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Thanksgiving 2013 Continued

Posted Nov 2013

Here are some more pictures from the Macy Day Parade. I didn't have a chance to put them into the previous post. But so many people that I want to remember. Each one is Special to me. Each picture unique. And the artistic interaction that I have to sync into to draw what I feel. To draw satisfying Caricatures.

This year I took it easy. This was the only Thanksgiving Event that I took because I thought I would be too tired. (I drew at a late event the night before Thanksgiving, and then I had to be at this event before 8 a.m.). But now I'm wishing that I had agreed to draw for the woman who wanted to hire me for her Thanksgiving Dinner. I didn't feel tired at all. I felt energized by drawing these people.


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Thanksgiving 2013

Posted Nov 2013

Hi ! I feel amazed that i am actually getting pictures of this year's Thanksgiving event posted so soon. It usually takes me weeks (or even longer) to get around to posting pictures. Chagrinned about that, but I actually feel fine about having so many jobs that i don't have time to post immediately after each one. Artwork and Parties are Happy Parts of Life.

This was an Upscale Parade-Viewing Party overlooking Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Starting at 8 am. That's 8:00 IN THE MORNING! I imagined that these people might not be ready for too much Wild Exaggerations so early, so I had pulled back on that. But the boy in the following picture was excited and running to the window to see his Favorite Balloon and just, well, happily animated. So I brought in just a little more exaggeration, and he was amazed. Kept coming back to let me know that he was extra thrilled with his picture. That's such a good age. Young teen boys are particularly looking for Fun

But here I was confronted with a different situation. The baby in the stroller was still sleeping. But the parents wanted the picture to include him with his eyes open. Ummm, how am I supposed to know what that would look like?? So the Father gave me a photo from his phone to work from. Quite a challenge for me ~ keeps my life interesting. Because I have to be 'in the Zone' to do my Artwork. And that's a different Zone for drawing Live than for drawing from photos. And in this case, I not only had to switch Zones, but I had to incorporate the Live Drawing Approach with the Introverted Photo Drawing Approach in the Same Picture! Oh meeting the guests' requests is exciting for me.

Some more people at this early morning Party:

Oh this woman made me laugh. Of course, I have to draw my own pictures. I have to draw what I see, what I notice. But in this case, the guest stepped up to me and said 'Well, I guess you notice that I am very pregnant. Maybe you can include that in the picture'. Oh, I had to laugh. I had to draw My experience of the moment. Made this skinny joke-type picture to describe my reaction to what the guest said. Because I only noticed that she was pregnant at all when she pointed it out to me. Not only was her pregnant shape minimal, but it was much lower than my 'line of vision'. I'm a bit tall, so I don't usually notice bellies that are 'way down there'. Primarily drawing Face-Only, I'm focused on the Face


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Beautiful Proposal ~ Beautiful Man

Posted Nov 2013

I much Enjoyed last night's Marriage Proposal. I had been hired By The Hour, not By The Piece, as I am usually hired for a Proposal Caricature. That gave me time to make the moment for them, to draw it out, to include the environment in the Picture.

And of course, Success. I never drew a Proposal Caricature which didn't get a Yes from my client's intended.

Surprised, though, that I did not take a direct photo of the finished Picture. It was pretty cold out last night, and while I offered an alternate indoor location, my client still wanted to be out in the wide scene. He chose Wollman Rink at Central Park. And it was quite beautiful. Sweeping lines of landscape, bright happy people nearby.

We can see the picture from the side in the photo which shows the woman signing "Yes" into her 'talk bubble'. I felt so happy for her because her man had given so much effort to making the Proposal a notable Event. He had even thought of arranging for me to ask her to come around to look at the Caricature instead of turning the finished Caricature to face them. Because he wanted time to get down on one knee and open the ring-box. The Lighted Ring Box. In which a bright light sparkled his ring in the early nighttime at Central Park.

He even knew that her manicure had been done that very day. He tended to so many details, while trusting me to be the Artist. As long as he was "down on one knee holding the ring", he left me free to design the picture as I liked.

We enjoyed the moment. I had time to arrange them to be relating to each other as they posed.

A good time was had by all.


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
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Christmas

Posted Nov 2013

Look ~ Getting ready for Christmas holiday ~ I just came across this picture ~ I drew it at a Christmas Party last year. Ah yes. Christmas ~


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To Hire Artist Alison Gelbman:
(516) 579-4706
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