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Saying Goodbye to a Friend – May 23rd, 2017

by on May.24, 2017, under Buddies, Friends, Swampy's Florida

I’m temporarily grounded as my brakes in the car have decided not to operate as they should. This meant on Tuesday I needed a ride to a memorial service for a friend. Maxine Thomas was kind to give me that ride out to Dunnellon to say goodbye to our mutual friend Penny Fleeger. The service was held at a favorite spot of Penny’s, Rainbow Springs State Park (Photo above).

Penny was born and raised in the same city my mother and aunt were born and raised, Coral Gables, Florida. It was one evening Penny and I were talking about Coral Gables and high school. Suddenly we found that Penny went to elementary, junior high, high school AND the same college with my Aunt, though they didn’t really know each other.

Penny moved on from Coral Gables to other places, married and ended up in Dunnellon, Florida. Widowed and wanting to help the community, she was voted in as a Dunnellon City Council member. She also got involved with the local historical museum, the Chamber of Commerce and helping preserve the Rainbow River, which she lived along.

I met her several years ago and we were very good friends until the her health took her. Penny loved everything that drove my Swampy’s Florida efforts. It was Penny’s efforts that produced the ‘Swampy’s Florida: Dunnellon’ book.

Penny’s gone now. In a place she can rest from the maddening crowd – One of her favorite places – the Rainbow River.


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Favorites I met at the Florida SpringsFest! – March 4th, 2017

by on Mar.04, 2017, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

My favorites I met Saturday at the Florida SpringsFest : These two little girls who took special sessions with the National Park Service to become National Park Service Junior Rangers. They carry with them their studies over the past few months and sport special badges proclaiming their achievements involving the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Big Talbot Island State Park & Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve! That’s how to educate our young to appreciate our incredible history, heritage and culture of the great state of #Florida!!!

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Another of my Illustrated Signings! – March 2nd, 2017

by on Mar.02, 2017, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

Gave talks Monday and Tuesday to groups and “sign”ed books afterward!

Come out to the Florida SpringsFest this weekend on March 4th and 5th at Silver Springs State Park! I’ll be there only on the 4th to “sign” a FREE personal copy of my new book, ‘Aquatic Adventures” in the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute booth!!



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Book work I’m doing! – November 25th, 2016

by on Nov.25, 2016, under Swampy's Florida


Been working away on my Swampy’s Florida books all week while also trying to stop a cold. The last couple of days have been real trying, but I’m hoping the cold will calm this weekend. The cold has managed to slow me down quite a bit and I’m filling wastebaskets with tissues.

The goal is to complete two of the books to a point before returning to working on my annual Christmas card. the clock is ticking! 🙂

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Adding paint to Santa Claus! – July 21st, 2016

by on Jul.21, 2016, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida


During a political forum Thursday night, I got a chance to add watercolor. Hope to get more done Monday night at another forum. In the meantime trips to Gainesville and toward Spring Hill lie ahead.


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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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My newest finished painting: Jumpy on the GreenWay – March 29th, 2016.

by on Mar.29, 2016, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida


Here’s a painting I finished last night. The painting is from a photograph I took along the Cross Florida Greenway hiking trail in Central Florida. Critters were added. This painting is part of my Swampy’s Floridqa collection.

Contact me if you are interested in getting one of these paintings for yourself!


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Me at SpringsFest 2016 as Swampy’s Florida! – March 20th, 2016

by on Mar.20, 2016, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

Had a blast today “signing” (drawing in) Swampy’s Florida books during the Florida SpringsFest. Here are a few photos. The stories behind most of the photos can be found on the Swampy’s Florida page.

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August 13th, 2015 – My newest painting- ‘Silver Springs Play’

by on Aug.13, 2015, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida, What's New?


This painting includes the famous Bridal Palm at Silver Springs State Park, here in Florida.

This painting will be available as a print soon.


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August 12, 2015 – My newest painting- Silver Springs Play- Ready for paint!

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida


The setting for this painting is Silver Springs in Marion County, Florida. I’ve set the board up for watercolor. Paint to be applied next!

This will be available as a print through Swampy’s Florida.


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