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It was a comfortable afternoon with gracious people all around. I drew 20 of these lovely  people in two hours.

Thank you, Lesa.

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Hammond2A this party in Hammond, Indiana, some natives confirmed for me that Jean Shepherd’s 1983 movie A Christmas Story (based on his book and narrated by him) was set in Hammond, Indiana, his home town. When I got home after the party, I Googled Indiana jokes. Nice try, Hoosiers, but none of those jokes could be applied to Hammond– at least not as I experienced it on Kansas Street. My host was an ophthalmologist with four smart, talented Hammond3kids, one of whom had just graduated from high school.  There was a piano and a HARP in the living room!  Sophisticated, worldly, witty people, just hanging out in Ron’s driveway, being drawn by me.  I loved the repartee!  The puns! The nuances! I love it when people get what I’m doing, which is a form of lying, and lie right back to me—to test me.  As, for example, the top punster telling me that he works for the city—cutting grass.  Ha.

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Hammonders apparently think they’re living in a suburb of Chicago.  They just hop the South Shore train to take in some art on Michigan Ave or soak Hammond5up Lincoln Park.

I loved this party on Kansas Street. The best gigs are gigs where I learn stuff and stereotypes are toppled.

Somebody needs to post more up-to-date Indiana jokes.

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VillaPark1Isa graduated from high school and mom went all out to celebrate. Food was everywhere and huge containers of ice for drinks. An uncle had arranged the lighting, tiny lights strung along the railing of the deck and then when it got dark, he brought out a spot light, just like that. All in all, a lovely party. Thank you, Jacqui.
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We’re on a quiet cul de sac in Gary, IN, and the kids are all smart and college bound, having just graduated from a boarding school in Crown Point.  Calculus?  Oh, yeah, with proofs.  Medicine, engineering and teaching were the main career plans.  Congratulations to all!

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Graduation parties are always fun.  This is the first of three in a row. After this, a graduation party in Gary, IN, and then one in Lake Zurich, IL.

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Cornfields, larks and clouds.  Wholesome country with dramatic weather changes.  This was a high school graduation open house, with me set up on the patio and moving into the garage when the fat rain drops started coming down.  Everybody helped with the move. Kids were the priority, as always, but once the adults saw the drawings, they were eager to be drawn, too.

Drawing in just a black line as opposed to full color is very exciting for me, because it goes so fast and all the expression has to be there in just a few lines.  A dynamic drawing in b/w is harder to pull off because of its apparent simplicity—but as an artist I love the intensity.  The general public, however, responds to color more, because color brings with it all that wide-screen pizzazz that we’re used to in our movies.

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A riot. Everybody was making faces.  The girls at the moment when they saw the drawing;  the boys , during the drawing itself and even before when they were gathering around me and horsing around, which I love.  Actually, I sort of joined in the horsing around.  Not too much, because I did have to draw, but they were just too funny.  It was an 8th grade graduation party.  Need we say more.  At last, we go get to go to high school!  Thank you, Denise.

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