I love the joyous splendiferous feelings of Christmas… the Christmas Spirit and good will towards others. AND the senses are fully engaged at Christmas… we experience not just the sights and smells of the season … but also the kindness to one another. Now I know that some will be quick to point out the downsides… the rush, the mindless gift-giving and such… but that is what we’ve made it. At the core of Christmas, is the joy. I love the joy.
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.
Harold is feeling a keen sense of wanderlust. His last trip moderately afar was Portland way back in September. He loves to visit new areas and places he doesn’t call home … or even familiar. He’ll see a photo of France and stare endlessly at it… then let out a rather large sigh.
Taking the hint, we will be traveling soon to some places familiar… and not so familiar. If you wish to look in on said voyage… visit our/Harold’s travel blog at www.travelswithharold.com (there is a link on the left hand side of this website).
Needless to say, when we let it slip that we were about to roam, Harold became MOST excited. Again… peek in on his travel blog to keep up with our wanderlusting Harold.