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I’ve Finished a Puppy Book! – July 28th, 2017

by on Jul.28, 2017, under Cartooning, Illusration

Been at it straight since Tuesday and finished it! Only a few hours sleep here and there. Now to get some rest and prepare for an event near Jacksonville Sunday!


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I’ve been Coloring Puppies! – July 26th, 2017

by on Jul.26, 2017, under Cartooning, What's New?

Been digitally coloring the puppy book I’m working on. The coloring here are only base colors. Shadows & highlights still to do. Lots more to do & working to finishing Friday.


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Book:’The Mordida Man’ by Ross Thomas – July 26th, 2017

by on Jul.26, 2017, under Books

The Mordida ManThe Mordida Man by Ross Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a rollicking good time. All of the foreign intrigue thriller writers of today should note Ross Thomas’ writing of ‘The Mordida Man’. The fun, humor and similar ridiculous circumstances portrayed in current same-genre novels, but with this one’s sense of tongue-in-cheek.

This also works both ways. It’s too bad Thomas didn’t see what writers, like Vince Flynn, recently did with the genre and he might have grounded his book a bit more involving the action part, certainly the weakest written part of ‘The Mordida Man’.

Clearly the Carter Administration and Nixon’s shenanigans influenced the plot of this book. Imagining Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy gets into the trouble written here isn’t too far a stretch. Knowing who Billy Carter is really helped swallow this story. Someone not knowing Carter, might find this book beyond preposterous.

The many, many, many characters and their motivations and goals are written superbly. Along the way the story swerves in and out of characters, actions and locations. All written with great skill and humor. Where writers like this today?

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 9 out of ten points.

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I’ve been Coloring more Lady Bugs! – July 25th, 2017

by on Jul.25, 2017, under Cartooning

This one holds pine needles.


So much more to digitally color this week!

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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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Book: ‘Intellect: Mind over Matter’ by Mortimer J. Adler – July 20th, 2017

by on Jul.20, 2017, under Books

Intellect: Mind over MatterIntellect: Mind over Matter by Mortimer J. Adler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All that ‘Intellect’ presents has come more true since it’s first publication. Instead of reasoned conclusions, imaginary fantasy is creating laws and warping mindset. Mortimer Adler would be considered very un-P.C. today. Likely why his name seems to have disappeared during the Great Ideas conferences he developed at the Aspen Institute. I’m almost gald he is not still with us today to asee what has happened in the world. Though I would LOVE to hear what he would say about it.

This volume lays out Adler’s reasoned view of the elements of intellect: the brain and the mind, and why the two are separate. Adler breaks down his view and argues just about every angle. It’s all reasonable and logical. He also addresses counter arguments to his view and lays out why those are wrong.

As was Adler’s goal, the writing is not overly complicated. For those of us that read a lot of philosophy, his writing is too simple. Some philosopher’s have tagged Adler as a Pop Philosopher for spurning academia and writing for the general public and not to justify college tenures. As Adler introduced his simpler approach to writing philosophy, he couldn’t have known how even his approach is overly complicated for today’s American population.

He addresses his concerns about technology and what it could do to the intellect. His concerns, writing almost 40 years ago, are very mild to what has happened so far. I remember reading these views of Adler’s decades ago and thinking the ideas sounded extreme. An iPhone came into human’s lives and made concerns horrors.

Something else that has solidly entered human’s lives is the introduction to the panicky view of being healthy. To most all that means eating well and exercising. To Adler it is only involving reasoning. If you use your brain and mind, the grape-nuts & track run are obvious conclusions. But without the thinking part, it’s just a fad without commitment & dedication.

I found Adler’s arguments that language and communication being the same wanting. His argument is flimsy if that and his “natural & “nurture” arguments. Both chapters are short and he later in the book writes that those are his shallowest views. I agree.

Overall, this should be required reading for anyone wanting to be motivated to greater reasoning skills of the brain and mind.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 9 out of 10 points.

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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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