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My projects in progress: Water, water everywhere. – January 22nd, 2018

by on Jan.23, 2018, under Cartooning

Just finished a piece involving a whole lotta water! Here’s a section of the illustration.

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Tonight stretched further away from traditional caricatures and wait ‘til you see the cake at the event! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.20, 2018, under Caricatures, What's New?

This is Gio and he loves werewolves and science fiction.

I took a further step tonight with my “caricatures” to making each more of an illustration. Instead of beginning to draw faces and ask questions, I asked a couple first to start rolling a layout of images in my head and placing the head somewhere on the page to draw out from. Then I made the rest of the answers fit into the illustration. I really liked how so many of the drawings turned out.

This was also an event I turn down: Children’s birthday party. In this case I worked with the mother, who knows my work and insisted I be there. So, i took the approach I developed at the Florida Parent Educators Association convention last year and flipped from drawing one way for the children (Favorite animal to something they love to do) to the adults. First time doing that and it worked very well.

Frank loves Lord of the Rings and works toward better education options for children.


Bill, a former State Senator, works in actually wrestling involving young people going to the Olympics. He also works to clean up the internal problems the Olympics has had.

Juan strums guitar & saxophone for his church and with classmates. He also loves tigers.

Fun and very challenging seeing how much more I can get storytelling into each illustration.

Marion lives on a small island off the cost of Spain. She loves to paint cubist art and has a mess of pets, including chickens and cats.

The cake was amazing! And not for the sugary faint of heart. That is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting made by AnnMarie. Kit Kat bars were used as was wood used to build a fort. AnnMarie then used a rubber band to seal it all together.

Next she added M & Ms in the middle, mini-Reese’s cups and mini- Hershey bars.

I had a slice and it was extremely good. But, at my age, one slice was enough! 🙂

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A funny thing happened on the way to the 38th Brooksville Raid Reenactment.

by on Jan.20, 2018, under Books, What's New?

I stopped at the Sheriffs Ranches Thrift Store to peek at the books quickly.

While looking I learned they were having trouble finding room to place two carts of books and organize them. I told them not to worry, I’d like to look through them anyway.

Almost two hours later, a lot of cardio flexing and meeting other book lovers, the carts are clear, books put away and I got some exercise in!

Maybe go to the Raid tomorrow. Right now, I have a gig to perform at!

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Pasco County Historical Society meeting & work done! – January 19th, 2017

by on Jan.19, 2018, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Florida History!, What's New?

Travelled to Dade City, Florida, for the bi-monthly Pasco County Historical Society meeting, of which I’m a member. Being a bit buried in work at the moment knew I had to get some work done while there. So, during, guest speaker, Susan NcManus’ talk I did scribble some work out!

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Springs Festival and Hiking! – January 18th, 2017

by on Jan.18, 2018, under Florida Outdoors!

Out early to our Florida Springs Festival meeting. Getting ready for the two day event, March 3rd and 4th. We’ll have an exclusive small coloring book there or new drawings by me. I’ll be there both days “signing” personalized drawings for those that want ‘em!

From there I scurried to Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area and hiked a couple miles.

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Book: ‘Hard lines’ by Ogden Nash – January 16th, 2017

by on Jan.16, 2018, under Books

Hard lines,Hard lines, by Ogden Nash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nash was just turning 30 when this book came out and had already interacted with some of the greatest American writers. That interaction became part of Nash’s little ditties. Dorothy Parker, Marc Connelly, Bertrand Russell, etc. all get mention and a bit of skewering. Nash even challenges the great and powerful Mencken.

Most of these are great fun. a very few from this collection have become part of the American lexicon. Nash took the rules of poetry, twisted them like saltwater taffy and created his own style. I like his work a lot, but I’m not one who likes recreating words. Still it’s a fun set.

I should add, this is part of a library I have of friends of my great uncle, who knew so many in the literary world.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 8 out of 10 points.

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My projects in progress: Group illustration! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.16, 2018, under Caricatures, Illusration

Here’s a current project I’m working on. These are loose pencils ready to go through the approval process.

I’m going to work to do better posting here….again! Thank you, Linsey Klein, for accidentally getting me to realize it! 🙂

Speaking of which, check out Linsey’s great family photography page : Linsey Klein Photography.

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Book: ‘Osceola and the Great Seminole War’ by Thom Hatch – January 14th, 2018

by on Jan.14, 2018, under Books

Osceola and the Great Seminole War: A Struggle for Justice and FreedomOsceola and the Great Seminole War: A Struggle for Justice and Freedom by Thom Hatch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a terrific history of Osceola, the plight of the Creeks and the Seminole Wars. The research shines through, including the many pages of bibliography.

Unlike too many history books, author, Hatch does what should be done: Not be afraid to state you don’t know. Most histories state “facts” with little consideration of other viewpoints or counter “facts”. Hatch throughout his book presents different views and then gives some reasoning for various sides, leaving conclusions to the reader. Something else that Hatch does is an excellent job of including the year events are happening every page or so. Why on earth most don’t do that or leave years out entirely is beyond me.

Hatch obviously works to create a readable book and not one drowning in mundane facts. I like those mundane facts, but that’s what footnotes and a bibliography is for. A book that is harder to read defeat the purpose. I noticed another reviewer, here, complaining that Hatch didn’t only present the reviewer’s viewpoint. Unfortunately, I’m noticing contemporary history books being carved out with an axe to grind. Hatch’s is not one of those and kudos to him for being open minded.

There are a few angles Hatch deviat3es from. One if the well, & over, told story of Osceola’s head used to scare the doctor’s children. Not a word about it. There are a few other instances of this also. i wonder why.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent history and ….

Bottom line: I highly recommend it. 10 out of 10 points.

A post note: I started this book in August of 2017. During the fracas created by hurricane Irma for a few weeks, my copy of this book vanished. I found it much later while extremely busy. That is why there is so much time between start and finish.

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Book: ‘The Wahoo Bobcat’ by Joseph Wharton Lippincott – January 8th, 2018

by on Jan.08, 2018, under Books

The Wahoo BobcatThe Wahoo Bobcat by Joseph Wharton Lippincott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an extraordinary tale that dives deep into a narrative of natural Florida. Few books have gone to the length that, author, Lippincott accomplishes with this book. Adding to the amazement is that this book is part of a series that tend to feature natural areas in different parts of America. Lippincott would seem to be a native that is intimate with natural Florida, not just an author researching and learning about our Florida flora and fauna.

The story is more of a chronicle of the life of a bobcat. Lippincott does an excellent job of writing of the very real Wahoo Swamp and the people that lived in the area at the setting of the late 1800s. Lippincott well depicts the methods of hunting, farming and the drainage and flooding of the swamp.

To make this work Lippincott humanizes the bobcat, and other critters, a bit with tacked on emotions and reason. The effort works well and well presents the animals included lives. The writing of the dogs involved is very well done as canines with one tract minds. The panther’s presentation is perfect as nearly a mystical force that slips as a shadow in and out of the swamp until cornered.

There are a tiny, few concerns of accuracy of water flow and techy stuff that only someone like me would pick up on. Have to set that aside to look at the whole.

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

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