Art imitating life for sure… back in my retail days. “I’ll buy it later,” “I’ll buy it next paycheck,” “I guess I didn’t want it after all.”
I got a little something in the mail the other day… FedEx Santa dropped this on my doorstep… Although you can’t tell in this photo, it is a shoulder bag… the delightful sock monkey on a Vespa was sent by my cousin, Theresa. Harold was pretty jealous. I told him that we’d share. Actually, it’s big enough that I could carry him around in it… and that’s just what I’ll do!
Interestingly enough… this bag reminds me of a toon I did years ago…
So I stumbled across this great TED Talk today and I thought I would share. I am a sketchbook keeper and this resonated with me…. I also “info sketch” or info doodle. Not sure what that is? You can check out Sunni Brown’s website and see.
Harold really loves to travel and is very excited about this trip. He’ll be visiting the Christmas markets and maybe he’ll even see some snow on the Champs-Elysées. He has plans to visit the newly reopened Picasso Musée, Van Gogh Museum, and whatever comic book stores he can find!
If you should like to follow Harold’s adventures (and find out where he’s going), you can go to travelswithharold.com (there’s a link to the left side of where you are now under “More of Me”). We will be posting travel updates MOSTLY on that site, with maybe one or two here… so be sure to hop over there when you’ve finished reading the Squid (which will continue as normal! That’s right, no break for traveling cartoonists!) Ho, ho, ho!
ps. There are even a few upcoming surprises on this site! Stay tooned!
Have you your copy of the Dec/Jan Art-o-rama? Time is running out to have it sent to your front door! Just a few short days remain to get your holiday copy, or have a copy sent as a gift… or a gift subscription sent before Xmas with this issue! Dec 17th is the deadline! After that, orders will be processed in January.
So head over to Etsy… the link is on the left under the “Buy Squid Row Stuff” heading. And Merry Christmas!
Behold my office Christmas tree… well, the bottom half, anyhow. With Snoopy ornaments and rubbery squid lures on it’s charming plastic branches, it makes me smile. A vintage coffee tin captures my feelings of Christmas… Bliss.
You might notice the gold framed photo. That’s me back in 2008 when I first visited Paris. I’m pointing to a Van Gogh self portrait hanging in the D’Orsay Museum in The City of Light. The elation I was feeling at that moment was nearly indescribable. Up to that point, I’d only seen this remarkable painting in books… and there it was… in plain sight. The moment was captured and deserving of a frame.
That trip was a blessing… a wonderful gift. Fast forward six years and I will, again, be in Paris… but this time at Wonderful Christmastime! And also like that first trip, I will be able to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is an amazing gift for which I am most grateful! … and it is waiting for me and My Lovelies under the Christmas tree.