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Death of Al Jarreau – February 12th, 2017

by on Feb.12, 2017, under Sketchbook

Besides my love of the music of Sinatra, Dean, Sam, Steve & Eydie and that genre, i do have a bit of contemporary music I love, too. One of those is the music of Al Jarreau. I always loved the scat of Fitzgerald and Torme and Jarreau was a new dimension. It was late in high school while working the caricature thing that i first heard ‘Roof Garden’. I remember buying his ‘Breaking Away’, one of the very few contemporary albums I’ve ever bought, at the Interstate Mall in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I’d had trouble finding it anywhere.
Along with purchasing his albums, I also attended many of his live performances. The first i attended also happened to be one of the first events at the newly opened Orange County Convention Center back around 1983. I still have a Jarreau shirt from one of his live concerts in the ’80s I attended.
About ten years ago Jarreau was the headliner of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida. It was there that i sketched during the event and was fortunate that Jarreau signed it. It was the last i saw him in a concert.
He was a show all to himself. His movement and his whole soul was the music as much as what his vocal cords would provide. I recall he would perform at least one piece with no plugged in gadgets at all. The a cappella performance really showcased so much of the entertainer he was.






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My #Inktober #1 – October 1st, 2016

by on Oct.01, 2016, under Cartooning, Sketchbook


Here’s my 1st contribution to the month long #Inktober2016. Since My volunteering at the Florida Springs Restoration Summit 2016 as part of the Silver Springs Alliance gave me a chance to sketch a bit and did a “signing” of one of my Swampy books – An otter along the waters of Lake Okeechobee.

The sketches are of, clockwise from left, Congresswoman Gwen Graham speaking to crowd, Clay Henderson using technology, Dr. Bob Knight and Richard (Whitey) Markle strumming his gee-tar. White also is running for a tiny office in Marion County for Soil & Water Conservation and I recommend a vote for him! The other fellow doesn’t know his soil from a conservation. 😀

Been sick all week and this was my first outing. When I saw Cedric Hohnstadt‘s reminder of #Inktober starting today, i thought I’d just do a sketch or two. During the event, I started feeling even better did many pages of sketches & sketched this drawing inside one of my Swampy books for a new friend that just might give a hand in a nifty project I’ve wanted to do for many years.


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A Trail of Two Churches! – April 24th, 2016

by on Apr.24, 2016, under Sketchbook, Swampy's Florida


Before and after the bit o’ hiking I did at Upper Tampa Bay Park I was doing some Swampy’s Florida ‪#‎Sunday‬ Service visits.

The first was a visit with the friends I was staying with this past weekend. Sandy Rhodes Huff & her husband Bill attend Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater. Bill was singing with the church quartet. Thanks to them for their hospitality again and cheers to Bill for a great performance. The first sketch is of the pastor done from the back of the room, as usual.

After the hike a run to Ocala for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Mt. Zion AME Church. Got a lot more sketching done and learned lots about the church. More over at Swampy’s Florida. The rest of the sketches are from that visit. Bit of a handicap here as I left my glasses in the automobile and I was in back of the room.

A more than full day and I’m fully pooped!

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Sketchbook: First Presbyterian Church in Quincy, Florida.

by on Apr.11, 2016, under Sketchbook


Doing some historic research for my Swampy’s Florida. Stopped at a historic church in Quincy, Florida, the 1833 established First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, Florida. Did a bit of sketching while there. You can a bit more now and still more later at Swampy’s Florida, about the church. 2016-0411-FirstPresbyterianChurchQuincy-02

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July 10th, 2014: Today on the drawing board- Central Florida Expressway Sketches.

by on Jul.12, 2014, under Sketchbook


I attended the first meeting of the new Central Florida Expressway board meeting this morning. The organization previously had been racked by scandal and accusations. This new board for the toll roads in Central Florida will hold sway of toll roads and soon-to-be-toll roads in four counties- Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola. Members of the board acknowledged to previous problems and sought not to repeat them.

It was a standing room only room. Seemed it was mostly filled with road builders and contractors. The fellow who oversees construction of the organizations roads was kind enough to get me a chair, after standing for a good part of the meeting. Once seated, i pulled out the sketchbook and doodled the above and another page of sketches.


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November 8th, 2013 – #Dailyinks #7 – Bird is the Word

by on Nov.08, 2013, under Cartooning, Sketchbook


Been going back and forth with these birds. Finally put some ink on them during a Silver Springs Advisory Committee meeting this morning in Ocala. There happened to be am Audubon Society leader there who i got to consult with about the birds. She approved. I’ll stop going back and forth with them. This inked version stays.

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November 7th, 2013 – #Dailyinks #6 – Deer, Drawing the Moving Target!

by on Nov.07, 2013, under Illusration, Sketchbook


Was at Ocali Days today helping man the Marion County Museum of History booth. The event continues through Sunday at Silver Springs State Park.

After the event I hit the swamp hiking trail in the park and made my way to the connecting Silver River. I made a video, which I will feature separately. As I finished the video Scott Mitchell, Silver River Museum Director, was coming up with a group to take a boat ride on the Silver River to the head springs of the river.

After teh boat ride we all jumped in a trailer to be taken back to the main park. It was late, we traveled slow and discovered deer along the way. i decided to put ink pen to paper and whipped out these nearly contour drawings of various deer we saw. Drawing while the vehicle and the deer were in motion was a challenge!!!


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October 21st, 2013 – Meeting Sketches!

by on Oct.22, 2013, under Sketchbook


Attended a political meeting near Interlachen, Florida, at Backwoods Smokehouse and sketched these folks. I was there to support Thuy Lowe, who is running for Congress and graduated with my sister in high school.

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August 21st, 2013 – Sketches from our monthly Socrates Cafe gathering!

by on Aug.21, 2013, under Cartooning, Sketchbook

Our monthly Socrates Cafe meeting on Tuesday covered an assortment of topics. Above and below are a series of sketches about the topics brought up. The first was the struggle of selfishness. The second was about how open we should be about our private life. Then the question of where conscience comes from. Next a question of perception….

The next to last discussion was asking where complaints come from. Finally, the standard philosophical question of the connections of truth and beauty.

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August 9th, 2013 – Silver Springs update meeting sketchbook entry

by on Aug.09, 2013, under Sketchbook

I attended a Silver Springs park update on Wednesday and learned more about the merging of the iconic Florida attraction, Silver Springs, into the state park system. The grand reopening will be October 1st and the park’s whole name will be Silver River State Park. The cost to get into the two merged sites: $8. Wild Waters will still be a separate area from the overall park. Drainage is changing significantly and that might be most noticeable in the massive changes in the parking lot. By the way, parking returns to the early days of Silver Springs by being free.

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July 16th, 2013 – Socrates Cafe sketchbook

by on Jul.16, 2013, under Sketchbook


Had our monthly Socrates Cafe meeting tonight and, for the first time in about a year, I broke out the sketchpad during it. Part of the reason is that I’ve been lax posting art here and knew this would give me something to place here artwork-wise.
Our discussion started with the question as to how much we carry our family history throughout life. Brought up was the ability to pick and choose our traits. Next came a discussion about a story heard on the radio about a child being left out of a game with other children and what should a person’s reaction to that be. Discussion went from cooties to hammering morality.  Last discussion involved whether we should all just have a revolution and get it all over with. This led one of the group, Robin, to declare that she is willing to take the world over, be queen, sell books and become a church onto herself for the well being of all.

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