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Relay for Life Art

This Saturday I will be volunteering at the Buena Park Jr High Campus, California, for my second Relay for Life event. For those who are not familiar, Relay for Life is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society to help fund research for Cancer.

Two weeks ago was my first time to help this non-profit organization which was held at La Mirada, CA where I helped raise over $200 doing caricature sketches of people. Of course, I gave everything to the group.

At first nobody came to my booth because I was a complete stranger. But after my first “victim” showed it around, the people started coming in. Perhaps the most intriguing person I drew was a High Schooler who was emboldened to ask me a special favor. She wanted me to draw her with a singer who was part of BTS, the hot Korean Boy Band. She had his picture on her smart phone. She giggled all throughout the posing. She even gave me a hug after she saw the finished work. Later the event organizers told me she called them to get my name so she could properly credit me on her Facebook account. What a sweetheart.

high schooler with caricature of her and Korean Boy Band BTS singer
A fan

I would have continued if not for an appointment with some church friends. The interruption was a blessing because my back was hurting badly after sitting there for just a few hours.

I think I’m getting too old for this live 5 minute sketch. My eyes aren’t as sharp anymore. And my fingers are beginning to shake. I might shift from pen and ink to digital. So if you are in the area, come on by this Saturday. You may be one of the last people to have a live caricature done by me. It’s for a good cause.

digital art
One of my digital Art

When I was young my Mom cautioned me about becoming an artist because she knew artists didn’t get paid enough. Sure, money is always nice, but Mom was wrong. To share my gift of art to so many people is plenty payment for me.

What’s your gift? If it comes naturally, if it comes easy, it’s meant to be given freely.

But this is just me.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Pablo Picasso

TGIF people!

Insults Between Husband and Wife

Shared by Mel of Washington, D.C.


bitter couples

funny video

Donald Trump Needs a Date
Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Art found this old Candid Camera footage of Donald Trump doing a cameo appearance with his Playboy persona. This isn’t political but I know some of you can’t stand the guy so just skip. This may also not be for the sensitive among you. Hard to believe this is our President.


Feel Good videoJohn Mayer Cheap Viral Video
Sent by Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

If you know John Mayer, you know he’s a superstar guitarist. He and his marketing team couldn’t agree on a budget to make his MTV video. So he went to a local video store that mainly does weddings. Wouldn’t you know it. this video went viral. Certainly dispels the myth that you need a big budget to market well.


funny video

TEDx Canada: How to Succeed
Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

How do you measure success? Is it finances? Is it relationships? I’m sure we have different ideas about it. Next question, how do you achieve it?


Don’s Puns

From Don’s collection of puns

a musician's guitar in a car accident

Parting Shots

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. who shared this photo

a ceiling is missing its insulation

I hope I’m not being too mean here but it really begs the question: “Why doesn’t anyone of her status get any honest feedback about how she dresses up?” — Raoul

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  1. TGIF Reader

    June 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Superb thoughts about sharing of out talents . Keep sharing and enjoying the people you make contact with.



  2. TGIF Reader

    June 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

    You’re the sweetheart Raoul, for giving so freely.

    Hope you’re doing well!



  3. TGIF Reader

    June 1, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Sure glad I have one of your sketches! Sorry to hear about the shaking! I have this problem and mine is only getting worse. I hold my spoon in my fist now…but I am obviously not starving. Can’t wait for my new eternal body!

    John 🙂


  4. TGIF Reader

    June 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Saw your TGIF today. You are an incredible artist. I wish I lived closer so I could attend some of your events. I still have the caricature that you did of Pixi.

    I love reading about your life and exploits on the TGIF. Keep them coming.



  5. TGIF Reader

    June 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Raoul TGIF!

    I’ll be there tomorrow, hopefully I’ll see around sometime.



  6. TGIF Reader

    June 5, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Hi Bro!

    Ink or digital, either way you are a talented guy … what a wonderful gift you provided with your talents.

    Thanks for sharing the TGIF and of course your talents. Have a good rest of the week and take care.



  7. TGIF Reader

    June 5, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Hi Raoul,

    I enjoyed your last TGIF jokes especially the ones on Trump and Camilla.😂 Thanks.

    Choy from Manila


  8. TGIF Reader

    June 5, 2018 at 2:20 am

    That was great Digital Art work…. not photo.
    Agree with Pablo Picasso’s comment on Art ….
    washes away the dust of life.

    You make people happy with your on the spot sketch.
    Money is not everything in this world. What makes you
    Happy and Joy Filled that matters at the end of day/Life.

    Ernie of New York


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