I'm a cartoonist. I strip for a living... cartoon strips that is... I draw chuckles and silly situations for a living. Somehow, I get paid for this.
I try to find the funny side of life... write about it.... and then share. Humor is a powerful thing. N'est pas?
I’m feeling the spirit early this year… maybe it’s because my calendar is full. Maybe it’s because there’s a need for extra Christmas cheer this year, what with the recession and all. Maybe there’s EXTRA good to be done, more good will to spread and more merry to make. I can’t explain my “early Christmas mood”, nor do I want to question it! I will simply go with it and perhaps bless others as I have been blessed.
That said… Friday, December 3rd… is First Friday in Oldtown Salinas. Endeavoring to do something a bit more special and also to make merry, I open the Cartoonery door and invite folks in to “A Very Squiddy Christmas!” There will be fun gifts for the holidays… buttons and cards, and holiday ornaments… and half of all purchases of anything in the studio here will go into a Red Kettle for the Salvation Army. My little red coffee can will also be accepting donations for the Food Bank. I have decked the walls with holiday what nots and Judy has quite the holiday treating planned. Piping hot chocolate will warm the soul… and if you have the notion, you might ask for a little extra “holiday spirit” in your cup.
So come be merry with us! … even if you haven’t found your Christmas spirit yet… you’ll find it here.
I love Fall… the leaves dot the ground… there’s a slight chill in the air… Judy’s sweets and home-made cookies on a plate at the Cartoonery and my door is open.
Friday, November 5, 5-8 pm.
5 East Gabilan Street, Suite 205, Oldtown Salinas
There’s treats and eats (made by Judy’s hand) … there’ll be music in the hall (by Mr. Zach Gubser)… and there’s a slew of new magnets and buttons. (My personal favorite: Drink Coffee, Make Art… or … Have You Hugged Your Squid Today?)
And all the art on the walls is half off… for those of you getting ready for that big holiday on the horizon.
FOR NEXT First Friday… special holiday cards… and gift items…. so get ready!
What a rollickin’ First Friday! Oh the joy of meeting up with old pals, meeting new pals, and sharing Squid with new readers!
RJ brought his awesome rice pudding… Mr. Riley brought some Laughing Cow… and Judy made her incredible Absinthe Cake. Deeee-lish.
It was a fun night of food and conversation… Pam from La Belle Epoche (down on Main St.) dropped by as did Spencer and some of his pals. George & Mimi, Lisa & Maria (visiting from sunny Portland), Mr. Maybe (in a spanky hat), Jared (a brand new reader) found The Cartoonery… Mr. Riley and Liz, Dave & Olga, Natalie, Paula, Spider man RJ, silly girl Zee, Chris & John (so glad you’ve resurfaced!) … and Wally among others.
Up on Squid Row Mama’s Flicker: A few more photos of this First Friday… and a TON of Vespas snapshots, which has it’s very own set now… hee hee. Obsessions are fun.
Okay, it took all day, but with the new Flickr Uploader for the Mac Desktop… all the photos that I took whilst staying in Paris are now up on the Flickr! Yup… all of them! Yee ha! or Tres Bon! Sigh, I miss Paris.
Getting our luggage down the stairs was much easier than getting them up! It’s amazing that we schlepped all this stuff around Europe by cab, train, subway, plane, and car. What was in’em? Art supplies, gifts, books, bottles of Pastis, absinthe and various other alcohol, pamphlets and maps and stuff… oh, and some clothes.
Even though the plane has long since landed, and the jet lag is beginning to fade, I have so much left to share about this trip… pictures that aren’t up, funny things that made me laugh… observances I want to note… so I will continue to post about this travel adventure… because my head will still be in the clouds long after our initial return.
A thunderstorm just swept through here. I watched as dark and gloomy clouds surrounded Sacre-Couer and streams of rain descended upon it. And just as quickly as it came in, it swept out again, dotting our apartment’s windows with just a little wet.
It’s hard to believe that today is our last day in Paris. It feels likes like we just swept through, like a Parisian thunderstorm. I feel like I could do with another week or another month. Paris feels right. And as we sat in the Jardin de Luxumbourg, Judy and I discussed just what it is to BE Parisian. I see it as an attitude and a way of seeing life. Parisians LIVE with an artistry. Life is an art. The way you dress, what you eat, how you eat and who you eat with. Seeing and being seen is most important… and the beauty of a dessert and the beauty of a painting are very much the same.
I want to take “being Parisian” home with me. I want to see life differently… to look beyond the fast food restaurants, shopping malls and freeways… to see past the SUV’s, parking lots and Mega grocery stores. I want to embrace public art, public space, and gardens with statues. I want to create Paris in my heart and in my home.
… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?