Friday Two Cents: Don’t Stress: Laugh And Have Fun


 

‘A day without laughter is a day wasted.’Charlie Chaplin

 

  Well this week I was able to put up the Christmas tree, string the outdoor lights and put out my nativity scene for the upcoming Christmas season. Yet one thing that always makes the season more enjoyable is the music of this wonderful holiday.  We in Toronto are quit fortunate to have a radio station (CHFI 98.1 FM) that plays Christmas music all day long.  They started last weekend at the beginning of the Santa Claus parade and will continue until December 26, Boxing Day. 

  Christmas music has always been a big part of Christmas for me.  I think because I use to play in several bands and we were always playing the songs for about a month and half before Christmas to help us prepare for our concerts.  However, about 10 years ago I discovered some alternate Christmas songs that I have to listen to that makes my Christmas complete.

Stressed Out Christmas

  They are a collection of songs preformed by Bob Rivers and once I heard them, Christmas hasn’t been the same. For some reason these songs connected with me. Perhaps it’s because I find that with everyone is running around trying to get things done, buy stuff and it places a lot of stress on people when there shouldn’t be.  I think people need to not take things too seriously. Everywhere people are worried about getting the perfect gift, have the perfect dinner and the perfect tree. These songs help me to see that there is some fun and laughter in this season.  We do not need to take things too seriously; relax, enjoy life, laugh and have fun.   Those are some of the important parts of Christmas.
  Therefore in the spirit of bringing some laughter and fun back into Christmas, I have attached a YouTube video/song of my favourite alternate Christmas song by Bob Rivers.  The tone is from the song “Winter Wonderland” but the lyrics have been changed into a new song entitled, “Walkin’ ‘Round In Women’s Underwear”. 
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and remember to have a little laugh every once in a while. 

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Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher


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I have been told that I have been an inspiration to the children at school and to other people in general.  This has always been interesting to me because I feel that these people and the children inspire me to create art and images instead of the other way around.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters.  It started one year around Christmas when we have our Christmas concert and staff dinner.  Always after the concert, we go out for dinner and we exchange gifts, such as a Chris Kringle.  I wanted to liven things up and instead of giving Christmas cards, I decided to create my own with the staff members as a caricature. 

This was the year I went to New York and saw my Beloved Yankees play at Yankee Stadium and then I made a side trip to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.  To say that this trip inspired the caricatures this year would be stating the obvious.  The staff members were expecting something along the lines of the previous years caricatures but were still surprised by the finished product.

The staff loved the cards and caricatures and in the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters.  Hopefully they can inspire others. 

The next caricature is a staff member I have only known a few years. Yet I consider he a good friend and a person I could talk to about anything.  Her advice, during some difficult times, has been invaluable and truly helpful. 

Geena Davis in A League of Their Own

She is naturally taller than I am and I knew that I had to make her the back catcher of the team.  The inspiration for her caricature came from the movie A League of Their Own star Geena Davis.  In the movie her character is the back catcher for a team in an all woman baseball league.  She is a strong woman who sacrifices a lot for the good of the team, which is no different from the staff member. 

I made her taller than the rest of the staff because she is, but I really took some time to make the chest protector and shin guards look like what they used in the 50’s and 60’s.  I still created her in the figure 8 shape but with the extra protective gear and the black marks under her eyes are what really made her look like a real back catcher.   

She loved the caricature but she mentioned that I did not draw her breasts like the others.  I told her that with the protect gear you could not see them but I told her, “Trust me they are there.”  She had a good laugh and everyone loved the caricature.    

I hope you enjoy the caricature of the, ‘Back Catcher’ from “In A League of Their Own”.

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Short Stop


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I have been told that I have been an inspiration to the children at school and to other people in general.  This has always been interesting to me because I feel that these people and the children inspire me to create art and images instead of the other way around.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters.  It started one year around Christmas when we have our Christmas concert and staff dinner.  Always after the concert, we go out for dinner and we exchange gifts, such as a Chris Kringle.  I wanted to liven things up and instead of giving Christmas cards, I decided to create my own with the staff members as a caricature. 

Yankee Stadium

This was the year I went to New York and saw my Beloved Yankees play at Yankee Stadium and then I made a side trip to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.  To say that this trip inspired the caricatures this year would be stating the obvious.  The staff members were expecting something along the lines of the previous years caricatures but were still surprised by the finished product.

The staff loved the cards and caricatures and in the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters.  Hopefully they can inspire others. 

The next caricature is a staff member I have only known and worked with for many years. She has been a trusted friend and great co-worker.  No matter what happens I know that this person has my back and she know I have hers.

I started this caricature with the figure 8 as usual but I also wanted to show her a bit more athletic.  She is very athletic and being a mom you have to be.  The biggest issue I had been you hair and getting it just right.  She has different hairstyles and to get one that suits her personality was a bit trying.  Therefore I settled for her wearing a baseball cap backwards and have curly hair along the sides. 

She loved the caricature and like the rest of the women, she enjoyed the larger breasts.  However she did comment on the bigger arms and I told her I wanted to make her more athletic because she is.  She enjoyed that extra touch, as did the other staff.  

I hope you enjoy the caricature of the, ‘Short Stop” from “In A League of Their Own”.

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Short Stop

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Short Stop

 

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