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On the road in Kissimmee! – May 11th, 2017

by on May.11, 2017, under Books, Florida History!

Powerful day Thursday as I visited Kissimmee, Florida, and did some exploring I haven’t done in years. Started off meeting with my old friend, Shawn Anderson, visiting from Minnesota, in Historic Downtown Kissimmee. On my way there from Lakeland I got a call from another old friend, Jeremy Buchanon who happened to be now working for Osceola County in Kissimmee! So Jeremy joined us.

I wandered and explored Makinson Hardware that opened in 1884 and still going strong.

Then on to the old Osceola County courthouse. Leslie, of the guardian ad litem program partly housed in the building, was very kind to give me a tour through this fascinating building. There are more photos of the courthouse over at my Swampy’s Florida page.

After leaving Kissimmee, i did some poking around for books, that I usually like to do on my birthday. I found some wonder books! And quite a few for friends!

On the way home I pit stopped at The Donut King and nabbed the monster sized apple fritter for my drive Friday into Tampa and 3 more days on the road! More to come! 😀

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Entertaining for a cause. – April 8th, 2017

by on Apr.08, 2017, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Friends

Jim & Nicole Collins, me, Don Nottingham and David Moore.

A successful night Friday night during Champions for Champions Fun, Dine, Wine and Giving Night. Much was raised through the dinner, silent auction and other fund raising activities, including some raised by my doing some drawing.

Champions for Champions mission “is to enrich family lives and values through providing and facilitating educational, sports, music, and life skill programs for people with special needs.”

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I’ve been cartooning deer, gators and mice today! – April 5th, 2017

by on Apr.05, 2017, under Cartooning

Two are for one project for the 4th Annual Critter Trail 5K Run/Walk. The other is for Thursday’s Swampy’s Florida celebration. You can see the color version there.

I penciled these first and then inked with various brush pens and a Flair marker.

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Life Coaching Caricatures: Bill the Piano player & Painting Nancy! – April 2nd, 2017

by on Apr.05, 2017, under Caricatures, Illusration

I had the opportunity to meet Bill at an event near Spring hill & Weeki Wachee, Florida on Sunday. I met him as he played Stardust and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. He complained that he missed notes. Sounded great to me. Especially for a fellow of 94 years. Bill drove a tractor trailer most of his career in Canada after his family moved him from England as a teen.

Here’s the watercolor illustration i did of 80 year young Nancy, the birthday girl, who was being honored at the party.

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Life coaching caricatures! in Tampa – June 2nd, 2017

by on Apr.02, 2017, under Caricatures

A few images of the life coaching caricatures I did at an event Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.

Back in February I figured I’d been posting too many of these event photos and figured I should hold off a bit before posting more. Well, a good 15 events later, here are some more.

The first photo is of Rhoda, who is 3 generations Native Floridian from Tampa in one side of family and 5 generations Native Floridian from around Monticello on the other side. I’m going to help her plan a family reunion near Orlando to see Orange County history and not have folks running off to the kiddie amusement parks.

The next image is of Rhoda’s husband who’s training ng as a boxer includes the 5th Street Gym in Miami. How about that, Tom Orr!

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George Washington & elephants! – My new painting – August 16th, 2016

by on Aug.16, 2016, under Cartooning

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Here’s a snippet of a much larger painting I did in the past few days involving George Washington and circus animals. But, don’t all paintings?

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

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

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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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Cartooning People’s Lives in Tallahassee – April 10th, 2016

by on Apr.10, 2016, under Caricatures

Day 3 cartooning people’s lives. This time in Tallahassee. Sun got the best of me. That and maybe a few hundred miles of driving over past 48 hours.

So, tomorrow: Time for some Florida exploring and hiking.

Oh, and great to hear from my pal Jackie Mia Joyner today! Glad to get a Lala update!2016-0410-Gig-Tallahassee-03 2016-0410-Gig-Tallahassee-01 2016-0410-Gig-Tallahassee-02

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My drawing life stories along Kissimmee River near Lake Wales – April 09, 2016

by on Apr.09, 2016, under Caricatures

Been doin’ the drawing life stories (Thanks, John Read) thing tonight along the Kissimmee River, near Lake Wales!

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