Archive for Arts

The great Tom Toles retires

What a wonderful career.

I had a chance to meet Tom Toles back when I was an editor at the University at Buffalo’s student newspaper, The Spectrum. Tom worked there a few years before me when he was a student and still contributed some of his caricatures from time to time while he was also drawing editorial cartoons for The (late) Buffalo Courier Express and the Buffalo Evening News (now the Buffalo News).

Later, Tom did covers for Free Inquiry magazine, which I edited in the late 1980s. (See cover below.) I believe he contributed his work for free.

Tom is an exceptionally cool man.

Update: Toles’ drawings in his university years tended to be more realistic than the editorial cartooning he did afterwards. Below is one of my favourite illustrations by Tom, of University at Buffalo “campus prophet” Michael Stephen Levinson, from 1973.

Your muse must enjoy you

Photographer Edouard Boubat: “Let us recall the painter who shares the secrets of his art with his students: ‘All of the advice that I can give you will be of little use if no angel is holding your hand.’ An angel is a fire within you – your soul’s way of being.”

Artists must give their muses a place to visit, keeping it congenial for them. Don’t taint this place, not even once.

I need some time alone.

Stencil underneath Burrard Street bridge this morning.

I wonder whether the artist pulled down that top corner of the fence, to indicate how the child escaped confinement …

In which yours truly gets written up …

… by dear friend John Glionna on his superb blog.

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(photo by Lincoln Clarkes, 2002)

David Roback, RIP

David Roback was a fine musician with a beautiful, psychedelic style of playing and writing. Roback is best known for his work with Mazzy Star. I got to know him via his work with Opal, an earlier band of his, which recorded one of my top favourite songs.