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September 28th, 2014 – Book: ‘The Dead of Jericho’ by Colin Dexter.

by on Sep.29, 2014, under Books

The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse, #5)The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third in the Inspector Morse series I’ve read and continue to like the series more and more. It was just a couple of months ago that I happened to come across most of the Morse series at a used book store and took a gamble and picked them up. I’m so glad I did.

This one has the many layers that the other books do of what seems like a simple story. As Inspector Morse gets on the trail, and soon to be many trails, to solve the mystery he finds deadends, misdirections and so much more that makes this book so much fun. Really like how Morse and all make mistakes.

It’s all also so well written. Author Colin Dexter lays out the story that leaves the reader hanging on from chapter to chapter. At times, it seemed the book was wrapping up and I was disappointed. The deadends and the like are far better than explosions and mass gun fire found in so many other books.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.

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September 27th, 2014 – On the drawing board: Holiday card prepped for watercolor!

by on Sep.27, 2014, under Illusration


Earlier this week I showed the pencil version of this illustration for a holiday card. I’ve made a few changes and now prepped it for watercolor. I’ll post the watercolor version to0morrow.

This illustration is for a company holiday card. The company is Aquapure.

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September 24th. 2014 – On Drawing Board: Happy Comic Book Day!

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Cartooning


On the ‪#‎drawing‬ board: Penciled & inked a slew of upcoming celebratory cartoons Wednesday evening, along with other work. Head over to Swampy’s Florida for the daily recognition. I also tie each to a place to visit in Florida. Here’s the cartoon for today that celebrates Comic Book Day with Swampy’s pals: Alva, the mouse; Zuber, the cat; Trilby, the baby gator and an egg!


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September 23rd, 2014 – On the #drawing board: Christmas card for a business!

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Illusration


Here is the pencil drawing for an upcoming Christmas card I’m working on for a business. I should have it done by the end of the week.

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September 21st, 2014 – Book: ‘Preacher’ by William W. Johnstone.

by on Sep.21, 2014, under Books

Preacher (The First Mountain Man, #8)Preacher by William W. Johnstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d love to know who of the Johnstone clan of writers wrote this entry in the Preacher series. It’s head and shoulders above other Johnstone clan novels including those supposedly by Johnstone himself. This is one of the best I’ve read of all the Johnstone books.

This book reveals the making of the character ‘Preacher’ of the Mountain Man series. It begins in 1913 and covers the lives of the early American pioneers, the war of 1812, riverboat life, early towns, frontier life, etc, etc. It is very well written and seems to be very historically accurate.

Seems this 8th book of the series is the one to start with for the new Johnstone reader.

Bottom line: i recommend this book.

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September 19th, 2014 – On the drawing board: Sketches at a Historical Society.

by on Sep.20, 2014, under What's New?


I attended the Pasco County Historical Society meeting tonight and broke open the sketch book for the first time in months. Here are a few I drew tonight.

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On the #drawing board: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

by on Sep.19, 2014, under What's New?


Trilby, Zuber and Alva get in the pirate mood above. A couple centuries ago the above might not be such an unusual scene on certain parts of our Florida coastline. There were many pirates that thrived on getting treasure from passing ships.

Zuber protects the egg he has for Chicken Month. Feel free to post a name that you chicken the chick inside should have when hatched. It should be a name related to Florida. We’ll find out the chick’s name at the end of September, Chicken Month.


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On the #drawing board: Preparing Christmas card art!

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


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

Don't make A&P madDon’t make A&P mad by J. E Davis

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


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


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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