workers, housekeepers, maintenance crew , accountants, receptionists and people in marketing, human resource and then, finally, the director of the whole operation.   Was this necessary?  No.  These people would have continued to report to work just as punctually as before and done their jobs just as conscientiously.  But when your boss throws you a party with fine food and fun cupcakes, music to dance to and an artist who will give you a picture of yourself, you will feel uplifted.  Oh, wait, I do have proof, I have pictures of these lovely people looking happy with their caricatures.  I drew twenty–five people that sunny afternoon.  A few of them are pictured below.

The Mather employee party was in the Mather garden under a white tent.  We had one of those October afternoons with a crisp blue sky and orange foliage all around.  Just two hours for an opportunity to take a breather from your work station and enjoy the fact that your boss appreciates what you do.  This is important.  If you’re an employer, please, take note.

I love seeing the reactions. That’s an important part of my work. And I’m pretty sure these drawings are framed by now.  They will be a source of enjoyment and inspiration for a long time to come.


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We’re in the party room in a downtown Evanston high rise, spacious, with leather seating arrangement and wall sconces.  Pink table cloths and balloons for a three-year-old’s birthday.  She’s dancing in her pink and white dress and looks puzzled when the CD momentarily stops. Dad is handling the pizza in the well appointed kitchen. Mom is serving drinks and catching up with the friends.  All together there are six adults and five children, all girls.  I’m doing my thing, drawing everybody and enjoying the company. Takes about an hour.   So simple.  So cozy.  So much fun.

When I drew the birthday girl, finally, as the last one, she was very exited to see the drawing.  I drew her dancing in her magical, whirling way and then, in her excitement, she resumed the twirling right away.  No time for the camera.  Oh, well. I’m there to make people happy and if I get some documentation of the work, that’s fine, if not, not.  I left, quite inspired by that family.  The birthday girl’s name was Havana.  She was born in Sidney, Australia.  Father, South-African with a Dutch name;  mom, Swedish, willowy and blond.  Evanston may be some sort of crossroads of the nations,  always interesting.

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