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This was the “third annual surprise party” for Don in Wilmette. His basketball buddies were there and many of the regulars from last year’s party, whom I got to draw again. This year I drew on t-shirts (what size would you like) and on canvas tote bags (if you prefer). Actually many people opted for the bags, which surprised me, since everybody’s side entrances are overflowing with tote bags. But these looked spiffy!! Since I don’t do offensive caricatures, I’m sure shopping with one of these over your shoulder will get you lots of friendly comments. Either way—the t-shirt or the tote bag—this will be a conversation starter. One woman said she will wear her t-shirt jogging.
I drew an infinite regression—at least a start of one—on one of the shirts. Look, in the drawing on the shirt he’s wearing a shirt with the same drawing on it.

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13Chun11Family, neighbors and friends congregated in this late-modernist home on Sheridan last Saturday afternoon to celebrate Parker’s first birthday.  I enjoyed being in the midst of people who cooed over babies and dogs. As a dyed-in-the-wool modernist, I also enjoyed the clean designs of furniture and lighting.  Straight ahead of me, behind the person I was drawing, were two Eames Chairs,  ahhh.  But I digress, it was really all about friendly chit-chat, catching up with what everybody was doing, excellent tacos and the laughter around my drawings.  I drew twenty one people in two hours.  Happy Birthday, Parker!  Thank you, Peter and Elaine!———————

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13Hutson6Just five minutes from my house, okay maybe seven.  So doing a party of just one hour was no problem at all. 13Hutson6aAmanda was turning ten and invited five of her best friends  for a sleep over.  I was to draw six girls, depicting them in their favorite sport.  They were very excited.  A lot of fun!  I drew all six girls doing their sport in one hour and in full color. It was leisurely,  which allowed for some nice chat and for questions from the girls about how I do this.  I gave out samples of the paper I use and talked about the use of markers.  I like it when a kids party is both fun and educational.  Thank you,  Jane!———————

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My appearance in their colorful Kindergarten classroom was the culmination of two months of art projects.  They had started kindergarten in September and had already worked in a number of mediums and styles:  by the time they sat for me, they had worked in drawing, painting, mosaic, pottery  and sculpture; they knew about Van Gogh and Picasso; they had been to art exhibits, including the installations at the Evanston Art Center, where the readers (those who at the age of five or six could already read) had  read the wall placks for everybody—not an easy task in the case of installations.   So, here we were on October 25th—Picasso’s birthday!—and I was drawing caricatures of bright six-year-olds in Wilmette.  They had done self-portraits in the style of Picasso.  Today they learned about this art form called Caricature.

I started by showing them how to sharpen a China marker:  you pull this string and then you unwind a long thin strip of paper.  They were fascinated.  I drew all of their squirmy alert selves in an hour-and-a-half and then I drew the two teachers who orchestrated all these complicated activities.

Two days later, I attended the opening of their exhibit, complete with the nibbles and drinks expected at art openings.  The “art opening” was one of the concepts they were learning about, along with “fingerfood.”   My caricatures of them were all on a wall, neatly sealed in plastic sleeves. The room was full of their earlier achievements.  Parents were happy to see the work.  As was I and I was amazed at the  ingenuity of these teachers.

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