Category Archives: most everything

…just about everything that isn’t toon-related or euro-centric.

A Very Squiddy Christmas

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.

First Friday in November

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!

THREE Upcoming Events!

Squid Row will soon be appearing in three upcoming events! I give to you now…. info.

Squid Row will have a table at this event. Buttons, magnet, t-shirts, books and the like… drop by!

The Cartoonery (the home of Squid Row) will be open for the Open Studios starting with the First Friday Artwalk Kick off from 5-8 pm, Friday… then 11-5 for the weekend.

Come by 5 E. Gabilan, Suite 205 in Oldtown Salinas (CA) for snacks, chatter, and lots of Squid fun. For more info visit this link.

Table info to follow… see more APE here…

First Friday

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.

Home and yet…

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.

lemon tart from an awesome Jewish bakery in the Marais

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.

man on the bridge
le pont of a thousand faces

French Wine and stuff

Okay… I have had a couple of glasses of French Wine (Cote du Rhone, 2008) … so if there are some errors in this blog post, you will excuse me…. (hiccup!) Also… I have a feeling that I am just going to ramble a bit. My apologies.

Wine is sooo cheap here! Geez… and it’s tastey! We have been enjoying many wines from the Rhone area. The other night we had a Clos Petite Bellane, 2005, which was very good and recommended and purchased from two fellas in the wine shop two doors down from our apartment.

The apartment here is so cute! It is small, but well laid out, well planned and well placed. There is a view of Notre Dame, and way off in the distance, Sacre-Coeur. Unfortunately, there is some scaffolding in between as a new building is going up just along the line of site. But I can hear the bells of Notre Dame in the morning and at night. Of course, like the last three places we’ve stayed, we’ve been on the top floor. Very top floor… 73 steps up to get to this apartment. BUT, the view has been nice. The rooftops of Paris are just amazing. There is actually a book out I’ve seen around here done up by an artist watercoloring the roofs of Paris.

our Paris spot

And I have to tell you that the clouds here in Paris… hang for the artist’s eye. I have never seen clouds so wonderfully shaped, so exquisitely placed for the painter to capture, for the photographer to shoot. Nobody does clouds like Paris. I have failed to capture them properly in my sketchbook, so I have resorted to photography. All truth out, I prefer to take photographs, and then draw from the pics. It’s this stupid thing I do… I get overwhelmed a lot… I don’t do well to Plein aire painting, like Randie. I would rather take photos and then work from them. So I have taken 5 trillion photos on this trip… which is why getting them up on Flickr has been slow going.

The weather here in Paris has been much more cool than in Aix. We’ve had a bit of rain, which wasn’t a hard rain, but a soft, just-enough-to-make-you-get-out-your-umbrella rain. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit wet, and so we will need to find an indoor activity to do… or maybe just saunter about the Latin Quarter. Each day here, we’ve had SOMEThING to do… some place to go… maybe tomorrow we’ll just hang out in a cafe… or find a dry spot and just draw. That’s what artists are supposed to do in Paris, right?