I treasure my Thursday nights at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond, Indiana. Being surrounded by great art, great musicians and a crowd that appreciates them--and me--is the greatest feeling for this 'tooner. Last Thursday was no exception.
It was the Thursday before Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. My little caricature table featured a portable DVD player playing my animated Kawaii Toons continuously. I also had DVDs of my cartoons for sale. I managed to do a good number of caricatures that night--things are looking up this holiday time. My peach-colored marker that I use to color Caucasian skin dried up, but I managed to do some black and white.
That night my personal hero Lou Shields made an appearance. Lou is a college art teacher/painter/singer/songwriter/musician/skateboard whiz. I admire him because he is able to live live doing the things he really loves right now. He does everything well without having to be a "superstar" at them. That's the life I want and am trying to get.
Here's Lou performing, using a homemade guitar that belongs to Chicago music legend John Henry (no relation to Paul Henry):
I've got to talk about the potluck, too. Plenty of sweets on the dessert table, with my favorites the chocolate brownies and the chocolate-covered almond clusters. And someone brought two Little Caesar's pizzas, sausage and pepperoni. And as usual, I had more than my share of fruit punch--don't worry, it's non-alcoholic!
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, so the Paul Henry Acoustic Jam & Potluck will be on the Wednesday before. I think I'll bring a pumpkin loaf if I can get one.