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I Love Everyday People - Yeah

Posted Aug 2007

Sometimes guests are inspired to draw when they see me drawing.

Today, I worked at a 40-year-old's Birthday Party. Some of the guests stationed themselves with me - watching, talking .... and they wanted to draw also.

Two of the younger girls gave me their pictures. I want to post them because I was really impressed.

Lisa drew the whole scene - that's me drawing. I was very impressed with her choice of what to include and her ability to draw depth - she was only nine years old!

Ashley drew some beautifully diverse faces. And I could see that she was free - playing with what came out. Ashley was 10 or 11 years old.

I can really appreciate their talent. Young and undeveloped of course, but still raw and honest.

I meet so many neat people at these parties. Just within the past month, some of the people I remember meeting include:

a young mother of a one-year-old who keeps extended family together - actually managed to have something like Nine Grandmothers at the party (long story I guess - it wasn't explained to me, but everybody was very happy to fawn over this little girl - what a beautiful gift of family this mother was giving her baby).

an older mother who set up a beautiful life for her learning-disabled 40-year-old son. in an assisted living situation with other learning-disabled adults.

a mother of an autistic boy who was able to handle all those extra demands while still keeping a beautiful home (and the autistic boy himself who has been encouraged enough that he was able to smile and relate to me and the picture I drew of him).

an extremely tattooed he-man who's been hiring me a couple of times each year - because he makes family/friendly parties regularly - he's the one who keeps the group together - it's because of extroverted people like him that children can grow up 'belonging'.

a woman who has a fundraiser once per year to honor her father who passed away from Alzheimer's about 7 years ago.

people of all ages - the young boys with the comic books, the young girls who liked to look like Bratz-dolls, the (70 year old? 80 year old?) woman who claimed to be the oldest one here - and then turned with gyrating hips encouraging the 11-year old to Go!.

the 'Beach Mayor' out east who helps me set up every year that I do the Kitefly. I end up knowing all about him, his daughter (just got married this year), his wife who passed away 14-years-ago from breast cancer, his special house.

the litle girl that I call 'the strawberry girl' - she's now about 5 or 6 years old, but I always remember the first time I drew her - she had been about one-year-old at that time and her mother had had her dressed up in the cutest little hat that had strawberries on it.

the dark-eyed family (I think they might have been of Spanish background) that hired me to draw Clownicatures (Caricatures that are decorated to make each guest look like a Clown) last year. This year they had me back, but this time they had me draw Piratecatures (Great Pirate theme decorated their yard)

Oh! The Barnes and Noble crowd - all those people who followed the series. Most of them came dressed up like the Harry Potter characters. Or at least had a scar and a pair of round glasses on.

The delightfully appreciative woman who was talking to me with Yiddish. She was telling me how important it is to keep that old language alive because of the descriptive expressions in it. Things like fadrei-a-cup, and foreist-a-hemp-and-kratzach. The first one has to do with a worrying head. The second one is something about 'tear your undershirt (hemp) and scratch (kratzach)'. She so appreciated words, pictures, songs, dances, and the people around us.

And and the nine-year old who finally taught me how to stick my neck out like a pigeon! She described it as bringing the top bone of the back of my neck together with the bottom bone of the back of my neck. I'm so happy to finally know that! It will help keep my neck loose.

I love my clients. I love their guests. I love to draw. I love Life! Even with all the other stresses and excitements that it includes.

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Invitation

Posted Aug 2007

I was the Caricature Artist for Barnes and Noble that night when the latest Harry Potter book came out. The line of people ran straight through the ig store, so I had to draw quickly. One of the girls I drew used my Caricature for the invitation to a Birthday Party she had this week. And she hired me to come back and draw her friends at her pool party.

Here's the invitation with the quick Caricature I drew at Barnes and Noble. I hope she emails me a picture of the beautifully detailed picture I drew of her at her pool party:

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Marketing

Posted Aug 2007

Marketing - I've been told to put out a booklet showing kudos from previous gigs - for people to look through while waiting their turn. Never got around to it yet. Because I figure they'd rather watch the magic than read a book at a Party.

Yet every time I get some such letter, I think of making such a 'brag book'. But I never do. I just let the appreciation fill my heart.

