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“Portraits” – Novel Review by Jamie Michele

June 30, 2015

Jamie Michele : 4 Stars – out of 5

Title: Portraits
Subtitle: A Novel About Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution
Author: Tom Hendricks
Genre: Fiction – General


Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite
Portraits by Tom Hendricks is the story of a co-op art group, forged out of their mutual distaste for the corporatization of the Dallas art scene. It follows three main characters, Jack Labas, Francesca (aka: Mary Wollencroft), and Missy U. The co-op itself involves artists comprised of its nine artists: Jim Dias, its leader, Harvey Carter, a landscape artist, Linda Jenson, Jim’s girlfriend, Raymond Kirk, a Rothco disciple, Wendy Phillips, a still art painter, Sarah Williams, another landscaper artist, Karen Griffin, a painter of large-scale portraits, Jack, a figure painter and the main protagonist, and Francesca, a clothing designer who replaced Marty Kao, a street scene painter who leaves the co-op. Missy U is a fan of Jack’s work and his ever-present pen pal, who turns out to be far more committed to his art and ultimately a saving grace to the group as a whole. The group grows and their popularity among the public expands beyond their greatest hopes, while Jack finds love with Francesca and encouragement from the shadowy Missy U. While Portraits by Tom Hendricks does a great job of following the plight of an artist and its extension into every aspect of an artist’s life, namely in love within this story, where it really shines is in its portrayal of the community as a whole. A reader gets a strong sense of the impact of art and its influence across other media and genres of life that unfurl before you, displaying its far reaching promise and the potential to impact even the most remote corners of a community. Yes, at the heart of Portraits is a love story, a love triangle, but its soul delves deeper into a layered plot that draws out a more widespread implication: that art is the axis of all things beautiful, significant, and real. With some polish and a round of things beautiful, significant, and real. With some polish and a round of good editing, the bones of Portraits by Tom Hendricks has great potential.
As of the time of this review, the spelling and grammatical mistakes let it down, although do not detract from its manifesto as a whole. Highly

Free Streaming Weekend – You BUY – I PAY!

June 13, 2015


Readers, if you would like to stream any of my 9 cd’s or 4 books, (at all major sites), I will pay for it , up to, one CD and one book – offer ends Sunday at 10PM – US residents only).

Here’s how it works. You order and stream CD, song, or book that you like. Then send me the receipt and your mailing address. I’ll send you a check to cover the cost.

MUSIC Examples:

THIRDS Which has some recognizable songs like Mr. Tambourine Man, Heartbreak Hotel, and What’d I say, plus some original rockabilly with Lovey, and one of my better love songs, Don’t Give Up on Love, plus my big Ender song “Let it be Me”.

4 BOOKS (again available at all main streaming sites)

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a sci-fi adventure, on a planet of 1,000 libraries.

Cendrillon is the true story of Cinderella with her photo on the cover.

Novel about art, artists, and the art revolution.

The Wandering Students, Medusa, Red, and more.

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Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)
MUSIC, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)
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BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

My Wikipedia Entry Updated

June 12, 2015

Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia. Many years ago I was written up.
Some of the information needed an update. Some kind person has done that.

See the entry at

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Portraits – first review!

June 10, 2015

Got my first review for my novel Portraits. Take a look.


Review Rating: 4 stars. (out of 5)
Reviewed By Nina Camara for Readers’ Favorite

Portraits by Tom Hendricks is an interesting story about a platonic love. Jack Labas is a 40-year-old unsuccessful artist at a low point of his life. His work is not selling well, he has to work several jobs to get by. As a light in the darkness comes Missy U – his secret admirer. They start to swap letters where she expresses how much she loves his art … and him. He is intrigued. After a while, his career is also finally getting on the right track. He joins Dallas Department of Art and after some time he becomes a member of an artist co-op where he finally gets a chance to showcase his art. He keeps in touch with Missy, but at the co-op he meets another woman, Francesca. They fall in love but Missy is too important for him to leave behind and therefore, despite initial disapproval of Francesca, he continues their correspondence. Missy thus becomes an ‘invisible’ part of the co-op and becomes familiar with its activities and members. Jack once gets an idea to paint each member of the co-op – including Missy. She is too shy to give him her picture. Therefore he gets an idea – he paints her based on his imagination and impression that he got about her from the letters she addressed to him.

Overall, this is a nice, poignant story of love. I think the story could be improved if the author added some more tension in the relationship between Jack, Missy and Francesca which is essentially a love triangle. However, this is resolved too quickly and therefore the story loses a bit of tension which could have made it more interesting. However, I liked this story; it is very original, sensitive and romantic. Good job.

My response:

Reviewer Camara mentions the love triangle part of the novel. I’m glad she did. That was an important half of the story, and a very emotional part of the story. I appreciate her comments.

There is also the other half of the short novel. Portraits is subtitled a book on art, artists, and the art revolution. There is a lot on every aspect of painting in there. It culminates in a sort of blue print of how an art revolution by this co-op of 9 artists could revitalize modern art – that has in reality, slipped into doldrums. That revolution is spelled out in the character, Missy’s essay on art.

So beyond the fictional novel, is an essay on art, that outlines a major change in non ficitonal art (the real world of art). The novel is not only a romantic novel, but a novel of ideas. If I didn’t talk about that it would be like talking about Moby Dick with no mention of whaling. I have a feeling that Camara ran out of room and didn’t get to the other part of the novel. Reviews can only be so long. But I wanted to make sure the other half of the book was represented. Thanks for reading.

5 Revolutions and Counting

June 6, 2015

Something in one of the oldie rock and roll songs I was listening to, got me to thinking about how all the arts have changed in my life. Then it dawned on me that I have been a small part of many of them. I was not a pioneer in most of them, but I caught on in the early stages. If you are an independent artist, I bet you were a part of many of these too.

Here’s my list:

1. Music revolution. Rock and roll really did change music. I got in on it when I started playing in bands and composing and recording music in the 60’s. So many of us teens did. The music then was so exiting. We thought it would never stop.
2. Literary revolution. Desktop publishing led to an explosion of zines in the late 80’s and 90’s. I saw a few local zines in a small shop near Fair Park, and began my own. Musea started publishing in 1992.
3. Internet revolution. The internet continues to change everything. As soon as I could I started my own zine website, music website, and blog. I also jumped on Myspace, and later moved to Facebook. We are still in the early days of all of that communications revolution. It seems to be stitching the world closer together in every way.
4. Film revolution. Part of the web was Youtube, the site for short films. That was a radical change of how we watched and made film. I began a youtube channel with short music videos, art revolution talk videos, poetry videos, art videos, and more.
5. Art and Painting revolution. Stuckism, lowbrow art, and my suggested Postism art movement all gained strength and challenged the trendy gallery stuff.

These have been exciting times. When you are in the middle of them, you sometimes miss their importance. I’m glad I was part of all of these.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)
MUSIC, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)
BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)
YOUTUBE CHANNEL, features all my 73 videos)
“The BIG LIST – 100 Plus Favorite Music
“BIG MUSIC LIST (200 Song – First Worldwide Best Music List)

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