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Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Show this Saturday

I'll be playing piano with
PATCHES & GRETCHEN 
at RED STAG SUPPER CLUB
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 767-7766
Starting btwn 10 - 11pm 
SATURDAY NOV. 20

Sunday, November 7, 2010

upcoming gig

WHAT'S NEXT?

 We'll be playing a gigantic old-school wurlitzer at:
the Heights Theater
3951 Central Ave.
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
showtime hotline: 763-788-9079
Wednesday, Nov. 10th 7:30 PM $8

We will be playing our own original 
musical accompaniment live to the old, old film, "VAMPYR"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

THE MARATHON ENDS - TILL NEXT SEASON

my 11 day drawing marathon in Tulsa OK, ended tonight officially, Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM (that is, Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:00:00 AM, in ho chi minh, vietnam, where my website indicates I am getting a significantly increased amount of 'hits'). it took me 2 hours after that to tear everything down and load up. it started raining, just as i finished wheeling my last dolly-load into the ford windstar. next season i will invite a bunch of local art critics and writers to follow me and blog the whole event. FOR THE RECORD: 259 drawings, that is, 473 faces. sponsored by no one. now i will drive 2 consecutive days through the great plains to get back to hipster-landia, minneSNOWta!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Marathon Man

tomorrow am the real marathon begins. after 7 days of drawing for the people of tulsa, i will be kicking it into overdrive for 3 consecutive eleven hour shifts, hoping to enhance my drawing abilities by tapping into a "raw nerve" with the same repetitive hand gestures, not unlike the raw creativity of the double shift worker in a factory, or a keyboard player at the turf club. . .


Friday, October 1, 2010

TULSA. state fair.

as the fair season ends, people are starting to look more and more like actual cartoons to me. . .

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dirge

what a week! Got married (2 the girl pictured b-low), played with Patches and Gretchen and Scarlett Rivera at the Dakota Jazz niteclub now on honeymoon in Grand Marais. WY!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thu., Aug 19th 12:am - Brown Co. Fair, Wisconny USA

Here is a drawing completed today of a fellow who performs music in drag, and is also a big fan of Tulip Sweet & her Trail of Tears, a cabaret-style band I played piano in from 1997-2006.

Ordered via www.tomsiler.com/cartoonland, I decided to draw as "The Crying Game".

For once, it was as fun drawing from a photo as from life!
his real photo can be viewed via this link to my "Live Caricatures at the Fairs" Blog on Facebook.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Last wknd - Lake City, Waterski Days

Of course nature targeted Red Wing and Lake City for the highest winds and thunderstorm activity, plus tornado warnings, but my new EZ UP held true and I managed to capture more than a few resemblances. Here are 2 examples, the second was an online caricature order (a memento of fondly recalled good times?).

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Graduation Party

Today I drew at somebody's Graduation Party in Maple Grove.
Took a photo of the one that, to me, turned out the most interesting,
yet, possible, also the least pleasing to the client.

Monday, June 14, 2010

International Bayfest 2010

Here are some examples of folk I drew in a tent next to the Fox River in Green Bay, WI.
The last example is an example of the job hazards of caricaturing outdoors when you are allergic to everything outdoors. Especially biting insects. Still, you know what I always tell 'em, 
"It beats WORKIN' for a livin'! (ha-cha-cha!)"















Thursday, June 3, 2010

Back at the drawing board

My studio is up and running again (just in time to load it into the Windstar and take it all on the road again!)! Here is the first online-ordered caricature-in-process of the season. More like a Portrai-cature, really.

and the final result:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

subversive lyrics make young people do crazy things

in 1976, I purchased a Stones "It's Only Rock and Roll" songbook with lyrics and chords for guitar. The funny thing is they played it very safe with their publishing. the lyrics were like, "Too bad. . .she's got you BY THE BOARDS" Completely wrong, yet officially published and distributed. Another example, "Rocks Off": "Plug in, flush out, and find the LUCKY feed". . .HA! he is NOT saying "LUCKY" feed, on the record, in fact you can hear someone in the background go "Whoooo-YEA!!" when he says "find the FUCKIN' feed". . .I'm pretty sure they are talking about the days before wireless guitars in that particular phrase. When I sang "Star, Star" at my High School Sock Hop in '77, my "BANDMATES" convinced me to self censor it to "Star Lucky". Of course I promised I would. . .

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Diamond Tweets


I'm getting quite a kick lately out of following Neil Diamond on TWITTER!

Andy's little Storyhole



got a letter from Andy today, it reads as follows:

Tom:
I am very busy thinking about TONETTA videos,
but I'd love to play on Friday during the day if
you can. I have to get a new ID card that day.

Last time I got one in MPLS, the lady who took
the picture was crosseyed. She arranged my
head only 1/2way into the guideline box on the
wall. I tried to subtly move my head back into
the camera area but she confidently pushed me
back, telling me not to worry it's alright etc.

So the card comes in the mail & it's just HALF
MY HEAD IN THE PICTURE, so annoying, & of
course useless as an ID which I needed badly
at the time. I go back downtown, the guy at the
desk looks at the card & laughs like crazy. He
says "The lady who took it - did she look like THIS?"
& crosses his eyes all the way.

He told me she'd been filling in as photographer that
day & people were still coming in with their crappy ID
cards, wondering what happened.

So hopefully that won't happen Friday. I'll just get
it taken, then come over your house & record/play
a few songs with you.

- Andy

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Quote 4 ta-dae


I was always a singer and maybe no more then that. Sometimes it's not enough to know the meaning of things, sometimes we have to know what things don't mean as well. Like what does it mean to not know what the person you love is capable of? Things fall apart, especially all the neat order of rules and laws. The way we look at the world is the way we really are. See it from a fair garden and everything looks cheerful. Climb to a higher plateau and you'll see plunder and murder. Truth and beauty are in the eye of the beholder. I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Think outside the box.

Just what we need, another $500 gadget that is guaranteed to be obsolete within 4 years. Thank you Apple.

Leaders

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