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August 30th, 2015 – New Painting- ‘Song in the Clay Springs’.

by on Aug.30, 2015, under Illusration


This is my newest watercolor painting, ‘Song in the Clay Springs’. The painting setting is the Clay Springs in western Seminole and northwestern Orange County. Today commonly referred to as Wekiva, or Wekiwa, Springs.

This is being commissioned by, Orange County School board member, Christine Moore to hang in the halls of Clay Springs Elementary School.

My first approach to this was to focus on the spring area and just decorate with critters. Then I rethought how little children today rarely see, something I grew up with, happy little animals. So I switched my approach. Tough for me because I want to educate about springs and water. I think children need to see happier pictures than the images today that lean to the grotesque.
Christine did want me to include the Florida black bear, used as a mascot for the school. Here’s the bear, a bunny, a raccoon and to help tie into water, a turtle. Also included is the state bird, the mockingbird and state butterfly, the zebra longwing. There’s also a block of limestone jutting from the ground that the turtle stands upon.
It took great restraint to add far more to this painting. I wanted to define so much more logical areas that would be in shadow. It would have make some areas so dark, that the image would have looked darker and the focus of the banjo playing bear would have altered. So, i back off. Way off. I’ve been trying to pay attention to other paintings and I’m sure learning more as I paint far more and with better materials.
I also got a bit more surreal with the background than I have ever done. The leaves don’t connect, the trees meander off, the leaves on the ground are ill defined. All to try and do something different for me – Keep the focus. Hopefully this works without the deep shadow needed under the limestone rock, for instance.
This will be available as a print soon.
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August 13th, 2015 – My newest painting- ‘Silver Springs Play’

by on Aug.13, 2015, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida, What's New?


This painting includes the famous Bridal Palm at Silver Springs State Park, here in Florida.

This painting will be available as a print soon.


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August 12, 2015 – My newest painting- Silver Springs Play- Ready for paint!

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida


The setting for this painting is Silver Springs in Marion County, Florida. I’ve set the board up for watercolor. Paint to be applied next!

This will be available as a print through Swampy’s Florida.


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August 10th, 2015 – #DrawSnoopy

by on Aug.10, 2015, under Cartooning


Today colleagues are participating in #DrawSnoopy in celebration of Snoopy’s birthday. I thought I’d participate and add a Florida twist. :) If you don’t know, this is typically how everyone is welcomed to Florida!

How about some more cartoonists jumping in with your version of the beagle. Love to see some of my comic book friend’s version. Ah, imagine a Jack Kirby Snoopy. 😀 Even if you don’t draw, give it a swing!


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August 4th, 2015 – Book: ‘The Big Gundown’ by J.A. Johnstone

by on Aug.04, 2015, under Books

The Big Gundown (The Loner, #4)The Big Gundown by J.A. Johnstone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first three in the series of ‘The Loner’ does a great job with having some of the most complex plots of any of the Johnstone Clan books. This one leans in that direction and then comes apart midway through as the book settles with multiple bad guys and the good guy. I expected far more as the book developed, as in the previous books. Instead, the hero continues with an odd masquerade. The disguise is unneeded at a point and he could have accomplished his goal. Instead, the there are explosions and shootouts. One “instead” can be OK. Two are too many.

The characters are too much like others earlier in the series. Unfortunately notches below the earlier ones. The hero playing his own spy, slides away from the build up in the previous three books and acts more a specter of portrayals of Smoke Jensen.

The setting is sparse as a chunk of the book takes place in a loosely written hideout that is described at being complex, but not well explained. One part very clunky throughout the book involves a tank. The part hard to understand is the ease with which this tank is moved through the story. The tank is described as massive, but the movement seems more of a feather.

Disappointing entry in the series. Worse of the four books.

Bottom line: I do not recommend this book. 4 of 10 points.

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August 4th, 2015 – My newest watercolor illustration – Finished!

by on Aug.04, 2015, under Caricatures, Illusration


Here’s the finished painting!

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August 1st, 2015 – My newest painting – Finished Watercolor! #4 of 4

by on Aug.02, 2015, under What's New?


Here’s the finished 11″x14″ watercolor painting.

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August 1st, 2015 – My newest painting – Partly Watercolor! #3 of 4

by on Aug.02, 2015, under Illusration


Here’s the watercolor done and ready for final inking.


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August 1st, 2015 – My newest painting shown during the process!

by on Aug.01, 2015, under Illusration


After a few days feeling rotten due to some tummy trouble, I’m veering back into a pile of work that needs tackling. One is a painting from the special offer I offered for a few days this past week. As the last painting I posted this one also involves a Florida black bear, a flock of birdies and a setting along the Ocklawaha River in north Central Florida. Here are the pencils.

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