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I’ve been Watercoloring Birthday People! – July 21st, 2017

by on Jul.21, 2017, under Caricatures

Here’s the watercolored painting of the illustration yesterday. I’ll be delivering this to the birthday lady at her party Saturday south of Fort Myers, Florida, that I’m also performing at.

This was done on Arches watercolor board with various types of watercolor, brushes and inks.

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I’m drawing Birthday People! – July 20th, 2017

by on Jul.20, 2017, under Caricatures

This lovely lady has a birthday this weekend at an event i’ll be performing. Here is a piece I’m working on to be given her at the event in Fort Myers this Saturday. It’s already for watercolor, which I will add Friday.

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I’m Coloring Ladybugs! – July 19th, 2017

by on Jul.19, 2017, under Cartooning

I’ve started coloring ladybugs for the upcoming Spot book. Here’s one depicting an activity I’m leaning toward at this late hour.

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I’m drawing Police Officers! – July 18th, 2017

by on Jul.18, 2017, under What's New?

This is a portion of a larger illustration I’m working on involving a police SWAT team. Been working on the pencils and cleaning them up along the way. Lots more to do!

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Teaching at Summer Camp – July 17th, 2017

by on Jul.17, 2017, under Cartooning

We started our Champions for Champions Summer Camp with a drawing class I taught. Here’s the class and some of the artwork produced. Most productive group I think I’ve ever taught.

 

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SWAT and Ladybugs! – July 16th, 2017

by on Jul.16, 2017, under Cartooning

I’ve been moving my studio equipment from one side of the home to the other the past two weeks and finally got the tough stuff all done Friday night. The whys and wherefores of that are too difficult to get into here!

Been back at the drawing board today! A SWAT team and more lady bugs the order of the day! Whatta combination!

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Book: ‘The Politics of Mis-Representation’ by William C. Havard – July 14th, 2017

by on Jul.14, 2017, under Books

The Politics of Mis-RepresentationThe Politics of Mis-Representation by William C. Havard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The largest problem this book has is that it has an expiration date of about 1961. It was written to push the idea of a getting the Florida Legislature to widen the range of representatives through out the state. That never happened from within, but by the great alteration of the population.

The construction of the book is nearly entirely focused on the results of the Florida Legislature in the 1950s. A more practical approach would have been to have an historical view over the past one hundred past years. Instead there is only the tiniest nod to the past. This also makes conclusions suspect without support of a larger viewpoint.

Furthering the disappointment is nearly no reference to actual people. The book is written more conceptually. Yet, that further questions conclusions and ideas trying to be pushed in the book. Did the writers really know Florida’s history enough to come to the conclusions they did? Sure the more rural areas had more control over the more urban areas. It was the farmers that built the state. There was no proof that pouring concrete and asphalt would do anything for Florida’s strength in community or economically. As the 50 years has shown, Florida’s economy was solid with farming and the overly urban areas are a heavy weight that has consistently sunk Florida’s economy. Now farming, thanks to the ideas the writers have & the realtors & developers, is nearly illegal in many parts of the state, thanks to zoning.

Nothing is mentioned at the efforts by builders and developers in the 1950s to start the process of over taxing farm areas that could be developed into homes and buildings. This really buried rural control on the peninsular part of the state. But the writers are out to damn the agrarian economy in favor of the plutocrats that only wanted , and still want to, exploit our state of Florida.

A giant chunk of the book takes apart how all angles of the Legislature works. Little applies now or not long after the book was published. If the writers knew Florida’s Legislative history, they would have known how that healthy chunk of their book would be soon useless.

With the narrow view the book becomes nearly useless as soon as it was printed as the Legislature following the book, had a whole new agenda.

Otherwise, the writing is very good with tons of footnotes, bibliography and index.

Bottom line: I can’t recommend this book. 5 out of ten points.

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Me and Puddles Pity Party! – July 12th, 2017

by on Jul.12, 2017, under Friends

Just leaving the wildly entertaining Puddles Pity Party! Go whenever you can & thank me later!

Old pal, Gar Thaddeus Gernstein picked up the tickets for a few of us to go to the Puddles show. Unfortunately, Gar became ill over a week ago, ER visits and still sick tonight. He had to miss the performance. Well, Gar, Puddles wishes you well and sends a big ‘Hello!”.

Me and Puddles!

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I’ve been painting critters in Mount Dora, Florida! – July 11th, 2017

by on Jul.11, 2017, under Illusration

 
This is the entire painting i finally finished last night. First full painting I’ve finished in quite awhile.
 
Please let me know if you’re interested in getting a painting done! 🙂
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Bunnies and Turtles! – July 10th, 2017

by on Jul.10, 2017, under Illusration

I’ve been painting bunnies and turtles!

Another successful few hours at Lollicup getting artwork done!

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I’m drawing doggie dinner! – July 9th, 2017

by on Jul.09, 2017, under Illusration

I hope you all enjoyed your dinner! Spot sure did!

I’ve been drawing more puppies, trees and a bone!

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