Return of the Cartoon

For about seven years, I illustrated a cartoon written by Bruce Handy for TIME magazine that appeared regularly on the back page of that magazine. I am getting into the cartoon making business again and here is one of the latest.

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Designing Halloween Parade Posters

hallopost55For four out of the last five years, it has been my honor to design the Nyack Halloween Parade poster for the local Chamber of Commerce. The parade is of Nyack’s greatest traditions (that’s pretty much everybody’s opinion that lives here), and it has been going strong for 27 years.

This year, along with the poster, I also had to design street signs and magazine and newspaper ads.

At the right is a poster I did for the 2014 parade and below is the poster from 2 years ago.

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My Work in the Fountain Art Fair

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I was lucky enough to participate in this year’s Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory in NYC – opened March 7, 2014.

Paul Fernandez-Carol from Seven Arts Gallery showed my drawings along with several other artists represented by his gallery. I sold the “Caveman” illustration that had appeared on my wiki page for many years. Later, in April the Seven Arts Gallery featured more of my work in a show “No Hat, No Gloves, No Scarf” along with the really cool art work of Margaret Roleke (margaretroleke.com). Thank you Paul. It’s really beautiful up in Ridgefield so go visit some time. Seven Arts Gallery (54 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, CT 06877).

A Merry Little, Little Christmas

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Some Christmases past, I illustrated an essay written by Sonia Shah about her childhood as Jainist whose family meekly accepted some Christmas holiday traditions.

[T]he highlight of the holiday was the exchange of heartfelt gifts. This couldn’t have been a more foreign idea to my parents. My father to this day doesn’t know when his real birthday is, and never in their lives had he or my mother celebrated a birthday, let alone exchanged gifts. In keeping with the Jain tradition, they didn’t accept presents even on their wedding day, a hot, sunny Dec. 25 in Bombay. Still, for the sake of us kids, they relented at Christmas.

The essay, “My Fake Christmas,” was intriguing as I knew very little about this ascetic Indian religion and its precepts.

I came to learn that Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it prescribes a path of non-violence that emphasizes equality between all forms of life. Jainists believe that non-violence and self-control are the means by which they can obtain “liberation.” Two other primary principles of Jainism are non-absolutism and non-possessiveness. Non-absolutism refers to the principle of the multiplicity of viewpoints – truth and reality are perceived differently depending on ones point of view, like the parable of the blind men and an elephant. “To ignore the complexity of reality is to commit the fallacy of dogmatism.”

Non-possessiveness, of course, emphasizes “taking no more than is truly necessary. Followers should minimize material possessions and limit attachment to current possessions. Wealth and possessions should be shared and donated whenever possible. Jainism believes that unchecked possessions can lead to direct harm to oneself and others.”  My information about Jainism comes from Wikipedia – so I gave them $3.

I have to go buy a dead tree for my living room now and then to the mall to buy more stuff for Christmas. Hope I don’t run over a squirrel on the way.