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The people who work at this Riverside Plaza computer company took the Metra in from the distant suburbs, like Grayslake.  And then to Lincoln LincolnPk2Park for the company picnic last Saturday.  Worth it!  We had a breezy mid-summer day and we did our partying just off Clark Street near Armitage.  As I was setting up I noticed a marker that said the lake came up to this point 8,000 years ago.  This started an interesting conversation with a couple of fifth graders about the beginning of time and space and, like, ahhh, like, the big bang?

I love drawing computer geeks and their kids.  They have no idea what I’m doing but they love the work, every time.

Thank you, Stephanie, for arranging such perfect weather in space/time.

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P.S.  I was so in tune with this crowd—apparently—that I caught this ten-year-old’s hammed up frown before his parents told me that he loves making this face.  After he saw the drawing his freckled face really got into the frowning act.  Very funny!

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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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13EarlesArchtcs1bThis was a December Holiday party for an architecture firm. We’re at the Seven Ten on Lincoln Ave:  food, drinks, bowling, out of the Chicago cold and …caricatures.  I was asked to add something  13EarlesArchtcs1chrissmassy, so I gave everybody a Santa hat and a red nose.  This really went over big, lots of hilarious responses. The art of caricature relies on minimal touches.  Just two spots of red and bang! Cracked everybody up.

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13Amra20bA birth day party for twin boys was held at Salvatore’s Restaurant on Arlington Place just off Clark in Lincoln 13Amra30bPark.  Pretty posh for celebrating your first birthday!  The dad told me that he was raising them to become Croatian soccer players , because that’s where the big bucks—or euros were. I could hardly get a look at the squirmy boys in their high chairs, but managed to put down a likeness, I hope. It’s all fun!

13Amra20The well-behaved school age kids gathered around me, all fascinated by these drawings just appearing on the paper. It’s a learning experience for them, not just another occasion you have to dress up for.

Thank you, Amra!

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Living in this condo building, many residents got to know the kids as they were growing up and, given the great neighborhood, many people stayed for years.  When the family found another place to live, on the West Side, one of the condo friends gave a going away party.  She had a first floor unit with one of those Lincoln Park back yards that are walled and full of exotic plants and sculptures and good outdoor furniture, buffet and all.  My set-up only takes up 4’x4,’  perfect!  I drew everybody and was invited to have a “cheeseburger,” yeah, right, with fillet mignon.  Hey, it’s Lincoln Park.  Thank you, Vera!

Oh, when I draw couples, the man usually gets drawn first and his face takes about two minutes.  As soon as the face is blocked in, he gets up and returns to the conversation or the food or the UN or whatever global organization he’s in charge of.  Hence, more often than not, I present the drawing only to the woman at close range and he chuckles at it from across the room or the yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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