Here’ s a bit of art that will be in the upcoming ‘Swampy’s Florida: Silver Springs’ I’m working on! Putting the book together now and hope for it to be avaialble in about three weeks.
Spent a couple hours in Silver River State Park today researching the ‘Swampy’s Florida: Silver Springs State Park’ book. Rayne Summers, of the State Park Service gave me a tour of different parts of the park that I needed to photograph. Here’s Swampy in the midst of a healthy scrub habitat.
Today’s Sketch Dailies involves the pop punk rock cartoon character Jem. I considered where Jem would be today and see her in a bar in Hoboken singing, as she can, the great American songbook….but still in her punk garb. Kinda as the fate of the singer in Copacabana.
Below are a few images of Jem in her prime:
Saw the subject for a daily artistic challenge is the celebrity, Mr. T. A couple months ago i was thinking I wish i had a reason to draw Mr. T. Here it is!
I took the angle of Mr. T’s roll as B.A. Baracus in the television series The A-Team. In the series, B.A. hates anything to do with flying. Thus, he flies!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a relatively short biography of Mary McLeod Bethune and very good. I debated giving it a 5 star rating. But, at the end are a set of individual memories of Bethune by various family and friends, which adds a so much to better define the biography.
The book is very thorough and well covers her life, along with the building of Bethune-Cookman College. It is also well written.
I’m trying to think of something to write bad about the book and it’s a bit tough. Maybe more about her personal life, but it appears her life was one of an endless engine for the college.
Bottom line: i recommend the book.
Signed a couple of Swampy’s Florida books for my friends at the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. This alligator pirate sketch is for the book we did for the annual Billy Bowlegs Festival. Last year we worked together to produce two Swampy books about the Chamber’s annual Billy Bowlegs Festival and for the last reunion in Fort Walton Beach of the Doolittle Raiders.
I an see why a.A. Milne didn’t see another mystery published. This one is a mighty stretch of reality that is poorly written and seems to have been written as the writer was thin king it all out.
The story opens well and i settled in with what I suspected a mystery in an English setting. Instead, I find myself, after the evil is done, slogging through, what seems, endless patter about what-might-have-happened, what-could-have-have-happened, who-did-it, who-didn’t, etc. All of this barely moving the story along at all for decades of pages.
Worse, the characters are never defined except for the beginning. Making this all worse involves two main characters who pretend to be Holmes and Watson. Seems Milne knew he had troubles defining characters, so he uses others to do it for him.
The solution is intellectually dishonest. Today would be impossible, but pretty hard to believe that such a mistake could have been made even in the 1920s.
Bottom line: I do not recommend this book.
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At the symposium of Florida springs last week, Scott Mitchell (above) gave an abbreviated talk of the history of the Silver Springs property. While initially sketching this out at the event, the idea of a telescope to the past came to mind. I was going to go further with a coin machine attached. I was going to keep the background blank and realized I needed to tie Scott to Silver Springs State Park.
While helping sell the new Swampy’s Florida Valentine line of greeting cards, I also did a small drawing on the back. A wife was telling me about her husband and his liking of the Gil-Man, of the ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ movie. He also likes hot dogs. So, the imagery above. Below is a photo of me drawing during the event February 2nd.
Here’s my latest editorial cartoon drawn today reflecting from a true media legend, Shirley Temple. Temple died this past Sunday at the age of 85. We will NEVER see someone like Tmple again. Society won’t allow it, as many other things are censored and not allowed. The cartoon above is speaking to our narrow view of the world today.