I worked for the Finance Department at Bloomingdale's a few days ago. Came home to receive the following email. I figure that for once at least I'd put it up on the blog:

YOU WERE A HIT !! I am so happy you agreed to come to our event. All through out the afternoon people came up to me and told me how fabulous you were. Thank you so much for a great job !!! Congratulate your son on an amazing website... it was the website that drew me to you and i decided to call.

Again thank you for all your hard work ...I look forward to working with you in the future...

Thank You Karen! It's a real Lady who makes the time to show her appreciation.

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So much to do

Posted Aug 2007

I'm usually just showing you pictures. Thought of doing something different tonight. For once, I'm going to give you a peek into the life of a working arist. I'm going to tell you the sort of jobs I'm juggling at this moment.

Today (Tuesday) I drew Caricatures for St Joseph's College in Patchogue, NY. They have a day each year to encourage the incoming Freshmen to sign up for clubs and enjoy their school.

On the way there, I booked a last minute Picnic for the Financial Office of Bloomingdales in NYC - for the day after tomorrow - Aghk - I'd better clear up from today so I can prepare for Bloomingdales on Thursday. I won't be able to do it tomorrow because I have one of the other Face-Painters from Central Park coming over for her first time. We're going to go swimming.

Friday has been booked for a while - I'll be drawing at a Birthday Party for a girl who found me at the Harry Potter event in New Jersey. I think she's going to be ten.

Saturday is up in the air. One of my agents requested that day just today. Said he'd get back to me if it's a sure thing. But meanwhile, I got home late to hear a Voice-Mail from a private client who wants me to Face Paint in the Hamptons on Saturday. What do I tell whom? I'll have to make some calls first thing in the morning - before my new friend comes over. Whoever gets me first, wins.

I also came home to find a notice from the Post Office - I'm to pick up a special delivery letter. It's from a woman I spoke to yesterday. About a 40th Birthday Party for her son who lives in an assisted living home. Had to send the deposit Special Delivery because it's for this Sunday.

That's the rest of this week. Also came home to an email from a new agent who claimed a day at the end of September for me to be drawing at the Hilton in NYC -must wear my X-Men shirt he says. Smile. It's going to be one of those hectic days. Because I'll be rushing in from a Face Painting event that I already booked for that day at Stony Brook University.

The incoming snail-mail was also interesting. It included photos of me that were taken by the "Mayor of Sagg Main Beach" at a recent event I did there. (I was probably also in the local newspaper that day. Can't keep track of all the people who photograph me.)

And I got myself to send a couple of refillable Tria Brush Pens to another Caricaturist who recently had me over to swim in his pool and eat bbq. At his suggestion from the last time I was there, I bought a lot of the refillable Tria Brush Pens. But it turned out that I didn't really like them. Too controlled as a brush. To slow as a marker.

It feels like my life is constant Party. Glad I went to my friend's house on the way home this evening to pick up some essential oils. I showed her the special way I breathe the Lavender (for relaxation). Here's the technique:

I rub a drop onto my wrists or palms. I start breatheing in as I bring my hands close to my face. I stop moving my hands at the point that I can really smell the Lavender. Then, I pay attention to feeling my breath blow onto my hands as I breathe out and pull my hands away from my face. The goal (I haven't attained it yet) is to stay in contact with my breath - to feel it on my hands at any distance. Where does it go, I wonder. My strategy has been to start blowing out gently. Then, as I get to the end of my breath and my hands get further away, I have to blow harder to try to feel the breath on my hands. It's fun.

And as usual, as I sit here at the Computer, I can see at least ten gigs that I've had scheduled for a long time. Let me count what's going on right now. Oooooh - things are going well. I have 15 papers up, and that's not including the gig I just booked for this Thursday and the gig I just booked for the day I doubled up at the end of September and the gig that the Post Office tried to deliver to me while I was out today. I tape them up on my well on 1/4-page of neon-colored papers. There's bright red, orange, yellow, green, and turquoise. Even one on a pastel-shade of lavender.

So that's it. That's the life of a Caricaturist. In addition to Family, Housework, and Hobbies. Isn't Life Fun????

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