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Book: ‘A Study in Terror’ by Ellery Queen

by on Nov.29, 2015, under Books

A Study in TerrorA Study in Terror by Ellery Queen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great deal of fun! I love Ellery Queen and having this unorthodox way of presenting a Sherlock Holmes story within a Queen tale made a Queen book all the more fun! There is a bit of awkwardness about it all, but quite a change of pace for a Queen novel.

Apparently there were three authors involved. The two cousins who masquerade as Queen and the another who wrote the Holmes part of the book. The styles are obviously very different, but also well reflect the change of time period and location, as it should.

Seems to me the representation of the Holmes character gallery is extremely well done. The Queen characters are handled as the Queen characters are always.

Setting is far better rendered on the Holmes side. You can well feel the foggy, dreary setting.

I have not seen the film the book is based on, thought that is neither here nor there. The book story stand on it’s own without outside influence of other depictions.

Bottom line: i recommend this book. 7 of 10 points.

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#DailyInks #28 – Finished New Painting! – November 28th, 2015

by on Nov.29, 2015, under Florida Outdoors!, Illusration


Here’s the finished painting with the small amount of inking for definition.
Getting some rest and up next for the rest of Sunday is my annual Christmas card.

Inking, again, with the Tombo and the Precision 7.


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Book: ‘The Silver Tombstone’ by Frank Gruber – November 27th, 2015

by on Nov.27, 2015, under Books

The Silver TombstoneThe Silver Tombstone by Frank Gruber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love the characters of this book! Johnny Fletcher and his pal Sam are two whose adventures I’ll to track down more of! Why is it so hard for contemporary writers to create such distinct characters????

Gruber does a crackerjack job of presenting these two ne’er-do-wells as their unorthodox methods of survival propel them into a murder investigation. Past that Gruber’s efforts are more rocky. The whole setup is way to easy. Little complexity to the core story. The few diversions are, for some reason, far too inflated. The ending is short changed by some rather shoddy writing.

Nevertheless, the entire book is great fun and I really enjoyed it.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 6 out of ten stars.

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My paintings Black Friday Sale! Today Only!

by on Nov.27, 2015, under What's New?


Here’s the deal!
Just like the other paintings you’ve seen I’ve done, I will create an original watercolor painting based in a park with critters, including ones of your choosing, involved in a humorous scene.

$100 for a 16″ x 20″
$50 for a 11″ x 14″
$25 for a 9″ X 12″
Each is a watercolor painting on Arches watercolor board.

You can leave the request in the comments section below or in a private message or e-mail: Feel free to call me to request, also: (407) 880-1128.

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#DailyInks #26 – Inking Happy Birthday!

by on Nov.26, 2015, under Cartooning


Inked this special birthday card for a friend’s birthday next week.

Really liking this Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen. This was inked with it, too.

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#DailyInks #24 – Inking ‘Welcoming Friends’!

by on Nov.25, 2015, under Illusration


All inked and ready for watercolor!

This newest painting is set in an exclusive area of Brevard County in Florida. Thanks to, my friends, the Cronkhite family I was able to take photos in the area. I used those to construct this illustration. More to come!

The finished painting can be seen during the 4th Anniversary open house at The Knowledge Exchange December 4th in Palm Bay, Florida.



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Book: ‘Enemy of Mine’ by Brad Taylor – November 25th, 2015

by on Nov.25, 2015, under Books

Enemy of Mine (Pike Logan, #3)Enemy of Mine by Brad Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brad Taylor whips up a doozy in this third in his Pike Logan series. Though this is another save the world adventure story, this one has many angles and characters involved in an overlapping narrative where everybody has all kinds of problems. Here’s the rare book of it’s kind where nothing goes smoothly. Making this an exciting thriller that deserves the adjectives more than most.

I marvel at the work Taylor had to do to have so much going on with so many and keeping it all straight enough to make a readable and entertaining book. The writing is very good and most of the settings are typically described for a thriller.

The weakest part are the characters, including the main one, Logan. Helpful are the names and nicknames. Though there’s a bit of confusion involving alternate names through parts of the book. Otherwise distinction is slim and descriptions slimmer. Most are illustrated involving their might and muscle. One key character is very well written and described. There’s a lot of emotional background included and not enough of the physical to make most of the characters whole.

Still, it’s a great book, story-wise.

Bottom Line: i recommend it. 7 out of 10 points.

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#DailyInks #22 – Inking Swampy’s Florida cartoons!

by on Nov.23, 2015, under Cartooning


Had a whirlwind last three days with little rest and lots done! Sunday I inked this set of cartoons for my Swampy’s Florida site.

Inked with a PITT Brush, soft brush and Tombow Fudenosuke hard brush pen.

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#‎DailyInks‬ #21 – Inking a new painting!

by on Nov.21, 2015, under What's New?


#‎DailyInks‬ #21 – Been at Silver Springs State Park for their Fall Festival & Critter Run working on a new painting.

Really I’m re-starting a painting I began a few months ago. Had to rearrange the elements to better show the natural area of the setting, Melbourne Village. Got the pencil part set and added a bunch of ink. A few more hours and I can add paint!

Inking this with a ballpoint pen to prep for watercolor.

2015-1121-Adding lots of lines!

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#DailyInks #19 – Inking Santa & Elves!

by on Nov.19, 2015, under Cartooning


Here’s a piece of a project I’m working on with Santa and elves. This was the easy part. Next step is to color. After I get a few other projects out of the way.


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Comic Strip from today, 1955 – Peanuts

by on Nov.17, 2015, under Cartooning

Here’s the Peanuts comic strip from the November 17th, 1955 edition of the St Petersburg times.

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While I was looking for an advertisement to post over at my Swampy’s Florida, I came across this Peanuts comic strip that I know so well after seeing it many, many times over the years. Here it was as it was originally presented in the St Petersburg Times newspaper. Thought I would post it here and maybe I’ll post other comic strips as I search for ads for Swampy’s Florida over time on Tuesdays.
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