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Schaumburg is a western suburb of Chicago where only beautiful people are allowed to live and this restaurant made beautiful people look positively regal.  Loved it!

Thank you, Violetta.

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The party was in the Doucetta Room at Giordano’s, a perfect setting for a Liam2family party.  We were celebrating Dominik’s First Communion. This was a bunch of well-groomed, poised kids who were competitive ball room dancers.

What dances do you do?

Oh, the tango, the bossa nova, stuff like that.

Lovely!

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Ella made her First Communion last Saturday and her brother Declan would have his Confirmation the next day. Time for celebration! It was an open house for classmates and their families. I drew lots of bright seven-year-old girls in white dresses and gloves, and floral wreaths on their lovely heads. Uncles and aunts had flown in from the coasts. It was quite festive, exiting and informal at the same time. I was set up near the stair well which was illuminated by sky lights two stories above me. Spectacular. Why can’t all houses have sky lights?!! I drew twenty-nine people in three-and-a-half hours, most of them in color.  Thank you, Bridget.
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Enzo & Lucia’s Restaurant in Long Grove felt to me like a perfect place for a kids’ party. It was Victoria’s First Communion Party and, naturally, 14LongGroveFirstCommBmost of the kits were her age, about seven. Enzo & Lucia’s is a kid friendly place. There’s a flower garden with paths that can be seen from the restaurant and is, therefore, a wonderful and safe place for children to run around in. When we’re seven we can only tolerate so much formality and sitting still. Even with all the running in the garden, I drew fourteen kids in full color in two hours. Thank you, Kasia!
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14RomeoAThis First Communion party was held in a small, intimately lit hotel restaurant in Lincolnshire. I was set up in the adjoining bar during the cocktail hour. 14RomeoBMost guests were adults. Though I was hired to draw the few invited children, one family was late in joining us and so I switched to drawing adults, who were quite enthusiastic about getting a caricature. One woman already had a wall in her house picked out where she would hang the drawing. She planned on blowing the drawing of her and her husband up to 3’ high and then frame it for that spot. She was the one who described the First Communion Boy, Romeo, as being “all holied up now.” This job is always interesting. I love it. (I drew seven people in full color in one hour.)
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14JuliaFirstCommAIt was Julia’s First Communion and an occasion for a major family-and-friends fest. The dinner and dance was held at the Lone Tree Manor on Milwaukee in Niles, where Polish cuisine is a specialty. I mentioned this restaurant to a woman I was drawing a couple of weeks later and she immediately recognized Lone Tree Manor as a 14JuliaFirstCommBPolish place. See, my gigs are for learning. Anyway, everybody spoke Polish, the DJ made his announcements in Polish and the rock’n’roll was all Polish. The desert, of which I got a few nibbles, was to die for, of course, and then everybody, including me, got to take home some elegant Polish chocolate. What a treat!
At a party celebrating a child, the adults generally defer to the children. After I had drawn all the kids, some adults were also eager to see how they would appear on my drawing paper. Especially women, no surprise there.

Here I need to make a note about bodacious women. I always flatter women in my drawings. The hour-glass figure is my standard, for the simple reason that it pleases them and pleasing them is what I’m there for. It’s an unrealistic standard, however, and even though we all know that magazine images are photoshopped to some current cultural ideal, women still want to be seen in this idealized deception. Of particular focus, ahem, is the top measurement and women at a party standing or sitting around me as they wait to be drawn will freely talk about their cleavage—abundance of, lack of, need for, devoutly to be wished for, my husband would be so grateful if you could give me some… I’m not kidding, it’s what I hear all the time. Their language and gestures are very specific and therefore my marker just moves that way. Fun for everyone.
Thank you, Malgorzata! Podziękowanie! (I looked it up.)
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