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I was delighted to be invited back to draw in this lively space.  This time we were celebrating the Fifth Birthday of Indy Reads Books.

Not only the space, I also find the people who come here very interesting.  This woman with the high hat, for example.  I took a little break in my four-hour engagement, had a little nibble and looked around at people I had not drawn yet.  Here was this hat. After my compliment I leaned that it was self- made and that led to more conversation.  Linné and I talked about education and family all the while I was drawing her. How wonderful!

Thank  you, MaryAnna!

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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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That was last December, actually, but I’m only just now catching up on my posts.  What a great party!  IUPUI Chemistry professors and their families huddled together at the cozy Hollyhock Hill restaurant on College Ave near 82nd.  Other chemists there worked in industry—like beer production.  You can see one of those walking along with a dripping beer glass. Here’s to Sun King Brewery!

I drew thirty-six of these peppy people in three hours.

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There’s no need for anyone to be this beautiful!  And smart and charming…

Face painters and caricaturists were set up on the balcony.  Great view! This was in the Indiana Roof Ballroom at 140 W.Washington. The place to see and be seen.

I worked in full color, which was a treat for both me and the guests.  Everybody was beautiful and felt beautiful. A glittering event. I asked one of the  women what her favorite color was.  She said, glitter.

It was a privilege to be invited to participate.  People stood in line to be drawn and often got drawn by more than one caricaturist.  I, as happens so often, stayed overtime, by—how shall I put it—popular demand.  My pleasure!  Thank you, all.

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I love this place–the up-beat cause; the smart energetic people, the lovely setting on Mass Av!  I’ve donated books before and now I had the opportunity to donate my time.  I was set up near the window (notice the exposure in late afternoon) and drew the visitors for one hour, eleven in all.  Great fun. Thank you, Olivia and Ryan.

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They wanted a caricaturist, so they called the Indianapolis Art Center for a reference.  Voila!  I’m the only one there—or anywhere, as far as I know—who teaches the Art of Caricature.  I’ve been happily driving from Chicago to Indy to give weekend workshops in that fabulous Michael Graves-designed art school and now I get to drive down for a gig.  Yeah!

This was an appreciation party for volunteers on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel, Indiana.  The word “trinity” references Christian dogma, but it also reminds me of the word “triage,” which is very medical and medical is, of course,  what these people do.  The clinic serves those who lack insurance and the means to pay for medical care.   After everyone had eaten, the speeches started and someone recited something that would probably be classified as a prayer, but it was all in rhyme and very clever, a recitation of how wonderful the volunteers are.  I didn’t expect this kind of fun when I was driving down 65.  But here they were, telling me about majoring in French and studying in Paris; living and hoping in LA;  teaching math and hiking the Appalachian trail in the summer; residing at Clark and Fullerton, Chicago, in earlier days;  being forty and playing soccer with other moms; taking the kids on warehouse equipment and suspending them from a crane;  being retired from the FBI;  fighting with four sons tae-kwon-do style because mom has  a red belt; being creative and having the dirty dishes all over the house to prove it; wearing a skirt with an uneven and adjustable hemline; having  Hungarian ancestry ; and being “the normal one of the two of us” … good gracious, triage preserve me, these were interesting people.  In such company three hours go by too fast.  As I was packing up and belatedly enjoying chocolaty bits from the desert table, I eagerly asked when the next party was planned.  Oh, they said, not for another five year, because volunteers don’t like to be the center of attention, really, they just like to do their work.  Five years!?  Well, I’ll be waiting for that call.

One of the volunteers, I’ll call her Dee, will be the subject of a future post, all by herself.

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