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On the #drawing board: Preparing Christmas card art!

by on Sep.18, 2014, under What's New?

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Meeting tomorrow to go over these rough sketches of Christmas card art for a few businesses. I’ll post more as the art comes along.

If you would like me to illustrate a Christmas card for you or your business, let me know!

 

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September 17th 2014 – Book: ‘Don’t Make A&P Mad’ by J.E. Davis

by on Sep.17, 2014, under Books

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is almost an entirely excellent book. The story of how the grocery store chain, Winn-Dixie, came along is so very well laid out in great detail. Author and founder J.E. Davis is either an incredible writer, too, or one person did not get credit in the bonk for ghost writing.

That is one of the complaints. Way to many names are listed through out the book. The volume also suffers from J.E. Davis loving finances. Pages and pages of stock information and more financials. All of which should have been part of an appendix.

Otherwise a perfect blueprint of constructing a successful business is well written and explained. So many great stories are also included.

One of the best parts is the last few pages where J.E.’s philosophy is presented. Lots of motivational ideas to live by!

Bottom line: IF you can find this very rare book – Read it!

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On the #drawing board: Happy Gators!

by on Sep.16, 2014, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

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This is the finished color art for an upcoming Swampy’s Florida product. There’s a bit more to this, but I’m leaving that for the Swampy’s Florida page. Look for it there.

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On the #drawing board: Sick puppies!

by on Sep.16, 2014, under Cartooning

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This is part of a preliminary sketch for a project I’m working on. It’s part of a series of illustrations for a magazine. After approval I’ll ink and then digitally color.

 

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On the #drawing board: Start of a mural of Cracker Florida!

by on Sep.15, 2014, under Cartooning

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This is just a small sample of a twenty foot wide mural I’m starting on. This part is of a stream with a cypress tree. In the stream is a bear and bunny making there way along. The mural also includes a Cracker-style home, a Florida panther cooking and, of course, an alligator – playing a banjo. I’ll add updates as I go along.

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On the #drawing board: Caricatures Saturday night along Lake Weir!

by on Sep.14, 2014, under Caricatures, Friends

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Drew for a number of hours for my friend Lisa Saupp’s family event along Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida. An unusual event for me to do these days since I pretty much don’t draw at events with young people. I made an exception in that Lisa is a great friend and a HUGE help recently for my Swampy’s Florida and helping me do more in protecting Florida’s natural areas and saving taxpayer money.

(Gonna try to get back to more regular postings of art, if I can not have weeks like the past one! :) )

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September 7th, 2014 – On the #drawing board: Happy 30th Birthday, Amber!!!

by on Sep.07, 2014, under What's New?

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You have much to celebrate today! So happy you have gotten through so much! Hard to imagine so many years have passed, but glad part of it is well gone. A nod to the past and a charge to the future! The best is yet to come! Happy Birthday!

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September 6th, 2014 – Signing Books in Homosassa Springs State Park.

by on Sep.07, 2014, under What's New?

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On the #drawing board today: Signed and drew in lots and lots of Swampy’s Florida books today at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for “Speak Up Homosassa Springs”. Here are a couple photos from teh event.

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The young fellow was funny. I asked him about what he likes and found him very articulate. So as he spoke of how he would like to wash things, I asked what he would like to wash. A car. How will you be sure the cars get washed? Will you be a manager? Yes. And on it went. He’s a thinking youngster and hope he stays that way!

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September 6th, 2014 – Hiking in Chassahowitzka!

by on Sep.06, 2014, under What's New?

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After a long day of signing 150 Swampy’s Florida books at Homosassa Springs State Park, I crazily decided to take a 3/4 mile hike through the Chassahowitzka Salt Marsh birding trail…finding out along the way it’s mostly under water. Now I’m tired and wet.

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August 29th, 2014 – On the Drawing Board: Gators, Whale Sharks and Swampy!

by on Aug.30, 2014, under Cartooning

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A brief hour and a half stop at a local coffee spot found me getting the above artwork done plus more. Rough sketches of baby gators, a sketch for a mural and a cartoon illustration for Swampy’s Florida. I also penciled and inked three editorial cartoons.

 

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August 27th, 2014 – Book: ‘Last Seen Wearing’ by Colin Dexter.

by on Aug.27, 2014, under Books

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Last Seen Wearing’ by Colin Dexter is a very good book of Inspector Morse that unravels the efforts it can actually take to get to the conclusion of a mystery. For that matter, the trouble to get to answers in life. False and hopeful conclusions. Deadends. Confusion. One of the most realistic in plotting of a fictional mystery I’ve read.

This book is not for those looking for a straightforward mystery with w twist or two. It will greatly frustrate those. It could be said Dexter went too far with the many bad leads to then present it to the readers out there. With that thought, I trimmed the star level. A writer should have that more in consideration when constructing a tale.

The real fun here is following Morse as he tries to figure it all out. Dexter does a tremendous job of building the character.

A note about other comments about the book I read on Goodreads and the televised version: The original book is from the 1970s without the typical censorship you find in today’s books about how people really are and think. The real contrast to time periods comes in the teleplay of the tv episode in which characters are spun into stereotypes of mean, powerful developers, sexual confusion and the like. The sensationalism of the episode is disturbing. I guess Dexter accepted it all.

Bottom line: I recommend the book – not the televised version.

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