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Thoughts on Learning to Draw (updated.)

A couple of times each year I teach a drawing course.  Drawing has brought me much joy and understanding over the years and “facilitating” that activity is a pleasant and challenging repayment opportunity for me.  It helps me collect and … Continue reading

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My Latest Memoir Writing Course & Sartoris Tribute

My Spring 2019 course: Every Picture Tells a Story: Writing Memoirs From Family Photographs is a renewing and enjoyable exercise.  Turns out you actually have to write the story that each photo holds and good writing is challenging.  Photos, smells … Continue reading

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2018

Please indulge my personal summary of the past year, yet again.   More, Better. I think technology (creative inventiveness) and humor (the olive oil and garlic of life) enable our survival. Two heroes, Bill Gates and Dave Barry both recap … Continue reading

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Old Men Sharing

One of the best parts of retirement and my slow mental and physical decline is the men’s group I joined after moving to Asheville.  Men don’t group together and talk very much (school sports teams don’t count.)   We’re too busy … Continue reading

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Endings

A full life always has beginnings and endings.   In 2001 I joined an organization of largely theme park and party caricaturists in hopes of sharpening my skills in cartoony portraits for editorial cartoons.  At their annual week-long event the members … Continue reading

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FLASHBACK: 2008 New Orleans Reuben Awards Weekend+

This is a recently recovered post.  One of my most memorable life events.  Happy I was able to recover from my trashed Journal, a great celebration and touched with history of the disastrous hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans and … Continue reading

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Central Europe 2018

River Cruise, Summary It was a very good trip through central Europe to be reacquainted with where a lot of our culture originated.  Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary (and most of other parts of Europe) have a much longer and … Continue reading

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Reuben Awards, 2018

  It was an easy drive up to Philadelphia for the 72nd Reuben Awards Weekend of the National Cartoonists Society, NCS — sort of the academy awards for graphical humor. This was my 19th year — as much a fan as … Continue reading

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2017 – Thoughts & Wishes

At this point in our solar orbit I reflect, and then try to absorb it. Overall, my feelings for  2017 are sad.  Donald Trump is no longer just a narcissistic clown, a policy lightweight, and a bad dream, he’s a … Continue reading

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Drawing on a Computer

Recognizing there will be a tiny audience for this topic, I promise to be brief. It’s really all about tools.  One of my favorite artists, Thomas Eakins, was fascinated by new technology and would have loved to paint on a … Continue reading

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